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Pepperoni Pizza Can Be Murder (Pizza Lovers #2)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  1,033 Ratings  ·  111 Reviews
For once, it seems, no one is trying to pin a murder on Eleanor Swift, owner of the scrumptious pizzeria A Slice of Delight in the quiet little town of Timber Ridge, North Carolina. But someone has to answer for that body in her kitchen...and it looks like the final stop for Greg Hatcher, her deliveryman, may be the state penitentiary...Eleanor knows Gregg would never have ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Kensington (first published 2010)
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Amber
Dec 03, 2013 Amber rated it it was amazing
This was a pretty good read. I love pizza so I decided to check it out. I enjoyed this mystery and will check out the rest of the pizza lover's mystery series later. If you love pizza and mysteries, check this book out.
Suzanne
May 26, 2010 Suzanne rated it it was ok
Recommended to Suzanne by: Game On! - Clue (murder weapon on cover)
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I liked the first book in the series better than this one. Originally I really liked Eleanor and Maddy, and thought their relationship was one of the strong points of the novel. This go round, however, I found them slightly annoying, and I really didn't like Eleanor. I found her to be unnecessarily rude on many occasions and sometimes just TSTL. Not sure that I'll go on with this series.
Amanda McGill
Jan 07, 2017 Amanda McGill rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
This is the second novel in the Pizza Lovers series, but the first book in the series that I have read. You don't have to read the first novel to understand the second novel. I didn't feel like I was missing anything by not reading the first novel.

Eleanor is running a pizza shop,with the help of her sister, after her husband has died. One of her employee's brother is found dead in the pizza shop. Eleanor's employee (Greg) is the one number suspect since there is a sizeable grandparent estate th
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Julie
Aug 08, 2012 Julie rated it liked it
I remember liking the first book in this series, but I found so many things in this second book that makes me doubtful that I will pursue the series. The main character was way too rude and opionated. She was often a smart mouth and caused problems that I felt unnecessary. Her relationships lack something that makes me feel disconnected with her and the story. When someone completely disregards others just to "find out themselves", it completely ruins the story.

What I would have liked to continu
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Julie
Jul 11, 2014 Julie rated it it was ok
I have some problems with this book. How is it that neither the author nor editor realized that characters names are incorrect? Maddy, a main character, was called Mandy in one paragraph and Josh was written as Jason in one whole section. Are these books not edited? The main characters are not really fleshed out either. We know basic facts about them with no insight into their personalities. When Eleanor, the main character who narrates the story, finally cuts loose her sad sack pushy love inter ...more
Marlyn
Jun 08, 2010 Marlyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies, arc
This is the second of the Pizza Lover's Mysteries. The protagonist, Eleanor Swift is the widowed owner and chef of A Slice of Delight, a small pizzeria in the small town of Timber Ridge, North Carolina.

Eleanor's only employees are her sister, Maddy and a young college student named Greg Hatcher. Greg's grandparents were killed in an explosion the previous year, and their will divided their estate between Greg and his spoiled older brother Wade. But Wade believes he should get 3/4 the$200,000 est
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Jill Gilbert
Apr 13, 2011 Jill Gilbert rated it did not like it
I checked this one out on a whim from the New Mysteries section of the library. Let me preface this by saying that I am not picky when it comes to cozy mysteries. I have read bushel baskets full of them, and they generally entertain me just enough.

This is the worst mystery I have ever read. I can't believe I actually finished the whole thing. I kept thinking it might get better. Nope.

Everything about this book was bad - the main character, Eleanor, is a youngish widow who runs a small pizza pla
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This is going to surprise many persons, but, I really was disappointed in this book.

One level was the poor editing of the manuscript. Twice on pages 45, and 175, the character's name was changed in error. Maddy became Mandy and back to Maddy on 45. Josh became Jason and back...you get the idea. You figure it out immediately but it stops the flow of the book. Annoying.

The next level for me was the constant sarcasm that the sister's spout. I'm so tired of it. Honestly, I had no problem setting t
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Vicky Marie
May 15, 2015 Vicky Marie rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I was not feeling this one. The first fifty pages were good, but everything after the murder went sour. I didn't like the way Eleanor and Maddy did their sleuthing. They were aggressive investigators, pretty much getting in everyone's face who they questioned. Their penchant for slithering into everyone's business made them rather annoying. Eleanor seemed like a protagonist I would enjoy, but over time her obsession with her dead husband and habit of losing her temper at innocent victims became ...more
Ali
Jul 29, 2011 Ali rated it liked it
Shelves: food-mysteries
I liked this one a little better than the first now that I've gotten used to the writing style and the face that it is a male writing as a female main character, but Eleanor is still rather unlikeable because she keeps mentioning her dead husband every other paragraph and she is a martyr when she rejects the advances of David. Also I did not like how repetitive it was when the killer revealed themselves by tricking her in to helping them escape the assumed murderer, just like in the first story. ...more
Cathy Cramer
Book 2 in the series. A light-hearted mystery that kept me guessing until the end. The banter between the sisters was funny.

I was told that Chris Cavender was the pen name of an author whose other series I've read and I still think that his main characters are as determined and as tactless as bulldogs. In retrospect, it doesn't surprise me that I like this series, even before knowing they had the same author, since I liked his other ones.

You have to be in the mood for eating pizza to read these.
BJ
This is the second in the Pizza Lovers Mystery series. I read the first one, "A Slice of Murder" and liked it. This was pretty good as cozies go. It takes place in a fictitious town in North Carolina, Timber Ridge. This series has some likeable characters and the story was very readable. No high action, but an interesting story. It centers around a widow and her sister, who run a pizzeria in a small town with the help of a college student and a high school student and solve murder mysteries on t ...more
Lisa
Jul 03, 2014 Lisa rated it it was ok
Not bad. The protagonist is kind of obsessed with her dead husband, but maybe that's explained better in the first book. Seems weird, though...guess you don't know how you'd react unless it happens to you, so I really don't want to know how I'd feel in that situation. Don't understand why she backs off the guy she seemed to like! Storyline was fine. Eleanor (and her sister) seems to have a lot of time to roam around town for a small business owner!
Susan
Pepperoni Pizza Can Be Murder by Chris Cavender is the second book of the Pizza Lovers culinary-cozy mystery series, set in contemporary North Carolina. Eleanor Swift owns and operates A Slice of Delight, the pizza restaurant she and her late husband Joe created and ran together. Eleanor's sister Maddy is her fulltime employee at the restaurant and her best friend. Eleanor has 2 part-time employees: deliveryman Greg Hatcher and cleanup/waiter Josh Hurley, teenaged son of Police Chief Kevin Hurle ...more
Kristine (A Cozy Booknook)
This is the second book in the Pizza Lover's Mystery series. Eleanor, owner of A Slice of Delight pizza shop, and her sister Maddy investigate the murder of a young man who is found murdered in the pizza kitchen with Eleanor's rolling pin. Wade happens to be the brother of Greg, a young man who works for Eleanor delivering pizza's. Eleanor and Maddy don't believe Greg had anything to do with Wade's death so they set out to find the murderer.

As I mentioned, this is the second book in the series.
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Cheryl Landmark
Oct 05, 2013 Cheryl Landmark rated it liked it
Still not my favourite cozy mystery series, but interesting enough to keep me reading.

Kevin Hurley was again a jerk in this book but not quite as bad as in the first one when he had blinders on and tried so desperately to convict Eleanor of murder. I actually liked how Eleanor handled him and didn't let him intimidate her.

As for Eleanor herself, she was somewhat unlikeable, rude and cold in this book. I can understand how much loss and grief is involved when one's life partner dies, but I'm find
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Linda
Apr 19, 2013 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: from-library, cozy
It's a 2.5 and I have to say I'm liking Maddy, Eleanor's sister more than Eleanor. Not great when you like the second banana better than the heroine. This time around in Timber Ridge, Eleanor's delivery boy/helper is in trouble after the murder of his conniving, greedy, ne'er do well brother. Worse yet, brother is found in the Slice, Eleanor's pizzeria.

Since it has to be closed, Eleanor and Maddy decide to solve the murder themselves and it puts them in the path of the police chief who was Elean
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Victoria
Nov 24, 2012 Victoria rated it really liked it
Book two was just as good as book one! Eleanor, owner of Slice of Delight Pizzeria once again finds a dead body, this time in her pizzeria! The victim, Wade, is the brother of one of Eleanor's employees, Greg. Eleanor and her sister, Maddy, begin investigating in order to clear Greg of the murder. The brothers were involved in an inheritance dispute so the Police Chief, Eleanor's high school beau, Kevin, is determined to pin the crime on Greg. As Eleanor and Maddy find additional suspects they r ...more
Priscilla
'Pepperoni Pizza Can be murder'.... It can when you are wanting to read a fun captivating read and you are reading this one waiting for something interesting to happen and it dosn't!! I am again disappointed with my latest cozy book, although there is a bit of mystery and I like the two sisters who run the Pizzeria and a few interesting incidents do happen,I want more from a book! This book was mostly about the two sisters and how well they get along together working at the pizzeria, throw in a ...more
Patty
Oct 31, 2011 Patty rated it really liked it
I enjoy spending time with Eleanor and Maddy along with her employees and friends. When her employee Greg's brother Wade is killed in her Pizza place, Slice of Delight, Eleanor and Maddy are on the hunt, who killed Wade, and why?

Eleanor is still pretty off-hand with her safety in general and everyone around her as well. She goes out to deliberately "poke a stick in the hornet's nest". Not a good thing to do when you make pizza for a living, don't carry any kind of weapon and have no self-defense
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Andrea
The first installment in this mystery series revolved around the main character, Ellie, being falsely accused of murder and I wasn’t sure how this premise would translate into future adventures. However, this second book in the series was a really fun read. Same great characters from the first book including Ellie’s lovely relationship with her sister and thankfully a lot of less of Ellie’s ex-boyfriend/sheriff being a complete jerk and courting a harassment lawsuit. This book focused on the fam ...more
Sassafrass
*3.5 STARS*

This was cute. It was what I am used to for cozy mysteries. A little chick lit with a mystery mixed in. I really liked the relationship between Eleanor and her sister Maddy. Although the bickered you could see how much the genuinely cared and loved each other.

I wasn't a big fan of Eleanor's mood swings. I guess it was just her personality but I wanted to put her on a little Lexapro or something.

I thought I figured out who the killer was but I wasn't quite right. I was close but no cig
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Megs
Jan 04, 2016 Megs rated it it was ok
Awful, but mostly in a "its so bad, its good" kind of way. First, female lead characters written by a man....NO. It can be done, but seriously, no woman in real life talks about eclairs "going straight to their hips" as much as these characters do. Second, the lead characters take on the investigation themselves, and basically outright ask suspects if they were involved as if the murderer would spontaneously confess just because a small town nosy person asked. Don't think so. The plot and dialog ...more
Sandy
Jun 29, 2014 Sandy rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mystery
The series has a good premise, two sisters in a small NC town. One is looking for love, the other hiding from it. The surrounding cast of characters are pretty shallow and the pizza store employees are teens and college age kids who also have very little in the way of depth. The Police chief and Eleanor, the owner of the Pizza store have ancient history that creates some kind of tension, not all of it fun to experience. In fact, Eleanor is not always a likable character. The mystery was so-so an ...more
Kim j
Mar 29, 2013 Kim j rated it really liked it
Shelves: cavender
I am really enjoying this series. I like the two sisters; Eleanor & Maddy because they act like I think sisters do. I have brothers & mainly male cousins so what do I know? I am not saying that this is the greatest murder/mysteries that I have ever read but they are not for that. They are cozies, meant to be easy reads, with different concepts & styles of murders. They have to own a Pizzeria & I love Pizza so I can relate. I love the interactions of the other characters like with ...more
Fanficfan44
Jul 15, 2015 Fanficfan44 rated it really liked it
I just finished this, the second book in the Pizza Lovers Mystery series by Chris Cavender. Eleanor Swift owns a Pizzaria that she started with her now deceased husband. She employs her sister, Maddy, and a couple other recurring characters. One of them becomes the chief suspect in a murder investigation and Eleanor works through the book to clear his name. There were plentiful suspects throughout the story and more than one crime to muddy the water. The characters in this series are nicely fles ...more
Amanda
Oct 05, 2015 Amanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, cooking, cozy, nc
The story itself was good... a fair number of suspects, a believable motive, and an amateur sleuth who is extremely nosy & puts herself in bad situations. But I think this second book is as far as I'm going in this series. Maybe the first book wasn't so bad, but it seems in this book, Eleanor is unnecessarily snippy with pretty much everyone, friend or foe. Even rude or downright cruel at times. I have a hard time caring what happens to her, even though there are some really likeable charact ...more
Kimberly
Apr 29, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Shelves: cosy-mystery
For the most part, I have enjoyed this series. The characters are very believable and well developed. I like the plot. You think you have it figured out, but the characters shake it up a little any way. I liked the character of the Chief better in this story. He seemed more believable. There was still conflict between him and Eleanor, but you see glimpses of the friendship there too. He was also more open to other possibilities regarding the crime, which made him more believable as a police chie ...more
Sandra Hernandez
Sep 04, 2013 Sandra Hernandez rated it liked it
I have to admit this book was a little better than the last one, I did find some things upsetting and the characters are starting to kind of grow on me. I still like the supporting characters better Greg and Josh. at times Eleanor has grown on me but I feel she is taking the loss of her husband way too hard it's been years now and I think she should start dating a little or something. I understand a loss is hard, and maybe not going through one its easy too want a new romance. Overall better tha ...more
Grey853
Jan 11, 2011 Grey853 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, cozy
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