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A Slice of Murder (Pizza Lovers #1)

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  1,634 ratings  ·  210 reviews

Not too much happens in the sleepy little town of Timber Ridge, North Carolinawhich is fine with pizza-purveyor extraordinaire Eleanor Swift. The spunky owner of A Slice of Delight is trying to mend her broken heart and could use a little quiet time. But when a late night delivery customer turns up dead, she's in for just the opposite in this delicious mystery series debut

ebook, 288 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Kensington (first published August 1st 2009)
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Eleanor Swift and her sister Madeline Spencer run and own the pizzeria A Slice of Delight in Timber Ridge North Carolina. When Eleanor discovers a dead body while delivering a pizza, everyone in the town thinks it is her. Can she find out who the real killer is and clear her name before she dies next? Read on and find out.

This is the first book of the Pizza Lover's Mysteries series and I enjoy reading them. Each book features recipes for pizza too. If you love Pizza and mysteries, then def check
Okay mystery, but a little slow. Also, I had a hard time believing that in a small town, the chief of police would immediataely jump to the conclusion that the pizza delivery person who happens to be his ex girlfriend would be the killer. Forensics were nonexistent (time of death, anyone?) and the fact that so much info would be left in the murder victim's house really shows a seriously inadequate police department. This plotline was just totally un beleievable.
First off I always feel duped when a cozy writer writes multiple series with different names. I can understand when you change genre you might want to change an authors name, but when you write within the same classification, why not use one single name.

Well, that rant being said, Eleanor is trying to make ends meet by continuing to run a pizzeria, A Slice of Delight, which she and her recently deceased husband had started together.

Near closing one evening she is called to make a delivery to R
A fun little cozy mystery set in a pizza palor owned by Eleanor Swift, who finds a dead body while delivering a pizza. Eleanor sets off to prove her innocence with her sister, Maddy. This was a typical cozy. Nothing extrordinary sets it apart from other books in this genre.
Two little pet peeves, as soon as Eleanor put the newspapers in her car, I knew they would play a part in the story. It was kind of obvious, but the author still tried to surprise us with it. Duh.
Second, on the one hand the a
This was pretty much your typical first in a cozy mystery series with the female amateur sleuth. I almost always cringe at the first book in one of these types if series because they generally follow a very predictable pattern. The sleuth is accused of the crime and then has to solve the crime herself. For this one the "gimmick" is built around a pizza shop. The mystery was decent albeit obvious. The characters were ok, and I liked the addition of the sister as a co-sleuth. however my biggest is ...more
A fun, light mystery that was well plotted out and made me hungry for pizza! I liked the dialogue between the main character and her sister, and the main character's inner struggle about dating after the death of her beloved husband made her seem very real. I look forward to the next book in the series!
One of the better cozy mysteries I've read. The actual murderer is perhaps a bit obvious but there were enough red herrings to make it worthwhile reading to the end. And the heroine didn't commit any felonies in order to solve the mystery.
BJ Rose
3.5*, but I can no longer eat pizza that often (darn it!). Will likely continue the series...
Okay, so putting away books recently at work and I kept slowing down in the mystery section, reading over titles of series and having a strong desire to read some food/hobby type series. I'd read a few Maggie Sefton knitting mysteries and liked them okay. I thought there was some stereotypes, characters that all seemed very similar, and I didn't like how the ladies would make body comparisons or "fat" comments. On the other hand they were easy reads with a nice light mystery and there was someth ...more
I borrowed this book from my mother's Nook and have really enjoyed the first of the Pizza Lovers mystery series by Chris Cavender.

Eleanor Swift owns the local pizzeria of Timber Ridge, North Carolina. Her sister Maddy works with her after Eleanor's husband Joe was killed in a car accident. When her delivery boy calls off sick, Eleanor decides to do a run to deliver a pizza to Richard Olson but, when she arrives at his house, she sees him laying in his kitchen with a knife sticking out of his ch
Culinary Cozies thinks A SLICE OF MURDER is a “Yummy Read.” This first book in the Pizza Mystery series, by Chris Cavender, was a suspenseful delivery of pure mayhem.

Eleanor Swift, the owner of A Slice of Delight, gets quickly caught up in a murder investigation when she delivers one of her famous pizzas to a dead man. In no time flat, the small town of Timber Ridge, NC has named her the murderer. Leaving Eleanor (with the help of her sister Maddy) to solve the case and desperately try to clear
I really enjoyed this book and although it is based on a pizza shop owner, the pizza does not play a big roll in the plot. I really enjoy cozies and when I read Glazed Murder by the same author I craved donuts and coffee. I will be moving on to the next book in the series after the holidays. Now maybe I'll have some pizza...
Mary Mack

Mystery type books are a quick escape and great beach reads. I enjoy cooking mysteries and books set in North Carolina and so I thought this one was perfect for a weekend beach trip.

Eleanor who owns the local pizzeria is delivering a pizza to Richard Olsen when she finds him in his kitchen with a knife in his chest. He husband, Joe, died two years ago and her sister Maddy, a 4 or 5 time divorcee is helping her run the pizzeria along with Greg a college student and Josh, the sheriff’s high schoo
The relationship between the protagonist Eleanor Swift and her sister nearly boosted this book to four stars--enjoyable back-and-forth between the two without overdoing either the squabbling or the care they feel for each other.

Nice, also, not to have the chief of police as the only possible love interest. This one is married, though he and his wife have had several separations in their 17-year marriage.

When Eleanor (widowed owner of the pizzeria A Slice of Delight) finds a dead body instead of
Scarlett Sims
This book is reviewed according to my cozy mystery review rubric at

Concept: The protagonist is the recently widowed owner of a pizza parlor in a small North Carolina town.

Integration of Concept: The pizza doesn't factor into the story, but they do spend a lot of time at the restaurant and it does factor more into the protagonist's backstory/character development.

Setting and Characters: As usual, the protagonist is a single lady. This one's deal is that s
This is this first in the series. The setting is a pizza parlour run by a widow and her sister in a small town. There is some discussion of pizza’s and pizza making but it does not overwhelm the mystery that develops. Eleanor is delivering a pizza and finds the homeowner stabbed to death. The police suspect her as the person who discovered the body and had a brief history with the victim. Eleanor and her sister investigate to clear her of the crime. The police “investigation” is a little light i ...more
Karen Davis engelbert
This is not a suspenseful or believable mystery. It's more light fluff. For a small town where everybody knows everyone else's business, it doesn't seem likely that the police chief would consider a former high school sweetheart as his prime suspect in a murder just because she found the body while delivering a pizza. With nothing to go on, Eleanor and her sister Maddy decide to find the murderer themselves, in order to clear Eleanor's name. The sisters return to the scene of the crime the day a ...more
This was the caliber of writing I expect from this author. Fantastic character development and a plausible story line that keeps you turning pages well into the night. While delivering a late night pizza from her "Slice of Delight" pizzaria, Eleanor Swift discovers a dead body. The plot follows the expected pattern, as Ellie is accused of the murder and decides to investigate the crime herself. She and her "in your face" sister (Maddie) decide to solve the crime because the police chief is focus ...more
Julie Mink
Your standard small town cozy mystery with local residents trying to figure out who murdered one of the local citizens.

Eleanor Swift is trying to rebuild her life after the death of her husband Joe. She and Joe had opened a pizzeria called A Slice of Delight in Timber Ridge, North Carolina before his death. She is struggling to keep the restaurant going in Joe's memory. She has the help of her much married sister and some of the high school and college kids helping her out at The Slice. Her wor
This was a great read. Chris Cavender weaves an action packed mystery. The characters are well rounded and drag you into their lives quickly. I love that this story is clean!! It is refreshing to find an author that doesn't think that that the shock factor of foul language and steamy sex scenes is the only way to s sell books. Thanks for a great story!
This was the first book in the pizza lovers mystery series. I really enjoyed this cozy mystery. It was fast paced and the friendship between the two sisters was lots of fun to read. I look forward to reading more in this series and am glad that I happened to find it!

Oh, yes, you will be very hungry for pizza while reading this book! :)
Mysteries are light summer reading to me. I don't expect much more than to be entertained. This book somewhat accomplished it, but certain problems nagged at me. In one conversation, a character mentions, "batting your eyebrows" when speaking of flirting. Ummm, how does one bat their eyebrows? Do you swat at them? Of course it should have read, "bat your eyelashes". Also, it seems that the lead character, Eleanor has way more chemistry with the married police chief Kevin, than she does with the ...more
pretty cheesy, no pun intended. but all cozy mysteries are. and like this one, I guess all of them require a major suspension of disbelief. because there were SO many times in this book where I was like "no way!" and "..that couldn't happen.." but for the sake of the story, I guess things had to transpire the way they did. and if you can roll with the crazy hijinx of these small town characters, you're golden.

I really liked the setting of this book because so far I've only read "sweet" cozy mys
I read the 3rd one of this series and decided it was good enough to merit a read of the series. This was your average 1st in an amateur sleuth series. Not bad. In comparison w/the 3rd, though, I noticed that in this one, Eleanor uses a gun and Maddy fears them (except her stun gun), while I could have sworn that in the 3rd one, Eleanor swears she'll never touch a gun and Maddy carries around that stun gun trying to persuade her sister to get a gun. Weird inconsistency. Might read the 2nd one of ...more
I wanted to like it. I expected to like it.
I mean, cozy pizza mystery? What's not to like? Excuse me while I go torture myself by looking up images of pizza.

Anyway, I was saying.
For a cozy mystery, this is a pretty long read. I wouldn't mind, but it felt like it dragged on just a bit too much. There are enough clues for the reader to find out who committed the crime, but there were also several other suspects that made it difficult for me to be sure of myself. In the end, however, my original s
A Slice of Murder by Chris Cavender is the first book of the Pizza Lover's Mystery series set in contemporary Timber Ridge, North Carolina. Eleanor Swift is grieving the death of her beloved husband, determined to make the restaurant they started a success. Eleanor's sister Maddy provides help and moral support as they together run A Slice of Delight (the sisterly love/support is 'shoveled on' a bit thick). When Eleanor discovers a dead body as she delivers a pizza, she ends up the primary suspe ...more
Man this was a real letdown. For starters, Chris Cavender is a pen name of Tim Myers, who is also Jessica Beck and I loved the Sinister Sprinkles book that I read by him/her. So I entered this book with high hopes, and they were dashed.

The main love story was really shallow. You could feel him reaching for something deeper and not really hitting the mark. He wanted a hurt woman to slowly accept her freedom after the death of her husband, but he ended up with an icicle of a woman who shoots down
Eleanor Swift dedicates her life to her pizza restaurant, A Slice of Delight, situated in the small town of Timber Ridge in North Carolina. Her late husband dreamed of making a success of the place and Eleanor is determined to carry on for him. With the help of her sister, Maddy, Eleanor is fulfilling his dreams as well as her own. Then, during a late night pizza delivery run, everything takes a deadly turn. She finds her customer dead and she’s the number one suspect.

The police chief is an old
Paula Ratcliffe
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A Slice of Murder by Chris Cavender
Kensington Books, 2009
275 pages
Mystery; Food mysteries
First in Series
3.5/5 stars

Source: Library

Summary: Ellie almost didn't take the delivery call but as a small business owner, she takes the plunge. She comes to regret this as she finds the customer dead and is thus pegged as the prime suspect. With the assistance of her sister, Ellie is going to clear her name and continue producing the best pizza around.

Thoughts: I started reading this and then immediately w
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“My Basic Pizza Dough Recipe It’s taken me years to come up with what I consider to be the perfect pizza dough recipe, and I’d like to share it with you. Pizzas are so fun to make, it’s not fair to leave it up to the chains. This recipe yields one thick crust for one medium 14-inch pizza or two 7-inch small pizzas, the perfect place to start:   ¾ cup warm water 1 tablespoon white sugar ½ ounce active dry yeast (2 packets at ¼ ounce each) 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon ground oregano (optional) 2 cups bread flour   In a large mixing bowl, combine the warm water, sugar, yeast, olive oil, salt, and ground oregano (if desired) until the yeast dissolves. Wait 3 minutes. Then add the flour to the bowl, mixing as you go. Mix on slow speed for 3–4 minutes, using a dough hook on your mixer if you have one. After the dough is thoroughly mixed, knead it on a floured counter for” 1 likes
“My Basic Pizza Dough Recipe It’s taken me years to come up with what I consider to be the perfect pizza dough recipe, and I’d like to share it with you. Pizzas are so fun to make, it’s not fair to leave it up to the chains. This recipe yields one thick crust for one medium 14-inch pizza or two 7-inch small pizzas, the perfect place to start:   ¾ cup warm water 1 tablespoon white sugar ½ ounce active dry yeast (2 packets at ¼ ounce each) 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon ground oregano (optional) 2 cups bread flour   In a large mixing bowl, combine the warm water, sugar, yeast, olive oil, salt, and ground oregano (if desired) until the yeast dissolves. Wait 3 minutes. Then add the flour to the bowl, mixing as you go. Mix on slow speed for 3–4 minutes, using a dough hook on your mixer if you have one. After the dough is thoroughly mixed, knead it on a floured counter for another 3–4 minutes, or until the dough is elastic to the touch. The dough will be a little sticky, but it shouldn’t cling to your hands. Form into a ball. Spray a clean bowl with PAM, put the dough in it, turning the ball once to lightly coat the top. Cover the bowl with a towel. Then put the dough in a warm place and let it rise for about 1 hour. After it has risen, punch it down, and it’s ready to use immediately, or you can refrigerate it until you’re ready to use it later that day. On a counter dusted lightly with cornmeal, shape the dough with your hands until you have a round approximately the size you need. Using your knuckles, spread out the dough the rest of the way, forming a ridge along the outside edges. Then add your sauce, any toppings you like, and a blend of cheese. I like to use 3 parts mozzarella to 1 part provolone, but it’s your pizza, so top it however you like. I use about a cup of cheese on each of my small pizzas, but again, it’s all a matter of taste. I typically make two 7-inch pizzas instead of one 14-inch, since the smaller size fits best in my portable brick pizza oven, but you can use your regular oven with a pizza stone and get nearly the same results. Bake the 7-inch rounds at 425°F for about 8 minutes, or until the crust starts to turn a dark gold and the cheese is bronzed on the top. The cornmeal will prevent it from sticking to the stone, but I like to turn the pizza a time or two as it bakes, just in case. You can use a pizza peel (a flat, round wooden tool with a long handle), or for the smaller pizzas, an ovenproof pancake flipper works great. After that, cut and enjoy!” 1 likes
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