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A Slice of Murder (Pizza Lovers #1)

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,823 Ratings  ·  232 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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May 13, 2016 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 unbelievable.
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
Jun 19, 2010 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 17, 2012 Chelsea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 24, 2013 Dany rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
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
Jan 27, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was good!

Dispute the fact that the book started out dull, even though the murder was the first thing we encountered, the book was very good.

Eleanor and Maddy are sisters. Eleanor Owns The Slice of Delite Pizzeria in a small town of Timber Ridge, North Carolina. She has been the sole owner since her beloved husband was killed in a car accident. Maddy helps Eleanor at the Slice as they call the pizzeria. Eleanor delivers a pizza to a friend in town because her delivery people have all called in
Mar 10, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
Dollycas’s Thoughts

I have read several books by this author, under his many pseudonyms, (Tim Myers, Casey Mayes, Melissa Glazer) so I knew would like this story.

Eleanor Swift and her husband owned A Slice of Delight. He has passed away and she and her sister now run the pizza joint with the help of a few part-timers. Eleanor takes a late pizza order and delivers it on her way home. But when she arrives at the address the door is ajar and her customer is dead on the floor. She does the right thin
Jun 28, 2010 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Oct 05, 2014 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...
Jun 05, 2015 Alicia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 30, 2014 Yvonne rated it liked it
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
Mar 21, 2015 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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
Dec 04, 2011 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 12, 2014 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...
Well, this started off slowly and I was less than impressed. But somewhere around the one-third mark things started picking up. I enjoyed the inter-play between the sisters. The cast of characters seem like the series will be able to sustain itself all right.

The decisions that were made to chase the crime seem implausible. Someone who is suspected of a murder returning to the crime scene the following day doesn't make much sense.

But I got over all that and into the flighty storyline. Things held
Mary Mack
Mar 23, 2015 Mary Mack rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books

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
Dec 27, 2014 Lois rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cathy Cramer
My husband liked this mystery better than the past several library books I'd gotten, and I have to agree. I liked that the main character had some depth as well as some silliness.

I don't know why mystery writers have their characters prone to withhold evidence from police so often, but this book is no exception. At least the main character does a little better than the average book-sleuth by contacting the police before setting off on some dangerous scheme. She gets kudos for that.

It seems hard
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
Kari Ramirez
Mar 15, 2016 Kari Ramirez rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was not in love with this book. I wasn't even really in 'like'.

It was so obviously written by a man. There were pages of talk about getting ready to go, taking a shower (no details about the shower, just a page with characters talking about how they needed to take a shower, the order of the shower, where the shower would take place, etc.) and how they 'can't be seen without her makeup on'! Gracious! It felt like this book was written in the 80's or 90's, but no, 2008.

The things everyone does
Mar 19, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 08, 2014 Julie Mink rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 01, 2012 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cosy-mystery
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!
Mar 31, 2013 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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! :)
Brian Frauenknecht
Jul 05, 2016 Brian Frauenknecht rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
The book was good, just not as good as I hoped it would be. I felt the story and the mystery could have been stronger. Plus the character interactions could have been much stronger than they were. I will read the second entry in the series and hope it is better. Good story, just could have been better.
Jul 10, 2014 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Chris Cavender is the pseudonym used by Agatha Award nominated author Tim Myers.
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