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Killer Crust

(Pizza Lovers #5)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  754 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Eleanor Swift isn't amused when Laughing Luigi--the sketchy frozen pizza dough baron--walks into her Timber Ridge, North Carolina, pizzeria. But the contract for his pizza-making contest seems on the up-and-up. . .and sprucing up her beloved pizzeria, A Slice of Delight, with in first-prize money would truly be a dream come true. . .

Sneaky Luigi, of course, left enough wig
Hardcover, 231 pages
Published December 24th 2012 by Kensington
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Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star
This re read of one of the strongest cozy mystery series I've read proved to resonate with me as much as it did when I first read the first one in the series - A Slice of Murder. I love to get back together with Eleanor Swift, and her sister Maddy (I don't know her surname because (or in spite of) she was married multiple times.

The premise shapes into a pizza making contest organized by Laughing Luigi, the pizza 'king'. Enough dough to tempt the deadly duo of Maddy and Eleanor...does tempt them,
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star, cozy-mystery
Amazing reading experience, delightfully stunned number one Chris Cavender fan here. This book gets a perfect score, just like its four predecessors. There's more than usual going on in the book and it might just be the best in the series.

We get to learn more about Eleanor Swift and her younger sister Maddy Spencer. The thing is Eleanor is not really a goody two shoes character all of the time. This touch is subtle and don't we know it. Everyone must have noticed most of the nice hints that bui
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Eleanor Swift and her sister Maddie Spencer are back in a brand new Pizza Lover's Mystery. When Laughing Luigi the owner of Laughing Luigi's Frozen Pizza Dough comes in to invite Eleanor and Maddie to join a pizza-making competition to win $25,000, they accept with reservations about what dark sinister purpose he really has in inviting them. They go to the Treeline resort where their friend Gina Sizemore works at for the competition and find out that it is fixed. It is only when someone murders ...more
Paula Ratcliffe
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Dee Gurganus
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
It's kind of sad to say a murder mystery is cute, but "Killer Crust" was cute. The fact that this story takes place in Western North Carolina is a plus for me which I did not realize until I started reading it. At this point in the series, the characters are well developed and story is the main emphasis. It was most enjoyable and it did keep me guessing who-dun-it. Eleanor and Maddie are two excellent sleuths finding clues are every turn. Looking for to my next Pizza Lovers read. ...more
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I've read this entire series and this one was by far the best one. I liked how it kept me in the dark until the very end. ...more
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
it's always fun when sisters Eleanor and Maddie, get caught in another murder mystery! It's Agatha Christie meets Murder She Wrote enjoyable! ...more
Julie Barrett
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Killer Crust by Chris Cavender
Sisters Maddie and Ellie run A Slice of Delight Pizzeria. One of their arch enemies Laughing Luggi has given them a chance to win 25k by competing against others at the new resort in town to promote his company and the new resort, Timber Ridge.
There are many stipulations and others have been cheated out of even competing. They must spend a few days at the resort, his expense but their boyfriend and lawyer husband Bob can join them at meals. They've met the other 3 c
Cheryl Landmark
Apr 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Again, I found this to be an okay cozy mystery that is sure to leave readers craving pizza. But, I found the dialogue a little stilted, silly and clunky at times, especially the interactions between Eleanor and Maddy. And, when the two "boyfriends" were on scene, there was even more inanity. The foursome sounded more like bantering teenagers than mature adults.

I liked the idea of the pizza competition and the mystery itself was okay, if somewhat predictable. Eleanor seemed a little rude and boss
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
The temptation of possibly winning a purse of twenty-five thousand dollars is just too alluring for pizzeria owner, Eleanor Swift and her sister, Maddy to resist. The only downside, besides having to close 'A Slice of Delight' for a couple of days, and perhaps losing a customer or two, is the contest is being sponsored and run by Laughing Luigi. Luigi is not well liked by either sister, and soon both find out he is not liked by any of the participants.

However, the contest will go on, even when L
Nancy Rogan
Feb 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
OK mystery plot, poor writing, terrible dialogue, extremely irritating "banter" between sisters. This author writes under several names and some of his series are okay. He has the dialogue problem in most books, but this series is the worst. This series always has at least one recipe which is why I picked it up at the library and the recipe in this one is okay. ...more
Valerie Consoer
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You know I gotta give this book five stars when it took less than 24 hours to read the entire book. A quick and easy read, yes, but the plot was riveting. I'll be reading more from this series in the near future. ...more
Julia Wilson
Jan 14, 2013 rated it liked it
It was an ok book. i liked the new setting. It just dragged in places.
Leslie Hickman
Jun 24, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Where did all the fun magic go?! Not sure, but this story was a big disappointment after all the others in this series!
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Another mystery series that I'm over. ...more
Lisa Neal
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Enjoyed another murder solved by Eleanor and Maddy. Fun, light reading for mystery lovers.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: library-books
Eleanor is an even more nasty, mean spirited character than the last time I read from this series. There is nothing likeable about her and the way she treats everyone else.
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Eleanor and Maddy are up to their eyeballs in dough and murder again! This time they have the chance of winning a major cash prize BUT they have to use some one else's dough and abide by rules that seem to change by the day! After the first round (which went badly they thought) they are surprised to be in 2nd place but by the time the next round comes up Laughing Luigi the frozen dough king is now where to be found.  Although the competition goes on with Luigi's 2nd in command doing the judging ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was okay. It was a quick read which was nice. But as others have mentioned in their reviews, the dialogue leaves a lot to be desired. Some of the dialogue was a little painful. I also felt like a lot of food descriptions were kind of glossed over which seemed weird for a book that claims to be for pizza lovers. I don't regret reading the book but I doubt I'll read any others in the series. ...more
Lisa Hall
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this one was pretty good. I liked the setting, and the capsulation of the storyline at the resort and condensing it to a few days. It made for a fast pace that I appreciated. But I just couldn’t get over the complete ineptitude of Kevin Hurley and the police. They didn’t ask for or check the resorts security camera footage for the time of the murder? They didn’t get or verify the alibis of several of the murder suspects until days after the murder? That’s pretty unbelievable.
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Eleanor has come a looong way since the first book. I almost stopped the series after book 1 because I didn't care for her so much. 😑 I really enjoyed this story and I had no idea who the killer was before the reveal. It is kinda nice to actually read who the killer is and NOT now before hand. 😉 ...more
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another good one in this series. I have a new appreciation for pizza crusts after reading this. Eleanor and Maddy get into the middle of another murder at a pizza context. Another close call for both of them.
Linda Hoetzl
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
good summer read, will look for more stories by this author
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
It was your typical Cozy.
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The dialogue was too verbose and not realistic or practical, and therefore hard to read and follow.
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Totally enjoyable. Looking forward to reading others in the series.
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5th book in the Pizza Lovers Mystery series. This book involved a pizza baking contest for the sisters' pizzeria for $25,000. The catch was that they had to use the crust from the corporation doing the contest.

Since Eleanor only made her own crusts, she didn't know that premade crust dough has to sit out of the fridge awhile to become pliable. That lack of knowledge seemed silly to me. Even I know that and I'm not a professional pizza chef, although, come to think of it, I did waitress in a pizz
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Eleanor Swift, who runs a small North Carolina pizzeria with her sister Maddy, doesn't trust her old nemesis Laughing Luigi any more than she used to. However, when Luigi offers her a spot in a pizza-making competition his pizza dough company is sponsoring, she just can't turn down a chance to win $25,000.

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. This installment is much improved over earlier books in this series. The dialogue is much more natural, even though conversations be
Sep 04, 2014 added it
Eleanor Swift isn't amused when Laughing Luigi--the sketchy frozen pizza dough baron--walks into her Timber Ridge, North Carolina, pizzeria. But the contract for his pizza-making contest seems on the up-and-up. . .and sprucing up her beloved pizzeria, A Slice of Delight, with in first-prize money would truly be a dream come true. . .

Sneaky Luigi, of course, left enough wiggle room in that contract to change the rules. . .and maybe settle some old scores. It seems Eleanor and her sister Maddy are
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