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Steamed to Death

(A Gourmet De-Lite Mystery #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  289 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Gourmet health food caterer Gigi Fitzgerald is used to helping dieters drop a dress size. But when her clients start dropping dead, she’s ready to switch her chef’s hat for a detective’s cap and track down a killer. . .

Aging soap star Felicity Davenport is looking to revamp her image, and she’s using Gigi’s Gourmet De-Lite to help her shed a few of those unwanted pounds.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Berkley
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Jul 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
Normally when I pick up a poorly written book, I stop reading it. But in this case I want to see just how bad this book can get. This novel makes me think that Peg Cochran is actually a group of writers each tackling a different chapter. discrepancy rides high in this novel and it amazes me an editor missed it all.

1. There is a 10 pound weight loss discrepancy regarding Felicity in the 1st 15 pages. Is it 20 or is it 10?
2. Does Alice always announce it is going to rain when she enters the house?
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Gigi Fitzgerald is very busy with her gourmet health food catering business in Woodstone, Connecticut. One of her clients, an aging soap opera star, Felicity Donovan, hires Gigi to help her get into shape so she doesn’t lose her stardom status. Gigi is more than happy to work for Felicity since it could do wonders for her business.

When Felicity is found dead in her sauna, things get more than a little difficult for Gigi – especially when her best friend – very pregnant friend, Sienna, is accused
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
One of Gigi’s new clients is aging soap star Felicity Davenport. She needs to lose a few pounds and then plans to have an extreme makeover to give her career a boost. Felicity has also asked Gigi to do a little catering as she entertains some high profile guests from out of town. But before the guests even arrive Felicity has been steamed permanently. She was found dead in her sauna and it was definitely murder.

The cops suspect Gigi’s very pregnant friend Sienna. Gigi heats things up when she
May 05, 2019 added it
I thought this second book started out pretty slowly, better by the end. I found out there are only 3 books, and I do have the third one, so will read it eventually. Gigi is doing some catering for soap opera star Felicity, when she is suddenly found dead in her sauna, steamed to death. Which of the fellow cast members, house guests or relatives did the dirty deed? Sienna is ready to have her baby, which could be a bad thing, when she finds herself a suspect in the murder. Who wants their baby ...more
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews
by: Kim

STEAMED TO DEATH is the second book in the A Gourmet De-Lite Mystery Series from Peg Cochran. I’m going to say this is a standalone book since I didn’t read the first book and I had no trouble reading and following along with the story.

Gigi Fitzgerald is a personal chef living in Woodstone, Connecticut. Gigi is the person people go to for healthy meals, if they want to lose weight, and look good.

Felicity Davenport
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Steamed To Death is the second book in the A Gourmet De-Lite Mystery series. And de-lite-ful series it is too.

Soap opera star, Felicity Davenport has hired Gigi to help her lose a few pounds and to and prepare the food for a party she is giving for co-star and others from the show. Shortly before the party is to begin, Felicity is found dead in her sauna. What first appears as an accidental death, is soon to be considered murder as Gigi finds marks on the door, preventing Felicity to escape.

Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book! STEAMED TO DEATH, the second in Peg Cochran's Gourmet De-lite Mystery series, continues following Gigi Fitzgerald and her career in food preparation. Although her main focus is providing 3-a-day low calorie meals for her clients, Gigi has taken on a catering job at the home of a local celebrity, soap opera star Felicity Davenport. When Felicity ends up dead, Sienna, Gigi's best friend, is under suspicion because she was Miss Davenport's secretary. Ms. Cochran has ...more
Jun 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: food-cozy
I liked this book. I'd rather it be from Gigi's point of view. If it were, I think some places would flow better. I have a vague recollection of a couple of continuity inconsistencies, but the one that sticks out the most is on page 283 when Gigi gets into her MINI, but her MINI was in the shop and she had driven Alice's Taurus.

I will continue to read the series. I appreciate Gigi's earnestness, and I look forward to seeing where her romance goes.
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
A solid follow-up to the first book in the series (this is #2) . In this entry, Gigi is hired to fix several meals for parties for Felicity, a soap opera diva. This is obviously good for Gigi's bank account, which continues to run low as she continues to build clients. But this particular client meets a bitter end, and of course, there are no shortages of suspects. But when the suspect pool focuses around Sienna, Gigi's very pregnant friend, then Gigi feels she has to step in to find the real ...more
Jenny Wheeler
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Peg Cochran returns with an amusing second instalment for Gigi Fitzgerald, the Gourmet de-Lite caterer who is always stumbling into murderous mysteries in a small town that hadn't seen an unexplained death in decades before her arrival. . . To make things worse, her very pregnant best friend Sienna is at the top of the suspect list so naturally Gigi can't mind her own business and leave the alluring Detective Mertz to do his job. The balance between Gigi solving the crime and Mertz looking like ...more
Karen Hobbs
The first one was cute and a quick, fun read.
This one is exactly the same book just change the murder victim.
1. Apparently none of the characters in this book have heard of confidentiality. A paralegal should know she’s not supposed to discuss clients’ business.
2. We get it. Gigi’s biological clock is ticking and her ex husband was a jerk. Get over it already.
3. How does she have time to cook and deliver 3 meals a day to her two clients and snoop for clues?
4. For someone who is offering
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I am blaming this story for not getting any housework done. Once again Gigi is delivering her special meals but this time she is working for a Soap star and only catering to her meal needs, but when her client is steamed to death Gigi can't help but to investigate.

Nice, quick little read. I'm enjoying this series.
Linda Rawlins
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
In Steamed to Death - the second Gourmet De-Lite Mystery by Peg Cochran, Gigi finds herself solving another murder in order to help protect her pregnant friend, Sienna from being arrested. Gigi and Detective Mertz are once again toe to toe over her involvement, although it appears they might want to get closer than that!
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Would have given 2 more stars, despite the TSTL that the main characters were on occasion, because I don't expect much from my cozys, but for the scene where the main character and her love interest briefly crap on about how getting a kitten declawed is a good idea.

Oh hell no.
Danielle Gonzalez
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the second book in the De-Lite Mystery series, and unfortunately it is not holding my interest as much as I would like it to. The main character, Gigi, runs a business where she prepares low calorie meals for people. In this book, she agrees to cater a dinner party for a soap actress who lives in the town. Just prior to the dinner, she actress is found dead. Of course, there are many potential suspects with several motives. When Gigi's best friend, Sienna, becomes the police's main ...more
❂ Jennifer
Jun 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Meh. This is really more 2.5 stars. The main character, while not unappealing, isn't really three dimensional enough to be appealing. No hint of spark, or humour - even her "temper" isn't really much of anything to make one sit up and take notice. She's terribly earnest and has a hint of wounded bird about her that makes me want to tell her to suck it up and get over it. Comments about her biological clock were about three to many. The 'romance' is rather tepid as well, although the men are ...more
Book two was a little better than book 1, but there were still too many clunky shifts in the narrative for me to truly enjoy the entire story. I also would have liked to have had a better sense of how much time had passed from book 1 to book 2. Two things bothered me. One, the abrupt removal of two characters from book 1, with no explanation as to why or where they went. I realize that they were on of my annoyances in book 1, but they were and easy fix. The other little plot point that bothered ...more
May 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Just finished Steamed to Death last night, the second in the Gourmet De-lite Mystery series. I did enjoy this book, but the first one Allergic to Death is my favorite of the two. I like the slow progress in the romance between GiGi and Detective Mertz (I hope Declan is just a distraction). Detective Mertz really won me over this book as a love interest – there is a scene with a kitten that just did it for me. The other characters are interesting and provided red herrings in solving the murders ...more
Sarah Bauman
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a great mystery book that was really hard to put down. The main character of this book is Gigi Fitzgerald is a gourmet health food caterer who solves mysteries on the side. This mystery centers around an aging soap star named Felicity Davenport who is one of Gigi's clients. She's using her Gigi's Gourmet Delights to help her shed a few unwanted pounds. Next thing you know, Gigi finds Felicity murdered in her sauna and things get really crazy. This book has lots of twists and turns and ...more
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This new series is quickly becoming one of my favorites! Between the super cozy weather descriptions that really make you feel like it's fall, thecute descriptions of Gigi's dog Reg and all the yummy sounding food that Gigi is constantly preparing for her clients, this book is a truly COZY cozy mystery. I can't wait for the next in this series! I hope there is a Christmas themed installment coming soon because I feel like the authors descriptions are so great that I would really be transported ...more
Susan Kahler
Jul 19, 2014 rated it liked it
This series has potential, but needs more thorough editing as there were a number of inconsistencies. For example, her friend is due to give birth in 10 days initially, but later she says it's a few weeks away. One character breaks her arm, but then meets GiGi for lunch and there is no mention of it. After that, suddenly the woman hasn't been able to get out of the house due to not being able to drive. There were numerous issues like this. I do like the setting and characters, so will try ...more
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The writing was good and I liked the characters. And of course all the cooking and and food descriptions. But the reason I gave this book only 4 stars were all the annoying discrepancies throughout the book. Like for example; when Gigi parks her friends Taurus only to come back out to get into her own MINI???? There are more but I don't want to spoil the story for anyone. Maybe a better proofreader next time? Very frustrating, especially when you have a good story ...more
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Steamed to Death by Peg Cochran is the second book in A Gourmet De-lite mystery series which has become a favourite of mine.A plumbing catastrophe at her cottage sees Gigi moving into soap star star Felicity Davenport's kitchen. When Felicity is found "steamed to death" in her sauna and the clues start pointing to her friend Sienna, Gigi is once again looking for the real killer. This mystery was even better than the first and I especially enjoy the healthy food tips and descriptions. Healthy ...more
Sue Ross
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The second in the series didn't fail to keep me drawn in. This time Gigi is working for a soap opera star. There's not one but two murders and so many suspects you can't keep track. Gigi's best friend Sienna is even suspect. Who really did do it? How do you feel about handsome hunks? Well, there are two. I had it sort of figured out but not until the very end and not for the reason I thought....boy was I off there. Still a great book and am looking forward to the next one in the series.
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies, 2013
this is a fun series! I love to cook and the idea of cooking for people to help them lose weight/be healthier is an intriguing idea. Of course any time food is mentioned I'm all in! Gigi manages to find herself in the thick of things and discovers (almost too late) who the murderer is and of course nearly gets herself killed....but that is how cozies always turn out!

I sort of suspected who the killer was, nothing concrete just a gut feeling.
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Gigi Fitzgerald makes low cal meals for people who want to lose weight. She is hired by a soap opera star to help her. In addtion, she has her catering meals for her many guests. Gigi gets involved when a body is found and they are suspecting a very pregnant Sienna. Also Gigi is dealing with two suitors and awaiting news of a big contract. The mystery was interesting as many showed up on the radar. I enjoyed the mystery and Gigi's suitor dilemma. good cozy mysyery
Sheryl Martin
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I won this book through Goodreads: First reads. It was not as good as some of the other mystery books I have read, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Slow at some parts, but good overall. I loved the love story that was woven through the book as well as trying to figure out who committed the crime. I would recommend it to anyone interested in this kind of book!!
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2014
I would say 2 and out with this series, but I have the third one around here somewhere, so will read it eventually. There is no spark with these books. Don't love any of the characters. Don't hate 'em, guess they're just there. Like I said, I'll get to the third of these days. Ho hum!
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved the end chapters (although there was a continuity error that bothered me: She drove Alice's Taurus to her meeting and then she waled to where her Mini was parked).

I think Gigi is great, Reg sounds like the perfect little companion, and I hope she and Mertz eventually make everything work.

I look forward to reading more about Gigi's Gourmet De-Lite adventures.
May 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the 2nd book in the series of a person who creates good food for a living and makes up special plates for people to lose weight more naturally. A charming fun story and looking forward to her next book. This one at least keeps you wondering who did the killing and one does not know till the end.
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