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Death Al Dente

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Take a trip with me to Jewel Bay, Montana, a lakeside resort community on the road to Glacier Park-a town that calls itself a "Food Lovers' Village." You'll meet Erin Murphy, the 32-year-old manager of Glacier Mercantile, aka The Merc, a market specializing in regional foods, occupying her family's century-old building that once held the town's original grocery. Erin has a passion for pasta, retail, and huckleberry chocolates-and an unexpected talent for solving murder.

It takes a village to catch a killer.


Release date: August 6, 2013


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ISBN-13: 978-0425259559
Publisher: Berkley (July 1, 2014)

The crew of Food Preneurs, the hottest cooking show on TV, comes to Jewel Bay to film the town's summer food and art festival, and a steak grill-off featuring three of Jewel Bay's prime chefs. But when one of the contestants is killed, Erin must grill a few suspects to keep the town's - and the Merc's - rep from going up in flames, and smoke out the killer.

Release date: July 1, 2014


"Small town charm and big time chills. ... A dizzying culinary delight with a twisty-turny plot!" –Laura Childs, New York Times best-selling author

"A delicious new series. ... I’m looking forward to my next visit to Jewel Bay." –Sofie Kelly, New York Times best-selling author of the Magical Cats mysteries

"Clever, charming and completely yummy." –Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony and Macavity winning author

"An intriguing sleuth, who loves gourmet food, family, and her hometown, plus recipes to die for distinguish a delectable mystery." –Carolyn Hart, Agatha-winning author of What the Cat Saw and Letters from Home

"Convincing characters, a believable plot, the right dash of romance, and a deft use of words ... create a seamless and satisfying read." -Sheila Connolly, NYT Bestselling author of Golden Malicious and Buried in a Bog

Leslie Budewitz is the author of Books, Crooks & Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law & Courtroom Procedure, winner of the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Non-fiction.
The top banner is "Birch Grove," painted with French dye on silk. I painted it in a class with renowned Montana artist Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey.