This time it’s personal for private eye Savannah Reid and her police detective husband, Dirk Coulter (Killer Physique, 2014, etc.).
When her longtime friends John Gibson and Ryan Stone open a high-end eatery in San Carmelita, Savannah envisions an endless array of tasty treats coming her way. But before she can lock her lips around her first Crayfish Vol-a-Vent, ReJuvene is shuttered by the untimely death of its chef de cuisine. Whoever butchered Baldwin Norwood certainly had an ax to grind—along with a cleaver and a semiserrated kitchen knife. When she looks for the author of the blood bath in ReJuvene’s kitchen, Savannah finds no dearth of candidates. Chef Baldwin’s staff hated his guts. But Francia Fortun, Carlos Ortez and Manuel Cervantes provide each other with a time-honored restaurant-worker alibi: They were out back together grabbing a smoke. Perla Viola, Baldwin’s girlfriend but not his biggest fan, was at the theater with her daughter and has the playbill to prove it. So his former partner, Yale Ingram, looks like the front-runner. He’s got a grudge against Norwood for abandoning their restaurant, Villa Nuevo, to sign on with Gibson and Stone. But because Dirk has his own hunch, Savannah, instead of working for paying customers, devotes herself to helping her hubby collar a killer.
McKevett proves that marriage doesn’t stop the fun, as Savannah and Dirk bicker and banter their way through their 20th case before retiring to the bedroom to enjoy a generous dollop of Chantilly cream for dessert.