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Public Anchovy #1

Mindy Quigley delivers in book three of the outstanding Deep Dish Mysteries.

Public Anchovy #1 by Mindy Quigley is book three in the outstanding Deep Dish Mysteries.

Delilah and crew are hired to cater a Prohibition-themed fundraiser at an isolated historic mansion to raise money for the public library when a suspicious death occurs at the party. Thanks to a winter storm, they end up trapped overnight inside the venue with the murderer among them.

This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series! And book three did not disappoint! I love Delilah. She is relatable, competent, clever, a bit sarcastic, and always makes me laugh. She also has a heart of gold, and I love her relationships in this book, particularly with her best friend and sou chef, Sonya. The two of them alone would be worth tuning in for, but you also get a quirky supporting cast that feels real and is so much fun to spend time with and a cat that is a total scene-stealer. Then there's Delilah's chemistry with hunky police detective Calvin Capone. Swoon!   

Taking the group off-site from the restaurant and putting them in a remote house setting with the murderer among them gave the book Agatha Christie vibes that I really enjoyed! So atmospheric! The mystery is well-plotted with enough red herrings to keep you guessing and is full of fun literary and film references. Quigley's writing style is engaging, and this is well-paced. The fantastic food descriptions will have you seriously craving pizza! Delicious recipes are included, and this one features a gluten-free crust recipe I will definitely try! A fun touch with the recipes is that they are presented "in character" by Sonya, Delilah, and Daniel, the bartender. 

Cozy mystery lovers will definitely want to grab this one! 

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martins Press for the free book! 

My steep was from Gin and Cream by Lake Missoula Tea Company and Amoda Tea. This rooibos, juniper, lavender, and cardamom tea was perfect for this book as gin cocktails are served in it. 

Use code READTHIS40 for 40% off your first Amoda Tea Monthly Box! 


Public Anchovy #1 is the third book in Mindy Quigley's delectable Deep Dish Mystery series, set in a Wisconsin pizzeria.

While Geneva Bay’s upper crust gets ready to party down at a Prohibition-themed fundraiser, pizza chef Delilah O’Leary is focused on seeing her struggling restaurant through the winter slow season. The temperature outside is plummeting, but Delilah’s love life might finally be heating up, as hunky police detective Calvin Capone seems poised to (finally) make a move.

But Delilah’s hopes of perfecting a new “free-from” pizza recipe for a charity bash are dashed when a dead body crashes the party. Soon, Capone, Delilah, and her entire staff are trapped in an isolated mansion and embroiled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse.

To catch an increasingly-desperate killer, Delilah will have to top all of her previous crime-solving accomplishments, and a few pizzas, too.

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