Strangle a Loaf of Italian Bread

When Barbra Streisand clone Sara Lee is strangled with a Daffy Duck neck tie, prior to the open auditions for a community theatre production of Hello, Dolly , diet club leader Ellie Bernstein wants to know why everybody didn t like Sara Lee.Ellie s significant other, homicide detective Peter Miller, wants her to keep her lovely, overly sensitive nose out of his business HWhen Barbra Streisand clone Sara Lee is strangled with a Daffy Duck neck tie, prior to the open auditions for a community theatre production of Hello, Dolly , diet club leader Ellie Bernstein wants to know why everybody didn t like Sara Lee.Ellie s significant other, homicide detective Peter Miller, wants her to keep her lovely, overly sensitive nose out of his business He s deathly afraid he ll find her trashes in the Dumpster that overshadows the alley in back of Uncle Vinnie s Gourmet Italian Restaurant the backdrop for Sara Lee s murder.But Ellie doggedly pursues a rollercoaster of clues, even though her daily routine is disrupted by a Border Collie named Scout Finch Lester Ellie who has never been owned by a dog somewhat reluctantly agrees to dog sit a diet club member s beloved pet Only problem is, Scout s owner seems to disappeared into thin air.Ellie really should have discussed the pet sitting assignment with her regal black Persian, Jackie Robinson, first If looks could kill Denise Dietz is like Robert B Parker on estrogen Her heroine, diet guru Ellie Bernstein, is fiendishly clever and uproariously funny Trust me, this is not your maiden auntie s murder mystery Marshall Karp, author of The Rabbit Factory Strangle a Loaf of Italian Bread is a delightful mixture of humor, mystery, romance, with dashes of movie trivia Warm hearted Ellie Bernstein charms again with her giving nature and penchant for sleuthing Mary Saums, author of the Thistle and Twigg series Denise Dietz creates real characters who act like people She gives you a puzzling mystery She writes dialogue that sounds like people talking And she s funny What else do you want Jeffrey Cohen, author the Double Feature Mystery seriesNOMINATED FOR A LEFT COAST CRIME LEFTY AWARD Dietz Chain a Lamb Chop to Bed, etc has created some amusing characters Kirkus Animals abound in the book, from Ellie s black Persian cat, Jackie Robinson Rachel s border collie a fictional menagerie of seven cats, named for the days of the week Ellie s mother s six cats, charmingly named Danielle Steele, Victoria Gordon, Nora Roberts, Lorna Ann Jakes, Maggie Osborne and Marty Blue, most of which names should be familiar to readers of the present novel Charming is one of the best ways to describe the entire novel, which presents an interesting plot, characters and dialogue Food figures prominently in the book The narrative is lightly sprinkled with recipes, and many of the characters are of the weight conscious variety, as might be expected in a series where the female protagonist is the head of a local Weight Winners diet club The title is derived from a line by the late Gilda Radner, a worthy muse Eating is self punishment, punish the food instead Strangle a loaf of Italian bread Ya gotta love it Gloria Feit for Crimespree Magazine and Midwest Book Reviews With a deft hand, author Dietz navigates readers through a morass of clues, false trails, time worn clich s and some intriguing characters in a laugh out loud story that is bound to capture readers by page two The secret appears to be the character of Ellie Bernstein, who, while traipsing about town interviewing people, obsesses about missing Jeopardy programs, and relationships between dogs and cats Readers may not learn any secrets of the universe or how to manage inter personal relationships, but they ll have a very pleasant time in this exceedingly well crafted novel with a fine mystery at its core Carl Brookins
Strangle a Loaf of Italian Bread When Barbra Streisand clone Sara Lee is strangled with a Daffy Duck neck tie prior to the open auditions for a community theatre production of Hello Dolly diet club leader Ellie Bernstein wants to

  • Title: Strangle a Loaf of Italian Bread
  • Author: Denise Dietz
  • ISBN: 9781594147609
  • Page: 130
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Strangle a Loaf of Italian Bread”

    1. When Sara Lee’s body was found in a dumpster outside Uncle Vinnie’s Gourmet Italian Restaurant, Ellie Bernstein decided it was her duty to solve the murder. Lieutenant Peter Miller, Ellie’s boyfriend thought she should mind her own business.Ellie is a diet club leader and currently dog sitting for her friend Rachel Lester. Just making sure that Scout and Ellie’s cat Jackie Robinson got along should be enough to keep Ellie busy. However, Ellie cannot keep her nose out of trouble.Ellie dis [...]

    2. Diet expert Ellie Bernstein finds herself fascinated by the murder of a waitress at a nearby Italian restaurant, although as usual her significant other, policeman Peter Miller, wants her to stay out of trouble. Ellie is also baby-sitting a dog for one of her diet club members, Rachel, but when Rachel's husband is murdered and Rachel can't be found, Ellie looks for a connection between the crimes.

    3. I've read others in this series, but this is probably my last one. I don't care for the style or the characters. There are some interesting recipes, but not enough to keep my interest.

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