It's the First Annual Food Lovers' Film Festival and
organizers Erin Murphy and Christine Vandenberg are
scrambling to deal with the last minute decisions and
problems. Unfortunately, Christine is found dead and now
Erin has a new problem as her brother, Nick, is the most
likely suspect. Can Erin keep the festival going while
discovering who Christine's murderer is?
BUTTER OFF DEAD is the third book in the Food Lovers'
Village Mystery series but can be read as a
standalone. Leslie Budewitz quickly immerses readers into
the village of Jewel Bay, Montana, while providing new
readers a handy list of characters to keep track of who's
who. Erin is a great main character and her love for her
family and the town of Jewel Bay shines through so
clearly in all her actions.
And oh how I love the town of Jewel Bay and the various
specialty shops! Erin manages the Merc, a store filled
with locally made food, and I wish I could browse the
shelves to see all the yummy sounding treats the Merc
offers. I particularly like that Leslie Budewitz doesn't
ignore the difficulties in running specialty stores in an
area where the tourist season is quite small.
BUTTER OFF DEAD is a scrumptious cozy mystery filled
with food, family, and an intriguing mystery. I've only
read one other book by Leslie Budewitz, but I definitely
intend to read more by her, including the first two books
in the Food Lovers' Village Mystery series, as I
love her characters and settings. BUTTER OFF DEAD is
As the national bestselling Food Lovers’ Village
Mysteries continue, the merchants of Jewel Bay, Montana, try
to heat up chilly winter business with a new film festival.
But their plans are sent reeling when a dangerous killer
dims the lights on a local vendor...
attempt to woo tourists to Jewel Bay and cheer up the
townies, Erin Murphy, manager of the specialty local foods
market known as the Merc, is organizing the First Annual
Food Lovers’ Film Festival, filled with classic foodie
flicks and local twists on favorite movie treats. But when
her partner in planning, painter Christine Vandeberg, is
found dead only days before the curtain rises, Erin suspects
someone is attempting to stop the films from
To make matters worse, Nick—Erin’s brother
and Christine’s beau—has top billing on the suspect list.
Convinced her brother is innocent and determined that the
show must go on, Erin has to find who’s really to blame
before Nick gets arrested or the festival gets shut down.
But the closer she gets to the killer, the more likely it
becomes that she’ll be the next person cut from the program...