Book Review: Basil Instinct by: Shelley Costa

Rating: 3/5

Publisher: Pocket Books

Publication Date: June 24, 2014

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Book Links:  Goodreads

Synopsis: In this second cozy mystery series that started with You Cannoli Die Once, a chef and her cousins launch their own investigation when a new sous chef turns up dead in their Italian restaurant.

When Chef Eve Angelotta’s grandmother, Maria Pia, is invited to join Belfiere, a secret all-female Italian culinary society, Eve is concerned. Rumor has it that membership is lifelong—whether you like it or not. Eve and her cousin Landon try to research Belfiere, but all they come up with is a two-year-old blog entry warning against the two-hundred-year-old society that centers around meals inspired by famous female poisoners.

Soon after, Eve’s new sous chef turns up dead just inside the front door of Miracolo, Eve’s restaurant. When they discover the sous chef had connections to Belfiere, Eve and her Italian cousins start a mission to find out what happened—before Maria Pia is made an offer she can’t refuse.

Series: Miracolo Mysteries

Review: Chef Eve Angelotta is teaching a culinary arts class on top of running her restaurant, Miracolo, and keeping her grandmother out of trouble. When an invitation to join Belfiere, a secret society of female chefs, comes to Maria Pia both Landon and Eve are worried. When they research the group, they can only find a mysterious years old blog entry accusing them of being poisoners. When Eve’s new sous chef ends up dead in the restaurant, Eve is determined to get to the bottom of the Belfiere mystery before Maria Pia ends up hurt or worse…

BASIL INSTINCT is the second of the cozy comedic culinary mysteries in the Miracolo series. I definitely enjoyed BASIL INSTINCT more than the first book, YOU CANNOLI DIE ONCE. At times, there were still a few too many characters to keep track of, but it didn’t detract from the story this time. Full of humor and creativity, BASIL INSTINCT definitely stepped it up in the mystery department. The plot was good, with some surprises, and I didn’t figure out the perpetrator before they were revealed. BASIL INSTINCT is a solid second entry into this series.

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