Nell Valenti is at ease when managing a farm to table cooking school in sun-dappled Tuscany, but begins to feel the heat when tasked with catching a killer, in this engaging Italian-set cozy mystery series.
When a wealthy New York philanthropist pays top dollar for a private, four-day ziti workshop, Nell Valenti wants everyone at the Orlandini cooking school focused on the task at hand. But complications abound when Nell’s boyfriend Pete Orlandini rushes to Rome for an unexpected business trip, Chef Orlandini is more preoccupied with a potential spot on an American cooking show than preparing for the workshop, and an uninvited woman sneaks into the villa to inspect Pete’s olive grove. The last disturbance proves deadly, and when the woman’s body is found in the grove, Nell must investigate before her hopes for the workshop, like the olives, are crushed.
Nell now has another item on her checklist--keep the Orlandinis out of trouble and the wealthy ziti-lovers happy while she looks into the stranger’s past. When Nell discovers that for one of the Orlandinis, at least, the murder victim was not such a stranger after all, she’ll learn that when a detective goes digging in Italy, she’d better be ready for truffle.
About the Author
Stephanie Cole is an active member of the mystery-writing community. Writing as Shelley Costa, she was nominated for both an Edgar and Agatha Award, and she cofounded the Northeast Ohio chapter of Sisters in Crime. She teaches creative writing workshops and lectures on American literature in the greater Cleveland area. For fun she takes violin lessons, studies art history—and eyes them both for murder plots.
Praise for Evil Under the Tuscan Sun
"Cole’s solid characters, sharp dialogue, and clever puzzle provide a recipe for more than just ziti."--Kirkus Reviews
Additional Praise for Stephanie Cole and the Tuscan Cooking School mysteries
"Stephanie Cole paints Tuscany vividly from the olive groves to the vineyards. Breakfasts of Bavarian-filled pastry and elegant dinners with white truffle pappardelle blend with clever sleuthing and hysterical mishaps. A delightful mystery, both comforting and exotic, peppered with unexpected characters."--Krista Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Dog Who Knew Too Much, on Al Dente's Inferno
"An intriguing mystery and an intelligent heroine make for the perfect combination. Pull up a chair, pass the parmesan, mangia!"—Kylie Logan, national bestselling author of Italian Iced
“This book made me want to travel to Tuscany, live in a centuries-old convent in Cortona…and follow the engaging Nell Valenti on every adventure.”—Julia Buckley, bestselling author of the Writer's Apprentice novels
"No bumbling around confronting witnesses, antagonizing the local carabinieri, or daring the killer to try to stop her—just some daring leaps of logic based on first-timer Cole’s carefully planted clues."--Kirkus