Basil Instinct by Shelley Costa

Release Date - June 24, 2014

Shelley Costa
Pocket Books

Book Review by Jessica Maguire

Eve and Maria Pia Angelotta are back in the second installment of Shelley Costa's mystery series. This time Maria Pia finds herself summoned to be a member of Belfiere, a secret society of female chefs. As part of the induction into the society, Maria Pia, like all Belfiere members, must get a “B” tattooed on her wrist.

While Maria Pia is busy with Belfiere, granddaughter Eve finds herself teaching a cooking class to troubled youths. However, one of her students is not like the rest. Georgia Payne shows interest and skill in the kitchen and Georgia is soon a sous chef at Miracolo, the Angelottas’ restaurant.

It does not take long, however, before "the prosciutto was about to hit the fan." Eve finds Georgia dead in the restaurant the day that Maria Pia is set to host a grand  dinner for Belfiere. Not wanting to ruin Maria Pia's dinner, Eve decides to hide Georgia's body until after the dinner. But then Georgia goes missing!

Making matters worse, Eve's cousin Landon goes missing as well and is considered a suspect in Georgia's death. The intrigue continues when Eve finds the remains of the Belfiere “B” tattoo on Georgia's wrist. Just who is Georgia and did she die trying to escape the crazy chefs of Belfiere?

Find out and pick up this gripping and engaging mystery full of action and surprise twists. And before you start reading, turn to the back of the novel to find a delicious recipe for Gorgonzola and Spiced Walnuts in Port Wine Syrup and enjoy a delicious treat while you lose yourself in the world of Miracolo. 


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