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 mover and shaker …
In an 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, popping 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 rolling.
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 must find who’s really to blame before Nick gets arrested or the festival gets shut down. And as the anniversary of Erin’s father’s death in a still-unsolved hit-and-run approaches, her own beau isn’t so keen on her leading role.
But the closer Erin gets to shining a spotlight on the killer, the more likely it becomes that she’ll be the next person cut from the program…
About the Author:
Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. She lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat Ruff, a cover model and avid bird-watcher.
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Review of Butter Off Dead
Review (5 Stars): What an amazing series! I absolutely love these characters and the charming community of Jewel Bay, Montana. Erin has her hands full with another murder mystery when the planning manager of the First Annual Food Lovers’ Film Festival is found shot dead in her home and her brother is the prime suspect for the crime. Now she must find the killer before it is too late and the curtain closes on this festival before it even begins.
Erin is one of my favorite heroines at the moment. She is spunky and fun, but definitely can handle herself in any situation. This mystery was great for me because I love movies and this book just reminded me so much of my childhood where Saturday afternoons were spent at the matinee with my family. So many great memories and this book was an absolute delight. The mystery in Butter Off Dead was complex and very entertaining and I loved having a hard time figuring out the killer before Erin did. Always a winner in my book.
Ms. Budewitz is one of my favorite mystery writers and I’m always amazed at all the plot twists that are laced throughout each of her novels. This is the third book in the Food Lovers’ Village mystery series and I suggest that you start with the first book, Death al Dente, so you can meet these delightful characters from the very beginning. Every mystery in the series is very entertaining and you will definitely enjoy the time that you spend in this wonderful community.
I’m excited to give away a copy of Butter Off Dead. This giveaway is for US Residents only. To be entered in the drawing by July 27th, please leave me a comment below: