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Culinary queen Angie Amalfi has put aside her gourmet utensils to concentrate on planning her upcoming wedding to San Francisco homicide detective Paavo Smith. What could possibly go wrong?

Instead of the answer to her heart’s dreams, she scrambles to deal with wedding planners with bizarre ideas, wedding dresses that don’t flatter, squabbling relatives with hurt feelings, a long-suffering groom, and worries over where she and Paavo will live after the wedding. But all of that pales when Angie finds the perfect house for them, except for one little problem–the house may be haunted.

Many years ago, the newlyweds who lived in the house were murdered, and the case was never solved. While Angie pursues what happened to the couple who now may be haunting the house, Paavo obsesses over his own case involving the murder of unlikely lovers. The trail leads to ghosts, murders, unhappy families, and enough obnoxious wedding buttinskis to fill a graveyard. But when eerie happenings turn deadly, Angie fears she may be spirited away for good!


Joanne Pence is the author of the best-selling “Angie Amalfi” mystery series, but she has also written historical fiction, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, a fantasy, and most recently, a paranormal thriller. Her historical and romance novels were first released under the pseudonym “JoMarie Lodge,” but now all her books are available as e-books and most are also in print. She hopes you’ll enjoy her stories as they present a variety of times, places, and reading experiences from mysterious to thrilling, emotional to lightly humorous, as well as powerful tales of times long past.


Well, I screwed up someplace. Cooking Spirits was a great read, but I shouldn’t have been reading it – yet. I have my systems. Long running established series, I get from the library and read beginning to end. On my Kindle are new series with one to at most three out, freebies that look interesting or the latest release in a series where I have already read all the previous books. I picked up my Kindle and this was next up.  Was thoroughly enjoying it but noticed one too many references to something past. So I researched…  Turns out this is the latest in a long running series that I haven’t read. So now I have to go back and get them all because I really enjoyed this cozy mystery. Angie is from a large family, has money, can’t seem to hold a job and is engaged to Paavo Smith who is a homicide detective. Cooking Spirits find Angie trying to find a wedding planner, with the wedding only four months away and not even her gown chosen. She is also house hunting because her friend Stan convinces her Paavo will not like living in the penthouse apartment owned by Angie’s wealthy father. There are two mysteries in this book. Paavo has to find who killed two people who worked in the same company, who may or may not have been lovers, and one of whom may or may not have been a twin. Angie has her own mystery to solve when she finds the perfect house for her and Paavo. No one has lived in the house for thirty years. Could it be because the last occupants were murdered on the cliffs out back? Both cleverly constructed mysteries are solved and now I have to go back and start reading this series from the beginning as the next release is sure to have the wedding. And I love a good wedding. This was a strong ♥♥♥♥ read.



Published by Kate Eileen Shannon

Artist, Crafter, Writer, purveyor of ephemera and bagatelle


  1. I always love a good book recommendation because I’m always looking for what I can read that I might enjoy! Thank you for warning me about the series. I really do try my best to start at the beginning! Thank you also for including information about the author. I’ll keep my eye out for her work! Thanks!


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