Synopsis: Andy Buckland is determined that nothing will interrupt her first Christmas with Malcolm Jones and her last holiday spent in her childhood home. When the family recipe book disappears from the Bowtie Angel, and Aunt Cecily threatens to put “The Eye” on the entire population of Beaverton if it isn’t returned, Andy and Jones decide to put the eggnog on hold for a little old fashioned sleuthing. But as one secret leads to another, and rumors are served up along with hot buttered penne, Andy can’t shake the suspicion that her life is about to change forever.
My thoughts: Despite the minor editing flaws my eyes detected, but my mind swiftly modified, Christmas Al Dente is not only an entertaining holiday read, but a heart-stirring tale beautifully laced with family, friends and small-town living. Readers are able to follow along even without having read the previous Southern Pasta Shop Mysteries; however, please be prepared to rush over to your favorite retailer to purchase Hart’s backlist.
Andy, Hart’s protagonist, is authentic, compassionate, openly flawed and a winner when it comes to fictional leads.
Hart crafts emotionally multifaceted relationships and constructs remarkable secondary characters who enrich and smoothly propel Christmas Al Dente along while brilliantly weaving a clever mystery.
This holiday short story is a must for your bookshelf and leaves readers clamoring for more!
Review first appeared in Long Island Book Reviews Examiner.
Copyright © 2016 by Diane Morasco