I read the first two books in the Papa Pacelli’s Pizzeria series, and because they’re so short, I’m going to combine my reviews into one post.
Pall Bearers and Pepperoni: Book 1 in The Papa Pacelli’s Pizzeria Series by Patti Benning
Rating:★★★✰✰ 3 stars
Not long after her grandfather’s unexpected death, Eleanora moves back to Kittiport, Maine after a disastrous ending to her engagement and her job in Chicago to take over the family’s pizzeria. After reconnecting with Ben, a childhood sweetheart, Eleanora finds him dead behind the pizzeria. Under suspicion, Ellie knows it’s up to her to find a killer.
I enjoyed this book, a novella length mystery and the first in the new series. The pizza descriptions made me drool (if I had to read about gooey cheese one more time, I was going to call Dominos!) and the characters were likable and interesting.
I thought the plot had a lot of promise, and it was really getting good when BAM! murderer is caught. The ending was so abrupt, it was like the author suddenly got tired of writing the story and plopped an ending in there. It didn’t do the rest of the story justice and diminished my enjoyment.
Overall, a cute read but needs as much time taken on writing the ending as there was writing the rest of the book.
Bacon Cheddar Murder: Book 2 in The Papa Pacelli’s Pizzeria Series by Patti Benning
Rating:★★★★✰ 4 stars
Late one night, Ellie’s best friend, Shannon, comes to her door terrified and covered in blood. She was in the woods to meet a source for a newspaper story, when a masked assailant shot the source. Shannon is under suspicion for the murder, and Ellie starts investigating to clear her name and uncovers someone willing to kill to protect their business.
I enjoyed this one much more than the last one. A big draw for me is the characters, they’re all a likable bunch, and, of course, the pizza (I would kill for one of those bacon cheddar pizzas.) The plot was well developed and had a lot of twists and turns that kept me guessing. Although it wrapped up quickly, it wasn’t nearly as abrupt as the ending in the last book.
Overall, another cute book in the Papa Picelli’s Pizzeria series, and a quick, enjoyable read that’s a perfect accompaniment to a large hand-tossed pepperoni with extra cheese.
Pall Bearers and Pepperoni is available at book retailers or online at Amazon
|Series: Papa Pacelli’s Pizzeria #1 + #2
Publisher: Summer Prescott Books
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Reviewer: Tam (Mystereity Reviews)