After numerous false starts, plenty of failures, and
several times quitting out of boredom, Angie Arnolf has
finally found a business that she performs well and that
people appreciate. "Commercial Cakes" is doing so well
that Angie barely has time to sleep. This frustrates her
boyfriend, homicide detective Paavo Smith, who after much
deliberating, has finally worked up the courage to ask her
to marry him.
Every time Paavo begins to propose, Angie is
distracted, called to the phone or falls asleep. She ends
up hiring two employees who are into the Goth scene while
Paavo happens to work on a serial killer case involving
Goths. He doesn't know how, but based on experience with
his beloved, Paavo expects Angie is going to become
involved in his case though he hates it when she places her
life in danger.
Joanne Pence writes an ingenious mystery that is both
hilarious and deadly serious, sometimes at the same time.
The proposal scenes are hysterical while the action scenes
involving the Goth cult are frightening even as they seem
otherworldly. BELL, COOK AND CANDLE is a humorous novel
that has cross-genre appeal.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 1, 2001