Six Feet Deep Dish
by Mindy Quigley
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Send NetGalley books directly to your Kindle or Kindle app
To read on a Kindle or Kindle app, please add email@example.com as an approved email address to receive files in your Amazon account. Click here for step-by-step instructions.
Also find your Kindle email address within your Amazon account, and enter it here.
Pub Date 23 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 30 Apr 2023
St. Martin's Press, St. Martin's Paperbacks
Fresh mozzarella, tangy tomato sauce, and murder: the perfect recipe for a delicious first entry in Mindy Quigley's Six Feet Deep Dish, a delectable new series...
Delilah O’Leary can’t wait to open her new gourmet deep-dish pizzeria in Geneva Bay, Wisconsin—a charming resort town with a long history as a mobsters’ hideaway, millionaires’ playground, and vacation mecca. Engaged to a hunk with a hefty trust fund, Delilah is poised to begin a life that’s just about as delicious as one of her cheesy creations.
Just before opening night, though, Delilah’s plans for pizza perfection hit the skids when her fiancé dumps her and leaves her with a very large memento from their relationship—Butterball, their spoiled, plus-sized tabby cat.
Delilah’s trouble deepens when she discovers a dead body and finds her elderly aunt holding the murder weapon. Handsome local police detective Calvin Capone, great grandson of the legendary gangster, opens an investigation, threatening to sink Delilah’s pie-in-the-sky ambitions before they can even get off the ground. To save her aunt and get her pizza place generating some dough, Delilah must deliver the real killer.
"Every now and again a cozy comes along in which the author not only checks off all of the boxes but does such an excellent job in the process that the book totally stands out from the crowd. This is the case with Six Feet Deep Dish....Droll and witty, sophisticated and credible, this is a series to watch out for." —First Clue (starred review)
"Your mouth will water from the first page of this delightful new cozy. You’ll also love the characters, and the perfectly plotted murder had me guessing the whole way through. Delilah is my new favorite amateur detective." —Paige Shelton, New York Times bestselling author
"Delilah O'Leary is as appealing as the pizzas she serves at her new restaurant. Fiercely loyal to her friends and employees, the strong willed, hugely competent Delilah is a cozy heroine for our times. I loved everything about her and her refreshing can-do attitude to cooking pizza, running her restaurant, and solving murders, along with the occasional healthy dose of insecurity! Six Feet Deep Dish is a wonderful start to a promising series, and I can't wait to visit Geneva Bay and enjoy more of whatever's being served at Delilah & Son." —Vicki Delany, National bestselling author
"Quigley pens a deliciously twisty mystery layered with salty suspects and packed with local flavor. Six Feet Deep Dish is sure to leave cozy readers drooling for more." —Julie Anne Lindsay, bestselling author
"A delight. A delicious adventure, full of wit and charm....Quigley’s excellent writing will amuse and entertain as readers immerse themselves in her twisty plotting." —Tracee de Hahn, author of the Agnes Lüthi Mysteries
"Delicious....Six Feet Deep Dish will only stoke your appetite for the next in this must-read new foodie cozy series." —Maddie Day, author of the Country Store Mysteries
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 333 members
Six Feet Deep Dish is the first book in this series. it takes place in Geneva Bay, Wisconsin. Delilah O'Leary (Dee) is the main character. She is getting ready to open a gourmet deep-dish pizzeria along with her fiancé and business partner, Sam VanMeter. They live over the restaurant with Sam's cat, Butterball. Just before their trial opening she and Sam get into a huge fight and he leaves saying it is all over leaving Dee to prepare and deal with their opening. She has her employees Sonya Dokter, friend and sous chef; Daniel, friend and bartender; Melody, hostess and Carson her server. Everyone attending is enjoying themselves. Her aunt, Elizabeth O'Grady and her caretaker, Jeremy come to the opening but she seems not herself. Jeremy is also acting strange. When Dee goes out to get some air she finds Jeremy dead and her aunt unconscious in her wheelchair with the gun in her lap. Dee calls for help and people come out of the restaurant. The police are called. Detective Calvin Capone arrives, He goes to Dee;s apartment to interview her and her aunt about Jeremy's death and takes the gun which Delilah still has in her hands. He is also looking for Sam who seems to have disappeared. This is where the story takes off with all kinds of twists and turns with the supporting characters adding to the story. Dee is concerned she and her aunt will be arrested as suspects and she and her friends decide to find out who killed Jeremy and why. The next day while waiting for her friends a man named Robert Blakemore (Rabbit) is there to apply for the job as dishwasher. which she hires. While cleaning up after the opening Robert finds a purse on a purse hook at a side booth, which belonged to Veronica Tancka who also worked for Dee as a consultant sommelier for the wines for the restaurant. While having lunch with her employees they notice Veronica's BMW parked on the far side of the parking lot. Veronica arrives to pick up her purse and car which has her keys still in her purse. The night before she said that she and Carson were having sex in her car when Jeremy was murdered.
Delilah finds her aunt on the bedroom floor unconscious and calls for an ambulance. While at the hospital she finds out that the pills she has been taking were opiates which apparently had been given to her by Jeremy to keep her drugged. She goes back to the apartment to get the pills and finds that they are not there. Someone has taken them. She calls and notifies the detective that the pills are not there.
The story picks up pace with Delilah and her workers doing their own investigations. She and Detective Capone try to work together but at times come to disagreements. Sam is finally found and Dee and he decide that they are better as friends. He will continue to fund her restaurant. Delilah finally opens and although things are going well the story takes an unexpected turn and there is a lot of suspense until the ending when the murderer is exposed.
The last chapter is when Detective Capone arrives at her restaurant with Butterball who has gotten into a fight with his cat. Brujo Delilah realizes that it is his cat that has been fighting with Butterball. After a few harsh words they realize they must give each other some slack as no one is perfect. It will be interesting to see where their friendship goes in the next book in this series..
Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Paperbacks for this ARC.
Six Feet Deep Dish by Mindy Quigley is a great cozy mystery that is the first in a new series: Deep Dish Mysteries. I truly loved this!
This is such a great first book. It really takes off from the very get-go.
The cast of characters, their interactions, their whip-smart dialogue, the one-liners, the cheekiness…it is hilarious and perfect. The balance between this and the murder/mystery, the past guilts, the inner and external struggles that each character is dealing with, is spot on.
This book takes place in the small lakeside vacation town of Geneva Bay, Wisconsin. Delilah O’Leary is the main character, but the additional characters: Aunt Biz, Daniel, Sonya, Melody, Butterball (my own orange cat was plump and named Butterfinger as I have found a kindred spirit ), and Capone….make for a great book. Even the recipes have humor and sass.
I am soooooo looking forward to new books.
Thank you NG and St. Martin’s Press for this wonderful arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion.
I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication on 8/23/22.
Delilah is a good main character, but I really disliked her fiancé Sam. There was a good solid mystery that kept me guessing, and I like the setting of a pizza place. I think this series has great potential and I’m looking forward to reading the next book.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for selecting me to read an advanced copy of this book.
Delilah is opening a pizza restaurant in a cozy tourist town with financial backing from her millionaire fiance. But all is not well in this relationship and when someone is murdered during her soft opening she fears her restaurant dreams are over. Add a feisty aunt, loyal crew and hot detective and you have the first in a winning mystery series
The first in a new cozy mystery series set in Wisconsin! Delilah is excited to be opening a new deep dish pizza restaurant with her fiancé. However, things to start to go wrong after a fight with her fiancé followed up by a murder. Even worse, her aunt was found holding the murder weapon. Delilah must solve the murder before she is next!
I really liked this debut book of a new series. The characters are great, the plot was good, and it made me excited for future books! Plus I love the animal companion here - a chubby cat named butterball!
I received my copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I love this book and am delighted to find a new cozy mystery series that I truly enjoy. The writing flows. The plot is well-paced. The characters are multi-dimensional. There is no tedious descriptions to increase word count. The characters and social situation have an air of authenticity to them. It's a delicious .new series and this first book has whet my appetite for more.
This fast-paced and well written drama quickly became a page-turner as I could not put this book down until all was said and done. The mystery was executed with deliberate fanfare that included a bountiful and eclectic cast of characters, an intriguing pool of suspects and clues sprinkled throughout that kept me immersed in all aspects. The author knows how to tell a story with visually descriptive narrative and engaging dialogue that put me in the middle of all the action. The comfortable tone made it easy to follow along with what the author intended. I enjoyed the menu-planning meals that were interspersed in the telling of this tale. There were a few red herrings that enhanced my reading pleasure. Overall, I enjoyed this series that is a welcome addition to the cozy genre.
What a delight! I not only found a new-to-me author to follow but the joy of reading this fast-paced, fun cozy mystery. Delilah O'Leary is focused so much on opening her new gourmet pizzeria that the worst of her control freak side has ruined a relationship, then she discovers a dead body outside at the pizzeria's soft opening. It's her elderly Aunt Biz's caretaker, Jeremy. The murder weapon is found in her aunt's possession. Enter Geneva Bay's police detective Capone, great grandson of the legendary Al Capone. Fur is going to fly and it isn't all going to come from Butterball, Deliliah's plus-sized cat.
I found myself immediately sucked into the story. Not only is Delilah's personality one you can't ignore but her pizzeria staff is made up of equally unique characters. All have back stories and needs and depend on Delilah to one extent or the other. Oh, the pressure of being the boss. They have her back, fortunately, and the dialogue, quips, and zingers seem to flow naturally, making them someone we'd like to know. Despite having just seen Sam, her boyfriend exit, she finds herself drawn to Capone. His backstory trickles out as the book continues and you will find yourself liking him, too, I'm sure. Delilah sure did but, well, will that be enough? Maybe. Life is never perfect, alas.
Who killed Jeremy? As it turns out, there are many legitimate suspects. Since Delilah was storming out of the pizzeria determined to fire Carson when she found the body and he was nowhere to be found, he's an obvious suspect. Biz? After all, the gun was hers. Who steals Aunt Biz's medications? Why does she wind up in the hospital? Did Sam's jaunt cleanse his heart chakra and help him reconnect with himself? Why does Veronica call Jeremy a viper? What surprise is found in Biz's shed? And, oh, so much more. The twist at the end was a stunner. Put this one on your "TBR" list and enjoy the recipes at the end, too. They were made extra special by being given in the "voices" of various characters, adding to the fun. Let's just say, I rarely do more than scan recipes. These I read with a grin.
Thanks #NetGalley and #StMartinsPress for inviting me to Geneva Bay, Wisconsin, for Delilah's grand opening. It was fun and I will definitely be back.
It's the night of the soft opening of Delilah O'Leary's pizzeria. Everything is going great until a gunshot is heard and Delilah finds the dead body of her Aunt Biz's personal care assistant with Aunt Biz next to it holding the murder weapon. Delilah isn't satisfied with the pace Detective Calvin Capone and the rest of the local police set for solving the case. Delilah is very new at this but she is determined to identify the murderer. This book has a very interesting storyline. I enjoyed it. I liked most of the characters. Sam... not so much. He was too "zen" for my taste. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
"Fresh mozzarella, tangy tomato sauce, and murder: the perfect recipe for a delicious first entry in Mindy Quigley's Six Feet Deep Dish, a delectable new series...
Delilah O'Leary can’t wait to open her new gourmet deep-dish pizzeria in Geneva Bay, Wisconsin - a charming resort town with a long history as a mobsters' hideaway, millionaires' playground, and vacation mecca. Engaged to a hunk with a hefty trust fund, Delilah is poised to begin a life that's just about as delicious as one of her cheesy creations.
Just before opening night, though, Delilah's plans for pizza perfection hit the skids when her fiancé dumps her and leaves her with a very large memento from their relationship - Butterball, their spoiled, plus-sized tabby cat.
Delilah's trouble deepens when she discovers a dead body and finds her elderly aunt holding the murder weapon. Handsome local police detective Calvin Capone, great grandson of the legendary gangster, opens an investigation, threatening to sink Delilah's pie-in-the-sky ambitions before they can even get off the ground. To save her aunt and get her pizza place generating some dough, Delilah must deliver the real killer."
Set in Wisconsin and featuring deep-dish pizza and a plus-sized cat? Um, yes, please! This book was written for me!
I really enjoyed this book! I liked the characters (especially Butterball), setting & mystery. The cozy mystery schtick of a pizza place was great and I drooled reading the various food descriptions.
This author was new to me and I'll definitely be reading more of her books.
Very much looking forward to more books in this series!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from St. Martin's Press through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Thank you, St. Martin's Press!
Ms. Quigly pens a Chicago set culinary cozy with a few twists and turns.
Sam and Delilah open a deep dish pizzeria in Chicago, so Delilah can keep a closer eye on her ailing Aunt Biz in the former mob front, Rocco’s.
When a murder occurs at their soft opening, Delilah feels the need to nose around, much to the dismay of the investigating detective. She manages to be able to give him some new information and also to endanger herself in the process by deciding who the killer is….wrongly.
It’s a fun read and I recommend it for any cozy fan.
I requested and received a NetGalley ARC to peruse gratis and offer my opinion in the same.
Huge thanks to the publisher and NetGallery for an advance copy of SixFeet Deep Dish in return of an honest review. It was a perfect way to pass the time in this hot, humid weather!
I loved it! Delilah is just about to open her new pizza restaurant when her fiance dumps her. And that's not all, a body is found and Delilah needs to help the investigation along in order to have a successful opening.
Ms Quigley writes an amazing mystery, keeping the pages turning til the last pages only to discover I never expected that to be the killer. Excellent first in the series, I look forward to more!
In Nine Feet Deep Dish, Mindy Quigley lays out the right amount of detail in the first chapter...a good number of characters...enough to keep you guessing, a great sense of place, both the Chicago themed pizza restaurant and the beautiful lakeside community. Just like a great pizza sauce, this story is a perfect blend of cozy and mystery. You will breeze through the pages and land with a solid ending and find yourself craving the next book in the series.
Six Feet Deep Dish by Mindy Quigley was brilliant! This murder mystery was better than good pizza and I’m someone who would eat pizza for every meal! I’m sad it’s the first in the series because I’ll have a long time to wait for the next one.
What I loved
-A heroine, Delilah, who goes after her dream of owning a restaurant and doesn’t let something like a murder stand in her way
-Body positive best friend and a great supporting cast
-Cozy Midwest lake town setting and great kitchen descriptions
-An adorable chunky cat and an even cuter sounding non-chunky detective
Perfect for fans of Hannah Swenson and culinary cozy mysteries!
A pizza restaurant with an upscale twist in the resort town of Geneva Bay, Wisconsin, a chef whose main concern has been the menu, not murder, a group of quirky and lovable supporting characters, a detective whose family tree includes Al Capone and a chubby, adorable cat named Butterball all make this a cozy mystery you'll love!
Delilah O' Leary, has all the cozy elements I love - she's independent, sassy, soft-hearted and determined to make it in the restaurant world. I liked that Delilah was in her late 30's and was not perfect. Through the book, she learns about herself and how to be an amateur sleuth which made her seem more "real". Of course, Butterball was quite a character! The descriptions of Geneva Bay, with its "millionaires row" of mansions and gorgeous scenery made the book even more enjoyable.
There's a bit of everything - mystery, humor, romance, friendship and a cast of characters you'll love meeting!
I received an ARC from NetGalley and the opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Six Feet Deep Dish is a wonderful start to this debut series. and new to me author. At the soft opening of Delilah O'Leary's new gourmet pizza restaurant. she breaks up with her rich fiancee who financed the restaurant. and then finds her elderly aunt's caregiver's body, and her aunt sitting in her wheelchair holding a gun. To clear her aunt's name. and get her restaurant open so she can pay her crew, Delilah. with a little help from her restaurant crew, investigate to find the killer. The handsome detective on the case is not happy with her interference, especially as she often questions the suspects before him. This was a good mystery. Plenty of red herrings which kept me guessing til the very end. I loved the characters, especially Delilah, her spunky aunt, and the antics of her chubby cat. aptly named Butterball. Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for the advance copy.
Do not, I repeat, do not dive into this delectable treat on an empty stomach! This is the very first book in the series and it starts off with a bang! There’s some great characters in the book, including a detective stemming from the family tree of none other than Al Capone, a very smart, sassy independent chef named Delilah, a spitfire aunt named Biz, and let’s not forget the lovable cat named Butterball! This was such a fun book to read. There’s romance, murder and food, lots of food. Within minutes of starting this book, I was sucked in. What a fun and entertaining book to read! I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in this series! It’s off to a great start! Don’t forget to check the end of the book for some mouth watering recipes!
Thank you Netgalley, Mindy Quigley and St Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read and review this book. Mark your calendar’s! You’ll want to add this to your cozy mystery library! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This new cozy series set in the resort town of Geneva Bay Wisconsin was a delicious read. Delilah is opening her upscale pizzeria, but the night just goes from bad to worse. First her fiancee dumps her and then she finds a dead body with her aunt Biv holding the murder weapon, Delilah need to get the murder solved to clear her aunt and make sure her new restaurant is effected. The story features a police detective named Calvin Capone who is the great grandson of Al Capone. Delilah is a loyal friend as well as type A personality, so she is quickly deep into the investigation to solve the murder.
I really liked Delilah's friends and the food descriptions were amazing. Yum. This is a great start to the series. I am looking forward to the next one.
Thank you Netgalley and St. Martin's Press, St. Martins Paperbacks for the eArc. This is my honest review.
This is an amazing first book in a new series! The author hits it out of the park right away. There’s a eclectic cast of supporting characters, especially Delilah’s spitfire Auntie Biz. I love that her friends want in on the sleuthing. Delilah herself is a tad hot headed & that gets her into some predicaments but being so tenacious is also good for her business. She feels like a real person, flawed, which makes her very relatable. Some authors writing is so smooth & well paced that you find yourself ripping through their book. Quigley is one of those authors! This is a really creative & fun start to a series, I’m looking forward to more.
Warning it will make you hungry! There’s many delicious sounding recipes.
This was a pure joy to read. Quigley has written a tough but loveable character in Delilah and has created a diverse group of friends and family to support her. Oh and then there’s the ultimate heart and scene stealer, Butterball the cat. Plus Quigley deftly balances the mystery plot to keep you wondering right up until the end. And, I will admit I’ve never had deep dish pizza but if its tastes as good as it’s described no wonder it’s such a sensation. Be warned you will want to try the recipes pronto! This is the first book in the Deep Dish Mystery series and can’t wait to read more in this delicious series.
This cozy (foodie) mystery takes place in Geneva Bay, Wisconsin. The restaurant was formally one frequented by the mod. Delilah (Chef) and her fiancé, Sam are getting ready for a soft opening of their new restaurant which serves up gourmet, Chicago style deep dish pizzas. Delilah and Sam, who is financially supporting Delilah's dream, is having a rough patch in their relationship and decide to part ways. Since the business is in Sam's name and he was responsible for the capital,Delilah is not only trying to figure out a way to keep the restaurant open, pay vendors and employees, etc., but now she has a murder to solve!
During the soft opening, her Aunt Biz is implicated in the murder of her caregiver, Jeremy. There are several suspects all present at the time of the murder and it's up to Detective Capone, a dependent of the mobster Al, and Delilah to gather up the evidence and bring the murderer to justice.
This solid mystery kicks off new cozy series. Please see my review at www.reviewingtheevidence.com.
I really enjoyed reading this first book from Mindy Quigley. Six Feet Deep Dish is a well written cozy mystery, where the reader is pulled in from the first page. I don't feel that a recap of the book is due now, the synopsis does a good job. Delilah, Auntie Biz & the rest of the crew make for a quick read with "real" characters. The killer is revealed at the end, without a give-away before hand (always a good sign). I look forward to reading the next in the series. Thank you to NetGalley, St Martin's Press & Ms Quigley for the pre-read in exchange for an honest review.
I received this as an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Okay, if you're here for the food you found the right place! The imagery was spot on and I'm already researching local pizzerias to try to recreate the vibe from this book!
The murder investigation and the romance aspect were equally measured in this story and I liked it! If you need a cozy mystery that will inspire you to pull up grubhub, you found it.
This was a delicious new cozy mystery.
This is the first slice in a new series and I look forward to the next one.
The characters were interesting and the whodunit was first rate.
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Savory deep dish pizza, stuffed with gooey cheese, tangy tomato sauce, and steaming with your favorite ingredients (I'm thinking artichokes, mushrooms, sliced tomatoes, basil...) Add an icy cocktail made by a handsome bartender who knows just the right balance to give it a gentle kick. Set it all on a wrought iron table under a striped umbrella overlooking a crystal blue lake where people row past in little wooden boats, shouting and waving to people they know. Yes, it's the ideal mental vacation destination.
Now add a little murder, throw in some fishy local residents, a rascally cat, and a piping hot police detective. Check, check, and check! At this point it's redundant to say I really liked this book. But I'll say it anyway. The setting literally could not have been better. I get hungry just thinking about it! The characters were a lot of fun, each one at the bottom of a slump and climbing their way out together in what is quite possibly the best place to do that kind of climbing.
As far as cozies go, this book followed all the tropes we cozy fans know and love. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am very much looking forward to book two.
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC.
A cozy mystery wrapped in delicious pizza talk. Several suspects, a few unexpected twists and yummy pizza ideas.
Delilah O’Leary is getting ready to open her new gourmet deep-dish pizzeria in Geneva Bay, Wisconsin when someone murders her Aunts caregiver. Her business closed and with nothing to do she and her employees decide to solve the murder. Good mystery.
Such a fun new cozy! I love the wit and the three dimensional characters.. I can’t wait to get to know the folks of this town in future installments!
This book was sent to me by Netgalley for review. Thanks to the publisher for the electronic copy. This is a cozy mystery with love and romance, friends, a new business...secrets...red herrings abound...the protagonist is a quirky character who seems to sabotage her relationships without trying...her friends help her, but she needs to control every situation...curl up in a comfy chair and enjoy this story. It does move slowly, at times, but comes to a satisfying end.
This was such a fun and easy going mystery to read. Taking place in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Six Feet Deep Dish tells the story of the opening of a restaurant … and a murder.
Mindy Quingley does a wonderful job of building the main character to the point that you feel like she is a friend by the end of the story. There is truly something for everyone in this book: crime, friendship, small business ownership, food, pets, redefining relationships, and even some financial speak. I love the theme of the restaurant and how the cast of characters are all intertwined. You feel as though you are part of the community as you read.
Most of all, I love when books end with recipes. I think it adds a fun flare to a book that is all about food!
I received this ARC via Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press/St. Martin’s Paperbacks, in return for an honest review. As the first book in a new series, there are things to recommend. The protagonist opens her own Chicago-style pizzeria in the small town that allows her to be close to her only living relative who is rapidly declining in health. That being said, Delilah is totally focused on opening the new restaurant and not much on her aunt or, actually, Delilah’s fiancée who bankrolled the whole enterprise. When the book opens with their major split up and accusations of emotional distance on both sides, neither character actually seems very appealing. On the plus side, Aunt Biz sounds fun; Butterball the cat is a definite plus and Delilah has friends who love her in spite of her tendencies for over-perfection. The series has potential and, hopefully, Delilah will appreciate more those around her (ala ‘no (wo)man is an island).
Six Feet Deep Dish is the debut cozy mystery by Mindy Quigley. This was an enjoyable book with a lot of descriptions but the characters are likable and the mystery was good. Delilah (Del) and her fiance Sam are opening a pizza restaurant. They get in a fight on opening night and break up which causes problems because Sam financed it all. Dell's Auntie Biz's health isn't good and her caretaker Jeremy brings her to the opening. He takes her outside for some fresh air but he ends up dead and Biz doesn't remember anything. Del, her best friend Sonya and her 3 employees work together to clear Biz. The Detective on the case is Calvin Capone, a distant relative to the gangster Al Capone. It was interesting to have more background on him. The cozy mystery is good and just when you think you are at the end of the book, there is a twist to keep it interesting. Overall it was an enjoyable book with great characters. #NetGalley #SixFeetDeepDish #StMartinsPress
I enjoyed Six Feet Deep Dish. The mystery was fun and the characters were enjoyable. This was the first Mindy Quigley book that I have read, and so I cannot speak to her previous books, but this most recent mystery was a good read. .
The characters were nicely developed and the plot moved along easily. Books that end with recipes are always fun, and while this mystery was not difficult to solve, nor was the romantic interest difficult to discover, the actual plot was still fun.. These characters were likable,, and as a cozy mystery, I would certainly recommend it.
I want to thank the author and the publisher for this ARC, in exchange for my honest review. But as I wrote above, this was an easy book to like and review. Thank you also to NetGalley for recommending this novel.
I found this to be a fun introduction to a new series and to an author new to me. I have to admit that I didn't really like Delilah at first, with her type A personality being a turn-off. But her fiance's dogged conflict avoidance wasn't exactly endearing either. Butterball was probably the star of the show, lol. But as the book progressed, I actually started liking Delilah, especially when she started listening to her friends. I also liked that even though she hated sitting still and meditating, unlike her fiance, she did stop to reflect and considered her own mistakes. And the bottom line is that I liked that she had a good heart and truly wanted her restaurant to succeed not just because it was a lifelong dream, but also because it would help her friends. Sonya, her best friend and sous-chef, was exactly who she needed to snap out of her single-mindedness, but I also liked the balance that the rest of the staff brought. And I loved Aunt Biz and know we'll see more from her in future books.
In terms of the mystery, it was complex enough to keep me guessing, although I had wondered about the culprit earlier on (but not the reason). In some ways, it felt like Delilah was stumbling onto the clues, but thinking back, she and her friends thought about ways to proceed and she was able to delegate different aspects of the case. I feel like her type A personality was an asset here, even if she was new to all of this. I do like that she and Capone did talk things out and that they were both able to acknowledge mistakes they had made. I also liked when he suggested she stay out of things that he explained mistakes she had made and she was able to see it, even if she hates being wrong. Altogether, it gives me hope for a possible future relationship.
The book has recipes at the end, mainly for the pizzas, which sounded amazing, but as I'm gluten-free, I will probably not try them. There is also a recipe for one of the cocktails that sounds really yummy and I'm tempted to try the salad since I've always wanted to try using fennel.
I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be keeping an eye out for future books. Fans of cozy mysteries will likely eat this book up, heh heh.
I received an advance review copy from NetGalley for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
This book is due to be published on August 23.
This is Book 1 of the Deep Dish Mystery series, Delilah O’Leary can’t wait to open her new gourmet deep-dish pizzeria in Geneva Bay, Wisconsin. The town is known for mobsters and it being a vacation hideaway. On the eve of her opening night, her fiancé dumps her and takes their cat. When a body turns up and her Aunt holding the murder weapon, she must find the killer before things really go off the rails.
No better way to get over a reading slump than by reading this fun little mystery. Delilah’s drive to save her restaurant and solve the murder involving her restaurant makes this novel captivating. Once you start reading this book you realize that it is quite hard to put down. There are many twists and turns, and just when you think you’ve solved the mystery something else comes up. Very happy I got to read this and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the series looks like.
Thanks to NetGalley and St Martins Press for the ARC of this book!
This was a great story and I believe the first in a new series. Delilah and Sam are getting ready to open a new deep dish pizza restaurant overlooking the lake in Geneva Bay after escaping the rush of city life. Things don’t quite go as planned when Jeremy is murdered on the dock during the soft opening. Jeremy was Delilah's Aunt Biz's caretaker. Things go from bad to worse as Delilah tries to help solve the murder. Will she and those around her survive and will the restaurant ever open?
Loved the characters and one has some quirky characteristics that make them relatable. Some I felt bad for and others I felt sorry for though some if their actions were due to their in poor judgements. Sam and Delilah are complete opposites which attracted them to each other but is that attraction sustainable for the long haul? The plot is well thought out and moves along at a good pace. I didn’t feel it rushed or left out too many details; it also didn’t feel like I was being dragged along through the story. Overall I found this to be a great read and look forward to more from this author. 5 of 5 stars from me!
I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
What a delight Six Feet Deep Dish was to read. It hits all the tried-and-true cozy mystery tropes that I love. It took me a while to warm up to the protagonist Delilah O'Leary, mainly because there is a lot of setting the stage for the mystery aspect of the story, but I felt like her character came alive about a third of the way through and I found her voice and stood out as a compelling lead. I enjoyed the humorous tone, although some of the characterizations were a tad broad, but again this improves drastically as the book progresses, which kept me reading till the end. and hoping for more stories featuring these characters. Oh, and the witty banter between Delilah and Capone was **chef's kiss**
I enjoyed Mindy Quigley's debut here and look forward to additional books in this series. This is a great read for cozy mystery book clubs and will definitely
Delilah O’Leary is excited about opening her new gourmet deep-dish pizzeria but things quickly go off-track. First, she breaks up with her fiancé – who just happens to be financing the pizzeria, and then she finds a dead body - and her elderly aunt is holding the murder weapon! Local police Detective Calvin Capone is on the case but Delilah starts investigating the murder herself – she needs to save her aunt and her restaurant!
“Six Feet Deep Dish” is an interesting start to Mindy Quigley's Deep Dish cozy mystery series. At the beginning of the book I really did not like Delilah – she was controlling, rude to Sam, and just not likable. But once Sam was out of the way and the murder happened and she had to rely more on people, I started to like her more and by the end of the book I was fully invested in her as a character. Pizzerias have been used as the setting for cozy mysteries in the past but Quigley adds a nice touch with not only the pizzeria itself (with a gangster theme) but the pizzas Delilah and crew make (there are recipes in the back of the book). The mystery is well done with just the right amount of suspects – while I did figure out some parts of the mystery I was completely surprised at who the killer was. Finally, I like the way Delilah and Capone interact with each other – it’s nice to see an amateur sleuth work with a detective rather than against the detective.
“Six Feet Deep Dish” got off to a bit of a rocky start but turned out to be a nice cozy mystery.
I requested to read and review this book for free from St. Martin Publishing Company. This book will have you laughing and gasping. Do you really know the people around you? Who can you trust? Asking for help can be super hard sometimes. Delilah is a head strong women who knows what she wants but sometimes has a hard time not being so blunt and hurting feelings. Capone has a family that makes him want to set apart and ho his own path. Sometimes you need friends like Daniel, Melody, Son. Family is important. Sometimes things happen that makes us remember that. This is for any type of reader and can be read anywhere.
This is a great start to a new series.
Delilah O’Leary can’t wait to open her new gourmet deep-dish pizzeria in Geneva Bay, Wisconsin—a charming resort town with a long history as a mobsters’ hideaway, millionaires’ playground, and vacation mecca.
Overall I enjoyed the food descriptions that make your mouth water. I look forward to the next adventure.
What a fun beach read - light and delicious! A very relatable, likable and self-aware protagonist surrounded by a varied group of friends and family, a murder and a not-very-obvious perpetrator. What could be better for rained-in summer weekend. Well, maybe, just maybe, one day someone will write one of these foodie-based murder mysteries for us vegetarians.
Introducing Delilah O'Leary, a new amateur sleuth and chef in a deep dish pizza restaurant. A perfect casting, incredibly clever dialogue, one-liners, cheekiness, all the characters...it's hilarious. The pizzas in the book sounded delicious, as well as the recipes. Ultimately, Delilah gets dumped by her boyfriend, Sam, who has some serious pocket money. Butterball, the plump cat they share, stole the show.
When the dead body was discovered, it was full of intrigue, suspense, and kept me on the edge of my seat. This novel ended with a different kind of twist when Delilah found the killer. Can't wait to read the next book in this series.
Thank you to St Martin's Press and NetGalley for the ARC. This is an honest review.
I love pizza so it came as no surprise to me that I loved this delicious and fabulous read! What an amazing first start to the series! I'm already anxiously awaiting the next installment!
It's always stressful starting a new business but even more so when your finance takes off the night before the grand opening. Dee's excited about her pizza place in Lake Geneva and she thought Sam was too but now he's gone with no information about where he is or if he's coming back. He did leave Butterball, their aptly named cat. Can it get worse? Yes, it can. Dee finds her aunt holding a gun and her aide Jeremy dead. Det. Calvin Capone (yes, a relative) doesn't think Dee did it but then.....Just when it looks like this is going to be a standard cozy, Sam comes back! There are lots of characters, which I assume will be further fleshed out (or excised) in future outings- remember that this is the first a series. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. It's clever.
Thanks to #NetGalley for an ARC of #SixFeetDeepDish! This is a brand new mystery series & the first entry is pretty solid. It definitely has the tropes of a modern cozy mystery:
*over-achieving, newly single woman
*sassy female BFF / older relative
But Quigley has taken those stereotype characters & given them some fun and depth. The plot moves quickly and the snappy dialogue had me laughing several times. I'm also a sucker for foodie mysteries so this works for me on a few levels and has great promise for an on-going series.
Six Feet Deep Dish is a fun, well-written, new cozy mystery series by Mindy Quigly. The author centers her story around a new deep-dish pizza place in a fictional Wisconsin resort town. Chicago-style pizza fans (me!) will not be disappointed, especially with the recipes provided at the end. New York-style pizza lovers - maybe the book will convert you to pizza done right.
I'm a destination reader, especially when I'm out on the road or planning a trip; therefore, I particularly love series that highlight regional cultures and cuisines. But a cozy needs more than a location and recipes. It's the characters that bring life and longevity to a series. In this case, the cast is a delightful and diverse mix of people - people I look forward to hearing more from in future volumes. The plot was also engaging and kept me reading.
Readers looking for a fun new cozy mystery series, especially fans of restaurant/food-based stories with recipes, won't be disappointed with Six Feet Deep Dish. The only problem with a new series is waiting for the next book to be released. I'm ready now.
Thanks to NetGalley for an ebook ARC in return for an honest review.
A new series has potential to be great but often book one is a bit of a slow start. I give this 4 out of 5 stars.
Delilah O'Leary is so focused on creating the perfect pizza and pizza restaurant that she often overlooks important people in her life. In this case her fiance Sam Van Meter is the source of her funding and her frustration. How she manages her business and her life is the focus of this cozy mystery. When her grandmother's caregiver is murdered she has new issues that need her attention.
I found it a bit frustrating with the continually "this person is the murderer" only to have it change in the next chapter.
Dee's cat needs a regular brushing to reduce shedding. Her negligence and the repeated discussion of cat hair does not reflect well on her.
Recipes are included.
Just so you know, I received an ARC of this book, but that has no bearing on my review if the same. Interesting beginning to a new series of books. Delilah, Aunt Biz and all the others are an interesting cast of characters and I look forward to reading more books in this series. The pizzas sound amazing and sounds like a great location for a restaurant.
This book was a tasty treat. It was filled with spots of humor as well as a gripping storyline. A plus was food that sounded yummy and places that sounded familiar to me since I live in Southeast Wisconsin. I haven’t come across a good culinary mystery since Diane Mott Davidson and this one hit all the right notes. I truly enjoyed this book. I hope to see more in this series because I really want to see where things go and how things work out for Delilah. Two thumbs up and now I have a serious craving for pizza.
This ARC was provided to me via Kindle, from St. Martin’s Press and #NetGalley. Thank you for the opportunity to preview and review. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
Another cozy mystery series that shows much promise.
A delightful mystery about Delilah O'Leary who, while in the middle of a soft opening for her new restaurant, comes across a murder victim and her own grandmother holding the murder weapon. Delilah has a need to control ever aspect of her life but learns to delegate tasks to not only solve the mystery but also get her restaurant opened.
Delilah is an enjoyable and relatable character as she navigates her relationships with her employees, family and ex-fiance who is also her business partner. As she and the local police detective, Calvin Capone, investigate clues and suspects, she delegates some investigations to her employees who want to help.
The task given to two of her employees who go off searching for clues about the murder suspect was farfetched and seemed a little out of the flow of the story.
Overall, it was a fun and fast read mystery. I look forward to more books by this author which hopefully will continue this series.
Thank you NetGalley and St Martrin's Press for sending this book for review consideration. All opinions are my own.
Delilah and her fiancé Sam are opening a pizzeria in Geneva Bay, Wisconsin. Delilah is the chef and Sam in the money man. After an argument, Delilah is dumped by Sam which means her financial backing is gone. At the soft opening party, Delilah discovers a dead body and her elderly aunt is holding the murder weapon. Delilah is worried that the detective assigned to the case, Calvin Capone (the great grandson of Al Capone) will focus on her aunt and not find the real killer. In true cozy mystery fashion, Delilah decides to investigate along with her staff from the pizzeria. I have to say, I didn’t catch onto the killer too quickly. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to the next in the series.
Fresh mozzarella, tangy tomato sauce, and murder: the perfect recipe for a delicious first entry in Mindy Quigley's Six Feet Deep Dish, a delectable new series...
This book is the first in the Deep Dish Mystery Series. It was fun from the start and everything I want from a cozy along with bonus recipes at the end!
The plot was very nicely paced, and the writing wasn’t overly descriptive making for a quick, enjoyable read.
I loved all of the characters, with the exception of Delilah’s fiancé, Sam. Luckily, he wasn’t a prominent character in the book. I enjoyed the great interactions and witty, one-liners among the cast of characters.
I’m normally not a fan of a series, but I plan on continuing with this debut author and new-to-me genre.
Was it the fun-loving fluffy kitty, Butterball, that won me over? Maybe . . . ☺️
Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC.
An entertaining book about a restaurant owner. Just befördert opening night a murder Happens. And she is going to help the police to solve the crime.
As if opening a new restaurant wasn't challenging enough for Delilah try throwing in a murder too. Delilah is a perfectionist. Her perfectionism combined with the stress of opening a restaurant led to an argument with her fiancé/business partner on the day of their soft opening and he left her. Somehow, Delilah pulls it all together and it is going well until someone gets murdered.
This story is a good blend of mystery, humor and a hint of romance. This is book #1 in the Deep Dish Mysteries series. I hope we get to get to see a lot more of all the great cast of unique secondary characters in future books. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.
Delilah O’Leary (Dee) moved to Genova Bay, Wisconsin from Chicago to open her pizza shop. Her boyfriend Sam had become wealthy before she meant him but they didn’t really have a lot in common. Dee gives him one job to do for the grand opening and he messes it up so they have a huge blowup and he leaves. In the meantime Dee and her right hand cook Sonja are getting the restaurant ready for a soft opening. Dee discovers a dead body with Auntie Biz holding the gun. So Dee sets out to prove her Aunt had nothing to do with the murder. Dee really needs Sam’s financial help but she can’t find him he has totally disappeared. She is determined to keep this restaurant going. I loved this who dun it and I can’t wait for the next book in this series. The recipes at the end of the book are a bonus and I can’t wait to try them.
I received this ARC from Netgalley for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
This is the first in a new series by Mindy Quigley. I am a huge cozy mystery fan and this book is engaging from right from the start. I can’t remember when I have enjoyed a book so much.
Delilah O’Leary is looking forward to opening a gourmet deep-dish pizzeria in Geneva Bay, Wisconsin, a place she spent some of her childhood summers with her Aunt Elizabeth (Biz). Unfortunately, before the opening of the pizzeria, she gets into a fight with her fiancé and business partner, Sam Van Meter, and he takes off after breaking up with her. If that is not bad enough, her aunt’s caregiver Jeremy is found murdered on the dock of her restaurant, which shuts the place down while police investigate.
Delilah and Aunt Biz are suspects because they were found at the scene and the gun belongs to Aunt Biz. Delilah and her friends Sonya, chef in her restaurant, and Daniel, bartender, along with restaurant hostess Melody, start snooping. The detective on the case is the great grandson of Al Capone, which adds a bit of fun to the story.
Jeremy has led a sordid life and there are plenty of suspects. There is gambling, blackmail, and prescription drug abuse. I thought Ms. Quigly did an excellent job of wrapping up the story and the reasons for the suspects being guilty were believable. When the killer was revealed at the end, you can’t help but feel for them and agree with Delilah’s decision to testify on their behalf.
I admit Delilah was a little tough to like at the beginning with her controlling nature and the way she treated Sam, but she softened up as the story went on. The characters were enjoyable and I liked that Delilah was a little older and just a little overweight, which makes her relatable. Even though she just broke up with Sam, she still feels something when meeting Detective Capone. I liked reading about Geneva Bay and the history of criminal activity in the past. It will be interesting to see how these characters develop in the next book. Butterball, her cat, is a hoot with his weight issues and defending his turf against a Maine Coon cat.
Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
A new series to watch. Mindy Quigley reminds me of a few of my favorite foodie cozy authors.
Delilah O'Leary wants her new pizza restaurant to be a success. The building and its reputation play a major role in the story. Having it set in a town I am familiar with also helped me enjoy the story.
Delilah has a nice enough boyfriend but we can tell from the start they are not a perfect match.
The soft opening for the business spells disaster but I enjoyed how the staff came together.
Thank you to Netgalley for a copy to enjoy. I look forward to more by this author and in this series.
I really loved this cozy. Delilah was planning her soft opening of her restaurant. There was a big crowd there for the soft opening. prior to Sam, her fiance' left her and Her Aunt Biz's caretaker, Jeremy was the murder victim . Aunt Biz was holding a gun that was hers and Delilah took it from her. You can guess the amateur sleuth is Delilah but I didn't figure out who done it until almost the end. A VERY GOOD COZY and a series that I have put on my list as one to read. Looking forward to the next one.
Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC.
The first in a new series starts off with a bang: literally. The opening of Delilah’s gourmet deep dish pizza restaurant hits a snag when someone is murdered and Delilah’s aunt is found holding the murder weapon.
The characters are interesting, I love a sassy elderly character and all the talk of food made me hungry! I also loved the character of Rabbit; a second chance storyline always gets me. I’m excited to read more from this series!