Penne Dreadful: An Italian Chef Mystery #1

Penne Dreadful: An Italian Chef Mystery #1

Tomato sauce isn’t the only thing that runs red... Local chef Tessa Esposito is struggling to get back on her feet following her husband’s fatal accident. And when the police ...

About The Author

Catherine Bruns

USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bruns lives in Upstate New York with an all-male household that consists of her very patient husband, three sons, and several spoiled pets. Catherine has a B.A. in both English and Performing Arts and is ...

Reviews of

Penne Dreadful: An Italian Chef Mystery #1

“Catherine Bruns creates characters that feel like family and touch your heart. Anyone who is a fan of her Cookies & Chance Mysteries should definitely pick up this new series, as Catherine always cooks up a delightful mystery!”

Gemma Halliday, #1 Amazon and New York Times bestselling mystery author

“Cozy readers will fall in love with Tessa Esposito, a heroine with a heart of gold and a killer red sauce. Penne Dreadful is as twisty as fusilli with an ending more satisfying and sweet than tiramisu.”

Julie Mulhern, USA Today bestselling author of the Country Club Murders mysteries

“A must read for fans of culinary mysteries. Catherine Bruns serves up a tasty tale full of engaging characters, intriguing clues, and yummy food. Chef Tessa Esposito is a likable sleuth equally skilled at cooking and detection.”

Denise Swanson, New York Times bestselling author of the Scumble River mystery series

“Bruns captures the readers attention instantly and keeps the reader engrossed in the story throughout. You will love Tessa’s love for her husband and will feel her pain as she comes to terms with all the secrets that he had and you will be on the rollercoaster of your life trying to work through everything with Tessa.”

Cozy Mystery Blog Review

“A cozy mystery unlike any other I have ever read…Penne Dreadful was an intriguing mystery with more twists than corkscrew pasta. With each new chapter came jaw dropping revelations that made this story so much more than it originally seemed.”

Lisa K’s Book Reviews

“A delectable combination of character, setup, and plot…There’s a neat stepping-off point for the next book in the series at the end, and if it’s anything like this one, I’m certainly looking forward to devouring it.”

Mystery Scene Magazine

“A solid read with a strong plot, a visually descriptive narrative, engaging dialogue and a small-town setting that added to how well this story was being told.”

Dru’s Books Musings

“Tessa’s tight-knit extended family and kind small-business owners in Harvest Park provide warmth in this small-town cozy full of twists and red herrings and lots and lots of pasta.”