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Halloween creeps in, bringing costumes, carbs, and a corpse or two… Estes Park is bustling with fall tourists as Winifred and Katie deck out the Cozy Corgi Bookstore and Bakery, while corgi mascot, Watson, helps in his own special way—snacking, napping, and being his adorable grumpy self. When Fred and Leo’s date at the romantic restaurant, Pasta Thyme, leads to an invit Halloween creeps in, bringing costumes, carbs, and a corpse or two… Estes Park is bustling with fall tourists as Winifred and Katie deck out the Cozy Corgi Bookstore and Bakery, while corgi mascot, Watson, helps in his own special way—snacking, napping, and being his adorable grumpy self. When Fred and Leo’s date at the romantic restaurant, Pasta Thyme, leads to an invitation of a murder scene, instead of ghouls and goblins, Fred is haunted by ghosts from the past. Death might lurk around every corner as Fred investigates motives of infidelity, jealousy, and the dark shadow cast by a crime syndicate. By the time Halloween night arrives, not everyone will get out alive… (This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for luscious tiramisu.)


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Halloween creeps in, bringing costumes, carbs, and a corpse or two… Estes Park is bustling with fall tourists as Winifred and Katie deck out the Cozy Corgi Bookstore and Bakery, while corgi mascot, Watson, helps in his own special way—snacking, napping, and being his adorable grumpy self. When Fred and Leo’s date at the romantic restaurant, Pasta Thyme, leads to an invit Halloween creeps in, bringing costumes, carbs, and a corpse or two… Estes Park is bustling with fall tourists as Winifred and Katie deck out the Cozy Corgi Bookstore and Bakery, while corgi mascot, Watson, helps in his own special way—snacking, napping, and being his adorable grumpy self. When Fred and Leo’s date at the romantic restaurant, Pasta Thyme, leads to an invitation of a murder scene, instead of ghouls and goblins, Fred is haunted by ghosts from the past. Death might lurk around every corner as Fred investigates motives of infidelity, jealousy, and the dark shadow cast by a crime syndicate. By the time Halloween night arrives, not everyone will get out alive… (This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for luscious tiramisu.)

30 review for Precarious Pasta

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nola Arganbright

    On the right track? Another exciting adventure for Free and Watson. Brandon is back in town and it increases the angst as to whether the latest murders are related to the crime family or not.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Laura Thomas

    I would love to visit Estes Park on Halloween. Mildred brings the town to life and I can see how magical and fun it must be. But with fun comes murder and Fred will need her scooby gang to get things sorted out. I love how Fred has grown throughout the series. She’s learned to trust and rely on her friends as sounding boards and partners to worry out the facts. Her romance with Leo is so sweet but I worry about the mysterious contents of an envelope she receives about Leo. And it’s always fun to I would love to visit Estes Park on Halloween. Mildred brings the town to life and I can see how magical and fun it must be. But with fun comes murder and Fred will need her scooby gang to get things sorted out. I love how Fred has grown throughout the series. She’s learned to trust and rely on her friends as sounding boards and partners to worry out the facts. Her romance with Leo is so sweet but I worry about the mysterious contents of an envelope she receives about Leo. And it’s always fun to see how Susan grudgingly invites Fred into the investigations. I see a friendship growing. The Iron’s family crime syndicate rears it’s ugly head again, as does a previous character that still has Fred torn about him. Me also, as I sense more is to be revealed about him in upcoming books. The grumpy Watson is prevalent throughout the story and he always elicits grins and guffaws from me. And the mysteries are convoluted. I was caught by surprise with one thing and totally shocked by another. Still loving this series and can’t wait to see what happens next time, and the next ………. I received a complimentary copy. My review is voluntarily given.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Robin Powers

    I know I said the last book was my favorite but THIS BOOK is my favorite. This series keeps heating up with more twists, more accusations and more danger. I really enjoyed trying to figure out which suspicious person tried to get away with murder in my favorite town of Estes Park. Fred's reputation is really starting to make her the person you do NOT want showing up at your house...or business. I loved quirky Watson and all of the crazy pets. There is so much I could say about this story but I'l I know I said the last book was my favorite but THIS BOOK is my favorite. This series keeps heating up with more twists, more accusations and more danger. I really enjoyed trying to figure out which suspicious person tried to get away with murder in my favorite town of Estes Park. Fred's reputation is really starting to make her the person you do NOT want showing up at your house...or business. I loved quirky Watson and all of the crazy pets. There is so much I could say about this story but I'll let you experience it for yourself. Just know that new information comes to light and it makes Fred all the more determined to get to the truth.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Erica Chaillot

    This is by far the best of the series, and I know that I say it with every installment. Fred, Leo, and Katie are back to their skills and their personality keeps us intrigued. The secondary characters are quirky and fit in well with the town. And that letter... OMG!!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Debby

    Twists and turns This new installment in our view of the adventures of Fred and Watson, and their band of family and friends, brings us to Halloween in Estes Park. With a murder or two in town, and a grumpy corgi in tow, Fred has her hands full tackling the twists and turns that are thrown her way. There are surprises in store, and they made this book a “must read” for me. If you’ve been reading this series, you will want to indulge in this newest. If you are new to the series, I recommend book Twists and turns This new installment in our view of the adventures of Fred and Watson, and their band of family and friends, brings us to Halloween in Estes Park. With a murder or two in town, and a grumpy corgi in tow, Fred has her hands full tackling the twists and turns that are thrown her way. There are surprises in store, and they made this book a “must read” for me. If you’ve been reading this series, you will want to indulge in this newest. If you are new to the series, I recommend book 1 - Cruel Candy, as you’ll want to read them all.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nina Derr

    By far this probably my favorite out of the while series. It almost feels like a cliffhanger! You can't help but fall more and more in love with these characters after each book. As always I'm looking forward to the next installment.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Grammy 1

    Review by Gloria Lakritz Sr Reviewer and Review Chair for the Paranormal Romance Guild 5 *****Stars Book: Precarious Pasta Series: Cozy Corgi Mystery Book #14 Author: Mildred Abbott Publisher: Kindle Unlimited Pages:416 Release date: Oct 21, 2019 Genre : Mystery Thriller Rated: Adult Mildred Abbott has had me hooked with the Cozy Corgi Mystery stories! We have woven our way through the town of Estes with many secrets, murders and mysteries……But I have to say, Ms Abbott I think this one is one of the best Review by Gloria Lakritz Sr Reviewer and Review Chair for the Paranormal Romance Guild 5 *****Stars Book: Precarious Pasta Series: Cozy Corgi Mystery Book #14 Author: Mildred Abbott Publisher: Kindle Unlimited Pages:416 Release date: Oct 21, 2019 Genre : Mystery Thriller Rated: Adult Mildred Abbott has had me hooked with the Cozy Corgi Mystery stories! We have woven our way through the town of Estes with many secrets, murders and mysteries……But I have to say, Ms Abbott I think this one is one of the best. Estes is a great place to be during the Halloween season and all are readying for the children Trick or Treating. But we are first greeted by Uncle Percival rushing into Fred’s home to do an emergency make-over, after being told by Katie that Leo has asked her out to that really expensive Italian restaurant Pasta Thyme!! You know the one that Branson had taken her to in the past….. Is it time in their relationship for Leo to ask????? I really don’t want to give away spoilers….So this review might be shorter than my usual…….But I must say Ms. Abel that you have certainly expanded your story arc writing this book; maybe to continue this series for another century! It’s Halloween in the Mountains , and the pumpkins are out…..There is a nip in the air……..a murder to be solved…….and a big fat can of worms has been opened. I love your books and cannot wait too try the new recipe…….Until the next story….I await breathlessly!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Smiser

    What could be a better way to face the first chilly days of Autumn than the release of a new Cozy Corgi mystery? Started off the evening by opening my Kindle to revisit some of my favorite Estes Park characters. With Fabulous Uncle Percival barging in to do a marvelous make-over on Fred before a not-casual dinner date with Leo, I knew I was home with familiar friends and in for a good read. By the end of the fourth chapter, as I yelled “No!!” out loud, I realized that the readers’ imagination was What could be a better way to face the first chilly days of Autumn than the release of a new Cozy Corgi mystery? Started off the evening by opening my Kindle to revisit some of my favorite Estes Park characters. With Fabulous Uncle Percival barging in to do a marvelous make-over on Fred before a not-casual dinner date with Leo, I knew I was home with familiar friends and in for a good read. By the end of the fourth chapter, as I yelled “No!!” out loud, I realized that the readers’ imagination was caught with an unthinkable turn. A fan of the Cozy Corgi mystery books since the first CRUEL CANDY. I have read each book, enjoying the continued and developing characterizations, each story becoming more multifaceted, the complexity more detailed and challenging to predict the outcome. PRECARIOUS PASTA is no exception and I found myself glued to every sentence, every page, and every chapter. As eager as I was to read the next chapter there was no chance of skimming even a sentence. I am in awe of Ms. Abbott’s skill to capture the reader, book by book with complex and yet believable twists. If you are a Cozy Corgi fan you will be captivated and invested in every page. Readers will happily forego sleep to finish this mystery. Then you might want to re-read again very quickly because you might have missed something.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Krystyna

    Watson falls out over Sherlock Terrific. Back to the great books we have grown to expect although I do wish that she had opened the envelope about Leo. It's going to keep bugging me now. A plot that more twists and turns then a helter-skelter with murder as the lead. Schemes within schemes are revealed and as we get to the climax we have another murder and a barely averted one. The solution will come as a surprise to all, I got one culprit right but for the wrong crime and the other came like a Watson falls out over Sherlock Terrific. Back to the great books we have grown to expect although I do wish that she had opened the envelope about Leo. It's going to keep bugging me now. A plot that more twists and turns then a helter-skelter with murder as the lead. Schemes within schemes are revealed and as we get to the climax we have another murder and a barely averted one. The solution will come as a surprise to all, I got one culprit right but for the wrong crime and the other came like a bolt from the blue. The characters are stupendous and the frolicking Watson bought a smile. On the other hand I also enjoyed his put up demeanour and the cold shoulder he gave to the ones he thought had taken advantage of him. A brilliant read that shows us a bit more of the involvement that the Irons family has with our small community but still leaves the big question 'Who killed get father?'. Sure hope it wasn't Leo! I must admit I was surprised at the number of proofing errors that got through as normally they are very few and far between.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    What a great read!! A perfectly executed murder mystery with an incredibly lovable heroine and the best sidekick ever. Watson is fierce and has so much personality for such a little dog. I loved the suspense and sense of unease and danger that permeated the story. So many red herrings to sort out and never being quite certain who’s innocent or who poses a threat, with so many people not being what they seem at first glance. One of the things I loved most is that the story is framed in the larger What a great read!! A perfectly executed murder mystery with an incredibly lovable heroine and the best sidekick ever. Watson is fierce and has so much personality for such a little dog. I loved the suspense and sense of unease and danger that permeated the story. So many red herrings to sort out and never being quite certain who’s innocent or who poses a threat, with so many people not being what they seem at first glance. One of the things I loved most is that the story is framed in the larger, ongoing mystery of the Irons family and the murder of Fred’s father. I’d been curious a long time about this particular series, but was a bit intimidated because of the number of books already out there. Finally I decided to just jump right in with book 14! I thoroughly enjoyed it and now I’m so invested in Fred, Leo and all the other wonderful, vibrant secondary characters that I simply must find time to squeeze in the other 13 stories! Asap! Luckily, I love spoilers! I can’t wait to see what’s next in store for the Most Annoying One and her Scooby Gang!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    I have missed a couple of installments in this series, and this book makes me anxious to go back to see what I've missed. I'm happy to see Fred and Leo together, with their wonderful dynamic of love, respect, and patience. I adore Katie and the others who love Fred. I even like Susan, who is now much more tolerant when dealing with Fred. My favorite character, of course, is Watson the cranky corgi. He has more attitude than anyone in town! The murder mystery this time takes place around Halloween I have missed a couple of installments in this series, and this book makes me anxious to go back to see what I've missed. I'm happy to see Fred and Leo together, with their wonderful dynamic of love, respect, and patience. I adore Katie and the others who love Fred. I even like Susan, who is now much more tolerant when dealing with Fred. My favorite character, of course, is Watson the cranky corgi. He has more attitude than anyone in town! The murder mystery this time takes place around Halloween, and it is as complicated as always. I enjoy seeing how Fred and her Scooby gang talk things out. I am relieved that Fred gets others more involved now, instead of attempting to do everything on her own with only Watson for support. The scenes with Branson make me sad, though I am as frustrated with him as Fred is. And I love how food and gossip is often the focus. This is a great addition to the series, and I am thankful to the author for another fabulous mystery.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Karel

    Is There Trouble Brewing For Leo and Fred? As the saga continues there are two gruesome murders but was it the same murderer? Fred and Watson stumble upon the body of a beautiful blonde in the Pasta Thyme restaurant. Branson, the man who Fred used to date until she found out that he belonged to the job that killed her father, was in the restaurant's office searching through papers on the desk. Was he responsible for the woman's death? Then the owner of the restaurant is killed. Are the murders re Is There Trouble Brewing For Leo and Fred? As the saga continues there are two gruesome murders but was it the same murderer? Fred and Watson stumble upon the body of a beautiful blonde in the Pasta Thyme restaurant. Branson, the man who Fred used to date until she found out that he belonged to the job that killed her father, was in the restaurant's office searching through papers on the desk. Was he responsible for the woman's death? Then the owner of the restaurant is killed. Are the murders related? Branson, before he leaves town, gives Fred a manila envelope supposedly with information on Leo that might lead to Fred finding out things about Leo that would make her want to break up with him. Will she open the envelope of destroy it? We will see in the next book!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Vaughan

    Cliffhanger Alert This latest book is rather bittersweet. Why, you ask? I can't tell you because it will spoil the end. After 1 murder in town, all clues point to the Irons family. Of course, Fran can't help but look into it with Susan's blessing. But the more Fred looks the more she obssesses about them, and, the more she confuses herself. Finally, when she thinks she has it all figured out, something happens that makes her doubt herself. (It doesn't help that Branson pops up from time to time.) Cliffhanger Alert This latest book is rather bittersweet. Why, you ask? I can't tell you because it will spoil the end. After 1 murder in town, all clues point to the Irons family. Of course, Fran can't help but look into it with Susan's blessing. But the more Fred looks the more she obssesses about them, and, the more she confuses herself. Finally, when she thinks she has it all figured out, something happens that makes her doubt herself. (It doesn't help that Branson pops up from time to time.) Is he telling her the truth or is he trying to add to her confusion. Who can she trust? Everything she had held to be true may be a lie and the people closest to her may be the ones she should fear the most. Needless to say, there is a huge cliffhanger at the end.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Terri Nelson

    Precarious pasta Lies, suspense, intrigue all with a bit of romance. Precarious Pasta is a page turner. The plot twists and turns kept me guessing right up to the end! Fred and Watson are a great duo. And I just love her Scooby gang. Characters are fully developed, I can close my eyes and just picture them, along with the various businesses in their town. Please, keep the Cozy Corgi mysteries coming.

  15. 4 out of 5

    M. White

    Fun series! This is #14 in the cozy corgi mysteries series, and I found it just as enjoyable as the first 13. I own the whole series and love them. The plots are well drawn to keep you guessing, and the continuing character development and growth leaves you feeling that you really know these people. I highly recommend this series to all cozy readers.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Another Murder to Solve at Halloween Fred and Katie are getting ready to celebrate Halloween at The Cozy Corgi. Unfortunately Branson is back and everyone is on edge. Is Branson guilty of the latest crimes and can Leo and Fred stay out of his reach? A thrilling adventure. Recommend Series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Heather Martin

    Precarious Pasta I don’t know why but I always struggle with liking Fred. She’s a strong female character, exactly what I’m always looking for in my books but she’s too selfish sometimes and that’s what bothers me. As normal the antics of the characters entertaining and the mystery is well done.

  18. 4 out of 5

    karen

    Surprise ending I never guessed the ending. It was nice to revisit Fred and Katie. Mildred is very good at dialog it makes you feel that you are in the room . Looking forward to the next installment.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    A great cozy Ok I love Fred and Katie and if course Watson and all of the characters in this wonderful series by Mildred Abbott. I can't wait till the next book. If you're a cozy lover then this series is a must read

  20. 4 out of 5

    Linda Rainey

    Another interesting Cozy This was another interesting cozy filled with plenty twists and turns. I enjoyed the storyline and the characters. This book is recommended for those who love cozy mysteries.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gail Worley

    Waiting for the next book Because there are so many twists and turns I can't put it down. Hurry up Mildred I can't wait to see if she gives in to opening it. I hope it isn't to bad.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Laura Jager

    Another great read! I'm always excited to see another book released in this series. The only problem is I read them too fast and then have to wait for the next one. I love the characters and the descriptions of all the delicious sounding baked goodies make my mouth water.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Eirlys

    The latest adventure featuring Fred and the wonderful, grumpy Watson. Murder strikes again and they go into detective mode.There were so many twists and red herrings that I was confused. The unmasking of the guilty party was very tense. I loved it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Delightful Read Once again the author created an interesting story that has kept my interest to the last page and even into the next book ( will she or won't she ?)You have to read the book to figure it out 😉

  25. 5 out of 5

    MARY Arias

    Corgi hilarity! I have had more fun reading this series and look forward to December. Fred, don't open the envelope! Secrets should be shared by the person owning them! I look forward to the next escapades,Watson is so real, you do a wonderful job of dog speak. Mary

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jean A Wells

    Ahhhh.. satisfied my Corgi craving for now!😃 Enjoyed Precarious Pasta immensely. I’m always surprised by who the murderer actually is. Christmas seems like a long time to wait for the next book. Thanks for all the happy hours I’ve spent reading your books!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sherrel

    Precarious Pasta This is one of my favorite series! Lots of action in this episode and more revelations about the Irons Family The face slapping wife of an Italian restauranteur provides a bit of comic relief (of sorts)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Janice

    Love this series This is one of the most complex of the plots. It was so enjoyable to puzzle along with Fred, Leo, and Katie as the story unfolded. And grumpy Watson never disappoints. 🤗

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dawncee

    Very Enjoyable I picked this book to read because it said it was a Halloween story and it was almost that time of the year when I bought it. You will have a hard time figuring out who is the murderer! Very enjoyable book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Chambers

    Kept My Interest The book kept my interest and I was excited to read this one whenever I found the time. I like how the characters are always there to add more intrigue to their background, storyline. Excited to read the next one!

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