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Leslie Budewitz

(Leslie Ann Budewitz)
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aka Alicia Beckman

Leslie Budewitz blends her passion for food, great mysteries, and her native Montana in The Food Lovers' Village Mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime. New York Times best-selling mystery writer Sofie Kelly calls it A delicious new series. Death al Dente, first in the series, won the 2013 Agatha Award for Best First Novel.

A Montana native, Leslie graduated from Seattle University and Notre Dame Law School. After practicing in Seattle for several years—and shopping and eating her way through the Pike Place Market regularly—she returned to Montana, where she still practices law part-time. Killing people—on the page—is more fun.

Leslie loves to cook, eat, hike, travel, garden, and paint—not necessarily in that order. She lives in northwest Montana with her husband, Don Beans, a singer-songwriter and doctor of natural medicine, and their Burmese cat, Ruff, a book cover model and an avid bird watcher.

Genres: Cozy Mystery, Mystery

Series contributed to
Agatha Award Best First Novel winner (2013) : Death Al Dente

Leslie Budewitz recommends
Dead and Breakfast (2017)
(Merry Ghost Inn Mystery, book 1)
Kate Kingsbury
"A laughing ghost, a winsome dog, and a charming Oregon coastal village make the Merry Ghost Inn Mysteries a place you’ll want to visit again and again."
Death on Tap (2017)
(Sloan Krause, book 1)
Ellie Alexander
"The mountain village of Leavenworth, Washington is hopping and trouble is brewing in this first in a new series by Ellie Alexander. Smooth yet yeasty, with a strong finish, like Sloan Krause's best brew, Death on Tap is an entertaining sip of the world of brew pubs and tourist towns. Sloan, a foster child-turned chef, brewer, and mother, is an intriguing protagonist. Pour me another!"
Killer Chardonnay (2020)
(Colorado Wine Mystery, book 1)
Kate Lansing
"Parker Valentine...will steal your heart and pair it with a smooth mystery in this sparkling debut. A wine rack full of suspects won’t stop the determined sleuth and vintner from bottling up a killer and saving her dream. Killer Chardonnay has legs!"
A Dismal Harvest (2022)
(Marketplace , book 2)
Daisy Bateman
"Wine and cheese have never been so deadly delicious as in Daisy Bateman's A Dismal Harvest. Claudia Simcoe is a wry and introspective sleuth, determined to discover who killed the thief who disrupted her harvest dinner by sneaking a mysterious package out of her farm-to-table marketplace on the edge of California's wine country--though it might prove easier to figure out who didn't want the man dead. A dash of history, a splash of romance, and an intriguing hint of what's to come make A Dismal Harvest a gourmet treat for lovers of cozy mysteries and foodie fiction."

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