It all began with hot dish. That’s right, hot dish.
Minneapolis cub newspaper reporter Emerald Malloy is assigned to gather “church food” recipes from the owner of Hot Dish Heaven, a café in Kennedy, Minnesota, a town of 193 in the Red River Valley, just south of Canada.
While collecting the recipes for hot dish, bars, and Jell‐O salad, Emerald learns of an unsolved murder. Certain that cracking the case will catapult her from “gopher” to investigative reporter, she interviews the locals while attending a benefit dinner‐dance at the VFW.
By night’s end, she has consumed lots of food, listened to some good music, heard a few Ole‐and‐Lena jokes, and questioned everyone from the Irish‐Catholic priest who lives among these Scandinavian‐Lutheran farmers, to the café owner’s nutty aunts and the hunky local deputy sheriff.
But has she solved the crime? And will she live long enough for it to matter?