Using actual events (which, wow, taught me a lot about the city I’m now living in!) as a backdrop, Funeral Hotdish finds newspaper reporter Joya Bonner pursuing a story about a Mafia hitman for her career in Phoenix while also aiding her family and friends in her small North Dakota hometown after drug overdoses put a boy in a coma and a girl in a casket. Much to Joya’s surprise, the overdoses are connected to the story she’s investigating. Jana Bommersbach creates plausible yet compelling situations (which seem to at least partly draw upon her own experiences as a journalist in Phoenix) for Joya and the other characters. Bommersbach’s descriptive writing makes the scenes vivid and powerful.
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