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Monday, March 30, 2020

Baked to Death (Cookies & Chance Mystery #2) by Catherine Bruns


Baked to Death

Kindle Edition, 221 pages
Published January 13th 2016 by Gemma Halliday Publishing




Goodreads synopsis: 
Baker turned reluctant amateur sleuth, Sally Muccio’s, finally found the happiness that’s eluded her for years. She’s in love with a great guy, her bakery is thriving, and now she and her best friend Josie Sullivan are gearing up to appear on the popular reality baking show, Cookie Crusades. But a visit from Sal’s greedy ex-husband Colin, who's looking to cash in on the bakery’s dough, changes everything. Within a few hours Sal’s world—like the shop’s original fortune cookies—is broken apart when Colin turns up dead, and her boyfriend’s arrested for the crime. Now Sal’s mixing it up with vengeful ex-inlaws, a suspicious new employee, slippery baking competitors, and a greasy mobster who’ll stop at nothing to collect on Colin’s unpaid debt. Can Sal prove her man is innocent in time? Or is she about to get baked herself?


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4.5 Stars

This is the second book in the Cookies and Chance mystery series by Catherine Bruns.

I think Kindle books get a bad rap sometimes. There is this misconception that they are bad or not edited or unprofessional. But this one totally bucks that system. This was an awesome representation of what Kindle should be and to a large extent is.

I picked this one up for the OWLs Readathon since it had a heart on the cover. I am so glad I finally read this! What an awesome book! This has to be a new favorite series for me. I had read Penne Dreadful sometime last year and loved that too. So, in a way, I was looking forward to this but it was lost in my kindle library.

Basic premise: Sally (Sal) Muccio runs a bakery with her best friend, Josie. She has finally gotten together with her high school sweetheart, Mike Donovan and things are good. Then her ex-husband shows up wanting half of her bakery even though he had nothing to do with its inception and a short time later, he ends up dead. Of course, Sal is the main suspect and her former boyfriend (not sure if boyfriend is the right word here) Detective Brian has her in his sights. He is still trying to win back her affection since he pursued her all through book one. 

I thought the running back and forth between New York and Florida was a bit of a stretch for me. Colin had been living in Florida and Sal’s bakery is in NY. The team was invited to be on a cookie bake off show in Florida and in between the tv show hijinks they were able to do a bit of sleuthing about Colin’s activities.

The characters are awesome and memorable. Sal’s parents are a hoot! Her mom is in her second childhood and her dad is looking for the perfect casket. You immediately feel a kinship with Sal when Colin tries to take her business away from her after she worked so hard to build it up after his betrayal.

I am now officially addicted to this series. Already on book three!

If you love a good cozy mystery, definitely check this one out . You won’t be disappointed.

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