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Friday, September 4, 2020

Winner Cake All (Chef-to-Go Mystery #3) by Denise Swanson

Winner Cake All

Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: September 29th 2020 by Poisoned Pen Press

Goodreads synopsis: 
Once again, it looks like Dani Sloan will get a slice of the action...

In the small town of Normalton, IL, there aren't a lot of opportunities for small business owner Dani Sloan to cater big-ticket events. But that's about to change—a client named Yvette Joubert is marrying Franklin Whittaker, the richest guy around, and they want Dani to cater their engagement party! The swanky event is the perfect opportunity to put Dani on the map for wealthier clients.

But when a storm hits the party after guests arrive, it becomes clear that more than the dinner is ruined: Yvette is found dead beneath the marquee. Is her death a tragic accident, or a perfectly orchestrated murder? Then the case gets even juicier—it turns out that Yvette's ex-husband is Spencer Drake, Dani's almost-boyfriend, and the police start circling. Now Dani must follow an unending list of clues to save her business, her better half, and catch a criminal. Let's just hope they get their just desserts!


4.5 stars

This is the third book in the Chef to Go Mystery series by Denise Swanson.

Loving that this story is set in small town Illinois. I so resonate with that. This is the first book I have read in this series and I know it won’t be my last. I sure loved the cast in this and the mystery really kept my attention all the way through. I felt like I was solving this with my friends by my side while getting cake and cookies as refreshments.

Basic premise: Dani Sloan quit her corporate job and started her own business making meals-to-go and doing a bit of catering. She is pulled into catering a sudden event for a couple whose fiancee ends up being the ex-wife of Dani’s boyfriend, Spencer. (Confused yet? Everything is surely connected in this story so do pay attention to all the small details.) When the event tent collapses during a sudden storm, the bride to be is found dead in the stadium with a fancy pen shoved into her eye.

Dani is pilled into this mystery pretty easily since she and her team have to be questioned as the investigation moves forward for the police. How can she not pay attention to all the clues she uncovers, right?

Definitely my cup of tea. I totally enjoyed this one and plan on reading the last two books in this series ASAP! Readathon, anyone?

If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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