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Friday, June 11, 2021

Deadly Delights (A Bookish Baker Mystery #2) by Laura Jensen Walker


Deadly Delights

(A Bookish Baker Mystery #2)

by Laura Jensen Walker 


Published June 8th 2021 by Crooked Lane Books


In Laura Jensen Walker's second Bookish Baker mystery, Teddie St. John enters a pie-baking contest. But her chances of winning plummet when she's suspected of killing one of the judges!

August in Lake Potawatomi, Wisconsin, always means one thing: the annual baking contest. Picture The Great British Baking Show, writ Midwestern. It's a huge draw for the upper crust of Wisconsin pastry aficionados. And, of course, bon vivant baker-turned-mystery writer Teddie St. John has a pie in the ring. The white vinyl baking tent boasts an array of folding tables housing each entrant's daily baked good. And at one of those tables sits the corpse of the head judge, his face half-buried in a delectable coconut cream pie.

The body in question belonged to notorious Les Morris. Les may have been getting on in years, but he hadn't outgrown his well-earned reputation for lechery. Now, Les is no more. But unfortunately, by his side lies Teddie's distinctive embossed rolling pin...covered with blood.

It's out of the baking pan, into the oven. A life sentence behind a lattice of prison bars and a tangle of rhu-barbed wire will never do, and Teddie's quick wit and bohemian charm won't save her from the long spatula of the law. So, with the help of her friends, she'll concoct a recipe to clear her name--if the real killer doesn't ice her first.


4.5 stars

This is the second book in the A Bookish Baker mystery series by Laura Jensen Walker.

I really enjoy Walker’s writing and it is not just because we share the same last name. This was a great cozy and the new series is just coming into its own with the main POV character of Teddie. There is a bit of a talking dog in here that kind of threw me off since I couldn’t figure out why the dog’s thoughts were so important. Maybe Teddie could have had those insights on her own. 

There were a lot of twists and turns in this book that really kept me guessing. I was racing to the end to figure out whodunit! It is quite a page turner. This is definitely a series I want to continue to follow since I enjoyed the whole culinary mystery feeling of it. Totally recommend this if you love cozy mysteries and want to try out something new.

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. Opinions are completely my own.

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