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Friday, April 22, 2016

Raisin the Dead by Karoline Barrett

Raisin the Dead:
A Bread and Batter Mystery

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: InterMix (April 19, 2016)


The author of Bun for Your Life returns to Destiny, New York, where bakery owners and amateur sleuths Molly Tyler and Olivia Williams never crumble under pressure…
While the rest of Destiny is focused on the arrival of an upper crust perfume mogul, Molly is more concerned about what’s on the front page of the newspaper: her mother. Library director Anne Tyler was photographed at the most romantic restaurant in town having a cozy dinner with library advisory board member Philip Baldelli. But there’s more for Molly to worry about after Philip is found dead a few days later.
When Detective Sean Corsino zeroes in on Anne as a person of interest in the case, it turns down the heat on his budding romance with Molly. But after he’s injured during the course of his investigation, Molly and Olivia must step in to sift through the clues and clear Anne’s name.

What I Thought:

This was another great installment of the Bread and Batter Mystery Series.  Molly is such a great character, she is so tenacious.  In this book, her mother is a person of interest in the death of a member of the library advisory board.  Molly is determined to prove that her mother is innocent.  It doesn't help matters that she is in a romantic relationship with Detective Corsino, who is the one questioning her mother.  This is a well written story that flowed well and had a great plot.  The characters are very believable and likable as well, and so are the two lovable Bassett hounds in this story.   I am looking forward to more in this great series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

About The Author –

I live in a small Connecticut town with my husband. When I’m not writing, I’m either reading, spending time by the water, taking pictures, traveling, indulging in social media, accompanying above-mentioned husband to New York Yankees games, or doing anything that does not involve math..

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Guest Post:

Why We Need Secondary Characters
Recently, I saw the following quote by Jocelyn Hughes on Facebook, Treat all your secondary characters like they think the book's about them. It’s become one of my favorite quotes. 
Think about your favorite book, or series. Do you have a secondary character you love almost as much as the main one? My favorite secondary character is Lulu, Stephanie Plum’s sidekick in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. She’s sassy, funny, and doesn’t give a hoot what people think of her.
Of course, I knew as a writer that I’d have to have secondary characters. Can you imagine reading a book with only two or three main characters? It would get boring pretty fast!  I began thinking about why secondary characters are important, what makes them so special, why we need them, how to give them just enough to do so that they don’t hog the limelight, and what roles they play in my Bread and Batter series. I came up with this list:
  •  Most of us have a best friend, or two, that we laugh and cry with, and have fun with. Why wouldn’t I want Molly, my main character, to have the same thing?  Everyone needs a sidekick, a confidante, a best friend (think Lucy and Ethel)! Molly has Olivia and Emily.
  • In real life, we don’t get everything we want. We have struggles and we hit walls, sometimes. You definitely don’t want a perfect life for your main character (yawn!). You did a supporting cast! Secondary characters show up in so many roles in my series; best friend, love interest, killer, detective (can also doubles as the love interest), suspect, business partner, parents. If I’m going to build a fascinating fictional world that readers won’t want to leave, I need these people, even the bad ones!
  • They provide fresh points of view, and reveal personality traits about the main character in a new way. I file this under “show, don’t tell.” It’s a challenge for me to reveal Molly’s personality through other characters’ viewpoints, but I believe it’s important. It draws the reader in to the story in a deeper, more meaningful way.
  • Sometimes, a secondary character is an animal. Personally, I love dogs and cats in mysteries; they add a completely new dimension to the book, and most people are animal lovers, and can relate to a special pet.
  • Secondary characters shouldn't all be likeable, of course. No one’s perfect! Readers need someone to root against!
  • They provide sub-plots. If my book is a mystery, then my sub-plots tend to be about romance, or a crisis with one of my secondary characters, which affects my protagonist. I tend to think of my subplots as the underbellies of my books.
  • Secondary characters can take responsibility of carrying the whole novel off the protagonist.
  •  Finally, I firmly believe my secondary characters should have something to do, other than popping in sporadically. One of the challenges I face getting to know my secondary characters as well as I know Molly. But, it’s important that I do, because they have jobs to do, whether it’s moving the story along, enhancing the plot, causing trouble, or making Molly grow and change.


  1. Secondary characters are key...Robin, Dr. Watson, Miss Lemon and Col. Hastings. Best friends, detective love interests, and even little groups of nosy old ladies provide fun interaction for the protagonists. I love the secondary characters.

  2. Sounds like a fun cozy mystery read! *Crossing my fingers*