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Friday, May 11, 2018

Cake and Punishment

Cake and Punishment: A Southern Cake Baker Mystery
by Maymee Bell

About the Book

Cake and Punishment: A Southern Cake Baker Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting - Kentucky
Crooked Lane Books (May 8, 2018)
Hardcover 257 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683315711
Digital ASIN: B075QJM2W8

In the first of a delectable new Southern-set baking cozy series, Sophia Cummings, pastry chef extraordinaire, must craft the perfect cake for an old friend’s wedding while sifting through the suspects in a murder.

Bucolic Rumford, Kentucky has glowing fields of bluegrass, a fine selection of bourbons, and now a professional pastry chef. Broken-hearted Sophia Cummings has come home from New York City. She’s not there a minute before she’s charmed into making her high school friend Charlotte’s wedding cake. The kitchen at the Rumford Country Club seems perfect until Chef Emile’s body is discovered, sprawled near the stove, a cast iron skillet on the floor close by.

With one look at the shiny, new frying pan, Sophia knows it’s not Emile’s. She offers her knowledge to Sheriff Carter and her talents to Evelyn, the manager, who needs an interim chef. The mood in the country club is grim: Emile’s peppery personality had burned members and staff alike. Sophia wonders which one of them burned him?

What I Thought:

When I started reading this, I thought oh no I am not going to like this, BUT boy was I wrong!!! I loved this book.  It had a great plot and I loved the small town setting.  Sophia, a pastry chef,  has come home to the small Kentucky town where she grew up to recover from the heartbreak of finding her long-time chef boyfriend  cheating on her.  She agrees to bake the wedding cake of her best friend Charlotte after her baker backs out.  They then find the chef of the local country club bludgeoned to death with an iron skillet.  Sophia needs to prove that the manager of the country club is not the killer so her best friend's wedding can go off without a hitch.  There are a handful of suspects in this one that keeps throwing Sophia off as to who could be the killer.  Not only is Sophia's life threatened, but the there is major chemistry between her and the local sheriff.  Sophia has a lot on her plate, making her friends wedding cake, making birthday cake for her other friend, and many members of the community asking her to cater their events.  Not only is Sophia solving a murder, she is also deciding if she should go back to New York or stay in Rumford.  Her ex shows up and that cause Sophia to make a decision.  The reveal of the killer was a total surprise and something did not see coming.  I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author

Maymee Bell is the pen name of USA Today Bestselling author Tonya Kappes. She lives in Kentucky with her family and her two schnauzers. She likes strong coffee, slow-country days, and fresh-baked cookies - but she like telling stores best of all. This is her first SOUTHERN BAKER MYSTERY.

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