About the Book
Genre: Cozy Mystery, #1 in A Bread & Batter Mystery Series
Publisher: InterMix (November 17, 2015)
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Two bakery owners get mixed up with murder in the first adventure in the all-new Bread and Batter Mystery series...
As the co-owners of Bread and Batter Bakery in Destiny, New York, Molly Tyler and Olivia Williams have plenty on their plates. Molly is recently divorced and looking for a place to live, but they’re also both preparing for Destiny’s annual Apple Harvest Fair. The bakery has a booth where they’ll be selling not only delicious cupcakes and cider doughnuts, but also tote bags and t-shirts emblazoned with the bakery’s logo.
Tensions rise at the fair when local orchard owner Calista Danforth discovers organizers have assigned her usual booth to Bread and Batter. Although a heated argument ensues between her and Molly, the bakery manages to rake in lots of dough. But when Calista is found strangled to death with one of their t-shirts, Molly is named the prime suspect. Now these two friends must whip up some answers quickly before the future of their business crumbles.
I always love getting in on the ground floor of a new cozy series. This is the first book in the Bread and Batter Mystery Series.
The main character, Molly Tyler, is wonderfully written. She’s strong, a good friend, and perhaps a bit too nosey for her own good, but aren’t all amateur sleuths? LOL In this instance, I can understand her nosiness since she somehow became the number one suspect in the murder of a local heiress. Not to mention that it’s negatively effecting her bakery business. I can totally understand her need to find the real killer before she’s arrested and her business sinks.
The supporting characters are well written, as well. They are a motley cast and each one is portrayed to perfection. It’s unusual to find so many lively characters in the first book of a series. Often the characters are stiff until you get to know them. Not the case this time. They are well rounded right from the start.
The story is filled with humor, mystery and more than a little romance – but not too much. It’s sweet and light – a great relaxing way to spend a winter’s afternoon. I'm looking forward to the next entry into this series.
For reading challenges:
2015 NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge
FTC Disclosure: The author and NetGalley provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
After having several short stories published, I decided to tackle novel writing a few years ago. My first book, The Art of Being Rebekkah, is women’s fiction. Since the genre I love is mystery, my agent suggested I write one. I’m so glad she did! I recently signed with Penguin/Intermix for my Bread and Batter cozy mystery series. The first two books, Bun For Your Life and Raisin The Dead, coming soon!
I’ve live in lots of different places during my life. At the moment, I’m in a small Connecticut town with my husband. When I’m not writing, I’m either reading, spending time by the water, traveling, indulging in social media, accompanying above-mentioned husband to New York Yankees games, or doing anything that does not involve math.