Saturday, October 9, 2021

Review: Chocolate Cherry Murder by Abby Byne

About the Book

Cozy Mystery


Release Date
April 28, 2020

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Just as recently-single Bitsie George is settling into her new life as a professional baker, her too-handsome-to-be-real shop assistant Jack gives his grandfather a dozen cherry chocolate cupcakes to share with his friends at Shady Grove retirement home. When one of the cupcakes turn out to be laced with a potentially-fatal dose of Grandpa Roscoe’s heart medicine and his romantic rival for the affections of Miss Lavinia Fay ends up in the hospital, Grandpa Roscoe becomes a prime suspect. But was it really Jack’s grandfather who poisoned that cupcake, or is there someone else with murder on his mind? It’s up to Bitsie to find the real culprit before Jack’s grandfather gets arrested, or, worse yet, the poisoner strikes again.

This novella-length culinary cozy will take a reader of average speed about 2 hours to finish.

My Review

Bitsie George is busy with her new bakery and her handsome assistant.  When they visit his grandfather, Roscoe, in a local retirement home, they bring a dozen of Bitsie’s delicious chocolate cherry cupcakes.  

They are stunned when Roscoe’s arch rival eats a cupcake and has to be taken to the hospital, they discover the treat was filled with poison.  The poison happens to be Roscoe’s medication.  Nobody believes Roscoe would try to kill the man but the evidence shows otherwise.  Bitsie is determined to find out the truth - not only to prove Roscoe’s innocence but to prove her shop has nothing to do with the incident.

This is a short cozy mystery that can be read in a couple of hours.  I do enjoy these short reads.  It’s the second of a series and I suggest you start at the beginning to learn how it all began.  I feel like I get to know the characters better with each book.

The mystery is well thought out with many clues along the way.  I enjoyed uncovering the truth with Bitsie.  There’s also a romance brewing for Bitsie.  It’s a cute cozy mystery.   I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

For reading challenges:
Craving for the Cozies Reading Challenge 2021

Disclosure:  I borrowed this one from the Kindle Unlimited library . All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. I haven't heard of this author but this looks like a fun read and I love cupcakes and bakeries in books.

  2. Sounds like two fun hours, except for poor Roscoe and his nemesis. :)


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