Can one decision kill a woman? Is Allison the one to blame?
At just 29 years old, Allison seemed to have it all, as a successful investigative reporter. However, a mysterious event leaves her broke - and broken - and she is forced to leave the city and return to the town where she grew up - the seaside village of Curtain Bay. It's been 12 years since she was last there, and nothing has changed - least of all the annual Cheesecake Competition. The town's residents take it as seriously as ever, and this year Allison is the star judge.
When Allison crowns an unpopular winner, Cassandra, who then turns up dead the next day, anyone could be to blame. Did one of the runners up kill Cassandra so that they could take her crown? Could Allison be partly to blame? She decides to investigate, as she still has the reported spirit inside her. Her search for the guilty party brings her closer to her old high school boyfriend Robert, who seems to be hiding something, and Allison is forced to face up to more than one secret from her past.
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Murder by Cheesecake: Culinary Cozy Murder Mystery
: S. Y. Robins
There is nothing better than a cozy mystery to start a Monday and add cheesecake, makes it even better.It is a quick listen. A local girl comes home with a secret, but the people at home have secrets as well. I enjoyed this book with a good choice of "who done it."
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed. Gwenn Dawson gives each character a unique personality.
"I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator."
Allison has come back to her home town, a bit of a celebrity with her tail between her legs. Her mother has committed her to judging the local cheesecake competition. Small town drama abounds and ends in murder. Throw in a hunky guy and you've got a pretty entertaining story. I do wish it had been longer.
The narration was very good. Dawson's voice is easy to listen to and the character all have distinct and appropriate voices.
I liked the mystery and the humor that makes it a cozy! Poor Allison comes back home with her tale tucked between her legs after twelve years, only to be dragged into judging a cheese cake competition. Right away someone turns up dead , her friend is mad at her and her past love resents her presence. So with no choice Allison is forced to solve this mystery before things continue to get out of hand.
What I didn't care for is how "oh god" is used often in the story.
The story teller did a descent job trying to give each character their own voice.
Mother of 5, Grandmother of 10, RN (retired!), Avid reader, enjoys sewing, knitting and cross-stitching.
Murder by Cheesecake is part of the Culinary Cozy Murder series by S.Y. Robins. Allison, investigative reporter in the big city, has returned home for the first time in 12 years and is immediately drawn back into the drama of a small-town. Murder, a witch's cottage, and cheesecake contest do-overs keep the reader's interest. A definite twist in the plot and this quick, cozy whodunit is satisfactorily and surprisingly ended! Gwen Dawson does a nice job in narrating the novella, giving each of the characters a unique voice.
I was given a complimentary copy of the book and was not expected to give a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.
A lover of cozy mysteries, contemporary romance and getting lost in the world of audiobooks
This story is quite short, but it feels full. It's not rushed & it doesn't leave out any important details. There's a back story about why Allison returned to her small town (which is a mystery in itself), there is an old flame, old friends & a town full of suspects. A well rounded short story & a fun listen! I was gifted this book for my honest review.
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