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Barbara A. Sutherlin
3.0 out of 5 starsBrownies, Bodies and Bad Guys is not that good
Reviewed in the United States on July 6, 2017
Lexy Baker is one of those heroines who really is Too Stupid To Live. Her cop fiancé asks her (or sometimes tells her) over and over again to not get involved in murder investigations. It is dangerous. She could get killed. But does she listen? Of course not. Lexy, her Nans and three other crazy old ladies from the retirement complex get involved in an organized crime murder. Once again everything turns out just peachy. None of them are charged with withholding information from the police, which they should have been. And Jack still loves Lexy even though she does not trust him or listen to him.
This is the second book I have read in this series. I wasn't crazy about the first one I read, but I like to read a second book before deciding if the series is worth further reading. I won't be reading other titles in this particular series. The main character, Lexy, is just okay. I guess I am just tired of main female characters in many of the "cozy mystery" types of books being so insecure in their relationships with their boyfriends/fiances. Their stomachs are always (pick one), "roiling". "churning", "flip-flopping" or "clenching" every time they see their guy (usually the local detective, sheriff, or police chief) interacting with another female as they assume the worst. What do they expect - their law enforcement guy should only talk to other guys in the line of duty? In this book, Lexy happens to see her fiance detective with another woman, and immediately assumes that he is interested in this woman. Lexy is engaged to this guy - so where is the level of trust and security in the relationship to just sit down and talk about it? I know this is fiction, but if an author is trying to write about independent women who can run a business and solve crimes, then they need to be strong enough to handle their personal relationships too. On the plus side, I did like her grandmother and her grandmother's friends as they worked to figure out who committed the murder of one of the residents in the retirement home. And I do plan on trying the brownie recipe the author gives us at the end of the book.
4.0 out of 5 starsLeighann Dobbs' Brownies, Bodies and Bad Guys
Reviewed in the United States on July 18, 2017
Chocolate brownies, cream cheese brownies, blonde brownies, eclairs, cannoli, pistachio biscotti plus more yummy desserts can be purchased from Levy Baker's shop. Lexy is engaged to a detective and planning her wedding. But her grandmother, Nans and the geriatric Ladies Detective Club at her grandmother's retirement center get her involved in helping them solve a murder. Murder, mystery, suspense, interesting and entertaining characters even Sprinkles, the poodle-shih tzu plus humor with a touch of romance make for a delicious read.
3.0 out of 5 starsGreat series for the on the run Mom
Reviewed in the United States on May 23, 2014
I've read the first 5 books in the Lexy Baker series to date. Each book has been light, cute, and a super quick read. I would call the series "mind candy" - no blood or gore, no heavy thinking, no crazy twists, just silly and fun sleuthing. You won't be screaming from the rooftops that this is your must read series, but the series is a nice and quick read when you need something light. The story is quite far fetched, predictable, and a little corny, but that's what makes it fun. I love Lexi and Jack's love story unfold. I especially love Nans and her geriatric pose's wild and silly sleuthing. This is a great series if you are looking for a quick read while you are on the go, a day at the beach, a rainy weekend, any time you just need a fun light story.
Lexie is pulled into investigating another murder when Ruth is taken in for questioning in the murder of her boyfriend. As the ladies detective group investigates the murder, hints of organized crime come into play. Will Lexie, Nans and the group find the killer?
Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2017
Lexy and Jack were engaged in the last installment. I thought she would be busy planning the wedding. But one of Nan's friends' boyfriend was murdered. Lexy trys to stay uninvolved. Then Lexy sees Jack with an ex-girlfriend that he forgets to mention. Meanwhile Lexy meets Braxton Daniels from the FBI and he encourages her to be involved to watch over Nan and friends.
Enjoyable cozy mystery. I look forward to the next installment.
The fifth book in this series and I get more and more interested in Lexy's adventures. The ladies club sounds so real as I can see these things happening. I like that the book moves along fast and not drawn out with needless side stories.
4.0 out of 5 starsAnother Entertaining Book by Leighann Dobbs!
Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2013
Brownies, Bodies and Bad Guys was the perfect type of book I needed after a rough kind of week. This is an all around fun read! It's a book to read and enjoy the antics of Lexy, her grandmother Nans and her friends at the retirement home. They never fail to put a smile on my face.
This book has a mystery to solve, some light suspense, humor and a bit of romance. The author never fails to entertain me with her books. It isn't a really long book so you can enjoy a relaxing evening reading.
I recommend this to anyone wanting a fun cozy mystery!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 2, 2014
This is book five in the series and I have enjoyed it as much as book one, which is why I have given it a five star rating. I don't usually read one book after another but can't wait to read the next story. It is a series I would recommend as it keeps you reading and I can't believe how quickly I come to the end of each book. I have to go and read the next instalment of Lexy's life with her gran.