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Burned to a Crisp

Cookies & Chance Mysteries, Volume 3
Narrated by: Siobhan O'Day
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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From USA Today best-selling author Catherine Bruns comes the next sinfully delicious Cookies & Chance Mystery...

Just when things appear to be going well for baker, and sometime sleuth, Sally Muccio, life turns up the heat again....

It’s summertime, and the living is easy for the Muccio clan. Sal’s wedding to her beloved fiancé is rapidly approaching, Mom’s won a beauty contest, and sister Gianna is now a licensed public defender. But when the bakery Sal’s worked so hard for goes up in smoke - along with her dreams! - she’s not sure how much more she can stand. Even worse, the man found dead in the bakery’s back room is none other than Gianna’s latest client, Bernardo Napoli. 

The dough really hits the fan for Sal and Josie when they’re forced to temporarily relocate their bakery to the crazy Muccio home. Trouble is quickly stirred up as the best friend team must now contend with Sal’s father and his new mortuary business “undertakings,” a middle aged mother parading around customers in bikinis, and an Italian family hell bent on revenge.

For Sal, several questions demand answers. Where has Gianna disappeared to? What role did she play in Bernardo’s death? What secret is Sal’s fiancé hiding from her? Sal is determined to find answers...before she gets burned once again! 

**Recipes Included!** 

The Cookies & Chance Mysteries:

  • Tastes Like Murder (book one)
  • Baked to Death (book two)
  • A Spot of Murder (short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection)
  • Burned to a Crisp (book three)

What critics are saying:

"Catherine Bruns has whipped up another delicious treat with this delightful cozy.... If you like your mysteries to taste sweet this one is a good choice." (Night Owl Romance, Top Pick!)

"I want to visit more with all of the quirky characters just to see what crazy and outrageous things they will do next!" (Fresh Fiction)

©2016 Catherine Bruns (P)2019 Catherine Bruns

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 07-13-19

Sure Thing

Burned to a Crisp is an entertaining and fun cozy mystery. The plot is interesting with several twists and turns. I enjoyed the way the characters interacted with each other and how the main characters went about solving the mystery. I look forward to the next book in this series.

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Earns 5/5 Slices of Ricotta Cheesecake...Engaging!

Catherine has served us ‘cozy-holics’ and cookie connoisseurs an entertaining ‘sugar and spice’ series and provided another exciting ‘page turner’ with a clever mystery, outlandish family dynamics, and once again ‘Lucy and Ethel’ style antics. Gianna, Sally’s younger sister, is now a public defender, hoping not to continue representing her client Bernardo Napoli, characterized as a “total sleaze." For Sally, her signature fortune cookies are a big hit, but she is still skeptical that the fortunes are often more cryptic than comical. Case in point: her fortune reads "Things will heat up for you tonight," causing Sally’s cheeks to blush thinking of her fiancé, but she soon finds out ’heat up’ has other possible outcomes: a fire at the bakery, a dead body in the ashes, and her sister a ‘person of interest.' The story from Sally's perspective was engaging including a nice romance between Sally and Mike, vivid descriptions, and entertaining dialogue that did well to illustrate tone and personalities. And Sally’s father? Her mother? They are both quite the comic relief.

I so enjoyed Catherine's book, I found the audio version narrated by Siobhan O'Day quite a delightful way to revisit it. Siobhan's very pleasant voice goes beyond the traditional reading aloud format. Her talented voice artistry is on display with her portrayal of tone and emotion along with the accents and dialects. She also met the challenge many female narrators have mimicking the various male voices. The audio version does not include the easy-to-follow recipes, so my suggestion is to pick up both! Follow along with O'Day's entertaining narration and get the recipes in the deal!