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Publisher's Summary

In the first of a delectable new southern-set baking cozy series, Sophia Cummings, pastry chef extraordinaire, must craft the perfect cake for an old friend's wedding while sifting through the suspects in a murder.

Bucolic Rumford, Kentucky, has glowing fields of bluegrass, a fine selection of bourbons, and now a professional pastry chef. Broken-hearted Sophia Cummings has come home from New York City. She's not there a minute before she's charmed into making her high school friend Charlotte's wedding cake. The kitchen at the Rumford Country Club seems perfect until Chef Emile's body is discovered, sprawled near the stove, a cast iron skillet on the floor close by.

With one look at the shiny, new frying pan, Sophia knows it's not Emile's. She offers her knowledge to Sheriff Carter and her talents to Evelyn, the manager, who needs an interim chef. The mood in the country club is grim: Emile's peppery personality had burned members and staff alike. Sophia wonders which one of them burned him?

©2018 The Quick Brown Fox & Company LLC (P)2019 Tantor

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Narrator made it!

It was good but the narrator made it so much better, so I had to listen to both.

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This is an ok beginning to a new cozy mystery series. The characters are formulaic and uninspired. Sophia and her family are perfect, yet, everyone else in town has problems. The mystery is ok which is why I was able to finish the story. The love triangle is unnecessary and did not help the story. I might get the next one to see if the characters develop more.

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Unlikable characters. poorly written story lines.

The heroine is truly unlikable. She is whiny, nosy to the point of flaw, and a gossip. There are many errors in the story if anyone knows about how a school operates, a bakery, or a professional kitchen. The author may wish to research these aspects prior to writing further.

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GREAT NEW SERIES

I SELDOM READ THE FIRST BOOK IN A SERIES THAT IS SO COMPELLING. I FIND MYSELF GETTING A LITTLE IMPATIENT WITH SETTING AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT IN THE FIRST IN A SERIES. NOT SO WITH THIS BOOK. IT IS. "JUST RIGHT," TO QUOTE GOLDILOCKS. THE CHARACTERS ARE GREAT. THE STORYLINE IS GREAT, AND THE NARRATOR DID A WONDERFUL JOB. I AM ABOUT TO START BOOK 2 AND HOPE BOOK 3 IS NOT FAR BEHIND.