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Publisher's Summary

From USA Today best-selling authors....

Someone's about to get their just desserts.

Riley Spencer is officially the new owner of the Cinnamon Sugar Bakery in the small town of Danger Cove. She's excited about the grand re-opening, but when she learns a hoax letter went out to the residents of Danger Cove informing them of free baked goods, she panics and does the only thing she can - quickly sets out plates of muffins, cupcakes, and cookie bars. Crisis seems to be averted...until the body of local recluse Nathan Dearborn is found in the bakery bathroom. The cause of death: peanut allergy.

Riley's certain not a single item made with nuts left her kitchen, but no one believes her, least of all the police. To save her bakery and her reputation, Riley is determined to figure out who brought in the fatal pastry. With support from her best friend, Tara, and her long-time crush, Jared, Riley discovers secrets from Nathan's past that make her question if his death was truly an accident or something more sinister. With suspects galore, the police breathing down her neck, a love life in turmoil, and a bonanza of baked goods, Riley has her work cut out for her catching a killer...before he strikes again!

©2015 Jennifer Fischetto (P)2017 Jennifer Fischetto

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Enjoyable dessert!

I really enjoyed this story. A young girl, an orphan, takes over ownership of her grandmothers bakery. Soon after a strange email a dead body turns up in the bakery on the day of its grand reopening no less. The characters were likable and the main character was funny. It was a light cozy mystery and I look forward to the next in the series. The narrator was good, her voice was perfect for the character, on occasion I found it a little difficult to follow who was talking as her voice for the characters were similar. It wasn't overly distracting though and most of the time I followed ok. I would certainly listen to her again. I received a free review copy of this book at my request in exchange for an honest review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Death by Scones

I enjoyed the book...I wish I had read the previous books.
Riley takes over her grandma's bakery. She is seeing Will and thinks life is good. In walks Jared who sends her body tingling (unlike Will), in walks Tara - intent on making trouble & to top things off she finds a dead body in her bakery! He has died from a nut allergy but Riley's bakery is a 100% nut free establishment so to her...this spells murder and she is determined to figure out what happened. This takes the friends & family into a spiral of who done its and how the dead body ties in with Riley's life.
It had me guessing right until the very end.

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Light, Fun, Murder Mystery.

What did you love best about Death by Scones?

The main character is funny and loveable. The story is well-written. The ending is foreshadowed but a bit of a surprise. It is a good ending. This book is suspenseful but fun.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked all the characters. There was very good character development in this book. Grandma is awesome, and so are the two boyfriends.

Have you listened to any of Melissa Meshey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I am new to this narrator. She is very good and perfect for this book.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh repeatedly. The concept of the book is great.

Any additional comments?

I received this book for free from the author, narrator, or producer in exchange for an honest review. Relatively clean book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Murder & Mystery at Danger Cove

The story was interesting and kept me engaged and trying to figure out who committed the murder. There is a bit of romance to spice things up. I was definitely caught by surprise at the person responsible for all the craziness. I did not see it coming!

The narration was good and brought the story to life.

The characters were well developed and the story progressed at a good pace. I felt really bad for Riley. Her first day as owner of Cinnamon Bakery and everything goes wrong. And when she thinks things could not get any worse, they do! The book kept me on my toes and quite entertained.

I'm looking forward to more stories from this delightful series.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Fun Mystery

What made the experience of listening to Death by Scones the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the writing style and characters. Also, mention of various baked goods and recipes always made me hungry! :)

Did Melissa Meshey do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Not particularly. It was difficult to determine who was talking during dialogue scenes. Although I did like the pleasant and youthful sound of her voice, I found her reading style to be sleepy and disengaged at times, making it hard to follow the story.

Any additional comments?

I was provided a free audio copy in exchange for an honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jan
  • MKE
  • 09-14-17

The scones didn't do it!

cozy-mystery, danger-cove, amateur-sleuth, recipes

I want to visit Danger Cove! Any of the books stand alone very easily, but reading more of them adds layers. The emphasis in this one is the bakery, the new owner, Riley, with her vintage clothes, there are recipes, and, of course, a totally unexpected murder and the investigation. Lots of twists and a few red herrings, and an assortment of romances make this one interesting read.
Melissa Meshey is perfect as narrator here. She has the perky bouncy persona just right!
Turns out that I had an ebook copy hiding in my TBR pile, but won an audio!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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who baked the scones

This book was pretty good. i enjoyed the story line and the characters. This was my first book by these authors but i had no problem following the story even though it was book 3, Riley takes over the bakery after her grandmother decided to let Riley run it. On the reopening day a ton of people came in for free samples after receiving the emails. Problem is Riley never sent any emails. Then the town "hermit" came in to talk to Riley but she did not get to talk to him with all that was going on in the bakery, The next day she finds him in the bathroom dead. Later, the ME said he died of a peanut allergy. Problem is the bakery does not use peanut products. Also he had eaten scones. Riley and staff did not put out scones as samples. Where did they come from? Who put them out?

I was surprised at who the murderer was. I look forward to reading/listening more in this series. I received this book free in exchange for an honest opinion.

The narrator did a great job too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Ok listen

This was an ok listen. The narration wasn't that great. There was little difference between the voices of the characters. There were also a few mispronounced words. The story had some odd skips too, there was one scene where the main character was in a house speaking to the nephew of a dead man and in the next sentence she was in a car with her best friend putting on a wig. The book just wasn't for me and that may have contributed to finding flaws where others wouldn't.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Absolutely Delicious....

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
In this light mystery novel reminiscent of some of Evanovich's stories, you are transported in a world of "sweet" accidents with an undertone of tragedy.
Well-written and interpreted, "Death by Scone" is a light read that will leave you with a smile and a desire for something sweetly decadent to eat. And why not try one of the scrumptious recipes interspersed throughout the story? I have not tried them...yet, but they sound truly delicious. I will definitely look for the other stories in this series. Truly enjoyed the book.

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More romance than mystery

Riley Spencer inherited the Cinnamon Sugar Bakery from her grandmother. On her first day as the boss, one her customers dies by anaphylactic shock due to a peanuts allergy. Curiously, the Cinnamon Sugar bakery is nuts free so Riley suspects something fishy at hand, and she is decided to find the murderer.

Cozy mysteries is one of my guilty pleasures, so I couldn’t let this one pass. The story was entertaining and the characters were interesting enough to keep me invested in the story. Unfortunately the book revolves more around romance than actual mystery solving, which I found disappointing.

My guess is that the main character and her friends were in their early twenties, but at times it was like observing a group of teenagers. Their actions were quite childish, and so were their romances. I found this quite uninteresting, and sadly it was almost the main subject of the book. I guess I prefer more mature characters. There is a bit of mystery solving towards the end, but I was so fed up of the dating game of the main character that I wanted it to be finished.

I found Melissa Meshey’s narration a bit plain, at times if felt more like she was reading that telling a story or interpreting characters. Her style did go well with Riley but I missed some variations when interpreting the other characters. All voices sounded the same, and I would have appreciated a bit more effort in the character’s interpretations. Following dialogs was difficult at times. In some cases the pauses between paragraphs were very short, making the story confusing, since it seemed that a new paragraph was still part of the previous dialog. There was some background noise at the end of chapter 7, and a repeated sentence around 5:12:33. It was not a bad narration, but Meshey needs to work a lot on her interpretation skills and voice range.

It was an okay book but I think it would work better for romance fans.

I think it is worth mentioning that this is the third book in a series, but this is the first released on Audible. I find this a weird decision, but I have to say that I didn’t feel that I was missing anything from previous books.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Layla
  • 09-20-17

Death by Scones

Any additional comments?

I gave it a three because I thought that the grandmother was a bit selfish. I don't care if she is retired. When a family member is involved in a murder you would at least ring them to find out what is going on. She didn't. Her granddaughter Riley had to ring her a few times and leave a message. Did she call back? No! Riley had to ring her back. You would think that she would come down even it is for a day or two but still no. Then Riley gets into trouble her friends ring her grandmother thinking that she would like to know. Does she come down then? Yes but she had to be convinced! What kind of grandmother is that! If someone did this in real life I would of thought that the grandmother did not love or care for that person at all. That is why it went down to three for me. I just couldn't get past the fact her grandmother acted this way and I don't care what she was doing at the time.
on a positive note, I did not guess correclty on who done it. It came as a shock when I found out who it was. I also liked the romance too.

The narrator unfortunatily I did not like. I felt that her voice didn't change. She tended to keep it at one pitch. I did not feel the fear, surprise, anger, etc. She suited Riley's character but she didn't change it for the other characters.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.