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Sally Muccio's had her crosses to bear: a cheating ex-boyfriend, crazy Italian parents, and an unfaithful husband, just to name a few. After her divorce, she returns to her hometown to start a novelty cookie shop whose specialties include original fortune cookies, served with a sprinkle of foreshadowing.

But there's no warning when her ex-husband's mistress drops dead on Sal's porch, and police confirm it's a homicide. Determined to stop her life from becoming a recipe for disaster, Sal takes matters into her own hands.

With two very different men vying for her affection, dead bodies piling up, and a reputation hanging by an apron string, Sal finds herself in a race against time to save both her business and life - before the last cookie crumbles.

©2015 Catherine Bruns (P)2017 Catherine Bruns

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It was not the cookies!!!!

This is my first book by this author. I thought it was a great story line. Sal and her friend Josie run a bakery. A woman from her past that cheated with her ex husband comes to town and comes to the bakery and taunts her. On one of her visits, she get some cookies from Sal and leaves. However when Sal got ready to go out and opens her door she is dead outside the door. So of course she feels she needs to investigate herself for her business so she and her friend Josie have to find out how she died. It turns out it is bee venom, which of course, the victim Amanda is allergic too. But how did she ingest it. Sal is getting over a divorce and her old boyfriend comes back in her life and policeman,Bryan, who is working on the also has other interest in Sal. Both want to go out with her. Mike the old boyfriend wants them to rekindle their love. So now she has romance issues plus financial issues due to the murder outside her store. After asking people many questions, one being the deliveryman they use(sleazy guy) who was having an affair with Amanda, there is another murder. The delivery man. He too was poisoned. He had gotten some cookies from Sal. Someone put it in the cookies. Now there is two murders. Things start to get dangerous for Sally and Josie. Bryan tries to insist they quit snooping. Of course Sally does not. What will happen next? Who done It? And which guy will she choose? I received this book free in change for an honest review. I really enjoyed the story line and the characters were great. The narrator did a great job. The only thing i did not like was the guy she decided to be with. Just my opinion. I wanted her to pick the other guy. Other than that, i look forward to more in this series.

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 09-28-17

3 and a half

This is an OK but typical story. I figured out who did it early but continued to listen because I liked the characters and wanted to see how the story unfolded. My only other complaint about this story is the unnecessary love triangle that seems to be part of every cozy mystery.

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Entertaining listen

After getting a divorce, Sally Muccio decides to go back to her home town and open a cookie shop. But coming back means meeting old friends and foes, and Sally might not be ready for that. After being verbally attacked by Amanda, an old acquaintance from high school who stole one of Sally’s boyfriends, Sally discovers Amanda dead just outside her shop. She seemed to have an anaphylactic shock after eating one of Sally’s cookies.

The plot of this book reminded me a lot of Death by Scones, where one of the characters also suffers an anaphylactic reaction after eating something from a cookie shop. Curiously, both books were originally published in the same year, 2015. The rest of the plot is quite different, but it also has all the ingredients that should be in a cozy mystery.

The main character is Sally, from an Italian family that wants to see her married and with children, something typical in cozy mysteries. She has a sidekick, making the story a bit more interesting through the interactions between both characters.

There is a love triangle, totally prescindible in my opinion, but as romance is often an ingredient in cozy mysteries, I think many people would appreciate it. The issue with this is that Sally seems to have no personality, and with a body just in front of her shop, she seems too busy trying to decide which one of the men she will choose.

Something I didn’t like at all is that one of these men is very jealous and possessive, and several people try to justify his attitude towards Sally saying that he had a difficult life. This is no valid excuse, and I think anyone should stay away from a partner with such personal issues. It is like stalking and kissing someone drunk is excusable and could be okay in some occasions. And it is just NOT. The other one wasn’t much better, but it seems everything is okay if the guy is handsome. The rest doesn’t matter at all. What do we need brains for?

Karen Rose Ritcher’s narration was okay. Her languid tone went well with Sally’s weak personality, but her voice range was somewhat limited. Ritcher had three different voices, and things got complicated when there were more than two characters in the same scene. It especially bothered me when Sally, Josie and Sally’s sister were together. Suddenly Sally’s sister sounded like Sally, and Sally like Josie. It was a bit confusing. I also found the narration to be slower than average, and I needed to speed it up a bit to be able to focus on the story.

Despite these minor issues, it was a very entertaining book, and it was fun trying to guess who killed Amanda, and why.

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

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Easy listen

I enjoyed the book. The storyline was good. It kept me guessing. The narrator did a good job. Her performance was natural and believable. I will read/listen to another book by Bruns or narrator by Richter.
I was provided this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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narrator needs some coffee

Read in such a languid tone, the story suffers. It sounds like narrator is about to fall asleep.

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Skip this.

I received this audiobook for free from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

The story didn't interest me at all, primarily because of the character portrayals. The female characters lack any depth whatsoever and failed to create any impression. There were attempts of humor here n there, but all of them fell flat. And there are sexual innuendos, if you want to know about that. There's isn't bad language, so there's that.

The narration was sub-par too.

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Great!

I am quickly becoming addicted to cozy mysteries because of stories like this one. Mystery, humor, romance - this book has everything you could want in a story. Fantastic narration and really enjoyable story. I can't wait to check out more by this author.

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

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A nice treat for fans of cozy mysteries

I have recently read or listened to quite a lot of books in the very popular genre of cozy mysteries, and Tastes Like Murder definitely belongs in the top group. It has a few characters you get to like right from the start and a set of characters you dislike at first and then get to like:) It also has a villain or two, some of whom turn out not to be so villaineous, and there is a seemingly innocent guy who turns out not to be so innocent...:) The plot, as expected, twists here and there, and there are some surprises up the author's sleeve... Quite typical, right? So what makes the book interesting enough for me to put it somewhere at the top of my list of cozy mysteries? To be honest, I don't really know. Maybe it's the character of Sal, who tries to come to terms with herself and her life after a hard divorce, or maybe it's Josie, her best friend, a mother of four, who can be caring and loving and... spiteful when it's necessary... Or maybe it's the well-balanced mixture of the romantic and the criminal, with just the right amount of dangerous as the spice... But whatever it is, it kept me listening to the book until late at night...

As for the interpretation by Ms Karen Rose Richter, it's the first book read by her that I listened to. She has a really nice voice and although she sometimes sounds a little monotonous in the narrator's parts, she has definitely mastered the art of differentating the characters' voices. And - I have to emphasize this, as it's a really difficult thing to do, in my opinion - she's great at reading the male characters' parts. You just don't notice it's a woman reading them, she sounds so natural there.

All in all, it's definitely a book a fan of cozy mysteries should read/listen to:)

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

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Yummy!

Just as things are starting to look up for Sally, she is thrown into a homicide investigation after her ex-husband's mistress dies on her porch. She'll have bigger problems than trying to choose between the two men wooing her.

This was a really fun cozy mystery that had me laughing. Mystery, suspense, humor and romance all combined for a story that I just loved. The twists and turns in the plot kept me guessing until the end. Karen Rose Richter did a great job with the narration and I could distinguish the characters quite easily. I enjoyed Tastes Like Murder: Cookies and Chance Mysteries, Book 1 and would recommend it.

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

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Cookies Good

This is a fun cozy mystery that revolves around a cookie bakery. There is an ex-husband, his girlfriend, a best friend, kooky relatives and a couple of love interests to spice up the batter. The plot is a little formulaic, but the characters keep the book interesting.
The narration was very good.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 10-31-17

Winnie the Pooh could drink you under the table.

An enjoyable plot made irritating by one of the (unintentionally) silliest heroines this reader has encountered. So accident prone, the question has to be posed - does she suffer from some disability as yet unrecognised? - the lead protagonist Sally who, with her school (and best) friend Josie, has opened a cookie shop in her home town, is recently divorced. Ten years before she had broken with her one true love boyfriend because she caught him drunk in the arms of another girl. On the rebound, she was swept away by Colin, marrying him five years later only then to discover what an unfaithful hound he was. Dah!
When Sally's nemesis is found dead on the porch of her shop, Sally and Josie go into investigative action to find the culprit despite being warned by the delectable policeman to stay out of it and 'leave it to the police.' Do they need the warnings? Of course not, blundering through interviews and nosing about as the fortunes in the fortune cookies become ever more foolish.

So, a mystery and a romance, of a sort (at least there is a load of angst spilt by Sally). For this reader, the main mystery was what on earth any of the men in her town saw in her? But, hey, I'm only a woman.

Yes, I am being harsh. It was a fun listen made much better by the narrator, Karen Rose Richter, whose pleasant vocal ntonation carried the story well with good voicing changes for the individual protagonists. And my thanks go to the rights holder who gifted me a complimentary copy of the book, via Audiobook Boom.. Not my cup of tea, perhaps, but I am sure that readers with a fondness for romance mixed into their less than stringent murder mysteries might love it.