Rachel, the owner of a new bakery shop, finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation in Baker Detectives Cozy Mystery,A Pie To Die For. Death of the hated food critic at the food fair leads to failing baker Rachel’s door. She is sure Bakermatic is behind all her woes including the murder. Can Rachel and her friend Pippa ferret out the truth and prove Rachel Innocent? Is romance in the air for Rachel and the local detective on the case? Will Rachel and Pippa solve the murder and save the bakery in time?
STORY TWO DONUTS, ANTIQUES, AND MURDER:
The bakery‘s succeeding and Pippa’s assistant manager in Two Donuts, Antiques, and Murder. Pippa thinks Rachel’s haunted/cursed; people seem to die around Rachel. Nevertheless, Rachel’s determined to expand into the antique store next door; which Pippa declares haunted. Of course, there are another murders or two and questions about the portrait of two children in the antique shop. Is the portrait
A Contemporary Christian Romance (Magnolia Harbor Book 1)
STORY-LINE HOPE’S BAKERY BY SOPHIE MAYS:
In Hope’s Bakery, single mother Hope Nolan, owns Hope’s Bakery; the only one of its kind in her small town. Hope’s life has not been easy as her son father’s left without a word and never seen again. Since then, Hope stayed away from her church, using work as an excuse. Often her mother tries to persuade Hope to attend and reconnect with her church family.
So far, the bakery’s doing well; she’s known around town as the “The Wedding Cake Queen”. If things continue to go well, in six months, Hope can hire a helper which will free up much-needed time for her. With her small son to support, her bakery needs to succeed. Watching every penny, doing all the work herself, and worrying if the orders will keep coming, Hope lives with daily stress.
However, disaster looms on the horizon. A new restaurant’s opening up across the street serving deserts and coffee, as well as, meals. The chef’s extensively trained in Italy; which scares Hope to death. If her bakery goes under, what will she do? How will she support Rylan? Meeting the chef, Michael, she feels attraction immediately. But, she has no time for men or romance. However, Michael will not go away; coming to the bakery every morning for coffee and sweets. How will all this play out? Will love bloom for Hope? My romance book review of Hope’s Bakery follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
First I must say I loved this book which author, Sophie Mays, filled with emotion and family dynamics. Mays built the romance in Hope’s Bakery gently and slowly. The reader discovers Michael’s a Christian man searching for forever; not heated emotions of the moment. With Christianvalues and faith in God, he gently shows Hope a better way of business and life. Including Rylan’s a skillful stroke as he’s a wonderful child. I wanted to kiss him all over his face and tickle him until he cried for help.
Croissants and Corruption takes place in the small town of North Bank, Virginia. On the shore of the Potomac River, just far enough from the maddening crowds of Washington, D. C., everyone is friendly and feels safe from crime. Widow Margot Durand owns The Parisian Patisserie, a fine french bakery.
Widow of a police officer, Margot can’t resist a good mystery. Shortly she finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. Receiving a call from her sister who’s at the end of her rope with her daughter Taylor, Margot agrees to take the 19-year-old for the summer. To say Taylor is not happy getting up at 3:00 AM to work in a bakery is an under statement.
Taylor and Margot find themselves in the middle of a murder almost upon Taylor’s arrival in North Bank. Their pushy flirty waiter attacks Taylor and then later that night’s stabbed to death. Suspicious of Taylor’s involvement, Detective Adam Eastwood, a long time friend of Margot’s deceased husband, must determine if Taylor’s guilty of murder.
A lot is going on in North Bank; the seniors need a new community building and are rising funds, the mayor is running for re-election, money is missing from the seniors funds, and a murder’s committed. Maybe North Bank is not as quite as the citizens thought.
Firstly, I must say Croissants and Corruption’s an easy entertaining read suitable for a pleasant afternoon of relaxing reading. Secondly, containing the standard cozy mystery format of strong female character, small friendly town, and a murder, Author D. Collins crafted a first-class cozy mystery.
Margot’s character’s strong and independent, ready to help anyone, and always ready with a box of baked goods. With an inquisitive mind, Margot’s determination to clear her niece is strong; she won’t let anything stop her, including Detective Eastwood. Eastwood’s character’s smart, determined, and fair in his judgements and evaluations. Smart and savvy, Margot manages all the irons she has in the fire with skill, from looking into the missing senior funds to proving Taylor’s innocence. Collins portrayal of nineteen year old Taylor was classic immature teenager. Watching her grow by the end of the story was wonderful.
Finally, in concluding my cozy mystery novel review of Croissants and Corruption, I found the pace of the book in line with the length of the story, Collins writing’s clear, clean, and easy to follow with smooth scene transitions and believable characters. With a cast of secondary characters, Collins added depth to the story. Her portrayal of small town USA was spot on. Furthermore, Collins included twists and turns, which hold the reader’s attention. Containing no sex, Croissants and Corruption is suitable for anyone who enjoys a solid story-line.
CROISSANTS AND CORRUPTION RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4
In addition, I would not hesitate to buy this book for my self or a friend.