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
In authorRuby Loren‘s latest book, Murder Is A Monkey’s Game, Madi and Lowell are in France. Madie’s helping a zoo improve their habituates and environment for the animals. Suddenly a paraglider falls from the sky into the Bengal tiger habituate. Lowell immediately recognizes the victim; a man from Lowell’s dark and mysterious past.
When two mysterious agents turn up in the village asking lots of questions, things heat up for Lowell and Madi. As the victims continue to mount, Madi’s in the middle of another murder investigation; with everyone suspects, including Lowell. My cozymysterybook reviews of Murder Is A Monkey’s Game follows.
With a multitude of suspects and few clues, Madi will have to dig hard to find the who, why, and what, involved in this case. Ruby Loren skillfully concealed the identity of the murderer among a cast of many; revealing the why and who at the last possible moment. I was blown away when the murderer’s shown, as well as, the reason for the crimes. I did not consider this person as the culprit. As a detective, I would be a bust.
Including the cute, but mischievous monkeys, provided classic moments of animal behavior. They are first-class monkey rascals who get into many monkey high-jinks; adding bits of humor and laughter. Also, Loren included in a sweet dog who provided many laughs at her owner’s expense.
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.
The setting for Dead By Dinner is England during the 1920’s. Author Lillian Dore has penned a short sweet cozy mystery involving the upper crust. Lady Clara Callaway and her maid, Alice Hart, journey to Bramblehead Hall, home of the Rossington-Smythes for a fun weekend with the Rossington-Smythes and friends. To her surprise, Malcolm Wexley, falls over dead in his supper plate. Ah, as Sherlock Holmes so apply states: “Come, Watson or in this case Alice, The Game Is Afoot”! Ruled murder by the investigating constables, who did it and why? Wexley, the victim, is not all he appears.
Come along as Lady Clara and Alice become Sherlock Holmes and Watson to solve the murder.
DEAD BY DINNER, CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT: