A Bakery Detectives Cozy Mystery; Book 9
STORY-LINE WINED, DINED, AND DEAD:
Rachael, Pippa and company are back in Wined, Dined, And Dead, Book 9 of the Bakery Detectives Cozy Mysteries Series. Both are in happy relationships and out for a per-Valentine supper. Back in town, Pippa’s husband Marcello, is at his best bumbling, stumbling, klutzy self causing havoc turning over the wine bottle. As things calm down, Pippa makes a horrifying discovery; their waiter is dead in the back of restaurant. Who killed him and why?
Rachel and Pippa hired by the owner/Chef, Scott, to the solve the murder, find a twist added to the case. Scott requires she solve the case within 24 hours to earn her fee. Needless to say, Rachel, Pippa, and Marcello are on the case. Then again, maybe they should have left Marcello home!
Grab a comfortable seat, my cozy mystery review of Wined, Dined and Dead follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
Stacey Alabaster has once again crafted an entertaining light cozy mystery which will hold the reader’s attention. Continuing her Bakery Detectives series, Alabaster allows the reader to connect with the characters through familiarity. Personally, I love continuing characters in a story-line as they begin to feel like family or close friends.
Marcello’s character is a stroke of genius, adding an element of humor as the reader see a man who is klutzy, nerdy, clueless, and uncoordinated. He is a hot mess, but a hot mess that you just have to love because he tries so hard. I laughed and laughed at Rachael’s personal conversations with herself about Marcello. What a hoot those conversations were, as well as, the scenes with Marcello at his best klutzy self.
Our favorite detective is back again and the attraction is still present between Jackson and Rachael, even though she is seeing another baker. The plot of the story was intriguing and I would have never guessed the culprit. What a surprise when Alabaster revealed the reason for the murder and identity of the murderer. Alabaster keeps the reader guessing as long as possible, setting a pace which is fast and steady.
Finally, in concluding my cozy mystery novel review of Wined, Dined, and Dead, I found a well-written and developed story-line with believable characters. This book is an easy and enjoyable read full of fun and laughter. I would not hesitate to buy this book for my self or friend.
WINED, DINED, AND DEAD RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4
FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE:
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