This is a fun cozy mystery and especially of interest to those who love to bake as well as read. I liked the heroine, Teddy. She's an author who writes mysteries so we get some insights into the writing process. There are also some interesting discussions about literature and writers and why they do what they do. Teddy is also a breast cancer survivor and there are some discussions about mastectomies and life afterward.
Teddy has a couple of female sidekicks and they get into some interesting adventures, like going to a pole dancing place to interview one of the women. What a riot.
And then there is the food. Teddy enters the annual dessert contest, foiled by the murder of one of the judges. Nonetheless, we are tantalized with descriptions of luscious sounding recipes for desserts. Fortunately, Walker has included a number of them at the end of the book. I can't wait to try the cookies that have just about everything in them except the kitchen sink.
This is a fun cozy mystery with a good twist at the end and yummy recipes to try. The characters are fun and the plot was good. This is the second book in the series but read well on its own.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Laura Jensen Walker has written both fiction and nonfiction. Walker used a typewriter across Europe in the Air Force and spent three years in England. A native of Wisconsin, she now lives in Northern California with her husband. You can find out more at www.laurajensenwalker.com.
Crooked Lane Books, 312 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)