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Murder Gone A-Rye
Baker’s Treat Mystery #2
Nancy J Parra

Berkley Prime Crime
May 2014/ ISBN 0425252442
Mystery – cozy / Holiday: Thanksgiving

Reviewed by Cheryl Green


Toni Holmes has the only gluten free bakery right in the middle of the wheat fields of Oiltop, KS. To get more advertising, Baker’s Treat has a float in the Homer Everet Day parade which is an annual event that takes place on Thanksgiving Day. Oiltop honors Homer for his Congressional Medal of Honor and for playing pro football. The only problem for Toni is her Grandma Ruth is at the police station being questioned about the murder of her longtime nemesis Lois Striker. There were tire tracks found near the body that match the tires on Grandma Ruth’s scooter. The former investigative reporter is having the time of her life. Grandma Ruth seems to be asking more questions than the cops. Toni is going to have to get involved in order to keep an eye on Grandma Ruth and her cronies. She better be very careful or she could end up glazed.

Things to ponder: What secrets did Lois take to her grave? Does Grandma Ruth have an alibi for the time Lois was murdered? Could Homer’s heroic act of bravery have been a lie?

This was a very enjoyable read. I love the supporting characters – especially the quirky ones. The author provided enough twists and turns to keep me turning those pages. I just had to find out whodunit. The story is well plotted and will keep you guessing who the murderer is - right until the very end. The author has thoughtfully provided some yummy gluten free recipes. I can’t wait to see what Toni will be baking in the next Baker’s Treat Mystery. So, if you like your mystery filled with delicious desserts, then you should be reading Murder Gone A-Rye.

Reviewed 2014