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Murder Most Sweet
Bookish Baker Mystery #1
BY Laura Jensen Walker

Crooked Lane
September 8, 2020/ ISBN 978-1-64385-502-8

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Teddie St. John is a mystery writer, a baker, and a breast cancer survivor. She lives in Lake Potawatomi, Wisconsin with her American Eskimo dog, Gracie. Her mother, Claire St. John lives in a cottage behind Teddie’s bungalow. Mother and daughter attend a book signing by best- selling author Tavish Bentley where, in the throes of a menopausal hot-flash that sent her running for the cold water tap in the ladies’ room, Teddie overhears an argument between two women about Tavish and who he belongs with. Once the women have left the room Teddie discovers that the scarf she had taken off had been stolen. Probably stolen by the person, the one who didn’t speak, who had quickly entered and left the area before the other two came in.

Kristi is strangled with Teddie’s scarf, and Teddie’s dog Gracie discovers the body. Naturally, this makes Teddie a suspect. There are a few other suspects including Tavish as he announces that they had ended their engagement days ago. Then there’s another killing and again Teddie is a suspect! Teddie and her friends Sharon and Char realize they’ve got to clear Teddie’s name and catch a killer!

What a fun beginning to a new cozy series. I liked Teddie right away and look forward to reading more about her, Gracie, Sharon, Char, Claire, and the other small-town characters as the series progresses.

I always like a mystery that I can’t solve quickly and this book had enough interesting twists that I kept second-guessing myself and whom I thought the killer was. The author has checked the boxes that make a book a cozy and recommend you read “Murder Most Sweet” so you are an insider on a new series from the start.

Note: There are recipes at the back of the book. I suggest you read them first and have the ingredients in the house so you can bake while you read. Or read while you bake

Reviewer Notes: This author also writes the Phoebe Grant series and the Getaway Girls series.

Reviewed 2020