Batter off Dead by Maymee Bell

December 1, 2018 Elle Book Review ,


Batter off Dead by Maymee BellBatter off Dead by Maymee Bell
Publication Date: December 11, 2018
Series: Southern Cake Baker Mystery #2
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 304
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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My Rating : four-stars

Vanquishing the villain who vitiated a village vintner vexes vaunted pastry chef Sophia Cummings in this sweetly sinister second Southern Cake Baker mystery.

Sophia Cummings may be unlucky in love, but she knows that the way to a man's heart is through his sweet tooth. This evening, she plans to use that knowledge—and her skills as a New York City-trained pastry chef—to open the hearts and wallets of Rumford, Kentucky’s richest men. Sophia, proprietress of For Goodness Cakes, has been commissioned to cater the Heart of the Town Library charity fundraiser at Grape Valley Winery. She’s spent all her dough to make this a successful event, raise her profile, and win more plum catering jobs.

At first, the going is as smooth as an elegant chocolate ganache. After nibbling Sophia’s tasty treats, Ray Peel, the winery’s landlord, announces he will pay off Rumford’s library loan. But the evening soon turns decidedly frosty when Ray is murdered—before he can make good on his promise, and before he can pay Sophia for her catering services.

For Goodness Cakes will collapse if Sophia can’t collect what she’s owed. So Sophia once again puts on her sleuthing apron to figure out who iced Ray. A glass of your favorite red or white is the perfect accompaniment to Maymee Bell’s scrumptious Batter Off Dead―with authentic Southern recipes!

My Thoughts

Maymee Bell (aka Tonya Kappes) is one of my favorite cozy mystery writers! She builds worlds though her words and brings these characters to life. The amount of southern charm that exudes from these characters is precious and one cannot help falling instantly in love with them. The bonus of course is the delicious recipes that are included in the story and I cannot wait to try them! If you are a culinary cozy mystery lover like myself (or a fan of Joanne Fluke, another author of the genre) this book and series is a must read!

Batter off Dead is the second book in the Southern Cake Baker mystery series and should be read in order. If you would like to purchase a copy of the first book you can find it here ➜ CAKE AND PUNISHMENT. It follows cake baking sleuth, Sophia Cummings, as she dishes up desserts while trying to find a killer.

Sophia Cummings has recently moved back to the town of Rumford Kentucky after leaving her job in New York. Things are looking great for Sophia as she has finally settled into her new home and new bakery. However, when she finds another body (yes, ANOTHER) at a catering gig, things start to get hot in the kitchen! Not wanting her best friend to go to jail for the murder she stops at nothing- not even the warning from her new boyfriend and police officer, Carter, to find the killer!

Cozy Mystery fans, this book is not to be missed! I very much recommend it. You will have no problem flipping the pages and devouring the book as you work with Sophia to find the killer before it’s too late!

This is a culinary cozy mystery filled with yummy desserts! If you enjoy books by Joanne Fluke this is a must read for you! Please note: This is the second book in the series and I recommend reading them in order.

four-stars

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