Series: Bookish Bakery Mystery #2
Published by Crooked Lane Books on June 8, 2021
Reading Challenges: Cruisin through the Cozies 2021
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About Deadly Delights
Deadly Delights, the second book in the A Bookish Baker Mystery by Laura Jensen Walker, is a solid entry. Mystery writer, cancer survivor, and dog mom Teddie St. John enters her small town’s baking contest.
Hopeful that her cherry pie will dazzle the judges instead Teddy discovers the head judge, Lester “The Molester” Morris, face down in a competitor’s pie, bludgeoned with her heirloom rolling pin, making Teddie the number one suspect.
My thoughts about Deadly Delights
Teddie and her friends start sleuthing to find the real killer and clear Teddie. Unfortunately, there’s no lack of suspects since Lester constantly propositioned Lake Potawatomi’s women, getting handsy even with much younger women and cheating on his long-suffering wife.
Deadly Delights has all of the ingredients for a fun series. Lake Potawatomi exudes small-town charm – everyone knows your name. And who you snuck out to see last night.
Teddie is a fun, sometimes impetuous character with a quirky sense of style and a super sweet fur kid, Gracie. A cancer survivor, Teddie doesn’t shy away from talking about cancer or her double mastectomy and how it changed her appearance and dating life. She’s also relatable with having a difficult relationship with her mom.
Culinary mysteries are an incredibly popular sub-genre of cozy mysteries with baking being one of the most popular.
And Then There Were Crumbs by Eve Calder is the first book in the Cookie House series. A baker leaves a high-stress job and a broken engagement in NYC for a job at a small bakery in a quaint Florida town. Read my review of the second book, Sugar and Vice.
Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop by Darci Hannah features a baker leaving her high-stress job in finance to open a bakeshop in a quaint lakeside town in Michigan. Read my full review.
Killer Content by Olivia Blacke is the first book in a new series featuring a woman from a small town in Louisiana moving to NYC for the summer to apartment sit for her aunt. She gets a job at a bookstore/cafe. Read my full review.
Deadly Delights is a fun culinary cozy with lots of baked goods, offbeat characters, and a relatable sleuth.
Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the ARC.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Cruisin through the Cozies 2021
- NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2021