June 8, 2021

Deadly Delights

Deadly DelightsDeadly Delights by Laura Jensen Walker
Series: Bookish Bakery Mystery #2
Published by Crooked Lane Books on June 8, 2021
Genres: Mystery
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
three-half-stars
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.

Other books

and then there were crumbs
And Then There Were Crumbs by Eve Calder
murder at the beacon bakeshop
Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop by Darci Hannah
killer content
Killer Content by Olivia Blacke

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.

In conclusion

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.

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About Laura Jensen Walker

Award-winning author Laura Jensen Walker has written several fiction and non-fiction books (17 and counting). Her books all share one common thread: humor. A lover of mysteries since she read her first Trixie Belden in the fourth grade, Laura is thrilled to return to writing after a decade’s absence to write lighthearted “cozy” mystery novels. Her Bookish Baker Mystery series (MURDER MOST SWEET, August 2020) set in the small town of Lake Potawatomi, Wisconsin, features baker, writer, and breast-cancer survivor Teddie St. John and her irrepressible American Eskimo dog Gracie. Laura’s Faith Chapel Mystery series (HOPE, FAITH, & A CORPSE, Jan. 2021) set in rural Northern California, features the movie-loving Episcopal priest Pastor Hope Taylor and her loyal Black Lab Bogie.

Grateful to be a longtime breast cancer survivor (THANKS FOR THE MAMMOGRAM! rereleases September 2020) Laura flew a typewriter across Europe in Uncle Sam’s Air Force in her twenties, and lived in Oxfordshire, England for three years where she became a lifelong, tea-loving Anglophile. A native of Racine, Wisconsin—home of Wisconsin’s official state pastry, the delicious, mouth-watering Danish kringle—dog-lover Laura lives in Northern California with her Renaissance-man husband and their canine daughter, Mellie.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • Cruisin through the Cozies 2021
  • GoodReads
  • NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2021
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