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An enjoyable plot made irritating by one of the (unintentionally) silliest heroines this reader has encountered. So accident prone, the question has to be posed - does she suffer from some disability as yet unrecognised? - the lead protagonist Sally who, with her school (and best) friend Josie, has opened a cookie shop in her home town, is recently divorced. Ten years before she had broken with her one true love boyfriend because she caught him drunk in the arms of another girl. On the rebound, she was swept away by Colin, marrying him five years later only then to discover what an unfaithful hound he was. Dah!
When Sally's nemesis is found dead on the porch of her shop, Sally and Josie go into investigative action to find the culprit despite being warned by the delectable policeman to stay out of it and 'leave it to the police.' Do they need the warnings? Of course not, blundering through interviews and nosing about as the fortunes in the fortune cookies become ever more foolish.
So, a mystery and a romance, of a sort (at least there is a load of angst spilt by Sally). For this reader, the main mystery was what on earth any of the men in her town saw in her? But, hey, I'm only a woman.
Yes, I am being harsh. It was a fun listen made much better by the narrator, Karen Rose Richter, whose pleasant vocal ntonation carried the story well with good voicing changes for the individual protagonists. And my thanks go to the rights holder who gifted me a complimentary copy of the book, via Audiobook Boom.. Not my cup of tea, perhaps, but I am sure that readers with a fondness for romance mixed into their less than stringent murder mysteries might love it.
Heroine Sally Mucci and her gal pal/sidekick can take on the world with their cookies, wisecracks and friendship, even when a corpse turns up in front of their store. Most of the characters have known each other since high school or even earlier and much of the action is driven by personality, family background, and relationships. This is a "cozy" mystery so fun and food are at the forefront and several recipes are included which I'd love to try. Narrator Karen Rose Richter had a great time creating the voices and various accents. Caution: There is a "Don't go in the haunted house!" moment when you'd like to thwack the character as you yell at her from the back of the theater.
Disclaimer: "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."
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This is my first book by this author. I thought it was a great story line. Sal and her friend Josie run a bakery. A woman from her past that cheated with her ex husband comes to town and comes to the bakery and taunts her. On one of her visits, she get some cookies from Sal and leaves. However when Sal got ready to go out and opens her door she is dead outside the door. So of course she feels she needs to investigate herself for her business so she and her friend Josie have to find out how she died. It turns out it is bee venom, which of course, the victim Amanda is allergic too. But how did she ingest it. Sal is getting over a divorce and her old boyfriend comes back in her life and policeman,Bryan, who is working on the also has other interest in Sal. Both want to go out with her. Mike the old boyfriend wants them to rekindle their love. So now she has romance issues plus financial issues due to the murder outside her store. After asking people many questions, one being the deliveryman they use(sleazy guy) who was having an affair with Amanda, there is another murder. The delivery man. He too was poisoned. He had gotten some cookies from Sal. Someone put it in the cookies. Now there is two murders. Things start to get dangerous for Sally and Josie. Bryan tries to insist they quit snooping. Of course Sally does not. What will happen next? Who done It? And which guy will she choose? I received this book free in change for an honest review. I really enjoyed the story line and the characters were great. The narrator did a great job. The only thing i did not like was the guy she decided to be with. Just my opinion. I wanted her to pick the other guy. Other than that, i look forward to more in this series.
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