April 23, 2023

Super Series Sunday: Baker Street Mystery

(Baker Street #1 & #2) 

Super Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Binge read installments of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendations below.
  • Include the titles, authors and series names.

"Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how probable, must be the truth." ~ 39%

My 1st Super Series Sunday pick is Two Parts Sugar, One Part Murder, the first book in the Baker Street series by Valerie Burns. Focused on the 200+ pound champion show English Mastiff named Baby, the mini romance and Hallmark-like vibe, I forgot this was a mystery. But let me back up.

Two Parts Sugar, One Part Murder has all the makings of a culinary cozy mystery. A woman moves to a small town in Michigan after inheriting her great-aunt's bakery and dog. Madison Montgomery is a social media influencer who plans to swoop into town, collect her inheritance check then go back to rebuilding her normal life after being left at the altar. 

Monkey Wrench: there are conditions to the will: stay in the house, take care of Baby and run the bakery business for at least one (1) year. Oh, then the Mayor is murdered in the bakery so of course she needs to solve it.

This is a great introduction to the series and characters. The only annoying part were all the hashtags but it was appropriate given Maddy's social media presence. Now on to the next one!

Author: Valerie Burns
Published: August 2022
Pages: 336
Edition: eBook
Genre: Mystery
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤

"When you're good at what you do, you make it look easy." ~ 73%

My 2nd Super Series Sunday pick is Murder is a Piece of Cake, the second book in the series. Yes, I am still reading out of order as this is an advance copy due to be published this summer. 

The follow-up was not as entertaining as the first book in series; although, it is a worthy read. The author showed more of Maddy's personality and social media skills. Despite her inexperience in the kitchen, Baby Cakes turned into Michigan's must-visit bakery. Then a competitive investor swoops into town and you guessed it...another mystery for Maddy to solve.

Murder is a Piece of Cake is a quick read recommended to culinary cozy mystery lovers. It can be read in one lazy weekend or after a few nights before bedtime to unwind. No complex details, no string of suspects and light humor. Go ahead and place your pre-order!

Happy Early Pub Day, Valerie Burns! Murder is a Piece of Cake will be available Tuesday, June 27.

Disclaimer: An advance copy was received directly from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.

Author: Valerie Burns
Published: June 2023
Pages: 336
Edition: Galley
Genre: Mystery
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤

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