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A Sheetcake Named Desire (Piece of Cake Mystery Series #1)

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  • Posted August 23, 2011

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    A good start to a new series.

    After being separated for two years, pastry chef, Rita Lucero, travels to New Orleans to get divorce papers signed by her husband, Philippe. Philippe has been avoiding signing the papers and Rita is forced to wait him out at his high end cake bakery, Zydeco Cakes. When Rita discovers Philippe murdered instead, with a knife in his chest, she finds herself the prime suspect of a murder and in the middle of trying to find the real killer.
    A Sheetcake Named Desire by Jacklyn Brady is a good start to a new series in cozy mysteries. Although there were a few parts that were slower than I would have liked, it was still a fun cozy read. The cozy elements include distinct New Orleans characters, a bakery setting and recipes. I especially enjoyed New Orleans native, Rita's mother in law, Miss Frankie. Her slang and gentile manner were absolutely charming.
    A Sheetcake Named Desire is a great place to start if you are thinking of trying out your first cozy mystery, or if you have read dozens and are looking for another fun dessert mystery, since it is a first in the new A Piece of Cake Mystery Series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    This is an excellently written mystery with a few dashes of romance. Down to earth girl struggles but eventually wins. Well developed and written.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    A yummy series!

    This first in a new mystery series by Jacklyn Brady is delicious from start to finish. And it's also a real behind-the-scenes look at how those mouth-watering cakes that are featured on so many reality television shows are actually put together.
    Struggling pastry chef Rita Lucero, separated from super star New Orleans pastry chef Philippe Renier, wants her divorce to be finalized so she can move on with her life. But she has one problem: she can't get Philippe to sign the papers. So she decides to pay him a surprise visit at his trendy bake shop, Zydeco Cakes, and force the issue.
    Unfortunately, Rita's timing is pretty bad, as she finds Philippe dead with a chef's knife in his chest. So instead of becoming the ex-wife, Rita finds herself a widow, the heiress to Philippe's considerable assets (including the cake shop), and a prime suspect in his murder.
    Her mother-in-law begs Rita to find out who killed her son, and the cake shop employees don't know whether to trust her or not. The feeling is mutual, when it becomes clear that one of them must be the real murderer. And Rita's snooping may land her in bigger trouble than she ever imagined.
    A yummy series. I'll have a second helping, please! And the sooner, the better.

    Reviewed by Susan Santangelo, author or "Moving Can Be Murder" for Suspense Magazine

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