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

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

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    A PERFECTLY MIXED COZY

    Rita Lucero has waited two years for her divorce, all she needs is for her almost ex Philippe Renier to sign on the proper line. He has been avoided her phone calls and emails so she decides to go directly to him, to his high end cake shop in New Orleans, and sit in the office until he faces her and signs the papers.

    Rita arrives just a few minutes too late or at the perfect time if you are a killer. Rita discovers her husband dead with a chef's knife in his chest. Because their divorce was not final she is still his legal heir and inherits part ownership of the fancy cake shop, Zydeco Cakes. This inheritance also makes her the prime suspect in Philippe's murder. Her mother-in-law believes she had nothing to do with his death and begs her to stay in New Orleans and take over operations at Zydeco and to find out who really killed her son. A lot of Zydeco's employees are friends she had when she was with Philippe and they don't know if they can trust her. But more importantly she doesn't know who she can trust because there is a killer out there and she does not want to be sliced and served as the next victim.



    Word of warning: You are going to be craving cake the entire time you are reading this book!

    A perfectly mixed cozy mystery. The theme is scrumptious, the characters are well blended, the plot is well written and tasty. Plenty of swirls and twirls that make you think you know whodunit and then realize nope, it's someone else and then maybe you were right the first time. The humor, oh the humor. This author made shopping for caskets hysterical. The whole story was as smooth a fondant but with a little edge of pulled sugar. This is definitely a book you want to eat, I mean read!!!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Berkley Prime Crime. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

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    A Sheetcake Named Desire is a combination amateur sleuth tale inside of a family drama

    Two years have passed since pastry chef Rita Lucero and chef Phillipe Renier legally separated. Now Rita demands Phillipe sign the divorce papers. Instead he ignores her requests not returning her attempts at contacting him nor that of her lawyer. Exasperated that her appeals to him failed, Rita travels to New Orleans to confront Phillipe.

    At Phillipe's place of business, a cake is sabotaged and he is killed with a chef's knife protruding from his back. Rita learns someone has tried to destroy his shop over the past four months. After talking with the police, Rita fixes the cake. Afterward she goes with a detective to inform her mother-in-law Miss Frankie that her son is dead. Grief stricken Miss Frankie asks Rita run Zydeco in order to find the killer. Rita is the sole beneficiary since she was still married to Phillipe who had no will. Miss Frankie hopes her widowed daughter-in-law remains in New Orleans as she has a house and a high end cake business. However, as she deals with running Zydeco loking for a killer and a saboteur, her husband's killer watches Rita's activity.

    A Sheetcake Named Desire is a combination amateur sleuth tale inside of a family drama. Rita's sleuthing is fun to follow though it is standard sub-genre fare including the title; but the relationships the heroine has (and had) bring freshness to the entertaining whodunit. Readers will learn who Phillipe was by comparing the relative filtered opinion of those who knew him like his mom, employees, and widow. Readers will relish Jacklyn Brady who bakes an engaging first entry starring a heroine who takes the cake.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2012

    I absolutely LOVED this ebook. The story kept me engaged from be

    I absolutely LOVED this ebook. The story kept me engaged from beginning to end. The main character Rita Lucero is found in New Orleans trying to put finality on a marriage that sadly has ended. She finds this not as easy as she had hoped. This type of fiction is what I tend to gravitate to for an enjoyable read and Ms. Brady certainly delivered! I immediately purchased her second in the series and am currently becoming engrossed in the lives of the Zydeco Bakery crew once again. I can't wait for her next installment!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    A great read!

    A good mystery rather than a typical romance theme. Very plausable plot. I was right there in New Orleans with the characters. Will definitely buy more of this series from this author.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

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    A great read that will have you craving cake!!!!

    The title, "A Sheetcake Named Desire", had me drooling before I started and then I learned that it's set in one of my favorite cities, New Orleans. The story had me hooked from the opening paragraphs as did the description of the cakes and New Orleans. Rita Lucero, a pastry chef travels to New Orleans to obtain her ex-husband's (Philippe) signature on their divorce papers as he hasn't returned calls or emails. As she waits for him in his shop, drama unfolds over a damaged cake and two missing men. Unfortunately, when she finds Philippe, he is dead with a knife in his chest. Since she is now his widow, she inherits part ownership in the bakery but is now also suspect number one in his murder. Miss Frankie, her mother-in-law still cares for Rita and asks for her assistance. To learn the rest, you must read this wonderful book, the first in a new series. It is well written and the accurate descriptions of New Orleans and the summer weather had my hair frizzing in Memphis. I'll be looking forward to her next book to be released in 2012.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    Already looking forward to book #2 in the series!

    Rita Lucero has decided to track down her estranged husband and make him finally sign the divorce papers he has been ignoring. She arrives at Zydeco Cakes, Philippe's new bakery in New Orleans, to try and get some closure but quickly discovers that instead of a divorcee, she is now a widow. And as if her showing up right before her soon-to-be ex is stabbed to death wasn't suspicious enough, she has now inherited part ownership of the cake shop, making her a prime suspect to many. Her mother-in-law has complete trust in her though, insisting Rita stay on at least for a while and help her figure out who has been sabotaging the shop and who killed her son. She needs to get the shop out of financial trouble and the killer behind bars before he or she can strike again.

    I loved the setting (New Orleans), the characters (Miss. Frankie and Dog Leg were my favorites) and the plot twists that kept me hanging on every word. The only downside is that I will have to wait until February 2012 when the next in the series (Cake on a Hot Tin Roof) is released to see what happens next. In the meantime, I may just surprise everyone and make Aunt Yolanda's Chocolate-Banana Coffee Cake. If it's anywhere near as good as the story, it's sure to be a hit!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 16, 2012

    A Sheetcake Named Desire

    Great book!

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