Janel Gradowski lives in a land that looks like a cold weather fashion accessory, the mitten-shaped state of Michigan. She is a wife and mom to two kids and one Golden Retriever. Her journey to becoming an author is littered with odd jobs like renting apartments to college students and programming commercials for an AM radio station. Somewhere along the way she also became a beadwork designer and teacher. She enjoys cooking recipes found in her formidable cookbook and culinary fiction collection. Searching for unique treasures at art fairs, flea markets and thrift stores is also a favorite pastime. Coffee is an essential part of her life.
Banana Muffins & Mayhemby Janel Gradowski
Culinary competitor Amy Ridley is as excited as anyone in Kellerton, Michigan to have DIY Home Improvement star, Phoebe Plymouth, come to town for the first annual Cabin Fever Cure event. However the TV personality's sour attitude quickly curdles people's opinion
From #1 bestselling cozy mystery author Janel Gradowski comes her next to-die-for recipe for murder...
Culinary competitor Amy Ridley is as excited as anyone in Kellerton, Michigan to have DIY Home Improvement star, Phoebe Plymouth, come to town for the first annual Cabin Fever Cure event. However the TV personality's sour attitude quickly curdles people's opinion of her. When she's found dead, at the business owned by Amy's husband, Alex, the heat is on to catch the killer before his professional reputation is ruined!
When Amy seeks help in preparing for a vegan baking recipe contest, she also finds assistance from an unlikely team of sleuths who want to help her catch the murderer. But things go from bad to worse when Alex and his business suddenly suffer a series of less-than-random attacks. Are the murder and attacks related? Amy vows to figure it out before her and her husband's lives are ruined...or ended permanently!
Culinary Competition Mysteries:
Pies & Peril (book #1)
Chicken Soup & Homicide (book #2)
Christmas Canapés & Sabotage (short story)
Doughnuts & Deadly Schemes (book #3)
Barbecue & Bad Juju (short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection)
Fudge Brownies & Murder (book #4)
Banana Muffins & Mayhem (book #5)
What critics are saying about the Culinary Competition Mysteries:
"Janel Gradowski creates a deliciously enticing environment in FUDGE BROWNIES & MURDER...has definitely whetted my appetite, both for brownies and more of this fun series!"
~ Fresh Fiction
"PIES & PERIL is the perfect cozy to curl up with in your favorite chair or at the beach while enjoying some sun. It's teeming with a lot of charm and great characters along with many tidbits of delectable goodies perfect for any foodie...sure to please any reader who loves their cozy mysteries!"
~ Peeking Between the Pages
"Gradowski is a well-oiled machine when it comes to merging attention-grabbing mystery and good old-fashioned storytelling."
~ Long Island Book Reviews
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A nice installment to the series. Told in third person, but alternating between best friends Amy Ridley and Carla Shepler, Banana Muffins & Mayhem continues to follow their lives as they deal with life changes and solving murders. This installment of the Culinary Competition Mystery series finds Carla questioning her decision to become a stay-at-home mom, feeling overwhelmed taking care of her four-month-old daughter and worrying about her detective husband. While the story finds Amy wondering if she wants to be a parent and whether or not society will think there’s something wrong with her if she chooses not to. While going to visit her husband Alex at his company, Quantum Media, Amy discovers the body of home improvement tv show hostess Phoebe Plymouth outside of the business. When a new and inexperienced detective zeroes in on Alex and his employees, Amy makes it her mission to find out who the true killer is. But while Amy is investigating, her life as well as Alex’s is put in jeopardy. I found myself enjoying the storytelling and forgetting I wanted to solve the murder as much as Amy did. I ultimately found myself completely blindsided by the murder and why they committed the crime. Banana Muffins & Mayhem is the fifth book in the Culinary Competition Mystery series. Having read all the books in this series, I’ve enjoyed watching the characters lives progress and I can’t wait to see what else is in store for them. It should be noted that this is a true stand alone read. **Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
Love these book . Fun and suspenful. Enjoyed the new characters as well as old ones. Fantastic summer reading book. Can't wait until the next one !!
Ready for a sweet treat? Then this is the series for you. Enjoy!
This is a great book; this is the fifth book in the Culinary Competition Mystery series written by Janel Gradowski. This book can be read as a standalone, but once you read this one you will want to go back and read the other books in this series. Culinary competitor Amy Ridley is as excited as anyone in Kellerton, Michigan to have DIY Home Improvement star, Phoebe Plymouth, come to town for the first annual Cabin Fever Cure event. However the TV personality's sour attitude quickly curdles people's opinion of her. When she's found dead, at the business owned by Amy's husband, Alex, the heat is on to catch the killer before his professional reputation is ruined! This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Good installment to an enjoyable series. Likeable characters, recipes at the end. A pleasant cozy series, sure to be enjoyed by anyone who likes culinary-themed mysteries.
A quick fun read! A murder mystery connected to a cooking contest with many surprises PLUS recipes at the end.
I found Banana Muffins and Mayhem to be most an enjoyable mystery. I’ve read the preceding book and was happy to read another book in the series by Janel Gradowski. So, it starts out with a bang but else is to be expected. There are new characters that are enjoyable to get to know as well as the regular characters. There are a lot of interesting events that take place in this book that left my heart beating faster. There’s a different element of danger to the story line in Banana Muffins and Mayhem that I’m don’t think was in the previous books and I must say I like it. My favorite: recipes at the end. I’m glad the recipes were there because they were definitely talked about throughout the book and I really wanted to try them. Now I can. YAY!!! Grab a copy of this book. Add it to your summer book list. You’ll enjoy the mystery that ensues.
I love this series more with every release! Amy is a fun and engaging main character, and her talent with food makes me jealous--and hungry! Once again, Amy is faced with a murder which involves a friend/family member, so she just "has" to get involved. That leads to some entertaining adventures, as well as some dangerous situations. As someone who has been following the entire series, it was nice to learn more about Amy's husband and his business in this book. On a personal note, I want to thank Janel for writing a scene that spoke the words of my heart toward my own Amy, my youngest daughter. She knows the one I mean, so I'll just leave it at that. :D **I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**
I have come to enjoy this fun cooking/mystery series. Amy Ridley is a culinary competitor that seems to ALWAYS be in the wrong place at the wrong time. She stumbles upon another body. But this time, close to her husband’s business which potentially can create havoc for him. Me get a chance to re-visit with Carla, Amy’s friend, who is now a Mom and struggling with her new role. So whether you are new to the series, or have become a fan, you will definitely enjoy this one. I received this book for an honest review. Opinions are solely mine