Footprints in the Frosting

Footprints in the Frosting

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by Laura Pauling

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Cheesecake, Love, and Murder!

It's the Grand Opening for Holly Hart's new business, Just Cheesecake. When footprints in the frosting lead to a body facedown in one of her cheesecakes, Holly becomes a prime suspect.

With her opening day delayed, Holly deals with a nosy no-good reporter and the local cop, the handsome Officer Trinket, as she puts her sleuthing


Cheesecake, Love, and Murder!

It's the Grand Opening for Holly Hart's new business, Just Cheesecake. When footprints in the frosting lead to a body facedown in one of her cheesecakes, Holly becomes a prime suspect.

With her opening day delayed, Holly deals with a nosy no-good reporter and the local cop, the handsome Officer Trinket, as she puts her sleuthing skills to the test to save her business and her name. With the help of her dog, Muffins, she needs to find the real murderer, before the killer looks to frost someone else.

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CreateSpace Publishing
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5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.41(d)

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Laura Pauling writes about spies, murder and mystery. She's the author of the young adult Circle of Spies Series, the Prom Impossible Series, the time travel mysteries, Heist and A Royal Heist, and the Holly Hart Cozy Mystery Series. She lives the cover of a suburban mom/author perfectly, from the minivan to the home-baked snickerdoodles, while hiding her secret missions and covert operations. But shh. Don't tell anyone.

And she may or may not actually bake cookies. You decide.

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Footprints in the Frosting 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Did not finish. Rushed and silly story. Worth zero stars.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Super fun read, read it at the beach, cant wait to read another!
Anonymous 10 months ago
The appropriate audience for this book would be young adults or teens. The main character is a scatterbrained ditz, whose antics are irritating to adults. Harmless read that would be enjoyable for a teen, no sex, swearing or gore.
CozyFan2014 11 months ago
I should have known better. I should have known better when I read the reviews for this book - especially the ones that stated they got a free copy in exchange for a review. I have never read a bad review of a "free book in exchange..." The reviewers also seemed more interested in showing off their own "cutesy" writing skills, or plugging their websites or blogs. All we mortal readers want to know is... Is the book worth buying or, in this case, reading? Is the plot interesting? Does it make sense? Is it formulaic or does it have a new twist to it (hard for a cozy, I know)? We don't need a synopsis, a thoroughly self-absorbed opinion on each character, or a review that smacks of some extremely bored book-club wannabe author who cannot get it together to write a book so she (and it's usually a "she") shows off her great authorship skills by gushing all over the page, discouraging readers like me from even giving the book a chance. But I did give it a chance and gave up shortly after the protagonist found a body in her cheesecake shop. She wastes time trying to coax her dog away from the body and pondering who she should call (how about the police??), and also verbally sparring with some random cat lady she bumps into. No care at all for the victim. That's all I needed to read. I knew the story would be bogged down in details that either indicated the protagonist was, to put it kindly, "dizzy", descriptions of "hunky" men (are all men in cozies lookalikes? How about some normal-looking men for a change?), and endless/pointless descriptions of local "characters" to the detriment of whatever plot was forming. The reviews are a great indication of the endless, pointless wordiness of the book. Even for free, I cannot recommend this book and I am deleting it off my Nook after I finish this review.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS This is the first book in a new series. It is fun, light cozy mystery. I like the characters and want to see more of them and see them grow. The characters were a wide range. You did not know who they were or if they were crazy. The mystery of the story was good. The suspect pool was small. Why was Holly being framed for the murder. Holly Hart loved Fairview. She wanted to live in a small town. She is having a grand open for her business Just Cheesecake. She is having a bad day when her dog gets out of her new apartment and she chases him out in her P.J.s Meets a hot guy, finds a dead body in her new shop. Holly is not sure who to trust. She looks crazy at times too. She tries to find out who the victim was and who wanted him dead. Holly gets into a lot of trouble. I want to see more of the characters. If you want a good laugh with your mysteries you will want to read Holly Hart mystery. I was given Footprints in the Frosting to read in exchange for a honest review and being part of it's blog tour.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
I do enjoy my cozy mysteries and this one “took the cake!” Sorry, I had to say that. Escaping her big city life with all the glitz and glamour, Holly Hart finds the small town life appealing and prepares for the grand opening of her new shop, Just Cheesecake. It’s the morning of, and she doesn’t have time for her pint sized dog’s shenanigans. Muffins somehow slipped out of the apartment and seeing a flash of gray fur enter her shop across the street, Holly rushes out in her PJ’s to fetch him. Upon nearing her shop, she notices the locks are broken and hesitates before entering. Her trepidation is well founded when she discovers a dead man in her kitchen, face down in one of her cheesecakes. Now she’s suspect number one, her grand opening is on hold, and her reputation and her freedom are at risk. So, Holly puts on her sleuthing guise and sets out to solve the murder before her business goes bust before she can even get it open. I read this in about an hour and a half, non stop. Holly is such fun. I couldn’t help but feel for her when a female reporter splashes her name and picture all over the front page of the local newspaper, naming her as the murderer. She’d hoped people would be different in a small town, not befriend you and stab you in the back for a story. When these two women bump into each other at a book club meeting, more than cake flies and I gave a “you go girl” to Holly. She gave as good as she got. She didn’t take no guff from the police either. Officer Trent may be the sexy bachelor in town, but she wasn’t having any of it and hit him with both barrels. I had to laugh. She’s just so spunky. The author did a good job at misdirecting me. There were several suspects and motives and I had to follow all of the clues, right along with Holly, to get to the bottom of the mystery. Fun for all, with a cute budding romance, some odd and endearing characters, and a mystery that’s not easily solved, I recommend this to all cozy fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the characters and the story line. Will be looking forward to more of this series.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
I love the vibrant and fun cover of Laura Pauling’s Footprint in the Frosting, so I will follow the Footprints…to the conclusion. Holly Hart’s new business, Just Cheesecake opens with a dead body in her dessert. With the help of her faithful companion, Muffins, she decides they must investigate the murder themselves. Right off the bat, I am smiling. Her scruffy dog, Muffins, has a habit of leading her to the rich, hunky Mason Carlton. First he catches her in her pajamas and they share a cup of coffee, then he catches her lurking around his mansion. Muffin has good instincts about people, but why does he keep leading her to Mason? I think it’s too obvious for him to be the killer. There is a lawyer who could be Santa Claus. Charlene is the small town’s crazy cat lady. At first I don’t know whether to hate her or love her, but she kinda grew on me. She is quite the character. Will she become a friend or foe? I think we both know. Did she hide her smarts under a crazy layer? I couldn’t help but chuckle when Charlene talks about old people diapers. I will leave it to you to discover for yourself. It is worth your time. The writing caused me to burst out in laughter now and then. Even the cop has a great sense of humor. The dialogue was sharp, snarky and witty, especially Holly’s part. I left my Footprints, in my walk through Fairview’s cast of characters, as Holly investigates the murders. There are more than enough suspects, but none of them appear to be the real one…even Millicent. And how about a mystery book club? Holly will have a little more help now. Food fight – a little cheesecake here, a little jello there. Footprints in the Frosting is a fun and light summer beach read that will brighten your mood and keep you entertained. I hope the people around you don’t think you’re crazy when you break out in laughter. I received Footprints in the Frosting by Laura Pauling in return for an honest review. To see more, visit me at:
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
The action hit the ground running in this first book in the Holly Hart Cozy Mystery series. The moment lead character Holly for out of bed on the first page, things really did take off for her and the reader. Author Laura Pauling seems to have a solid protagonist in Holly Hart. She doesn’t come across as perfect, and that’s refreshing. There is a great supporting cast of characters, including Charlene who is a real force of nature . . . like a tornado. And for pet lovers, there is Muffins a pup that is more than a handful. For FOOTPRINTS IN THE FROSTING to be book 1 in a series, Ms. Pauling did a wonderful job of writing an intriguing and engaging mystery, which led to a surprise ending. I really look forward to reading more books in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago