Murder by the Slice (Fresh-Baked Mystery Series #2)

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At this year's school carnival fund-raiser, the obnoxious president of the Parent Teacher Organization is found stabbed through the heart with Phyllis Newsom's own knife, with traces of incriminating frosting. Clearing her name will be no piece of cake...
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At this year's school carnival fund-raiser, the obnoxious president of the Parent Teacher Organization is found stabbed through the heart with Phyllis Newsom's own knife, with traces of incriminating frosting. Clearing her name will be no piece of cake...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451222503
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/25/2007
  • Series: Fresh-Baked Mystery Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 135,344
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.79 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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  • Posted January 7, 2011

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    A slice of school-teacher mystery and fun

    I discovered cozy murder mysteries relatively recently, and they're perfect for reading on a cold dark winters' night, wrapped in a blanket, warmed by a cup of hot cocoa perhaps. Murder by the Slice by Livia J. Washburn is set around Halloween, so perhaps some seasonal cookies or cake would help too-a slice of jack-o-lantern cake perhaps, with orange and green frosting. The author provides some interesting recipes in the back of the book, and her decorated cake reminded me of days when I used to produce strange edible objects for sons' birthday parties. Of course, the characters in this novel are more likely to produce cakes for grandsons. Their children are grown, including one who's a cop. And their cakes are well-planned, well-rehearsed, while the characters even solve murder mysteries on the side.

    Actually, I'd never thought of practicing, before producing birthday cake, which may explain a lot. I hope never to practice solving solving a real murder, but Phyllis does an excellent job in her second case. Following her path through celebration and school, parent-teacher-organization and clues, makes for a really enjoyable evening's read.

    There are people in this novel you'll imagine you've already met, situations you're bound to have seen, and children struggling to cope with their parents' vagaries. There's a dead body, multiple suspicious characters, a hint of romance and competition, and, of course, there's cake and a knife to cut it with.
    I picked this book up for the title and really enjoyed it, so now I'll have to look out for more.

    Disclosure: I bought this book second-hand from a local store to add to my cozies collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    I have read four of the books in this series and find them easy

    I have read four of the books in this series and find them easy to read. I like how the author writes and I love the main characters. Can't wait to try some of the recipes!

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  • Posted December 7, 2011

    Recommend

    I really am enjoying reading these books and putting myself into Mrs. Newsom's mind as she thinks through all the possibilities that could have led to the murder and other events. I'm also enjoying the recipes that are included in the books and am really looking forward to trying some of the out. This whole Fresh Baked series of books are just delightful and I hope that they are kept up and I don't miss out on any of them.

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  • Posted January 4, 2011

    AWSOME BOOK!!!

    This is a great mystery book and sorry if I have wrong spelling I'm only nine

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    Murder by the Slice is an enjoyable read

    As a teacher about to retire, I can identify with the main characters in Livia Washburn's Fresh-Baked mystery series.

    Since this plot revolves around a PTO fundraiser (with which both teachers and parents can identify!) it was especially entertaining!

    Phyllis Newsom's relationships are realistic and she is just good enough at her culinary hobby to make it beleivable.

    All in all, a delightful way to spend some downtime.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    a tasty culinary mystery.

    In Weatherford, Texas, four members of the Retired Teachers Association sell baked cakes as a scholarship fund raiser. When Loving Elementary School Parent-Teacher organization member Marie Tyler comes by their table, she asks the quartet to help her with the carnival that she is chairing. As Phyllis Newsom is about to say sorry, but too busy, Dolly Williamson says yes that they will help with the food.--------------- The ladies agree to have a food contest but all entries must be healthy. However, as the RTO members meet the PTO leader dictatorial Shannon Dunstan, each wants to say no as the woman is outrageous, nasty, and demanding Phyllis believes that¿s her better qualities. Still they honor their commitment, but at the gala, someone kills Shannon using a knife that Phyllis believes is one she used on her cake. Besides her fingerprints, telltale frosting is on Shannon¿s body. Knowing that she is now the prime suspect, Phyllis begins her own inquiry only it seems to her that the entire state of Texas loathed the late nasty martinet and alarge segment had the opportunity to kill her but who was willing to actually stab her while facing her remains a mystery.---------------- MURDER BY THE SLICE is A PEACH OF A MURDER due to the retired chick lit asides by the heroine whether she sells cake at Wal-Mart or Loving Elementary or during her investigation. The whodunit is fun and the recipes mouthwatering. Putting aside the assumption that the intelligent retired JHS history teacher would hire an expert investigator, it is her bumbling amateur sleuth antics that cook up a tasty culinary mystery.-------------- Harriet Klausner

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