Raisin the Dead

Raisin the Dead

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by Karoline Barrett
     
 
The author of Bun for Your Life returns to Destiny, New York, where bakery owners and amateur sleuths Molly Tyler and Olivia Williams never crumble under pressure...
 
While the rest of Destiny is focused on the arrival of an upper crust perfume mogul, Molly is more concerned about what’s on the front page of the newspaper: her

Overview

The author of Bun for Your Life returns to Destiny, New York, where bakery owners and amateur sleuths Molly Tyler and Olivia Williams never crumble under pressure...
 
While the rest of Destiny is focused on the arrival of an upper crust perfume mogul, Molly is more concerned about what’s on the front page of the newspaper: her mother. Library director Anne Tyler was photographed at the most romantic restaurant in town having a cozy dinner with library advisory board member Philip Baldelli. But there’s more for Molly to worry about after Philip is found dead a few days later.
 
When Detective Sean Corsino zeroes in on Anne as a person of interest in the case, it turns down the heat on his budding romance with Molly. But after he’s injured during the course of his investigation, Molly and Olivia must step in to sift through the clues and clear Anne’s name.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698407954
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/19/2016
Series:
A Bread and Batter Mystery , #2
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
2,459
File size:
616 KB

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Meet the Author

Karoline Barrett is the author of the Bread and Batter Mysteries, featuring Bun for Your Life. She was born in upstate New York and now lives in Connecticut with her husband. When she’s not writing, she likes to read, spend time by the water, and travel.

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Raisin the Dead 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun, entertaining and a great mystery. I really enjoyed this cozy mystery.
Debb23 4 months ago
I enjoyed this book. When a man turns up dead and eyes turn to Molly's mom who was seen arguing with him, Molly has to help clear her name, especially when Sean is seriously injured. If that isn't enough someone from Sean's past appears and is causing problems. My only problem with this book was Molly's attitude while investigating with the police. She seems to feel that they should be reporting to her. At one point she asks if the kept a piece of evidence, this bothered me but that is just a quirk of mine, otherwise I like her well enough. I love Sean and his sense of humor. I adore Dottie, I want a Dottie in my life. I like the relationship Molly has with her parents, and I was happy when Sean's family appeared that they were likable also. I actually hope that we see more of Serafina. The mystery was excellent although I had the who fairly early, the why I had wrong. A fun read with fun characters, I will continue on with this series.
bwilhoite 10 months ago
This is a cute series. Can't wait to see what happens next!
CozyMysteryBookReviews4U More than 1 year ago
I have a confession to make.... I read this book slowly. After I read Bun for Your Life which is the first book in this series by Karoline Barrett I knew I never wanted to leave Destiny. So when Raisin the Dead came along, I took my time. There is so much to love about this series. You have Molly who is co-owner of a bakery with one of her best friends, Olivia. Her other best friend, Emily, owns a bookstore next store. Molly is dating Sean, the hunky detective in town. Her parents are still happily married and her mom is the Director at the library. Molly has a nice apartment in an old Victorian house and her landlady, Dottie, is a nice old lady who is like a grandmother to her, right down to homemade cookies. And the other tenant in the house just happens to be the hunky detective !!! I mean seriously.... Why wouldn't you want to live there ?? Okay maybe there is a murder that puts Molly's mom at the top of the list of suspects. And, of course, Molly cannot just sit quietly and wait for Sean to do his job questioning her mother when the "real" murderer is still out there. So with the help of her reluctantly friends and one eager employee, she sets out to solve the case. You really must put this series on your TBR list and if you read them slowly that is okay. Destiny is such a great small town that you will fall in love with it and not want to leave either !!! On a side note to the author..... Karoline PLEASE rush me the 3rd book when it is out. I miss Destiny already.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts If you look at the front page of the local newspaper you would think there was more than library business going on between Molly’s mom, Anne, and board member Philip Baldelli. Anne assures Molly there is nothing to worry about, but then the man is found dead and Anne is being questioned by Detective Sean Corsino. Yes, new Molly’s boyfriend. Before he can wrap up the case and clear Anne he finds himself in the hospital. Another detective takes over the case but Molly decides she needs to track down the real killer herself. I really enjoy Molly and Sean together with their basset hounds. Their romance is building, but it is not without a few bumps along the way. One huge bump happens when a person from his past comes to Destiny with only 1 thing on her mind. So Molly definitely has her hands full. One drawback to her character is how upset she gets when Sean doesn’t share his investigation findings with her. I understand her mother is a suspect but he is just doing his job and trying to avoid get kicked off the case because he is dating the main suspect’s daughter. The romance was a little bit more prominent than the mystery this time but I was pleased with both plots lines separately and when they converged. There was always something happening, never a dull moment in Destiny. I was charmed by the characters and Destiny sounds like a wonderful place. I read this book easily in one sitting. I was anxious to see how everything turned out. I hope to take a trip to Destiny again soon and reconnect with this fun group of characters.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Raisin the Dead, the second book in Karoline Barrett’s Bread & Batter Mystery series is a standalone read. Told in first person, it chronicles the adventures of Molly Tyler as she tries to clear her mother’s name and catch a killer. Small town Destiny is divided over the expansion of the local library. Expanding the library would require money it doesn’t have. Plus, doing so would displace frogs only found in Destiny and demolishing the Westley House that has been deemed historical. Philip Baldeli is backing the expansion and has even pledged to donate a substantial amount of money. Someone isn’t happy about this and decides to remove Philip from the equation. Clues implicating Molly’s mom, Anne, as a suspect are numerous. When Molly’s boyfriend, Detective Sean Corsino, questions Anne, Molly has to decide where her loyalties lie. As if dealing with a murderer on the loose isn’t enough, Sean’s past and present come together. Just when their relationship is getting started, it could end when someone from his past makes an appearance. Unlike other cozy mysteries, Raisin the Dead focuses a lot on the romantic aspect of Molly’s life. As a romance reader, I loved this. Karoline treats readers to Molly’s and Sean’s love life and allows them to see the challenges they face. One potentially minor thing that I didn’t like was that Molly spent more time outside of her bakery than she did in it. I’m surprised she even accomplished making anything. I loved all the characters. Molly and Sean are good together and have a nice little family with their two dogs. The mystery plot was good, though maybe a little easy to figure out if you pay close attention. The issue with Sean’s past was resolved way too easily and unrealistically for my taste. There wasn’t anything dramatic or thrilling about this story. I wanted a story that was fun but kept me on the edge of my seat. All in all, I can’t wait to see what’s next up for these characters and this series. **Received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest unbiased review.**
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
a delightful stay in Destiny, NY RAISIN THE DEAD by Karoline Barrett The Second Bread and Batter Mystery Things are settling down in Destiny, NY after the murder of Calista Danforth-Brody. Molly and Olivia are baking and even expanding their offerings at Bread and Batter. Molly and Detective Sean Corsino are slowly advancing their relationship and Molly's new puppy is a delight. Things don't stay quiet for long, however. Serafina Alessi, owner of Serafina Perfumes who is practically American royalty, is in town. Big news to many, but not as big as Molly's mother's picture on the front page of the newspaper with some guy...at least not to Molly. Said guy is her mom's colleague and turns out to be a relative of Serafina. He also turns up dead. Could it possibly be another murder? Molly feels the need to protect her mother and prove her innocence. Although she tries to leave matters to the police, for the most part, she ups her involvement when Sean gets knocked out of commission. Deceptions abound in RAISIN THE DEAD. A most surprising occurrence is the appearance of Felicia, the identical twin sister of Sean's deceased wife. Unexpected allies also appear. RAISIN THE DEAD is a great second installment of the Bread and Batter Mystery series. We see character growth and expansion. There's plenty of tension and I felt myself compelled to race through the last part of the book such was my desire to see what would happen! I had a few "Oh no she didn't!" moments when I wanted to take action against a certain character myself! Fortunately a new personality stepped in for me. All in all I had a delightful stay in Destiny, NY and look forward to visiting again! FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Raisin the Dead by Karolina Barrett is the second book in A Bread and Batter Mystery series. Molly Tyler is the baker and co-owner of Bread and Batter with her friend, Olivia Williams. The town is divided over adding an addition to the Destiny town library. Some people wish to protect a historical home on the land (that is falling down) and others wish to protect the Yellow Spiked Tree Frog. There is also a fuss over Serafina Alessi visiting town. Serafina is the head of her own perfume company. She is the niece of Phillip. Philip Baldeli is a member of the Library Advisory Board (advising on the expansion). Then Philip shows up dead. Molly’s mother Anne Tyler (and the director of the library) ends up a prime suspect. Molly sets out to prove her mother’s innocence. The book was more of a romance novel than a cozy mystery (which I did not like since I wanted a mystery novel). Too much of the book was devoted to the romance between the main character, Molly and her boyfriend, Sean (which has progressed quite rapidly for only two books). The mystery was put on the back burner until more than halfway through the book. However, you do not need that long to identify the killer. The clues were scarce (until just before the mystery was solved). Our focus was also diverted by Sean getting into an accident and going into the hospital. Sean’s dead wife's twin has come to town and is causing chaos (especially at the hospital). I wanted more of the book focused on the mystery (and a better mystery). I give Raisin the Dead 3 out of 5 stars. The book is easy to read, a lovely town, and some interesting characters (a good start). Raisin the Dead is told in the first-person perspective. The book just needed more (and a lot less romance). I think with a little work this could be a very good series. Now if you enjoy romance novels, then you will enjoy reading Raisin the Dead. I received a complimentary copy of Raisin the Dead from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation for the book.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Even more delicious than the first book in the series! My second visit to Destiny was just as tasty, and wonderful as I knew it would be. It was fun being back with Molly, Olivia, and friends! Author Karoline Barrett brought the same mystery, fun, romance, and excellent storytelling that she gave us in book one, BUN FOR YOUR LIFE. I I was hooked from page one, and read the entire story straight through to the exciting end! Get your copy of RAISIN THE DEAD, set some time aside, and be prepared to be extremely entertained!
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest opinion. This is the first book I have read by this author. I was very excited to read it and I was not disappointed. Molly is a fun character and I found myself immediately drawn to her personality. Her dog, Noelle added some humor to the book as well. The story line was interesting and I was captivated after the first few pages. There was a character in this story that I immediately disliked upon introduction, and to me that is a huge selling point! When the author can create such a believable character, that says so much about their talent. Since I did not read the first in the series, Bun for your Life, I was concerned I wouldn't pick up on the characters, but this was not a problem, I was able to follow along quite easily. I will be recommending this wonderful book to others.