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

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

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by Jacklyn Brady

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New Orleans pastry chef Rita Lucero is out to bake her way to the top. But when she finds her almost-ex-husband killed with a chef's knife in his back, she becomes suspect number one. Now it's up to her to find the real killer before she winds up as the next victim served.  See more details below


New Orleans pastry chef Rita Lucero is out to bake her way to the top. But when she finds her almost-ex-husband killed with a chef's knife in his back, she becomes suspect number one. Now it's up to her to find the real killer before she winds up as the next victim served.

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Publishers Weekly
In the pseudonymous Brady's enticing debut, pastry chef Rita Lucero, who's been working as a sous chef in her uncle's Mexican restaurant in Albuquerque, N.Mex., goes to New Orleans to try to get her pastry chef husband, Philippe, to sign divorce papers. Instead, she finds Philippe with a knife in his chest. Suspects include old friends who were also his employees and Rita herself, not to mention an unscrupulous competitor. Philippe's mother, Miss Frankie, asks Rita to temporarily oversee her son's shop, Zydeco Cakes, but keeping the business afloat leads Rita to ask uncomfortable questions that just might lead to her own demise. The New Orleans heat is emphasized too much, and Rita's odd insistence that she and Philippe weren't still married is a bit jarring, but a friendly detective and some good recipes add to what is overall a pleasant read. (Aug.)

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Piece of Cake Mystery Series , #1
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Sheetcake Named Desire 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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."
ilovebaking2 More than 1 year ago
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!
AliciaTN1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
FiveAlarmBookReviews More than 1 year ago
After being separated for two years, pastry chef, Rita Lucero, travels to New Orleans to get divorce papers signed by her husband, Philippe. Philippe has been avoiding signing the papers and Rita is forced to wait him out at his high end cake bakery, Zydeco Cakes. When Rita discovers Philippe murdered instead, with a knife in his chest, she finds herself the prime suspect of a murder and in the middle of trying to find the real killer. A Sheetcake Named Desire by Jacklyn Brady is a good start to a new series in cozy mysteries. Although there were a few parts that were slower than I would have liked, it was still a fun cozy read. The cozy elements include distinct New Orleans characters, a bakery setting and recipes. I especially enjoyed New Orleans native, Rita's mother in law, Miss Frankie. Her slang and gentile manner were absolutely charming. A Sheetcake Named Desire is a great place to start if you are thinking of trying out your first cozy mystery, or if you have read dozens and are looking for another fun dessert mystery, since it is a first in the new A Piece of Cake Mystery Series.
Pixiepoe More than 1 year ago
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!
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
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Suspensemag More than 1 year ago
This first in a new mystery series by Jacklyn Brady is delicious from start to finish. And it's also a real behind-the-scenes look at how those mouth-watering cakes that are featured on so many reality television shows are actually put together. Struggling pastry chef Rita Lucero, separated from super star New Orleans pastry chef Philippe Renier, wants her divorce to be finalized so she can move on with her life. But she has one problem: she can't get Philippe to sign the papers. So she decides to pay him a surprise visit at his trendy bake shop, Zydeco Cakes, and force the issue. Unfortunately, Rita's timing is pretty bad, as she finds Philippe dead with a chef's knife in his chest. So instead of becoming the ex-wife, Rita finds herself a widow, the heiress to Philippe's considerable assets (including the cake shop), and a prime suspect in his murder. Her mother-in-law begs Rita to find out who killed her son, and the cake shop employees don't know whether to trust her or not. The feeling is mutual, when it becomes clear that one of them must be the real murderer. And Rita's snooping may land her in bigger trouble than she ever imagined. A yummy series. I'll have a second helping, please! And the sooner, the better. Reviewed by Susan Santangelo, author or "Moving Can Be Murder" for Suspense Magazine
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