And Then There Were Crumbs: A Cookie House Mystery

And Then There Were Crumbs: A Cookie House Mystery

by Eve Calder

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She’s a talented pastry chef—with a secret recipe for solving crimes…


Kate McGuire’s life was sweet in Manhattan before she lost her restaurant job and fiancé both. But sometimes that’s just the way the cookie crumbles, and soon she finds herself starting from scratch in the island town of Coral Cay, Florida. It has everything she’s looking for: sunny beaches, friendly locals, and a Help Wanted sign in the bakery shop window. Once she convinces the shop’s crusty owner Sam Hepplewhite to hire her, Kate can’t tie on her apron fast enough. Little does she know that trouble, like warm dough, is on the rise. . .


Stewart Lord is a real estate developer with a taste for a different type of dough: the green kind. He knows that he could make a killing by purchasing the Cookie House from Sam, who flat-out refuses to sell. But when Stewart turns up the heat on Sam—then turns up dead after eating a fresh batch of Sam’s cinnamon rolls—all eyes focus on the town’s beloved bakery. When the police arrest Sam for murder, Kate must somehow prove that her curmudgeonly boss is innocent. Enlisting the help of a team of lovable locals, Kate sets out to catch the real culprit with his hand in the cookie jar…before someone else gets burned.

"This delightful cozy has memorable characters...and a satisfying plot twist." - Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250312990
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/30/2019
Series: A Cookie House Mystery , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 25,374
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

A Florida native, Eve Calder contends that cookies always taste better when you eat them at the beach.

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And Then There Were Crumbs: A Cookie House Mystery 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I really enjoyed this book. Once I got reading, found I couldn't put it down. Will certainly be looking for the next one in the series. Now I think I need a cookie, hmmm, chocolate chip, peanut butter, ginger snap, oatmeal, decisions, decisions
Anonymous 10 months ago
i love cozies. this one engaged me right away. the story was interesting and not totally predictable. the characters are likeable, even the dog is endearing.highly recommend. look forward to the next book.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Carstairs38 14 days ago
Looking for a fresh start, Kate McGuire packs up and moves from New York City to Coral Cay, Florida, where she lands a job working at The Cookie House. On her first day on the job, Stewart Lord stalks into the bakery. He is a real estate developer who has decided to buy up Coral Cay and turn the entire island into a resort for the rich and famous, and he has The Cookie House in his sites as his first purchase. He makes the owner, Sam, a rock bottom offer, but only leaves with some cinnamon rolls he demanded from Sam. A few hours later, Stewart is dead, and Sam’s cinnamon rolls are the culprit. The police arrest Sam, but Kate doesn’t think her new boss is a killer. Can she prove he didn’t poison Stewart? Between the fact that this is a culinary cozy and it is set in the Florida Keys, I was ready to sit back and enjoy. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my expectations. I was captivated at first. The setting is very real and fun and comes to life. Kate quickly makes a lot of fantastic friends, and I enjoyed hanging out with all of them. The further I went into the book, the more frustrated I became with the pacing of the mystery. We spend significantly more time watching Kate work to save and transform the bakery while Sam is in jail than we do getting clues to who might have killed Stewart. It’s a shame because there is a good mystery here; we just needed more of it. All the baking certainly made me hungry for bread and cookies, but there aren’t any recipes at the end of this book. Plenty of people seem to love this book, so if the premise interests you, I recommend you pick it up and judge the results for yourself.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Fun read.
KC-Kelley 7 months ago
Kate McGuire is a lovable protagonist who has to build a new life for herself in Coral Cay, Florida after her life in New York essentially crumbles — and she soon finds herself wrapped up in more than she may have initially thought could have been possible in a small town. A murder mystery that begins in a cookie house is already unique, but the story itself is also incredibly clever. There are enough layers and twists as the mystery unravels that this book will leave you guessing until the end. Even if you think you’ve completely figured it out, you probably haven’t. The characters in this book and the relationships that develop between them seem so genuine. I was just as invested in seeing Sam’s innocence proven as the rest of them were. It honestly even seemed like Oliver, the town dog, had a personality of his own (and it was adorable). This is the sort of book that you’ll want to cuddle up with and read in one sitting — I know I did. And now that I’ve finished it and know how it ends, I want to re-read it and see what hints and clues may have been dropped that I could have missed the first time around, especially considering the fact that this book is filled with vivid descriptions and great attention to detail. I highly recommend Eve Calder’s And Then There Were Crumbs. I’m very excited for the next book in the series!
CozyUpWithKathy 9 months ago
Endearing characters, a close knit community, and an intricate mystery AND THEN THERE WERE CRUMBS by Eve Calder The First Cookie House Mystery Kate McGuire lost her job, her apartment, and her fiance all in one day. Leaving Manhattan behind the pastry chef has arrived in Coral Cay, Florida to start fresh. It seemed like a good idea, but with her car on its last legs, money running out, and no job in sight Kate's getting desperate. So desperate that she agrees to take a job manning the counter of a bakery that doesn't sell sweets-and she's not allowed to bake, merely man the front counter, at less than minimum wage. But when a greedy developer winds up dead and her new boss is accused of the murder Kate knows the gruff old man can't be guilty. Joined by a new group of friends Kate is determined to prove his innocence while keeping The Cookie House running and ready for his return. The Cookie House Mystery series is off to a great start with AND THEN THERE WERE CRUMBS. A likeable protagonist, an adorable dog, and a welcoming florist team up to save a curmudgeon with a heart of gold. I love how the whole town gets behind Kate and do whatever they can to help Sam. Everyone wanted to kill the victim, everyone agrees the world, and Coral Cay in particular, is probably better off without him, and everyone agrees that Sam wouldn't do it, especially not in the manner it was done. Oliver is an absolute charmer while Maxi is a terrific side kick/mother figure/friend. She's resilient and funny with a heart as big as Cuba! Although autumn in the mid-east is my perfect habitat, I wouldn't mind spending time on this Florida island, even in long as I could have a hunk of sourdough and a specially divined cookie from Kate. Endearing characters, a close knit community, and an intricate mystery make AND THEN THERE WERE CRUMBS a delectable start to a new series. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
Chatting-About-Cozies 10 months ago
Oh, so clever a debut! I loved this cozy mystery from the first page to the last. It features all the elements I love in a cozy. Kate McGuire is a cookie whisperer. She can tell your favorite flavor in a glance! Rolling into beachside Coral Cay, Florida in a broken down car, Kate goes to work at The Cookie House owned by Sam Hepplewhite, who oddly only bakes bread. As the fantastic story begins to roll out, Kate quickly makes some great friends—especially, the perky Maxi who owns the flower shop—and the two women work closely together to find evidence that Sam isn’t a murderer. At times, emotional, and at other times, full of chuckles; the story is captivating and features just the right number of characters for readers to like, or not like! There’s a lovable dog, Oliver, and coffee fans will enjoy all the flavors the characters are sipping throughout this enticing novel.
KrisAnderson_TAR 11 months ago
And Then There Were Crumbs by Eve Calder is the first novel in A Cookie House Mystery series. I like the authors casual writing style which made the book easy to read. Kate McGuire has a bad day when the restaurant where she works goes out of business, her apartment building is sold and going condo, and she broke off her engagement to a cheating louse. Kate relocates to Coral Cay and gets a non-baking position at The Cookie House. When her new boss is accused of murder, Kate works to prove his innocence. I like that Kate is a strong, independent character. Her new best friend, Maxi Mas-Buchanan is a delight along with her large family. She is a florist who works magic with blooms. There is a cast of secondary characters that enliven the story and help in solving the case. Oliver is a large, friendly puppy that belongs to the town. The mystery was clever. It was a unique whodunit which I just loved. It can be solved before the reveal thanks to the clues sprinkled throughout the story. I like how Maxi and Kate work together and get help from the other townspeople. I hope the author keeps providing unique mysteries in future installments of A Cookie House Mystery series. I did feel, though, that the book was too long (352 pages). Fifty pages could have easily been edited which would have enhanced the book (tightened it up) and improved the sluggish pace in the middle of And Then There Were Crumbs. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful new cozy mystery. There were humorous situations, tasty cookies, tempting sourdough bread (yum) and jovial moments. I was tickled pink that there was not a hint of a romance for Kate. One of my favorite lines from the book is “I can’t believe I have my very own kitchen elf. Look out Harry Potter.” And Then There Were Crumbs is a tempting cozy mystery with appetizing pastries, a cozy southern Florida town, Francine the sourdough starter, a clever canine, and two curious meddlers.
ArizonaJo 11 months ago
And Then There Were Crumbs by Eve Calder is the first book in a new cozy mystery and I was captivated from the first page. I really liked Kate because she's fiercely independent after surviving the loss of her job, apartment and fiance all on the same day. She is soon swept up in a murder mystery after landing a job as counter help at The Cookie House in downtown Coral Cay. The secondary characters are all integral to the investigation especially Maxi who I want to meet. Coral Cay sounds like a perfect small town that I would love to visit. A complex plot with red herrings and twists that kept me guessing until the reveal. The twist at the reveal was perfect! I'm looking forward to many more in this series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.