Cherry Cake and a Cadaver (Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery, #2)

Cherry Cake and a Cadaver (Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery, #2)

by Susan Boles

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Cherry Cake and a Cadaver (Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery, #2) by Susan Boles

Lily Gayle and the gang set out to find a killer after local baker Luxen Natolovich is found dead hours before the grand opening weekend at the new Bed and Breakfast in town, Midnight Dragonfly. As Lily Gayle deciphers the clues around Luxen's death she uncovers a conspiracy of lies and half truths that could very well be tied to a refugee camp in Mississippi during World War II. The deeper Lily Gayle digs the deeper the consipiracy runs and the closer she comes to being the killers next victim.

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BN ID: 2940154181539
Publisher: Argent Ocean Publishing
Publication date: 03/31/2017
Series: Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery , #2
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 208,685
File size: 443 KB

About the Author

Susan Boles is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of romance, historical fiction and cozy mysteries. She lives in North Mississippi with her rescue mini dachshund, Lucy.

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Cherry Cake and a Cadaver (Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery, #2) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
csrsvivr More than 1 year ago
Small towns can have BIG murders that can be hard to solve. However, not every town has the likes of Lily Gayle Lambert, Dixie Newsom, Miss Edna and her great niece, Harley Ann. These ladies are stubborn, tough and not to be reckoned with. A fun, fast paced, enjoyable book that will make you laugh and sit on the edge of your seat at the same time!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite Cherry Cake and a Cadaver by Susan Boles is book 2 of the Lily Gayle Lambert mystery series. Lily Gayle is from Mercy in Mississippi and, like the rest of the town, is watching the conversion of the old Mitchell Manor into a bed and breakfast. Rather than wait for the opening party, Lily and her friend, Dixie, decide to see what’s going on up at the manor. Finding a door open, the pair stumbles over the body of Luxen Natolovish, the local baker. Rather than leave it to the police to do their job, Lily can’t help but get involved. She starts to look into Luxen’s background, but is soon approached by another local whose mother has disappeared. Are the two related? And where do the new owners fit in? Lily Gayle is on the case once more. Cherry Cake and a Cadaver (Book 2 of the Lily Gale Mystery Series) by Susan Boles was a good read. I didn’t read the first one in the series, but I didn’t find that it spoiled my enjoyment of this book. This is ideal for those readers who want something light to read, a murder mystery similar to cozy mysteries with a touch of humour. The story is well written and the plot is easy to follow, although I felt that not enough time was spent on the mystery; it seemed to be more focused on the town and its people. That said, it was an enjoyable story and the characters were developed well enough so that you could identify with them. The ending was a bit strange, it happened a bit too quickly, but I did like the story and found it a nice, easy read.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Cherry Cake and a Cadaver by Susan Boles is the second book in A Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery series. Lily Gayle Lambert lives in Mercy, Mississippi. Recently some out of towners purchased the old Mitchell Manor and are turning it into a bed and breakfast. The house has undergone massive renovations and is being renamed The Midnight Dragonfly. The gossip hotline is on fire as people speculate on the new owners and what the inside will look like. The new proprietors will be holding a party to unveil the house, but Lily Gayle does not wish to wait. She convinces her friend, Dixie Newsom to sneak a peek in the windows. Because of the blinds, Lily Gayle cannot see anything. Dixie wishes to leave, but Lily Gayle moves around to the back of the house where she discovers the back door is slightly open. Lily Gayle considers this an invitation to go in and explore. In the kitchen, the pair are in for shock when they find local baker, Luxen Natolovish dead on the floor. Dixie calls Sheriff Ben Carter while Lily Gayle checks out the scene of the crime (and maybe snaps a few pictures). Lily Gayle starts inquiring about Luxen’s background. She wonders why someone would wish to harm him. Then Bobby Moore, local bad boy, approaches Lily Gayle about the disappearance of his mother, Rikki. He is worried about her and refuses to contact the sheriff. Bobby wants Lily Gayle to find her. Is Rikki’s disappearance related to Luxen’s murder? How do the new owners of The Midnight Dragonfly fit into this puzzle? Can Lily Gayle untangle this mystery and find Rikki? Join Lily Gayle on her latest investigation in Cherry Cake and a Cadaver! Cherry Cake and a Cadaver is best enjoyed after reading Death of a Wolfman. Information from the first book is alluded to but not fully explained. I wish the author had taken the time to provide some background on Lily Gayle (like her occupation) for readers who are new to the series and a reminder for others. Cherry Cake and a Cadaver is a light, humorous novel. It has a good pace and can easily be finished in a couple of hours (or less). I found this story to be more cozy than mystery. Readers get to find out about the various shops in town as well as the citizens. In addition, we find out why Harley Ann has come to Mercy to live with her aunt, Miss Edna. I was intrigued about the refugee camp mentioned in the book. I discovered that there are pictures available online. I give Cherry Cake and a Cadaver 3 out of 5 stars. I do wish that more time had been spent on the mystery and that it was more complex. Readers will be able to easily solve the whodunit. I felt that the ending was a little rushed. You could tell that the author was trying to wrap up the story. There are recipes included at the end of the book including the one for the cherry cake mentioned in title. Cherry Cake and a Cadaver is a humorous, short story that is sure to liven up your afternoon.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed being in this quaint Mississippi town, and with Lily Gayle and her dear friends. Our girl begins to dig in places she shouldn’t be, when the local baker is found dead. Our wannabe detective puts herself in danger, along with some of her friends, but she wants justice, or wants to know what has happened and why. The book is a very fast read, almost two fast, and was at the end in no time, and yes there are answers, but I almost felt it went by so fast. I felt a little more time and the reason why they wanted what they wanted should have been spent. A real interesting fact of the refugee camp in Mississippi during World War II, I would love to know more about them and the life there, and how our young victim ended up here. The premise of this story is so interesting and I enjoyed the read, just wanted a bit more. I received this book through Great Escapes Book Tours and was not required to give a positive review.