Murder Gone A-Rye

Murder Gone A-Rye

by Nancy J. Parra

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ISBN-13: 9780425252444
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Series: A Baker's Treat Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 554,954
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Nancy J. Parra lives in the Midwest with her trusty Bichon-Poo, whom she refers to warmly as “Little Dog.” Parra’s novel, The Counterfeit Bride, was named “one of the top ten romances of 2010" by Booklist. Gluten for Punishment was the first book in the Baker’s Treat Mysteries.

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Praise for Gluten for Punishment:

“A mouthwatering debut with a plucky protagonist. Clever, original, and appealing with gluten-free recipes to die for.”—Carolyn Hart, national bestselling author

“This baker’s treat rises to the occasion. Whether you need to eat allergy-free or not, you’ll devour every morsel.”—Avery Aames, Agatha Award-winning author of the Cheese Shop Mysteries
  “Nancy J. Parra has whipped up a sweet treat that’s sure to delight!”—Peg Cochran, national bestselling author of the Gourmet De-Lite Mysteries
 
“A delightful heroine, cherry-filled plot twists, and cream-filled pastries. Could murder be any sweeter?”—Connie Archer, national bestselling author of the Soup Lover’s Mysteries
 
“A lively, sassy heroine and a perceptive and humorous look at small-town Kansas (the Wheat State)!”—JoAnna Carl, national bestselling author of the Chocoholic Mysteries

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Murder Gone A-Rye 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Another delightful treat from this author. Toni Holmes bakes up gluten free tarts, scones, breads and other goodies when she isn’t trying to keep her grandma Ruth out of trouble. I envy Ruth’s scooter myself but she can cause a commotion. Apparently the local police have given her several tickets but that doesn’t seem to slow her down. When the police find her archenemy, Lois Striker, dead in the park surrounded by tracks made by a scooter Ruth finds herself in a bunch of hot water. Her scooter is confiscated as evidence and Toni may not be able to keep her out of jail. Ruth used to be an investigative reporter so she thinks with Toni’s assistance they should be able to solve the case themselves. Needless to say their plans go very A-Rye! It has been awhile since my last literary trip to Oiltop, Kansas but within a few pages these characters snapped right back in my memory. Again, Grandma Ruth was my favorite character. She is pushy, opinionated, “smart as a whip, but deaf in one ear”. Local Police Chief Hank Blaylock is not a big fan. Tori runs interference as best as she can. Ruth’s antics will have you shaking your head and laughing out loud. We also meet Aunt Phyllis who brings her own hilarity to the story. Tori has sworn off dating but she still has not one but two men vying for her affection. They are all terrific characters. It is Thanksgiving to the rest of the country but in Oiltop it is Homer Everett Day. There is a parade and a carnival to honor the local war hero and pro football player. He was also Mayor of the town back in the 50’s. There are also a couple of mysteries in his past and that may be what got Lois Striker killed. Toni just needs to look back in time for suspects other than her grandmother. This was a twisty turvy plot that diverted us and Toni is several different direction and it put a target on Tori and Ruth’s backs. It also led them to break a few laws themselves. We do spend plenty of time in the bakery too as Tori had to bake a boatload of pies for her customer’s Thanksgiving dinners. This was a super fun whodunit that had be grinning ear to ear through most of it. Whether or not you need your treats gluten free, you will love this story.
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LegoDinolady More than 1 year ago
I loved her first book, but I was disappointed in this one. I liked the recipes in the back of the book and made the "Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Bars" I did not however follow the story line. The character was too reserved with not wanting to find out who the murderer was. It took almost losing her grandmother for her to finally get involved. If the character had been more involved through out the whole book it would have made better sense to how she figured out who the killer was. This was only coincidental in the end. The love interests between the two men really need to be more then just a little flirting. If her best friend can move on in this book then why can't she? Like I said I did enjoy the first book, and I would purchase the next book in the series. I would have appreciated an afterward concluding how everyone else was doing in the end.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Nancy J. Parra brings readers the second book in her Baker's Treat Mystery series. Readers looking for a small town with a lot of heart will love Oiltop, Kansas. The townspeople are close knit and full of secrets, which makes for a great mystery. Grandma Ruth is back, as well as, heroine Toni and the gang from her gluten-free bakery. Toni will have her hands full keeping Grandma Ruth out of jail and solving a cold case murder from the 1950's. Readers looking for great gluten free recipes won't be disappointed either, as Parra produces great treats and a great new whodunit. What I liked: Having a cozy mystery series with a gluten-free bakery in it was a genius idea from Nancy J. Parra. It's obvious that Parra does not know exactly what she's talking about when she describes Toni's bakery and the concoctions that she turns out for her customers. I always feel like I have learned something new about gluten-free cooking when I read her books. Her authenticity does ring true.  Grandma Ruth is one kick-butt grandma. She may be in her 90's but that certainly hasn't slowed her down or dampened her enthusiasm. She is a great character who tends to add not only great characterization to this series, but also a lot of comic relief. Her antics are not what one would expect from the average granny. Having been an investigative journalist in her past, grandma's curiosity gets her in trouble in this installment of the series. Finding out some disturbing information about a former pillar of the community isn't what some Oiltop townspeople want to here. Parra does a great job with Ruth, making her believable and entertaining. Toni once again finds herself trying to keep grandma contained. But that doesn't stop grandma and Toni has to figure out how to keep her out of jail when her arch enemy ends up dead. Toni is so patient and loving with Ruth. I enjoy their relationship a lot. This series focuses on more than gluten-free cooking, but also family and friends and the relationships they share. Toni is central to figuring out the whodunit but it's really a family affair. I look forward to seeing who Toni chooses as her love interest. She has a couple of good guys vying for the honor. Parra knows how to write about camaraderie and family and keeps the reader interested in what will happen to Toni next. The mystery itself including the murder of Lois and the cold case from 1959 was totally engrossing. The reader will love following all of the gluten-free bread crumbs that Parra has doled out. There were plenty of reasons someone might want Lois dead, but what does the statue of Everett have to do with it? It was really fun figuring that out. The addition of Aunt Phyllis also added to the story and the overall family atmosphere that Parra has created. A great whodunit. What I didn't like: There was quite a bit of repetition with this one and at times it was a little too wordy. Now I'm a fan of descriptors in my own writing, and I don't think this was a huge problem, but it did get a little annoying at times. Certainly not a deal breaker! Bottom Line: This is shaping up to be a very good series. I love the gluten-free angle and Grandma Ruth is a blast. I thought Parra created an entertaining mystery that was full of surprises, suspects and motives. I liked this one better than the first.
TessT More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book in the Baker's Treat mystery Series and it was a real treat. From lovable, eccentric Grandma Ruth, to Toni and the rest of the wacky relatives this book was such fun to read. I think that Grandma was based on every grandmother that Nancy had ever met. When Grandma is arrested for the murder of Lois Striker, all hell breaks loose. As a former investigative journalist Grandma decides that she and Toni (and a few of their friends) will be able to solve the murder. How much trouble can a fiesty grandma and her granddaughter get into? I found that the characters were all very believable, and the story line was easy to follow. An added bonus to the book are the gluten free recipes in the back of tne book.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Murder Gone A-Rye is the second book in the A Baker's Treat Mystery series. Toni Holmes has returned to Oiltop, Kansas and has done the unthinkable by opening a gluten-free bakery in the middle of wheat country. Her ninety year young Grandma Ruth is a retired newspaper reporter, but still enjoys writing articles and doing the investigative work. But this time she has gotten herself in jail for murder. Lois Striker, grandma's long nemesis, is found dead near the statue of local war hero Homer Everett and Ruth's scooter tracks go right to the body. Homer Everett may not be the hero everyone thought he was and Lois was going to share what information she had on Everett with Ruth, but was killed before she was able to. Grandma Ruth, being the cantankerous person she is, won't let the matter rest. About the only way to keep Grandma Ruth out of jail, and it's no guarantee, is for Toni to team up with her Aunt Phyllis, who's about as bad as Ruth, to search out the truth and to solve the murder. Most of the characters from book one are back to help Toni and Ruth discover the truth about Everett. Grandma Ruth is joy to read about, such a spunky character for 90 some. Brad and Sam are still pursuing Toni, in hopes of being the one she will select when she decides to start dating again. The reader is introduced to Aunt Phyllis, who is every bit as bad as Ruth. These tow will keep the reader shaking their head and chuckling. Also, there is a new puppy, Aubrey, who will end up plays a part in helping to solve the murder. Recipes, gluten free of course, are also included. Looking forward to the next book in the series.