To Have and to Kill (Piper Donovan Series #1)

To Have and to Kill (Piper Donovan Series #1)

by Mary Jane Clark


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“Clark has perfected the suspense novel.”

New York Times bestselling author and mystery writer par excellence, Mary Jane Clark kicks off her delicious new Wedding Cake mystery series with To Have and To Kill. A tasty departure from her thrillers featuring KEY News television anchor Eliza Blake (Dying for Mercy, It Only Takes a Moment), To Have and To Kill introduces readers to actress-turned-wedding cake decorator Piper Donovan, who discovers that the heat in the pastry kitchen can be hotter—and deadlier—that she ever imagined…and that her creative new enterprise is anything but a piece of cake. Foodies and fans of cable TV’s Amazing Wedding Cakes, as well as Faye Kellerman, Jayne Anne Krentz, and Diana Mott Davidson readers are going to eat this one up!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062117168
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Series: Piper Donovan Series , #1
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 5.34(w) x 7.84(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Mary Jane Clark worked at CBS News for nearly three decades. Her twelve KEY News media thrillers were inspired by that experience. Envisioning the Piper Donovan/Wedding Cake mystery series, Mary Jane enrolled in cake-decorating classes and researched unique wedding locations. The daughter of an FBI agent and a mother who customized cakes for the neighborhood kids when she was growing up, Mary Jane has two grown children and splits her time between New Jersey and Florida.

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To Have and to Kill 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 301 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks to harriet klausner and the other plot spoilers hete, this is another book ruined and unavailable for purchase. No one wants to buy a book after loud mouth harriet reveals all including the ending. Please bn, do something to klausner and these plot spoilers. Ban them and delete their plot spoiling posts.
MysteryLover100 More than 1 year ago
With 12 "KEY News" media thrillers under her belt, Mary Jane Clark's latest -- and the first in her new "Wedding Cake Mystery" series -- is a spectacular and winning change of scene. In "To Have and To Kill," Piper Donovan, a 28-year-old aspiring actress who has already had a two-year stint on a soap opera seen by millions, stays connected with her legion of fans on Facebook and Twitter, and stays healthy taking yoga and karate classes in between auditions. When acting roles become few and far between, Piper moves back home with her parents in Hillwood, New Jersey, to wait out the slump and help her mother in the family bakery business. When fellow soap opera star Glenna Brooks announces an upcoming Christmas Eve marriage, Piper agrees to create a wedding cake for the occasion, but when someone close to the bride is horribly poisoned, it's not clear if Glenna wasn't the real target. The murderer, smartly hidden in a very believable suspect pool, isn't finished - and after a few more bodies begin to pile up, Piper herself may have been added to a very macabre Christmas "wish list." Clark's new heroine is young, smart and sassy and, with the help of Jack, her FBI agent-cum-sometime-boyfriend, Piper has to add crime detection to her acting and cake decorating skills. Great characters (Piper's mom and dad, and their dog Emmett among them), populate a story told with breakneck speed all the way to an astonishing reveal -- of both the murderer and the splendid, star-studded cake -- but not before Piper goes toe-to-toe with a stop-at-nothing killer. It was impossible to put down!
bookfairyJL More than 1 year ago
I never read a book that quickly before. I'm not into mysteries but I could not put this book down. It was easy to read and it kept me guessing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pls preface your reviews with SPOILER ALERT as a courtesy to those of us who have not yet read the book.
poosie More than 1 year ago
Piper Donovan, the main character and a struggling actress, decides to move from her Manhattan apartment back to New Jersey with her parents as a temporary measure until she gets her feet planted more securely on the ground after her fiancé breaks the engagement. This is a mystery / suspense loaded with intrigue as her best friend Glenna who is planning her wedding receives an anonymous threatening letter warning her to stay away from her fiancé, Casey or there will be consequences. Mutual friend, Trevor, collapses at a charity function after drinking a drink meant for Glenna. He dies and this is where it becomes tense and the story turns to sleuthing and FBI agent, Jack Lombardi, enters the scene. This is very entertaining and moves along nicely. I really enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and as a result have added a new author to my list of those to follow!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With 236 pages it was enough to get u think of who done it. It was a surprise who was the murder. Very good read.
Michelle1948 More than 1 year ago
but it never got there. I have read mary jane clark before and they are very suspenseful. But this one just wasn' all!! Two pages for a chapter. Barely time on any one character to develop any kind of back story. Even the main character had little back story. I thought the cake shop would be more prevalent with the main characters parents but they were not. A love interest that the main character snubs thru the whole book (don't want to ruin a friendship? what?) And the villain is thrown at you in the end with hardly a decent explanation. This was a big disappointment!!
tamica426 More than 1 year ago
The book was interesting up until the end, where it seemed rushed in order to wrap it up. So I give it 3 stars, it was ok.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OK but certainly not Mary HIGGINS Clark
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although cozy mysteries are not my thing, I enjoyed this one for what it is. Because I noticed (in another review) that this is the first in a series, I decided to give it a try and will follow up with other installments.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Harmless book, expected better from this author. She is an established writer with the resources to have put together a good cozy mystery. This was a scattered, disconnected attempt. I do not recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well-written, with adequate suspense to hold the reader's attention. The relatiomship between the main male and female characters doesn't seem very realistic.....they remain "just friends"; when it is obvious that he is perfect for her, she keeps falling into disasterous relationships with all-too-inadequate other men.
missmary50 More than 1 year ago
If you like a mystery and cake decorating you will love the book!!! Fast paced, easy to read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice pleasant mystery. An easy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want to spend a delightful afternoon, a rainy evening, read each and every one of Mary Jane Clark's books. I loved all of them. Using my Nook, I can buy at midnite, whenever, not have to find room on my overflowing bookshelves for room, and take it with me wherever I go. Much as I love books, the Nook is wonderfully handy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was pretty good, not a difficult mystery to figure out, but not overly simplistic. I must say one thing not about the book, but about the reviewers. I have seen many people complaining about Harriet Klasners reviews, saying it ruined the book, etc. Don't read a review that is three or four paragraphs long, if you do you will learn more about the book than you want to, but for pity sakes it isn't the reviewers fault if you are so boneheaded that you read a long review that is obviously about the book. Quit complaining about a reviewer ruining a book when YOU are the one that read the very long review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a struggle to get through. Very tedious and boring. I do NOT understand the 5 star ratings that so many gave this one. Needelss to say, I won't be continuing with this series. I'm so glad I only paid .99 for this. Even that was too much to pay for this book.
Kay Dalke More than 1 year ago
Well written! The author kept me guessing and I have to admit I was always wrong! Great read and would recommend!
Anonymous 4 months ago
Hard to put down. Can’t wait to read the next one.
bookappeal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An entertaining introduction to the main character of the Wedding Cake Mystery series. Piper Donovan is an actress whose soap opera character was recently killed off. With little work coming in, Piper is forced to move in with her parents, and quickly notices something is not right with her mother. The bakery owner who has never turned down decorating a wedding cake is now refusing to make the perfect cake for Piper's best friend, Glenna. She convinces Piper to do it herself. But Glenna's big day may never come - she's nearly poisoned to death and people in her circle of acquaintances keep getting murdered. Piper doesn't really act as an amateur sleuth - she calls on her male FBI friend for most things - but she ties together the dual storylines. Clark's characters are one-dimensional characters but her writing is contemporary (complete with tweets) and light without being annoying.
scoutlee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Piper Donovan is down on her luck. She was recently written out of her soap opera, A Little Rain Must Fall. Not having any callbacks from her auditions, Piper is forced to give up her Manhattan apartment. She returns home to Jersey to live with her parents. Her father is a former cop and her mother owns The Icing on the Cupcake bakery. It¿s there that Piper spends most of her days when she¿s not auditioning.Piper stayed in touch with the leading actress from A Little Rain Must Fall, Glenna Brooks. When the two friends meet for lunch, Glenna announces she¿s getting married on Christmas Eve and asks Piper if her mother would be so kind to make her wedding cake. Piper immediately accepts on her mother¿s behalf. It¿s also during this lunch that Glenna discloses she has received a disturbing letter (anonymously written) about her upcoming nuptials. Piper warns Glenna to be careful.Days following their lunch, someone close to Glenna is mysteriously murdered. All clues lead back to this letter. And it¿s not until another person from the soap is left for dead that Piper begins to realize someone is determined to not see Glenna walk down the aisle and will kill anyone that is in the way.To Have and To Kill is the first book in Clark¿s new Wedding Cake Mystery series. I¿ve read and thoroughly enjoyed her previous Key News series, so I was looking forward to reading this mystery. As usual, Clark did not disappoint. She has created a likable and intelligent amateur sleuth in Piper. There¿s a hint of a love interest for Piper, but it doesn¿t overshadow the mystery. Piper¿s parents round out the storyline as her mother is battling personal issues that may threatened her livelihood.Overall I really enjoyed To Have and To Kill. It¿s a light, cozy mystery that is perfect reading for a lazy afternoon. I¿m looking forward to reading future mysteries starring Piper.
WillowOne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My sister got this as an Early Reviewer and then passed it on. I enjoyed it. I look forward to reading more in this series, hopefully I am correct in my feeling that there will be more. The book had just enough mystery and not too much gore. It did keep me guessing for quite awhile and that is the type of mystery I prefer.
CMash on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
TO HAVE AND TO KILL by Mary Jane ClarkPublished by Harper CollinsISBN 978-0-06-199554-5At the request of LibraryThing, an ARC TPB was sent, at no cost to me for my honest opinion. Synopsis (borrowed from back of book): The delicious first book in the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author's new Wedding Cake Mystery series. Piper Donovan never imagined that decorating wedding cakes could be so dangerous! A struggling actress with no immediate prospects and a recently broken engagement, Piper moves back in with her parents to take stock of her life. She steps tentatively into the family bakery business, and finds herself agreeing to create the wedding cake for the acclaimed star of a daytime television drama. But soon someone close to the bride-to-be is horribly murdered and it seems that somebody is ruthlessly determined to stop the wedding. With the help of her former neighbor, Jack, a handsome FBI agent with a soft spot for the gorgeous cake maker, Piper moves closer to the truth. As she narrows in on a suspect, Piper realizes that it's hot in in the kitchen that she may be able to handle....... My Thoughts and Opinion: Before I give my thoughts and opinion, I have to be quite honest with you regarding some issues. This is the first book I have ever read by this author. And if you have followed this blog in the past, you know that I mainly read a more thriller-type mystery than a cozy. And I will now admit.....I have been missing out on some good books. Ms. Clark is definitely now on my radar and I have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to her books. I loved her writing style. Short chapters with tidbits of cliff hangers. Introducing characters with small hints of their personalities throughout the story line that could or would make them the prime suspect. In some cases, the reader knows what the outcome of a certain scene will be but it is still heart pounding waiting for it to happen. I would definitely put this in the category of "a couldn't put down", which I didn't. I am now an official member of the cozy mystery genre thanks to Mary Jane Clark!! Bravo!! My Rating: 4
pmla1028 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To Have and To Kill is the first book in Mary Jane Clark's new series Wedding Cake Mysteries. I had not read her previous series, but did enjoy this book very much. It light & fun, yet suspenseful at the same time. It will appeal to fans of the culinary cozy mystery writers such as Diane Mott Davidson & Joanne Fluke. Not only is it a murder mystery, but it has romantic suspense and family drama as well. I look forward to the next installment.