Angie Roseland runs the Sweet Dreams Bake Shop in the seacoast town of Sweet Cove, Massachusetts. The building's new owners are not renewing the bake shop's lease, and Angie is running out of time to find a new location. When one of the town's longtime residents is murdered, Angie finds herself on the suspect list. With the help of her three sisters and a huge orange cat, Angie works to uncover the killer's identity.
J. A. Whiting
Audible Audio Edition
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The story was ok, the ending was a little abrupt. The book is less than 200 pages, so maybe a few extra pages would have rounded the story out. The story does leave you with a hook in the form of a character not fully disclosed. All in all it's average. I'm not sorry I read it but not excited to read the next one in the series.
Although this was well edited (except for subject/predicate agreement I.e. each one/them), with minimal typos, I have to say it felt amateurish. The author forgot the cardinal rule is "show, don't tell". As new characters or places are introduced there are long descriptions of what they look like, who they are, what they're doing, etc. It interrupts the flow of the story. While it's always good to give some description of characters or places so the reader can picture them, this can be shown a little at a time through dialogue, or woven in gradually. Additionally, the constant heart or stomach fluttering and electricity passing between Angie and Josh got tiresome. How many times does the reader need to be reminded? Although cozy mysteries are among my favorites, this one was just so-so.
Angie owns a coffee shop and bakery in a small town on the coast of Massachusetts, but her building has been purchased and the new landlord doesn't renew her lease so she has to find a different location. When a regular customer who is much beloved by the town dies under suspicious circumstances after having coffee at the shop, Angie learns that she has inherited the woman's rambling Victorian home. Angie immediately begins making plans to renovate the house as a site not only for her shop, but also for a B&B and a jewelry shop run by her sisters. In the meantime, mysterious events keep happening at the house and Angie and her sisters work to determine who is behind those occurrences, as well as trying to figure out who would have killed the former owner of the house. After the killer is apprehended, Angie and her sisters set about relocating the coffee shop to the Victorian.
If you are looking for a quick read, this would be a good choice. The sisters were likable enough...
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