Cake and Punishment by Maymee Bell

Setting: Rumford, KY
Genre: A Southern Cake Baker Mystery
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Release Date: May 8, 2018

After finding the love of her life in a compromising position, Sophia Cummings flees for her hometown. A bit of a break from New York City is in the cards right now. She'll take a few days for herself and then return to a new job in the city.

At home, Sophia finds herself in the middle of a mystery. A long-time friend's upcoming wedding runs into a big glitch when the baker backs out. As a pastry chef, Sophia offers to create a dream cake. That's just the start. A local chef winds up murdered. Sophia also agrees to help an old boss run the kitchen until a replacement is found.

Now that she's thoroughly involved in her old community's culinary world, Sophia can't help but wonder who killed the chef. Her former boss is the key suspect, and Sophia knows there is no way. With the local detective honed in on her boss, Sophia decides to do her own sleuthing, and that may well put her in the killer's path.

I've been a fan of cozy mysteries for years. Ever since picking up a Diane Mott Davidson book about two decades ago, I've been hooked. Cake and Punishment covers all the reasons I love cozy mysteries. You have the potential romance with Sophia and the detective. There's a town full of interesting characters. There are plenty of recipes that sound amazing.

I am eager to see where this series goes from here. It's off to a good start.


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