by Kassandra Lamb ~ I’ve started a new feature on my own website—reviews of some great reads I’ve encountered recently, usually first-in-series books that are free or discounted.
I called August’s installments delicious deals and rad reads, because all but one of the books involves food. And they all have cats!
Up first, another fantastic first-in-series by PD Workman, who is now very near the top of my favorite authors list. Boy, can this woman write!!
Gluten-Free Murder, An Auntie Clem’s Bakery Mystery #1, by PD Workman – FREE
All too often characters in cozies seem a tad two-dimensional. I mean, they’re usually interesting and relatable, but maybe not completely fleshed out.
Not so with Erin Price. She has come to the small town of Bald Eagle Falls to turn her late aunt’s tea shop into a gluten-free bakery. But things go south on opening day when her rival, the owner of the only other bakery in town, dies after eating one of Erin’s muffins.
Workman seamlessly weaves Erin’s back story as a foster child into the first few chapters until you feel like you’ve known her for years and are right there with her as she drags herself out of bed each morning to bake and then searches for clues in the afternoons.
She is soon joined in these endeavors by a young woman named Vic and a stray tabby kitten, both of whom worm their way into Erin’s heart.
This book ticks all the boxes for a cozy—small town setting, determined amateur sleuth with an interesting/somewhat different vocation, a cute animal, a human sidekick, and a police officer whom said sleuth isn’t sure is friend or foe.
But despite it being a cozy, the author isn’t afraid to tackle real-life issues and her climax scene will have you sitting on the edge of your seat…
READ MORE on this and Debra H. Goldstein’s One Taste Too Many and Emily Selby’s Fish Out of Water.
And stay tuned for next month’s Delicious Deals and Rad Reads!
Posted by Kassandra Lamb. Kassandra is a retired psychotherapist turned mystery writer. She is the author of the Kate Huntington psychological mysteries, set in her native Maryland, and the Marcia Banks and Buddy cozy mysteries, set in Central Florida. She also writes romantic suspense under the pen name of Jessica Dale.
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Jeanna MassmanOctober 19, 2021 at 6:55 am
This looks like an amazing book! I love the cover!
Kassandra LambOctober 19, 2021 at 10:54 pm
Me too! Except it makes me hungry…lol.