Friday, June 16, 2023

Book Review and Giveaway - How the Murder Crumbles (A Cookie Shop Mystery) by Debra Sennefelder

My Review

When How the Murder Crumbles opens, Mallory Monroe has recently opened a cookie bakery in small town Connecticut. She loves her work and her life ... until she finds her boyfriend is seeing another woman, and a contentious food blogger she has clashed with is discovered mysteriously dead. Mallory sets out to clear her name and solve the mystery.

I wanted to read this book because I love cozy mysteries, enjoy small town fiction, and like to bake.

What a fun start to a new cozy series!  I am definitely in for this one. The Cookie Shop setting is delightful, and I love the foodie and baking details as well. The author also does a great job at evoking small town life.

Mallory is a protagonist to pull for - she is moving forward with her life after a couple of setbacks, loves baking, and turns out to be a smart amateur sleuth as well.  I enjoyed following along as she solved the mystery.

I enthusiastically recommend How the Murder Crumbles for fans of cozy mysteries, and especially for anyone who loves foodie fiction, baking, and small town settings.

Book Synopsis

Debra Sennefelder whips up cookies and crime in a delicious new cozy series, perfect for fans of Joanne Fluke and Peg Cochran. 

Wingate, Connecticut, is famed as one of the top ten shopping destinations in the state, and home to Mallory Monroe’s beloved Cookie Shop—a place where patrons are greeted with the heavenly aroma of freshly baked cookies that are as beautifully decorated as they are insanely delicious. 

But things aren’t going so smoothly for Mallory. Her two employees are a disaster in the kitchen, she catches her boyfriend with another woman, and she’s seen having a fierce argument with food blogger Beatrice Wright, who accuses Mallory of stealing her cookie recipe. Then Beatrice turns up dead in her kitchen, flour outlining her body and a bloodied marble rolling pin nearby. Mallory immediately becomes suspect number one, her sales plummet, and she desperately tries to clear her name—but that’s not the only murder the killer is baking up. 

Debra Sennefelder has cooked up a perfect recipe—endearing characters, a picture-perfect evocation of small-town life, and a quaint sweets shop. And just when things get a little too comfy, there’s always a murder or two for good measure.

Author Bio

Debra Sennefelder, the author of the Food Blogger Mystery series, the Resale Boutique Mystery series, and the Cookie Shop mystery series, is an avid reader who reads across a range of genres, but mystery fiction is her obsession. Her interest in people and relationships is channeled into her novels against a backdrop of crime and mystery. When she’s not reading, she enjoys cooking and baking and as a former food blogger, she is constantly taking photographs of her food. Yeah, she’s that person. 

Born and raised in New York City, she now lives and writes in Connecticut with her family. She’s worked in pre-hospital care, retail and publishing. Her writing companions are her adorable and slightly spoiled Shih-Tzus, Susie, and Billy.

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