Cinnamon Toasted

Cinnamon Toasted

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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"Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Case in point: Piper Prescott's former mother-in-law Melly. Beneath her twin sets and pearls beats the heart of a geek--a geek whose programming changes for the point-of-sale software in Piper's shop have the owners of the program ready to make her an offer she can't refuse. "Trusty" Rusty Tulley and Chip Balboa swing by Brandywine Creek--just in time for the town's annual Oktoberfest, which has cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom flying off Piper's shelves in record numbers. News spreads faster than a text message, and Melly is the toast of the town. But it isn't long before Melly's status changes to public enemy number one when Chip's body is found at the foot of her basement stairs. Questions start to pile up when handsome police chief Wyatt McBride arrives on the scene and the coroner sets the time of death for the previous evening. McBride wants to know why it took Melly so long to report the incident--especially after she admits to arguing with Chip about the contract he wanted her to sign. Piper knows Melly would never hurt a fly, so she enlists the help of her BFF Reba Mae to clear her name--but can they find the real killer before Melly gets sent away for good? A mouth-watering entry in Gail Oust's delicious Spice Shop series, Cinnamon Toasted is sure to delight cozy fans of all stripes"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250011060
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 22 cm.


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Nov 06, 2018

Agree with the other reviewers that this is a lightweight read, not in a good way. Absent character development, plot, common sense. But beyond that, and the reason I'll return the other title of this series unread, is the main character and perhaps the writer seem to have a class prejudice. The heroine's friends and family are all handsome/beautiful, others are less so. And she gives not a care when a man is injured in her kitchen. Too formulaic with nothing to offer the reader. And laughable- a wealthy couple is giving an over-thre-top party but 1) it's a pot luck (wha??) and 2) our heroine stews about not getting an invitation but then inexplicably gets a verbal one when all the others were written. Author throws in details like that for no purpose.

Sep 07, 2018

Very lightweight read - so fun enough but no real characters, drama or suspense. The weird thing was the obsession with listing spices from different characters' recipes, some of which really would not add to those recipes.
Read, enjoy, forget.

Jul 02, 2018

It had a good surprise ending (identifying the killer). But the rest of the book really dragged and it didn't have much plot development. Also it followed the formula of 1 woman sleuth being interested in 2 men (the hunky policeman and the dependable veterinarian). but for me was the "hare brained schemes". You don't have to portray woman as idiots who stumble across clues.


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