I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dial M for Mousse by Laura Bradford
Published by Berkley Books on January 2nd 2018
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Vanessa Daniels
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Also by this author: Death in Advertising, 30 Second Death, Éclair and Present Danger, Silence of the Flans, And Death Goes To . . .
Murder takes the cake in an irresistible Emergency Dessert Squad mystery from the national bestselling author of The Silence of the Flans. The Emergency Dessert Squad business is booming, with owner and baker Winnie Johnson working overtime to satisfy the emergency cravings of Silver Lake, Ohio. Her latest order, a plate of motivational desserts for an artists' retreat, is just what she needs to keep her mind off her own relationship woes. But Winnie's problems seem like trifles when she discovers the body of retreat owner Sally Dearfield mere inches away from five oh-so-eccentric and viable suspects. Now, this baking detective must uncover the inspiration behind Sally's murder before another creative genius is iced. RECIPES INCLUDED
Here is what I thought
Things have picked back up for Winnie after what happened in book two, though her love life is still a bit on the rocks.
Winnie gets a call from a lady who wants to surprise the group at an artist retreat, she wants five different desserts to go with the five different types that are at the retreat. I would list them but I have forgotten them, I know there is a writer, a mime and a magician, just can’t remember the other ones. 🙁
When her and her friend Rene deliver the deserts they get there and find the group standing over the dead body of the Sally Dearfield, the lady who ordered the desserts. They all swear they had nothing to do with it but the more Winnie thinks about it the more it bothers her as she remembers how they all gasped at the same time when Winnie and her friend came in so she thinks they did it on purpose for their benefit. Winnie just can’t stand it when there is a murder that involves her deserts so she starts snooping around. It seems good ole Sally seemed to have a lot of information on each of the retreaters and so it really could have been any of them if not a group effort.
Besides trying to solve a murder Winnie is fretting over what is happening with her and Jay. Caroline’s mother decided all of a sudden that she wants to see her daughter so Jay takes her to see her. He never seemed to have time to talk when he was gone and was always with his ex-wife making her think horrible things. Then when they do try and make a day of things when he gets back he brings Caroline and she tries to make things sound like Jay and her mother were getting back together which is not the truth. Winnie is feeling that maybe things won’t work since his daughter really doesn’t like her, but Jay isn’t giving up. Poor Winnie, I know she likes him but I think she would be better with “Master Sergeant Hottie” Greg. Don’t you love his nickname that everyone has giving him. He is really sweet too, but she just likes him as a friend, bummer.
I think my favorites in this series are still the two senior friends of Winnies. I have seen a trend it seems in putting feisty old folk in cozies and I like it…lol. Probably because they always remind me of my grandparents how have passed on.
Overall, this was another fun addition to the series and I really thought the mystery was pretty good although I figured it out. Not that the author didn’t try to fool me. 🙂
Though you could probably read this as a stand alone I think you would have a better understanding of what is going on if you started with book one. 🙂
I love Vanessa Daniels narration and she does great with this series!
Audio Rating: 4