Sunday, March 24, 2024

Review: The Diva Says Cheesecake! by: Krista Davis

Title: The Diva Says Cheesecake!
Author: Krista Davis
Publisher: Kensington
Series: A Domestic Diva Mystery #15
Format: e-book ( 304 p.) NetGalley


A delightful new story from a New York Times bestselling author perfect for fans of Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen Mystery series! In this page-turning new book, entertaining guru Sophie Winston is faced with a midsummer nightmare when a celebration in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, is the appetizer for murder…

Old Town’s midsummer festivities are getting a tasty addition this year. To coincide with a public performance of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Bobbie Sue Bodoin, the Queen of Cheesecake, has hired Sophie to organize a dinner with a dessert buffet on the waterfront. Bobbie Sue’s homegrown company is thriving, and since her baking dish overfloweth, she wants to reward her employees.

Bobbie Sue has only one menu demand: no cheesecake! But her specialty isn’t the only thing missing from the evening—Tate, Bobbie Sue’s husband, is too much to her annoyance. Next morning, however, Tate’s dead body is discovered. Bobbie Sue insists she didn’t kick her spouse to the curb, and begs for Sophie’s help finding the real killer. Digging in, Sophie discovers an assortment of Old Town locals who all had reason to want a piece of Tate. Can she gather together the crumbs the killer left behind in time to prevent a second helping of murder?

Includes delectable recipes and fabulous DIY decorating tips!

My Thoughts: 

Sophie Winston is helping out organizing a dinner on the night of A Midsummer Night's Dream as a way to reward her workers.  What Sophie is worried about is when Bobbie Sue can't find her husband anywhere even into the next morning when she and Sophie find the dead body of her husband.  What happened and why?  Who would want to kill Tate Bobbie Sue's husband?  Did he have a tryst with someone?  Or was it something worse?

This book had so much going on including the fate of Bernie a friend of both Sophie's and Mar's. When he's on the hook for the murder.  Who would think Bernie would do this clearly hasn't read any of the previous books.  It was a great read and see how those close to Bernie would jump up to protect him and get to the bottom of the whole situation!

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Review: Hidden Beneath by: Barbara Ross

Title: Hidden Beneath
Author: Barbara Ross
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Maine Clambake Mystery #11
Format: e-book ( 230 p.) NetGalley


Serving up mouthwatering shellfish, the Snowden Family Clambake has become a beloved institution in Busman’s Harbor, Maine. But when new clues rise to the surface five years after the disappearance of Julia Snowden’ s mother’s friend, the family business shifts to sleuthing . . .

Julia and her mother, Jacqueline, have come to the exclusive summer colony of Chipmunk Island to attend a memorial service for Jacqueline’s old friend Ginny, who’s been officially declared dead half a decade after she went out for her daily swim in the harbor and was never seen again. But something seems fishy at the service—especially with the ladies of the Wednesday Club. As Julia and Jacqueline begin looking into Ginny’s cold case, a present-day murder stirs the pot, and mother and daughter must dive into the deep end to get to the bottom of both mysteries . . .

My Thoughts:

This book has Julia and her mother Jacqueline trying to get to the bottom of a death on Chipmunk Island.  When an old friend of Julia's mother Ginny who had been declared for 10 years, but when her body turns up it's up to Julia to figure out what is going on and what is with the Wednesday Club.

Jacqueline feels guilty as she had an email from her friend Ginny wanting to talk to her.  She thinks she had more time to talk with her friend but all that changed when her friend Ginny disappeared.  The more baffling part is when the will is read and Jacqueline finds herself the executor of the estate of her friend.

Who killed Ginny and for what reason?  Did she see something she shouldn't have?  This book had so much going on between the clambakes they do and what is going on Chipmunk Island.  Definitely a great story everyone who has been following Julia will definitely want to check this one out!