Do you like a culinary cozy?
Madeline Flynn thought that opening her bakery and winning the top prize for her apple pie at the Spring Festival would be the most excitement in her day.
She wasn’t expecting to find the dead body of her good friend beside her car or to be accused of murder.
Things like that just don’t happen in small towns like Maple Falls.
With nowhere else to turn, she enlists the help of her old flame Sheriff Ethan Tanner, as well as her irrepressible Gran, to find the murderer before Maddie’s put in jail or there’s another death on their hands.
Danger threatens at every turn, and when Maddie ends up on her own, scared and out of her depth, it seems that even an award-winning baker isn’t safe from Maple Falls’ first serial killer.
Alisha ***** Apple Pie and Arsenic is a brand new cozy mystery by C.A. Phipps. Madeline Flynn is brought back to her hometown of Maple Falls when her Grandmother decides to sell the family home and move into something smaller after being sick. Once home Gran talks Maddie into opening up her own bakery right there in Maple Falls and converting the upstairs into an apartment for the two of them to share.
After getting the bakery up and running Maddie decides to enter her apple pie into the Spring Festival, after winning first place a group of her friends decides to go out to celebrate her win. When Maddie makes it to her car she finds one of her friends dead and is immediately a suspect. It’s up to Maddie to clear her name and help prevent another murder in town.
If you like small town settings, wonderful friends, and family values then this is the new series is for you!
Bernadette *****I really enjoyed reading this book. The small town vibe is well done. Maddie and her friends, the girlz, Ethan and, especially Gran, all add to the fun. Maddie has to do some growing up. She continues to deny her feelings for Ethan, but that just means that the gang will be back for another book! I really enjoyed this mystery.
Nicole ***** This is the first of the Maple Lane Cozy Mystery books by Ms. Phipps and wow did I love this book. Maddie is coming home to visit her Gran and to help her Gran sell her house, but Gran has a plan of her own. Maddie ends up staying in town and opening a bakery and then things start to go wrong. A friend dies and the search is on for the killer. Maddie and the girlz turn into amateur sleuths to help find the killer since Maddie is receiving threats.
I can say that the book ends on a positive note and I loved the way Ms. Phipps would throw in a sentence that helped fill in tiny bits of the backstory but it fit and flowed perfectly. It would be amazing to see all the Girlz get a man as they are all single as the series progresses but as long as it doesn’t affect their friendship. I highly recommend this book. A great book to start the series with.
Now I have a need for Apple pie ��
The Maple Lane Mysteries are light cozy mysteries featuring a quirky cat-loving bakery owner who discovers she’s a talented amateur sleuth.
No swearing, gore or graphic scenes.
Book 1 and 2 in the Maple Lane Mysteries are out now, with book three available for pre-order.
Apple Pie and Arsenic
Bagels and Blackmail
Cookies and Chaos
About the author:
Cheryl is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author from beautiful Auckland, New Zealand with two alter egos: C.A. Phipps who writes cozy mysteries and chick lit, and Cheryl Phipps who writes contemporary romance.
She loves stories filled with feisty heroines, suave heroes, and wonderful small towns, and crafting her own heart-warming tales of strong family ties, mixed in with a little romance, humor, and delicious baking!
With a wonderful husband whom she married the moment she left school (yes, they were high school sweethearts) by her side, she is devoted to her children and grandchildren and loves animals of all kinds, especially bossy cats!