August in Lake Potawatomi, Wisconsin, always means one thing: the annual baking contest. Picture The Great British Baking Show, writ Midwestern. It’s a huge draw for the upper crust of Wisconsin pastry aficionados. And, of course, bon vivant baker-turned-mystery writer Teddie St. John has a pie in the ring. The white vinyl baking tent boasts an array of folding tables housing each entrant’s daily baked good. And at one of those tables sits the corpse of the head judge, his face half-buried in a delectable coconut cream pie.
The body in question belonged to notorious Les Morris. Les may have been getting on in years, but he hadn’t outgrown his well-earned reputation for lechery. Now, Les is no more. But unfortunately, by his side lies Teddie’s distinctive embossed rolling pin…covered with blood.
It’s out of the baking pan, into the oven. A life sentence behind a lattice of prison bars and a tangle of rhu-barbed wire will never do, and Teddie’s quick wit and bohemian charm won’t save her from the long spatula of the law. So, with the help of her friends, she’ll concoct a recipe to clear her name—if the real killer doesn’t ice her first.
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Walker’s entertaining sequel to 2020’s Murder Most Sweet, the annual baking contest is on in Lake Potawatomi, Wis., and baker and mystery writer Teddie St. John is one of the five finalists. Her excitement is short-lived, though, when she finds the head judge, the lecherous Lester Morris, dead and her rolling pin appears to be the murderer’s weapon of choice. Lester’s wife is quick to demand Teddie’s arrest, but Sheriff Brady Wells doesn’t jump to conclusions, and everyone knows there are plenty of potential suspects thanks to Lester’s inappropriate advances to every female he saw. The man fell face first into 20-year-old Sophie Miller’s pie and the town gossip is spreading the rumor that Sophie, who was considering filing a sexual harassment charge against Lester, killed him, but Teddie’s pretty sure the young woman is innocent. A second death and then a third surprise everyone before a faint memory points Teddie to the truth. Lively characters complement the twisty plot