Book Review: Bake Offed (A Five-Ingredient Mystery Book 8)Book Review:

Managing a fitness club café and collaborating on recipes with her grandfather are Val Deniston’s usual specialties, only she’s about to set sail into another murder case—this time at a mystery lovers convention!

When the Deadly Desserts bake-off lives up to its name, Val and Granddad turn up the heat on a killer . . .

The Maryland Mystery Fan Fest sounds like exactly the fun getaway cafe manager Val Deniston and her grandfather could use. Granddad will even compete in a dessert competition in which contestants assume the roles of cooks to famous fictional sleuths. Playing Nero Wolfe’s gourmet cook Fritz is an exciting challenge for Granddad. A restaurant manager is playing Lord Peter Wimsey’s valet and cook Bunter. But Granddad is steamed to learn who will be playing Sherlock Holmes’s landlady, Mrs. Hudson—his nemesis Cynthia Sweet, who he believes ripped off his five-ingredient theme from his column “Codger Cook” to use in her own recipe column.
Apparently, he isn’t the only one who has a beef with his not-so-sweet competitor. When she’s found dead in her room with the teakettle whistling, it’s up to Val and her grandfather to sort through the festival goers to find out who was most definitely not a fan of Cynthia Sweet . . .
Includes delicious five-ingredient recipes!


ARC Book Review:

Baked offed is book eight in this fun food themed cozy mystery series. Although this is the first book I’ve read in this series, it could easily be read as a stand-alone. Val Dennison is volunteering at the Maryland Mystery fest and her feisty grandpa is competing in the deadly desserts bake off. He is not happy to learn his nemesis, Cynthia sweet, will be competing against him. He isn’t the only one with a grudge against Cynthia. as she is found murdered in her room, with the teakettle left whistling. Val and grandpa decide to sleuth out the other contestants, festival goers, hotel staff, and whomever else who could be the murderer; before the weekend is up. This was a good solid read with likeable characters, a good plot, and lots of red herrings. I’m looking forward to the next book in this new to me series.

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