Tastes Like Murder
Cookies & Chance mysteries, Book #1
Sally Muccio’s had her crosses to bear: a cheating ex-boyfriend, crazy Italian parents, and an unfaithful husband, just to name a few. After her divorce, she returns to her hometown to start a novelty cookie shop whose specialties include original fortune cookies, served with a sprinkle of foreshadowing. But there’s no warning when her ex-husband’s mistress drops dead on Sal’s porch, and police confirm it’s a homicide. Determined to stop her life from becoming a recipe for disaster, Sal takes matters into her own hands. With two very different men vying for her affection, dead bodies piling up, and a reputation hanging by an apron string, Sal finds herself in a race against time to save both her business and life—before the last cookie crumbles. (Goodreads)
From the very first page until the very end, this book pulled me in and carried me along on a wild enjoyable ride. Sometimes a book just clicks with me and I enjoy it more than is normal and that is exactly what happened when I started reading Tastes Like Murder. I do not know how or why this happens, I am just so glad that it does.
The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. I really enjoyed reading about the interactions between Sally and Josie. You can tell they are best friends and would do anything for each other. We should all have a friend like that. Sally’s family is so quirky and crazy and I really enjoyed learning more about them. They provided a lot of laugh-out-loud moments for me. Sally has two potential love interest, one from her past and one from the present. I was very curious to see who she would pick, and the way the author left that particular issue has me wanting to read the next book in the series.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy quick read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing, character development and interactions, the setting and suspense. Through much of the book I felt like I was right there watching all the action take place and smelling the delicious aromas of the cookie shop. The mystery is carried on well throughout the book and there are enough suspects, twists and turns to make it difficult to figure out the killer. That is exactly what I want when I read a mystery.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well plotted, well written cozy mystery. I am looking forward to reading the next two books in the series. The third one ill be released on October 11th, 2016, and I already have mine pre-ordered. Check out this series, it is a great one.