Review of Custom Baked Murder

Custom Baked Murder
A Pawsitively Organic Mystery, Book #5
Liz Mugavero
5 Stars


Kristan “Stan” Connor gladly turned tail on her high-flying job and moved to a quaint New England town to sell organic pet treats. But with her nose for solving murders, there’s no such thing as a quiet life…

Summer is winding down in Frog Ledge, Connecticut, but Stan’s love life and career are both heating up nicely. In between planning her new pet patisserie and café, Stan is settling into living-in-bliss with sexy pub owner Jake McGee. Love’s on the menu for Stan’s mom, Patricia, too, who’s engaged to Frog Ledge’s mayor, Tony Falco.

Mayor Falco’s dogged ambition isn’t popular among locals, but it’s his executive coach, Eleanor Chang, who’s inspired a dangerous grudge. When Eleanor is found dead, there’s a whole pack of suspects to choose from. Stan has first-hand experience of Eleanor’s unsavory business tactics. But finding out who forced her to take a fatal plunge off the corporate ladder means unearthing some shady secrets…and a killer who’s too close for comfort. (Goodreads)


The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional.  Stan is a hard worker, a good friend and an animal lover.  She gets along with almost everybody, except for her mom and sister.  But in this book, she gets a better understanding of her mom, and her sister makes a breakthrough of her own.  I thought this showed growth of the characters and that is always a good thing.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was right there, visiting Frog Ledge, Connecticut, and enjoying my visit.  I would like to travel there, but in between murders.

The author is also very talented in building suspense with the written word.  There was tension building from when the murdered victim was discovered.  With many twists and turns, and a few red herrings thrown in for good measure, I was not able to pick out the killer until it was revealed at the end.   

I really enjoy this series, and this book was no exception.  I would recommend this whole series to anyone who enjoys well crafted cozy mysteries.  I am looking forward to the next book already.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.