Review of Raisin The Dead


Raisin The Dead

Bread & Batter Mystery, Book #2

Karoline Barrett

5 Stars



28384223The author of Bun for Your Life returns to Destiny, New York, where bakery owners and amateur sleuths Molly Tyler and Olivia Williams never crumble under pressure…

While the rest of Destiny is focused on the arrival of an upper crust perfume mogul, Molly is more concerned about what’s on the front page of the newspaper: her mother. Library director Anne Tyler was photographed at the most romantic restaurant in town having a cozy dinner with library advisory board member Philip Baldeli. But there’s more for Molly to worry about after Philip is found dead a few days later.

When Detective Sean Corsino zeroes in on Anne as a person of interest in the case, it turns down the heat on his budding romance with Molly. But after he’s injured during the course of his investigation, Molly and Olivia must step in to sift through the clues and clear Anne’s name. (Goodreads)


Molly and Olivia are best friends who share the dream of running a successful bakery. They are doing a good job of realizing that dream, until someone is murdered.  And when Molly’s mom becomes a person of interest, Molly has to devote her time trying to find the real killer and clear her mom’s name.

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  I enjoyed the relationship between Molly and Olivia, they are great friends and business partners.  Sean, Molly’s boyfriend and a detective, is a good guy, even if he did bring Molly’s mom in for questioning.  That made for a few awkward moments between Molly and Sean.  The co-workers for the bakery added a lot to the story and I enjoyed getting to know them better.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I felt like I was right there, in Destiny, watching all the action take place.  

The mystery was carried on well throughout the book.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through that I did not have it completely figured out until it was revealed at the end.  

I would recommend this book (and series) to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I am already looking forward to the next book in the series.      


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