To Have and to Kill

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To Have and to Kill

A Wedding Cake Mystery

Piper Donovan, a twenty-seven year old actress who used to work on the soap opera A Little Rain Must Fall, is looking for some direction in her life as she’s trying out for parts so she can land her next acting role, but her auditions don’t seem to be panning out for her lately. Her life seems to be up in the air at this point not only because of her not having any work, but also because her fiancé broke off their engagement. While she’s in between jobs and trying to figure what she should do with herself financially, she accepts the offer from her parents to move back to their house in the New Jersey suburbs and work at the family bakery, The Icing on the Cupcake. Although she’s not happy to be returning to her parents’ house because she’s worrying that her independence will be hampered upon, she knows it’s the right thing to do right now. One person she’s going to terrible miss is her former neighbor and close friend, Jack Lombardi, who works for the FBI. Once she’s back at her parents’ house and working in the bakery, she’s noticing that something isn’t right with her mother’s eye sight as of late. Not wanting to worry her mother that she’s picking up on the fact that something is wrong, she keeps quiet for now.

Even though she no longer works on the popular soap opera, she still keeps in touch with one of the major actresses, Glenna, and their friendship has grown into something special, although they don’t get to see each other as often as they would like. Piper and Glenna decide to meet for lunch one day and Glenna is busting at the seams with excitement. She is engaged to be married to Casey Walden, of the famous Walden Jewelry on Madison Avenue. Piper is thrilled for her friend because she knows what terrible heartache she’s been through in the past with her ex-husband being such a possessive man and ending up in jail. Glenna then tells Piper that she would love for her mother to do her wedding cake for her and that she hopes it won’t be a problem since her nuptials will be taking place on Christmas Eve, which is only about a month away. When Piper asks her mom if they can do this for Glenna, her mom flat out tells her she can’t. She suggests that with all the experience Piper has had throughout the years of working closely with her and learning all the decorating techniques firsthand, that her daughter should do the wedding cake herself for her friend. Piper isn’t sure that this will work, but she can’t tell Glenna the bakery won’t do her wedding cake for her. So she decides to take on the challenge and do it herself.

It’s evident that this isn’t the only challenge that she, her mother and her friends are going to be facing within the next few weeks. One by one, people around Piper start getting murdered and she gets her friend Jack involved to try and make some sense of things. But it seems that every time they think they have a clue who might be committing the murders, another person turns up dead. Now Jack and her parents are fearful that this killer is still on the loose and it’s unmistakable that he or she is targeting people in Piper’s circle. If things aren’t bad enough for Piper, her mother knows that she eventually has to tell her daughter what’s medically wrong with her vision, but with all this chaos going on she knows that this isn’t the best time to discuss it either.

Could Piper be on the killer’s list? Who does the killer turn out to be? Does Piper save the day and make Glenna’s wedding cake?

I absolutely loved this book! The characters were realistic, the storyline was entertaining and the play-by-play of the murders happening were fabulous. I was sitting on the edge of my seat with my heart pounding in my chest hoping that Jack and the cops would finally find out who the killer was before anyone went after Piper. This story was a winner in my book and one that I would definitely add to my library! This is one book you definitely shouldn’t pass up!


Book Blurb for To Have and to Kill

Piper Donovan never imagined that decorating wedding cakes could be so dangerous! A struggling actress with no immediate prospects and a recently broken engagement, Piper moves back in with her parents to take stock of her life. She steps tentatively into the family bakery business, and finds herself agreeing to create the wedding cake for the acclaimed star of a daytime television drama. But soon, someone close to the bride-to-be is horribly murdered and it seems that somebody is ruthlessly determined to stop the wedding.

With the help of her former neighbor, Jack, a handsome FBI agent with a soft spot for the gorgeous cake-maker, Piper moves closer to the truth. As she narrows in on a suspect, Piper realizes that it's hotter in the kitchen than she may be able to handle.

Like Piper Donovan, New York Times Bestselling author Mary Jane Clark has a mother who made customized cakes for the neighborhood kids when Mary Jane was growing up. After writing 12 media thrillers and a career at CBS News, the author is currently taking cake decorating classes herself, having fun as she works on her baking skills, and concocting her next novel.


Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2011 5.00