Tastes Like Murder

Cookies & Chance Mysteries, #1

Catherine Bruns dishes up a deliciously devilish mystery with this feisty suspense story. Sally Muccio is a solid heroine for a cozy mystery she’s got the requisite need to succeed and the gumption to follow through with any plans. I love my cozy mysteries with a cast full of delightfully distracting characters and Sal’s family are definitely a distraction. I also love when a mean girl is the victim that way I don’t spend much time feeling sorry for them and I can concentrate on the mystery. I giggled out loud quite a few times and yet I also found myself concentrating right along with Sal on just who could be behind all of her troubles. I enjoyed how engaging all of the characters in this story were and how easy it was to feel as if I’d known them all for a lifetime. Even with some of their over-the-top antics they were so realistic and I cannot wait to see them all make a reappearance in the next adventure. This is a highly entertaining cozy mystery that would appeal to anyone who like a little zaniness with their suspense.

Sally Muccio has returned home after a painful divorce and when the inciting factor in the divorce gets her just desserts tough cookies Sal and Josie end up being the ones left with a sour taste in their mouths. Their new cookie shop is suffering and to top it off she’s got her hands full with her eccentric family and two men in her life.

Book Blurb for Tastes Like Murder

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.

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2015 4.50