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Monday, August 1, 2011

Book Review - A Sheetcake Named Desire by Jacklyn Brady

I have kind of neglected my dear friends, the cozy mystery, lately - but I want to rectify that with new reviews of upcoming releases that I have been enchanted with.

First up - "A Sheetcake Named Desire" by Jacklyn Brady - what a sweet treat!!

About The Book:

Sweet Success can be a motive for murder.
There aren’t many things pastry chef Rita Lucero hates more than losing. But two years after her marriage to fellow baker Philippe Renier fell apart, she’s still trying to get him to sign the divorce papers. Exasperated, Rita visits Philippe’s high-end New Orleans shop, Zydeco Cakes, to get his signature—and discovers that her marriage is already over when she finds Philippe dead with a chef’s knife in his chest.

Rita is shocked to discover the body, and overwhelmed to learn that since the divorce wasn’t final, she now inherits part ownership in Zydeco Cakes. But it’s a mixed blessing: the gorgeous shop is actually in financial trouble, and Rita’s windfall sets her up as a prime suspect in Philippe’s murder. Her former mother-in-law demands that Rita find out who killed her son, and his former employees don’t know whether to trust her. The feeling is mutual—especially since the real culprit is still out there, and Rita may be the next victim served.

This has nothing to do with the story - just thought it was pretty!

I was absolutely enchanted with this book!  As the lively debut novel in what promises to be a wonderful series, "A Sheetcake Named Desire" sets the stage for a fast-paced and intriguing mystery located in beautiful and recovering New Orleans. Brady populates her story with a cast of characters that are personable and charming. Plus there is the added treat of  delicious recipes to boot!

I was especially charmed with the cake-decorating apsect to the story. Brady certainly has done her research into the fine art of cake design and it shows in her storyline. For a former cake decorator, it was almost as great a pleasure to read about the baking and decorating as it was trying to figure out the crime that was involved. Well done!

I'm looking forward to Jacklyn's next book - "Cake On A Hot Tin Roof," which comes out in February 2012.

For more information on Jacklyn Brady, check out her blog at http://jacklynbrady.blogspot.com/

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review. I was not compensated for my opinion.


Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

My mom was a cake decorator when we were growing up. I may have to get this cozy for her. She just might enjoy it!

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

It's really good, Beth! Hope she likes it!

Jacklyn Brady said...

I just found this review and wanted to post a quick thank you! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the book, especially knowing that you're a former cake decorator!