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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Trick or Deadly Treat: A Fresh Baked Mystery by Livia J. Washburn - A Halloween Book Review


You're never too old for a sweet treat this time of year, especially when it comes in the form of a wonderful cozy mystery like Livia J. Washburn's "Trick or Deadly Treat," the latest book in her Fresh Baked Mystery series!




About The Book:

It’s Halloween in Weatherford, Texas—which means Phyllis Newsom is baking up a storm of yummy seasonal treats...but she’s about to get even busier unmasking a killer.

While Phyllis and her friend Carolyn are preparing for a baking contest, her housemate Sam adopts Buck, an adorable Dalmatian who was hit by a car. To thank local veterinarian Hank Baxter for helping the dog, Phyllis and Carolyn bake a batch of doggie treats for his other four-legged patients.
 
But when they arrive at the clinic, the vet is in the process of being arrested—for the murder of his wife! Convinced that the police are barking up the wrong tree and that someone’s been burying evidence, Sam begs Phyllis to help find the real killer. Joined by Buck, the friends engage in a dogged pursuit of the murderer, who will stop at nothing to muzzle them …permanently.


 
 
My Thoughts:

I really enjoy Livia Washburn's Fresh-Baked mystery series for several reasons. Her characters are good ol' Texas down-home folks, people you'd want living next door to you; the setting of Weatherford, Texas is realistic and charming; and the mysteries that Phyllis and her friends find themselves getting involved with are always interesting and intriguing.

In "Trick or Deadly Treat," I was thrilled to find Sam Fletcher, Phyllis' gentleman friend and fellow retired teacher, getting to take a leading role in the mystery-solving and he really shines in this story.  The two other retired teachers who board at Phyllis' home, Eve and Carolyn, take a little bit of a back-seat in this tale, although Carolyn is still there competing with Phyllis to see who is the best baker amongst them (as has happened in previous stories) - this time they are trying out doggie treat recipes as well as recipes for a magazine contest. This little competition is a fun part of this series, and Washburn delights her readers with scrumptious recipes at the end of the book!

Washburn delivers a solid mystery with this book, along with all the fun. Her storytelling skills are evident in that readers will be surprised at "who dun it" in the end!

I highly recommend this book for a charming Halloween read, or a fun "anytime" read for cozy mystery lovers!




About The Author:



Livia J. Washburn has been a professional writer for more than twenty years. She received the Private Eye Writers of America Award and the American Mystery Award for her first mystery, Wild Night, written under the name L. J. Washburn, and was nominated for a Spur Award by the Western Writers of America for a novel written with her husband, James Reasoner.

She lives with her husband in a small Texas town, where she is constantly experimenting with new recipes. Her two grown daughters are both teachers in her hometown, and she is very proud of them. Other titles in the Fresh-Baked Mystery series include The Fatal Funnel Cake and Wedding Cake Killer.




My thanks to Penguin Books/Obsidian Mysteries for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.


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2 comments:

Mystica said...

That cover is drool worthy.

Sharon Galligar Chance said...

Isn't it!! All her books have fabulous covers! Thanks for stopping by!