Friday, November 8, 2019

Recipe for Deception (Creative Woman Mysteries #3) by Rachael Phillips

Title: Recipe for Deception (Creative Woman Mysteries #3)
Author: Rachael Phillips
Pages: 250
Year: 2013
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Annie’s Fiction
Format: Hardback (also available in eBook)

About the book:

     From the moment Shannon McClain set foot in America, she’s dreamed of the day her teenage twins, Alec and Lara, could join her. Now that the college semester is over, Shannon’s dreams have finally come true!

     The twins arrive in Apple Grove just in time for the grand opening of Espresso Yourself, the new coffee shop addition to the Paisley Craft Market & Artist Lofts, and both spend much of their time helping out at the store. Thrilled to have her kids with her again, Shannon looks forward to a summer together filled with laughter and fun.

     But her plans quickly spoil when her daughter takes a part-time delivery job working for Joyce Buchanan at the Pink Sprinkles Bakery and a customer dies after eating a cupcake delivered by Lara. Consumed by guilt for having served the fatal dessert, Lara turns to local bad boy Chaz Loper for comfort—the last boy Shannon would ever want her daughter to date. Shannon and Alec each have their own suspicions about Chaz and his true motives for befriending Lara, but when they try to warn her about him, it only pushes her away and creates tension in the house.

     Meanwhile, rumors about the deadly cupcake spread like wildfire through the small town and Joyce’s business begins to suffer. As more unsavory events unfold, all seemingly connected to Joyce, it becomes clear to Shannon, and the other women of the Purls of Hope knitting circle, that someone is trying to set her up. They decide to take matters into their own hands and find out who’s really behind all the trouble before Joyce is arrested for a crime she didn’t commit.

     With two irascible teens breathing down her neck, and a busy craft business to run, can Shannon whip up a crime-solving recipe in time to catch the killer before another deadly dish is served? Join Shannon and the Purls as they tackle this latest mystery to come to Apple Grove.

My review:

     This is a great cozy mystery!

     I love the regular characters in this series. It is wonderful to see how they interact with and support each other through all of the difficulties that they face. It was wonderful to see how Shannon and her kids butted heads over a number of things. They are such realistic characters.

     The mystery is well developed. I did manage to guess who the murderer was before the end of the book. I was completely confused about the motive though. That definitely kept my interest and reading to the very end.

     I have decided to give this book a rating of 5 stars. I am definitely recommending it.

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