To Have and to Kill (Wedding Cake Mystery #1)
Piper Donovan never imagined decorating wedding cakes could be so dangerous!
A struggling actress with no immediate prospects and a recently broken engagement, Piper needs to take stock of her lifeso she moves back home with her parents in New Jersey and steps tentatively into the family bakery business. Soon, shes creating a wedding cake for a friend, the star of a dayt...more
I also liked how she didn't stupidly go into a dangerous situation (like some cozy heroines do), and she didn't...more
Glenna Brooks, a fellow actor on A Little Rain Must Fall is getting married. She asks Piper to make her wedding cake. It seems that someone is not pleasured with the idea of Glenna getting married. Fir...more
It was a great book, a good mystery, but a lousy cozy.
Usually, cozies star an amateur P.I. who stumble into the investigative business, are accused of meddling by the actual law enforcement officials, and have non-gory, behind-the-scenes murders. So, this book did succeed in at least the last criteria.
Piper is an actress, and when her latest gig on a soap opera ends, she moves home to help her mom...more
However, as Piper helps her mom out, she also agrees to make the wedding cake for a friend and star of a daytime television drama, unaware that this will plunge her into a mystery as members of...more
“My new character, Piper Donovan, is a struggling actress with no immediate prospects and a recently broken engagement. Reluctantly, she moves back in with her parents to take stock of her life. Piper steps tentatively into the family b...more
Piper is a former co-star of Glenna's whose character was killed off. Since then hard times have fallen upon Piper and she's been an out of work actress forced to move him to her parents' house. Piper notices that something isn't r...more
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 a wedding cake for the acclaimed star of a daytime televi...more
The murder of Travis York...a soap opera star at a charity auction caused a lot of alarm and definitely publicity. Who could have done this? Was the poisoned drink really for him or someone else? What about the letter Glenna had received before the auction? These questions and a lot more were left unanswered, but one question was definite...someone had been plotting this crime whether the correct per...more
The character of Piper Donovan, a struggling actress who moves back in with...more
Piper stayed in touch with the leading actress from A Little Rain Must Fall, Glenna Brook...more
Piper is an actress who is currently out of work. She moves back in with her parents and helps out at her mom's bakery. While Piper is at a charity event, a nice evening quickly turns into a crime scene. As the bodies start piling up, Piper can't help but wonder why this is happening and who is behind it all.
What I liked
I enjoyed that Piper wasn't acting like she was part of the police force and that she just let them do their job (like a lot of other cozy mysteries). Piper is an in...more
Something about the writing style didn't quite work for me. The sentences were short, without much detail. This may be a purely personal thing, but somehow it never drew me into the world of the book.
Piper was an interesting character, at least on the surface. I never felt I really got to know her, even though I was told a lot about her, including her thoughts...more
To Have and To Kill is the story of Piper Donovan, a struggling actress making ends meet by working in her family bakery.
Piper is hired to make a wedding cake for her friend, Glenna. The wedding is set for Christmas eve but, a murder occurs. So, will there be a wedding?
We are introduced to several characters, Piper's parents, a couple of her friends and Jack, the handsome FBI age...more
After having read two of her books from the KEY News series, and getting aquainted with the regular char...more
Piper is an actress who has lost her job on a soap opera and is having trouble finding more work. So she moves back in with her parents in an effort to regroup. She isn't exactly thrilled about this (which is understandable given she's 27 years old!)
During an auction, one of her former co-workers is murdered and there are no shortage of suspects ... Including Glenna (who also works for the soap opera) who is about to get married.
I loved the short chapters and the way the author introduces all the suspects by a small glimpse into their lives and their personal thoughts, without giving too much away. I did figure out who the main killer was quite early, but, not because of the author's...more
Clark's former mother-in-law and sis...more