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
“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
I also liked how she didn't stupidly go into a dangerous situation (like some cozy heroines do), and she didn't...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
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
Do you like to see one of the million different “cake shows”?
If you just said yes (or just nodded your head) you will probably also like this book.
It really is a ‘chick-lit’ edition of a one hour crime/mystery TV show.
The story evolves around Piper who is an ‘out-of-work’ actress. One of her friends is getting married, and suddenly people around her start dying, and oh no, its so scary!
Which would probably be the thought a somewhat ‘normal’ pe...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
The premise-Piper is a 27 year old actress who used to be on a soap opera but is now struggling and moves back home. Her friend Glenna, the star of said soap opera, is getting married. At an auction, a drink meant for Glenna kills another actor from the show.
The mystery is very whodunit from a murder mystery dinner. Was it Glenna's ex-husband? Was it the producer of the soap opera who is upset that Glenna is leaving the sh...more
Her friend, Glenna, is also on the daytime drama and recently got engaged. During a fundraiser, Glenna's co-star and co-host, Travis, is murdered. Who was the intended victim ... him or Glenna? Glenna has received a threatening letter warning her not to get married ... is there a connection? It seems l...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
This is a book 1 in the series and maybe it improves, maybe not. It wasn't horrible just not as good as even some of the other easy "filler" mysteries I like to read. In this first book Piper Donovan, our main character, is a down on her luck actress that find...more
Piper stayed in touch with the leading actress from A Little Rain Must Fall, Glenna Brook...more
Published by Harper Collins
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Synopsis (borrowed from back of book): The delicious first book in the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author's new Wedding Cake Mystery series.
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...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
I love, love, LOVE that there is no relationship triangle. The author finds other ways to create tension and conflict in the story - easily accomplished by changing the point of view from first person to third.
Another refreshing twist is that the main character didn't feel that SHE had to solve the myster...more
Clark's former mother-in-law and sis...more