"Food fiction" is what I call novels that are based around chefs, restaurant or cooking-related topics and "Plum Deadly" falls right into the sweet sp"Food fiction" is what I call novels that are based around chefs, restaurant or cooking-related topics and "Plum Deadly" falls right into the sweet spot of that category. After a job fiasco, Maggie comes home from NYC to Durham, North Carolina to work with her Aunt Clara at her aunt's pie shop. Although coming home was not Maggie's first choice, Maggie is making the best of things when suddenly, a blast from Maggie's New York past comes to town and Maggie is drawn into a murder investigation. Combined with fighting off a predatory real estate investor intent on buying the property housing Aunt Clara's pie shop, Maggie is up to her ears in drama. The chaos helps Maggie to start figuring out who she is and what she might want in life...and learning her aunt's secret pie crust recipe doesn't hurt either.
This is a fun, interesting cozy mystery involving one of my favorite topics. The writing is solid, the supporting characters (especially Aunt Clara) are quirky and interesting, and the mystery is well plotted. If you like this genre, you will like this book....more
This is the second book in the Cupcake Lovers' series by this author. It is a very solid addition to similar romantic series offered by authors like NThis is the second book in the Cupcake Lovers' series by this author. It is a very solid addition to similar romantic series offered by authors like Nora Roberts and Susan Mallory. The series centers on a small New England town in which a group of women (and one man) are the Cupcake Lovers, a baking group that meets weekly and has as its core mission charitable works, including shipping cupcakes to American military overseas. One family (the Monroes) are prominently involved in Cupcake Lovers (and in the town more generally), including Daisy the feisty grandmother of the Monroe clan, and Rocky, her only female grandchild. The first book in the series centered on the romance between Devlin Monroe (local businessowner) and Chloe, who was hired as a personal chef and companion for Daisy. In this second book, the focus is on Rocky Monroe, who in addition to being President of Cupcake Lovers, owns a local bed and breakfast in town (the Red Clover). Rocky is forced to confront Jayce, the man who broke her heart years ago, when he moves back to town from Brooklyn. Although its been thirteen years since they had any serious interaction, neither one has put the past to rest.
The book retains the core elements that you look for in a romance novel but presented with strong writing and good character development. The "supporting cast" of characters, particularly Daisy, are entertaining and add life and interest to the plot. What I also liked was that, contrary to some romance series, this book actually continued the plot and character development of Devlin and Chloe, in addition to focusing on the new romance between Rocky and Jayce. In other series, there is usually passing mention of characters from previous books but little advancement of the story. In all, I am pleased to have found a new author in a genre that I like. I look forward to the next installment in the series. If you like Nora Roberts, Susan Mallory and similar authors, you will enjoy this series....more