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Flourless to Stop Him

(A Baker's Treat #3)

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The author of Murder Gone A-Rye and Gluten for Punishment returns to Oiltop, Kansas, where gluten-free baker Toni Holmes has to separate the wheat from the chaff to clear her brother of murder…

It’s never a good time for a crisis. Toni’s busy whipping up gluten-free holiday treats when a murder forces her to put baking on the back burner. A dead man has been found in the b
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Paperback, 294 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Berkley
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LORI CASWELL
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts
Isn’t that cover wonderful??
Gluten-free bakery owner Toni Holmes is busy filling orders and serving walk-in customers. If she can sell enough cookies and cakes for the holidays she just may be able to get through the lack of sales when everyone goes on a diet in the new year. Her whole plan is turned inside out when a man is found dead in a hotel room registered to her brother Tim. She tried to stay out of the investigation, but when her brother is arrested Toni with a big pus
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Betty
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Identity Thief?

The first two books of this series; I thought were very good but one seem flat to me. The Celiac Disease information information was good and cover many of the problems a celiac faces with other people. The material on storage of food was excellent. I felt the characters should have been more developed. Toni's brother Tim is being framed for selling drugs and murdering his best friend. Toni is so busy with bakery she has no time to investigate the problem until Tim is arrested. Wi
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Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
FLOURLESS TO STOP HIM is a delectable addition to the Baker’s Treat Mystery series.

This book had me with the first three sentences . . . I love my family. I do. But there are times when I sincerely wish they would take a day off . . . Ha! I know that feeling well! But I do love the concept of a home where extended family members are free to come and go. That they will always have a roof over their heads.

The cast of characters are every bit as much a treat as the delicious recipes that are incl
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Tina
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's a hectic time for baker, Toni at her bakery, Baker's Treat in Oiltop, Kansas, a gluten free bakery in the middle of wheat country. It's the Christmas season and Toni would love nothing better to get all her baking done and shipped out and delivered by Christmas but with snow storms and murder and mayhem it may seem down right impossible. Toni's brother, Tim finds himself in trouble when a dead man was found in a local hotel managed by Toni's best friend and it is discovered that someone use ...more
Fred
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Flourless to Stop Him, is the third book in the A Baker's Treat Mystery series.

Times are busy in Oiltop, Christmas is quickly approaching and Toni Holmes is busy baking holiday treats and hoping sales will skyrocket so she can set aside monies to let her make it till the tourist season starts again. The last thing she needs is for her brother to be arrested for murder and a major snow fall to hit town. But as the saying goes: “That's life”.

Toni is visiting with her best friend, Tasha Wilkes, at
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Donna
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Toni Holmes owns a large 3 story Victorian home and a gluten free bakery in Oiltop, Kansas. Right off the bat, the maid finds a body in the bathtub of a motel run by Toni's friend. The room is registered to Toni's brother and her family urges her to find the real killer so her brother doesn't have to go to jail for the crime. However, Toni really needs to be baking in order for her business to survive plus she has several hot guys who would like to date her. But Grandma Ruth intends t ...more
Sallee
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This book was a breath of fresh air and wonderful if you have Celiac disease. The main character, Toni owns a gluten-free bakery and does a great job of explaining the problem for those who do not know what it is. When Toni's brother, Tim is the main suspect in a murder, Toni ends up investigating even though she is snowed under trying to keep up with orders because of the holiday season. The other characters fit in nicely. Her quirky grandmother who adds humor, her friends and he possible love ...more
Betty
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books
The first two books of this series; I thought were very good but one seem flat to me. The Celiac Disease information information was good and cover many of the problems a celiac faces with other people. The material on storage of food was excellent. I felt the characters should have been more developed. Toni's brother Tim is being framed for selling drugs and murdering his best friend. Toni is so busy with bakery she has no time to investigate the problem until Tim is arrested. Will Toni save he ...more
Grey853
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: holiday, cozy, mystery
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Melodie
Feb 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015
One big step in the right direction...Grandma wasn't quite as annoying as in the last one. However, getting beat over the head with the "gluten-free" thing is very tiresome. Yes, I know "gluten-free" is the food fad du jour and I do actually know someone who really has celiac disease and I know how bad it can be for people who do have this, but come on! The story wasn't bad, but I pegged the bad guy from a mile away mostly from things said about the character very early on. I'll stick around for ...more
Cindi
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
i read one review of this one that said it felt like being hit I've the head with a gluten free cookbook & lectured for an hour about minute details of a celiac's life. i think that's a pretty fair description. it's the 3 Rd book of the series so all those details seemed out off place & bogged down the story. the perfect family being helpful & supportive seemed hard to swallow for me to. i guess the author couldn't come up with 200-300 pages of actual story, though & decided to a ...more
April Schilling
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As if she's not busy enough, Toni is forced to put all of her baking on hold while she solves another murder. What could possibly get her to stop baking in mid holiday rush? The dead man was found in the bathtub at a local inn. In a room that is registered to her brother. That is definitely enough to make her need to investigate!

This is the third book in the Baker's Treat series and I love it! I can't wait to read the next one!
Jeanie
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: obs
After reading this, I plan to go back to read the first two - can't get enough of Nancy Parra's humor and the depth of her characters and their relationships!
Ming
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
The mystery wasn't bad, but I felt like I'd been beaten with a gluten free cook book ...
Angela Johnson
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
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Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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How special…a body in a bathtub at the Red Tile Inn. In a room rented out in her brother Tim’s name? Toni was visiting her best friend Tasha, who ran the Inn, and the poor housekeeper found the body while she was there. Toni returned to Oiltop, Kansas, after finding her now-ex-husband to be unfaithful and after her mother’s passing. Toni inherited the family homestead and had to keep some of the many rooms available for
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Erin
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cozy mystery fans
Gluten-free baker Toni Holmes is close to exhaustion, working too many hours to meet the demand for her GF treats, hoping the extra revenue over the holidays will keep her fledgling business afloat during the leaner post-Christmas months. The last thing she needs is to add "investigate homicide" to her To Do list, but that's exactly what happens when someone frames her brother Tim for the murder of his former best friend.

I liked this one better than the previous two books in the series, mostly b
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Penny McGill
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy
Nancy J. Parra has all the right stuff in this series and I'm so glad that this cute title caught my eye. I've had a string of books lately that disappointed me and this one has restored my faith in the beauty of a great cozy mystery - keeping you on your toes (or at least it does for me because I always think I know who the killer is and then am surprised at the end) but giving you the sweet comfort of a splendid main character & a cast of supportive friends to distract from the tension. It ...more
Linda Hartlaub
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
The author still needs to stay away from legal matters - a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. It would also be beneficial if she created timelines for events. It's disconcerting when a character goes to greet another character who just entered the room, and then that character enters the room 2 pages later. Or if someone has given their testimony to the police for three hours, and then a page or two later they state that they will be going to the police station the next day to give their ...more
Dharia Scarab
Didn't really care for this series or the main character and her manipulative family. Won't be bothering with any of the other books in this series, although I'll still continue with the engagement series.


Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very g
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Kathleen Chrisman
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This series has been fun from the start. Toni is the independent, spunky owner of the gluten free bakery Bakers Treat. She spends much of her time working to build her new business which would be hard enough in any town but in wheat country it is particularly difficult.
Once again Toni is egged on by her grandmother to solve a murder. This murder involves her brother Tim. As much as she would like to help her brother, she has faith that the police will find the murderer, allowing her the time s
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Lucretia
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For me this had a perfect blend of cozy and thrill. I absolutely loved the characters from the main ones all the way though to the walk-ons. Toni is fabulous and I must say Grandma Ruth really steals the show, what a character see is!! I would love to know a family like this.

The mystery was paced beautifully and at the reveal there was some real tension created. I was seriously worried for Toni and that is a hard feeling to achieve since we all know in most cozies all ends well. I'm not sure how
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Nancy
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This installment in the “A Baker’s Treat” mystery series has Toni Holmes whipping up gluten-free holiday treats in her bakery despite December blizzards and a murderer who’s left her brother framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Unable to avoid her sisterly duty in clearing his name, she sets on the trail of a killer who may be someone closer to her than she realizes. Stonewalled by the police who refuse to look further for the culprit, she conducts her own investigation while fending off a coupl ...more
Doward Wilson
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Book #3 in the Baker's treat Mystery series continues the adventures of Toni Holmes, her gluten free bakery in wheat country Kansas, her wacky grandmother Ruth and the rest of her loveable family and friends as they are dragged into murder in a very personal way. The background and characters are both well written, educational and entertaining. The murder is well plotted, complex and page turning. I really like how Toni works to keep her new business afloat and her relatives out of trouble. Star ...more
Karen Holman
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book in the Baker's Treat Mysteries series by Nancy J. Parra. The characters, setting, and mystery will keep the reader guessing who did the killing. Having a bakery that is gluten-free is an interesting way to educate people on why gluten-free is not a current fad. Readers will be informed enough to guess what may be the latest twist in the next book. Plus the gluten-free recipes in the story will make readers want to try this type of baking. copy right 2016
Caitlin Copp
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: feb-2016
I love this series. Toni runs a small gluten-free bakery in the heart of wheat country, Kansas. People in wheat country are suspicious of gluten-free products and therefore Toni has to work extra hard to keep her sales up. She is in the middle of the Christmas rush, trying to bake as much as possible when her brother's best friend is murdered and he becomes the prime suspect! For once she is determined to keep her nose out of it and NOT investigate but when the police arrest Tim and refuse to lo ...more
Cheryl
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd book in the Toni's gluten free bakery series. Toni is busy getting ready for Christmas and trying to get ahead money wise before the slower season in Jan. A dead man was found in a motel's bathtub in a room registered in her brother's name. When her brother is arrested for murder, Toni and her large family set out to find out who the real murderer is.Information is given about gluten free cooking and recipes.
Susan
Jul 15, 2015 rated it liked it
It's almost Christmas, and if Toni does nothing but work, her gluten-free bakery has a chance of surviving. Then the police accuse her brother of murdering his best friend and being a drug dealer. True, Tim has spent a long time settling down, but until recently he was living in the large house Toni inherited, and she knows he couldn't kill anyone. Grandma Ruth demands she investigate, but can she do that when her business is on the line?
Karen
Apr 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This time, Toni needs to stop a killer that has framed her brother. She is madly baking for the holidays with all the gluten free orders coming in for her bakery. She really doesn't have the time to spare, but with the arrival of her cousin Mindy for a visit and Grandma Ruth demanding answers, she succumbs to the pressure to investigate.
April
Apr 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
It is Christmas time in Kansas. Toni is super busy at Baker's Treat filling orders for cookies, cakes and other gluten free treats. A murdered man is found at the Red Tile motel where Tasha works. Toni's brother Tim becomes the chief suspect. Someone has set him up. At first Toni is too busy to investigate, but when Tim is arrested Toni knows she has to help.
A pretty good mystery.
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Best known for writing plucky heroines Nancy J. Parra has 25 books published-

Most recently Nancy has five cozy mystery book series going.

Writing as Nell Hampton, Kale to the Queen is the debut in the Kensington Palace Chef Mystery series.

All Fudged Up, To Fudge or Not To Fudge, All You Need is Fudge, Oh Say Can You Fudge, All I want For Christmas is Fudge and Oh Fudge are part of the Candy Coated
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Other books in the series

A Baker's Treat (4 books)
  • Gluten for Punishment (A Baker's Treat, #1)
  • Murder Gone A-Rye (A Baker's Treat, #2)
  • A Baker's Treat Mystery (3 Book Series)