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Eggnog & Extortion

(A Sweet Bites Mystery #4)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  225 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Tess Crawford has her hands full at the bakery with Christmas orders, an upcoming event, and two men vying for her attention.
Getting pulled into a murder investigation wasn’t in her plans, but she can’t take the threat to her life in Silver Springs lightly. Though the police make an arrest in the case, Tess is sure they’re wrong. When not just her case but her business is
Kindle Edition, 221 pages
Published February 23rd 2016 by Jelly Bean Press Co
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Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tess Crawford is super busy with the bakery and catering an upcoming Christmas Around the World event. In addition to the bakery, she also has her work cut out for her to determine which of her two boyfriends she wants to be exclusive with by the end of the year. While leaving a catering event at a cosmetics company Tess witnesses a young woman having a seizure in the parking lot. When Tess learns Jasmine has died and Detective Tingey suspects foul play, Anise, the company director, comes to Tes ...more
Mar 26, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was as fun as the other three. My biggest complaint was that, if this is the last book in the series, I was unsatisfied with how rushed the ending felt and that I didn't feel satisfied with the romantic resolution. Not that I didn't like Tess's choice, I did, I just would have liked a little more for them as an official couple. ...more
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great story

I really enjoyed all 4 books in this series and I hope there will be more to come in the future.
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Cute and filled - I mean filled - with interesting recipes. The book is worth those recipes alone, half I have never heard of. No alcohol in the eggnog though? I don't drink the stuff anyway but on principle....The mystery was creative. There were enough suspects, small twists, and fingers to point. Unfortunately the big reveal at the end was only possible after a new major plot point came in within the last three chapters. This made guessing motive not actually possible since it was withheld. K ...more
Maureen Hetzel
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
In retrospect, I probably should not have read all four books in the series one after the other. While each was entertaining there was quite a bit of repetition. But the mysteries are engaging as are the recipes included.
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book that I've read from this author and I loved it! I usually don't read mysteries, but this one was fun. It made me laugh, gasp, and had lots of drama. I loved the characters and the dialogue. I definitely will be reading more from this author! ...more
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This series has been great! Tess is a baker/pastry chef & an amateur sleuth. She seems to have a knack for finding dead bodies & then her nosiness won’t let her leave it alone. This puts her in dangerous situations at times. Jack is a single father & EMT/paramedic that happens to be the one responding to Tess’s situations. They’ve developed an interest in each other & are dating. Shawn is a K9 officer & has also been dating Tess.

The mystery in this one is when a woman is linked & no one can fig
Harvey Bennett
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well written. The author has the knack of stimulating the mind's eye with describing mannerisms and features that the reader can picture in the mind. This skill magnifies my reading pleasure. I look forward to reading more of her work. If you are a fan of murder mysteries that include a bit of romance as well, you may be pleasantly rewarded by reading the entire series.

Well written. The author has the knack of stimulating the readers imagination with descriptions and mannerisms of the characters
Suzanne Perry
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is great

I have loved this series and this installment was great. I love that recipes are included and fit in do well with the story. This book brings another murder mystery to a close thanks to Tess and her assortment of friends. I found the ending to be much to my satisfaction in so many ways. This is the fourth book in the series and I’d recommend reading them in order so you understand the full dynamics between characters, but you could read this one on its own and be ok. I’d defini
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Tess comes across another dead body, she can't help but investigate. Especially when she is forced to by one of her clients. I loved the international recipes included in this book and that Tess was finally able to include a little romance in her life. This book was a fun read and I was actually completely surprised who the killer was in the end. Anyone who wants a captivating suspense with some romance and delicious recipes thrown in, this is the book for you! ...more
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I normally don't read mystery books, however, I was lured into this series from the very first book! The storyline was well written, the plot flowed smoothly from page to page and the characters were so strongly written that I had to finish reading this book in one sitting! ...more
Marci Kimball
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great read!!

I have read all four of the books in this series and I am hooked!! She takes way too many chances and it makes more crazy☺ 😄 The regular characters are great!! Love Honey & Lenny & Kat. It's there a next book in this series??.I sure hope so!!!
Marlene Taylor
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cake mystery

I have loved all 4 books in this series and I'm hoping they'll be more soon. I feel the characters are so real and could easily be my friends and I picture what they look like. Would be very interesting living there and could see me working in the bakery.
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great choice

Lovely tale of moving on as gracefully as possible, especially when you are solving a crime. This one is my favorite of the series. Please keep writing about these characters!😀
Rachel Coles
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This series was just amazing. As soon as I started reading I just couldn't put it down! I just wish there was another book in the series! I need to know how things with Jack and Sadie turn out.
LaDawn Maerin
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
When is the next one coming out?

Have loved the whole series and hope there is more to come. Maybe Tess could be an unofficial part of the Detective team, but that might cause a little friction between "the boys." She's a great little detective and the read was terrific. Thanks!
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, romance
I love the mixture of mystery and romance in this series. This book was GREAT! It is well written. I love the characters and their quirkiness. I love that each book in the series resolves a mystery but the romance stays exciting.
Donna Campbell
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I loved this final book in the series. I loved the mystery, the suspense and the sweet, clean romance. I especially loved the ending! She picked right.
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
This one was really far-fetched. I guessed the murderer early on (because her plotting is fairly formulaic), but he was not a convince ok NG character AT ALL.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Inventive murder mystery with an amateur detective that is actually a baker. I have enjoyed this series of books.
Glenda Crooks
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This series of books are a great read! Funny, serious, exciting and mysterious all rolled in to one. I tried some of the recipes also.
Joy Schulz
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Sorry I liked the stories but did not like the ending at all
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fun read! Love cozy mysteries! No foul language, sweet romance and good mysteries that stump you !!
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to be able to beta read this book. I have been loving reading this series about Tess and I loved this one too!

Tess is really a great character. She loves to bake, and eat yummy food (that makes her a bit like me!), and she is always willing to jump in and figure out a big case (not really like me - unless it's something our kids are missing that I have to go through our house to find!) In this book, she's catering a big event for Nova Cosmetics when she by chance sees a young
Kay Roberts
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cute, Clean, Murder Mystery with a Little Romance Too

This whole series is really cute. It's about a bakery owner/part-time sleuth that gets roped into solving yet another murder in her small town in Arizona. The recipes are an interesting addition, but most of them are not ones I would try (as I see them as flawed and sub-par), but they might appeal to someone who doesn't already have an awesome recipe arsenal. There are a lot of typos, both in the story and in the recipes, but it's rare to find
Karlene Browning
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I didn't realize I was jumping in the middle of a series here… and I definitely have to go back and read the first ones. I really love cozy mysteries—and this one was pretty good! I like the characters. There were lots of possible killers, and I caught the hints pretty early on. The reveal of the character was a little unsupported (IMO) but I still loved it. I'm adding this series to my "Buy as soon as the next one comes out" list. ...more
Cynthia Cox
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The long wait was worth it.

Each story in this series has drama, laughter and mystery. The personal growth of each character is what sets this series apart from other cozy mysteries for me.
Feb 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2016
Heather and I grew up in the same small town, and it was fun to read a cozy mystery that was written by someone I know. This book was clean, fun, and positive (as positive as a murder mystery can be).
InD'tale Magazine

Fans of the series will be pleased to catch up with Tess and her friends again and to sample more of her delicious baking!

Read full review in the 2016 September issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Karen Schwartz
rated it really liked it
Jul 20, 2018
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