Cupcakes and Conspiracies
With a divorce pending and her career hanging in the balance, Holly Waterston returns to her hometown of Hanmer Springs to lick her wounds. According to her accountant, she also needs to sell the cupcake bakery owned and operated by her family for three generations. The bakery is the only place Holly's younger sister Cr...more
I love baking. I like to read cozy mysteries. So why not give this one a go, then? Alas, this was not the sweet success I was hoping for. I was left with a bittersweet taste in my mouth, a “soggy bottom” (a reference for any Bake Off fans out there), and a sunken middle. Yes, readers, this book was not my favourite.
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This was a mystery with a bakery as the basis and two sisters as the main characters. Holly has come home to her childhood home where her sister is living alone. She has just separated from her husband after he has asked for a divorce. Crystal has been trying to hold the bakery together by herself and isn’t turning a profit. Humphrey, the accountant for the bakery sent Holly the figures because he thinks Crystal is going to lose the bakery. The story fills in background ...more
My first book from Katherine Hayton. I didn’t know what to expect from this book and there’s always a certain degree of uncertainty and anxiety when starting a new series or a new author.
Nevertheless, it turned out a needless fear; this book, Cupcakes and Conspiracies entertained me from beginning to end, there wasn’t a dull moment - ...more
I watched thru the pages as Holly and Crystal sorted all the hits they were taking from a hidden source. Holly was still trying to come to grips with the fallout from her crumbling marriage. I am sure that will be reckoned with in some upcoming books. Thank you, Katherine Hayton, for giving us a glimpse of your homeland.
Holly is facing a divorce, and possibly being fired from the law firm she currently works at. She decides to go home to reflect on the life decisions she's facing. While helping her sister run the family bakery, a man her sister had argued with just the night before, ends up being rushed to the hospital from a severe anaphylaxis shock. The culprit is of course the cupcake he had just eaten, a cupcake everyone was him but at the sister's family bakery just moments ago. Can Holly ...more
Holly Waterston has had a rude awakening. Her husband has left her. She decides to visit her sister Crystal in Hammer Springs just 90 minutes from her home in Christ Church, New Zealand.
She has come to see if she can help in the bakery that their father has left them. When a prominent landholder’s health is endangered from eating one of their cupcakes, accusations fly. Will they be arrested? Can Ho ...more
This has the potential to be a delightful cozy series. The characters are likable for the most part, law enforcement is reasonable and competent, the village offers plenty of scope for future installments, and the mystery is well-written. However, the descriptive imagery needed to offer an introduction to the reader is lacking. Where is Hanmer Springs? How old are Holly and Crystal, and what do they look like? What about Meggie and Matthewson? Are cupcakes the only confections? The mos ...more
Although this is a standard cozy mystery set in a small town with the main characters in a bit of trouble, there are interesting twists that make it even better. The sisters adventures lead them into life threatening danger and lots of bodily injuries. At last all the puzzle pieces fit together and the police nab the true criminals. This doesn’t solve problems for the sisters, but set up a sequel in a adept literary fashion.
The best part is the crimes were solved by math. ...more
I enjoyed this book. The characters are likeable and developed well enough for the first of a series. I love the setting Down Under and the use of colloquial dialogue. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the main character Holly and I share the same first name.☺ She and sister Crystal make a good team. The story was pretty good. I had part of it figured out early on, but not all of it. As with most cozies, there isn't any bad language or sex, and not muc ...more
I noticed some loose ends in the book that wasn't tied up neatly at the end of the story. Will not be reading any more in the series. ...more
This book Has an interesting story lines with a number of plot twists that keep it Interesting. I admit that the supposedly successful sister returning home to lick her wounds when her world falls apart is not unusual. It is what happens to the two sisters and how they react to one another during the stressful times that make this an interesting read. I do hope that Ms Hatton plans to write other books about the ongoing adventures of these ...more
Understand red herrings etc when mystery, but the part about the guy with peanut allergies versus the 4 people what gamble still no not see connection, and if was, how come nothing about him and law, nothing substantial much as to how he was involved, nor how he got so much property, much less credits versus debits, nor why the conspirators ran the other off the road. As of Amazon 3 considered bad not just average, I can live with this time, except goodreads means higher, ...more
After separating from her husband , she returns home to the family bakery, the family home, and he younger sister. Thinking she was going to be closing it down and selling it due to losses. She finds a thriving business that doesn't match with the paperwork given her. Then a man almost does eating one of their cupcakes and the plot gets thicker. A page turner. ...more
Very well written. A great book. Lots of fun and loads of suspects. Some you won't guess or will think you are wrong. Enjoyed it very much and had a great time reading it. Just bought second one I like first so much. I have a lot of books to read but wAnted more of the sisters and what's going on. Lots of great characters and it's funny and has suspense and drama. I highly recommend it. ...more
Fast-paced whodunnit with several interlocking crimes and motives that don’t know when to quit. The small-town backdrop to two sisters’ personal drama and grief over their father’s death gives rise to unexpected mayhem. The only thing that might improve this book would be the addition of a recipe or two!
Very good read. Characters are so much like small towns I remember from my childhood. This one is was easy reading. Every page either made me laugh, gasp or get excited that I just couldn't put it down until I finished it! I can hardly wait to start the next one in this series. ...more
This was a good story. I loved the characters and the plot. It did keep me interested. The only issue I had with the book, was the main character,Holly, was constantly blushing. I really don't know many women in the real world, that blush that often. Sometimes, the writing fell flat, but all in all, a good book. ...more
to the next book. Crystal and Holly are instantly believable characters. Crystal, the younger sister, has had a difficult past while her sister Holly became an attorney.
Holly is a lawyer practicing in Christchurch while Crystal runs the family back shop. What brought Holly back was the fact that Chrystal was in financial straights. Why is the crux of the story ...