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And Then There Were Crumbs

(A Cookie House Mystery #1)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  213 ratings  ·  61 reviews
She's a talented pastry chef--with a secret recipe for solving crimes...

Kate McGuire's life was sweet in Manhattan before she lost her restaurant job and fiance both. But sometimes that's just the way the cookie crumbles, and soon she finds herself starting from scratch in the island town of Coral Cay, Florida. It has everything she's looking
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 30th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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A breathtaking innovation on the cosy mystery genre, And Then There Were Crumbs repudiates one or two staples of the genre and espouses a couple of them.

Without giving away spoilers, the ending and the way the murderer has his just desserts meted to him are very innovative and I applaud the daringness of the author. If this book were to comprise 330-ish pages, it would have got 5 stars from me.

Let's say that this book is a flawed masterpiece. The next book in the series is titled Sugar and Vice.
Linda 📚
Oh, so clever a debut! I loved this cozy mystery from the first page to the last. It features all the elements I love in a cozy. Kate McGuire is a cookie whisperer. She can tell your favorite flavor in a glance! Rolling into beachside Coral Cay, Florida in a broken down car, Kate goes to work at The Cookie House owned by Sam Hepplewhite, who oddly only bakes bread. As the fantastic story begins to roll out, Kate quickly makes some great friends—especially, the perky Maxi who owns the flower shop ...more
Mark Baker
Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2019
Looking for a fresh start, Kate McGuire packs up and moves from New York City to Coral Cay, Florida, where she lands a job working at The Cookie House. On her first day on the job, Stewart Lord stalks into the bakery. He is a real estate developer who has decided to buy up Coral Cay and turn the entire island into a resort for the rich and famous, and he has The Cookie House in his sites as his first purchase. He makes the owner, Sam, a rock bottom offer, but only leaves with some cinnamon rolls ...more
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery, arc
And Then There Were Crumbs by Eve Calder is the first book in a new cozy mystery and I was captivated from the first page.

I really liked Kate because she's fiercely independent after surviving the loss of her job, apartment and fiance all on the same day. She is soon swept up in a murder mystery after landing a job as counter help at The Cookie House in downtown Coral Cay. The secondary characters are all integral to the investigation especially Maxi who I want to meet. A complex plot with red
And Then There Were Crumbs by Eve Calder is the first novel in A Cookie House Mystery series. I like the authors casual writing style which made the book easy to read. Kate McGuire has a bad day when the restaurant where she works goes out of business, her apartment building is sold and going condo, and she broke off her engagement to a cheating louse. Kate relocates to Coral Cay and gets a non-baking position at The Cookie House. When her new boss is accused of murder, Kate works to prove his ...more
Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: July 30, 2019
Genre: Cozy Mystery


I absolutely LOVED this book! And Then There Were Crumbs is a clever who-dun-it with an EPIC TWIST in the end. I wasn't expecting the killer to be who it actually was and I praise the author for using originality. I haven't seen this in any other cozies (and I have read quite a few) and was stunned.

In this one, readers will meet a brand new sleuth named Kate who moves to the small town of
Cozy Reads
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved it!
Johnna Hill
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are so many awesome characters in this book! Kate is a very likeable character and I will definitely read more by this author!
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all cozy mystery fans
It isn't too often that a cozy mystery will have my eyeballs leaking happy tears at the end, but this one sure did! I loved everything about this book! To me, it was the perfect cozy mystery. Instead of one person having a dog, the adorable poodle mix Oliver had adopted the whole town. He really did belong to everyone, and they all pitched in for his care. The mystery was a stumper and had an awesome twist toward the end which resulted in sweet justice.

I enjoyed all the human characters a lot
A very good first in a new series. Looking forward to the next.
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kate is a pastry chef in Manhattan but she loses her job and her boyfriend so starts of over in Florida. She takes a low paying job at a bakery that only makes bread. Soon after she starts a man trying to buy the town is found dead and her boss is arrested. She agrees to keep the bakery going and tries to prove that he didn’t do it. A nice cozy mystery with plenty of community action.
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. Fun and easy to read book. A lot of characters aiding their heroine which was alright but I usually like the MC working alone or with one other character.
Gigi Oien
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yummy! I enjoyed this, but I wish a few recipes were included. I was hungry afterward. LOL.
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
3 Stars

And Then There Were Crumbs was cute, but it was much more cute, small town fiction with a dash of mystery. There was a good bit of plot spent on establishing many side characters in the town along with every single bit of backstory on the Sam. The mystery took a backseat to all this.

On the bright side, the small town was cute and I liked all the characters and some of the interesting things about sourdough and starters that people might not know, but ‘Crumbs’ was ultimately a meh read
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the characters. The setting was lovely. The mystery plot moved along at a good clip. The ending was a bit of a surprise. I look forward to more books in this new series.
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
What an excellent start to a new cozy mystery series. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Jamie Jones Hullinger
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found another cozy mystery that I approve of!
Peggy R
This was a delightfully clever start to a new cozy mystery series by author Eve Calder. This author is new to me but the cover drew me in and the synopsis caught my attention. I was hooked from the opening pages. Kate is one of the protagonists that is instantly likable when you meet her. Once she is paired up with her new neighbor Maxi, the two characters just completely captured my attention and I couldn't wait to read more of the story. The setting is charming, and the rest of the cast of ...more
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a fun and charming book. A real cozy mystery. Fans of these types of book will really enjoy this book. I know that I sure did. Instantly, I connected with Kate, Maxi, Oliver, and even grumpy Sam. Yet, the story mainly focused on Kate, Maxi and Oliver.

These two women worked really well together and were so kind. Maxi's joyous attitude is infectious. Than, you have Kate. She may have been new in town but she fit in right away. I could picture and smell all of the yummy treats that she
Lisa Morin
This is a cute and clever first in a new series.
Kate steams into town, literally, her car is falling apart and making crazy noises and spewing noxious fumes.
Saved by a local, Kate is sent to the local bakery, when she states she's a pastry chef. Unfortunately for her, this bakery only sells bread, no sweets.
Murder and mayhem soon take place and Kate and her new friends are determined to get to the truth.
This is a pretty fast paced story, with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an absolute delicious first book in a new series.
I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the whodunit was first rate.
I cannot wait to read the next in the series.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Nancy Bradford
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great start for a series. Loved this book.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This was a good book. It was a fun book that within the first few pages made you want to keep reading You never know with the first in a series. The characters were developed enough to enjoy as Florida Keys inhabitants. Coral Cay is a terrific busy little town where everyone knows everybody and there’s big time support where needed as only small friendly towns can do. Strong female leads make this book lean towards chick lit. The story starts with a little background on the characters and then ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I really enjoyed the story. I have already pre ordered the next book in the series. My only complaints were that it was a little unrealistic that Sam, owner of The Cookie House would basically hand over his business to a new hire to run while he is locked up. And Kate's friend Maxi (they became fast friends a little unrealistically also) was a little hard to take. That character needs to be toned down a bit. Just my thoughts.
Took me an age to finish this book, but it wasn’t the book’s fault. I liked the setting and the characters and the mystery also. I’ll read the next book in the series.
Diane ~Firefly~
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food, dog, tt7, mystery, loaned
Wow! An amazing start to a new series. Kate moved to Florida after her life imploded and desperately needs a job and ends up working for a cranky man at the Cookie House (which doesn't sell cookies).

What I enjoyed:
* I really liked Kate. She was down on her luck but bounced back with a lot of hard work. Plus her trick of guessing people's favorite cookie is cool.
* The townspeople are great, especially Maxi and her family
* Oliver, the town dog seems almost magical
* A great mystery (view spoiler)
Carla Eacret
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable first book!
Karen Ditsch
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
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Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very good story with likable characters and an easy to picture setting. I plan to read more from the series.
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
LOVED LOVED LOVED this story! The first couple of chapters showed our main character, Kate, a professionally-trained and experienced pastry chef, at her wit’s end, struggling to find work in the small coastal town of Coral Cay. She finds an opportunity with a crotchety, local baker and then, when he’s accused of murder, discovers how quickly the town is willing to take her in and work together to prove his innocence. I love how the entire town turns out to learn about the life of the murder ...more
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Eve Calder writes the Cookie House mysteries, featuring pastry chef Kate McGuire. Look for AND THEN THERE WERE CRUMBS, due out July 30 from St. Martin's Press.

A Florida native, she's currently working on the sequel, SUGAR AND VICE.

Other books in the series

A Cookie House Mystery (2 books)
  • Sugar and Vice (A Cookie House Mystery, #2)