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Murder By Muffin

(Whispering Bay Mystery #3)

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Lucy McGuffin has three problems:

She’s a human lie-detector, a “gift” she tries hard to keep hidden.

Her rescue dog, Paco, is a ghost whisperer.

And someone’s just been found murdered in her kitchen.

The murder weapon? One of Lucy’s apple walnut cream cheese muffins. The victim? The producer for a reality TV cooking competition that Lucy is determined to win. Lucy and the pro
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Published July 3rd 2019
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Krystyna
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Caught between a rock and a hard place

Terrific. A great plot in which our heroine not only has to prove her innocence, when she is framed for murder, but has to choose between the two men in her life (her BFF and the hunky police officer). Loved Paco and the rest of the gang. It's like revisiting old friends.
The documentary had seemed a good idea at the time but the more they got to know the producer the more all the contestants had doubts. Especially as she had plans to cause mayhem at their r
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Marcia
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book 3 is another deliciously funny murder mystery by Maria Geraci. Lucy McGuffin is a human lie detector and with the help of her dog Paco, has solved 2 murders in the small Florida town of Whispering Bay, which until lately had been known as the safest city in America. This book continues where the last one left off, with the Battle of the Beach Eats reality show in full swing, with 6 local eateries competing for the title of Best Beach Eat in Whispering Bay, until Tara the producer of the sho ...more
Pennie Morgan
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To say I have been enjoying this series would be like saying I enjoy breathing! This series is like none other, it is absolutely delicious right down to Lucy describing fellow characters by muffin ingredients. Seriously! Lucy has a gift (if you can call it that) of lie detecting but really she has inadvertently inherited a dog, Paco, who is a ghost whisper and dead bodies keep popping up in her vicinity. The latest one is Tara, the mean-spirited (best thing I could call her) producer of the Food ...more
Annette
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is just as hilarious as the title implies, in spite of there being a murder to solve. Love this series, Paco is as smart as ever and Lucy…..well her heart is definitely in it 100% when it comes to her sleuthing. Now, Will, her best friend, the librarian, is definitely a mystery to be solved and I can’t wait until more is revealed on the romance-side of Lucy’s life although I’m still torn which way I want it to go….Love this storyline and the authors writing style and I anxiously await the n ...more
Melissa Heaney
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I shouldn’t have finished it so quickly. I want more!!
Elaine
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You will be laughing out loud at the hilarious situations that well-being amateur sleigh Lucy gets herself into. She drags her maybe boyfriend Will along for the romp as well as her special dog. Sure, Lucy has solved two high-profile murder cases using her special talent of telling when someone is lying, and her dog who knows when someone dies. But this time it is really personal she is framed for the murder and her famous muffins appear to be the murder weapon! That is so rude. To add to the fu ...more
Paula
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I almost want to say, “Shame on you,” to author Maria Geraci for making murder so much fun but I enjoyed Murder By Muffin way too much to be that hypocritical. In this third Whispering Bay Mystery book Lucy is there with her delicious muffins that are used in a murder. While I love Lucy, her dog, Paco often steals the show. I sure do love that dog!

While Lucy has been helping to solve two murders in the past, this time she is the prime suspect. Best friend Will is there to help, as well as Office
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Phylis Carpenter
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lucy has helped solve several mysteries lately that even the police department couldn't solve. She pulled out her secret weapon, Paco, her dog.

Tara Bell is going to host a show in town called the Battle of the Beach eats. It was to be held in a neighboring town but a water pipe busted and they had to move it. Everyone loves Lucy's muffins and with all the fame she has been getting lately people thought she was sure to win. Everyone in the town liked Lucy but most of the town did not care for Ta
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Bobbie
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The third book in this cozy, funny romantic murder mystery series is everything I have come to suspect from this author. This can be a standalone and I think you wouldn’t miss the other two books, but for me, having read all three, the characters seem familiar, and the plot enjoyable. This is not a romance first, mystery second book, but actually the other way around. The murder always takes precedence in this book over the romance. It is an ongoing storyline, and for now, I am fine with the pac ...more
Susan Hamann
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the third installment of this fun series. Lucy is trying to get back to equilibrium after solving murders in her small, previously quiet town. She's also trying to prepare to a televised contest to determine the best restaurant in town. The TV crew is bringing stress to the towns people. When another murder occurs, Lucy is entangled in the investigation and she wants to help figure out who did it.

In the meantime, Lucy has discovered that she is in love with one man, while being intrigue
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Monica
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was another fun read in this series. I did figure out who the killer was early on but it was still an enjoyable read. I am still rooting for Travis. I have nothing against Will I just think Travis is a better fit. Overall Paco is still my favorite out of anyone. It is fun to watch Lucy be the human lie detector with Paco at her side. If you have like any of the other books you will like this one. I do want to try Lucy's muffins they sound so good.


*I received a free copy of this book via the
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Pamela Devereux
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had so much fun reading this book! Lucy McGuffin is a human lie detector and her side-kick Paco is a ghost whisperer. When the next murder happens in the kitchen at The Bistro, all hell breaks loose. Tara was in charge of filming The Next Best Beach Restaurant. Now all are suspects especially Lucy. Lucy has been warned away but that does not stop her. She has her lie detecting skill and plans to use it. Oh the hi-jinx that follow. In the end, Lucy gets her murderer. She also gets the answer to ...more
Jamie
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my! I love it, I love it, I love it!

Author Maria Geraci delivers another amazing cozy mystery that will keep you on pins and needles until the very end, and just when you think you figured it out, she throws you for one final twist!

Each time I read one of her books I find a new favorite! This is the 3rd book in this series, and while it can be read as a stand alone I find it more enjoyable to read the entire series.
Isha Coleman
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it

Geraci has a wicked sense of human and an overactive imagination. Murder By Muffin is adorably, ironic. Lucy is all things crazy, but despite her actively awkward life, her heart is as pure as they come. A baker by trade, a human lie detector and owner a dog with an even more interesting talent. Thrust into a murder mystery and looking to be the major suspect, she's in over her head and the drama could cost her, her heart. Geraci captivates with laughter, intrigue and unpredictably.
Debra
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Maria Geraci is an Author, I love to read. Her latest, MURDER BY MUFFIN, was amazing! Whispering Bay reminds me of my hometown. This quaint town has been selected for a Food Reality TV show and the Producer is causing a lot of problems between the competing restaurants.
I love Lucy! She makes amazing muffins and she is famous for solving murders using her special talent of being a human lie-detector. Will, her best friend, she has a secret crush on. But Paco steals my heart ♥️. He is her rescue d
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Lori R
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is another action packed, fun mystery in the Whispering Bay series. I enjoyed catching up with Lucy and her dog, Paco. I liked that this mystery was intriguing and hard to figure out until the very end. I also liked that Lucy still leaves us hanging about her relationship with Will and Travis so there will be more books to solve that mystery. It was also interesting to learn more about Will that has me curious as to how that is going to play out in future books. or at the book club.
Tammy
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy cozy mysteries, this series is for you! I love this sweet little mystery series and all of the wonderful characters. It's always has some laughs and a story that keeps me trying to figure out who the guilty party is. I can't wait to read the next book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Nona
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a cute Mystery book. I love the romance between Lucy and Will with an entanglement from Travis. Paco the dog as sidekick is sweet.
This story has lots of twists and turns which is a must for me. I was totally surprised by the person who murdered Tara. Great job.
Suzzie
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an exceptional murder mystery. Totally love Lucy and everyone in Whispering Bay. Perfectly paced for an enjoyable read. I was gifted this book as an arc. I voluntarily give my review.
Maureen Fink
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Humor, suspense and muffins. Maria writes such fun stories. I look forward to all her books and haven't missed a one. A lie detector and a ghost whispering dog. What more can you ask for
JoAnne
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another cute read in the Whispering Bay Mystery series. It was fun to be back with super sleuth, human lie detector and muffin maker, Lucy along with her ghost whispering dog, Paco and all the residents of Whispering Bay we've met before. It's a nice continuation of the series and I feel like we pick up right where we left off with the second book, Whack the Mole.

The story flows smoothly as once again Lucy involves herself in a murder investigation and the local police aren't happy. Does she hel
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Alice
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys a good cozy mystery/romance
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Alice Boni
4.0 out of 5 stars
a great cozy mystery
July 25, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition
I received this book free for an honest review. I loved it! Great strory line . Lucy McGuffin is Muffin Queen in whispering Bay. She also has a hidden talent---she is a human lie detector. Her dog Paco is a ghost whisperer. He leads her to dead bodies. Lucy finally has had enough of Tara---the head of a filming company that sponsored a contest for The Best Beach Eats and throws Tara & her crew out
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Betsy
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first thing I said to my husband this morning, after finishing reading Murder By Muffin, was It's A Five! I'm Still Smiling!

Paco is the Lead Dog in this murder mystery. Paco's an adorable & spunky pooch, as well as a connoisseur of fine muffins. The delightful Heroine's name is Lucy McGuffin, 26 years old. Together they make a great team in the detection & solving of murders. And, they both possess unique paranormal abilities! After the producer of a reality TV cooking show competition is fo
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Diana Aragon
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucy McGuffin bakes the best muffins in Whispering Bay but she also has the ability to know when a person is lying only by touch. This gift has proven to be a blessing and a source of immense fun and mischief for us readers. Lucy is also the proud owner of Paco, a Chihuahua who also has some psychic talent and the two of them are quite the team. This third installment is quite personal because a murder is committed and the murder weapon is one of Lucy's muffins. Lucy is being framed! Will she ke ...more
Annette
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is just as hilarious as the title implies, in spite of there being a murder to solve. Love this series, Paco is as smart as ever and Lucy…..well her heart is definitely in it 100% when it comes to her sleuthing. Now, Will, her best friend, the librarian, is definitely a mystery to be solved and I can’t wait until more is revealed on the romance-side of Lucy’s life although I’m still torn which way I want it to go….Love this storyline and the authors writing style and I anxiously await the n ...more
Cathy
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Welcome back to the crazy life of Lucy McGuffin. She finds herself in the middle of a reality TV competition, of tow handsome men who capture her interest and confuse her, and another MURDER!
There is no doubt about, Lucy's antics with her ghost-whispering pooch Paco and her less than stellar sleuthing abilities keep me laughing out loud each time I pick up another Whispering Bay Mystery Book...I wonder what will happen next. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and I am w
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Neena Christianson Martin
I didn't kill her.

That's what Lucy keeps telling everyone after the victim is found dead in the muffin shops kitchen. She promises the police she will stay out of the investigation, but she can't help herself and she ends dab smack in the middle of everything.
Elizabeth
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this series!!

This series is so much fun and absolutely addicting. These characters have so much personality, giving this series a soul! I have the most fun in Whispering Bay!! Maria Geraci always leaves me wanting more.
Millie
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder by Muffin

I totally loved this book. I am going to have to read the rest of these books so I haven't missed anything.
EE
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quirky, sweet, romantic, complicated Lucy is back at it. This time it's personal -- Well, more personal. I LOVED the humor, and overall thrill, and ease of this book.
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Maria Geraci writes quirky, fun, romantic women's fiction and cozy mysteries. She's a two-time RITA® Finalist, as well as a National Reader's Choice Award and Romantic Times American Title finalist. Her books feature strong women, dreamy heroes, lots of laughs and a little bit of heat. And if it's one of her mysteries, look for a dead body, as well. She lives in central Florida and is always on th ...more

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