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Deadly Delights

(A Bookish Baker Mystery #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  70 reviews
In Laura Jensen Walker's second Bookish Baker mystery, Teddie St. John enters a pie-baking contest. But her chances of winning plummet when she's suspected of killing one of the judges!

August in Lake Potawatomi, Wisconsin, always means one thing: the annual baking contest. Picture The Great British Baking Show, writ Midwestern. It's a huge draw for the upper crust of W
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Published June 8th 2021 by Crooked Lane Books
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May 13, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This turned out to be just an okay cosy mystery. I have to admit to not liking the main character very much and the section about her suspecting her mother of having a relationship with a man was cringe worthy. I admire the author's attempt to include the subjects of cancer, breast removal and menopause in a sympathetic manner but I was never quite sure that such serious issues actually belong in this kind of book.

There is an interesting mystery with many false leads and a surprise ending, but i

The annual baking contest in Lake Potawatomi, Wisconsin was due to begin the following day, so Teddie and her friend Sonia decided to decorate the tent the night before, to save time. But it was when the storm hit and Teddie raced to the site to make sure everything was safe, that the baking contest was cancelled. One of the judges, lecherous Lesley Morris, was dead, face buried in Sonia’s coconut cream pie and Teddie’s rolling pin was covered in blood.

Teddie was a cozy mystery writer as w
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Dec 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Entertaining. The mystery had me guessing at the very end with some surprise twists. There were some very funny moments. When Teddy thinks she has witnessed her widowed mother coming home from an all-nighter judgments and hilarity follow. I really liked how Teddy was very comfortable in her own skin and didn’t have a problem telling other people about her double mastectomy. But if it is repeated multiple times in a book it will become old fast. I also got a little annoyed with the inserted suppo ...more
Good cozy with lots of twists, misdirection, great characters, and humor.
Theodora (Teddy) has returned to her home town after surviving mastectomies and chemo and has entered the area Baking Contest. Little did she know that a confrontation with the local lecher would get her accused of his murder! It's a real laugh fest and roller coaster ride of a cozy complete with awful puns. Amidst all this is a long distance romance with another author and a problematic issue with her widowed mother. Exce
Lacey Harrington
I loved it! Teddie is such a fun character. Her friends are a hoot. I love that she is comfortable in being herself. She is participating in a Bake contest when the head judge is murdered. His wife is certain it was teddy since he was killed with her rolling pin. Her friends help her in finding the real killer and clearing her name.
#DeadlyDelights #NetGalley
Lisa Morin
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deadly Delights is the second book in this series and it was an entertaining read. I like Teddy as well as the other characters in the book.
If you enjoy a cast of colorful characters, an interesting mystery, and a fast paced story, then out this book at the top of your TBR pile.
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deadly Delights is the second book of the Bookish Baker Mystery series by Laura Jensen Walker.

Teddie St. John is an amateur baker, mystery, and thankfully a breast cancer survivor.

Teddie has decided to enter this year’s Lake Potawatomi Baking contest. As she is getting ready for the first day’s judging, cookies, her rolling pin rolls off the table, and when she bends over to retrieve it, she feels her butt being pinched and instinctively swings around strikes the lecherous Les Morris with her r
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every August Lake Potawatomi, Wisconsin holds its annual baking contest—a version of The Great British Bake Off, where local bakers compete to win the title of Best Baker of Lake Potawatomi. Baker-turned-mystery writer Teddie St. John has also entered the baking contest and hopes to win.

Unfortunately, Les Morris, the president of the chamber of commerce, also happens to be the head judge of their annual baking contest. They’ve been complaints about Lester’s inappropriate behavior but nothing ha
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Laura Jensen Walker's second Bookish Baker Mystery, writer and amateur baker Teddie St. John enters a baking contest in her small town of Lake Potowatomi, Wisconsin. Teddie discovers the body of one of the contest judges, womanizing Les Morris, murdered by her grandmother's rolling pin. Of course, Teddie and her dog, Gracie, have to investigate to clear Teddie's name from suspicion.

I was bound to enjoy this book as it features two of my favorite things: baking and books. As an avid fan of Th
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Deadly Delights is the second installment in the A Bookish Baker Mystery series set along the shores of Lake Potawatomi, Wisconsin and featuring Theodora (Teddie) St. John, baker and cozy mystery writer. It's August and Teddie, in between books, is competing in the local baking contest hoping to be named Lake Potawatomi's Best Baker. She'll have her hands full trying to usurp Patsy Morris, who has won the contest nine years running thanks in part to her husband, Lester being one of the judges.

Teddie threatens the head judge of a local cooking contest that she has entered when he grabs her during an event. Not learning his lesson, he makes an indecent comment that's heard over the PA system to another contestant. Teddie finds him dead the next morning on the second contestant's table with Teddie's bloody rolling pin near the body. With suspicion on her and the other contestant, Teddie and her friends begin to investigate.

Let's get what I don't like about Deadly Delights out of the wa
Jun 11, 2021 rated it liked it
This is a fun cozy mystery and especially of interest to those who love to bake as well as read. I liked the heroine, Teddy. She's an author who writes mysteries so we get some insights into the writing process. There are also some interesting discussions about literature and writers and why they do what they do. Teddy is also a breast cancer survivor and there are some discussions about mastectomies and life afterward.

Teddy has a couple of female sidekicks and they get into some interesting adv
Jerri Cachero
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Teddie St. John, mystery author and baker extraordinaire, is at it again in Deadly Delights. The town's lecherous old man is murdered and Teddie and a friend become suspects in a baking contest gone bad!

The mystery was full of twists and turns that I loved! Teddie's sense of humor and natural curiosity makes the book come alive. I especially liked the scenes with Teddie and her mother. As with the first book, the descriptions of the desserts made me want to snack! The "three musketeers" were in
Jun 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

This is the second book in the A Bookish Baker mystery series by Laura Jensen Walker.

I really enjoy Walker’s writing and it is not just because we share the same last name. This was a great cozy and the new series is just coming into its own with the main POV character of Teddie. There is a bit of a talking dog in here that kind of threw me off since I couldn’t figure out why the dog’s thoughts were so important. Maybe Teddie could have had those insights on her own.

There were a lot of
Cynthia Moore
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the second in this series and while I enjoyed the first book, I felt like this one was even better. I liked the character development of the main character. In this book, we didn't get a constant barrage about her breast cancer, just an occasional mention. The story moved along well and actually we were kept jumping as one revelation was then overturned by another. Once you think it is over, it isn't! So there are some surprises in a good way. ...more
Anglophile, cancer survivor, cozy mystery writer and baker, Teddie St. John is excited for her town's annual version of The Great British Bake Off. She's been practicing hard baking up delicious treats for her friends. Her young neighbor Sophie is entered for the first time, along with one other new entrant, an artist and gluten free baker. The usual bakers are also entered, including Patsy Morris who wins every year. Of course Patsy's husband, Lester, is the head judge and he needs to stay on h ...more
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Teddie St. John not only writes Cosby mysteries but she also seems to live in them. While participating in the town’s annual bake off, the head judge is killed with her grandmothers rolling pin. When the widow accuses Teddie of murder, she knows she needs to find the real murderer to clear her name and help the widow move forward.

Like in one of her cozies, Teddie can’t seem to come up with the whole plot, means, motive, and opportunity and has a cast of suspects she’s chasing down. Whether she’s
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book 2 in the series so be sure to read book 1 before this one. This is a cozy mystery and it’s full of twists and turns and surprises! This isn’t just any ordinary cozy, while I enjoy all of them, this is one that sticks out as better than most! I look forward to reading more of the author’s books and especially hope for more in this series!
Lin Perrett
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Netgalley for the advance copy. Having read Murder Most Sweet I was looking forward to the next Teddie St John book and this one did not disappoint. The story starts when Teddie enters to annual baking competition. The head judge is found murdered in the competition tent and the murder weapon is Teddie's rolling pin. A great adventure unfolds as Teddie and her friends set out to clear her name. ...more
As a baker myself I can smell the delicious delights as I read.

Witty, enjoyable read like a cozy mystery book should read. Characters who make you laugh, you find relatable and enjoy their story make it that much more enjoyable.
Deadly Delights by Laura Jensen Walker has readers returning to Lake Potawatomi, Wisconsin in August where it is time for the annual baking competition. Teddie St. John finds herself a murder suspect when her grandmother’s rolling pin is used to murder Les Morris. With help from her friends, Teddie works to prove her innocence. Deadly Delights is the 2nd book in A Bookish Baker Mystery series. It can be read as a standalone if you have not indulged in Murder Most Sweet. It contains good writing ...more
Peggy R
Deadly Delights is the second installment in the Bookish Baker Mystery series and I found this installment to be just as entertaining as the first. Teddie St. John, in my opinion, is a likable and relatable main character. She is a strong woman, having survived breast cancer, and I like how the author deals with this in the plot and storyline. Her partner's in crime are her two best friends from high school and the three of them complement each other making for a terrific friendship. There are p ...more
May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It was August and that meant it was time for the annual Lake Potawatomi WI Bake Off. Les Morris, less affectionately known as Lester-the-molester by most of the women around town, was the head judge and the president of the chamber of commerce. The first round of competition had been completed with Les only briefly misbehaving. However. on the morning of the second-round of competition, Lester Morris was found on the floor of the competition’s venue, face down with his nose stuck in the middle o ...more
May 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Teddy is one of my favorite mystery characters, a woman . who is comfortable with herself and her life. She has moved back home and is now a successful mystery writer. She has found love with another writer but it is a long distance one for now. Besides writing she has a talent for baking and that is the focus in this, the second of the series. Teddy has entered the very popular local baking contest but hadn't imagined that another murder would be part of the event. On top of that not only is he ...more
Jun 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"deadly Delights" is Laura Jensen Walker's second Bookish Baker mystery book.

Teddi St. John is taking part in the towns baking contest. She is one of the five finalists and hoping to score a win in the pie category with her cherry pie. Patsy Morris has won the contest for years - in no small part due to her husband Lester who is the head judge. He also happens to be the head of the chamber of commerce. and a well known lecher When Lester is found dead, face down in a coconut cream pie made by T
Deadly Delights, the second book in the A Bookish Baker Mystery by Laura Jensen Walker, is a solid entry. Mystery writer, cancer survivor, and dog mom Teddie St. John enters her small town's baking contest.

Hopeful that her cherry pie will dazzle the judges instead Teddy discovers the head judge, Lester "The Molester" Morris, face down in a competitor's pie, bludgeoned with her heirloom rolling pin, making Teddie the number one suspect.

Teddie and her friends start sleuthing to find the real kill
Tracy Wood
When you agree to take part in your local equivalent of The Great British Bake Off you don’t expect to find a dead judge face down in your friend's offering even if he is a serial sleazebag. That is the scene which greets Teddie St John when she arrives to set up her table and even worse the murder weapon seems to belong to her!

Teddie clearly needs to restore her good name especially as she is continually faced with demands for her arrest by the hysterical, accusatory newly widowed wife! At the
Lizz Axnick
I loved the first book in this series, so much so that I paid hardcover pricing for it (even though I got an ARC from Netgalley!). I was so very excited to read the second book in the series and I certainly was not disappointed.

Teddie St. John is competing in her small town's Wisconsin version of The Great British Baking Show. Unfortunately, the head judge turns up murdered face down in another contestant's pie and Teddie's distinctive rolling pin is the murder weapon. Now the widow in question
Teddie St. John is a shoo-in for her small town’s baking contest but the competition gets derailed when one of the judges is found murdered with her rolling pin and face down in her friend’s pie. Will Teddie be able to find the murderer and clear her and her friend’s names?

I was intrigued by the mystery and baking elements in this book but it fell a bit flat for me.

Teddie is a likable main character. She’s well developed and I felt like I had a great grasp on who she was without having to read
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Award-winning author Laura Jensen Walker has written several fiction and non-fiction books (17 and counting). Her books all share one common thread: humor. A lover of mysteries since she read her first Trixie Belden in the fourth grade, Laura is thrilled to return to writing after a decade’s absence to write lighthearted “cozy” mystery novels. Her Bookish Baker Mystery series (MURDER MOST SWEET, A ...more

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