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  • Mystery in a wacky world where reality TV is king

    Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Reality TV... Oh, my ! 2016, Essex, Kenny Thorpe, contestant on Expose TV’s weight loss reality show Big Blubber gets murdered live on television. 2018, Cherry Hilton is an investigative reporter for the Essex Chronicle. The paper sent her undercover into The Caravan of Love, another Expose TV’s reality show, to expose the possible rigging of votes. Unfortunately, she’s uncovered, booted from the show half naked in front of cameras, humiliated, and disavowed by her paper. Her career destroyed, along with her self esteem, she takes over her parents’ cake shop on Brentwood street. Until, one day, Kenny Thorpe’s sister enters the shop, asking her to get back to investigating, in order to prove that his brother’s murderer wasn’t the one everybody seen with their own eyes. This is the start of the mystery. A pretty forward clue-like mystery. Six contestants sequestered in a reality show house. But, that’s not where the originality of this book resides. See, I don’t think it takes place in our reality. It’s set in a weird parallel reality Essex in which everybody and his neighbor seem to have participated in one of Expose’s wildly outrageous, ridiculous, and hilarious reality shows. An Essex where those who failed to make it in the reality business all open shops on Brentwood street, to the dismay of the mayor. An Essex where Kelsey, Cherry’s airhead best friend, is obsessed by her social media status. Detective Constable Jacob, Cherry’s on-off love interest, is himself constantly followed by a COPS like crew. It’s Black Mirror by way of Monty Python. I’m pretty sure there is a social commentary in this (and the book sometimes even goes meta on us, evoking The Truman Show), but I was too distracted by bouts of hysterical laughter to really get the gist of it. The mystery is pretty straightforward, and thanks to the clues gathered by Cherry, keen readers will have figured it out way before the final confrontation. A glorious final confrontation à la Hercule Poirot: all contestants reunited in a room, while a vindicated Cherry reveals her damning conclusions. But, of course, aired live on Expose TV. This is a light and quick read, and the weird universe created there makes for an hilarious background. What could have been a Stephanie Plum clone becomes, thanks to this, something else entirely. The characters are lovable and, for myself, can’t wait to read what Jennifer Stone has in stock for us next, as this is the first book in a welcome new series. This is well worth the low price of admission. The mystery might be rather classic, but the setup will bring tears (of laughter) to your eyes. Thanks to Duckworth Books, Farrago, and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for this unbiased review.

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  • A wittingly funny murder mystery

    Cherry Hinton, former investigative reporter/ex-communicated reality tv-star turned baker, is approached by Kenny Thorpe’s sister, to uncover who the true killer is of Kenny. But why would anyone question that it wasn’t Martin who done it, when the world saw him kill Kenny live on the weight-loss reality tv show, Big Blubber? This is her best opportunity to win back the public’s trust in her reporter skills by uncovering the truth in who truly killed Kenny and why. Along her journey, she is aided (and in many times, not so helped) by her nail salon owner/instagrammer best friend, Kelsey and her embarrassing but still awesome mother by questioning the cast and crew of Big Blubber, all the while, trying not to get distracted by her high school crush-turned police chief, the sexy Jacob Stow, who somehow is always showing up where she is and intruding on her investigation. I was skeptical at first when I started reading this book, but my skepticism quickly turned to laughter all some of the crude statements or script that occurs in the story. This book had me laughing out loud and I can’t wait for the second story in the series.

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  • An immensely amusing novel.

    Cherry Slice by Jennifer Stone is a very readable book. It is light and very amusing. It is a sort of cosy mystery but a little more with a wonderful sense of humour. Normally I would read such a novel quickly - easy to read but also a mystery where you want to know how it ends - however at the moment in 2020 all over the world, life isn’t normal. So I read this novel slowly, to savour the enjoyment of a light hearted story about an ex-journalist who loses her job and starts up a novelty cake shop (with an amusing array of unusual and different cakes) and then becomes involved in investigating an old murder and then a new murder which appears to be linked. The story is also linked with reality TV shows which adds more humour to a story that has many twists and it is certainly entertaining! The main character is Cherry Hinton and she is a down to earth young woman who reminds me of several other female characters such as Stephanie Plum from Janet Evanovich’s novels, though not quite as rough; Phryne Fisher from Kerry Greenwood novels, though not as sophisticated; and Corinne Chapman from Kerry Greenwood’s other series, though not obsessed as much with cooking but still an amateur investigator. All the characters feel real though some a bit quirky. From reality TV personalities to official detectives, to rogue reporters, to Cherry’s parents and her friends. If your interested in a light and very entertaining novel I would highly recommend Cherry Slice and take the time to savour the delightful humour. Thank you to Netgalley and publisher Farrago Books for a copy to read and review.

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  • Entertaining reality TV satire of a cozy mystery

    This is a fast, fun satire of a cozy mystery, distinguished by the behind-the-scenes looks at reality TV and the juxtaposition of the cake shop and the much grittier scenes in night clubs and gyms. The characters are sharply etched, with identifiable voices and accents. There are some wonderful details, my favorite of which is that Cherry’s mum is a devotee of armchair Zumba: “all of the Latino beat while relaxing in a seat.” On the downside, the mystery’s resolution relies on an implausibly ready confession, and there are vulgar scenes and coarse language. Still, this was an entertaining satire of a cozy mystery, and I look forward to the next installment in this series.

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  • Cake baker to PI

    Everyone believed Martin had done it he was seen on live TV killing Kenny Thorpe. How could anyone else have possibly done it. This is a mystery for Cake Baker turned Investigative PI Cherry Hinton. Throw in the bad humour of Celeb reality exposure and you have many suspects in this twisting mystery. Cherry has been burned herself by exposure TV and you will be with her all the way to turn her life around. I was given an ARC of this book by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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