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  • Cozy Mystery Wrapped in Southern Charm

    A cozy mystery wrapped in southern charm and humor! What's a girl to do when she gets her heart broken, why visit her hometown of course! However, as with most journey's this one opens up a crossroads in the life journey for the main character especially after finding a dead body may mean disrupting a friend's happily ever after! Characters full of wit, charm and interest to keep you connected to the plot and entertained for hours this is definitely a new series that I can't wait to read more of!

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  • Sinfully rich and delicious!

    I had no idea Maymee Bell was a pen name for one of my favorite authors, Tonya Kappes. But no surprise when I did find out because I completely fell into this new series without looking back. Pastry chef Sophia Cummings heads home to Rumford, Kentucky after finding her chef boyfriend exchanging more than recipes with one of their coworkers. While trying to ease her broken heart, Sophia reconnects with old friends and steps in to save the day of one her high school BFF’s when her baker quits right before her wedding. Vowing to help Charlotte have her fairly tale wedding, Sophia finds hers of pulled into a murder investigation and filling in for the murdered chef at the local country club. But will Sophia keep the wedding on track and not let it be delayed? She will do her best to be the best friend she should have been over the past ten years since graduation. The story has a great plot, well develop d characters, and just the right amount of romance and mystery. Tonya has done it again and now I have another series to add to my list of must read books!

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  • Great cozy mystery, wonderful recipes!

    Cake and Punishment is a cozy mystery that will keep you turning pages and guessing until the last pages. This book has a great plot and characters. I also loved that it had recipes in the back of the book. The recipes were talked about often in the story and my mouth was watering because they sounded sooooo goood. It was great to know that the special treats were there to be made by the reader! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I highly recommend it. I received it as a gift and I always review every book that I read.

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  • Intriguing!

    Very nice introduction to the new Southern Cake Baker Mystery Series! Word of Caution: you will be hungry while you read about all the delicious desserts, cookies and cakes the lead character creates! Small town charm is working to lure Sophia Cummings back from her dream job as Pastry Chef at The Manhattan in New York. She comes home for a visit for all the wrong reasons but she may discover that all the right answers may be found in her hometown of Rumford. That is if she survives a little mystery, mayhem and a whole lot of murder! I was provided an ARC of this book but the opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.

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  • An entertaining new cozy mystery

    Cake and Punishment by Maymee Bell is the first tale in A Southern Cake Baker Mystery series. Sophia Cummings, a pastry chef, has returned home for a visit to Rumford, Kentucky after finding her boyfriend, Noah in a compromising position with the maître d’ where they work. At the Rumford Country Club (RCC) she encounters her friend, Charlotte Harrington who is getting married in a few days. Charlotte’s cake baker has quit, and Sophia offers to make her a beautiful wedding cake. The next day they head to the RCC kitchen and find Chef Emile dead on the floor with a new cast iron skillet nearby. When Evelyn Moss, the RCC manager, becomes the primary suspect, Sophia sets out to prove her innocence (plus she is plain curious). To help out Evelyn and for a chance to snoop, Sophia agrees to be Emile’s replacement until a new chef can be hired (oh dear—can you see where this is heading). Emile may have been a good chef, but he was lacking in the personality department. Sheriff Carter Kincaid may wish Sophia would keep her nose out of his investigation, but he does enjoy spending time with her and Sophia does uncover some helpful information. Which one of the people Chef Emile antagonized whacked him with an iron skillet? Sophia needs to work quickly, or she will find herself the latest resident of the Rumford cemetery! Cake and Punishment is a humorous new Southern cozy mystery written by Tonya Kappes using the non de plume of Maymee Bell. It is a light-hearted story full of quirky characters and small-town charm. Gossip spreads faster than a forest fire during a dry spell in Rumford, Kentucky. Sophia’s mother, Bitsy is a force to be reckoned with. When she sets her mind upon a task, people need to watch out (especially Sophia). Sophia is a pastry chef who loves to bake and goes around with baked goods in her bag (which makes her a very popular person). It was entertaining to see her get pulled back into her hometown and the subtle hints from friends about how they would like her to stay. I thought Cake and Punishment contained good writing and a steady pace. I would like for better character development. We get to know very little about Sophia’s past and we are not given the last names of many characters. The mystery had misdirection and a few suspects. Avid mystery readers will have no problem pinning down the killer’s identity. There is flirtation and attraction between Sophia and Carter which is helped along by Bitsy Cummings. There are delectable baked good descriptions included in the book with recipes at the end. I appreciated the addition of little libraries in the story. They are a great way to get people of all ages to read. We have several in my community with one being just down in the street in my local park (I am a frequent visitor). Cake and Punishment is an entertaining story that will have you chuckling frequently.

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