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    A charming and well-written cozy!

    Kate McGuire moved to Coral Cay, Florida for a fresh start. She is now the co-owner of the Cookie House bakery and is looking forward to the town's annual Pirate Festival. She's helping her new friend Maxi, who owns the flower shop next door to the bakery, install a raised garden when her dog Oliver starts to dig and uncovers a skeleton wearing what appears to be a pirate outfit. Everyone assumes that the remains belong to Sir George Bly, a pirate from the 16th century who was rumored to have been buried with his treasures. But the investigation reveals that the body has been buried less than a year ago. Kate and Maxi work together to uncover the truth about the skeleton. This is a delightful cozy mystery, with a wonderful setting, mouthwatering descriptions of cookies, and two intriguing mysteries. This was my first visit to Coral Cay, and I am absolutely smitten. I loved the small tight-knit community feeling and the friendship between Kate and Maxi. Kate is a character that readers will find easy to like. She's kind, caring, and passionate about her job. The town's history is weaved effortlessly with the present-day mystery. There were plenty of clues and twists along the way to keep me guessing, and the conclusion of both mysteries was a surprise to me. I look forward to the third book in this charming series. Thank you to NetGalley and St Martin's Press for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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    I loved it!

    This second book in the series has sealed it as one of my favorite cozy series. With a pirate festival looming, a cookie of the day challenge and the remains discovered of perhaps the famous Sir George Bly, Kate has her hands full. I love the setting of Coral Cay and the inhabitants. The characters are entertaining and intriguing. The whodunit was first rate, and kept me guessing. I cannot wait to read the next in the series. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
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    Pirates, Salt Life, and Murder

    Kate McGuire left a fiancé and her restaurant career behind in NYC and hasn’t looked back once. Acclimating to life in Coral Cay, Florida has soothed her soul and she is now a partner in the local bakery, life is good. Helping her best friend build some planting boxes, she and Maxi take a break and the island’s dog, Oliver, helps out by digging up bones. Not just any bone, but those of what appears to be the bones of Gentleman George, a legendary Pirate that was said to have called Coral Cay home. Maxi is excited about the discovery, but it turns out the bones are not that of the pirate, but have been planted in the past year. Kate and Maxi decide they need too ind out who the bones belong to, and their book club decides that they want to find out what happened to Gentleman George. There’s a whole lot going on in Coral Cay as Kate’s ex fiancé arrives in town trying to win Kate back and the tourists descend on the island for the annual pirate festival. But will they find any answers or will they join the pile of bones? A fun read. Having lived in Florida and lived through a few Gasparilla festivals, I was transported back to South Florida and was along for the sleuthing. A fun cozy with witty book quotes from the book club members throughout the story. I will be looking forward to the next book in the series.
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    I liked it.

    Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of SUGAR AND VICE (Book 2 of the Cookie House Mysteries) by Eve Calder in exchange for an honest review. Kate McGuire has settled into her life in Coral Cay, Florida, as co-owner of the local bakery and as a new dog owner. Kate is helping her new friend Maxi install a raised garden when Kate’s half-grown labradoodle takes an interest and decides to help them dig. Soon, Oliver has uncovered a skeleton wearing what appears to be a pirate outfit. Is it the remains of Sir George Bly, a pirate and privateer who helped establish the Cay? The publicity arising from the discovery of the remains arrives just in time for the town’s annual pirate festival. Drawn to the mystery of what happened to Gentleman George, Kate and her friends begin to research the infamous pirate. Also, if the body isn’t Sir George, who is it, and how did it get in Maxi’s garden? At the same time, Kate is unexpectedly besieged by male admirers: her ex-fiancé has arrived in town with goal of winning back Kate’s affections; a recently-separated but not yet divorced wealthy older gentleman named Harper Duvall starts pitching woo (and roses) in Kate’s direction; and the town’s new veterinarian is very nice and very nice looking. I liked this book. Though I have not read the first book, I had no problems connecting with the characters. I hope to read the first book, AND THEN THERE WERE CRUMBS, soon. I recommend this book and series to fans of cozy murder mysteries featuring small towns, small business owners, bakeries, pirate mysteries, and puppies.
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    on the hunt for a pirate

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Sugar and Vice, by Eve Calder, is available at booksellers on 4-28-2020. Sugar is book 2 in Ms Calder's A Cookie House Mystery series. It's my 1st experience with this author and I like the way she writes. There's a nice style and flow to the story. The characters are fleshed out, secondary characters have a little substance too, which makes them interesting. Although book 2 in a series Sugar and Vice works just fine as a stand-alone. There are references to the 1st mystery but not enough to be a bother and cause confusion. The plot of finding a skeleton and thinking it's ancient is a nice way of bringing an island lore into the story, mixing an old story with a current crime scene. One investigation blends with the other and both are eventually solved. The food all sounds delicious and I'd have liked a recipe or 2, my mouth watered at the description of the cookies. In my humble opinion the best and most interesting character is Oliver, the dog. He's absolutely perfect. #EveCalder #SugarAndVice #ACookieHouseMystery #Netgalley #StMartin'sPaperbacks #cullinarymystery
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