"Very entertaining. I highly recommend this book to the permanent library of any reader that appreciates a very well written mystery, with some twists and an intelligent plot. You will not be disappointed. Excellent way to spend a cold weekend!"
--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (regarding Murder in the Manor)
BEACHFRONT BAKERY: A KILLER CUPCAKE is the debut novel in a charming and hilarious new cozy mystery series by #1 bestselling author Fiona Grace, whose bestselling Murder in the Manor (A Lacey Doyle Cozy Mystery) has nearly 200 five star reviews.
Allison Sweet, 34, a sous chef in Los Angeles, has had it up to here with demeaning customers, her demanding boss, and her failed love life. After a shocking incident, she realizes the time has come to start life fresh and follow her lifelong dream of moving to a small town and opening a bakery of her own.
When Allison spots a charming, vacant storefront on the boardwalk near Venice, she wonders if she could really start life anew. Feeling like it’s a sign, and a time to take a chance in life, she goes for it.
Yet Allison did not anticipate the wild ride ahead of her: the boardwalk, filled with fun and outrageous characters, is pulsing with life, from the Italian pizzeria owners on either side of her who vie for her affection, to the fortune tellers and scheming rival bakery owner nearby. Allison yearns to just focus on her delicious new pastry recipes and keep her struggling bakery afloat—but when a murder occurs right near her shop, everything changes.
Implicated, her entire future at stake, Allison has no choice but to investigate to clear her name. As an orphaned dog wanders into her life, a devoted new sidekick with a knack for solving mysteries, she starts her search.
Will they find the killer? And can her struggling bakery survive?
A hilarious cozy mystery series, packed with twists, turns, romance, travel, food and unexpected adventure, the BEACHFRONT BAKERY series will keep you laughing and turning pages late into the night as you fall in love with an endearing new character who will capture your heart.
Books #2 (A MURDEROUS MACAROON), #3 (A PERILOUS CAKE POP), #4 (A DEADLY DANISH), #5 (A TREACHEROUS TART), and book #6 (A CALAMITOUS COOKIE) are also available!
Fiona Grace fix
I’m hoping for more Tuscan vineyard and Sicilian books! In the meantime, this is a lovely Fiona Grace fix.
I am yet to fall in love with the main character, but intrigued to see how she settles in to her new life, career and community. I loved the colourful characters, and I really liked Fat Tony. I feel like it’s more of setting the tone book and perhaps more adventures are yet to come.
little fairy tale , simplistically written, the plot repeats in exactly the same way in each book, in all the series of books!
And entire passages of repetition of previous events bulk out what is a very basic fantasy story over and over..
The principal character is also the same, different names but each a copycat of the other .
I was offended by the overly casual treatment and consideration of the heroine’ furry friends, always disturbingly left to fend for themselves in unusual situations and location, given very inappropriate foods …. very very un educational for anyone who does not appreciate the huge load of responsibilities one should feel and practice towards any creature they claim to care for.
As there are so many people who are not remotely aware of the level of commitment an animal requires to be kept safe and fed in a species appropriate manner, the example set out in these books is soul destroying in its total blindness to it all.
The only way to excuse this is in considering these books as simple fairy tales as mentioned above. If you are looking for a mindless read, you are happy knowing the plot and all its sequences beforehand, can set aside the irritation regarding the furry ‘friends’, these series can give you a stuck in time feeling which can be reassuring in times of difficulty.
However, it would be helpful if the author could take the trouble to verify the correct wording of any foreign terms she casually sprinkles in the Italian books, rather than use approximations and mix them up with Spanish at times. It is irritating to those who know the language as well as give rise to unfortunate differences in the meaning. The dog named Polpetto’ (in the Cosy mysteries series of the vet who buys a 1$ house in Sicily) was likely to be intended as ‘Polpetta’ ( a sort of mushy meatloaf type food), as ‘Polpetto’ actually means small octopus!! and Italians don’t say ‘Madre de Dios’, but ‘ Madre di Dio’…. etc etc