Beachfront Bakery: A Killer Cupcake (A Beachfront Bakery Cozy Mystery—Book 1‪)‬

    • 4.0 • 183 Ratings

Publisher Description

"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.

Book #2 in the series—A MURDEROUS MACARON—is also available!

GENRE
Mysteries & Thrillers
NARRATOR
UM
Ulka Mohanty
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
06:31
hr min
RELEASED
2020
November 25
PUBLISHER
Lukeman Literary Management
SIZE
286.5
MB

Customer Reviews

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Beach Front Bakery

Very cute, well written. I really enjoyed.

WarEagleHey ,

First audiobook

I needed to find something to do while i walked. You know - trying to be healthy. I decided to try audiobooks to keep my mind occupied so it wouldn’t wander to all of my daily checklists and issues. This did the trick! I look forward to walking daily now! Thank you for this simple, well written book. I was always so nervous to start audiobooks because I love reading so much, the imagination, the movie I make along the way. But this did nicely! I have a great movie in my head and walking every day while reading it, cleaning the kitchen, and just finished listening while getting ready for my day.

PhotogS ,

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover… .

I give it a 3 because I get how difficult the journey is to put yourself out to the world for people to critique your efforts. It’s not gosh awful for a 1, because you tried (ish). Slow down - much like pastries - stories take finesse and patience.

My first cozy mystery, missed the mark. .

I picked (the free audio) because of the title and cover. I don’t generally read cozy mysteries but FREE is free and listening while I do something else is a win-win (ESPECIALLY in this case).

Overall thoughts:

Plot: Unbelievable. Lack of research or fleshing out.
Too many unbelievable elements.
Slow listen, even at 1.75 speed (narrator is good).
Too many coincidences.
Predictable.
Lack of world building.
Undeveloped characters.
Flat ending.

I highly recommend the author re-do the story. I believe it could turn into something amazing by developing the story, fleshing out the characters and build the heck out of the world Ali lives. Move away from a story template and predictability.

Digging deeper into the coastal town mystery (someone being killed) when Ali arrives and open shops. Making the entire plot a bit more plausible. And, refining all the characters - like the beautiful pastries Ali creates.

I wish you all the best in your cozy mysteries and writing career.

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