In need of some quick dough, full-time baker and sometime sleuth Sally Muccio decides to rent the vacant apartment over the bakery to a friend of her grandmother's. Allegra Fiato is nothing like Sal's darling Grandma Rosa, though. She's mean, dishonest, and harboring a deadly secret.
When the elderly woman is mowed down in a hit and run, it quickly becomes obvious this was no accident. Grandma Rosa asks for Sal's help to find the killer which involves a last minute trip to Vegas crashed by Sal's crazy parents, stolen fortune cookies, and a mysterious missinglocket. To add more spice to the mix, a loved one makes a startling admission to Sal that shocks her to the very core. Suddenly, Sal's world is in danger of crumbling around her. Can she put the pieces back together in time before the killer makes her the next victim?
The Cookies & Chance Mysteries:
Tastes Like Murder (book #1)
Baked to Death (book #2)
A Spot of Murder (short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection)
Burned to a Crisp (book #3)
Frosted With Revenge (book #4)
Silenced by Sugar (book #5)
A Drizzle Before Dying (short story in the "Pushing Up Daisies" collection)
Crumbled to Pieces (book #6)
What critics are saying:
"Catherine Bruns has whipped up another delicious treat with this delightful cozy. If you like your mysteries to taste sweet this one is a good choice."
--Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick!
"I want to visit more with all of the quirky characters just to see what crazy and outrageous things they will do next!"
--Fresh Fiction (Summary via Goodreads)
The Cookies & Chance Mystery series by Catherine Bruns is one series that I can not put down once I start reading. With Crumbled to Pieces being the 6th book in this series, you are already invested in the story, you are a member of the family and you can settle right in and pick up like you never left.
When you read a series you are a fan and there is usually one of two (or more) things about the series that you love. With this series, I love everything !! I love Sally and her best friend Josie, I love the bakery that they own and run, even the crazy fortune cookies.....and talk about crazy, we can't forget Sally's mom and dad !!! You cannot help but love their relationship !! Even though Sally and Mike have an amazing relationship also, Sally's parents are a "seasoned" kind of relationship a lot of us can only dream of having. And now Sally's sister Gianna and her boyfriend Johnny are becoming more serious and yes I have to admit I cried during one big scene in the story.....you'll know it when you get there !!!
And the most important person in the whole series, of course, is Grandma Rosa.....with her intuition and her quirky sayings.....we all want a grandmother like her. No matter what is gong on with Sally and the crew, they always have Grandma Rosa in their corner. She is the backbone and the strength in their lives. And lets face it when Sally is concerned, she needs it !!!
In Crumbled to Pieces we meet a family crazier than Sally's.....if that is even possible. But yes it is and we get to see more of Mrs. Gavelli. Mrs. Gavelli is Johnny's grandmother and Grandma Rosa and Sally's parents neighbor. She's always been in the stories and her sharp-witted ways and dislike for Sally have always left their mark but when she needs help finding out who murdered her dear friend, she swallows her pride and asks for Sally's help.
The path that they take will have you on the edge of your seat.....they go to Vegas !!! Okay just the ladies go but boy do you wish you were there !!! I know I did !!!
Catherine Bruns does not disappoint in this 6th book in this series !! Every book gets stronger and stronger and makes you feel like a member of the family and she know how to leave her fans wanting more...... Hurry up book 7 !!!!
Review by Missi S.