You’re invited to visit Deep Lakes, Wisconsin and meet a new friend, Francine “Frankie” Champagne. The 40-something owner of Bubble and Bake - bakery by day, wine lounge by night - Frankie is a spitfire pastry maker, vintner, and budding journalist.
Frankie finds herself on the perimeter of a suspicious death that upends the peaceful winter slumber in Deep Lakes when the local pastor is found dead inside his fishing shanty on Lake Loki. Frankie sticks her curious nose into the investigation, despite warnings from the local sheriff to leave it alone. But she has something to prove, maybe to the newspaper editor who wouldn’t hire her as a reporter, maybe to herself as she searches for fulfillment. Regardless, her fierce independence won’t allow her to back down. Follow Frankie as she stumbles upon one discovery after another, trails potential suspects, and solves the case! (Summary via https://joyribar.com/ )
Deep Dark Secrets is the first book in the Deep Lakes Cozy Mystery series by Joy Ann Ribar and after reading it I am moving to Deep Lakes and getting a job working for Frankie. Frankie Champagne is the main character and boy is she one busssssy person !!! Not only does she own and run Bubble and Bake, a bakery in the morning and a wine bar in the evening, makes the baked goods for the bakery with her partner and interns, grows the grapes and makes the wine for the wine bar, writes feature articles for the local newspaper, but she puts herself smack dab in the middle of a murder investigation !!
Frankie has a lot on her plate with just running Bubble and Bake and getting ready for Valentine's Day but when a local pastor is found dead in his ice shanty, Frankie's jounalistic senses kick into high gear and she finds herself questioning members of the church and checking out the scene of the crime.
Deep Dark Secrets is such a fun book !!! Not only will the reader love Frankie and her many jobs but they will love how she innocently investigates the murder. And you cannot help but love that she has a good angel on one shoulder and a bad angel on the other and they are fireflies instead of angels and they argue back and forth.....that just adds originality to this series !!! I highly recommend reading Deep Dark Secrets and I look forward to the next book in this series......