Tuesday 23 February 2021

Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop (Beacon Bakeshop #1) by Darci Hannah

In the first of a new series, after Lindsey Bakeswell catches her celebrity chef fiance sizzling in the arms of another woman, Lindsey leaves big city Wall Street for small town Beacon Harbor, Michigan to pursue her own passion as a pastry baker--and gets mixed up in someone's sweet taste of revenge...

More interested in kneading dough than adding it up, Lindsey's breakup inspired her to set up the shop she always wanted in a place that always made her happy. She'd spent many childhood summers near this beach community and converting the old run-down lighthouse into a bakery cafe and home offers a perfect fresh start for Lindsey and her devoted Newfoundland dog, Wellington.

But not everyone in town has a sweet tooth. The preservation society won't have the lighthouse's history sugar coated by lattes and cakes--and a protest group crashes Lindsey's Memorial Day opening. Then her ex-fiance Jeffrey Plank and his girlfriend Mia Wong arrive to trash the place. In the ensuing chaos Mia chokes on a donut and dies.

An autopsy reveals cyanide in Mia's bloodstream and Lindsey is the police's prime suspect. To clear her name, she's going to need to combine ingredients found in the town's checkered past to uncover the identity of a desperate killer...
   (Summary via Goodreads)

Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop by Darci Hannah is the first book in her new Beacon Bakeshop Mystery series and it will capture readers attention hook, line and sinker !!  

Main character Lindsey Bakewell moves from New York City to the small lakeside town of Beacon Harbor, Michigan to get as far away from her cheating ex-fiance and his tart of a girlfriend as she possibly can.  She bought an abandoned, rundown lighthouse sight unseen except for pictures on the internet and works at turning it into a bakery and living quarters.  

Everything is ready to go and it is opening day and it seems that the whole town has turned up to support Lindsey and her new business, even some out of town unwelcome guests show up.  Lindsey's ex-fiance, Jeffrey and his tart, Mia, are in town for the grand opening and all eyes are on Mia as she storms in and makes a huge scene stealing peoples donuts and grabbing the latte out of Betty, the realtor's, hand.  Before anyone can control the chaos, Mia collapses on the front lawn.  Later when it is discovered that Mia died from poisoning, everyone looks at Lindsey as the murderer.

Lindsey along with her baking assistant, Dylan, her best friend from the city, Kennedy, and her sexy neighbor, Rory, start their own investigation into Mia's death.  Unfortunately when there is another murder Lindsey is arrested and taken in......

For a small town Beacon Harbor is loaded with secrets and Lindsey will have a hard time figuring out who she can trust and who she can't.  Readers will be shocked when the culprit is revealed and the story behind it all.  Readers will also enjoy reading and getting to know Lindsey and her new hometown and the people in it.  Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop is an excellent first book in a very strong series and I am confident that I will be returning to this little slice of heaven whenever there is a new book hot off the presses !!!!

Review by Missi M.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this wonderful review of MURDER AT THE BEACON BAKESHOP! I am so thrilled that you enjoyed reading this mystery. Can you tell that I enjoyed writing it? LOL! The highest praise for a writer is know that readers are enjoying the stories you've created. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!!