Friday 1 October 2021

Dessert is the Bomb (Cookies & Chance Mystery #11) by Catherine Bruns

From USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bruns comes a hauntingly hilarious Halloween Cookies & Chance mystery!

Baker turned sometimes-sleuth Sally Muccio has always loved Halloween, but this year she has more on her mind than ghosts and goblins. In addition to catering a party at her wacky father’s funeral home, a competing bakery has just moved in across the street from Sally’s Samples. The new owner, Celeste Delgado, seems intent on burying Sal’s novelty cookie shop into the ground with her sensational smash cake bombs. Suddenly, the homemade fortune cookies that Sal and her best friend Josie create with loving care are predicting an ominous future for their business.

Before Sal can discover what’s behind Celeste’s grudge, the woman is killed by an explosion. To take the cake, Josie was heard threatening Celeste shortly before her death. A night in the slammer, another deadly explosion, and dangerous family secrets all add to Sal’s growing list of concerns. Like an oven timer, precious minutes of her life are ticking away. Can she find Celeste’s killer before everything blows up in her face?

*Recipes Included!*
   (Summary via Goodreads)

I am a HUGE fan of the Cookies & Chance Mystery series by Catherine Bruns and I know I say this every time but when I start reading one of the books in this series I feel like I am hanging around with family...albiet it's a crazy and scary family at times...but family just the same and I love all of them....even Sal's father !!

The Cookies & Chance Mystery series centers on Sally Muccio Donovan, her best friend and partner in the bakery, Sally's Samples, Josie and their families.  Sally and Josie are both busy with the bakery and their families but when there is a murder, you can bet they will be involved in that as well.....

In Dessert is the Bomb, the eleventh book in this series, they are as close as they can be to a murder when a bakery opens up across the street from Sally's Samples and the owner ends up dead a few days after opening up It's the Bomb and Sal and Josie are arrested for the murder when the owner gets into Sal's fathers hearst and it explodes.  Usually Sal and Josie have an in at the police department with their friend Detective Brian Jenkins but he is out of town and they have to deal with Detective Dorsey and he instantly arrests the two for the murder !!

They soon learn that the deceased, Celeste Delgado, has a past with someone in Sal's family that provides a lot of questions and once they start asking questions, they find out that even though Celeste wasn't in town very long, there is a long list of suspects to look into.  

Readers will love, love, love, love, love this series !!! Sal and her family are a HOOT and you cannot help but love them and their crazy ways !!  The way that they all stand up for each other and protect each other will inspire you to look into your family.  However no matter how hard you look, I doubt you will have as much craziness as Sal has in hers and there is nothing wrong with that.  I only wish that I had a Grandma Rosa in my family....she is the glue that holds that family together and she does it so well !!!

I highly recommend giving this series some serious attention !!  I know that once you start reading you will be a fan for sure !!!

Review by Missi M.

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