Game of Scones by Mary Lee Ashford #bookreview #mystery

Title: Game of Scones

Author: Mary Lee Ashford

Publisher: Lyrical Underground

Publication Date: December 4, 2018

Page Count: 254

My rating: 3 1/2 stars

About the book:

As co-owner of Sugar and Spice Cookbooks, Sugar Calloway has seen simple confections bring friends together and spark fiery feuds. Except this time, the recipe truly is to die for . . . 

After losing her job as food editor at a glossy magazine, Rosetta Sugarbaker Calloway—aka “Sugar” to friends—isn’t sweet on accepting defeat and crawling back to her gossipy southern hometown. So when she has an opportunity to launch a community cookbook business with blue-ribbon baker Dixie Spicer in peaceful St. Ignatius, Iowa, she jumps at the chance to start over from scratch . . .

But as Sugar assembles recipes for the local centennial celebration, it’s not long before she’s up to her oven mitts in explosive threats, too-hot-to-handle scandals, and a dead body belonging to the moody matriarch of the town’s first family. With suspicions running wild, Sugar and Spice must solve the murder before someone innocent takes the heat—and the real culprit gathers enough ingredients to strike again . . .

* Includes delicious recipes! *


Game of Scones by Mary Lee Ashford is the first book of the cozy A Sugar & Spice Mystery series. This series introduces Rosetta Sugarbaker Calloway who prefers to just be called Sugar by her friends. After losing her job at a magazine Sugar teamed up with baker Dixie Spicer, the other half of Sugar and Spice, to start a cookbook in the small town of St. Ignatius, Iowa.

Sugar and Dixie came up with the idea of making the cookbook a community effort but as they are gathering recipes for the centennial celebration they find out pleasing everyone is not as easy as it sounds. As much as they knew there were bickering and threats they never expect to find a dead body and have a murder to be solved on their hands.

Yes, it’s another small town cozy with quirky characters and lots of culinary delights for the foodies out there, there are even some yummy recipes included in case the book gives readers cravings. This was a solid start to the new series with decent mystery to solve to clear the aunt of one of the characters of a murder charge. I’ll be looking forward to seeing what happens with the characters in the next installment of the series.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

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About the author:

Mary Lee Ashford is a lifelong bibliophile, an avid reader, and supporter of public libraries. In addition to writing the Sugar and Spice series for Kensington Books, she also writes as half of the writing team of Sparkle Abbey, author of the national bestselling Pampered Pets mystery series from Bell Bridge Books.

Prior to publishing Mary Lee won first place in the Daphne du Maurier contest, sponsored by the Kiss of Death chapter of RWA, and was a finalist in Murder in the Grove’s mystery contest, as well as Killer Nashville’s Claymore Dagger contest.

She is the founding president of Sisters in Crime – Iowa and a board member of the Mystery Writers of America Midwest chapter, as well as a member of Novelists, Inc., Romance Writers of America, Kiss of Death the RWA Mystery Suspense chapter, Sisters in Crime, and the SinC internet group Guppies.

She loves encouraging writers and is a frequent lecturer and workshop presenter for writers’ groups. Mary Lee has a passionate interest in creativity and teaches a university level course in Creative Management to MPA candidates, as well as presenting workshops and blogging about creativity.

She currently resides in the midwest with her husband, Tim, and Sparkle, the rescue cat namesake of the Sparkle Abbey pseudonym. Her delights are reading and enjoying her two sons and daughter-in-laws, and six grandchildren.

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8 replies

  1. Not only does your review tempt me, but that is the most delicious looking cover. I think I will have to make some scones tomorrow because i am drooling. I will have to do lemon blueberry ones though because that is what i have in the house.

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