Title: Risky Biscuits
Author: Mary Lee Ashford
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publication Date: July 9, 2019
Page Count: 252
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
Former magazine editor “Sugar” Calloway’s life has taken a delicious twist since she launched a community cookbook publishing business with blue-ribbon baker Dixie Spicer. Now these amateur sleuths must solve a small-town murder—without getting burned . .
Sugar and Spice Cookbooks’ newest project is a fundraiser organized by the St. Ignatius Crack of Dawn Breakfast Club, famous for their all-you-can-eat biscuits and gravy events. But when a group member is found dead, Sugar and Spice’s priorities change from raising dough to figuring out who put murder on the menu.
The return of former badboy Nick Marchant has stirred the town’s gossips too. Add a few grudges and some old-fashioned greed over a land deal into the mix, and it’s a recipe for mayhem. And when someone serves up a second helping of murder, Sugar and Spice need to sift the guilty from the blameless, or their next breakfast may be their last . . .
* Includes delicious recipes! *
Risky Biscuits by Mary Lee Ashford is the second installment of the cozy A Sugar & Spice Mystery series. As with most cozy mystery series each book in the A Sugar & Spice Mystery series features it’s own mystery that is solved within the book so each can be read as a standalone or in any order. There is character development that carries over from book to book for those that do follow from the beginning though.
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 publishing business in the small town of St. Ignatius, Iowa.
Sugar and Dixie have now taken on a new job at Sugar and Spice Cookbooks in organizing the recipes from a fundraiser organized by the St. Ignatius Crack of Dawn Breakfast Club. However the gals end up back to their sluething when a member of the club turns up murdered.
The A Sugar & Spice Mystery series is 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. With likable characters and a decent mystery involved again I’d rate this second installment of the series at three and a half stars.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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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.
For more information, visit her website at: http://www.MaryLeeAshford.com