Revenge Is Sweet, Deadly Sweet Tooth and Into the Sweet Hereafter (Vintage Sweets Mysteries #1, #2 and #3) by Kaye George #bookreviews #mystery

Title: Revenge Is Sweet

Author: Kaye George

Publisher:  Lyrical Press 

Publication Date: March 10, 2020

Page Count: 195

My rating: 3 stars

About the book:

In the picturesque tourist town of Fredericksburg, Texas, Tally Holt has opened a new candy store with a vintage twist . . .but there’s no sugar-coating a nasty case of murder . . .
 
Tally Holt has poured her heart, soul, and bank account into Tally’s Olde Tyme Sweets, specializing in her grandmother’s delicious recipes. Tally’s homemade Mallomars, Twinkies, fudges, and taffy are a hit with visiting tourists—and with Yolanda Bella, the flamboyant owner of Bella’s Baskets next door. But both shops encounter a sour surprise when local handyman Gene Faust is found dead in Tally’s kitchen, stabbed with Yolanda’s scissors.
 
The mayor’s adopted son, Gene was a handsome Casanova with a bad habit of borrowing money from the women he wooed. It’s a sticky situation for Yolanda, who was one of his marks. There are plenty of other likely culprits among Fredericksburg’s female population, and even among Gene’s family. But unless Tally can figure out who finally had their fill of Gene’s sweet-talking ways, Yolanda—and both their fledgling businesses—may be destined for a bitter end . . .

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Title: Deadly Sweet Tooth

Author: Kaye George

Publisher:   Lyrical Press

Publication Date: June 2, 2020

Page Count: 182

My rating: 3 stars

About the book:

Vintage sweets, a deadly surprise, and a mischievous Maine Coon cat—Deadly Sweet Tooth is the delightful cozy mystery you’ve been waiting for!

In a darling tourist town like Fredericksburg, Texas, a vintage sweet shop offering delicious old-fashioned favorites is a perfect fit—until someone decides to debut a recipe that’s lusciously lethal…

With Tally’s Old Tyme Sweets finally—well, almost—turning a profit, Tally Holt is taking one busy Saturday off to host a grand party for her parents, traveling performers who spend most of their time on the road. Tally’s counting on the publicity and free treats to attract new customers. And the event is a sweet success—at least until Fran Abraham, the town’s foul-tempered theater director, drops dead after a bitter confrontation with Tally’s mother.

Murder was definitely not on Tally’s menu, but it’s clear that Fran’s death wasn’t natural. The list of possible culprits includes not just Tally’s mom, but her protective dad too. Relying on Yolanda Bella, her best friend and the proprietor of Bella’s Baskets next door, for help, Tally will need to unwrap the sticky pasts and unsavory presents of everyone from her own parents to her new hires before Fran’s death sours everybody on her fledgling shop….

Recipe included! And this one promises not to kill…

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Title: Into the Sweet Hereafter

Author: Kaye George

Publisher:  Lyrical Press

Publication Date: March 9, 2021

Page Count: 231

My rating: 3 stars

About the book:

Spring has sprung in the charming tourist town of Fredericksburg, Texas, and one of the tastiest attractions is a trip to Tally’s Old Tyme Sweets—until a bizarre burglary leaves a bitter aftertaste . . .

Tally Holt is thrilled to see her new replicas of vintage sweets displayed in the window of Bella’s Baskets, a gift basket shop owned by her friend, Yolanda Bella. There’s just one problem—the creations appear to be melting. The ladies assume the culprit is the broiling heat of the Texas sun—until that night, the store window is smashed, and there’s only one thing missing: the replicas.
 
Tally is positively stumped. Clearly, the useless fake candies are more special than she bargained for—but why? When a rash of seemingly unrelated burglaries sweeps through the area, Tally is determined to sleuth out the answer—and stop a thief from killing more than the town’s appetite . . .

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Revenge Is Sweet, Deadly Sweet Tooth and Into the Sweet Hereafter by Kaye George are the first three books of the cozy Vintage Sweets Mysteries series. Each book of the series does contain it’s own mystery to be solved so they can be read as a standalone or in any order if choosing to do so. There is however some character development that carries over from book to book for those that read the series from the beginning.

The Vintage Sweets Mysteries series features Tally Holt who owns Tally’s Olde Tyme Sweets in Fredericksburg, Texas where she recreates her grandmother’s old recipes. Tally is good friends with the owner of the shop next door, Bella’s Baskets, Yolanda Bella. Tally and Yolanda’s first adventure in nabbing a murderer came when Tally found a body in her kitchen that had been stabbed with Yolanda’s scissors so of course they need to cross themselves off the suspect list. From the on Tally and Bella have had to again and again track down murderers in the quaint town.

The Vintage Sweets Mysteries series is another cozy mystery series that really seems to have all the things I could ask for in a mystery series but yet I still found myself walking away thinking just that was alright. There was just a spark missing that really pulls me into loving cozy series and I thought perhaps it was just having more characters and shorter stories that didn’t give a lot of chance for depth but even after reading the first three I just wasn’t wowed and that the were just ok mysteries.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

About the author:

Kaye George is a novel and short-story writer. She writes the People of the Wind pre-history Neanderthal mysteries, published by Untreed Reads, the first nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel.

Also two traditional series: Cressa Carraway musical mysteries, the first a finalist for the Silver Falchion Award; and the humorous Texas Imogene Duckworthy series, the first nominated for an Agatha for Best First Novel.

And these cozies: the Fat Cat series set in Dinkytown, Minneapolis (all Barnes & Noble best-sellers) written as Janet Cantrell; the latest written as Kaye George, Vintage Sweets series set in Fredericksburg Texas.

More than fifty of her short stories have appeared online, in anthologies, magazines, her own collection, one thrillogy, and her own anthology of eclipse stories, DAY OF THE DARK. “Handbaskets, Drawers, and a Killer Cold,” nominated for an Agatha for Best Short Story; Austin Mystery Writers’ MURDER ON WHEELS, Silver Falchion Award winner; and in 2019 “Grist for the Mill” (in the anthology MURDER OF CROWS) was nominated for a Derringer and an Agatha.

She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Guppies, Authors Guild of TN, Austin Mystery Writers, and lives in Knoxville, TN where she is the co-founder of Smoking Guns, the local Sisters in Crime chapter. She also reviews for Suspense Magazine and edits the “What’s Your Process” column in Mysterical-E magazine.

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