For Whom the Bluebell Tolls

For whom the bluebell tolls

For Whom the Bluebell Tolls (A Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery #2)

This is the sequel to Bloom and Doom. As I posted that book a while ago, let’s recap. In the first book, cousins Audrey Bloom and Olivia “Liv” Rose-Meyer; find their flower shop unwittingly involved in a murder. Audrey is trying to help an old friend call off a wedding to a wealthy man, offering her a job at the flower shop as she no longer will have an income. When said ex-fiancé is found stabbed to death by one of the flower shop tools given to the friend to help her practice, Audrey is on the case to clear her friend’s name.


Time has passed since the first wedding and things at the flower shop are going well. Audrey has been dating Nick the baker, and that relationship is going well too. And to top it off; Audrey is closer to having enough money to purchase her grandmother’s cottage.

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But then a cloud comes over everything. Her ex-boyfriend, Brad, who left her for the city has come back to town.

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He’s not exactly back for Audrey, but works on the famous reality show Fix My Wedding. 


Fix My Wedding is a show in which brides agree to go on air and submit to the all the wedding planners’, Gigi Welch and Gary Davoll, decisions as they create the perfect weddings: flowers, cake, dress, etc.

The place they were going to use for the wedding of a bride obsessed with bells falls through, so Brad told them about their old church with a beautiful bell; and now they are moving the event to Ramble, Virgina.

While the town happily opens up to the crew, others are not so happy. A bride from a wedding gone wrong, has come with a set of bridesmaids to protest the TV show.

And to make things even more difficult for Audrey, one of the show’s hosts, Gary, is an insufferable jerk and the bride a complete diva. Audrey soon finds herself regretting ever agreeing to be on the show.

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But when said jerky host dies, Audrey finds herself worried about more than flowers, as she has to figure out who the murderer is, before he can strike again. Especially as her ex-boyfriend is looking to be the one to hang for the crime.

While said ex was a complete jerk and moron, Audrey can’t stand to see him wrongly imprisoned. So she starts researching into the people surrounding the case and discovers that there is much more about these characters than meets the eye. Before Gary joined the show he was an investigative journalist who made many enemies. As Audrey tries to whittle down the suspects, she finds her love life also in turmoil, as she has to choose between the budding baker romance, or an old flame.


Thoughts After Reading:

I really enjoyed this mystery, more than the first one as it was far more challenging. It not only had a great twist, but continued that small-town Southern charm introduced in the first book.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next novel in this series.

For more Bridal Bouquet Shop mysteries, go to Bloom and Doom

For more mysteries involving weddings, go to A Scandal in Bohemia

For more Southern mysteries, go to Death by Darjeeling

For more mystery reviews, go to This Pen for Hire


Candy from a Stranger


Candy from a Stranger by Daryl Buckner

I received this book free from Netgalley, in return for an honest review.


Ben Cain has his Phd in psychology and teaches at the community college in a town where he can do the teaching he loves, but take off and go fishing on the weekends. Him and his family live an ideal life.

That all changes when his eight-year old boy disappears on his way to the park. Being unable to cope without having the answers, without having his son; Cain sets off to find the person who took him and make him pay.

Sadly, the police have no leads. After investigating whether or not Cain actually murdered his own child they have come up empty.

Cain will not let it go, even though his wife has left him and returned to Washington to her parents. Cain instead launches his own investigation, believing that this is a serial kidnapper/killer and starts searching to see what other children fit this profile.

He starts tracking down families and going out to question them; when he ends up being in the places as the abductions happen. And the number one suspect for the Police and FBI.

Cain has a suspect based on the food wrappers, and starts searching for the guy, trying to follow him and find more information on him.

But this doesn’t deter Cain as he finds a boy that fits the profile and moves next door watching and stalking him, in order to protect him and catch the killer, along with hoping to discover the truth about what happened to his son.


I liked the idea of the tale of the missing child being told from a father’s point of view as that is not something really seen. However, I did not enjoy this book.

I felt the character was hard to connect to as they appeared so distraught that they had behavior that was really out there. From a character view it was well-done, from being the narrator of the story it made it difficult to read.

I also dislike that the author reveals who the kidnapper is so early on in the book, along with the way they portray police.

For more mysteries featuring disappearances, go to The Turquoise Trail Mystery

For more mysteries featuring kidnapping, go to Iced

For more serial killers, go to Psycho

For more not-in-a-series-mysteries, go to The Disappearance of Edwin Drood

Cottage Cheese Toast

Every time I make a recipe with cottage cheese, I always have a ton left over and am looking for something to do with it after. I found this recipe online, what site? I don’t remember.

Well here we go, a fast and easy (healthy) recipe.


  • Cottage Cheese
  • Bread (Any but I like Sourdough)
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Toast the bread.
  2. Cover toast with cottage cheese.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Thoughts After Cooking:

It was delicious and a great snack or breakfast.

For more toast, go to Twin Sun Toast

For more low calorie recipes, go to Cucumber Hummus Sandwich

For more recipes, go to Sugar Puffs

Murder at Hobcaw Barony


Murder at Hobcaw Barony (Eleanor Roosevelt Investigates #3) by Elliot Roosevelt

The third book in this series, Eleanor Roosevelt finds herself in the charming home of Bernard “Bernie” Baruch’s Hobcaw Barony. When she gets there she is surrounded by famous movie stars and producers; Humphrey Bogart, Joan Crawford,  Tallulah Bankhead, Darryl F. Zanuck, Robert Partridge, and Colleen Bingham.

It appears nobody is a friend of Partridge as he has burned a bridge with everyone. So it is no surprise when he winds up dead, being blown up.

Now which one did it? And will Eleanor figure it out before she has to return home.

Thoughts After Reading:

I did not like this book at all.

That’s the problem when you use famous people in your story instead of made up ones, we know who isn’t going to die or be the murderer. As we only have three made up characters it is easy to see who will die and who is the killer.

Predictable and boring. I’d skip if I were you.

For more Eleanor Roosevelt Investigates, go to The Hyde Park Murder

For more mystery reviews, go to Death by Darjeeling

Sugar Puffs

Thoughts Before Cooking:

I had a friend who loved this cookie recipe so much, that I made them for her birthday two years in a row.

This recipe comes from The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion: The Essential Cookie CookbookSugar. Yep another recipe from that fantastic cookbook.


  • 1/2 Cup of Confectioner’s Sugar (Powdered Sugar)
  • 3/4 Cup (1.5 sticks) of Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt (Extra-Fine Preferred)
  • 1.5 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup of Cornstarch
  • 1 Cup of Unbleached All-Purpose Flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.
  3. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, cream together sugar, butter, salt, and vanilla.
  4. Add the cornstarch and flour, stirring to make a cohesive dough.
  5. Drop the dough by tablespoonful onto the prepared baking sheets.
  6. Bake the cookies for 25 mins (I recommend 30) or until they are lightly golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to cookie rack to cool.

Thoughts After Baking:

These were delicious. I recommend them.

For more King Arthur Cookie Cookbook recipes, go to 1-2-3-4 Peanut Butter Cookies

For more cookie recipes, go to Chocolate Crinkles

For more sugar cookies, go to Aunt Neal’s Old-Fashioned Tea Cakes

For more dessert recipes, go to French Strawberries

Death by Darjeeling


Death by Darjeeling (A Tea Shop Mystery #1) by Laura Childs

Thoughts Before Reading:

I came upon the book Steeped in Evil at the library and decided to check it out. After I had started it, I realized it was part of a series and of course you know what that means. We have to go back and start this mystery series from the beginning.


Former advertising executive, now owner of a tea shop, Theodosia “Theo” Brown is busy with preparations for the Lamplighter Tour, a walking tour into the best homes and gardens of Charleston.

Theo has two shop employees Drayton Conneley, tea expert, perfect blenderer, and her right hand man; along with Haley, perennial college student, baker, and waitress; and Earl Gray, rescued mutt.

A wrench is thrown in the works when businessman Hughes Barron who is attempting to buy out historical homes and raze them for other means is murdered during the tour.

And not just murdered, poisoned! And Theo’s newly blended lamplighter mix is the vehicle the murderer choose.

Theo finds the investigation honing in on her, only to switch to Haley’s best friend Bethany as she was seen in a heated argument with the deceased, and was the one to serve him tea. Theo sets out to clear Bethany’s name and her tea; finding out that Barron is rife with enemies; from environmentalists to spurned ladies, to crooked business partners, it seems like everyone had a reason to kill him.

And Theo must watch out, she’s just been warned by the killer, back off or else she’s next.


Thoughts After Reading:

It wasn’t very good.

I hate it

It spent a lot of time developing the characters and their many backstories, but very little time on the actual mystery. And the ending reveal was abominable.

For more mysteries featuring poison, go to The Sign of the Four

For more on tea, go to Aunt Neal’s Old-Fashioned Tea Cakes

For more Southern mysteries, go to Crazy, VA

For more mystery reviews, go to A Case of Identity

A Case of Identity

“A Case of Identity” from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This is a really interesting case as it is one that Sherlock solves, but doesn’t “solve” as he can never reveal the truth to the client as she wouldn’t believe it.

One day Sherlock is remarking to Watson he hasn’t had an interesting case. However, there may be one in the future, near future, as in the girl who is pacing outside their door.

“I have seen those symptoms before,’ said Holmes, throwing his cigarette into the fire. ‘Oscillation upon the pavement always means an affair de coeur. She would like advice, but is not sure that the matter is not too delicate for communication.”

This new client is Miss Mary Sutherland. After Holmes amazes her with his deductive abilities, she introduces her case.

She is here to seek help in finding a Mr. Hosmer Angel.

Mary’s father died not to long ago, and shortly after her mother remarried a Mr. Windibank, fifteen years her junior and five years older than Mary, and they sold the Sutherland plumbing business for £4700. Mary has £100 annual that she receives from her uncle Ned.

She lives at home, earning a side income of £60 at typing, and has a genial relationship with her mother and “father”. She signs over her her £100, as she wants to help at home and can do well off her side income.

Mary used to go out and have fun while her father was alive, but Mr. Windibank never let’s them go anywhere. When they receive tickets to the gasfitter’s ball, in memoriam to her late father, Mary rebels. She decides to go, while her stepfather sulks off to France. She attends the dance with her mother and their old foreman, Mr. Hardy.

There she met Hosmer Angel. They continued to spend time together, as he asked her for walks, courting her. But then one day, her stepfather returns and no more is seen of Mr. Angel.

The two wrote letters and became engaged. However, he will not come around when her father is home.

He was a shy man, retiring, gentlemanly, soft voice, he had weak eyes like Mary and wore tinted glasses.

When her stepfather left, Hosmer Angel returned. They planned to get married and Hosmer made her swear on a bible that whatever happened she would always be true. Mary was worried about stepfather but her mother said to forget it. Mary was still worried as it felt underhanded and wrote to her stepfather, only to receive the letter back.

The day of the wedding Hosmer Angel placed Mary and her mother in a cab , following behind them. But when they reached the church, he had VANISHED!

Her mother and father were very upset and told Mary to forget him. He was just a cad and it wasn’t like he had borrowed money or married her and took off. But Mary can’t forget. She must know where her love is.

She advertised for him in the paper, but nothing. No one knows him and she has not heard from him again.

Where is he?

Sherlock agrees to the case and Mary leaves him to think on it.

Now Sherlock has picked up on many clues, one of which being the letters she received from her Betrothed, Hosmer Angel, were all typewritten, even the signature. Very odd.

He then writes two letters-one to a firm in the city, sand the second to Mr. Windibank.

The two wait for the reply.

The next day, Mr. Windibank answers the note and arrives at Baker Street. Sherlock discusses the case, the letters, etc-Mr. Windibank making a lot of bluster that he would like to catch the guy who did this to his daughter. But then Sherlock reveals who the guy is, Mr. Windibank.

Yes, Mr. Windibank was just a gold digger. He married the widow for her money and was also enjoying the money of the stepdaughter. He tried to do everything he could to keep her from marrying and taking her money with her.

First he never let her out or to any events, but soon Mary grew tired of this and rebelled. Windibank knew it was only a matter of time until she went somewhere and met someone, and he decided the only one she would meet would be himself.

He got his wife to help him and disguised himself. He wanted to distract Mary and knew the best way to hook her was to get her promise of undying love. And on the day of the wedding he entered the carriage on one side, exiting through the other to “vanish”. With such an event, he knew that Mary would never stop trying to look for her “fiancé” and that her heart would be stolen forever.

Thoughts After Reading:

The sad thing about this is that Mary is unlikely to believe him, so he decides to give that view up. But poor girl, how sad that her stepfather and MOTHER would conspire against her like that? I think this is one of the sadder stories in Sherlock Holmes. And now she will spend her life thinking and having her heart stolen by that jerk. And him, nothing he did was really against the law, but how horrible. Sherlock threatens to beat him with a whip for his treachery, but Wiindibank hurries away-fast. Too bad, I would have liked him to get his just desserts.

For more Sherlock Holmes, go to The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

For more by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, go to The Red Headed League

For more from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, go to A Scandal in Bohemia

For more short stories, go to Punishment Without Crime

Creamy Parmesan Spaghetti

Thoughts Before Cooking:

Since Wednesday was Valentine’s Day, I decided to post a very special recipe-one of my valentine’s favorite food.

I made this for him on our anniversary last month and used the recipe provided by The Recipe Critic


  • 12 oz Spaghetti Noodles (I used Angel Hair)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Butter
  • 3 Teaspoons of Minced Garlic
  • 1 Cup of Heavy Cream
  • 2/3 Cup of Shaved Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Cook spaghetti noodles according to the box’s directions.
  2. Drain and set aside.
  3. Add butter to skillet and melt over medium heat.
  4. Add garlic and stir until fragrant (2-3 minutes).
  5. Transfer spaghetti to pan and stir in garlic butter.
  6. Add cream and parmesan cheese to pan and coat the noodles.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste-top off with Parmesan cheese.

Thoughts After Cooking:

It was delicious and he just loved it.

It was easy and so great-you should try it for yourself.

For more pasta recipes, go to Spinach Pasta Salad

For more recipes, go to Cucumber Hummus Sandwich

This Pen for Hire

I wonder if  the same thing happens when you spell it Jaine Austen, because if it is then this author has killed 16.5 of them.

No wonder dating is do hard these days.

But enough joshing. Before we get to the review let’s take a moment and address the day:

Happy Valentine’s Day

Whether you love it or hate it, I hope you have fantastic day.

Now on to the review:

This Pen for Hire (Jaine Austen Mystery #1) by Laura Levine

Thoughts Before Reading:

I have read a few of the Jaine Austen Mysteries, really only the ones that are a part of the three Christmas stories involving the Hannah Swensen Mysteries and the Lucy Stone Mysteries. And what did I think of them?

I thought the ones I read were horrible and that the character of Jaime Austen was awful and badly written. I couldn’t stand it:

Another thing that really bothers me is that the author named her character Jaine Austen but she has nothing to do with Jane Austen. It isn’t a remake of her her works, Jaine isn’t a fan of Jane, etc. Nothing in similar except that they are both writers, but as Jane Austen was amazing, Jaine is just a hack.

I just don’t get it.

Plot Synopsis:

Jaine Austen is a freelance writer and does everything from resumes, to personal ads, to jingle, etc. Whatever comes her way she takes on.

However, her newest client has asked for something far different and harder to write-love letters. Geeky Howard Murdoch is in love with the blonde, vivacious, and ambitious aerobics instructor, Stacy Lawrence.

Jaine takes the challenge, and through some careful wording and suggestion she actually manages to help Howard score Stacy. They have a date planned for Valentine’s Day.


However, this fairy tale story ends horribly when Howard goes to pick Stacy up and finds her bludgeoned to death by her thigh master, with Howard looking to be the prime suspect.

Jaine is shocked and horrified that her letter, and half truths in it, has implicated Howard and destroyed his credibility. She decides to search for the real killer. This won’t be easy when it turns out that Stacey is hated by practically everyone she’s come across.

Thoughts After Reading:

I HATED IT! Why did I waste my time reading it?

It was horrible! A boring story, an unintelligent character, just disappointing and a total yawn.

How could this author have been a writer for Three’s Company and The Love Boat? This book was horrid.

They make the cops incredibly stupid as well. I mean really? They think Howard killed her and he barely knows her? He isn’t even that strong! And when he has no motive but every one else who is in her life does?

Jaine gets involved with a guy and asks for his alibi, and that’s that. Really? He could be lying! You are so stupid and a horrible investigator.

For more Valentine’s Day posts, go to The Cat Who Could Read Backwards

For more mysteries with love letters, go to Paper Roses

For more mysteries, go to Larceny and Old Lace

Cucumber Hummus Sandwich

Thoughts Before Cooking:

Here is a healthy, low-calorie sandwich that is tasty and easy to make. I used to eat this al the time when I was at University. I hope you all enjoy it.


  • Cucumbers, peeled and sliced
  • Hummus
  • Bread (I use Whole Grain)


  1. Toast bread.
  2. Slice the cucumber.
  3. When bread is toasted, spread each slice with hummus.
  4. Lay cucumber on bread, and place a bread slice on top of the other.
  5. Enjoy!

Thoughts After Reading:

You can add as much or as little cucumber as you like-and make the slices as thick or thin as you prefer. Either way it is delicious!

For more sandwich recipes, go to Garlic, Tomato, Basil Grilled Cheese Sandwich

For more low-calorie dishes, go to Two-Cheese Roasted-Veggie Pasta

For more vegetarian meals, go to Eggplant Tomato Bites

For more recipes, go to Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage & Spinach

Larceny and Old Lace


Larceny and Old Lace (A Den of Antiquity Mystery #1) by Tamar Myers

Recently divorced Abigail Timberlake is the owner of the antique shop Den of Antiquity. Everything changes for her when her Aunt Eulonia Wiggins, a fellow dealer, is found murdered.


A lot of things don’t add up though. The murder weapon was an antique bell pull, something Aunt Eulonia would never own.

Aunt Eulonia priceless lace has been stolen

And, someone has threatened Abigail’s son!

Abigail is on the case.

Thoughts After Reading:

I hate this book.

I can’t stand the main character, she just is so argh.

I love the catchy titles, but that is just not enough for me.

For more mysteries involving antique shops, go to The Cat Who Turned On and Off

For more mystery reviews, go to Crazy, VA

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage & Spinach

Thoughts Before Cooking:

So I have been wanting to make this tortellini soup recipe for quite some time now. I actually have two pinned on pinterest, and chose one of them.

This recipe comes from The Yellow Bliss Road blog.


  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1 pound ground Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 cup diced Onion (about 1/2 medium sized onion)
  • 1 tablespoon minced Garlic
  • 1-28 oz can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1-32. oz. box of Vegetable Broth (chicken works too)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped Basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 9-ounce package refrigerated tortellini
  • 2 cups packed fresh spinach
  • Parmesan Cheese


  1. Heat a large, heavy bottomed pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Heat vegetable oil and add diced onion.
  3. Saute until onions are soft.
  4. Crumble Italian Sausage and garlic with the onion.
  5. Cook until sausage is no longer pink.
  6. Stir in crushed tomatoes, vegetable (or chicken) broth, basil, salt and pepper.
  7. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and cover.
  8. Let soup simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  9. Add tortellini and spinach and simmer for about ten minutes, until pasta is tender.
  10. Serve with shredded Parmesan.

Thoughts After Cooking:

I thought this soup was amazing.

Even my boyfriend who can’t stand my “healthy food” loved it.

For more The Yellow Bliss Road Recipes, go to Crostini

For more soup recipes, go to Baked Potato Soup

For more tortellini recpies, go to Broccoli & Tortellini Salad with Pesto

For more pinterest recipes, go to Spinach Pasta Salad

Crazy, VA


Crazy, VA (Lil & Boris #1)

Sheriff Littlepage “Lil” Eller of Crazy, VA must be crazy to live in a town full of her relations who hate her and each other.

For years the Ellers and Littlepages have been having their own Hatfield and McCoy type feuding. All except for one female Littlepage and male Eller who decided to run way together and have a child.

After their death she was raised by her aunt, a pariah from the group, and has hated both factions of her genetic code. She becomes the sheriff and tries to govern a town where most of the population hates her and one used to taking bribes rather than following law and order.

She finds herself heir to millions when an oversight by her grandfather left her in the Littlepage will. Instead of holding onto it, she donates it to the county to be the new home for rescued animals.

Lil is no stranger to rescue animals as the only deputy she can hold onto is a previously abused tomcat, Boris.

Then Crazy has its first murder in ages when Lil’s cousin Lisa Littlepage Hunter is found dead.

This case is extremely difficult as not only does she have to spend time questioning people she can’t stand, but finds herself in one tangled web with people blocking her every which way.


Thoughts After Reading:

I didn’t like this book at all. It took forever to get to the mystery part, just introduced a bunch of characters without taking them anywhere, and ended abruptly.

The only thing I did like was the character of Boris. After all:


For more cat-centered mysteries, go to The Cat Who Turned On and Off

For more Southern mysteries, go to Death Threads

For more Charles Dickens, go to The Disappearance of Edwin Drood

For more mysteries, go to The Cereal Murders

Cheese Potato Crisps

So there were a few recipes I wanted to make from The Cereal Murders, but I didn’t have a chance to. So instead I decided to pull out a recipe that actually uses cereal and place it here instead. I’ve made this recipe so many times, the page is all messed up and torn-it is that good.

So this recipe comes from The Kellogg’s Cookbook and uses the cereal corn flakes. I am telling you this is one of the best potato dishes ever-no joke.

You defintely need to try it yourself.

“These are better than French fries! We guarantee that once you try them, you’ll make these cheesy potatoes a standard at your table. Using different cheeses such as Monterey Jack, American, Swiss, or grated Parmesan cheese, and a bit of chili powder easily adds variety and keeps the dish interesting.


  • 2 Cups of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes
  • 3 Large Baking Potatoes, peeled and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Paprika
  • 1/4 Cup of Sliced Scallions or Green Onions
  • Non-Stick Cooking Spray


  1. Place the corn flakes in a reusable plastic bag.
  2. Seal the bag and, using a rolling pin, crush the flakes to a medium crumb.
  3. Open the bag and measure the crumbs, you should have 1 cup. Set aside.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  5. Lightly coat a large baking sheet with Non-Stick Cooking Spray.
  6. Lay the potatoes on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Lightly coat with Non-Stick Cooking Spray.
  7. Sprinkle the potatoes with salt to taste.
  8. Sprinkle each potato with some of the cheese.
  9. Top with corn flake crumbs and a sprinkling of paprika.
  10. Bake in the preheated oven, without turning, for about 25 mins, or until potatoes are cooked through and golden brown.
  11. Remove from oven and transfer to a serving platter.
  12. Serve with scallions.

Thoughts After Cooking:

Sorry no picture, but these are the best potatoes ever! After eating this, it will be all you want.

For more recipes from The Kellogg’s Cookbook, go to Ham and Cheese Monte Cristos

For more potato recipes, go to Fries Quatro Queso Dos Fritos

For more cereal recipes, go to Rice Krispies Cookies

For more recipes, go to Garlic, Tomato, Basil Grilled Cheese Sandwich

The Cereal Murders


The Cereal Murders (Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #3) by Diane Mott Davidson

Things are going well for Goldy. She had to change her name, but since then she has a contract with her son’s school, Elk Park Preparatory school, providing refreshments for the senior college advisory events.

Julian Teller, the boy that Goldie is caring from since her last adventure in Dying for Chocolateis a senior and involved in all these events. He is having a particularly hard time competing with all these other kids who are striving for Ivy League, while he wishes for culinary school.

The first event is a tired affair, as the parents are insufferable. To make things worse, her assistant’s child is also a senior so she has to hear “my kid is best” in the kitchen and in the hall.

The child who is getting the prized scholarship is Keith Andrews, “Saint Andrews” to others. He gives a speech, but upsets many people.  When the event continues with no problem, other than the wiring being bad and the lights going out.

Goldie is in a hurry to get home as it is snowing ferociously outside. As she prepares to leave she spots something in the snow. It looks like a coat and she goes to pick it up when it turns out to be a body.

Keith Andrews.

It turns out old Keith wasn’t any Saint. He was a blackmailer with something on everyone, had lied about his resume and who he was, and had a newspaper story that is rumored to blow the top off “something.”


No one liked him which means there are a numerous amount of suspects out there.

Goldy tries not to get involved, but soon finds herself a target; from broken windows, iced walkways, threatening calls, and Arch being victim of some extremely creepy pranks. (So creepy I would have sued the school for not doing anything.)

But the body count doesn’t stay with just one. Others are killed in gruesome ways in order to help a child continue to their Ivy League Dream. But which child? Or which parent?



Thoughts After Reading:

It was an extremely compelling mystery, although the “college” and “my kid is best” talk gets very boring.

However, the rest of the novel kept me turning pages as I just had to know who the killer was.

The end, fantastic. I loved it.

For more Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries, go to Dying for Chocolate

For more blackmail mysteries, go to Secrets Can Kill

For more mysteries, go to The Butterfly and the Violin