Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Book Review & Giveaway: Flourless to Stop Him by Nancy J. Parra
From the publisher: The author of Murder Gone A-Rye and Gluten for Punishment returns to Oiltop, Kansas, where gluten-free baker Toni Holmes has to separate the wheat from the chaff to clear her brother of murder…
It’s never a good time for a crisis. Toni’s busy whipping up gluten-free holiday treats when a murder forces her to put baking on the back burner. A dead man has been found in the bathtub of a local inn—in a room registered to her brother, Tim.
With her sibling now a prime suspect in a mysterious homicide, Toni is determined to find out who set him up. But she’s about to get some unwanted assistance from former investigative journalist Grandma Ruth, who won’t let anything slow her progress in running down a killer…
The first two books in Nancy J. Parra's Baker's Treat mystery series have been in my TBR pile for awhile now, but I decided to jump in with this once since it's set at Christmas. What on earth have I been waiting for??? I loved every single minute of this mouth-watering mystery.
Toni returned home to Oiltop, Kansas following her mother's death and moved into her family's Victorian mansion. Her doors are always open to any of her 50+ relatives. Her brother Tim has recently moved out and finally getting his life together, but that all comes crashing down when a dead body is found in the bathtub of the inn Toni's BFF Tasha manages, and the room is registered to Tim. The police start considering the murder a drug deal gone wrong when drugs are found stashed away in Toni's garage and evidence surfaces of a series of hotel registrations all under Tim's name.
The star of the show here is Grandma Ruth, a scooter-driving, blog-writing, eccentric nonagenarian. She is an absolute riot and had me in stitches on more than one occasion. Toni's cousin Mindy is another standout character, visiting from NYC and harboring some secrets of her own.
Toni's gluten-free baking of her delectable treats during the Christmas season is just icing on the cake. I devoured every page and am ready for more!
Giveaway: Leave a comment by noon eastern on Monday, May 11th for your chance to win a paperback copy of Flourless to Stop Him. (US entries only, please, and don't forget your email address!)
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