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Two Wicked Desserts: 08/20/21
Two Wicked Desserts by Lynn Cahoon is the second full length mystery in the Kitchen Witch mystery series. It comes after the novella, Murder 101 (2021).
The man arrested at the end of One Poison Pie (2021) has been released early and is back in Magic Falls to harass her some more. He's still convinced that she will sell the old school to him.
Closer to home, though, Mia's apartment is full. She has her friend and employee, Christine, her grandmother, and now Dorian's daughter, Cindy, staying with her. To make matters worse, a man is murdered in her yard where she's planning an herb garden. Did houseguest Cindy have something to do with his death or was it someone from town?
With a celebrity house guest, I was reminded once again of the Merry Muffin mystery series, this time Much Ado About Muffin (2016). Mia's grandmother serves in the role of the Pish of this series. So far, though, she comes across as less impetuous.
After reading the three novellas in this series in quick succession, I found the pacing of this full length mystery to be sluggish in parts. It seemed that the authorities backslid in their competence. There's also the on-going magical and paranormal side threads that are there to set up future books and do some world building, but they are sometimes in direct conflict with the more mundane aspects of the murder investigation.
The next book in the series is another novella. Have a Holly, Haunted Christmas releases October 26, 2021.