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Muffin But Trouble: 10/20/21
Muffin But Trouble by Victoria Hamilton and Margaret Strom (Narrator) is the sixth book in the Merry Muffin mystery series. Since the conclusion of Muffin to Fear (2017), Merry and her husband have moved into their dream home. Wynter Castle is on its way to being transformed into a center for the arts.
While running an errand Merry is accosted by a doomsday cult member. She's called a harlot and a jezebel. Rather than ignoring him and moving on, she decides to investigate. Her curiosity leads to the realization that there are a number of missing young women as well as a number of other women found murdered. Merry comes to the conclusion that the murders and the missing girls are probably both tied to the cult.
This volume is a particularly grim story. It has a similar tone and similar themes to Tippy Toe Murder by Leslie Meier (1994). Basically, Muffin by Trouble reads like a thriller that's been repackaged as a cozy. It covers brainwashing, sex trafficking, and abuse among other things.
The next book is Double of Muffin (2021).