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Private I. Guana: The Case of the Missing Chameleon by Nina Laden
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And Then There Were Crumbs: 03/21/22

And Then There Were Crumbs

And Then There Were Crumbs by Eve Calder and Christa Lewis (Narrator) is the start of the Cookie House mystery series. It features another woman at a crossroads in her life, fleeing the big city to make a new start in a small town. This time it's pasty chef, Kate McGuire, who has left Manhattan and newly arrived in Coral Kay, Florida.

Kate by the skin of her teeth manages to find a place to stay and work: a bakery run by a cantankerous man, Sam Hepplewhite, who refuses to allow cookies in his shop. His specialty is sourdough. Before she can even get settled, there's a break-in and then a murder that points to Kate's new boss.

And Then There Were Crumbs takes advantage of it's location to bring in a diverse cast of supporting characters. I especially love Maxi, the Cuban-American florist who takes Kate in when her boss is arrested. She is the lifeline that Kate needs to succeed: both in keeping the bakery afloat while Sam is in jail, and in clearing his name.

I listened to the audio and Christa Lewis does a marvelous job of bringing each of the characters to life. Each one is distinct and easily recognizable.

The second book is Sugar and Vice (2020).

Five stars

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