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And Then There Were Crumbs: 03/21/22
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).