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A Tale of Two Cookies: 07/22/22
A Tale of Two Cookies by Eve Calder and Christa Lewis (Narrator) (2021) is the third book in the Cookie House mystery series. Kate McGuire has designed cookie cake toppers for a last minute wedding for a friend. When the groom doesn't show, Kate and her close circle of friends are the only ones willing to believe something has happened to him.
The groom's adult children, his ex-girl friend and others from his past paint a very different picture. If they are to be believed, Judson never wanted to marry Desiree. She is a delusional stalker who even after he's gone, won't leave, and won't stop making trouble.
This volume is unusual for the cozies I've read. Kidnappings and missing persons are so very rare, especially when they don't end up with a body. I really expected Judson to turn up dead the day after his wedding no-show.
In the background of Judson's disappearance, there's a reality show being filmed at the mansion that featured in Sugar and Vice (2020). The house appears tied to smuggling or some other illegal activities being done via cigarette boats.
The novel has the usual collection of characters. Kate has built a good life for her on the island and has the support she needs to run a successful business and be an amateur sleuth.
As of writing this review there's no announced fourth volume. Should that change in the future, I will definitely continue reading!