Murder Gone A-Rye by Nancy Parra is the second book in the “Baker’s Treat” mystery series. Publisher: Berkly Prime Crime, May 2014
Toni Holmes is the best gluten-free baker in Oiltop, Kansas—okay, she’s the only one—but when her grandmother becomes a murder suspect, she’s more concerned with keeping Grandma free.
When Toni’s beloved—and eccentric—grandma Ruth is arrested for the murder of her archenemy, Lois Striker, it’s time for a senior moment of truth. Telltale tracks from a scooter like the one Grandma Ruth rides lead the police to suspect the outspoken oldster, but Toni knows her grandmother wouldn’t burn a cookie, let alone extinguish a life.
In fact, the case has Grandma more revved up than her infamous scooter. A former investigative journalist, she decides to solve the murder herself—with help from Toni—by digging up long-buried town secrets. But as Grandma scoots in where others fear to tread, Toni needs to make sure she not only stays out of jail but out of harm’s way.
Grandma is at it again in this wonderful sophomore entry from Ms. Parra. The fun begins as grandma is on a case that will expose some well-hidden secrets. When grandma become a primary suspect in a murder, it will take the whole quirky and eccentric family that is Toni’s to bring a killer to justice.
This was such a great read with a mystery that was nicely prepared that kept me entertained in this hilarious romp in crime solving with the dynamic trio that is Grandma Ruth, Aunt Phyllis and Toni. I love the comfortable feel and flow of this fast-paced and action-filled whodunit that I could not put down because I had to know what antics grandma would get herself involved in. I enjoyed following the clues that the author presented with some surprises that gave this lighthearted drama a nice little twist. Boasting a great cast of characters and engaging conversations, this is a fantastic read and I can’t wait for the next book in this delightfully charming series.