Muffin But MurderMuffin but Murder by Victoria Hamilton is the second book in the “Merry Muffin” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, July 2014

Merry’s career as a New York City stylist has crumbled, but her passion for muffins has helped her rise upstate in Autumn Vale. Everyone in town loves the tasty treats. Still, she would like to return to her glamorous life. Besides, the upkeep of Wynter Castle is expensive, and Merry’s cup isn’t exactly overflowing.

So in order to bring some prospective buyers into the mix, Merry whisks together a spooky soiree and decorates the castle with dashes of fabric and a sprinkling of spider webs. Friends new and old are invited, and everyone has a blast. But as the revelers empty out, Merry notices one partygoer who isn’t leaving—or breathing. Now Merry must hurry to unmask a killer before her perfect plans turn into a recipe for disaster.

I liked it. Merry and her friends are back with her still trying to sell the inherited castle. When a party ends with a dead body and her friend becomes the prime suspect, Merry will do what is necessary to clear his name. This was very enjoyable and I love the camaraderie between the friends including the new ones that surrounds this great cast of characters. The mystery was good and I found this both engaging and entertaining. I can’t wait for the next book in this pleasantly appealing series.

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