Silenced by Sugar by Catherine Bruns is the fifth book in the “Cookies & Chance” mystery series. Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing, January 2018

Full-time baker and sometime-sleuth Sally Muccio is enjoying life as a new bride and only wishes that sales in her bakery would pick up. So when popular TV host Donna Dooley invites her and best friend, Josie, to be guests on Someone’s in the Kitchen with Donna, it’s the answer to their prayers. The pair is excited about the opportunity until they discover Donna’s new assistant is none other than Josie’s former nemesis from culinary school, Kelly Thompson.

Like cookies in a hot oven, temperatures rise, and their animosity escalates into a food fight during the taping—which then goes viral! But when a dead body is then discovered on the set, fingers immediately point to Josie, and Sal’s usual sassy partner is at a loss of how to defend herself. Sal’s world is once again plunged into chaos as she attempts to keep her friend out of jail, control a blast from the past that threatens to harm her marriage, and keep her crazy parents at bay as they film a commercial for a funeral home. Already knee deep in dough, Sal discovers a possible link between the current murder and an unsolved one from the past. But she’ll have to work fast because a killer is on her trail and determined to silence Sal. . .forever.
Recipes included!

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This is another one of my favorite series that I enjoy. Sally is at it again, and this time to protect her best friend Josie, when an altercation lands her in hot water and she becomes the prime suspect in the murder. This was such a fun book to read that I devoured all that was happening as I had to know how this was going to end. The pacing of this multi-plot whodunit was on par with how well this story was told with a comfortable tone that made it easy to follow along with the various scenes. There were plenty of suspects with clues scattered here and there to keep me guessing. The author knows how to stage a mystery that kept me engaged and entertained, especially with Sal’s family – both her father and mother appearing in a new commercial, the wise wisdom of her grandmother and the presence of someone from Mike’s past. All in all, this was one of the best book in the series and I can’t wait to see where we go next with Sally, Josie, Mike and the rest of the gang.

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