Two Parts Sugar, One Part Murder by Valerie Burns

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I am so glad this series exists! I cannot wait for book 2 now!! This was a wonderful cozy mystery with an amazing dog everyone will fall in love with and quirky characters to keep you laughing!

When Maddy inherits her recently passed great aunt’s home, bakery, and dog, she’s definitely in over her head. She’s happy to just sell it all and get the money for more shoes, except that there’s a clause in this will. She can’t just sell it, she’s got to live in the house, run the bakery, and care for the dog. When a murder and a fire take place in her very newly acquired bakery, her whole life turns upside down as she finds that she wants to find the murderer and save the bakery!

Maddy is a character who you could very easily NOT like. She’s grown up privileged and extremely spoiled, and yet, she’s amazing!! She’s got a wonderful heart, and while she’s got some flaws, she’s super willing to stretch and grow and learn!

I loved her and the dog together. Their relationship growth was beautiful, and I can’t wait for more of it! In addition to those two characters, there is a slew of side characters that create so many moments of laughter. I am sure this is going to be a series that I pre-buy in the future because I cannot wait to see what happens next for these characters!

My only issue with this story was that I thought the ending and wrap-up happened super fast. I was so invested in the story, and I would have happily read one or two more chapters to fill it out a bit more. Overall though, this was a solid story, and I highly recommend it for readers of cozy mysteries!!

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In a brand-new culinary cozy series with a fresh edge and a delightful small-town setting, the acclaimed author introduces Maddy Montgomery, a social media expert who’s #StartingOver in small town Michigan after inheriting her great-aunt’s bakery…and a 200-pound English Mastiff named Baby.

When Maddy Montgomery’s groom is a no-show to their livestream wedding, it’s a disaster that no amount of filtering can fix. But a surprise inheritance offers a chance to regroup and rebrand—as long as Maddy is willing to live in her late, great Aunt Octavia’s house in New Bison, Michigan, for a year, running her bakery and caring for a 200-pound English Mastiff named Baby.
Maddy doesn’t bake, and her Louboutins aren’t made for walking giant dogs around Lake Michigan, but the locals are friendly and the scenery is beautiful. With help from her aunt’s loyal friends, aka The Baker Street Irregulars, Maddy feels ready to tackle any challenge, including Octavia’s award-winning cake recipes. That is, until New Bison’s mayor is fatally stabbed, and Maddy’s fingerprints are found on the knife . . .

Something strange is going on in New Bison. It seems Aunt Octavia had her suspicions too. But Maddy’s going to need a whole lot more than a trending hashtag to save her reputation—and her life.

Just the Facts:

Two Parts Sugar, One Part Murder by Valerie Burns
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Kensington
Pub Date: August 30, 2022

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I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.

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