Title: Tastes Like Murder
Author: Catherine Bruns
Series: Cookies and Chance Mysteries #1
Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing
Release Date: August 30, 2015
Pages: 233
Book Source: Trade Paperback

“Sally Muccio’s had her crosses to bear: a cheating ex-boyfriend, crazy Italian parents, and an unfaithful husband, just to name a few. After her divorce, she returns to her hometown to start a novelty cookie shop whose specialties include original fortune cookies, served with a sprinkle of foreshadowing. 
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But there’s no warning when her ex-husband’s mistress drops dead on Sal’s porch, and police confirm it’s a homicide. Determined to stop her life from becoming a recipe for disaster, Sal takes matters into her own hands. With two very different men vying for her affection, dead bodies piling up, and a reputation hanging by an apron string, Sal finds herself in a race against time to save both her business and life—before the last cookie crumbles.” – Amazon

Kim’s Review

Tastes Like Murder by Catherine Bruns is a good start to the Cookies and Chance Cozy Mystery series. Bruns really shines with the relationships between friends (some since high school or even earlier) and family. Josie is a true friend and a perfect business and sleuthing partner for Sally. I love Grandma so much, she’s a bit sassy, but also a fantastic role model for Sal.

I did wish Sal would stop ruminating on something that happened 10 years previous and towards the end when Sal goes to confront the killer it is a bit over the top. She had help right outside her car door, but she became the girl in a horror movie that is running up the stairs instead of out the door.

The reveal was interesting even though I did know part of it very early on. I did feel like the reasoning was a bit dated and checked to see when Tastes Like Murder was published. Being only six years ago, I can kind of see it, but… it won’t stop me from reading more in the series.


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