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This is not your normal cozy heroine. She doesn't throw caution to the wind and do impulsive things, instead has a notebook and observations. She is more comfortable with facts and figures, she isn't a natural people person. It works for the book because she is smart and curious, she also is a prime suspect in her boss's murder because her key card was used to get inside the secure building.
There are all sorts of red herrings and just when you think you've figured out the murderer...that theory (hypothesis), is shattered. I usually figure out who the killer is, but I was guessing up until the end.
For a first book, this has all the makings for a great series. There are yummy looking recipes and ways to customize them to suit your needs and tastes. It has a cranky rescue cat that is ultimately lovable and a great companion. There are friends and acquaintances with their own, untapped stories. There is the couple that own several pet related businesses, including a dog bakery and a trained dog that discourages the goose population.
If I had to pick anything that was annoying, it's the acronym usage, but it is completely in character. There were a few times that I had to page back to find out what acronyms stood for, but it wasn't a problem and didn't pull me out of the story.
I won a paper copy of this book in a drawing and voluntarily reviewed it. It was so good that I purchased a kindle copies as a a gift.
Gabriella Catherine Mayfield-Watson, known as Bree, is a different kind of amateur detective. She’s not a busybody old lady or someone’s neighbor or even a minister. She’s an intelligent, educated woman who understands how to solve problems using science. Science, it should be pointed out, is often quite useful in solving crimes. Bree, therefore, puts her problem-solving skills to work and attempts to figure out who would want Buckminster “Buckster” Davis dead, and who would want to frame her for the murder. As for the former, there are plenty of people who disliked Buckster and aren’t sorry he’s gone, but would any of them be backhanded enough to try to frame Bree? Worse yet, if she continues to poke around playing detective, despite the warnings of the police, will she become a victim herself?
In the process of all of this, she gains a cat. He’s not just any cat. No, this cat once belonged to Buckster, and he’s sort of a wild child. He’s also a curious boy, so she decides to call him Sherlock. (Hint, hint.) I loved the evolution of their relationship. Ms. Riley obviously knows a thing or two about cats and is obviously an animal lover, as evidenced by the inclusion of other animal scenes in the book. But Sherlock became one of my favorite characters, as he indirectly had a role in solving this case.
This little gem has a lot going for it, including cupcakes! I had incredible cravings by the time I finished this book, and there are recipes includes at the end for those who love to bake. With murder, some interesting characters, an engaging plot, humor, and hints of romance, this recipe has all the ingredients for a delicious treat. If you’re looking for a different kind of diversion, The Cupcake Caper might be next on the menu for you.
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