Sex, Murder & Killer Cupcakes (Marian Moyer Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Does Cozy Mystery have a category called Edgy? If so then this book is an edgy cozy mystery, because of the sex scenes! Marian the sleuth in the book is lovable, quirky and interesting but not the best judge of character, I guess that is why she found herself in the middle of this murder mystery. This is a good first book for this series. I hope the author intends to write more books about Marian because this character has a lot of room to develop and grow along with the other characters in the book. I like Marian’s parents and sister and hope they will appear in future books. I enjoyed this book, it was a fast read and I could not guess the murderer, it was a total surprise!!
Good points, very little if any profanity. And contrary to the title, no "Sex", a few suggestive situations, nothing graphic.
Played very nicely on Text-To-Speech.
Marian Moyer is the ultimate multitasking millennial. She is a crime scene photographer who runs her own magazine. At Food Porn Magazine, Marian photographs food and baked goods that are strategically placed on the bodies of beautiful, naked, local models. Marian runs this magazine with the help of Addison and Rory.
Addison (Addie) is a journalist and Marian’s best friend. She writes for the free, monthly magazine as well as for a major local paper.
Rory is a ridiculously rich, British import who is pursuing two of his passions – one actively, the other passively. He is the layout designer for the magazine; and, he is hopelessly in love with Addison.
The Food Porn Magazine crew – Marian, Addison, and Rory – schedules a Yummy Tummy pastries shoot. It seems like Alec, the unreliable model, never shows up for the shoot, and there is no time to find a replacement. Calls are made, but no one knows where he is. Allison finally finds Alec, in the dressing room, sitting in a chair, gray and lifeless. Murdered. The Milwaukee Police are convinced that Marian did it. To clear her name, Marian and her crew set out to find who really did it.
The story starts off a little too slowly, with a lot of backstory that should be dispersed throughout the novel’s opening chapters; and, it has plausibility issues, at times. But, once the story gets going, it is an amusing, slightly haphazard race to the end.
Along the way, Marian reconnects with her old college hook up – James Holden, who now owns the Yummy Tummy bakery. And, she begins a romance with the replacement model – Mikael (Mika). To say that neither man is as he first seems is an understatement. Marian’s interactions with these two characters ‘make’ the story for me.
Sex, Murder & Killer Cupcakes is Allison Janda’s debut novel. It is the first of four books in the Marian Moyer series (so far). I look forward to reading the next one. This cozy mystery is a fast, easy read. Entertaining. Amusing. Charming. And, you won’t guess the ending. I promise!
3 ½ stars
HKelleyB is an editor, proofreader, and book reviewer. This honest review is given in exchange for a free copy of this e-book.
I liked this story & gave it four stars. It would have had five stars if the editing had removed numerous typos & a few grammatical errors. Regardless, it was a fun read & I recommend it.
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