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Murderous Muffins (Chubby Chicks Club Mysteries) (Volume 2) Paperback – October 31, 2014
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Well, it seems this time the murderer just might be one of the Chubby Chicks: Bezu. Everyone staying in her house knows that she makes the muffins every day. You might even say they are "to die for". Well, no one ever actually said that, but one of her tenants (I should say ILLEGAL tenants) IS dead, and everyone knows how much he liked her muffins. Maybe she poisoned them as a way to get him to be quiet. A couple of her tenants had threatened to move out if she couldn't get Mr. Phong to stop playing his music and singing so loudly all the time. That's why a lot of people seem to think she killed him.
At any rate, Annie Mae is out of town so Bezu finally agrees to team up with Cat in an effort to find the real killer before she ends up in prison. If they can't clear her name.... Well, Bezu can't even think about that.
This is the second book in the series, but it can be read as a stand alone cozy without leaving the reader lost. Each book is its own story with a mystery to explore and solve: the reader does not have to wait for the next book before the mystery is solved.
I agree with the reviews that say the dialogue can be a bit juvenile, but that wasn't so distracting (or annoying) that I had to stop reading. The book was still a good way to escape the daily routine for an hour or two.
Easy to read with a satisfying conclusion. Just right for a lazy afternoon.
I realize that this is the second book in the series, so I obviously may be missing some backstory, but I found the story itself barely adequate, the characters were meh, and the dialogue was juvenile.
At least I was able to finish the book, which is why I gave it two stars.
I can tell you for sure this is one series I'm not going to bother to read, even if the books are free.
"Bezu" is illegally taking in boarders in order to pay for the fixer-upper of a house, and she's still not breaking even. Her to-fix list grows daily while her money pile dwindles more rapidly. In the meantime, one of her boarders ends up dead in his room, a plate of her muffin crumbs in clear view next to him. Obviously, this brings in the police and an investigation into Bezu and her illegal boarding house situation.
I enjoyed this quick read, though I could tell "whodunnit" early on. I thought (SPOILER ALERT) Frank's girlfriend was purposefully leaving clues (needle, sending her in to look in the drawer w/the needles, etc), but that was off. A nice read, nonetheless. Conversations seemed a bbit stilted, but that may have been because Lavrisa was writing an ESL character?? "Bezu" is also very heavyhanded with the old sayings from her nanny. Gosh, at times, it seemed as though she was trying to see how long she could talk purely in quotations or adages.