Title: Risky Biscuits (A Sugar and Spice Mystery #2)
Author: Mary Lee Ashford
Published on: 9th July 2019
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Former Magazine editor Rosetta Sugarbaker Calloway aka Sugar’s life has taken a turn ever since she launched a community cookbook publishing business with her friend Dixie Spicer. Apart from baking and talking to clients, the duo dabbles with some amateur sleuthing.
Their latest project is a fundraiser organized by St Ignatius Crack of Dawn Breakfast Club. They are famous for their ‘eat all you can biscuits and gravy’ events. But things go awry when one of the ladies, Alma, is found dead. She was run over by her own car! With the ex-playboy back in town, the ladies are woo-ed by his charm once again. And when you add a land-deal into the mix, what you dead is a deadly biscuit dough!
Risky Biscuits is the second book in this series but can be read as a standalone. Sugar, as she’s dearly known as, is sweet, charming and thinks that everything can be won with being kind. She’s not wrong though. When her nosy, pain-in-the-ass neighbour is rude to her, Sugar is still sweet – just like sugar. 🙂 As the story proceeds, the nosy neighbour does turn soft on Sugar. Sweet, isn’t it? 🙂
This book was way different from the usual cozy mysteries. There was a lot of baking involved. Heard of Better Than Sex Cake? How about ‘Cat’s Head Biscuits’? The recipes for both these delicacies are at the end of the book and I am dying to try them soon. Better Than Sex Cake (or, some call it Better Than Robert Redford cake) has chocolate and caramel topping. 😀
Sugar was very likeable. And so were Greer, Dixie, Terri and Disco. Disco was funny – the guy seemed to be stuck in a time-warp because he always wore clothes that were ‘hep’ in the ’70s. And no cozy mystery is complete without a pet – meet Ernest, Sugar’s pet cat. How can I not mention Aunt Cricket and her superb quotes about life and everything else!!
The mystery behind the murder was interesting. The identity of the killer was surprising. The story is well-paced and the suspense is well-maintained until the end. Throw in a couple of twists and red herrings, add some more butter to it, give it a quick mix, and what you get is a Risky Biscuit. 😀
Risky Biscuits has the right amount of mystery, suspense, likeable characters and their stories, a little bit of romance and jealousy (when ex-flames meet…) and some yummy baked goodies, making it a perfectly cozy read. If you like cozy mysteries then do not miss to check out Risky Biscuits by Mary Lee Ashford.