cover image Deadly Delights: A Bookish Bakery Mystery

Deadly Delights: A Bookish Bakery Mystery

Laura Jensen Walker. Crooked Lane, $26.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-64385-592-9

In Walker’s entertaining sequel to 2020’s Murder Most Sweet, the annual baking contest is on in Lake Potawatomi, Wis., and baker and mystery writer Teddie St. John is one of the five finalists. Her excitement is short-lived, though, when she finds the head judge, the lecherous Lester Morris, dead and her rolling pin appears to be the murderer’s weapon of choice. Lester’s wife is quick to demand Teddie’s arrest, but Sheriff Brady Wells doesn’t jump to conclusions, and everyone knows there are plenty of potential suspects thanks to Lester’s inappropriate advances to every female he saw. The man fell face first into 20-year-old Sophie Miller’s pie and the town gossip is spreading the rumor that Sophie, who was considering filing a sexual harassment charge against Lester, killed him, but Teddie’s pretty sure the young woman is innocent. A second death and then a third surprise everyone before a faint memory points Teddie to the truth. Lively characters complement the twisty plot. Cozy fans will have fun. Agent: Chip MacGregor, MacGregor Literary. (June)