Book Tour Review: Cake & Punishment

Cake and Punishment: A Southern Cake Baker Mystery
by Maymee Bell

Incredible start to a brand new series. . . I absolutely loved it . . .
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Maymee Bell has whisked a confection of mystery in her debut novel that will have readers savoring every word.
~Bibliophile Reviews

About the Book

Cake and Punishment: A Southern Cake Baker Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Kentucky
Crooked Lane Books (May 8, 2018)
Hardcover 257 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683315711
Digital ASIN: B075QJM2W8

In the first of a delectable new Southern-set baking cozy series, Sophia Cummings, pastry chef extraordinaire, must craft the perfect cake for an old friend’s wedding while sifting through the suspects in a murder.

Bucolic Rumford, Kentucky has glowing fields of bluegrass, a fine selection of bourbons, and now a professional pastry chef. Broken-hearted Sophia Cummings has come home from New York City. She’s not there a minute before she’s charmed into making her high school friend Charlotte’s wedding cake. The kitchen at the Rumford Country Club seems perfect until Chef Emile’s body is discovered, sprawled near the stove, a cast iron skillet on the floor close by.

With one look at the shiny, new frying pan, Sophia knows it’s not Emile’s. She offers her knowledge to Sheriff Carter and her talents to Evelyn, the manager, who needs an interim chef. The mood in the country club is grim: Emile’s peppery personality had burned members and staff alike. Sophia wonders which one of them burned him?

This cozy mystery has a little bit of everything that makes this book genre one of my favorites:  Humor, mystery, romance, and likable characters. Cake and Punishment by Maymee Bell is the first book in the new cozy A Southern Cake Baker Mystery series. The series follows our sleuth-in-training and full-time baker, Sophia Cummings, who has returned to her hometown of Bucolic Rumford, Kentucky from New York with broken heart to her family and old friends.

After a pastry chef, Emile, is murdered, Sophia is asked by the country club where her friend is having her wedding to fill in for the murdered chef. Sophia takes charge of not only baking the wedding cake, but also to help solve the murder.

Well-written and rounded out characters already in the first book to this series I was fortunate enough to receive for this book tour. Forewarning you:  Lots of deliciously delectable recipes!

About the Author

Maymee Bell is the pen name of USA Today Bestselling author Tonya Kappes. She lives in Kentucky with her family and her two schnauzers. She likes strong coffee, slow-country days, and fresh-baked cookies – but she like telling stores best of all. This is her first SOUTHERN BAKER MYSTERY.

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