When her cheating ex-fiance shows up, intent on convincing her to come back to work for him, Tess-armed with an extra batch of eclairs-decides to take control and solve the mystery herself, with the help of friends and frenemies alike. But will that be enough to save her when she gets too close and the killer decides it's safer to get her out of the way? Help Centre. My Wishlist Sign In Join. Be the first to write a review. Add to Wishlist. Ships in 7 to 10 business days. Link Either by signing into your account or linking your membership details before your order is placed.
Description Product Details Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! The Lost Man. In Stock. The Rip Order your signed copy! The Scholar Cormac Reilly. Big Sky Jackson Brodie Book 5. The Lost Night. Never Tell. The Mother-in-Law. Does that include murder? Jeff, the best man, is a bit secretive and he too has reasons to hate Val. Lidia, Val's older sister, is not a wedding guest but must deal with the aftermath of the murder.
I feel so very sorry for her. She not only has to deal with settling her sister's estate but also with a traumatized child. I don't agree with her plans to bring the girl back to Long Beach. If her husband is away all the time and she works from home, can't she stay awhile until Dahlia gets to know her better?
Bronson Daniel DeMille the third, Tess's ex-fiance, is a weasel. He's weak willed, obviously, and grovelling for Tess to return to him. He doesn't understand her or her dreams. I do not like him any better than Tess does. She would have made a huge mistake marrying him. Detective Tingey seems fair and not incompetent.
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He does overlook something that he should have considered but it's something I dismissed as well. Shawn, Ana's younger brother, is a flirt. I didn't like him at first, thinking he was sleazy, but he grew on me. I think he really likes Tess for her own sake as he gets to know her better as an adult. Besides Tess and Honey, the only other really likable characters are minor characters and children.
Little Dahlia can't understand what happened to her Mommy. She barely knows her aunt and is confused by all the changes. Tess is incredibly sympathetic to the little girl's feelings. I guessed who her Daddy really is. It is so obvious I don't know why it isn't a well-known secret. Honey's son, Chase, and his family history project adds some humor to the story. He's so into it. I love it! Genetics for a science fair project is pretty sophisticated for a year-old. He isn't your average year-old. I like him.
Jack King, a paramedic and wedding guest, gets off on the wrong foot with Tess. The reader doesn't know why until the end. He's devoted to his career and good at it but for some reason, he rubs Tess the wrong way. This book has the added bonus of not containing the grammatically incorrect "alright" and is mercifully free from proofreading errors. I would love to see what Tess bakes up next! Nov 04, Julie rated it really liked it. Brownies and Betrayal by Heather Justesen is a combination of delicious romantic options, baked goods, and a suspenseful mystery.
We're introduced to Tess Crawford, a pastry chef who's moved from Chicago to small town Silver Springs after she's caught her fiance cheating on her. She's opening her own bakery and doing refreshments for a wedding when one of the wedding guests gets into a petty argument with her over her brownies. Tess later finds that guest murdered and she becomes a suspect when Brownies and Betrayal by Heather Justesen is a combination of delicious romantic options, baked goods, and a suspenseful mystery.
Tess later finds that guest murdered and she becomes a suspect when the police find out about the argument and her fingerprints are found on the murder weapon. In trying to clear her name, Tess finds herself in several dangerous situations as she zeroes in on the killer. The thing I like about Heather Justesen's books is that she writes romance really well.
Family by Design had some really great romantic moments that made me sigh, and I was hoping for that with Brownies and Betrayal. Heather does a good job of balancing the mystery with a "love triangle" of sorts, but there's not a lot of romantic resolution, instead there's more of a romantic set-up for the next book this is the start of a new series from what I gather.
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The mystery was good, although I called the killer early on, but I liked the twists and turns the story took. The recipes sounded yummy and I'd definitely like to try a few of them. This is a great curl-up-on-your-couch afternoon read. High on my list! This cozy mystery writer is high on my list for future collecting.
The baker-investigator has good reason to get involved as the police suspect her of the murder. The credibility of both the investigation and her life issues make for a fun read. I intend to get the next book soon. The one outstanding quality that kept me reading was the writing style. Author Heather Justesen did a fine job bringing this light read to life with a very fluid pen. At the center of this book, and consequent series, is Tempest Crawford, a pastry chef who's moved from Chicago to small town Silver Springs after she caught her fiance cheating on her.
Tess is opting for independence and opening her own bakery. Then while doing the cake and desserts for a wedding, one of the wedding guests gets murdered.
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The police are looking at Tess because of mild argument she had with the victim. Not being able to stand the scrutiny, or simply out of curiosity who knows?
Tess and her best friend, Honey, decide to investigate this murder on their own, and consequently getting into all sorts of dangerous situations. I loved the recipes included in the story, and all that FOOD! The best thing was that it was very balanced and the food was complementary to the murder investigation without overpowering the plot. Everything tied in at the end although some conclusions were a bit obvious and convenient. A highly entertaining read! View 2 comments. Exciting story although it doesn't look very exciting from the cover all about how the character is starting up a bakery and finds herself more than once as a suspect in a police investigation.
She goes through the story trying to clear her name and only wants to open her bakery without interference, but it seems no matter what she does, the chaos follows her. Clean, fun, and suspenseful. Mar 29, Poon Xin Mei rated it really liked it. So she plans to open a bakery.
Her first order before she even open the bakery is a wedding cake. When she is preparing and setting up the wedding cake in a hotel, she finds a dead body under her table This book was a struggle to get through. It picked up a bit in the last one hundred pages or so, but before that What does that say about you when you agree to marry someone that is only nice to you some of the time?
And how many hands does that guy have? At some point he is holding a bunch of flowers, her hand and manages to lift a bag of take-ou This book was a struggle to get through. At some point he is holding a bunch of flowers, her hand and manages to lift a bag of take-out. Tess sets out to find out the murderer, because her fingerprints are on the murder weapon and she doesn't want to go down for a crime she did not commit.
As if a jury of her peers would not think the evidence against her was a little bit thin. What bothered me was that she just stepped up to people asked them questions and they answered them. Hardly anyone made a fuss.
Why did Millie take Tess and Honey up to her hotelroom with her when they said they came to talk to her. She could have also said: "Well, I'm not in the mood to talk to you. Good night. She wouldn't leaven her own jewelry out in the open like that. Why do it would jewelry she stole? Then Analise probably already had her suspicions. Valerie doesn't seem to be the motherly type and that is after she took care of a child for several years.
Couldn't they have spun a different yarn for Lidia's husband where Lidia takes care of the child? It would have made everyone a lot happier. A lovely first book in a series I'm sure I will enjoy. Tess is a feisty young woman who fled her engagement in Chicago to open a bakery in Silver Springs, Arizona. When she finds the body of a bridesmaid under a table where she was arranging brownies for the rehearsal dinner, she decides she must find the killer to take suspicion off of her she had argued with the victim earlier.
I liked Tess and the other characters, the small town setting, the hint of romance, and the mystery itself. I didn' A lovely first book in a series I'm sure I will enjoy. I didn't suspect the murderer until late in the story. As is typical in cozy mysteries, the heroine puts herself at risk so many times you want to tell at herself at risk so many times you want to yell at her while still admiring her grit and determination.
I would definitely read more in this series. May 04, Jennie Fortna rated it really liked it. Nice quick read to start your day with a new series!! May 01, Simona rated it really liked it Shelves: contemporary , adult , mystery , fiction , chick-lit , read It was a great read for a sunny day. Fluffy, cute and sometimes funny. Also I liked that it included some receipts for desserts, that were mentioned in the book, I think I'll try some of them one day. Oct 20, Paula Shreckhise rated it really liked it Shelves: series , owned , contemporary , read-in , suspense-or-mystery , e-books , kindle-challenge , new-authors , cozy-mysteries , cozy Brownies and Betrayal by Heather Justesen is a clean cozy mystery that is the first of a series.
Tess is running back to her hometown from Chicago to make a fresh start with her own bake shop. While prepping the cake for a wedding in the small town of Silver Springs, Arizona, she discovers a body under the table. She and a whole lot of other people become suspects. It seemed nobody really liked, Maid of Honor Valerie, the victim. Tess and her best friend Hon Brownies and Betrayal by Heather Justesen is a clean cozy mystery that is the first of a series.
Tess and her best friend Honey investigate in order to clear Tess and try to surmise who the real killer is. But what is his real motive? This was a very well written, clean cozy. Very interesting with great dialogue. The friendship between Tess and Honey is natural and familiar. All the characters seem genuine. Tess comes across as fiesty and well able to rake care of herself — after she figures out a few things including why her ex wants her back! Great quick read, it kept me guessing. I was under no obligation to post a review.
All opinions are my own. Tess returns home to Silver Springs, Arizona after catching her fiance kissing another employee. Leaving Chicago was haste but reopening her grandmother's restaurant as a bakery is her plan. However, her plans have a hiccup when she finds a dead body under the table holding the first wedding cake she has been hired to make. To make things worse, she and victim had "words" well mostly the victim toward her, the day prior.
Now she feels it necessary to help investigate and clear her name. To make Tess returns home to Silver Springs, Arizona after catching her fiance kissing another employee. To make things worse her ex-fiance, Bronson, shows up trying to get her back. Shaun, the brother of the bride, and Tess hit it off which drives Bronson crazy. Tess finds herself being attacked, her not yet open bakery vandalized, all while trying to get the bakery ready to open and figure out who killed Valerie.
Along the way she finds out why Bronson is really there and there is a parentage shocker. This is a quick, fun, who did it read. This is the first book in a series but can easily stand alone. There seem way too many "mystery-and-recipes" series that come advertised for me. It seems such a particularly specific genre. And most of them, I ignore. This must have been one of the first ones to attract me probably because I got it for free , but I was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable a book it was!
The characters seemed real. Our investigating baker had a legitimate reason for being interested in the mystery, so it wasn't too much of a stretch to imagine her interest though, like all There seem way too many "mystery-and-recipes" series that come advertised for me. Our investigating baker had a legitimate reason for being interested in the mystery, so it wasn't too much of a stretch to imagine her interest though, like all amateur-investigator-sleuthing-a-murder, there are times when they do silly things instead of cooperating with the police.
And I also found myself wanting to know more about this world, this town, and this baker. I want to know what happens with her relationships with her best friend, with people she used to know, and romantic relationships. So, this has a chance of being a series I started with a free book and go on to buy more, because this was a very promising start May 10, Wendy rated it liked it. This was a nice, sweet little cozy mystery. Tess leaves Chicago when she finds her soon to be husband kissing another woman at the hotel where they both work. Bronson is the manager and she is the head pastry chef.
She leaves to go to AZ to the place her Grandma left her when she passed away. With the encouragement of her best friend Honey she decides to open a bakery. Before the business is even open she gets a job for a wedding. At the rehearsal dinner she is insulted by the maid of honor and This was a nice, sweet little cozy mystery. At the rehearsal dinner she is insulted by the maid of honor and they have a few words. The next day as she is setting up for the wedding she finds the woman dead under her table. She quickly becomes the main suspect so she and Honey decide to solve the murder themselves.
This is a light, easy read if you just want a fun story. Yes its typical of a cozy mystery in that the characters find it way to easy to get clues and are one step ahead of the police. It was an enjoyable read and I would recommend it. May 31, Cynthia A. Lots of Betrayal and a Good Brownie Recipe! Tess is talented baker who has recently left Chicago, her job, and her fiance, Bronson, behind.
She is almost sure she'll stay. She has spent many summers with grandson and New a lot of people there. The story opens as an old friend wanted her to make her wedding cake and such. While passing out brownies she made contact with many old friends. It has been a while, but they remembered each other. One of the girls, Valerie made some smartie comments about her brownies. The next day when she came back to set up the cake, Tess notices things were out of place, missing napkin, brownie on the floor. She followed the clues and found Valerie dead on the floor!
This was a good book. Some laugh out loud moments, some good moments and sad moments. I really enjoyed the recipes too. Jan 17, Elenariel rated it it was ok Shelves: mystery. And you know word for word what is going to happen during the final sequence, since Tess left Honey home, to go alone. The heroine is not that likable: I wanted to hit her myself a few times! Some of her actions resulted as plain stupid rather then guided by curiosity or a sense of justice. The romantic plot is barely there, which I don't mind, but I was a bit let down by the lack of feelings while Tess cooks.
Nov 27, Donna rated it really liked it Shelves: cozy , challenge , bakery. New series and author for me. Tess' best friend talks her in to moving back to Silver Springs, Arizona from Chicago to open up her own bakery after she catches her fiance cheating on her. Everything is going great, she has found a location for her bakery, the renovations are moving along until she finds the body of a woman that she had met the night before and had a disagreement with her.
As if this wasn't enough her ex-fiance shows up in town to convince her to come back to Chicago and it doesn' New series and author for me. As if this wasn't enough her ex-fiance shows up in town to convince her to come back to Chicago and it doesn't help that she is a suspect. With the police focusing on her because of course her fingerprints were on the weapon, Tess decides to look into the murder before she finds all her dreams disappear.
There are several suspects because the victim was not well liked which leads to a great cozy and interesting characters. Looking forward to the next book in the series. Jun 13, Jzcotter03 rated it really liked it. When Tess leaves her prestigious job in Chicago to start her own bakery in a small town in Arizona, she doesn't realize how much more exciting a small town can be.
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She finds a dead body after her first job and ends up being considered one of the suspects. In order to clear her name she goes undercover to do her own investigating, which only leads to more trouble. I enjoyed the mystery in this novel and I was completely blindsided by the plot twist in the end. I guess as a romantic I would have l When Tess leaves her prestigious job in Chicago to start her own bakery in a small town in Arizona, she doesn't realize how much more exciting a small town can be. I guess as a romantic I would have loved for her to find romance but the characters Shawn and Jack could prove to be persons of interest in upcoming books in the series.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has a love of mystery novels and a sweet tooth. I look forward to trying the recipes printed in this book. Feb 03, Shirley Worley rated it really liked it. Pastry chef Tess moves from Chicago to a small town to set up her own bakery after catching her fiance cheating on her.
While setting up for a big wedding event, she has words with a snobbish bridesmaid who criticizes Tess's choice of pastries.