Sprinkles of Suspicion
Cupcake Catering Mystery
By Kim Davis
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra
One glass of cheap California chardonnay cost Emory Gosser Martinez her husband, her job, and her best friend. Unfortunately, that was only the beginning of her troubles.
Distraught after discovering the betrayal by her husband and best friend, Tori, cupcake caterer Emory Martinez allows her temper to flare. Several people witness her very public altercation with her ex-friend. To make matters worse, Tori exacts her revenge by posting a fake photo of Emory in a compromising situation, which goes viral on social media. When Tori is found murdered, all signs point to Emory being the prime suspect.
With the police investigation focused on gathering evidence to convict her, Emory must prove her innocence while whipping up batches of cupcakes and buttercream. Delving into the past of her murdered ex-friend, she finds other people had reasons to want Tori dead, including Emory’s own husband. Can she find the killer, or will the clues sprinkled around the investigation point the police back to her?
In this introductory book in the new Cupcake Catering Mystery series, Sprinkles of Suspicion, author Kim Davis brings to life Emory Gosser Martinez. Emory is quite a character and her foibles are numerous, but endearing (at least I found that to be). And with respect to her being a baker – yummy is all I can say.
Emory is having a hard day (an understatement) when she discovers her bestie and her hubby are having an affair. Emory confronts Tori (aforementioned bestie) and Philip (the hubby) and the ensuing cat fight added some chuckle worthy moments. However, a short time later Tori is found dead – being found by Emory (this can’t end well for Emory!). All the evidence that Detective Harper Jackson has gathered points to Emory as the murderer and he has no desire to actually investigate further, so of course Emory must follow leads in order to clear herself and find the actual killer. Being accused of murder isn’t Emory’s only problem… losing a job and a mother who is SO worried about how all this will look to her friends sets the stage for a very stressed Emory.
Piper, the labradoodle and Carrie, the twin sister -> I hope we get to see more of these two in future books, though I am sure Piper will be, but hoping for more of Carrie. Carrie was a bit self involved (all about her), even when Emory needed her. I am hoping in the future she can be more of the sister that Emory deserves.
The number of potential suspects assisted in the mystery of who the killer was. This mystery unraveled in a very convoluted manner and as such, I was unable to determine the actual killer until the end – which is frankly – the way I love my cozy mysteries! The end was fun, meeting new characters like Tillie (aka Mrs. Skyler) added to the storyline and any future mysteries.
The cover art – now who would not like it? If you are a fan of cupcakes, then you will love the cover! Sure made me want to bake cupcakes (but more importantly, eat one). I have written down the recipe for the Gimlet Cupcakes and cannot wait to try making a batch!
I quite enjoyed the story Kim Davis weaved in Sprinkles of Suspicion. As such, I will eagerly await to see when a second book in the Cupcake Catering Mystery series makes its way to us readers.
*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*