Thursday, May 4, 2017

Book 4 in the Cookies & Chance Mysteries
by Catherine Bruns

Sally Muccio’s walk down the aisle might be her last.

The some-time amateur sleuth and full-time bakery owner is finally marrying the man of her dreams. But during a last minute taste testing of their wedding cake, Sally and her fiancé are witnesses—and almost victims!—of a random shooting. At least they think it’s random, until an original fortune cookie message proves otherwise. Is someone after Sally? And why does the mysterious shooter want to ice the baker? Sal tries to proceed with caution, but when someone close to her is attacked, all bets are off. She'll do whatever it takes to bring this monster to justice, even if it means sacrificing herself in the process. 

Can Sal make it to the church on time…and alive?

**Recipes Included!**


The books in the Cookies & Chance Mysteries get tastier and tastier with every new title!

I’ve read this series since the first book, TASTES LIKE MURDER, and I always look forward to each new title. FROSTED WITH REVENGE was worth the wait and more! (Although, I’d be thrilled with, let’s say, one a month. That’s not too much to ask, is it, Ms. Bruns? J)

My very favorite scenes in the series take place in the cookie shop. With the descriptions from author Catherine Bruns, I have a perfect vision of the entire shop. And I can always smell cookies baking when I’m reading those scenes. I adore protagonist, Sally “Sal” Muccio and her BFF, Josie Sullivan. They play so well off each other, be it in the cookie shop, Sally’s Samples, or out about town. Their scenes always make me laugh out loud, mostly due to something Josie has said. Especially when Josie has a go at regular customer, cranky Mrs. Gavelli.

As with the first three books in the series, FROSTED WITH REVENGE has a great whodunit that really kept me guessing. Author Bruns always delivers a mystery that has more twists and turns than a cookie has sprinkles or chips. There were also a few surprises in this story that had nothing to do with the mystery end of things. There was always something going on that made it impossible to set the book aside for even a moment. For me, this was a read in one setting book.

Be sure to check out the back of FROSTED WITH REVENGE for some great recipes. I’m not sure which tasty sounding treat I want to make first!

If you are a fan of Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen titles, or just in general a culinary mystery fan, you are going to love FROSTED WITH REVENGE, and the entire Cookies & Chance Mystery series! 


Make sure to check out the first three books 
in this wonderful series!


Sally Muccio's had her crosses to bear: a cheating ex-boyfriend, crazy Italian parents, and an unfaithful husband, just to name a few. After her divorce, she returns to her hometown to start a novelty cookie shop whose specialties include original fortune cookies, served with a sprinkle of foreshadowing. But there's no warning when her ex-husband's mistress drops dead on Sal's porch, and police confirm it's a homicide. Determined to stop her life from becoming a recipe for disaster, Sal takes matters into her own hands. With two very different men vying for her affection, dead bodies piling up, and a reputation hanging by an apron string, Sal finds herself in a race against time to save both her business and life--before the last cookie crumbles.


Baker turned reluctant amateur sleuth, Sally Muccio's, finally found the happiness that's eluded her for years. She's in love with a great guy, her bakery is thriving, and now she and her best friend Josie Sullivan are gearing up to appear on the popular reality baking show, Cookie Crusades. But a visit from Sal's greedy ex-husband Colin, who's looking to cash in on the bakery's dough, changes everything. Within a few hours Sal's world--like the shop's original fortune cookies--is broken apart when Colin turns up dead, and her boyfriend's arrested for the crime. Now Sal's mixing it up with vengeful ex-inlaws, a suspicious new employee, slippery baking competitors, and a greasy mobster who'll stop at nothing to collect on Colin's unpaid debt. Can Sal prove her man is innocent in time? Or is she about to get baked herself?

**Recipes Included!**


Just when things appear to be going well for baker and sometime sleuth, Sally Muccio, life turns up the heat again.

It’s summertime, and the living is easy for the Muccio clan. Sal’s wedding to her beloved fiancé is rapidly approaching, Mom’s won a beauty contest, and sister Gianna is now a licensed public defender. But when the bakery Sal’s worked so hard for goes up in smoke—along with her dreams!—she’s not sure how much more she can stand. Even worse, the man found dead in the bakery’s back room is none other than Gianna’s latest client, Bernardo Napoli. 
The dough really hits the fan for Sal and Josie when they’re forced to temporarily relocate their bakery to the crazy Muccio home. Trouble is quickly stirred up as the best friend team must now contend with Sal’s father and his new mortuary business “undertakings,” a middle aged mother parading around customers in bikinis, and an Italian family hell bent on revenge. For Sal, several questions demand answers. Where has Gianna disappeared to? What role did she play in Bernardo’s death? What secret is Sal’s fiancé hiding from her? Sal is determined to find answers...before she gets burned once again! 

**Recipes Included!**

Catherine is the USA Today best selling author of the Cookies & Chance mysteries. She lives in New York with her very patient husband, three sons, and assorted cats and dogs. Catherine has a B.A. in English and is a former newspaper reporter and press release writer. She also writes the Cindy York and the Aloha Lagoon (Carrie Jorgenson) mysteries. 

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  1. Thanks, Lisa! Happy Thursday, to you.

  2. Love this series. Thanks for sharing your review.

  3. Thanks for this blog on Catherine Bruns books -- I have them on my Kindle and they have just moved to the top of my TBR "stack." Have a great day!