Christmas has come early to the beautiful Poconos resort that’s the setting for the American Baking Battle’s holiday special, where chef Courtney Archer is on hand to sample festive fare—and lift the lid off a killer...
Six ambitious bakers are competing for glory and a grand prize, showcasing their most delicious candies, cookies, and desserts. Courtney detects some on-set grinchiness from her coworkers, especially judge Shannon Collins, but she’s hoping the sweet treats will restore everyone’s festive spirits. That Christmas wish swiftly fizzles when assistant director Kinzy Hummel is found strangled—with an apron from Shannon’s new product line...
Shannon insists she’s innocent. Meanwhile, Kinzy had been under pressure from a disgruntled attorney to settle her late grandfather’s estate. But could that be a motive for murder? The show must go on even as Courtney sifts through competitors and crew for likely suspects. But unless she can quickly get to the truth, there’ll be another helping of homicide amid the pinwheel cookies and fruitcakes...
This is the third Courtney Archer Mystery and my favorite of the series. The author truly captured Christmas holiday baking in this fun next in series. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley. My review opinion is my own.
Courtney is attending a baking special for the holiday filming in the Poconos. It's a festive set but trouble is brewing between the assistant director and others. Courtney is right to suspect trouble when a murder occurs. As she gathers clues and investigates she finds nefarious facts about the victim and possible suspects that do not have the Christmas spirit but have motive and opportunity. Soon Courtney's friend is prime suspect and Courtney shifts into protective mode to find the true killer and save her friend.
I loved this Christmas theme mystery. The baking is divine and will make you want to start holiday baking. The author truly captures the Christmas spirit. This is a holiday mystery to read each year and a wonderful; gift for the holidays. Very well done to the author.
Courtney Archer is a TV celebrity chef and is involved in a TV show called American Baking Battle’s Holiday special.
There are six contestants and a series of bakes they must complete including candy, cookies, and cakes. Each one also includes an element of Past, Present, and Future bakes.
Since my wife is a wonderful home baker, we watch a lot of those shows and this book gives a good insight into what goes on during the filming and the actual timelines.
Being a Courtney Archer book there is also a murder Kinzy Hummel the assistant director is found murdered with an apron from Courtney’s friend Shannon’s new line of aprons so Courtney gets involved in helping to figure out who killed Kinzy and why.
There is no shortage of suspects and the magnifying glass shifts from one to another in the course of the book. They all have motives and opportunities.
But who really did it? The answer will surprise you it’s not who you think.
The book is well written and engaging and the author obviously has insight into the workings of cooking shows.
Christmas Candy Corpse is the 3rd book in the Courtney Archer Mystery series by Rosemarie Ross.
Courtney Archer had to cut her Thanksgiving break short to film the American Baking Battle’s holiday special. The week starts off on a rocky note with challenging contestants and a murder. Despite everyone telling Courtney to stay out of the investigation, she gets involved.
I am a huge fan of baking competitions, so I was excited to read this book. This was the first book I’ve read in the series, but I was able to read it as a stand-alone story. It was a bit confusing because it seems as though Courtney and Shannon are supposed to be good friends and yet they seem to not communicate well with each other.
I love the premise and there are interesting characters. The murder mystery kept me guessing and I didn’t figure it out until shortly before Courtney did. I look forward to catching up on the series and seeing what is up next for Courtney.
Thank you to the author, Kensington, and NetGalley for the Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) copy of this book and I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.