There's a killer in the mix...
Hosting a reality cooking show could be the perfect career boost for Chef Courtney Archer—as long as the contestants aren’t suspected of murder . . .
Despite a few early hiccups, Courtney is thrilled with her starring role on The American Baking Battle, filmed at a grand resort in the Pocono Mountains. The icing on the cake? The new season has a wedding theme—complete with formalwear. But the first day on set, the producer seems to care more about profits than pastry—and the topper comes when her cohost Skylar falls ill. Little does she know things are about to end in tiers . . .
When a barely coherent, blood-covered Skylar is discovered at the doorway of his room, Courtney is horrified to walk inside and find a towering wedding cake—thoroughly smashed by the body of a woman in a bridal gown. Now suspicion is filling the studio and falling on Skylar, and Courtney has to look at coworkers and contestants, working through layers of deception to find the real culprit . . .
First off, I think this series (of two books, so far) should be read in order. If you are a fan of bakeoff reality television and cozy mysteries, this is the series for you. The main character, Courtney Archer, is the host of her own show, Cooking with the Farmer's Daughter and therein lies her problem. She is in reality the daughter of a pediatrician and hails from Chicago. If her secret is revealed she might not have a career anymore. In this, the second book of the series, she has decided to make her secret public but soon she has a whole lot more to worry about. Her co-host, Skylar, is found in his hotel room, covered in blood and a woman decorating a cake....as a real corpse. It turns out they had some very serious history and that puts Skylar at the top of the suspect list. Courtney knows he didn't kill her but who of the many cast and crew of the show not only wanted her dead but would frame Skylar for the deed? It's enough to get Courtney into investigation mode to track down the killer.
I'm glad there are no calories in reading culinary mysteries or I would be in big trouble. Instead I wanted to go binge on reality cooking shows when I finished this mystery. The cast of characters and the mystery made for an excellent escape. I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series. ~ Susan E.
This is the 2nd installment in the Courtney Archer mystery series. Courtney Archer is a reality TV personality who has her own show Cooking with the Farmer’s Daughter (even though she is not a farmer’s daughter) and has been struggling with the lie and decides to come clean with her audience and hopes all will be well. She is filming her own series along with once again a presenter on the reality bake-off tv show The American Baking Battle. The theme this time around in the Pocono’s is wedding related and her co-host Skylar has a stalker and when he falls ill, her fellow judge Shannon decide to check on Skylar to check on him and find him covered in blood and a dead “bride” on top of a wedding cake. Drake the head of security and the Sheriff are investigating once again to not much success so Courtney is convinced to prove Skylar innocent and find out who did this. Eric her producer is also back and once again a love triangle which I will admit I absolutely hate as this is just sometimes too drawn out. The mystery was solid enough with enough red herrings to keep you guessing. I enjoyed the story and once again the beautiful setting of the Pocono’s. I will read the next installment and look forward to see what happens next for Courtney and her friends. ~ Mary Mc
This book was a bit quirky, and I didn’t read the first in the series but that didn’t really matter. I felt like it picked up at a good place and I was able to jump right in. Courtney is the host of a cooking show and she is now hosting a baking competition with some other baking show hosts. I knew I would enjoy this one because I love to watch these shows myself.
A woman is murdered in one of the hosts suites and he is the prime suspect. Courtney once again has to prove that the person accused of the crime is innocent. I really thought I knew where this twist was going and I was pleasantly surprised that the author threw in curveballs. I was hoping I couldn’t guess what was going on and hate when I figure things out early.
There is a bit of a romance here and I could feel jealously soaking into me from Courtney here watching someone she has feelings for appear to be smitten with someone else.
Most of all, I loved the description of all the food that was made! I am a foodie and love reading about chefs so this was a welcome addition. Overall it was a cute mystery that kept me entertained. It reminded me of another series I started reading years ago, but with a little less hijinx. ~ lindseydomokur