Title: Bran New Death
Author: Victoria Hamitlon
Release Date: September 3, 2013
Pages: 304 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
“Expert muffin baker Merry Wynter is finally ready to turn her passion into a career. But when a dead body is found on her property, she’s more worried about cooking up an alibi…
Merry is making a fresh start in small-town Autumn Vale, New York, in the mansion she’s inherited from her late uncle, Melvin. The house is run-down and someone has been digging giant holes on the grounds, but with its restaurant-quality kitchen, the place has potential for her new baking business. She even has her first client—the local retirement home.
Unfortunately, Merry soon finds that quite a few townsfolk didn’t like Uncle Mel, and she has inherited their enmity as well as his home. Local baker Binny Turner and her crazy brother, Tom, blame Melvin for their father’s death, and Tom may be the one vandalizing her land. But when Tom turns up dead in one of the holes in her yard, Merry needs to prove she had nothing to do with his death—or her new muffin-making career may crumble before it starts…”
I really enjoyed this book.
I love baking so I tend to gravitate towards cozy mysteries that have some kind of baking element to it.
For this particular book, I love how we get to see the main character actually arriving into her new house. Most cozy mysteries start with the main character moving to a small town, but they have already arrived by the time the story starts.
This book actually brings us onto the journey which I found added to the appeal of the small town.
I also love the place Merry is living, it sounds creepy but absolutely beautiful.
Like every cozy mystery it has the perfect romance, the perfect amount of mishaps, suspects, plot twists, etc!
I would definitely recommend this book 🙂