Annie Graceland's a baker with a pinch of psychic ability—she can see and talk to ghosts. Much to her dismay, they also talk back—nagging her incessantly to solve their murders.
Annie's mom signs her up to be a judge at Wisconsin's Hot Guys’ Contest. When the hometown Hot Guy is killed and doesn't pass to the Afterlife, he begs her to investigate his murder. Now she's meddling with a motley crew of murder suspects. It doesn't help that Detective Jamie Ryan, a boy from Annie's past, is all grown up, sexy as sin, and determined to make her fall for him.
Annie’s about to discover that going back home can be sweet as frosting or worse than a cake wreck. The temperature's rising at the Hot Guys’ Contest...
Annie's avoiding going home for any number of reasons, including a new man in her life, but her mother made her a judge in the latest of contests - The Hot Guys Contest with contestants from all over the state. Her best friends join her, excited to see the contestants, and they are "hot." Only the hometown "hot guy" ends up murdered and begs Annie to find his murderer. With much humor and warmth, DuMond manages to pull together the pageant and stage the ending, Annie's attire not withstanding.
This is the third in the series, and my first of the series. It can definitely be read as a stand alone. This is a light read, and will particularly appeal to those who like a touch of the supernatural.