Monday, August 5, 2019

Blog Tour Book Review: REST, RELAX, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE : An Ooey, Gooey Bakery Mystery by Katherine H. Brown


Piper and Samantha are in heaven. Well, close. After winning a contest to raise the most money for human trafficking awareness and prevention, Piper and Sam are rewarded with a long weekend at the O Heavenly Day Spa. When mysterious notes start appearing everywhere, things get uncomfortable. When spa treatments go awry it is starting to get dangerous. A threatening message in Piper’s closet convinces Piper and Sam that they have to find out who is behind all of these disasters before someone gets hurt. Is it Broussard the stuffy concierge? Gladys, the sweet old lady who decided to join them for the weekend? When the smoke alarms go off and the spa erupts into panic, the chaos separates the friends and Piper stumbles into trouble. Will her friends be able to help her in time?


This was a fun read, with Piper and Sam trying to avoid the next mishap. Meantime, Piper keeps receiving threatening notes and coincidence doesn't explain all or any of those mishaps. Yet, for most of the book, it's not clear why. The "why" is the mystery. It's also not clear what Gladys' role is in the whole spa fiasco, other than that she is thrilled to be included and exposed to the life of the younger set. Even if she isn't always thrilled.

There are some humorous as well as serious points in this story line. The pace is quick, moving from the Ooey Gooey bakery to the spa and the various "choose" two or more options for today, with the ladies sometimes selecting something based on the name and not knowing what they've actually signed up for. The frequent "mishaps" keep the tension moving. This is marketed as YA - yet it's not really clear how "young" Piper and Sam are. Obviously old enough to have gone into business together.  Don't let the YA label put you off. If you enjoy a light mystery, you'll enjoy Piper's story. And the goodies of the Ooey Gooey Bakery? Just thinking about them could add pounds.

FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in the hopes that I would post an honest review. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.

About the Author

Katherine Brown is a Texas girl, a lover of books, and a weaver of words. Her first official publication was of two children’s books in 2017, which has now grown into five books of the School is Scary series; however, she likes to think her career as a writer started when she sold her parents newsletters of articles about school and poetry for fifty cents per copy as a pre-teen. Married to a wonderful husband and mom of a smart, spunky stepdaughter, Katherine enjoys spending time with family and reading as many new books as she can get her hands on. Her YA series, the Ooey Gooey Bakery Mystery series, is ramping up in 2019 with book 1 released in March and book 2 was released June 1, 2019.

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