Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Book Review: SPRINKLED IN MALICE Cookies & Chance Mysteries # 7 by Catherine Bruns


Spring has officially arrived, and while the weather outside may still be frightful, Sally Muccio is feeling especially delightful as she prepares a homemade family dinner in honor of her husband's birthday. Sal's determined to make it an unforgettable night for Mike and even includes homemade fortune cookies like the ones her bakery serves, with messages personalized for each guest.

The evening is memorable, but not as Sal had hoped, when Mike and a family friend find themselves in the middle of an armed robbery...and only one will make it out alive. It's just the beginning of more grief for Sal, who soon discovers the robbery is related to a scheme that spells financial ruin for her family. Add in her morbid father's book signing at the bakery complete with coffin shaped cookies, a sister who won't stop eating them, and an accidental gig at a local strip club, and Sal once again finds herself in deep dough. Only this time, there may not be a way out...

*Recipes Included!*


Sally's birthday celebration for Mike is postponed when he stops to pink up sprinkles for her. What looks like an armed robbery leaves his friend and employee, Trevor, dead and Mike in surgery.  Now Sally is faced with taking care of him, keeping her bakery afloat, and taking care of Mike's construction business. What she has to tell him isn't far behind getting shot when it comes to unwelcome birthday presents. Sally searches for clues and answers to missing money and the person who shot Mike. Add in a little tension with her favorite cop, a very pregnant sister, and a few twists and turns along the way.  

The funeral themed book signing complete with coffin cookies is unique and the description of Sally's mother's new funeral wardrobe, is well, interesting. Josie and Sal's undercover adventure at the strip club adds comic relief as well. The pace is steady and keeps the readers' attention, with an unexpected surprise in a fortune cookie. It's easy to like Sally and Mike, Gianna, Johnny, and Josie.  This is the seventh in the series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone. If you like cozy mysteries, you will like this one. And you get recipes, besides.

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.


Cookies and Chance Mysteries
Tastes Like Murder (Book #1)
Baked to Death (Book #2)
Burned to a Crisp (Book #3)
Frosted With Revenge (Book #4)
Silenced by Sugar (Book #5)
Crumbled to Pieces (Book #6)
Sprinkled in Malice - (Book #7)
Ginger Snapped to Death - (Book #8)
Icing on the Casket - (Book #9)

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