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Publisher's Summary

Next in New York Times best-selling author Denise Swanson's chef mystery books, Dani Sloan will have to solve the murder of a bride to clear her crush's name. Once again, it looks like Dani will get a slice of the action....

In the small town of Normalton, Illinois, there aren't a lot of opportunities for small business owner Dani Sloan to cater big-ticket events. But that's about to change - a client named Yvette Joubert is marrying Franklin Whittaker, the richest guy around, and they want Dani to cater their engagement party! The swanky event is the perfect opportunity to put Dani on the map for wealthier clients.

But when a storm hits the party after guests arrive, it becomes clear that more than the dinner is ruined: Yvette is found dead beneath the marquee. Is her death a tragic accident, or a perfectly orchestrated murder? Then the case gets even juicier - it turns out that Yvette's ex-husband is Spencer Drake, Dani's almost-boyfriend, and the police start circling. Now Dani must follow an unending list of clues to save her business, her better half, and catch a criminal. Let's just hope they get their just desserts!

©2020 Denise Swanson Stybr (P)2022 Tantor

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I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first two. I do really enjoy the characters the author created and the setting of the series but this murder mystery fell a bit flat for me. I also am getting irritated by the ridiculously short prep and cook time needed when Danni caters for larger events. It is 100% clear the author has never worked in food, near a restaurant or never worked as wait staff before. Just NO IDEA...I wish she had researched this a little, because when you know how long it takes to pre and cook for this many ppl your mind boggles listening to this rubbish. Actually the more I think about it the more mad I am getting. Am I blowing this out of proportion...maybe. When you work in the food industry you just know.

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  • LeQuita
  • 01-02-2022

it was Ok

I felt the first two books were better. This 3rd installment wasn't as enjoyable as the others. The story didn't hold my attention, I fell asleep while listening and didn't feel like I missed anything. 😕
I do enjoy when Frannie makes an appearance in the stories, it makes me want to go back and re-listen to the Scumbleriver Series. I think what it is, is the story sounded and felt kind of high schoolish to me. I didn't feel like there was very much "mystery" to this one. I'll give it another listen, it could be that I anticipated to much with this book.
I still enjoyed Melissa Moran as the narrator. I think she did a great job. I don't feel like she's the reason the book wasn't good, I honestly feel like it was the story itself.

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  • Chi
  • 27-01-2022

Love this series!

This is starting to become my favorite mystery series. The author does a great job of developing the characters and their individual stories and experiences against the backdrop of a murder mystery. If you enjoyed the first two books, definitely get this one!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-06-2022

It’s okay

Not as enjoyable as the first two. Why did we have to hear every detail of her shower. That was uncalled for. This will be the last one of this series I buy.

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  • Chris Mason
  • 18-06-2022

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Vulgarity in a cozy mystery is not appreciated. I do not believe it lends itself to the story line at all so ot was not necessary.

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  • 15-05-2022

Left you scratching your head

The narrator was outstanding withe various character voices required. Always kept in suspense as to who done it.

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  • Kristi
  • 16-04-2022

Fun and Fast Paced Cozy Mystery

Dani Sloan is thrilled to be catering one of the biggest weddings of the year. She sees it as the perfect opportunity to establish her business further and turn a tidy profit. However, things go horribly wrong at the event. When the bride to be is found murdered, Dani is horrified and sets out to find the truth.

I love this series even more as it progresses. I'm comfortable with the characters. Dani is an excellent amateur sleuth. She doesn't put herself in crazy and silly situations. The mystery is well plotted and makes sense.

I am beyond relieved that we avoided a love triangle. I was a bit worried after the last book; however, the author came through.

I cannot wait for the next installment of the series to be released.

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  • Debbie Lacey
  • 19-03-2022

Good Read

It seems like forever since we heard from Dani and the gang. It was great to spend time with them again. Dani, Spence, Gray, and the girls are great characters. This book gives us a closer look at Spencer's past and lays great groundwork for future books. The mystery itself didn't work for me, maybe because the victim was so horrible, and there were plenty of people who could have killed her, yet nothing really happened. I gave the book 4 stars because I love the characters and the overall story, but it dragged a bit, and the ending was rather abrupt. I definitely will read the next book, but I hope for a tighter and more engrossing story.

Melissa Moran did a great job narrating.

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  • Jeri Jo
  • 09-02-2022

I absolutely love Denise Swanson!!

I absolutely love Denise Swanson!! Her cozy mysteries are hands down the BEST!! I suggest you read her other series too, Scumble River Series is my absolute favorite but this is a close second!

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  • Beatrice
  • 05-02-2022

5 stars

I was happy to see another book in this series. It was fun and entertaining with engaging characters and an interesting plot. I look forward to the next book.

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  • Jay
  • 05-06-2022

Another great story by Denise Swanson

Yeah, I did it again I binged a book in one day! I really enjoy Denise Swanson's writing and this was a solid mystery with a great ending. it wasn't who I was suspected. I like the chemistry of the characters, I am also pleased the detective has got the hint and knows there's no chance with Dani. The friendships are nice and it's nice to see them form a family. I would like to see the girls have a go at helping solve a mystery by going undercover and Spencer gives them training from his experience, this is where we see him open up to Dani about his past and what he had to do when undercover with the gang. There was one thing that happens that didn't get resolved that was really annoying; it's not a big deal and doesn't effect the story but it doesn't get resolved... I was wondering if that is because it's opening up something in the next book? I love Melissa Moran, I think she is wonderful. At time of writing the next book isn't available yet so will have to wait...

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