This week’s Mystery Monday features an author I’ve only just become aware of. Summer Prescott is author of several mystery series. This particular “foodie” mystery series seems to come out rather frequently and the books are a very quick read. While this story is a stand-alone, the main characters and town are consistent and the storyline more or less continuous.
S’more Murder gets its title from the special cupcakes Melissa Gladstone-Beckett, better known as Missy, was baking in her bakery, Cupcakes in Paradis, when the story begins. Her bakery is right next door to the Bed & Breakfast she and her husband, Detective Chas Beckett bought when they moved to Florida from Louisiana just a few months earlier. Missy’s best friend, Echo, is the gallery manager for artist Philip “Kel” Kellerman, and the young Marine Corps veteran, Spencer Bengal who is now the B & B’s live-in handyman, more or less completes the cast of characters.
When Spencer takes a day off to enjoy the sun, he rescues a very odd young lady who walks into the ocean far enough to be in danger of drowning. He takes her to the Inn where the shy, shivering young lady is cared for by Missy and Maggie, Missy’s innkeeper. Her name is Sarah and she seems to have a lot of hangups — food and drink she won’t consume, long, coarse, dark clothing — and scarcely says “boo”. Meanwhile, Detective Beckett is called to the home of Ruth Jones on the complaint that her husband has disappeared. Within a day or two, Ruth Jones is lying butchered on her immaculate kitchen floor, her husband has turned up, and Sarah, who turns out to be their daughter, is the prime suspect and has disappeared from the hospital where she was supposed to be undergoing a psychiatric examination.
Spencer is quite taken with Sarah and is convinced that she could not have murdered her mother. And a local character named Carla is determined to come between Kel and Echo who have an undeclared crush on each other. There are several misunderstandings and clues that give the reader misdirection. All in all, S’more Murder is indeed a love cozy mystery with frosting on top. * * * 1/2
It’s very easy to participate in my Mystery Monday meme. Just post a review of your latest mystery read on your own site, and then a comment on my post with a link to yours. Drag or copy my meme logo and add it to your post along with these few rules. Simplicity itself! I look forward to learning about more great mysteries to add to my ever-growing list of To Be Read.