Author: Liz Mugavero
Publisher/Publish Date: Kensington / May 7, 2013
Source: ARC courtesy of publisher
Please forgive the slightly cheesy title of the book:) I requested this book planning to pass it on to a friend who I thought might enjoy it, decided to read it before I passed it on, and was pleasantly surprised. Be warned there may be some spoilers in the review.
The first in a series, Kneading to Die introduces us to the protagonist, Stan, who is new in the small town of Frog Ledge. After losing her highly paid PR job, she decides to have a fresh start in what she believes to be a quite town. Within a few days she's meet some new people, made some homemade doggie treats to share with their dogs, and she's coerced into an appointment for her cat with the local vet. Surprisingly things don't go as planned, and when she arrives at the clinic, she finds the vet murdered.
Stan is not one to sit still, especially with the small town sherif marking her as the main suspect, so she starts asking questions and poking her nose in where it doesn't belong. At this point the story gets a little silly, but it never takes it self too seriously, and it's a breeze to read.
Stan has a boyfriend, who still lives in her old city, maybe a 40-60 minutes drive. From the get go the seem like an odd paring, so while it may add some romantic drama to the book, it feels a little forced at times. Many of the town's characters are friendly, and realistic, though a few seem over the top. It makes the book a bit less "real world" believable, but not really in a negative way.
This is the perfect book for vacation or the beach. For me this book came at a great time, between some more serious, historical books, it was a nice, lighthearted, break and only took me 2 days to read. Not sure if I will read the next book in the series, but it wouldn't be the most surprising thing.
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