Sunday, November 20, 2022

Sunday Synopsis - Strawberries and Suffering by Katherine Hayton


Strawberries and Suffering (Sweet Baked Mystery Book 2)Strawberries and Suffering by Katherine Hayton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a very cute story. This is book 2 of Katherine Hayton's Sweet Bakes Mysteries. This is set in Hamner Springs, which I picture as a quaint English township. Crystal and Holly are headed to a wedding with cupcakes from their bakery. Holly, who is less familiar with the area, takes a wrong turn, so she is late getting to the reception location and concerned about getting the cupcakes ready, while Crystal is stranded at the church. A storm is brewing outside and the flooding threatens to put lives in jeopardy.

The storm knocks out the phones and many of the roads are closed to all but 4 wheel drive vehicles. All of a sudden, the butler of the manor house dies. They think, at first, that it is a heart attack, but soon enough, the fingers start to point at Holly and Crystal's cupcakes. Holly has to find a way to prove that the cupcakes are not the culprits while she juggles the flirting of an eligible bachelor and the admiration of his niece.

As stranded wedding guests and a spiteful bride-to-be show up, the plot, like batter, thickens. Although the series continues, you don't have to read the first one to understant most of the story (there is a little background), and if you stop at the end of this book, you will be content because there are no cliffhangers! There was one part (involving a sky light) that I couldn't make all the pieces fit, but in the end, it wasn't as important as I thought. And even though Holly now has a love interest, Katherine Haytan's books are fairly wholesome. Nothing uncomfortable here. Read it! It won't take long, and it's a fun read.

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