In the second Piece of Cake Mystery by Jacklyn Brady, Rita Lucero was way over her head in Cake on a Hot Tin Roof. While she recovered from the previous murder case she came out unscathed and trying to take the helm of Zydeco Bakery in New Orleans. Mardi Gras was around the bend, which made everyone in Zydeco hectic and frantic to get ready with their orders of King Cakes. Fellow employee breathed down her neck for the website and blog, when her aunt and uncle dropped by for an unexpected surprise visit from Chicago. While she tried to score an order for a big wedding deal, she came across some unsavory characters at a Musterion krewe party. She'd gotten her head into the murder of a family fight, when her uncle became suspected of the murder. It was up to Rita to clear her uncle's name, find out what's going on with her aunt and uncle, and to come clean on her feelings on Liam Sullivan. This one included some yummy recipes, too.
This was another fascinating culinary cozy mystery. I loved the backdrop of the Mardi Gras season in New Orleans to set the scene. I loved getting to know more about Rita's family better. I did feel a pang for Rita, when she dealt with running the bakery and running interference for her family at the same time. I also loved the connection Liam and Rita had as well, too. I didn't like the victim's family, either, which came to a sad and tragic ending. Plenty of drama and lots of action into delicious culinary cozy.
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