Friday, May 8, 2020

Sweet Saboteur #1 Cozy Cafe Series



This book was one I received through the Hidden Gems ARC program I am participating in.  This was a new author to me in the cozy genre, C.A. Phipps.  It was a fun read about 3 sisters who inherit a family bakery, The Cozy Cafe.

Scarlett is more keen on keeping it running in her mother's, honor.  Baking is her passion and makes her happy.  Her 2 sisters on the other hand would prefer to move on and pursue other passions in life.  Ruby has completed her degree and would really like to pursue something more than running the cafe with her sisters.

The cafe is located in Cozy Hollow which is a very typical small town where everyone knows everyone's business and gossip abounds.  This gossip is causing them extreme issues when the mayor begins spreading rumors that they were responsible for the poisoning of the recently deceased town resident. 

During the course of them finding their way and getting to the bottom of an apparent grudge against them by the mayor, they determine they need to solve the mystery behind the death or the shadow of doubt will not go away.  They work with their Aunt Olivia, and Sam, the paramedic, and Nate, the police officer to get to the bottom of the situation and determine who the killer is who's trying to frame them for.  I did figure out the guilty party about 3/4 of the way through the book but it didn't ruin the story for me as the "why" is explained as well.

The story line is a pleasant read and we get to know the sisters and their interactions a bit.  Scarlett, Violet and Ruby Finch are typical sisters, tight and supportive of one another but also bicker and poke at each other.  Their relationship is strong and an important part of the story and character development. Meanwhile there is a bit of romance in the air between the sisters and some handsome young bachelors. 

You will enjoy this read if you like cozy mysteries with a happy outcome. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Candy Corruption, due out next week. 


Sweet Saboteur (The Cozy Cafe Mysteries #1)Sweet Saboteur by C.A.   Phipps
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a fun cozy read about 3 sisters who inherit a family bakery. The one sister is more keen on keeping it running in her mother's honor. Baking is her passion and makes her happy. Her 2 sisters on the other hand would prefer to move on and pursue other passions in life. During the course of them finding their way and getting to the bottom of an apparent grudge against them by the Mayor, they end up solving a mystery around a mysterious death that the killer is trying to frame them for. I did figure out the guilty party about 3/4 of the way through the book but it didn't ruin the story for me as the "why" is explained as well.

The story line is a pleasant read and we get to know the sisters and their interactions a bit. Meanwhile there is a bit of romance in the air between the sisters and some handsome young bachelors.
You will enjoy this read if you like cozy mysteries with a happy outcome.


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Challenge Prompts

The Challenge Prompts I will use this for are:

  1. Cravings for a Cozy and Cloak and  Dagger #CloakDaggerChal : Book #34 
  2. Cruising through cozies -  Free choice
  3. Medical Examiner-  1 Toe Tag 
  4. Six Shooter-  1st shot for CA Phipps
  5. Mystery Bingo
    • Weapons card :  Heart Attack
    • Red Herring :  someone faints
  6. Monthly Motif   #MonthlyMotifGXO-  author you've never read 

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