Welcome! Today’s blog tour post is for Cake & Punishment, a Southern Cake Baker mystery by Maymee Bell. Today I have a guest post from Ms. Bell for you! The information about the book including purchase links will be listed after the guest post.
Guest Post from Maymee Bell
Why not a cozy?
When people find out I’m a writer and ask me what genre. I respond with cozy mystery. You can probably guess the next question. Cozy? What is a cozy?
Trust me, I’ve been around long enough (40 novels) to know that cozy mystery genre doesn’t get the same hats off, Baptist nod, and thumbs up that thriller mystery or even just mystery writers get.
And if it’s not bad enough, I have to tell them that I write cozy mystery. That really gets the quizzical looks that make me feels as if I have two heads.
My explanation generally goes like this:
Cozy mystery is kinda just that. Cozy. More along the lines of Murder She Wrote where the sleuth of my novels has a job that is in a craft or a special talent. She stumbles on a murder that is somehow tied to her life and she has to solve the murder/crime on her own.
There is no blood, guts, or gore and cozies are centered on the sleuth’s craft or gift. In my case with CAKE AND PUNISHMENT, Sophia Cummings, the sleuth, is a pastry chef who lives in New York City working at her dream job with her dream boat chef boyfriend.
After she catches her boyfriend doing more cooking with the hostess of the restaurant, Sophia runs back to her small, southern, Kentucky hometown where she is going to gather her thoughts for a couple of weeks. It just so happens that her high school best friend is getting married and the cake baker quit. Sophia agrees to bake the cake but when the head chef of the reception is found dead. . .Sophia’s friend is number one suspect.
Sophia knows there’s more way to skin a cat and her friend didn’t kill him over an argument about what are hors d’oeuvres being served at the wedding. But can Sophia solve the murder in time to not only let the wedding go off without a hitch, but back to her life in the city.
But most cozies have relatable characters set in small towns with a cozy setting. Even though romance takes a back seat in the mystery, there is still a love interest to sweet the pot.
By the time I’ve given my spiel, the person who asked me about what a cozy was, is spouting off movies or television shows that fit the cozy mystery genre.
What do you love about cozy mysteries?
About the Book
Cake and Punishment: A Southern Cake Baker Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Kentucky
Crooked Lane Books (May 8, 2018)
Hardcover 257 Pages
Digital ASIN: B075QJM2W8
Purchase Links: Amazon – B&N – Kobo
In the first of a delectable new Southern-set baking cozy series, Sophia Cummings, pastry chef extraordinaire, must craft the perfect cake for an old friend’s wedding while sifting through the suspects in a murder.
Bucolic Rumford, Kentucky has glowing fields of bluegrass, a fine selection of bourbons, and now a professional pastry chef. Broken-hearted Sophia Cummings has come home from New York City. She’s not there a minute before she’s charmed into making her high school friend Charlotte’s wedding cake. The kitchen at the Rumford Country Club seems perfect until Chef Emile’s body is discovered, sprawled near the stove, a cast iron skillet on the floor close by.
With one look at the shiny, new frying pan, Sophia knows it’s not Emile’s. She offers her knowledge to Sheriff Carter and her talents to Evelyn, the manager, who needs an interim chef. The mood in the country club is grim: Emile’s peppery personality had burned members and staff alike. Sophia wonders which one of them burned him?
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