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I just hard from Toni Michelle at Polished Pages Editing that Shaunna Rodriguez’s Bakers, Bundt Cakes & Bodies was recently released on Amazon for $.99. This book looks killer, make sure to check it out.

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Bakers, Bundt Cakes & Bodies (Sweet Seduction Mystery – 1) by Shaunna Rodriguez

Sugar and spice and everything nice is not what you get with Tara Parks when it comes to Creative Confections Bake-off.

After four years of whisking, mixing and whipping her way to the top at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, Tara’s dream of owning her own bakery has finally come full circle. Returning home to Depoe Bay, she and best friend, Corey Wallace, have opened the doors to Sweet Seductions Bakery.

Buddies since grade school, Corey Wallace and Stephen Briggs grew up sweeping the girls off their feet and breaking those same hearts from one side of the Bay to the other. It seemed the two playboys would never grow up, but somehow, they managed to enlist budding careers as detectives for the DBPD.

In the midst of baking Bundt cakes and flavoring fondant, Tara is dealing with remnants of her and Stephen’s broken relationship, the inkling that Corey wants more than friendship, and the news that her nemesis, Ivy Flowers, has also been cast in the competition. How is a girl to focus?! Emotions are high and the sweet smell of vanilla fills the air the day of the bake-off. Everything is perfect, that is, until the body of Ivy is found on the women’s bathroom floor and Tara’s Chapstick in Ivy’s cold, dead hand moves her to prime suspect.

With more bodies piling up, will Tara’s friends decipher this recipe for murder or will she be the next on the killer’s plate?

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Author’s Bio

Shaunna Rodriguez is an award winning, best selling author. Shaunna published her first book in 2005 and since that time she ahs written over 100 books including such titles as Country Heels, Body Butter and Dark Water. Shaunna loves to travel to exotic places and loves spending time with her friends and family (when she isn’t writing, that is)!

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Invisible Dead

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Invisible Dead (Wakeland – 1) by Sam Wiebe

Dave Wakeland isn’t the usual PI. A 29-year-old ex-cop, he makes a habit of bad ideas. Chelsea Loam falls squarely into that category. Chelsea disappeared eleven years ago, leaving a trail leading towards career criminals and powerful men. Taking her case quickly starts to look like a good way to get killed.

Whatever ghosts drive Wakeland, they drive him inexorably, addictively toward danger and the allure of an unsolvable mystery. In this fresh and fast-paced noir thriller, echoing the darkest troubles of our age, a witty and badly bruised new face takes his place in the ranks of the very finest characters in crime fiction.

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 Sam Wiebe

Author’s Bio

Sam Wiebe’s novel Last of the Independents won the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize and an Arthur Ellis Award, and was nominated for a Shamus award. His second novel, Invisible Dead, was published June 2016 by Random House Canada, and will be released in the US and internationally in May 2017. His short stories have appeared in Thuglit, Spinetingler, and subTerrain, and he was the 2016 VPL Writer in Residence. He lives in Vancouver.

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My Review

5 stars

Dave Wakeland is an ex-cop private investigator. He is asked by Gail Kirby to find her daughter, Chelsea Loom that disappeared eleven years ago. Gail has cancer and not expecting to live more than a couple months. Dave starts investigating and learns that Chelsea was a prostitute involved with drugs, which means not a lot of effort was put into her disappearance. As Dave starts digging, he finds himself on the radar for some powerful men that want him to stop his investigation quickly and have no problem hurting him. But Dave is determined to find out what happened to Chelsea and he is not going to let some thugs stop him.

Dave has his own issues and although he left the politics of the police department he still finds himself in dead cases. And who could turn down a lady dying of cancer when she asks him to help her. Chelsea didn’t really have a great life but when she found herself at the Kirby’s they tried to help her out. But she was bound and determined to find her birth mother and found herself in more trouble as a drug addicted prostitute. It doesn’t help that some bad people got a hold of her. And they are the worst of the worst.

Dave’s investigations also brings him to an old school friend and they become close. I have to say that this part of the book seemed unnecessary. It’s clearly a doomed relationship that will cause more heartache than pleasure and could have been left out of the story. But the part that really impressed me was how this story relates to an epidemic of aboriginal women that have disappeared in Canada, a lot of them in British Columbia. It seems that the real police don’t have leads or no time to look into them. It’s a great way to bring attention to the situation and adds more scare to the story.

I really enjoyed this book and strongly recommend it to anyone that likes a great mystery thriller. I can’t wait to read anything else from Sam Wiebe.

I received Invisible Dead from Quercus for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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