Cosy Summer Mysteries Reviews: Recipes and Revenge, by Cindy Bell

This story is proof that cooking can lead to murder – and Hugo, the rather pompous famous chef, really had it coming. He’s been so mean to his colleagues and pupils for so long that it’s no wonder he ends up stabbed one day after a cooking class. Lucy, who together with her sister Chantelle held the class, is shocked, though; she’s a sensitive soul  and people say she’s psychic. And somehow she feels she’s just got to find Hugo’s murderer, even though he wasn’t a nice man at all.

There are quite some suspects: Lauren, an old acquaintance of Hugo’s who’d always been treated especially mean by him because he saw that she actually was more talented than him; Sophia, the owner of the cooking school, who was his rival in creating  and selling dessert sauces; and Georgina, who thanks to Hugo’s demise got his role in a TV cooking programme.

Strange things happen during the next days, evidence disappears and the murder weapon turns up; at the same time, Lucy has strange dreams and visions about how Hugo was killed, but she can’t make out who’s the murderer…

An entertaining cosy bakery mystery (with the recipe for Lucy’s famous macarons added, too), with an unusual touch: instead of just investigating and trying to put the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle together, like most amateur detectives do, Lucy can also call on her psychic abilities to help her solve the crime! An intriguing read indeed, short and crisp and sweet.

Published by: Roberta Franklin

I’m an author of romantic fiction, born in Germany and living in Wales and Greece. I’ve worked as a journalist, as social hostess on a cruise ship, as an insurance agent, as a translator and teacher… I love books, movies, computer games, history – and I feel at home everywhere around the world!

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