Custom Baked Murder

Custom Baked Murder

Kristan “Stan” Connor gladly turned tail on her high-flying job and moved to a quaint New England town to sell organic pet treats. But with her nose for solving murders, there’s no such thing as a quiet life…Summer is winding down in Frog Ledge, Connecticut, but Stan’s love life and career are both heating up nicely. In between planning her new pet patisserie and café, Sta...

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Title:Custom Baked Murder
Author:Liz Mugavero
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ISBN:1496700198
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages:378 pages

Custom Baked Murder Reviews

  • Kristina
    Dec 29, 2016

    Custom Baked Murder by Liz Mugavero is the fifth book in A Pawsitively Organic Mystery series. Kristan “Stan” Connor is working hard on getting everything ready for the opening of her shop, Pawsitively Organic Pet Patisserie and Café, in three months (in December before Christmas) in Frog Ledge, Connecticut. Stan is running late for her mother’s engagement party when her sister, Christine shows up at her home with her daughter, Evangeline in tow. Christine has left her husband, Michael and wishe

    Custom Baked Murder by Liz Mugavero is the fifth book in A Pawsitively Organic Mystery series. Kristan “Stan” Connor is working hard on getting everything ready for the opening of her shop, Pawsitively Organic Pet Patisserie and Café, in three months (in December before Christmas) in Frog Ledge, Connecticut. Stan is running late for her mother’s engagement party when her sister, Christine shows up at her home with her daughter, Evangeline in tow. Christine has left her husband, Michael and wishes to stay with Stan (like she has a choice in the matter). Stan is really running late now and quickly changes for the party. Stan is going with her boyfriend, Jake McGee (who owns McSwigg’s). The four of them end up arriving an hour late to the party (Stan was hoping they could skip it altogether). Patricia Connor, Stan and Christine’s mother, greets them (with a comment about their tardiness), but her fiancé, Tony Falco is not present. Patricia failed to tell Stan about some of guests she invited (people she would like to avoid). Richard Ruse, Stan’s ex-boyfriend, along with some of her old co-workers including Eleanor Chang. Tony, the town’s newly elected mayor, hired Eleanor to be his “executive coach”. Eleanor has an abrasive personality, and she seems to make enemies wherever she goes (she is particularly hard on her daughter, Monica). Stan is upstairs with her sister, Caitlyn. Caitlyn stops to freshen up in the ladies room and lets out a scream upon entering the room. There is Eleanor Chang strangled with a scarf with Patricia’s diamond ring between her teeth. Richard Ruse ends up being the main suspect when he stumbles out of the woods in a disheveled and drunken state. Stan will not let Richard be railroaded for a crime he did not commit (just because Tony wants everything wrapped up quickly and quietly). Stan sets out to find Eleanor’s killer and clear Richard’s name. Things are made a little complicated by Christine’s ex-lover, Kyle McLeod arriving in town. He is determined to woo Christine and win her back. Then there is the matter of Patricia and her meddling in Stan’s shop design. Stan knew it was a bad idea to let her invest. Life is never dull in Frog Ledge. Join Stan on her latest adventure in Custom Baked Murder.

    Custom Baked Murder is full of quirky, fun characters (even the animals have great personalities). I found Custom Baked Murder to be an easy and enjoyable book to read. I like the small-town setting and various townspeople. There are some definite laugh out loud moments as well as some “oh my” areas. It was nice to catch up with Stan’s family and friends in Frog Ledge. I am happy to see Stan’s relationships with Jake, Patricia, and Caitlyn developing over the course of the series (and especially in Custom Baked Murder). I give Custom Baked Murder 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). I found the murder to be one that could be quickly solved by the reader (or an avid mystery reader who loves to solve the puzzles presented in the books). One clue is the key to solving the murder (it’s like there is a big, neon arrow pointing to the killer). There are other small clues in the book that will help the reader discover the culprit’s identity. I wish the mystery had been a little more complicated (more difficult to figure out the killer’s identity). I found the two words “long story” repeated frequently throughout the book. I am also curious about Stan’s trust fund that was mentioned again in Custom Baked Murder. I did not understand why Stan did not tap into this money to finance Pawsitively Organic Pet Patisserie and Café. Why did Stan need investors (Jake and Patricia)? It is mentioned that Stan wanted to live on her own (working) and not rely on her trust fund (I am curious). If you enjoy reading well-written, humorous cozy mysteries with entertaining characters, then read Custom Baked Murder.

  • Betty
    Dec 27, 2016

    I have always enjoyed my visits with Stan Conner's animal family and friends, this book did not disappoint. The books keep getting better. The engagement party for Patricia and Tony is in full swing when Stan's group arrive. Stan is startled to discover several of her co-workers present along with her x-boyfriend, Richard. Patricia is unhappy as Tony is not around. A murdered body is found in the master bathroom. An immediate clamp is out on the incident. Richard is arrested as the guilty party.

    I have always enjoyed my visits with Stan Conner's animal family and friends, this book did not disappoint. The books keep getting better. The engagement party for Patricia and Tony is in full swing when Stan's group arrive. Stan is startled to discover several of her co-workers present along with her x-boyfriend, Richard. Patricia is unhappy as Tony is not around. A murdered body is found in the master bathroom. An immediate clamp is out on the incident. Richard is arrested as the guilty party. Jessie is suspended from her job. Stan is convinced that Richard is innocent and begins to explore the facts of the case. If course, all the dogs and cats play an important role. Nutty gets a special part. I highly recommend this book.

    Disclosure: I received a free copy from Kensington Books through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • Mary Brown
    Dec 26, 2016

    Custom Baked Murder

    A Pawsitively Organic Mystery, Book #5

    Liz Mugavero

    5 Stars

    Synopsis:

    Kristan “Stan” Connor gladly turned tail on her high-flying job and moved to a quaint New England town to sell organic pet treats. But with her nose for solving murders, there’s no such thing as a quiet life…

    Summer is winding down in Frog Ledge, Connecticut, but Stan’s love life and career are both heating up nicely. In between planning her new pet patisserie and café, Stan is settling into living-in-bliss with

    Custom Baked Murder

    A Pawsitively Organic Mystery, Book #5

    Liz Mugavero

    5 Stars

    Synopsis:

    Kristan “Stan” Connor gladly turned tail on her high-flying job and moved to a quaint New England town to sell organic pet treats. But with her nose for solving murders, there’s no such thing as a quiet life…

    Summer is winding down in Frog Ledge, Connecticut, but Stan’s love life and career are both heating up nicely. In between planning her new pet patisserie and café, Stan is settling into living-in-bliss with sexy pub owner Jake McGee. Love’s on the menu for Stan’s mom, Patricia, too, who’s engaged to Frog Ledge’s mayor, Tony Falco.

    Mayor Falco’s dogged ambition isn’t popular among locals, but it’s his executive coach, Eleanor Chang, who’s inspired a dangerous grudge. When Eleanor is found dead, there’s a whole pack of suspects to choose from. Stan has first-hand experience of Eleanor’s unsavory business tactics. But finding out who forced her to take a fatal plunge off the corporate ladder means unearthing some shady secrets…and a killer who’s too close for comfort. (Goodreads)

    Review:

    The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. Stan is a hard worker, a good friend and an animal lover. She gets along with almost everybody, except for her mom and sister. But in this book, she gets a better understanding of her mom, and her sister makes a breakthrough of her own. I thought this showed growth of the characters and that is always a good thing.

    The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was right there, visiting Frog Ledge, Connecticut, and enjoying my visit. I would like to travel there, but in between murders.

    The author is also very talented in building suspense with the written word. There was tension building from when the murdered victim was discovered. With many twists and turns, and a few red herrings thrown in for good measure, I was not able to pick out the killer until it was revealed at the end.

    I really enjoy this series, and this book was no exception. I would recommend this whole series to anyone who enjoys well crafted cozy mysteries. I am looking forward to the next book already.

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  • Jason
    Nov 11, 2016

    A fifth outing with Stan and her posse of dogs, cats, friends, and family, proves that too much togetherness can lead to craziness. With her mother's engagement party in shambles, and an unexpected visit from her sister, Stan's life is turned upside down. To top it all off there is the imminent opening of her shop with which she has to deal. Oh, yeah..the dead ex-coworker and arrested ex-boyfriend add an extra bit of cray-cray for Stan to cope with. Yet despite all of this this delightful series

    A fifth outing with Stan and her posse of dogs, cats, friends, and family, proves that too much togetherness can lead to craziness. With her mother's engagement party in shambles, and an unexpected visit from her sister, Stan's life is turned upside down. To top it all off there is the imminent opening of her shop with which she has to deal. Oh, yeah..the dead ex-coworker and arrested ex-boyfriend add an extra bit of cray-cray for Stan to cope with. Yet despite all of this this delightful series reminds us that friends and family are what make life worth living and why we keep going-and that's why I'm glad Ms. Mugavero keeps going with this wonderfully original series!

  • Andreia Nuno
    Dec 02, 2016

    This review was previously published on NetGalley.

    This was the first book I read from Ms Liz Mugavero and the A Pawsitively Organic Mystery series and this fast-paced cosy-mystery was a joy to read.

    Stan Connor lives a peaceful life with her handsome boyfriend Jake Mcgee, ready to open her Pawsitively Organic Pet Patisserie and Bakery when her life is turned upside down. Not only she is forced to attend her mother's engagement party with the Mayor Tony Falco, she receives the unexpected visit of

    This review was previously published on NetGalley.

    This was the first book I read from Ms Liz Mugavero and the A Pawsitively Organic Mystery series and this fast-paced cosy-mystery was a joy to read.

    Stan Connor lives a peaceful life with her handsome boyfriend Jake Mcgee, ready to open her Pawsitively Organic Pet Patisserie and Bakery when her life is turned upside down. Not only she is forced to attend her mother's engagement party with the Mayor Tony Falco, she receives the unexpected visit of her sister Caitlyn and her daughter Eva whom plan to stay for a while. As all of this wasn't enough, a old co-worker is found dead and Stan's ex is accused of the crime. Now it's up to Stan to solve the murder and make things right.

    There are several aspects I enjoyed in this story. The first being the wonderful connections and relationships that Stan has with her family and friends. It serves as a reminder that even when life gets crazy, we have people that we can truly count on to have our backs and to helps us in a moment of need. The second thing, is Stan herself. I found myself smiling over her character, she's funny, compassionate and truly sees the good in people. Plus, her furry friends help too.

    The plot is very nice and engaging and the story is fast-paced. There is nothing that I enjoy more than a murder plot that comes perfectly together in the end with all the questions answered and all the loose ends tied. Even though I caught up to the murderer before the final chapter, I still liked to discover the motivation behind it. Definitely didn't disappoint.

    Looking for a cosy-mystery? Take this one!

  • Linda Langford at Chatting About Cozies
    Dec 18, 2016

    In book five of Author Liz Mugavero's Pawsitively Organic Mysteries, Stan Connor is baking up some new organic treat recipes for dogs and cats in anticipation of the opening of her new Pawsitively Organic Pet Patisserie and Cafe. Her sis, Caitlyn, unexpectedly shows up with her six year old daughter, Eva, and plans on staying awhile since her life's pretty much in chaos. Stan and Caitlyn's mother, Patricia, is engaged to be married yet still trying to control both her daughters lives. More turmo

    In book five of Author Liz Mugavero's Pawsitively Organic Mysteries, Stan Connor is baking up some new organic treat recipes for dogs and cats in anticipation of the opening of her new Pawsitively Organic Pet Patisserie and Cafe. Her sis, Caitlyn, unexpectedly shows up with her six year old daughter, Eva, and plans on staying awhile since her life's pretty much in chaos. Stan and Caitlyn's mother, Patricia, is engaged to be married yet still trying to control both her daughters lives. More turmoil erupts when Tony Falco, the groom-to-be, is missing at his own extravagant engagement party and his assistant, Eleanor Chang's life is abruptly extinguished in an upstairs bathroom at his rented mansion. Now's the time to roll out the red carpet for a plethora of suspects to line up on. Stan doesn't know her mother's fiancé that well, however, Stan knows her ex, Richard Ruse, is sure not a killer. Matters become very dicey when Stan gets too close to sniffing out the crazed murderer. There is a seriousness to this storyline dealing with the heartbreak of substance and alcohol abuse and addiction. This winning pet cozy mystery series is fast-paced, fun, and satisfying for readers. I love all the darling pets, and there are several!

    I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy.

  • Karen
    Dec 09, 2016

    I finished Custom Baked Murder by Liz Mugavero, last night. This is a really great story and I loved the mystery. Not at all how I thought this would turn out and a mystery I believe you will all love. Two cats, 4 dogs, a great boyfriend, an overbearing and well meaning mother, unexpected house guests and a cast if characters to get to know and love this book has great charm. This is a new series to me and yet is book 5! Out December 27th this one to include in your winter reading list for sure.

    I finished Custom Baked Murder by Liz Mugavero, last night. This is a really great story and I loved the mystery. Not at all how I thought this would turn out and a mystery I believe you will all love. Two cats, 4 dogs, a great boyfriend, an overbearing and well meaning mother, unexpected house guests and a cast if characters to get to know and love this book has great charm. This is a new series to me and yet is book 5! Out December 27th this one to include in your winter reading list for sure. I also loved that the main character is a woman named Stan, so creative and memorable

  • Janet Robel
    Jan 02, 2017

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    A cute, fun cozy mystery with recipes for making your own healthy pet treats. I think this will be even better once Kristan finally gets her organic pet treat shop up and running. There were no surprises with the murder aspect but the story is entertaining enough and fans of cozies will want to read this. Enjoyable and I plan on reading the next one.

  • Mark Baker
    Dec 29, 2016

    Stan’s mother is engaged to Frog Ledge’s new mayor, and the pair are throwing a big engagement party. However, the groom to be isn’t there. Instead, Stan is running into several people she is less than happy to see again from her days in the corporate world, including her ex-boyfriend. The night gets worse when a body is found upstairs. The police quickly make an arrest, but something seems off. Are they trying to cover something up?

    Since the last book took place out of town, it was wonderful to

    Stan’s mother is engaged to Frog Ledge’s new mayor, and the pair are throwing a big engagement party. However, the groom to be isn’t there. Instead, Stan is running into several people she is less than happy to see again from her days in the corporate world, including her ex-boyfriend. The night gets worse when a body is found upstairs. The police quickly make an arrest, but something seems off. Are they trying to cover something up?

    Since the last book took place out of town, it was wonderful to be back in Frog Ledge and spending time with our favorite characters. The author has really built a sense of community, and I love how she is growing Stan, the others characters, and their relationships. The downside of that is the murder moves slowly in the beginning as the sub-plots that help with the community building are front and center. But the mystery takes center stage in the second half, offering us several viable suspects and some great twists and surprises.

    NOTE: I received an ARC of this book.

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  • Deana Dick
    Jan 14, 2017

    What a great cozy mystery this was. I started to read the book thinking I would read a few chapters and come back later to read more. To my surprise I really tried to put the book down but it was so good I had to keep reading. I loved the name of the town called Frog Ledge, Connecticut. What a cute little town it is with shops that are welcoming and people who are like family. Well maybe not everyone seemed like family but you will see who I'm talking about as you devour this incredible book.

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    What a great cozy mystery this was. I started to read the book thinking I would read a few chapters and come back later to read more. To my surprise I really tried to put the book down but it was so good I had to keep reading. I loved the name of the town called Frog Ledge, Connecticut. What a cute little town it is with shops that are welcoming and people who are like family. Well maybe not everyone seemed like family but you will see who I'm talking about as you devour this incredible book.

    Kristan or "Stan" as she goes by is getting ready for her big store opening. She has been busy perfecting recipes and desiging the store with help from her mother. That is another story all on its own but we must focus on this mystery for now. Her store will have specialty treats for animals and I love how the author incorporated the need for K9 bullet proof vests and animal shelters in the story. I love animals and I feel in love with the dogs and cats right away. I must say there are some personalities going on with these pets. They make for some fun moments.

    I absolutely adored Jake as soon as I read how compassionate and caring he is. Stan has definitely found a good guy and I hope their relationship continues to develop. He runs a pub but always makes sure he has time to be with Stan. Do I hear wedding bells in the future?

    Speaking of wedding bells there is a big shindig happening with Stan's mom and Stan's presence has been requested at the party. Stan's mother is marrying the mayor and they are having a grand gala to have the engagement ring blessed. I thought Patricia, the mom was kinda distant and a bit snotty but perhaps she is just wondering why her fiancé hasn't shown up for their party. Did I mention that Stan's sister Caitlyn is staying with Stan? Well off to the party everyone goes. There are quite a few people at the party that Stan would rather not be around and wonders why her ex co-workers are there.

    When there is a scream from upstairs the action takes off in this quirky mystery. A woman who really didn't have a friendly disposition is killed. I did have to laugh at all the suspects there were because they could easily fill a living room . When there is an arrest Stan is convinced the person is innocent. Why is she so determined to clear this person's name? The killer for me was easy to figure out but I did enjoy reading about how Stan and her friends join together to help prove someone innocent. There are hints throughout the book who the killer is but I thought the author brilliantly showed them in a discreet way . Overall you are in for a treat with this wonderful story that is funny and has a way to keep readers entertained till the end.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from The Great Escapes Book Tour. The review is my own opinion.