Baking Spirits Bright (A True Confections Mystery,#2) by Sarah Fox

Cozy fun in snowy Vermont. Three stars for this bright and well plotted cozy mystery-book two in the True Confections series. The story moves right along as chocolatier Becca Ransom enters a baking contest and finds murder! The characters are true to life and act like real people who call the police when they encounter danger; I award two thumbs up for that. The peripheral characters are great as they go about their lives in Larch Haven while helping Becca and the super dishy police/romantic interest, Sawyer, solve the murder. It’s all wrapped up with plenty of Christmas cheer and there are CATS! I was given a copy and my opinion is that you ‘otter’ be reading this cozy series.

Is it perfect? No, of course not; but it is a really good little cozy. Becca does stick her nose in for no reason but, hey, it’s a cozy mystery; that’s what we get. The main character is always a nosy parker that has no business trying to solve whatever on her own-that’s why we have police, folks! But, Becca is sure she needs to jump into the investigation so off we go on a decent story. There are friends and family galore with lots of little sub plots that add to the overall cohesiveness of the setting and gives the characters something to do besides drink hot chocolate and go ice skating!

The actual mystery was kind of convoluted and could have added more details to make it all make sense. I get it that we are reading a mystery and the big reveal is at the end. I just felt if I had a bit more info and details on a couple of things (instead of red herrings that weren’t quite explained), it would have been a better ending. But that is just me being nitpicky. Overall this was quite good and I will try to get the first in the series as well as follow along on new releases. What do you think about it? Leave a comment!!

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