Muffins & Murder : Sweet Bites

  • by Heather Justesen
  • Narrated by Pamela Almand
  • Series: Sweet Bites
  • 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Halloween carnivals are supposed to be all fun and games, but when one of the school teachers is found strangled by a quilted table runner at the end of the night, Tess, bakery owner and amateur sleuth, is on the case.
Between stalkers, small business rivals and neighbors whose hobbies clash with the victim's, there is no shortage of suspects. Tess's social life finally starts to take off as things get interesting with Jack and her good friend and employee, Lenny's, wedding is only days away, Tess has got her hands full. Will she be able to catch the killer before he or she strikes again?


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Customer Reviews

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Another sweet mystery ...

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scenes in the book are where Tess talks to Lenny and Cat about their feelings before the wedding. Tess shows that she really cares for the 2 of them and that they will be fine together. I like how she has taken both Lenny and Cat into her make shift family. They work well together.

Any additional comments?

Muffins and Murder is the 3rd book in the Sweet Bites Mystery series. The story continues as Tess comes across another dead body. While she really doesn't want to get involved in the case, she ends up looking into it anyway. With the help of her best friend Honey, her pastry assistant Lenny and his fiance Cat, Tess finds investigates the murder.

Again, Ms. Justesen writes a solid mystery tho this time I could sense who the killer was earlier in this book compared to the previous 2. I still enjoyed the story very much and was satisfied with how the book ended. The subplot of Tess's romantic life was nice too. I want to find out how that goes. Hopefully there will be a book 4 in this series.

Ms. Almand does another fine job with the narration of the story. The vocal characterists of each characters are consistant from the previous 2 books and she continues to draw you in. The warmth of Ms. Almand's voice is pleasant and helps the book to keep its 'cozy mystery feel'.

I would recommend this book to my friends who like a good mystery. I look forward to listening to more Sweet Bites mysteries as they are written.

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- Elizabeth L.

Yum. Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I wasn't very impressed with this Muffins and Murder book. It wasn't at all what I expected. I was hoping for more of a fun listen with a character I could better identify with. I'm glad I had the opportunity to check it out though.

What could Heather Justesen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I've read similar books to this one in the past. The physical book. But I think with the audio version of this book the recipes should have been an optional listen at the end of the story as an author's note. I would have liked more of a character build up from the beginning. It was confusing when you factor in the interruption with the recipes.

Would you be willing to try another one of Pamela Almand’s performances?

I would definitely consider listening to more of Pamela Almand’s performances because I think she has the voice. It's there. She speaks clearly and pleasantly. This book wasn't a match for her. It felt awkward and controlled. Once she finds her story, her character and relaxes into it, she is going to be outstanding! I look forward to watching her improve.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

If this book were a movie, I would consider going to see it. I think with a few tweaks it would be so much more entertaining. I could see it as a movie.

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.

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- Teresa "It makes me happy to wake up everyday and look forward to listening. Many times I listen while doing artwork. I find it very relaxing."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-12-2014
  • Publisher: Jelly Bean Press