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Negotiations underway with a narrator. No auditions accepted at this time. The gigantic cake for the new city rec center opening is going to be great advertising for Tess Crawford's new bakery, until she finds the city councilman who oversaw the project dead.
Tess vows to stay out of this investigation, but then the victim's troubled step-son is fingered for the murder and Tess jumps in to prove he's innocent. Trouble is, someone else wants her to leave it alone and isn't afraid to take her out to protect their identity. Tess and her growing gang of amateur sleuths scramble to catch the killer before one of them ends up dead.
©2013 Heather Justesen (P)2013 Heather Justesen
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5 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth L. on 07-20-14

Another sweet mystery!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Pistols & Pies: Sweet Bites, Book 2?

I really enjoyed when Sean showed up to help Tess. It was nice to see a minor character from the first book come back. I like the relationship that is developing between Tess and Sean.

What does Pamela Almand (The Captain's Voice) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Ms. Almand brings warmth to the story. She has a smooth rich voice that makes you feel all warm and cozy.

Any additional comments?

Book 2 in the Sweet Bites Mystery series is as good as the first. I really enjoyed following Tess into a new mystery. The characters are real and the story keeps you entertained. I recommend this book and the series to my friends and family who want to listen to a cozy mystery.

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4 out of 5 stars
By K. April Holgate on 06-17-14

Great second book in the series

I really growing to enjoy this series. Tess is spunky and sweet at the same time. There are things in the series that are more than a touch unbelievable. Sure I always ask my baker look into murders, she is totally qualified. Yup, suspend reality a touch for this book.

I love the potential love triangle. Sean is all young player, loads of charisma, a real bad boy any gal might want to reform. Jack is the steady single dad, a little bossy but definitely husband material. Tess is going to have some serious decisions to make as this series continues.

Love the addition of her friend Lenny, he is a perfect sidekick to balance out her BFF Honey. They are all irrepressible and running head long into trouble.

The poor detective takes tons of flack, he is not only having to do his job but also look out for Tess and company. He is far from incompetent, he does very well considering the challenges he faces. I will give it that Tess can do things he can not, ie gossip and trespass.

The mystery was not a huge surprise, plenty of clues lead up to this conclusion. It was not obvious from the start, it progressed nicely and came together near the end. Very satisfying.

The small town family feel of the whole series is great. I love the whole dynamic all the characters share.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Pamela Almand, she has a great feel for the lead character. The whole book comes from Tess' POV, so her voice is most prominent. Ms Almand has a terrific flair adding just enough snark to the voice at the perfect moments. She has a great pace that keeps the book moving along steadily throughout the action. I love that little rasp she has in her voice, it's a super appealing tone.

I am eager to see what happens next in this series. There is just something so endearing about the characters, it makes me overlook flaws in the overall plot.

Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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