Title: Murder, Money and Marzipan
Series: Lexy Baker Cozy Mystery #3
Author: Leighann Dobbs
Publish Date: March 20, 2013
Source: free for Kindle
About the Book:
When Lexy Baker makes it to the finale of America’s most prestigious bakery contest, Bakery Battles, she thinks her biggest dream has finally come true…
Until she stumbles across the frozen body of judge Amanda Scott-Saunders.
What starts out as a bad day for Lexy gets even worse when the police discover the judge was strangled with Lexy’s apron. Now Lexy’s sitting at the top of the suspect list with a motive, means and opportunity… but no solid alibi.
Lexy soon finds herself in a race against time to find the real killer before she ends up disqualified from the contest, or worse, in jail. But that’s no easy task. There’s a bakery competition full of suspects who all hated the victim and have a $100,000 motive for murder. And then there’s the gorgeous, smart police detective who has mysterious ties to Lexy’s boyfriend and thinks Lexy is the killer.
Luckily Lexy has a secret weapon — her iPad-toting grandmother. As long as Lexy can lure Nans away from the slot machines, she and her gang of senior citizen amateur detectives can help Lexy sift through the clues to uncover the startling truth about the real killer.
With a $100,000 grand prize at stake and the search for the killer heating up — will Lexy clear her name in time to grab the prize… or will her dream turn into a nightmare?
I read this book on a plane ride home from vacation. It had been a while since I had read about Lexy, Jack, and Nans, but I was quickly back into this fun series. Lexy and Nans are in Vegas, as Lexy is participating in a baking contest. Stumbling upon a body while in the cooler, she is instantly a suspect. She soon finds herself meeting the homicide detective, Det. Nik Stone, Nikki, to be exactly, and later learns she is/was a friend of Jack’s.
For those fans of Sixteen Candles, there’s a Det. Jake Ryan in town with all the looks that Det Stone hopes will help draw the information out of Lexy. Little do they know that Lexy is a practiced and successful amateur sleuth.
This story was awesome. Thinking back to the first book of this series and not liking it a whole lot, I’m glad I continued on with the series. I also am not a fan of senior sleuths, but Nans and the gang are a lot of fun and pretty smart.