Éclair and Present Danger

Éclair and Present Danger

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Penguin Putnam
The first book in the delicious new Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery series from national bestselling author Laura Bradford.

With her rent rising faster than her pie crust, bakery owner Winnie Johnson had hoped to be rescued by an inheritance from her wealthy friend and neighbor Gertrude Redenbacher. Instead all she inherits is the widow’s hostile hissing tabby, Lovey, and a vintage ambulance, restored by Gertrude’s late husband. As her dream crumbles, Winnie makes her final delivery—a peach pie to an elderly widower. But she finds Bart Wagner lying on his kitchen floor, smothered by a pillow.
 
To comfort her frightened and grieving neighbors, Winnie comes to the rescue with her baked goods—and an idea is born: dessert delivery via her ambulance and a new business called the Emergency Dessert Squad. When she’s not speeding to the scenes of dessert emergencies, Winnie is also racing to track down Bart’s killer—before she needs to call a real ambulance for the next victim...

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When her elderly neighbor, a widower named Bart, is found dead, smothered by a pillow, bakery owner Winnie Johnson, while comforting her frightened and grieving neighbors with baked goods, decides to stir things up to catch a killer who preys on the helpless. Includes recipes. By a national best-selling author. Original.

Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, c2016
ISBN: 9780425280898
Branch Call Number: PB MYSTERY BRA
Characteristics: 292 p. ;,18 cm.

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Aug 05, 2018

I like cosy mysteries, and this one had a decent kill and a new business that was cute to hear about. The main character had a knack for seniors which showcased that seniors are human too, which we tend to forget as we take away all their decision-making abilities and put them in prison-like situations. However, the entire book is filled with sexual harassment, from colleagues to every senior she knows. Why is it cute that a 75 yr old stares down the chest of his neighbor's employee? The man would have been disgusting in his prime and why we have the #metoo movement now. And unfortunately, to keep the story moving, she makes her main character act in a manner that is stupid and naive. And where is the police in all this, anyway? Do they not care there is a murder across the street? And what son is not going to know the value of that ....? Well, I'll let you find out if you can stand to read the whole thing

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