To Have and To Kill by Mary Jane Clark

The Book:

Piper Donovan never imagined that decorating wedding cakes could be so dangerous! A struggling actress with no immediate prospects and a recently broken engagement, Piper moves back in with her parents to take stock of her life. She steps tentatively into the family bakery business and finds herself agreeing to create a wedding cake for the acclaimed star of a daytime television drama. But soon someone close to the bride-to-be is horribly murdered and it seems that someone is ruthlessly determined to stop the wedding.

With the help of her former neighbor, Jack, a handsome FBI agent with a soft spot for the gorgeous cake-maker, Piper moves closer to the truth. And as she narrows in on a suspect, she realizes that it’s hotter in the kitchen than she may be able to handle. . . .

Source: Harper Collins

The View:

“To Have and To Kill” is a light read and a very entertaining one at that. Initially it appeared as a chick-lit but as the pages kept turning it slowly fit into the much-loved genre of a mystery / thriller. The chapters were short and substantial making this one quick book. I particularly liked that the story had so many suspects and each one well-defined. The motives were strong, the attempts / murders successive and the suspects way too many.

Piper brought a lot of life into this one. Her bond with her parents is adorable and I loved both her parents. Her father’s survival tips and her mom’s bakery passion fit well into the story without looking like an add-on information about her family. I would have liked for Piper and her FBI friend Jack to have a little something going on romantically but maybe that is in store for the next book in the series. The rest of the characters who formed a part of the mystery were real as well exhibiting greed, jealousy, hatred, obsession, love and even innocence to a believable degree.

An enjoyable quick read and a successful first in the series. I am looking forward to the next book already. Rated a 4 on 5 with a promise that you can finish this in a day or two even in the midst of your worst schedules.


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2 Responses

  1. I have this one on my Nook–someday, someday! LOL

  2. I’ve been wanting to read this one. My library has it for download to my Nook, so eventually I will get to it.

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