I loved the running-a-restaurant theme. Restaurants are a lot of work. There were several likely candidates for the mischief and sabotage that grew into attempted murder. I found it impossible to decide who the likeliest villain was until the end. There was some great dialogue, the characters came to life quite vividly. – Amazon Review
A Culinary Cozy Mystery It’s the end of summer in the picturesque village of Gull Bay and April Hart, who inherited the Bluewater Café from her grandmother, is looking for new ways to bring in business over the winter months.
Whilst trade is brisk in the spring and summer, the winters in Gull Bay can be slow and quiet and she desperately needs to keep the café open to pay for all the renovations that she has made. It seems however that there is someone who doesn’t want her to succeed. When her co-worker and late grandmother’s friend, Hope, finds one of April’s Toffee Crunch cakes in the bin it seems innocuous enough.
It’s a mystery, and tiresome, but April thinks there must be a perfectly logical explanation even though one doesn’t immediately come to mind. The mystery of the cake in the bin is only the start though. When an accident befalls her cook, and her café suffers an arson attack, it appears that April’s problems are getting more and more serious. Whilst she tries, with the help of her friends, to uncover who is behind the problems and why, events take a sinister turn and April finds her own life is on the line.
For whoever it is will stop at nothing to close the Bluewater café down. Ashley Cain is a writer who feels blessed to live on the island of Jersey, the sunniest area in the British Isles. Burned at the Bake is the first book in the Gull Bay Mystery series. Whilst the small but beautiful island of Jersey is filled with sandy beaches and pretty bays, Gull Bay and it’s buildings and residents, exist only in the author’s imagination.
About the Author
Ashley Cain is an avid writer and reader of Cozy mysteries. British by birth, Ashley has spent the last 30 years living in various countries around Europe, a brief but enjoyable period in the USA, and latterly on the beautiful island of Jersey in the Channel Islands where the Gull Bay cozy mystery series is set.
Now settled back in the UK, Ashley plans to complete the eight-book Gull Bay mystery series before beginning a new series with some familiar and much-loved characters.