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The only thing worse than a used car salesman showing up on your doorstep is finding one dead. After a scandalous divorce, Elise returns from the big city to her southern home town only to trip over the body of the town playboy. He leaves behind a heap of trouble that includes missing money, missing pets, and mourning lovers, and the suspects just keep piling up. Caught The only thing worse than a used car salesman showing up on your doorstep is finding one dead. After a scandalous divorce, Elise returns from the big city to her southern home town only to trip over the body of the town playboy. He leaves behind a heap of trouble that includes missing money, missing pets, and mourning lovers, and the suspects just keep piling up. Caught in her own drama, Elise is quick to wash her hands of it, until her best friend, Lavina, winds up as the number one suspect. Can Elise clear her friend’s name without ending up as the next one dead? Or are her friendship blinders keeping her from seeing the truth?


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The only thing worse than a used car salesman showing up on your doorstep is finding one dead. After a scandalous divorce, Elise returns from the big city to her southern home town only to trip over the body of the town playboy. He leaves behind a heap of trouble that includes missing money, missing pets, and mourning lovers, and the suspects just keep piling up. Caught The only thing worse than a used car salesman showing up on your doorstep is finding one dead. After a scandalous divorce, Elise returns from the big city to her southern home town only to trip over the body of the town playboy. He leaves behind a heap of trouble that includes missing money, missing pets, and mourning lovers, and the suspects just keep piling up. Caught in her own drama, Elise is quick to wash her hands of it, until her best friend, Lavina, winds up as the number one suspect. Can Elise clear her friend’s name without ending up as the next one dead? Or are her friendship blinders keeping her from seeing the truth?

30 review for The Sweet Taste of Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    .. This cozy little mystery took me a while to get into, which is not unusual since it was the introduction to the series. Once I got to know the delightful characters, I was hooked on this series. The quirky characters were amiable and each had their own distinct personalities. The mystery of a murder in the town had everyone in an uproar and pointing fingers all over the place. Elise Pepper returns to her hometown to lick her wounds. She has no idea the personal growth this mystery will force he .. This cozy little mystery took me a while to get into, which is not unusual since it was the introduction to the series. Once I got to know the delightful characters, I was hooked on this series. The quirky characters were amiable and each had their own distinct personalities. The mystery of a murder in the town had everyone in an uproar and pointing fingers all over the place. Elise Pepper returns to her hometown to lick her wounds. She has no idea the personal growth this mystery will force her to take. After a scandalous divorce, Elise returns from the big city to her southern home town only to trip over the body of the town playboy. He leaves behind a heap of trouble that includes missing money, missing pets, and mourning lovers, and the suspects just keep piling up. Elise came back to her hometown after a heartbreaking divorce. Her best friend, Lavina and school chum Brad (not police detective, both welcomed her back with open arms. Caught in her own drama, Elise is quick to wash her hands of it, until her best friend, Lavina, winds up as the number one suspect. Elise is now a dog walker and is in raining to run a marathon. She is tangled up in investigating this murder and relies heavily on Brad, the detective. Together will they be able to solve the murder of the so-called suicide of a rich business owner? Can Elise clear her friend's name without ending up as the next one dead? Or are her friendship blinders keeping her from seeing the truth? So drop into the cozy cafe and have a doughnut and a sip of lemonade. See for yourself that living in the country isn't always about the quiet life but sometimes is filled with riveting suspense and deception with a second-guessing right to the end. This is a clean and wholesome book, is able to stand on its own, and concludes with a H.E.A. ..

  2. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    This was one cozy that I found to be totally engaging from start to finish. I enjoyed meeting Elise and Lavina and their friendship is a bond of love and loyalty. Lavina is unique and I found her to be quite a mystery onto herself. Elise is home after her marriage has fallen apart and trying to find herself again after years of being what her husband expected her to be. The plot moved swiftly and there were numerous suspects and motives for the murder. The finale with the killer was a little sca This was one cozy that I found to be totally engaging from start to finish. I enjoyed meeting Elise and Lavina and their friendship is a bond of love and loyalty. Lavina is unique and I found her to be quite a mystery onto herself. Elise is home after her marriage has fallen apart and trying to find herself again after years of being what her husband expected her to be. The plot moved swiftly and there were numerous suspects and motives for the murder. The finale with the killer was a little scary but resolved all the twists and clues. I loved how it ended with Elise and look forward to reading more in the series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Surreysmum

    "Somehow, in a fit of jealousy, did he poison Cameron, strapped him in the driver’s side of his car and parked it across the tracks?" "The recently divorced socialite treated Lavina with the social acquaintance of a rival mob wife" [social acquaintance?] If language murder of the sort shown above doesn't bother you, you'll probably enjoy this book. For me, there's a reason it was put in my "Free Modern Kindle Rubbish" folder. The dangling modifiers, diction errors, and far-too-frequent sentence fr "Somehow, in a fit of jealousy, did he poison Cameron, strapped him in the driver’s side of his car and parked it across the tracks?" "The recently divorced socialite treated Lavina with the social acquaintance of a rival mob wife" [social acquaintance?] If language murder of the sort shown above doesn't bother you, you'll probably enjoy this book. For me, there's a reason it was put in my "Free Modern Kindle Rubbish" folder. The dangling modifiers, diction errors, and far-too-frequent sentence fragments nearly drove me to a DNF within the first few chapters. The mystery itself is not bad and quite well spun out, which is why the book got its second star. The tone is breezy and the dialogue arch and silly, which fits the main characters fine. I sure hope this author got a kickback from Fitbit, because I have never seen a commercial brand name so blatantly insisted upon, chapter after chapter. The main character is embarking on a fitness regime as a characterization point (she's recovering from a nasty divorce), but even where she's not running, she's constantly checking the time on the thing, or rubbing her fingers under it, or some such thing. In fact, I wonder if this is genuinely an instance of product placement. If so, ick. If not, the author needs to find some synonyms and a few other means of characterization. This incipient series gets a "don't bother" from me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Doward Wilson

    Meet Elise, a soon to be ex-trophy wife of a lawyer from way up North. Returning to her small Southern hometown of Angel Lake she is starting over with a new outlook on life. Working as a Dog Walker while training for her first half marathon, she and the pups witness a train hitting a car parked on the tracks. The dead occupant is the richest man and biggest playboy in town. When the suicide turns out to be murder, Elsie's best friend from childhood, Lavina, is tagged as the prime suspect. Lavin Meet Elise, a soon to be ex-trophy wife of a lawyer from way up North. Returning to her small Southern hometown of Angel Lake she is starting over with a new outlook on life. Working as a Dog Walker while training for her first half marathon, she and the pups witness a train hitting a car parked on the tracks. The dead occupant is the richest man and biggest playboy in town. When the suicide turns out to be murder, Elsie's best friend from childhood, Lavina, is tagged as the prime suspect. Lavina was the dead man's illegitimate daughter and stands to inherit a bundle of money. Complicating the investigation is an interesting pool of suspects including his current girlfriend who is pregnant and her husband, a wife who has secrets to hide, an old business partner who blames him for the death of his son and too many ladies who enjoyed his favors. The characters are well written, enjoyable and fit into the story's background. Lavinia has her own deli business, while Elise is just starting to find herself. The dogs and their owners make for some funny scenes and Elise also takes in a stray kitten just to round out the cast of people and pets. This is a great debut and I am looking forward to seeing more of this new cozy mystery series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Marin

    "The only thing worse than a used car salesman showing up on your doorstep is finding a dead one." After her divorce, Elise leaves the big city to return to her southern home town only to trip over the body of the town playboy. His death opens up numerous problems including missing money, missing pets, possible heirs, mourning lovers, and a growing list of suspects. Since Elise has enough drama of her own, she wants to wash her hands of the whole thing until her best friend, Lavinia, ends up bei "The only thing worse than a used car salesman showing up on your doorstep is finding a dead one." After her divorce, Elise leaves the big city to return to her southern home town only to trip over the body of the town playboy. His death opens up numerous problems including missing money, missing pets, possible heirs, mourning lovers, and a growing list of suspects. Since Elise has enough drama of her own, she wants to wash her hands of the whole thing until her best friend, Lavinia, ends up being the primary suspect. Can Elise clear her friend's name without ending up the next victim? This isn't the first book I've read by this particular author but it is the first novel of hers that I've read. I can safely say that it won't be the last. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series. The characters are well written and I really enjoyed the scenes with the dogs. Great job, Ceecee, on the series debut!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Susanne Leist

    A nice cozy-mystery to while away the afternoon. The main character, Elise, finds peace in her hometown of Angel Lake. A place to lick her wounds during her divorce. She walks dogs, jogs and reacquaints herself with old friends, like Detective Brad Carter, who takes her breath away. She didn't remember him being so buff and good-looking. Unfortunately, she bumps into him more and more once she gets involved in the death of Cameron McMahon, the father of her friend, Lavina. The story continues at A nice cozy-mystery to while away the afternoon. The main character, Elise, finds peace in her hometown of Angel Lake. A place to lick her wounds during her divorce. She walks dogs, jogs and reacquaints herself with old friends, like Detective Brad Carter, who takes her breath away. She didn't remember him being so buff and good-looking. Unfortunately, she bumps into him more and more once she gets involved in the death of Cameron McMahon, the father of her friend, Lavina. The story continues at a nice pace, revealing one suspect after another. Clues are dropped. Elise investigates on her own and with the reluctant Brad. The vibe is like Murder She Wrote. The town is quaint. There's a town meeting. People spill their secrets to her. And guess who solves the mystery?

  7. 5 out of 5

    FangirlNation

    In The Sweet Taste of Murder by CeeCee James, Elise returns to her hometown in Tennessee after a nasty divorce and is not accepted by most in her town for having left them to marry a high powered lawyer. Taking a job as a dog walker while trying to get back on her feet, Elise is jogging in the park with her three charges when the train nearby crashes into a car on the track, with the driver killed. But Elise’s real shock comes when she learns that a suicide note was found stating that he is leav In The Sweet Taste of Murder by CeeCee James, Elise returns to her hometown in Tennessee after a nasty divorce and is not accepted by most in her town for having left them to marry a high powered lawyer. Taking a job as a dog walker while trying to get back on her feet, Elise is jogging in the park with her three charges when the train nearby crashes into a car on the track, with the driver killed. But Elise’s real shock comes when she learns that a suicide note was found stating that he is leaving his entire estate to Elise’s best friend Lavina, his daughter. No one knew about this connection, least of all Elise, but she learns that Lavina learned of this relationship a few months earlier. Read the rest of this review and other fun, geeky articles at Fangirl Nation

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lise

    Elise married well (a high-powered attorney!) and left her small southern hometown behind. Now she's back having left her cheating husband behind. A job as a dog walker leads her right to the scene of a murder and suddenly she needs to clear her best friend as a suspect before she spends time in the big house. For a mystery that I enjoyed, I had the darndest time remembering who the characters were. The usual cast: the detective, the best friend, and the police officer stuck but everyone else fel Elise married well (a high-powered attorney!) and left her small southern hometown behind. Now she's back having left her cheating husband behind. A job as a dog walker leads her right to the scene of a murder and suddenly she needs to clear her best friend as a suspect before she spends time in the big house. For a mystery that I enjoyed, I had the darndest time remembering who the characters were. The usual cast: the detective, the best friend, and the police officer stuck but everyone else fell out of my memory. My e-reader is full of searches with the names of minor characters. The worst case was when I finally got to the murderer and couldn't place the relationship that person had with the victim. I'm honestly not normally that ditzy but here we are. On the technical side, there were errors that really should have been caught during a good proofreading. Indeed, one was the misuse of a word that in the context of modern slang was incredibly icky and made no sense in its archaic form. I wanted to root for our heroine. I did. But she was everywhere: sure of herself one minute then second-guessing herself the next, running off into danger with no backup and no hope of backup, and (view spoiler)[quite fickle in the romance department, to boot (hide spoiler)] . In the future, I'll continue reading this series (loved the cat and the best friend). It may take a while before I return to Angel Lake, though.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    Elise, a newly minted divorcee returns to her hometown in Tennessee. Elise has a new job as a dog walker. She is rather enjoying walking the dogs and seeing her old familiar sights, along with the new. Elise is not without friends. Her best friend, Lavinia is still around to be a best buddy. No awkwardness between them even with Elise having been gone a decade. Also there is Brad, a police officer now that Elise remembers from school days. Elise takes her dogs for a run near the train. Suddenly, t Elise, a newly minted divorcee returns to her hometown in Tennessee. Elise has a new job as a dog walker. She is rather enjoying walking the dogs and seeing her old familiar sights, along with the new. Elise is not without friends. Her best friend, Lavinia is still around to be a best buddy. No awkwardness between them even with Elise having been gone a decade. Also there is Brad, a police officer now that Elise remembers from school days. Elise takes her dogs for a run near the train. Suddenly, the group hears a scream of metal and there is something wrong with the train. Also, with the man that now lies dead...suicide or murder? This story was a nice gentle cozy and had an unique form of murder. I did enjoy reading it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Joy Joy ♥

    If I had to sum up this book in one word, that word would be...generic. There was nothing to stand out from any other cozy type of book in regards to plot. Not saying "because it's been done before" because, well, everything has been done before. This just wasn't very good at standing out as it's own story among all the cozy mysteries out there. The characters lacked any real sense of self and seemed to be reliant on stereotypes. The dialogue also could use some work and there were both tedious If I had to sum up this book in one word, that word would be...generic. There was nothing to stand out from any other cozy type of book in regards to plot. Not saying "because it's been done before" because, well, everything has been done before. This just wasn't very good at standing out as it's own story among all the cozy mysteries out there. The characters lacked any real sense of self and seemed to be reliant on stereotypes. The dialogue also could use some work and there were both tedious moments in the story, as well as times things just seemed slapped together. Not a "horrible" read, but definitely not one I'd recommend nor a series I plan on continuing.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Georgiann Hennelly

    Elise is newly divorced and she returns to Tennessee to her home town. She gets a job as a dog walker.While walking the dogs near the train tracks she hears a scream of metal. Cameron Mc Mahan is hit in his car by the train. There was a suicide note stating he was Levine's Father who is Elise's Bff. And he has left her his estate. But when the toxicolgy report comes back it shows he was poisoned and now Lavina is a suspect. Plenty of twists and turns in this story. Elise is newly divorced and she returns to Tennessee to her home town. She gets a job as a dog walker.While walking the dogs near the train tracks she hears a scream of metal. Cameron Mc Mahan is hit in his car by the train. There was a suicide note stating he was Levine's Father who is Elise's Bff. And he has left her his estate. But when the toxicolgy report comes back it shows he was poisoned and now Lavina is a suspect. Plenty of twists and turns in this story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Cozy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nola Arganbright

    Murder finds a voice A very good first book to a new series. Well written and well developed characters. This is a book that I judged by its cover and I and so glad I did.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Angie Dokos

    Sweet book. I enjoyed this mystery and I loved the touch of romance. It was a great story. I like the characters. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    A quick read and a new author for me. I liked this first in the series and ready to read more.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sandi

    Just too...light. Moves way too fast with no solid foundation of a story underneath. I suppose there's a chance it gets better later on, but I just can't stick around to find out. Just too...light. Moves way too fast with no solid foundation of a story underneath. I suppose there's a chance it gets better later on, but I just can't stick around to find out.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Harryman

    This is book to me represented the lighter side of murder. There was no ghastly murder scene being described, nor did the bodies start to stack up. It was fun, a regular Miss Marple. The story was strong, and despite being light hearted, did keep me guessing right to the end. I had never thought of the person who did do it as a suspect, which was brilliant. This book isn't gritty, theres no swearing, no ones getting abused. It's just a wonderful, wonderful, light hearted read. And sometimes you k This is book to me represented the lighter side of murder. There was no ghastly murder scene being described, nor did the bodies start to stack up. It was fun, a regular Miss Marple. The story was strong, and despite being light hearted, did keep me guessing right to the end. I had never thought of the person who did do it as a suspect, which was brilliant. This book isn't gritty, theres no swearing, no ones getting abused. It's just a wonderful, wonderful, light hearted read. And sometimes you know, that's all a reader wants. To be entertained, kept guessing, and left with a smile on their face. If that is what you're looking for, I recommend you read this book...... I have liked it that much, that I have asked for book two for my birthday!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lucinda Clarke

    I LOVE THIS AUTHOR Did the title give the game away? I wondered as I began reading this book. There was a cake shop in the story, but no, it kept me guessing until the end and that’s how I like my books. When a member of the community is crushed in his car by a train there are plenty of suspects,it could be any one of the well developed characters. Moving from writing memoirs to novels is a great leap and the author has landed successfully.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tammy Goldthorpe-Martens

    The Sweet Taste of Murder had me on the edge of my seat from the very first word!!! CeeCee James had me mesmerized with Angel Lake and it's eclectic residents. I look forward to reading the other books in this series. The Sweet Taste of Murder had me on the edge of my seat from the very first word!!! CeeCee James had me mesmerized with Angel Lake and it's eclectic residents. I look forward to reading the other books in this series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    Good read Lots of twists and turns, light reading, nice for a rainy sfternoon! Nicely written, exciting right to the end! Enjoy

  21. 5 out of 5

    Denise Zendel

    Elise gets dumped by her husband for his secretary after a 10 year marriage and returns to her small southern hometown of Angel Lake to lick her wounds and decide what she wants to do next. She gets a job as a dog walker and stumbles over the body of the town playboy. Her bff, Vi, ends up accused of the murder, and Elise feels compelled to help the police solve the crime. I got sucked into this book by the cover – a vase of colorful flowers, and some delicious looking macarons scattered around i Elise gets dumped by her husband for his secretary after a 10 year marriage and returns to her small southern hometown of Angel Lake to lick her wounds and decide what she wants to do next. She gets a job as a dog walker and stumbles over the body of the town playboy. Her bff, Vi, ends up accused of the murder, and Elise feels compelled to help the police solve the crime. I got sucked into this book by the cover – a vase of colorful flowers, and some delicious looking macarons scattered around it. Vi owns Sweet Sandwiches Deli, the tie-in to the cookies on the cover, I guess. Interesting plot – Vi owns Sweet Sandwiches Deli and works because she wants to, not because she needs to – she’s wealthy and has a sugar daddy. Elise has a low-stress job that gives her plenty of opportunities to question people, and Elise’s high school boyfriend is now a hunky police officer, so she has an in with the cops. I always pull for characters who are trying to recover from a bad relationship, find themselves, and become better solo than they were in the relationship. But the book had flaws (mechanical and plot-wise) that I just couldn’t get past. I know this is minor to most people, but … The book cover has those lovely pastel colored macarons and then at the start of the story, Vi and Elise are at the bakery, eating macaroons – a totally different kind of cookie than a macaron. This irritated me greatly and set the tone for the rest of the book. The plot was cliché-filled – Elise is a “trophy wife” who the rest of the town looks down on because she left heaven for a lawyer who is eight years older than her, just eight years, and went off to the big city? Vi is a socialite with a Mr. Big for a boyfriend? And the disjointed writing style kept pulling me out of the story. I stumbled over the author’s description of the shop: “This shop was Lavinia’s baby, who’d purchased the business over three years ago.” Whaa? That must be some smart baby. And, this from Vi discussing a couple of other characters, “Cute young man, both in their early twenties.” Things like these kept taking me out of the story. I finished this book because I was curious to know how the plot turned out. And, I was on the treadmill at the gym and didn’t want to slow down to choose another book. This one just didn’t work for me. Maybe the writing improved over the six books in the series, but the writing style put me off, and x’d out any affection I might have built up for the characters. I’m not going out of my way to read any future books in this series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cat Tutt

    I decided to start this series after reading the Baker Street Mystery series by CeeCee James. I loved it so much I wanted more of her writing, so I looked her other stuff up on Amazon. This series popped up on Kindle Unlimited, so I loaded it up and jumped in. The most remarkable thing about the book, to me, is the quality of the writing. The descriptions, similes, metaphors and word choice were top notch. As a reformed literary snob, I always appreciate when I read a book with a high caliber of I decided to start this series after reading the Baker Street Mystery series by CeeCee James. I loved it so much I wanted more of her writing, so I looked her other stuff up on Amazon. This series popped up on Kindle Unlimited, so I loaded it up and jumped in. The most remarkable thing about the book, to me, is the quality of the writing. The descriptions, similes, metaphors and word choice were top notch. As a reformed literary snob, I always appreciate when I read a book with a high caliber of writing to accompany the story. Not to be outdone, though, the characters are wonderful. Elise is definitely the best friend you'd want if you were accused of murder, and Lavina seems like an absolute hoot and blast to be around. And I have to give a shout out to Detective Brad for being more agreeable than most detectives in cozy mysteries. He did tell Elise to let the police do the investigating, but he also recognized that she was a valuable asset and took her discoveries seriously, without TOO much scolding. The mystery itself was a shocker. There were a lot of potential suspects, but I hadn't decided whodunit. And even if I had, I would've been wrong. The killer was a total surprise and the scene that developed around the reveal was a nail biter! All in all, I really enjoyed this first book in the series. Southern charm, great writing, great characters and a puzzling mystery made for a page turner that I was finished with before I knew what hit me. Highly recommended! *5 Stars

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kirby Manning

    Expect the Unexpected This is the flipbook I have read by this auth. This story is well written and it flows. The characters are real and relatable. At first I thought a story about a young woman divorced who returns home and walks dogs & becomes involved in solving the demise of one of the town's unsavory characters would not be interesting but that's where the similarities end....and the strength of the author prevails because nothing beginner ends the way I anticipated it would. The main chara Expect the Unexpected This is the flipbook I have read by this auth. This story is well written and it flows. The characters are real and relatable. At first I thought a story about a young woman divorced who returns home and walks dogs & becomes involved in solving the demise of one of the town's unsavory characters would not be interesting but that's where the similarities end....and the strength of the author prevails because nothing beginner ends the way I anticipated it would. The main character did return home but it was a Strasbourg her personal growth and the goals she makes to strengthen her self esteem. Even the theme of the best friend being a suspect takes off in an unexpected direction. Throughout the story there were many individuals who worked could have plotted the demise because he wasn't well liked by many if any in the town. It's a wonderful view of a small town and the local channels of gossip only enhance the personalities of those who know different aspects of the individuals who might have been a suspect. The town took on a life and the people were interesting & easy to relate to because we have all met people like them at sometime in our life. The story kept my interest from beginning to end and there were surprises as the story moves. from the beginning to the end. At no point could I say, well I knew that would happen....It's like life expect the unexpected....My plan is to read all the books in the series....I've added her to my list of favorite authors.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ferne

    I was really looking forward to reading this cozy mystery as a series opener that seemed all the more welcoming by the attractive cover. As with many cozies this one has some very cute and creative names for local businesses with examples of Sweet Sandwiches Deli, Friendly Smiles Dentistry and Rats Out for the local pest control company. I loved the orange tabby that decided to adopt Elise after the previous homeowners left Max behind when they moved. However, and it's more of an all caps howeve I was really looking forward to reading this cozy mystery as a series opener that seemed all the more welcoming by the attractive cover. As with many cozies this one has some very cute and creative names for local businesses with examples of Sweet Sandwiches Deli, Friendly Smiles Dentistry and Rats Out for the local pest control company. I loved the orange tabby that decided to adopt Elise after the previous homeowners left Max behind when they moved. However, and it's more of an all caps however - yes, shouting however - I simply can't fathom taking off the lid of a can of cat food and putting the can on the floor as the "serving dish." I've opened many brands of cat food cans over the years and I'd never let a kitten or cat eat from the can as I'd be terrified of injury to the cat's tongue. Maybe that's just me but it upset me every time that Max received another meal. I also cannot envision Elise being continually invited to accompany a police detective (even a friend from high school) on any aspect of a murder investigation. That simply is not plausible to me. I lower my star rating by 1 star when there are multiple errors that could have easily been corrected by a copy editor(s) or assistance by a beta reader(s). Spell check does not fix missed words in a sentence or when the word ever in the sentence should read every. Sadly this novel has an abundance of this type of error and is very distracting to me as a reader and former copy editor. There are so many extraordinary cozy novels to read that I will not be continuing to read this series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Scherry at The Novel Lady

    I listened to this book on Audible and I must say that it was delightful. It was a sweet southern comfort mystery that began with Elise returning home after a ten year marriage that didn't work out. Returning to the small town of Angel Lake, she encounters old friends and small-town gossip. When the philandering car salesman in town suddenly ends up dead, and fingers are beginning to point to her best friend Lavina, Elise begins doing a bit of detective work on her own to clear her friends name. I listened to this book on Audible and I must say that it was delightful. It was a sweet southern comfort mystery that began with Elise returning home after a ten year marriage that didn't work out. Returning to the small town of Angel Lake, she encounters old friends and small-town gossip. When the philandering car salesman in town suddenly ends up dead, and fingers are beginning to point to her best friend Lavina, Elise begins doing a bit of detective work on her own to clear her friends name. And of course she butts heads with the small town police detective who seems to have his eye on her for more than just police business. There were lots of twists and turns and we were kept guessing throughout most of the book. I love a who-dunnit and this one was fun. My only problem was with the constant mention of Elise's Fitbit. Gosh! Enough is enough! It was great that she was trying to better herself and achieve her goal of running a half-marathon, but dang! Can't she run without constantly checking the Fitbit? I do like this author's writing style and the story was fun and full of mystery with a hint of romance. I'm just hoping that before I read Book #2 in this series, her Fitbit battery has died or it has fallen off her wrist into a swamp and was eaten by an alligator.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda Wise

    amusing soap This is an interesting soap opera. I kind of felt like I was watching a train wreck as I read this. It is well written and the characters are really good but I felt like they all needed to wake up and act their ages. The main character, Elise, is a 20 something Trixie Belden, who has no compunction against bumbling her way through a murder investigation and nearly getting herself and others killed. I like her as a character but as I read I was also trying to figure out why she was so amusing soap This is an interesting soap opera. I kind of felt like I was watching a train wreck as I read this. It is well written and the characters are really good but I felt like they all needed to wake up and act their ages. The main character, Elise, is a 20 something Trixie Belden, who has no compunction against bumbling her way through a murder investigation and nearly getting herself and others killed. I like her as a character but as I read I was also trying to figure out why she was so certain she could figure out the murder before the trained detectives. I am not sure how I feel about her as am amateur sleuth. I am certain I do not like the whole relationship mess at the end though. It was too contrived and confusing. Throughout the whole book Elise had nothing really good to say about the man she was divorcing. The best things about him were that her parents liked him and he made good money. He never had time for her, he expected to be his society wife that attended fancy parties she hated in his place, to enhance his career. He cheated on her and that hurt. At best it seemed she had lukewarm feelings for him.Then suddenly with no warning to the reader she is getting back together with him. I felt as lost as Brad did. And then, she was back to divorcing him? Again I was lost... so, I ended up very ambivalent to the book as a whole.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    Elise has come home to lick her wounds. Her wealthy attorney husband has found a younger woman and the divorce means that Elise is starting over after 10 years of marriage. She is changing things. She runs and she finds a cat. Her work consists of walking dogs. This is a new life. Then out of the blue, she is there when a wealthy man who owns a car lot, is killed. The number of people who wanted this man dead includes nearly everyone in town. But, the prime suspect turns out to be Elise's best fr Elise has come home to lick her wounds. Her wealthy attorney husband has found a younger woman and the divorce means that Elise is starting over after 10 years of marriage. She is changing things. She runs and she finds a cat. Her work consists of walking dogs. This is a new life. Then out of the blue, she is there when a wealthy man who owns a car lot, is killed. The number of people who wanted this man dead includes nearly everyone in town. But, the prime suspect turns out to be Elise's best friend Lavina. This is a small Southern town cozy mystery. There are the quirky characters, the snarky women, and the investigating cop is Brad, who shares a mutual attraction with Elise. The mystery is the ongoing theme of the story. Along with Elise trying to find the murderer in order to protect her best friend. Elise is one of those heroines who finds it necessary to ask questions of the wrong people. She also continues to do so after being asked not to by her friend, Brad. This is a cozy mystery that follows the pattern of some others. Character development is well done. The plot moves forward at a good clip.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Roy Murry

    The SWEET Taste of MURDER An Angel Lake Mystery CEECEE JAMES Review by Author Roy Murry Elise, after a marriage breakup, moves home to Angel Lake. She reunites with her childhood friend Lavina. Well conversing, they find out that a well-known man in the community has had a deadly accident with a train. Suspicion becomes rapid that it was not an accident but a murder. Brad, a detective and an acquaintance of both women, comes on the scene, leading to Lavina being one of the murder suspects. He and Eli The SWEET Taste of MURDER An Angel Lake Mystery CEECEE JAMES Review by Author Roy Murry Elise, after a marriage breakup, moves home to Angel Lake. She reunites with her childhood friend Lavina. Well conversing, they find out that a well-known man in the community has had a deadly accident with a train. Suspicion becomes rapid that it was not an accident but a murder. Brad, a detective and an acquaintance of both women, comes on the scene, leading to Lavina being one of the murder suspects. He and Elise have a developing rapport as she goes about renewing herself with the community members. In her walkabouts or runabouts, she collects some knowledge of the murdered man, trying to help eliminate her friend Lavina from Brad's and the Police Captain's list of suspects. She finds a few who could have done the deed, but a flower becomes the key to the crime. Fast pace read that at times is cute and romantically tied. Even a cat and dog get into the act. Taste of Murder is a pleasant afternoon read for the beach, near the pool, or in your favorite chair. Murder is a crisp enjoyable read with no blood and guts.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    E-Reader. Murder Mystery Elise Sanders moved back to Angel Lake, Tennessee.  Shes waiting for her divorce to go through, after being cheated on. Her best friend is Lavina who owns Sweet Sandwiches.  She has a sugar Daddy she calls Mr. G. One of the most disliked man in town was hit a train in his black Mercedes.  Cameron McMahon owned the car dealership close to where he died.  After the toxicology tests come came, he was murdered by poison. There was a suicide note stating he was Lavina father & le E-Reader. Murder Mystery Elise Sanders moved back to Angel Lake, Tennessee.  Shes waiting for her divorce to go through, after being cheated on. Her best friend is Lavina who owns Sweet Sandwiches.  She has a sugar Daddy she calls Mr. G. One of the most disliked man in town was hit a train in his black Mercedes.  Cameron McMahon owned the car dealership close to where he died.  After the toxicology tests come came, he was murdered by poison. There was a suicide note stating he was Lavina father & leave his estate to her.  He was a millionaire. When Elise finds out her best friend is very high on the suspect list she starts her own investigation.  After a while Angel Lake Detective Brad Carter let's her share information on the case.  She likes Brad a lot. There are so many twists & turns the suspect list gets longer.  But Lavina gets arrested.  There is so much more that happens & many characters to state. If you like a great murder mystery you need to read this book!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Really like the main character and story line. I enjoyed this book. Since I read one of the later books in the series I had hoped this would introduce the characters a little better. Instead I was a little confused by all the different characters, some I couldn't quite see what they added to the story. I'm not from the south but I noticed that some of the wording made me think I was reading a book that started in the 50's until cell phones and a fitbit was mentioned. The story dragged for me in som Really like the main character and story line. I enjoyed this book. Since I read one of the later books in the series I had hoped this would introduce the characters a little better. Instead I was a little confused by all the different characters, some I couldn't quite see what they added to the story. I'm not from the south but I noticed that some of the wording made me think I was reading a book that started in the 50's until cell phones and a fitbit was mentioned. The story dragged for me in some places and then got to the point about a chapter later. Sometimes I completely lost the reason a character was there. The ending was good, and I really liked some of the symbolisms with the flowers. One character I could do without is Elise's best friend Lavina. Or at least duct tape her mouth. I will be reading the next book in the series, I do like the easy writing style and the storyline was good.

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