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To all appearances, North Bank is a charming retirement town and tourist attraction - until a murder reveals a darker side of crime and corruption. Margot Durand runs a French Bakery in the charming town of North Bank, Virginia. When her troublesome niece comes for a summer visit, she knows she is going to have her hands full. After an unexpected murder, the girl is labeled To all appearances, North Bank is a charming retirement town and tourist attraction - until a murder reveals a darker side of crime and corruption. Margot Durand runs a French Bakery in the charming town of North Bank, Virginia. When her troublesome niece comes for a summer visit, she knows she is going to have her hands full. After an unexpected murder, the girl is labeled as the prime suspect and Margot is forced to fight for her niece's freedom. Can she solve the mystery and clear her niece before the killer gets away...or strikes again? Croissants and Corruption is part of the Margot Durand Cozy Mystery series. If you like fun cozy mysteries, you are going to love Croissants and Corruption. Buy Croissants and Corruption and start solving your next mystery today!


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To all appearances, North Bank is a charming retirement town and tourist attraction - until a murder reveals a darker side of crime and corruption. Margot Durand runs a French Bakery in the charming town of North Bank, Virginia. When her troublesome niece comes for a summer visit, she knows she is going to have her hands full. After an unexpected murder, the girl is labeled To all appearances, North Bank is a charming retirement town and tourist attraction - until a murder reveals a darker side of crime and corruption. Margot Durand runs a French Bakery in the charming town of North Bank, Virginia. When her troublesome niece comes for a summer visit, she knows she is going to have her hands full. After an unexpected murder, the girl is labeled as the prime suspect and Margot is forced to fight for her niece's freedom. Can she solve the mystery and clear her niece before the killer gets away...or strikes again? Croissants and Corruption is part of the Margot Durand Cozy Mystery series. If you like fun cozy mysteries, you are going to love Croissants and Corruption. Buy Croissants and Corruption and start solving your next mystery today!

30 review for Croissants and Corruption

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lyn

    I downloaded this after getting it at a bargain price. I was glad I took a chance on a new author! I had just finished another bargain mystery (which I will not name--due to the fact that not every book si for every reader--it wasn't for me). But IMHO that book did not spend any time creating memorable or sympathetic or likeable characters. Margot Durand took the time to craft realistic and likeable characters. And she also spent time investing in the setting and supporting cast of characters. I I downloaded this after getting it at a bargain price. I was glad I took a chance on a new author! I had just finished another bargain mystery (which I will not name--due to the fact that not every book si for every reader--it wasn't for me). But IMHO that book did not spend any time creating memorable or sympathetic or likeable characters. Margot Durand took the time to craft realistic and likeable characters. And she also spent time investing in the setting and supporting cast of characters. I would love to visit the town on the Potomac River that she created. And eat her croissants! I also liked the give and take between the hero and heroine--the detective and the baker-amateur sleuth. A little romance never hurts and romance doesn't end at age thirty. :-) I plan on reading more in this series and I recommend it to you!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    I read this book for a challenge. It met the requirement of having a red cover. I am glad that it had a red cover, or otherwise I may not have made the opportunity to read it this year. There are many books on my must read soon list. Thanks to Hurricane Dorian we lost our electricity on September 7 and this book was on my fully charged kindle. So I was able to sit and read it in the dark. Our power was restored in the early hours this morning. Will finish my review later.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    I am a huge fan of cozy mysteries. A cozy about a small town baker sounded like a book I would love. But, I was disappointed. Margo is keeping an eye on her 19 year old niece. The girl, Taylor, has been in trouble and Margo's sister has asked if Taylor could come to Virginia and work in the bakery. The plan is that Taylor will be away from people who have become a bad influence on her. She also will learn the benefit of hard work. The day Taylor arrives, she is assaulted by a young man. Then the yo I am a huge fan of cozy mysteries. A cozy about a small town baker sounded like a book I would love. But, I was disappointed. Margo is keeping an eye on her 19 year old niece. The girl, Taylor, has been in trouble and Margo's sister has asked if Taylor could come to Virginia and work in the bakery. The plan is that Taylor will be away from people who have become a bad influence on her. She also will learn the benefit of hard work. The day Taylor arrives, she is assaulted by a young man. Then the young man is found dead and Taylor is the main suspect. That seemed a little over the top to me. OK – I am not a fan of women who continually put themselves in danger. Margo is the widow of a policeman, a good friend is a policeman and if she is smart enough to own a business she should be smart enough to know the difference between safety and danger. She continually determines to investigate on her own. Ms Collins has created what could be a good plot, but for me there were too many inconsistencies. I know it is just me, but I would have liked Margo to be at least sort of sensible rather than going off on her own over and over. The character development is interesting. But, even when Margo knows Taylor is a liar, she never actually tries to get the truth from her. This simply did not do it for me. I know it is me. I just could not suspend my expectations for this one.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cherry London

    Margo is at it again with this mild but interesting murder mystery, it involves her niece Taylor who isn’t very truthful and has lots of secrets, but still wants her aunt and mom to respect her. With her niece the main suspect, she has no other alternative but to get to the truth and the real killer before it’s too late. Sifting through the clues and giving the picture a closer look pinpointed areas which didn’t add up, thereby giving her the edge she needed. The storyline is good and the charac Margo is at it again with this mild but interesting murder mystery, it involves her niece Taylor who isn’t very truthful and has lots of secrets, but still wants her aunt and mom to respect her. With her niece the main suspect, she has no other alternative but to get to the truth and the real killer before it’s too late. Sifting through the clues and giving the picture a closer look pinpointed areas which didn’t add up, thereby giving her the edge she needed. The storyline is good and the characters are also good could have been a bit more exciting but all in all an entertaining read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    April

    4.5 read for me! I loved the old man, Bentley. I did keep changing my mind throughout the whole book about what was going on! Excellent read!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    Croissants and Corruption (Margot Durand #1) by Danielle Collins Margot, a small town French Baker has her troubled Niece (Taylor) come to stay with her for a while. Not long after her arrival a young man ends up dead, and Taylor is the number one suspect. Margot is determined to clear her Niece's name and find the true killer. A fast paced cozy murder/mystery with an interesting plot and likable characters. Set in a small town and around a baker as a novice sleuth was fresh and inviting. I also e Croissants and Corruption (Margot Durand #1) by Danielle Collins Margot, a small town French Baker has her troubled Niece (Taylor) come to stay with her for a while. Not long after her arrival a young man ends up dead, and Taylor is the number one suspect. Margot is determined to clear her Niece's name and find the true killer. A fast paced cozy murder/mystery with an interesting plot and likable characters. Set in a small town and around a baker as a novice sleuth was fresh and inviting. I also enjoyed the recipes at the end of the book. I highly recommend to those who like cozy murder/mysteries.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    This was a freebie for joining a newsletter, and just the right length to keep me company on a rainy night. The widowed heroine is a bit nosy, but then all good "cozy" sleuths are. Her shop sounds so delicious you get hungry reading it, and her investigative skills could use a bit of polish, but she seems real and is certainly smart. Perhaps we will see a romance in her future. I recommend this book for any time when you want a short, sometimes funny, always interesting read. This was a freebie for joining a newsletter, and just the right length to keep me company on a rainy night. The widowed heroine is a bit nosy, but then all good "cozy" sleuths are. Her shop sounds so delicious you get hungry reading it, and her investigative skills could use a bit of polish, but she seems real and is certainly smart. Perhaps we will see a romance in her future. I recommend this book for any time when you want a short, sometimes funny, always interesting read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joann Herley

    Croissants and Corruption was a fun read, and I recognized some of the locations in her story. This is the first book I have read by this author, and I thoroughly enjoyed the Who Done It, murder mystery. I loved that she added a large cast of interesting supporting characters to the plot. It made it harder to figure out who committed the crime.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Andra Fore

    Nice read This is a good short mystery to fill those few minutes you may have time in between jobs or even sitting waiting at an appointment. I enjoy the series mysteries because you can always count on familiar faces. I look forward to reading the next installment.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carolynn

    I couldn't find any other series of this type by Danielle Collins. so I guess this is her first go at it--at it's great! What's not to like? You've got a French bakery, a small town, a gorgeous police detective, a murder mystery, interesting supporting characters, a fast-moving plot with twists in it and recipes at the end! Margot Durand has a French bakery in a small town in Virginia and gets a call from her sister in California, begging her to take her niece Taylor for the summer to teach her r I couldn't find any other series of this type by Danielle Collins. so I guess this is her first go at it--at it's great! What's not to like? You've got a French bakery, a small town, a gorgeous police detective, a murder mystery, interesting supporting characters, a fast-moving plot with twists in it and recipes at the end! Margot Durand has a French bakery in a small town in Virginia and gets a call from her sister in California, begging her to take her niece Taylor for the summer to teach her responsibility before she is a full adult and will face adult laws and rules. Margot agrees and things begin to happen...an assault, murder, missing monies, another assault, and rapidly occurring events and influxes of information that keep you wondering what's coming next. This was my first Kindle Unlimited download and I was delighted with how easy it was! The only drawback is you can't keep them, but you can usually check them out again! I recommend this story and I'm looking forward to following the series as it moves along. This story caught up most of the storylines, but there were several others that could have been followed in more detail for more enjoyment of Margot's backstory and other characters introduced. But hopefully, Ms. Collins will put those items in later books!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

    I liked the book. The characters were interesting and mostly likable, you know...except the killer.. Bentley was a pleasant surprise and I think I would have liked him in real life. It seemed to wrap up a little too quickly at the end, but not a bad read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra C. Beach

    Mediocre at best If you like books that give God all the credit, instead of the people who do all the work, this might be a book for you.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Graham

    Croissants and Corruption is a light and fluffy cozy mystery. Renee Garvey sends her 19-year-old step-daughter Taylor from their home in California to spend a summer with her (Renee's) sister Margot Durand in Virginia. Margot is a middle-aged widow who owns a French bakery, and she must help to solve a murder mystery that Taylor gets wrapped up in. I enjoyed how well paced the story was, and the author's writing style was great. That said, I found the protagonist, Margot Durand, to be a tad sanc Croissants and Corruption is a light and fluffy cozy mystery. Renee Garvey sends her 19-year-old step-daughter Taylor from their home in California to spend a summer with her (Renee's) sister Margot Durand in Virginia. Margot is a middle-aged widow who owns a French bakery, and she must help to solve a murder mystery that Taylor gets wrapped up in. I enjoyed how well paced the story was, and the author's writing style was great. That said, I found the protagonist, Margot Durand, to be a tad sanctimonious and condescending towards the younger characters such as her niece. It was difficult at times for me to like the protagonist when she treated her 19-year-old niece like a child. There were a few things in the book that could have been edited better to make it more believable. For instance, the author seems not to know the difference between macaroons and macarons, which is a pretty serious error given that the protagonist is a professional French baker. Also, we are to believe that the Margot's deceased husband wrote secret friendship letters to Taylor when she was only 14. Despite living on opposite ends of the country and being related tenuously through marriage, Taylor and Margot's deceased husband Julian were close knit without Margot knowing? Something about that seems very unbelievable, if not creepy. Taylor was 14, and her step-mom's sister's husband was writing her secret letters from across the country and giving her pet names in French? That doesn't sound likely, and if it did happen, it comes off as inappropriate. These secret friendship letters had no bearing on the plot whatsoever, so I don't think they served any purpose.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tess Ailshire

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a pretty good cozy mystery with some very jarring content. First, Margot knows that Taylor is lying, but makes zero, no, none, zilch, effort to get beyond it. Sure, she's playing the nice-aunt-instead-of-wicked-stepmother role, but she notices something 'off' from before the start of the requisite trouble, and yet just ignores it. Apparently, she trusts her gut only when it helps solve a case, or advances the story. There is no place in Northern Neck or Northern Virginia to set a fictional This is a pretty good cozy mystery with some very jarring content. First, Margot knows that Taylor is lying, but makes zero, no, none, zilch, effort to get beyond it. Sure, she's playing the nice-aunt-instead-of-wicked-stepmother role, but she notices something 'off' from before the start of the requisite trouble, and yet just ignores it. Apparently, she trusts her gut only when it helps solve a case, or advances the story. There is no place in Northern Neck or Northern Virginia to set a fictional small town with a 30-minute drive to the airport *and* with a river setting. Ain't happening. Plenty of places, but either a further drive, or no river setting. Poor editing - I don't know if this was originally in the "Christian Fiction" genre and subsequent editing stopped before the last chapters, or if Collins felt she had to ascribe "luck" to a deity, but the preachiness of the last chapter was a turn-off. Margot is an interesting character; her back-story is well-presented and just enough to make her understandable without going overboard. Taylor is slightly less well-developed, and the interactions between Margot's family and Taylor is hard to fathom. Apparently, in the years Margot's sister has been married to Taylor's father, there have been several visits, none of which seem to explain either the "I know this girl" attitude from Margot nor the letters from Julian - letters his wife knew nothing about, to a girl who would have been no more than 14 at the time. There's potential in this series, but I will not go seek the next book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    It took me a bit to figure out how to rate this book. I think that's because I found its first and last chapters to be the weakest parts of the book, for me. The misspelling of the name of DC's airport was jarring as was an Interstate number that would not be found in the part of the country where this book was set. I am not sure whether that last one was an editing error or an attempt at fictionalizing the setting, but…that, plus my confusion about whether the name made sense for a place in Vir It took me a bit to figure out how to rate this book. I think that's because I found its first and last chapters to be the weakest parts of the book, for me. The misspelling of the name of DC's airport was jarring as was an Interstate number that would not be found in the part of the country where this book was set. I am not sure whether that last one was an editing error or an attempt at fictionalizing the setting, but…that, plus my confusion about whether the name made sense for a place in Virginia or whether the description would have fit a Maryland town better (I take the blame for my own lack of geographical knowledge on this one) all had me really worried about whether there would be too many errors for me to enjoy the story. Thankfully, that chapter was followed by an engaging story. I really liked getting to know the aunt and the niece as well as the aunt's police friend. The story was a fun distraction from real life. And then the last chapter. And… all of a sudden, there's a bunch of talk about God. And besides it not being something I particularly welcome at this point in my journey, it seemed out of the blue for the characters, too. Some of that is perhaps explained by the fright of the events in the book's climax, but… I found it jarring. I also wish this book were a little longer. I would have liked to get to know some of the characters better, to get to know North Bank. And I think the middle of the book was where Collins did her best writing.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    "Croissants and Corruption" is the first book in the Margot Durand Cozy Mystery series by Danielle Collins. Straight up, I am going to say that I hope this series continues forever! The character Margot Durand has depth, width, and a nice dose of humor. She is a widow, and in the course of life (protecting her niece, Taylor), she ends up contacting a former colleague of her husbands, Adam Eastwood, lead detective for the North Bank police force. Do we see the beginnings of something here? I hope "Croissants and Corruption" is the first book in the Margot Durand Cozy Mystery series by Danielle Collins. Straight up, I am going to say that I hope this series continues forever! The character Margot Durand has depth, width, and a nice dose of humor. She is a widow, and in the course of life (protecting her niece, Taylor), she ends up contacting a former colleague of her husbands, Adam Eastwood, lead detective for the North Bank police force. Do we see the beginnings of something here? I hope so! I love the inclusion of Margot's bakery, the Parisian Patisserie, as an integral part of who Marogt is. (BTW, she cooks deicious meals at home too!) This book is all about relationships of all kinds, and home and family. Throw in the murder of a young man that was being too aggressive with Taylor, Taylor having two phones (she is stil a teenager!), retired detective Bently that is sure funds are being siphoned off at the senior center (signficant funds), and a mayor that likes to live large, and we have the makings of a fast paced, extremely enjoyable cozy mystery!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I enjoyed Danielle Collins' mystery, Croissants and Corruption. Set in North Bank, Virginia, widow Margot Durand owns and operates The Parisian Patisserie. When her sister, Renee calls and asks her to taker her niece, Taylor for the summer, she agrees. Shortly after Taylor's arrival however, a young man they met at a restaurant, is discovered stabbed to dead by the river. The murder weapon has Taylor's fingerprints on it and she becomes the main suspect. Margot's friend, Adam Eastwood, is on the I enjoyed Danielle Collins' mystery, Croissants and Corruption. Set in North Bank, Virginia, widow Margot Durand owns and operates The Parisian Patisserie. When her sister, Renee calls and asks her to taker her niece, Taylor for the summer, she agrees. Shortly after Taylor's arrival however, a young man they met at a restaurant, is discovered stabbed to dead by the river. The murder weapon has Taylor's fingerprints on it and she becomes the main suspect. Margot's friend, Adam Eastwood, is on the case and asks her to keep out of it. She can't resist trying to help her niece. Then one of Margot's friends from the senior center thinks that some one is stealing money from their building account. So amateur sleuth, Margot, is now working on two mysteries: a murder case and a case of missing money supposedly stolen from the senior center building fund. This story has interesting characters, twists and turns, no violence or foul language, and has a good flow. I look forward to seeing what adventures are ahead in North Bank.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    Croissants and Corruption #1 Margot Durand   Margot has been asked to keep her niece, Taylor because she is getting into trouble and her parents feel she needs to leave the area where she is always in trouble. She comes and is immediately welcomed and put to work at Margot's bakery. Margot is known for making the best French pastries. She even donates them to the Senior Center Benefits, used to raise money for the Senior Center to be rebuilt. One of the members feels that something is not right, w Croissants and Corruption #1 Margot Durand   Margot has been asked to keep her niece, Taylor because she is getting into trouble and her parents feel she needs to leave the area where she is always in trouble. She comes and is immediately welcomed and put to work at Margot's bakery. Margot is known for making the best French pastries. She even donates them to the Senior Center Benefits, used to raise money for the Senior Center to be rebuilt. One of the members feels that something is not right, while this is happening Taylor is being accused of killing a man who had flirted with her and overly handy with her. Margot, who had been married to a detective in the police force and is friends with another, starts to look into both of the problems, trying to find the murderer and the missing funds.    I did enjoy this story and will try to read some more from this series. 

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Margot Durand is the owner of the French bakery located in North Bank, Virginia. Her life has always been a little quiet and predictable. However, when her sister calls and asks if Margot's niece can come to stay for the summer, things begin to heat up. After only a day in town, a murder takes place that places the blame squarely on her niece's shoulders. How can things go wrong so fast? Margot must take matters into her own hands in order to clear her niece and keep her bakery. The author does a Margot Durand is the owner of the French bakery located in North Bank, Virginia. Her life has always been a little quiet and predictable. However, when her sister calls and asks if Margot's niece can come to stay for the summer, things begin to heat up. After only a day in town, a murder takes place that places the blame squarely on her niece's shoulders. How can things go wrong so fast? Margot must take matters into her own hands in order to clear her niece and keep her bakery. The author does a wonderful job in this series of developing the characters so that the reader either chooses to like them or dislike them from the start. I highly recommend this cozy mystery series. I cannot wait until the next installment. I received a copy from the publisher. I wrote the review because I enjoyed the book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Celest

    Limited Cast of Characters I've read some reviews that fans don't like a lot of characters because it's hard to keep them straight. Not me, I like a lot of characters even if I have to turn back to refresh my mind as to who's who. It seemed that in this book there were just a few people described or given some backstory. I know it's book one so maybe I need to give it more time for the other characters to evolve, like Rosie, she's an important character. Margot leaves her in charge of her bakery, Limited Cast of Characters I've read some reviews that fans don't like a lot of characters because it's hard to keep them straight. Not me, I like a lot of characters even if I have to turn back to refresh my mind as to who's who. It seemed that in this book there were just a few people described or given some backstory. I know it's book one so maybe I need to give it more time for the other characters to evolve, like Rosie, she's an important character. Margot leaves her in charge of her bakery, I need to know more than she has dark skin. All in all, I did enjoy this book, there was a murder, maybe some missing money, and maybe a budding romance. I have the next book in this series so I can see if I can dig deeper into the lives of the characters as well as helping Margot and Adam solve another case.

  21. 4 out of 5

    AF Michael

    This book wasn't GREAT, but then it wasn't bad either! To be honest, the characters are pleasant enough, the plot was interesting but peculiarly constructed. There was a great deal of "staging" at the beginning as the cast of characters were introduced and not enough meat on them - not enough character study and the end comes waaay too fast. Of course there is a happily ever after promise lurking at the end for all the "good guys". The thing that bugged me was the "bad guy" in the book who just This book wasn't GREAT, but then it wasn't bad either! To be honest, the characters are pleasant enough, the plot was interesting but peculiarly constructed. There was a great deal of "staging" at the beginning as the cast of characters were introduced and not enough meat on them - not enough character study and the end comes waaay too fast. Of course there is a happily ever after promise lurking at the end for all the "good guys". The thing that bugged me was the "bad guy" in the book who just sort of pops out of nowhere despite the fact that the character was introduced in the story, but not enough about the character to make it thought provoking or even know why that "bad guy" was the way she was. It's an okay read for a yukky day indoors or at the dentist's office waiting room. The book is so short you could have it read over your lunch break two days in a row.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Holly A. Woodruff

    Good series starter I enjoyed this first book in the Margot Durand series and look forward to meeting more of the town's residents, especially at the senior center. Margot is a LEO widow, but we don't learn in this first book how he died. Maybe in book 2 we'll learn more. She is friends with her husband's partner and I can see a romance in the future. I won't go into details of the plot. The mystery is decent, writing and editing are competent, and the story moves along briskly. Many of you will Good series starter I enjoyed this first book in the Margot Durand series and look forward to meeting more of the town's residents, especially at the senior center. Margot is a LEO widow, but we don't learn in this first book how he died. Maybe in book 2 we'll learn more. She is friends with her husband's partner and I can see a romance in the future. I won't go into details of the plot. The mystery is decent, writing and editing are competent, and the story moves along briskly. Many of you will finish the book in one sitting. The story is complete, not so much as a little teaser leading into the next book. There is no sex or foul language, and Margot goes so far as to express her faith that God will look out for her. But the novel is not religious, it's just nice to have the primary character express faith. All in all, an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    Loved it!! This is the first book I have read by this author and she is a new favorite. This is a really good cozy mystery- exciting mystery, likeable interesting strong characters, not a graphic or descriptive murder, and a budding potential romance. Margot runs a bakery. Her neice Taylor comes to visit because she is causing her stepmom/Margot ' s sister some stress. As soon as Taylor arrives, things start to happen and happen fast. I would have read it in 1 shot if I would have been able to. Loved it!! This is the first book I have read by this author and she is a new favorite. This is a really good cozy mystery- exciting mystery, likeable interesting strong characters, not a graphic or descriptive murder, and a budding potential romance. Margot runs a bakery. Her neice Taylor comes to visit because she is causing her stepmom/Margot ' s sister some stress. As soon as Taylor arrives, things start to happen and happen fast. I would have read it in 1 shot if I would have been able to. It has a good pace and a good story line and mystery. The only minor thing was Margot is widowed and mentions her husband a lot but more as a guide to how to solve the mystery. I can't wait to read the next one!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Margot Durand owns a French bakery in Virginia, so when her sister calls asking if Margot's adopted niece, Taylor, can come spend the summer there since they're having discipline issues, Margot is a little wary. What 19 year old wants to get up at 3am to help at the bakery? But she consents...and gets more trouble than even she anticipated when Taylor winds up arrested for murder her first week in town. She leaves much of the running of the bakery to Rosie, relies on her late husband's friend fr Margot Durand owns a French bakery in Virginia, so when her sister calls asking if Margot's adopted niece, Taylor, can come spend the summer there since they're having discipline issues, Margot is a little wary. What 19 year old wants to get up at 3am to help at the bakery? But she consents...and gets more trouble than even she anticipated when Taylor winds up arrested for murder her first week in town. She leaves much of the running of the bakery to Rosie, relies on her late husband's friend from the force and her friend at the senior center who used to be an attorney, and sets out to solve the case, all the while cementing her relationship with Taylor. I wonder where the sequel will go...will Taylor still be in town?

  25. 4 out of 5

    Norma Wiegert

    Margot owns a bakery in a small Virginia community which is home to a large number of Senior Citizens. When Margot agrees to take her sister's step-daughter Taylor for the summer to work in her bakery things begin to liven up. Taylor had gotten into some trouble in California and needed a change of scenery, but trouble seems to follow Taylor and shortly after her arrival she is arrested for murder. Margot believes Taylor is innocent and is determined to prove it. This is an enjoyable fast paced Margot owns a bakery in a small Virginia community which is home to a large number of Senior Citizens. When Margot agrees to take her sister's step-daughter Taylor for the summer to work in her bakery things begin to liven up. Taylor had gotten into some trouble in California and needed a change of scenery, but trouble seems to follow Taylor and shortly after her arrival she is arrested for murder. Margot believes Taylor is innocent and is determined to prove it. This is an enjoyable fast paced read and I'm looking forward to more books in this series. I received a ARC of this book and this is my honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    First in series, very nice mystery. Margot Durand, a young widow runs her own French patisserie when her sister asks her for her help, "baby sitting" her teenage niece, Taylor. Taylor, like many teens chafe against authority and insists on trying to go off the rails at any opportunity and ends up getting herself arrested. Margot has certainly got her hands full, trying to run the shop, keep Taylor out of jail and at the same time, not act the heavy handed adult. Throw in a dose of possible roman First in series, very nice mystery. Margot Durand, a young widow runs her own French patisserie when her sister asks her for her help, "baby sitting" her teenage niece, Taylor. Taylor, like many teens chafe against authority and insists on trying to go off the rails at any opportunity and ends up getting herself arrested. Margot has certainly got her hands full, trying to run the shop, keep Taylor out of jail and at the same time, not act the heavy handed adult. Throw in a dose of possible romance, and you have got a winner there!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is the first in the series and the first time reading this author. The main character is Margot and she takes in her niece for the summer. The first few hours after getting there , there is is problem with a young man that by morning becomes a murder charge. Somehow Margot has to figure out who is really the killer and do it before her niece becomes the next victim. This is a page turner and I look forward to more of her adventures.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Miss A

    Loved it! A beautifully written book! Whilst not a suspense thriller, it was full of twists and turns and kept you guessing... all sorts of questions going though your mind throughout and tied together very well. Really liked the characterisation, keen to know a lot more about Adam... is he really just a friend? Recommend for any chance you want to escape but keep guessing who done it. A great read

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Wilson

    A fun little cozy I mostly liked it. I would have rated it higher, except for the technical problems. There were at least three places where the wrong word was used. Really wrong, like dog for (probably) cup cake, as well as grammar missteps. That said, however, I definitely will read the rest of this series. The main character was interesting, the obvious love interest was mostly cool, and the rest of the characters were fun.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura Doty

    Fast-paced desserts While the plot was pretty good, some of the character development was REALLY lacking. I just could not "connect" with Taylor...I firmly believe she was/is a total BRAT. The flow of the story was rather choppy and lacked a good continuous time line. That made the whole book have the feel that Ms.Collins was in a hurry to get it done and unfournately that leaves the reader "short-changed". But the recipes at the end are awesome. Fast-paced desserts While the plot was pretty good, some of the character development was REALLY lacking. I just could not "connect" with Taylor...I firmly believe she was/is a total BRAT. The flow of the story was rather choppy and lacked a good continuous time line. That made the whole book have the feel that Ms.Collins was in a hurry to get it done and unfournately that leaves the reader "short-changed". But the recipes at the end are awesome.

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