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USA Today Best Selling mystery writer. Georgie Tanner's excited to be part of her historic town's annual Franco-American commemorative charity event, but fun turns to tragedy when Gainesville's least favorite resident drops dead at the party. In the chaos that follows the town harpy's death, a priceless heirloom goes missing--the sword George Washington gave to the war her USA Today Best Selling mystery writer. Georgie Tanner's excited to be part of her historic town's annual Franco-American commemorative charity event, but fun turns to tragedy when Gainesville's least favorite resident drops dead at the party. In the chaos that follows the town harpy's death, a priceless heirloom goes missing--the sword George Washington gave to the war hero who detained Benedict Arnold.

While Georgie is always ready to help her town solve a mystery, this one turns personal when someone suspects that Georgie may have been the one to serve the toxic dish! She must identify the culprit before she becomes the primary suspect... although as the investigation progresses, it's not long before being a murder suspect is the least of her worries.



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USA Today Best Selling mystery writer. Georgie Tanner's excited to be part of her historic town's annual Franco-American commemorative charity event, but fun turns to tragedy when Gainesville's least favorite resident drops dead at the party. In the chaos that follows the town harpy's death, a priceless heirloom goes missing--the sword George Washington gave to the war her USA Today Best Selling mystery writer. Georgie Tanner's excited to be part of her historic town's annual Franco-American commemorative charity event, but fun turns to tragedy when Gainesville's least favorite resident drops dead at the party. In the chaos that follows the town harpy's death, a priceless heirloom goes missing--the sword George Washington gave to the war hero who detained Benedict Arnold.

While Georgie is always ready to help her town solve a mystery, this one turns personal when someone suspects that Georgie may have been the one to serve the toxic dish! She must identify the culprit before she becomes the primary suspect... although as the investigation progresses, it's not long before being a murder suspect is the least of her worries.


30 review for Crème Brûlée To Slay

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    Love this series. It keeps my attention and keeps me wanting more.

  2. 4 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Georgie Tanner is pleased to serve at a local charity event and possibly get a glimpse of a sword once owned by George Washington. Georgie never expected the wealthy women to be so nasty to each other and is shocked by the vitriol of one of the women, a Mrs. Vanderton, who is universally disliked in town. When Mrs. Vanderton doesn't return from a break during dinner, Georgie is worried. Her instincts are correct when Mrs. Vanderton is found dead in the bathroom. Georgie never expected murder to Georgie Tanner is pleased to serve at a local charity event and possibly get a glimpse of a sword once owned by George Washington. Georgie never expected the wealthy women to be so nasty to each other and is shocked by the vitriol of one of the women, a Mrs. Vanderton, who is universally disliked in town. When Mrs. Vanderton doesn't return from a break during dinner, Georgie is worried. Her instincts are correct when Mrs. Vanderton is found dead in the bathroom. Georgie never expected murder to be on the menu! When Frank reveals Mrs. Vanderton died of an allergic reaction and the caterer is about to be booked, Georgie knows she has to butt in and figure out who killed Mrs. Vanderton. She personally checked with the caterer to ensure no allergens were in the food. Can she solve the mystery before someone kills her? I'm going to make this review short and simple. Don't bother with this installment of the series. It's the worst of the three I've read so far. Aunt Cecelia only has two guests at the inn so Georgie doesn't have any history tours. George Washington's sword is mentioned in passing before it's stolen and it disappears from the mystery. The mystery focuses on a bunch of rude, annoying, selfish rich people. If I were Georgie, I would have let them work out their own rich people drama because every time Georgie sticks her nose where it doesn't belong her life is threatened. I had a good guess as to who did it and why but it was complicated by other mysteries. I was intrigued by the new information Georgie learns about her fiance. It's just a brief teaser of what's to come later. The editing was so insanely bad. The author or editor needs to go back to school! Mr. and Mrs. Miquel. Mr. Miquel's sword. The Miquels. The Miquels' house (the house belongs to the Miquels). There were also a few words missing here and there. I couldn't get past the bad grammar and editing. Georgie wants to be a strong, independent woman but she needs Frank to come to her rescue every single time she's on her own. She really acts too stupid to live and for some of the things she does, she kind of deserves to be threatened. Being nosy I can accept but her actions are just plain stupid. Her adventures in baking continue with an experiment at creme brulee. That's beyond my skill level so how can a woman who doesn't know how to make pancakes make that? She doesn't have a double boiler but she uses a trick she learned from Aunt Cecelia but doesn't tell the reader what it is. I DID like the cozy parts of the mystery. Georgie and Frank's relationship is changing. He's loosening up a bit more and that's really nice to see. He seems like a good guy but Georgie is way too ditzy for him. I especially love the plot with Oscar O'Neil, Georgie's neighbor. Like Georgie, I can see he's a softie on the inside and really hurting since his wife passed. His little dog Peanut/Bear makes the book. She is so absolutely adorable! I want to hold her and let her kiss my face. She's kind of the canine version of Georgie but cuter. The new characters are mostly awful. Mr. Miquel, the host of the charity dinner seems OK but a bit eccentric keeping a priceless relic in his home without security. He also exhibits signs of a temper while speaking on the phone. His wife's best friend Gayle, an antiques dealer, may be a shady character. She sounds like she's focused on climbing the ladder of success and not so focused on what's making her unhappy. Like I said, rich people problems. Mrs. Vanderton is one of those bitter old ladies who has alienated everyone by her mean-spirited words and cruel gossip. She didn't deserve to be killed. Her sister seems much nicer for the brief minute she's in the novel. The parking valet is sleazy and only keeps from hitting on Georgie because Frank is there. I ended up speed reading this book and skimming the last one to follow up on the throwaway bit about Georgie's fiance. I'm not interested in reading any more about this character.

  3. 4 out of 5

    John Presler

    Georgie Tanner is volunteering to be a server at a dinner party where her Aunt Cecilia is assisting the caterer. The highlight of the party is to be the displaying of the sword Greorge Washington gave to John Paulding for detaining Benedict Arnold. While Georgie is helping serve the soup, Mrs. Vanderton wants to confirm that there is no seafood in the soup, as she is allergic to shellfish. Returning to the dining room to collect the dishes, Georgie notices that Mrs. Vanderton is missing. The othe Georgie Tanner is volunteering to be a server at a dinner party where her Aunt Cecilia is assisting the caterer. The highlight of the party is to be the displaying of the sword Greorge Washington gave to John Paulding for detaining Benedict Arnold. While Georgie is helping serve the soup, Mrs. Vanderton wants to confirm that there is no seafood in the soup, as she is allergic to shellfish. Returning to the dining room to collect the dishes, Georgie notices that Mrs. Vanderton is missing. The other guests at the table either don't notice or don't care, as she was not very popular and nobody seems to be interested in looking for her. When she fails to return, Georgie wonders if she left, as she had earlier overheard Mrs. Vanderton in a heated discussion with one of the other guests. Later that evening, Mrs. Vanderton is found dead and shortly thereafter, the host, Mr. Miguel, realizes that the ceremonial sword is also missing. Are the two crimes related? Was Mrs. Vanderton's death used as a distraction to steal the sword? Who killed Mrs. Vanderton and why? Who stole the sword? Can Georgie figure out the puzzle and help recover the missing sword? Very engrossing, as there is an abundance of suspects and dead-end clues. Great characters, as usual, and a suprise ending.

  4. 5 out of 5

    John Presler

    Georgie Tanner is volunteering to be a server at a dinner party where her Aunt Cecilia is assisting the caterer. The highlight of the party is to be the displaying of the sword Greorge Washington gave to John Paulding for detaining Benedict Arnold. While Georgie is helping serve the soup, Mrs. Vanderton wants to confirm that there is no seafood in the soup, as she is allergic to shellfish. Returning to the dining room to collect the dishes, Georgie notices that Mrs. Vanderton is missing. The othe Georgie Tanner is volunteering to be a server at a dinner party where her Aunt Cecilia is assisting the caterer. The highlight of the party is to be the displaying of the sword Greorge Washington gave to John Paulding for detaining Benedict Arnold. While Georgie is helping serve the soup, Mrs. Vanderton wants to confirm that there is no seafood in the soup, as she is allergic to shellfish. Returning to the dining room to collect the dishes, Georgie notices that Mrs. Vanderton is missing. The other guests at the table either don't notice or don't care, as she was not very popular and nobody seems to be interested in looking for her. When she fails to return, Georgie wonders if she left, as she had earlier overheard Mrs. Vanderton in a heated discussion with one of the other guests. Later that evening, Mrs. Vanderton is found dead and shortly thereafter, the host, Mr. Miguel, realizes that the ceremonial sword is also missing. Are the two crimes related? Was Mrs. Vanderton's death used as a distraction to steal the sword? Who killed Mrs. Vanderton and why? Who stole the sword? Can Georgie figure out the puzzle and help recover the missing sword? Very engrossing, as there is an abundance of suspects and dead-end clues. Great characters, as usual, and a suprise ending.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    I do enjoy this mystery series. It revolves around historic events and a girl who is trying to make ends meet by working at her 'Grandma's' Bed and Breakfast, working as a waitress, and trying to accomplish painting and baking. Her name is Georgie Tanner and she is a handful. Georgie is working as a waitress for the annual fundraiser in town. George Washington's sword will be on display. The invited guests are of the upper crust and Georgie quickly learns that snarky gossip abounds even in this r I do enjoy this mystery series. It revolves around historic events and a girl who is trying to make ends meet by working at her 'Grandma's' Bed and Breakfast, working as a waitress, and trying to accomplish painting and baking. Her name is Georgie Tanner and she is a handful. Georgie is working as a waitress for the annual fundraiser in town. George Washington's sword will be on display. The invited guests are of the upper crust and Georgie quickly learns that snarky gossip abounds even in this rare environment. The woman who the gossip is centered upon is found dead. Then the sword is stolen. Georgie must figure out this puzzle. Then she becomes the target...what to do? Call her police boyfriend and figure this out. This book is a quick read but very complete. The dialog is good, the story plots are firm. And, I'm always satisfied by the ending. Actually, it makes me want more. So, I'm following this author. Give this series a read. The cooking disasters will have you laughing.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Yummy Creme Brulle I am so glad that I found this heartwarming series. There were several minor typos but I can't wait for the next book to be published. To best enjoy this novel one should start with the first book to get a good background on Georgie , Cecilia and Frank. These are well written books with a mystery that unwinds with believable characters and plots.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marcia Marsh

    Easy read Typical female heroine behavior for the genre. Still, I enjoyed reading the story. Great summer/beach read. Characters are well done and the setting is nice.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jean Ann Chernikoff

    Fun read A silly book that I enjoyed immensely. A lot of misadventures by a heroine who’s heart is in the right place.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lauretta

    I enjoyed this new addition to the Baker Street Cozy Mysteries. Georgie and Frank are growing closer as Georgie is slowly healing from the trauma of seeing her fiancee die in an unexplainable automobile accident. Their growing friendship/romance enables them to collaborate in solving the mystery of the death of one of the town's most disliked citizens, a disagreeable socialite who has spent her inheritance and faces losing her historic home. The murder occurs at one of the most anticipated socia I enjoyed this new addition to the Baker Street Cozy Mysteries. Georgie and Frank are growing closer as Georgie is slowly healing from the trauma of seeing her fiancee die in an unexplainable automobile accident. Their growing friendship/romance enables them to collaborate in solving the mystery of the death of one of the town's most disliked citizens, a disagreeable socialite who has spent her inheritance and faces losing her historic home. The murder occurs at one of the most anticipated social events of the year, hosted by a wealthy local history buff who proudly displays a very old American saber once a year at this party. The fun turns into horror when the body is discovered, the victim having been murdered while the other guests enjoyed dinner. Georgie's sleuthing leads her into some personally dangerous spots, but her clues plus the forensic evidence the police contribute lead straight to the killer.

  10. 4 out of 5

    N.W. Moors

    Georgie Tanner is at it again! In this third book of the Baker Street Cozy Mysteries, Georgie has volunteered to help at a benefit dinner where a sword that George Washington presented to the man who captured John Andre is displayed. When one of the diners turns up dead and the sword is stolen, Georgie (and her curiosity) are thrust right into the middle of the mystery. This is a fun quick read. The mystery of the dead woman was good, but I wish there had been a little more added to the part with Georgie Tanner is at it again! In this third book of the Baker Street Cozy Mysteries, Georgie has volunteered to help at a benefit dinner where a sword that George Washington presented to the man who captured John Andre is displayed. When one of the diners turns up dead and the sword is stolen, Georgie (and her curiosity) are thrust right into the middle of the mystery. This is a fun quick read. The mystery of the dead woman was good, but I wish there had been a little more added to the part with the missing sword. I always like the American history incorporated in this series, but that was minimal in this book partly due to it being a slow time for the B&B. I like that Georgie and Frank's romance is heating up. And I'm waiting to learn more about the mystery that has overshadowed all of the books in the series: what happened to Georgie's ex-fiance? An important clue is given here (no spoilers). Creme Brulee to Slay is another fun read, and I heartily recommend this series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy Bruce

    Continuing along with the main characters in her series, CeeCee James continues to entertain and surprise the reader. This was a great book, part of Ms. James series about a B&B and the owner, her grandson and the "tour guide" . The tour guide was raised by her late grandmother who had been best friends with the owner of the B&B. As a result she often used to play with the grandson, and both had left the small town and come back within the past several years. That is the back story that weaves t Continuing along with the main characters in her series, CeeCee James continues to entertain and surprise the reader. This was a great book, part of Ms. James series about a B&B and the owner, her grandson and the "tour guide" . The tour guide was raised by her late grandmother who had been best friends with the owner of the B&B. As a result she often used to play with the grandson, and both had left the small town and come back within the past several years. That is the back story that weaves the threads through the series. The grandson is a police officer and murder in the small town just seems to land the curious your guide in the middle of investigation. This book, and the whole series, enraptured the reader with the murder, people around the murder (suspects,etc.) The main characters are great, and the suspects leave the reader in suspense until the end. Great book!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    Cleverly Plotted! A fancy fund raising gala dinner, a missing antique sword, & a dead body. What do they have in common? Georgie Tanner! Once again our intrepid heroine becomes involved in another murder mystery. Unfortunately, this time around she finds herself in the middle of some very dangerous situations. She is giving poor Frank quite a bit of grey hair! Speaking of Frank, that relationship is moving along quite nicely, which makes me very happy as I am a romantic at heart. It’s nice to se Cleverly Plotted! A fancy fund raising gala dinner, a missing antique sword, & a dead body. What do they have in common? Georgie Tanner! Once again our intrepid heroine becomes involved in another murder mystery. Unfortunately, this time around she finds herself in the middle of some very dangerous situations. She is giving poor Frank quite a bit of grey hair! Speaking of Frank, that relationship is moving along quite nicely, which makes me very happy as I am a romantic at heart. It’s nice to see both Georgie & Frank moving forward with their lives. I do find myself wondering about a statement curmudgeonly Mr. Oscar made that might foreshadow things to come. Lots of plot twists kept me guessing till the very end. I really enjoy this series & am eagerly awaiting book 4!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    Fast paced with a dose of romance This is the third installment in the series, and the romance between Frank and Georgie is definitely blooming. The characters have their own personalities, with Georgie becoming more adept at mysteries, and Frank now recognizes that she is, and accepting her observations. With the sharp tongued Veronica, who complained constantly, murdered at a charity event. The caterer, Adele, as well as Georgie , who acted as server, are at the top of the list of persons of i Fast paced with a dose of romance This is the third installment in the series, and the romance between Frank and Georgie is definitely blooming. The characters have their own personalities, with Georgie becoming more adept at mysteries, and Frank now recognizes that she is, and accepting her observations. With the sharp tongued Veronica, who complained constantly, murdered at a charity event. The caterer, Adele, as well as Georgie , who acted as server, are at the top of the list of persons of interest. Georgie and the police have to find the murderer before Georgie becomes the next victim.

  14. 4 out of 5

    library goddess

    Nothing much here. While mildly entertaining I do not expect to add this author to my “must read” list. The main character spends a lot of time tucking her hair behind her ears and texting her policeman friend. He always responds immediately so there is apparently little crime in this town. He also tells her everything that is going on with the investigation. Is this common police procedure? And she is worried about paying her rent but seldom works. Too many little things like that for me to bec Nothing much here. While mildly entertaining I do not expect to add this author to my “must read” list. The main character spends a lot of time tucking her hair behind her ears and texting her policeman friend. He always responds immediately so there is apparently little crime in this town. He also tells her everything that is going on with the investigation. Is this common police procedure? And she is worried about paying her rent but seldom works. Too many little things like that for me to become a fan.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Roxx Tarantini

    Georgie's funds have been a mite slow coming in with the tourist wane so she's taken on a side gig as server at a posh dinner.  And wouldn't you know it, just when it all seems to be going well, someone's missing from the dinner table, and is found dead in another room.  Anaphylactic shock?  Or murder?  Georgie plans to find out before her caterer friend is left holding the can! And it looks like things between her and Frank are really starting to heat up!  Another great time spent with what are Georgie's funds have been a mite slow coming in with the tourist wane so she's taken on a side gig as server at a posh dinner.  And wouldn't you know it, just when it all seems to be going well, someone's missing from the dinner table, and is found dead in another room.  Anaphylactic shock?  Or murder?  Georgie plans to find out before her caterer friend is left holding the can! And it looks like things between her and Frank are really starting to heat up!  Another great time spent with what are quickly taking their place among my favourite characters!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Emme

    Great edition to the Baker Street series. Once again we get to see Georgie Tanner overcome the loss from her past, develop her sleuthing skills, and build relationships with 3 other sub-characters. Her relationship with childhood best friend Frank, an ex-military and police officer, plus grandson of Cecelia the B&B owner her unofficial Aunt, and Oscar O'Neil the crotchety old widow neighbor and his dog Bear aka Peanut. These relationships are heartwarming and give a real feel to the books. As fo Great edition to the Baker Street series. Once again we get to see Georgie Tanner overcome the loss from her past, develop her sleuthing skills, and build relationships with 3 other sub-characters. Her relationship with childhood best friend Frank, an ex-military and police officer, plus grandson of Cecelia the B&B owner her unofficial Aunt, and Oscar O'Neil the crotchety old widow neighbor and his dog Bear aka Peanut. These relationships are heartwarming and give a real feel to the books. As for the mystery, there were several twists and a couple red herrings...only problem is figuring out which is which! Strongly advise this series along with CeeCee's two other series...all three worth reading.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Stolen History Georgie Tanner also known as GiGfi, works at her Aunt Cecelia's B & B. She also gives historical tours. But this night she volunteers as wait staff for a charity dinner. During the dinner a woman is murdered. Georgie just won't stop investigating the murder and giving all information she discovers to her policeman boyfriend. Who will figure out who killed her first, Georgie or the police? I received a free copy of this story and chose to review it. Stolen History Georgie Tanner also known as GiGfi, works at her Aunt Cecelia's B & B. She also gives historical tours. But this night she volunteers as wait staff for a charity dinner. During the dinner a woman is murdered. Georgie just won't stop investigating the murder and giving all information she discovers to her policeman boyfriend. Who will figure out who killed her first, Georgie or the police? I received a free copy of this story and chose to review it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    Georgie is volunteering at a swank charity dinner her friend Adele is catering. The excitement is over a sword that George Washing presented to John Pauldine for detaining Benedict Arnold. The fun comes to a full stop when one of the guests is found dead in one of the rooms. This was a really fun story that has some humor, and a few red herrings. My only issue with the story was that regardless of the teaser. Georgie was never considered a suspect for even a minute in the story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jana Gundy

    Another fun read I love this author's writing, its always entertaining and the mysteries never get dull or overused. Georgie can't help but be curious which always leads to trouble. There is more romance this time, which was great and a good ending with just a hint of something curious about her fiance who passed. I can't wait to find out!

  20. 5 out of 5

    K B

    3 stars I purchased Creme Brulee to Slay by CeeCee James and this review was given freely. A interesting mystery mix of enemies,frenemies, and cheaters balance with the sweetness of aunt Cecilia, the sweet romance of Georgie and Frank, and an interesting tidbit concerning Oscar's work years. Unfortunately, the delivery was altered by the editing.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Fun Read. This is a quick read, nothing complex but it does do a good job establishing character and setting. I would give it a higher rating, but it had some words that had been auto corrected into nonsense. It needs to be read by a good proofreader. Then the story will be as charming as the author intended.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ellen White

    Georgie is serving, at the annual charity dinner, and as the meal continues, there is an empty chair at that table, of which Mrs Vanderton is to be at. Along with the priceless item that was on displayed. There is now murder, and Georgie, is she guilty. More mayhem comes, as she tries to solve, delightful. Characters we love reading about , and enjoyment to read the authors books.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bekah Graham

    So Good I just love CeeCee James. I will read every book she writes. They are fun, fast moving and have little crumbs of more mystery to look forward to. On top of that I love her central characters and how their personalities unfold with each book. I especially love that they are a decent clean read without being pious, pompous or too goody, goody.

  24. 4 out of 5

    BobaFett114

    Great book!!! Pay close attention to the details in this book! The mystery was actually hard for me to figure out, which I love!!! most of the time you know whodunit in the first few pages. I !one Georgie, though she does some incredibly stupid things sometimes. I also like that she is moving on from her fiance.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I love "food" related cozy mysteries and this one was "okay." My guess is that the author is a really good cozy writer but this one was short on depth both in the story and the characters themselves. If there is one that focuses on Cecelia, I would like to find and read it next....she seems to be the person who has a story.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Linda Rainey

    Cute Cozy Mystery I loved reading about Georgie's latest escapade. The suspense,twists and turns kept me engaged and I loved the storyline and characters. This book is recommended for cozy mystery fans.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

    I loved the progression with Georgie and Frank, and I can't wait to see how this develops! I always enjoy a bit of romance with my mystery, so I am eagerly looking forward to more here. The mystery was enjoyable as always, and the plot was paced well. Excited for book 4!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Donna Engler

    Good mystery Light reading. Heroine takes a lot of scary chances. Frank is an interesting character. There is a hint of romance between them, but we’re left only guessing at how strong it is or may be later.its worth a quick read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Gulley

    Only one small mention of taking a group around in the middle of the book. Otherwise she is waitressing, housekeeping or trying to bake, all while investigating the murder of someone no one seemed to like.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Nice progression Steady story timeline was nice, as is the not-too-rushed pace of the continued arc between the characters. Still some minor typos and formatting, but there are worse things.

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