Saturday, April 11, 2020

Review - Cherry Slice

This quarantine is really affecting my reading in a negative way! Also, I am behind on my reviews. This book was published last week.

Cherry SliceCherry Slice by Jennifer Stone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
*I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley for my honest review.*

Cherry Slice is a new series by Jennifer Stone. Cherry Hinton owns a bakery in Essex, England now after being humiliated on "Caravan of Love" on the Expose TV channel that focuses on Essex locals and reality TV. Cherry was an investigative reporter undercover on Caravan and was outed as a cheat and humiliated by Expose. And when her employer wouldn't back up her story of being an investigator, she was forced to move back in with her parents and take over their bakery.

Two years prior to this story, Kenny Thorpe was killed on live reality TV that was being produced by Expose TV, Big Blubber House. Kenny's murder was aired live and Fat Martin was blamed and confessed to the murder. Now, Kenny's sister, Brooke, is asking Cherry to look into the murder because Brooke received a letter from Fat Martin on his death bed that he is not guilty. Cherry begins to investigate and also starts to get death threat emails. So she knows that something is amiss.

This novel has quite a modern feel to it with Cherry's best girlfriend Kelsey helping her to investigate and settings in local clubs and bars, a transgender murder suspect, an overbearing mother (although, I think that most of the cozy mysteries nowadays have this!), and "vajazzled chocolate muffins" for sale in the bakery. The writing style is very hip and the situations during the investigation were quite amusing. The descriptions of Chris Gordon and his pit stains, for example, are things that I am sure everyone has thought and Stone has put into words so eloquently!

I am looking forward to the next in the series and reading what baked concoctions Cherry can come up with to make amends with her friends.

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