Molly is delighted when she is asked to help cater for an undergraduate writing event at a local hotel. With her new recipe of peanut butter fudge, she is excited for the opportunity to spread the word about her new dessert shop.
At the event, Molly witnesses a lot of rivalry between the professors, who are all vying for their own students to win, but when the least popular professor drops dead during a reading, a darker side to the competition is revealed. Who killed the professor and what secret was he hiding?
Molly and Officer Jeffrey are racing against the clock to find the killer and help solve the case. (Goodreas)
I liked this book much better than the previous one. All my niggles with the first book were non-existent in this book, it’s still a quick read but the pace is so much steadier than the previous book.
The setting which is kind of reminiscent of ‘locked-room murder’ appealed to me as well. The mystery ended up pretty straightforward in the end, yet it did give off a scent of more complex mystery. It would have been even more delectable and intriguing if the author explored that path without significantly increasing the page count (I wanted a quick read here, didn’t I?), but the action-packed culprit reveal made up for it.
I liked the way some characters’ backgrounds were explored and enabled me to get to know them a bit better. Various elements were nicely blended in the overall story and the ending was totally satisfying, leaving a fresh aftertaste which made me crave more.
Overall, this book changed my first impression of this series, and I am certainly willing to give the next book a try. A perfect afternoon read.