Finished Off in Fondant

Kensington. Dec. 2020. 304p. ISBN 9781496722775. pap. $8.99. M
After Courtney Archer kicks off the new season of her cooking show, Cooking with the Farmer’s Daughter, confessing that she’s not a farmer’s daughter, she fears the network will drop her. They may, if she becomes involved in one more murder, so she’s assigned a security guard to keep watch over her. It’s Courtney’s cohost for a baking competition, though, who is in trouble. When Skylar doesn’t feel good on set, he returns to his room. Courtney finds him, collapsed in the doorway, covered in blood, with a dead woman draped over a wedding cake in his room. Skylar has a history with the woman, but Courtney is convinced he didn’t kill her. She spends her spare time trying to discover who else might have wanted the bride dead. Courtney juggles a murder investigation, her love life, and the TV business in this mystery set in the world of cooking competitions.
VERDICT There are few surprises in this second book in the series, following Cobblered to Death. Even the killer is obvious, with no sparks to the standard romantic triangle. The mystery’s appeal is solely for foodies who enjoy televised competitions.
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