Against the Currant

Dreamscape Media. (Spice Isle Bakery Mystery, Bk. 1). Feb. 2023. 7:35 hrs. ISBN 9781666622997. $17.99. M
Matthews’s (Murder by Page One) cozy series opener follows Lyndsay Murray, who is opening Spice Isle, a family-owned bakery, in Brooklyn’s Little Caribbean neighborhood to stay connected to her family and her Grenadian roots. The only thing she can’t stand? Her fellow neighborhood baker, Claudio Fabrizio, doesn’t want any competition for his own bakery. On opening day, Claudio shows up and threatens to shut down Lyndsay’s shop. When Claudio is found dead the next day, all suspicions are on Lyndsay, who must investigate to clear her name. Matthews’s latest is a devilishly delicious mystery. Janina Edwards’s narration brings out Lyndsay’s tough yet sweet personality as she finds herself at the center of a murder investigation. Though sometimes predictable, this cozy mystery is vibrant with Grenadian culture and the love of family. Listeners can also make their own pastries with the recipes at the end of the novel.
VERDICT This first in a duology will appeal to fans of Vivien Chen’s Death by Dumpling, Mia P. Manansala’s Arsenic and Adobo, and Misha Popp’s Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies.
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