Murder at an Irish Bakery

Kensington. (Irish Village Mystery, Bk. 9). Feb. 2023. 320p. ISBN 9781496730817. $27. M
Ireland’s best bakers gather at the historic flour mill in Kilbane to compete in a bake-off. Garda Siobhan O’Sullivan considers herself lucky. Maybe she can sample treats while having easy duty providing security. But before the competition opens, there’s trouble. There’s a protestor outside shouting that sugar is poison, trying to shut down the show. Soon after the queen of Irish bakers, Aoife McBride, appears to powder the protestor’s face for the cameras, the young man collapses. Siobhan suspects poisoning, but the show must go on. The protestor is rushed to the hospital, and filming begins with a full slate of excellent bakers and judges who play up the rivalries. Then the anonymous sponsor sends in a lawyer with secret twists for the competitors. Siobhan is horrified when those twists are nasty, and one ends in death for a baker. Something sinister and coordinated is happening right under Siobhan’s nose, and it’s up to her and the other garda to set a sweet trap for a mastermind.
VERDICT Siobhan and her Garda husband Macdara Flannery add humor and zest to this follow-up to Murder on an Irish Farm. Fans of competitive baking shows or Amy Patricia Meade’s cozy mysteries will enjoy it.
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