Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Cherry Cake and a Cadaver - Cozy Mystery Review

Cherry Cake and a Cadaver (A Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery #2) by Susan Boles

Rating: Good
Source: Author

Description:  Lily Gayle and the gang set out to find a killer after local baker Luxen Natolovich is found dead hours before the grand opening weekend at the new Bed and Breakfast in town, Midnight Dragonfly.
As Lily Gayle deciphers the clues around Luxen's death she uncovers a conspiracy of lies and half truths that could very well be tied to a refugee camp in Mississippi during World War II.

The deeper Lily Gayle digs the deeper the consipiracy runs and the closer she comes to being the killers next victim.

Genre:  Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  The first book in the series had interested me so when I got the chance to review this one I couldn't pass it up.  Plus, I've been spending quite a lot of time in small town Mississippi (though my small town is much farther south) so I thought this sounded like fun.

My Impression:  For starters Susan Boles is my hero for mentioning the massive variety of Southern accents.  On television almost everyone from the south sounds like they're from Texas and it drives me CRAZY.  Someone from Georgia will not sound like someone from Mississippi and neither of them will sound like someone who lives on the coast.  But that really doesn't have much to do with the mystery or the book.

Luckily, the book made me just as happy as the comments about the accent.  This is just such a cute read with all kinds of quirky characters.  The murder happens a little later in the book so I had plenty of time to get to know Lily Gayle and her friends as well as getting a bit of an idea about the town.  I really loved getting to know more about the mysterious victim and it was fun to see Lily Gayle realize how little she knew about him even though he's been around all her life.

This is a super quick read and a thoroughly entertaining one.  It's on the light side and drifts over into cutesy territory a time or two but I still enjoyed the read.  It's perfect for when you're wanting a mystery but aren't looking for anything dark or grim.  This is a fun and light hearted read and not even a dead body can dim Lily Gayle's spirits or cure her nosiness!

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Definitely!  This was really cute and I'd like to spend some more time with Lily Gayle and the rest of the characters.

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you love a quirky cozy this is a fun read!  While this is the 2nd book in the series I think you could jump in here with no problems.


  1. Who would dare kill a baker? Still need to read these books, and this one sure sounds fun. Sometimes you want to just read something that's not too heavy, and I love that there are quirky characters. Hugs...RO

  2. Awww, this looks cute. I hear you on the accents. I'm not from the South, but I am from Central New York. Our accents sound nothing like New York City Accents.

  3. Thank you for reviewing. I'm so glad you enjoyed Lily Gayle and the gang!!

  4. This sounds fantastic, Katherine! I love a fun light read every once in a while. I love that about the accents. I live in St. Louis so I don't have a Southern accent but a lot of my family does and they do not sound like they are from Texas.

  5. A bed and breakfast! This sounds wonderful, Katherine, and I am so glad you liked it. I am adding this series to my wish list.