Saturday, May 23, 2020

Sugar and Vice - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads:  Sugar and Vice (Cookie House Mystery #2) by Eve Calder

Rating: Really Liked It!
Source: Publisher

Description:  OUT OF THE OVEN
Lately, Kate has a lot on her dessert plate. She’s launching a cookie-of-the-day challenge in the heart of Coral Cay, providing sweet treats for the reception of the town’s handsome new veterinarian—not to mention dealing with tourists in town for a pirate festival and the surprise arrival of her former fiancĂ©, Evan, who seems determined to win her back.

And if that’s not enough, a skeleton has been found—in the backyard behind her best friend Maxi’s floral shop. Kate knows Maxi could never hurt a fly. Maybe the remains belong to Sir George Bly, a long-dead pirate whose name has become urban legend—until now? It’s time for Kate to use every trick in the recipe book to prove Maxi’s innocence, and find the truth about the skeleton, before the last of the cookies crumble…

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  I really enjoyed the first book in the series and I can never resist a mystery involving a skeleton being unearthed and this one has a pirate mention!

My Impression:  I forgot how much I enjoyed the first book in the series until I picked this one up!  It was an absolute delight!  I love Kate and Maxi and Oliver so it was fun to spend more time with them and with the other residents of Coral Cay.  I really loved the bits of history and just what had happened to Gentleman George.  There was a good balance of the historic mystery and the modern day mystery and it's hard to say which one was more compelling. 

This has all the things I really enjoy in a cozy.  It has a great community, main characters I want to be friends with, a location I wish was real, and an entertaining mystery.  Oh and this one has cookies - amazing mouthwateringly yummy sounding cookies that almost had me baking shortbread at midnight.  I didn't but it was close!  I will say I wasn't shocked by the who but the whys were a surprised and I loved watching it all get exposed.  I can't wait for the next book in the series - but I will make the shortbread before I start the book this time!

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Absolutely!  I'm already excited for book 3!

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you enjoy cozy mysteries then I think you would love this series.

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. This sounds delightful! I like when bits of history are woven or are part of the story and I like a great community, characters you want to be friends with, a location I wish was real, and an entertaining mystery. Adding these books to my library wishlist.

  2. I'm really enjoying this series as well! I was surprised by this book - I didn't see the ending coming which made for this to be a solid reading experience for me!

  3. I love cozy mysteries, and don't seem to have enough of them! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Ah cozy mysteries all sound so good and that sense of community is always appealing.

  5. I'm listening/reading to the first one (I keep going back and forth between audio and ebook) and really liking it. I'm looking forward to reading this one too.

  6. I like that it's cookie shop based.

  7. I could see myself having a very good time reading a cozy set in a cookie shop!

  8. This sounds like a great series. I am glad you liked this second book, Katherine! I'll have to give it a try.