Mini-Review: Quiche of Death (Book #3: A Sugar & Spice Mystery Series) by Mary Lee Ashford

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At Sugar & Spice Community Cookbooks, the friends and business partners have secured a tasty new commission: producing a cookbook for the Arbor family. The Arbors have made their fortune in quiches, and Sugar and Spice have been invited to a weekend gathering where all the siblings, along with crusty matriarch Marta, will be in attendance. But it’s soon clear that this trip will come with a hefty slice of drama.

Theo, the only grandson, arrives with his flaky fiancée, Collette, who quickly stirs up trouble . . . and is found dead the next day. As the investigation unfolds, secrets—and recipes—are shared, and Sugar and Spice realize just how messy and murderous the situation may be. As another family member falls ill, can they solve the case without getting egg on their faces . . .and a target on their backs?

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Source: NetGalley and Kensington          Rating: 3/5 stars

The Bottom Line:  Rather than saying I didn’t love this book, I’m going to go with, I think this may be the slump book in the series.  I completely enjoyed the first two books in this series, but Quiche of Death just didn’t measure up to the precedent.  What I am hoping for, and saw some signs of, is that this book is going to serve as a sort of launching pad into the next several installments of the series.  Everything in this read seemed to be a bit more subdued than in the previous two books from the characters to the plot to the big reveal.  I dove in expecting something exciting and was left with something not quite so.  I didn’t dislike this book by any means, but I felt it just didn’t have the same punch as the first two.  With luck this is only a slump and the girls will be back in business in book four and beyond.

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