Author Mary Jane Clark is probably best known for her suspense series featuring Eliza Blake, co-anchor for KEY news. She has branched out and created a pseudo cozy series called the Wedding Cake Mysteries. It might be more of a cozy than I think, but compared to others it didn’t see as “light” as other cozy series…doesn’t mean it is a bad book, just on a different level which is to be expected based on the other series that MJC writes.
To Have and To Kill features Piper Donovan, a struggling actress with no immediate prospects and a recently broken engagement. Reluctantly, she moves back in with her parents to take stock of her life. Piper steps tentatively into the family bakery business, and finds herself agreeing to create the wedding cake for the acclaimed star of a daytime television drama. But soon deadly things start happening around the bride-to-be and it seems that somebody is ruthlessly determined to stop the wedding.
With the help of her former neighbor, Jack, a handsome FBI agent with a soft spot for the gorgeous cake-maker, Piper moves closer to the truth. As she narrows in on a suspect, Piper realizes that it’s hotter in the kitchen than she may be able to handle…
I have read most of MJC’s other books in the Key Series and have really enjoyed the books so I was interested to see what her foray into the cozy realm would produce. While I mentioned a few minor things before, I thought this book was a great start. The characters were real and dealt with many life issues (money, love, desperation, etc). The story line was intriguing and truly kept me guessing as to who the killer was in the book. I kept going back and forth between a few characters only to be proven wrong in the end. That is the sign of a good book when I can’t figure out whodoneit! I’ll also be curious to see what path Piper chooses in her life…if she continues acting (or at least auditioning) or focuses a little more on her mom’s bakery.
This is definitely a series to watch, I think it could rival some of the other cozy series in the market.