Arsenic and Old Cake

Arsenic and Old Cake

Book - 2012
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Cake shop owner Rita Lucero agrees to help blind trumpet player Old Dog Leg Magee solve a family mystery, and, while undercover at a bed-and-breakfast with Cajun bartender Gabriel Broussard, finds more than one mystery to solve.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2012
Edition: Berkley Prime Crime mass market ed
ISBN: 9780425251720
0425251721
Characteristics: 299 p. ; 18 cm
Alternative Title: Arsenic & old cake

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nidofito
Sep 09, 2014

I didn't like the premise of the book. I thought it was stupid to go check for Monroe's identity they way Rita and Gabriel had. From then on the book became increasingly difficult to complete. I gave myself a headache from trying to concentrate.

I think the root of all my problems is Rita. I do not like her as a narrator, as a person. She lets people walk over her many times and is sometimes frustratingly cowardly (or hesitant) about saying no. If she could stop being such a peacemaker all the time, I would be so happy.

The only reason I want to continue reading the series is because of the boys. I like them very much equally.

LaughingOne Mar 05, 2014

I'm enjoying the Piece of Cake mysteries. Rita is a Latina from New Mexico who ended up in New Orleans, co-owner of a high-end bakery. The bakery staff are quirky and talented bakery chefs. The neighbourhood has many other interesting characters. And Rita has two possible beaus, one a bartender, the other a police officer. Mix all this up together, add in a mother-in-law (Rita's husband is dead), and the resulting dishes are tasty, delicious and filled with murder and excitement.

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