Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
It is my pleasure today to welcome Nancy to Escape With Dollycas.
Her new Baker’s Treat Mystery Series is off to a wonderful start with
Gluten for Punishment.
6) You can always find someone to taste test a new recipe.
2) Cozy bloggers will hunt you down and ask you to write a blog
even when you’re on deadline and haven’t
had time to set up your own cozy blog tour.
(Thank you! Lori/Dollycas)
1) Cozy readers are brilliant, take no guff, puzzle-solvers with baking,
crafting, and hobby skills to die for, who encourage you to tell them a good story
and by gum you’d better have fun doing it.
~And learning this makes me smile and want to write more cozies.
About This Author
Nancy J. Parra’s discovered she had a severe gluten allergy and had to give up her second favorite passed-time, baking. Six months into her forced new diet, she was back in the kitchen figuring out how to make her own gluten-free baked goods and soon posted delicious pictures on the web. When a good friend suggested she mix her two loves-baking and writing, she wrote her first cozy mystery, Gluten for Punishment (A Baker’s Treat Mystery), Berkley Prime Crime May 7, 2013.
On a happy roll, she soon sold a Mackinac Island Fudge Shop mystery series. All Fudged Up will be out in 2013.
With an MA in Writing Popular Fiction, Ms. Parra has written articles on writing, and has given workshops on writing techniques to various library and writers groups.
Visit her website at www.nancyjparra.com for more information, a list of her books and full reviews.
Gluten for Punishment
(A Baker’s Treat Mystery)
Brand New Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (May 7, 2013)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Patricia Castelao
Cover Design by Rita Frangie
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
E-Book File Size: 1099 KB
With her mother’s death, Toni Ryder returns home to OilTop, Kansas bringing her gluten-free bakery business with her. But Toni has never felt at home in her hometown and cooking wheat-free in the middle of wheat country isn’t making her any less a fish out of water. When Toni becomes a suspect in OilTop’s first homicide investigation in twenty years, she must count on her crazy family and follow the clues to solve the mystery and clear her name.
A Fine Debut!
Parra has created a very interesting protagonist in Toni. Her gluten free bakery in the heartland adds drama and also informs about an allergy that has come to the forefront in recent years. Celiac Disease (those who are sensitive to gluten) is said to affect 1% of the U.S. Population. Her mystery shines the light in a fun and entertaining way with recipes too!
She also introduces some great supporting characters. Chain smoker Grandma Ruth was my favorite. She really has Toni’s best interests at heart and she constantly butts her way into every situation. Toni’s friend and taste tester Tasha tries to keep Toni calm but she has someone new in her life that is making her a bit crazy. Toni also has not 1 but 2 men who would like to be more than just friends.
The author makes the story current and real by blending in true life issues like farms changing how they do business today and the dangers of foreclosures in the rough economic times. Her plot is believable and has plenty of twists to keep those pages turning.
OilTop seems like a great place full of quirky people. Perfect for a cozy mystery series. I look forward to returning again soon!
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”