Cake and Punishment: A Southern Cake Baker Mystery by Maymee Bell

Cake and Punishment: A Southern Cake Baker Mystery
by Maymee Bell

Incredible start to a brand new series. . . I absolutely loved it . . .
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Maymee Bell has whisked a confection of mystery in her debut novel that will have readers savoring every word.
~Bibliophile Reviews

This cozy mystery has a little bit of everything that makes this book genre one of my favorites: Humor, mystery, romance, and likable characters.
~Ms. Cat’s Honest World

When reading anything written by this author, there are a few things you can be certain of exceptional characters, a homey setting, humor, and a great mystery. And of course, all of those things are found in this book.
~MJB Reviewers

Delightful characters, delectable southern banter, I guarantee you’ll pick up a few new phrases for your own use, and an unpredictable future for Sophia are all on the menu.
~Laura’s Interests

Nobody does small-town Kentucky quite like Maymee Bell and her alter ego, Tonya Kappes.
~Reading is My SuperPower

Adding this one to my list of favorite reads for the year with a big ‘ole 5 stars!
~My Reading Journeys

The author is amazing in her writing technique. She gives readers the perfect story that captures your attention right away.
~Texas Book-aholic

Cake & Punishment, book #1 in Maymee Bell’s new series, is a delightfully satisfying cozy mystery.
~The Power of Words

This had been a sweet read, where neighbours and friends welcome you to their lives without questions and ready to hug you when you need it. Be prepared for a tasty and loving read!

The author mixed together all the right ingredients for a fun cozy mystery.

For this being the first book in a new series it had to really stand out, and boy did it ever. This is a fast-paced read with great character and story building.
~The Montana Bookaholic

Filled with Southern charm and sayings, the characters bring the Kentucky region to life for the reader.
~Cinnamon, Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder

Southern charm, mystery, great characters, fantastic dialogue, and a bit of comedy make Cake and Punishment a must read! The talk of sweet treats will also have your mouth watering.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

Cake and Punishment was a delightfully delicious mystery and I absolutely adored Sophia from the very first page.
~Moonlight Rendezvous

Bell’s casual and conversational writing style really plays on the Southern hospitality, drawing you into this friendly and welcoming community.
~That’s What She’s Reading

Sophia is a very likable character. I enjoyed getting to know her, her family, and the town that she grew up in.
~Bookworm Cafe

Great characters, southern charm, detailed descriptions that made me feel like I was part of the story, and a truly wonderful murder mystery all kept me turning page after page until I was blindsided by the clever reveal.
~Lisa Ks Book Reviews

I loved this book. It had a great plot and I loved the small town setting.
~Melina’s Book Blog

About the Book

Cake and Punishment: A Southern Cake Baker Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Kentucky
Crooked Lane Books (May 8, 2018)
Hardcover 257 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683315711
Digital ASIN: B075QJM2W8

In the first of a delectable new Southern-set baking cozy series, Sophia Cummings, pastry chef extraordinaire, must craft the perfect cake for an old friend’s wedding while sifting through the suspects in a murder.

Bucolic Rumford, Kentucky has glowing fields of bluegrass, a fine selection of bourbons, and now a professional pastry chef. Broken-hearted Sophia Cummings has come home from New York City. She’s not there a minute before she’s charmed into making her high school friend Charlotte’s wedding cake. The kitchen at the Rumford Country Club seems perfect until Chef Emile’s body is discovered, sprawled near the stove, a cast iron skillet on the floor close by.

With one look at the shiny, new frying pan, Sophia knows it’s not Emile’s. She offers her knowledge to Sheriff Carter and her talents to Evelyn, the manager, who needs an interim chef. The mood in the country club is grim: Emile’s peppery personality had burned members and staff alike. Sophia wonders which one of them burned him?

About the Author

Maymee Bell is the pen name of USA Today Bestselling author Tonya Kappes. She lives in Kentucky with her family and her two schnauzers. She likes strong coffee, slow-country days, and fresh-baked cookies – but she like telling stores best of all. This is her first SOUTHERN BAKER MYSTERY.

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