Gluten for Punishment (A Baker's Treat Mystery)
by Nancy J. Parra
Cover Artist: Patricia Castelan
Review by Sherry Lilley
Berkley Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425252109
Date: 07 May 2013 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Toni, born and raised in wheat country, has celiac disease -- she can't eat wheat! So what does she do? She opens a gluten free bakery in her home town. She gets a mixed reception, and when her most vocal opponent is found face down in the artwork horse trough in front of her bakery, she is the prime suspect. Well, what's girl to do?
To save herself, and her bakery, she's got to solve the murder! Best friend and eccentric grandmother in tow, Toni does exactly that. Yes, there's another murder, and bunch of vandalism. And yes, there are handsome men interested in Toni. One is her attorney, and the other is becoming her best customer. But my, he looks familiar. Why does he look familiar? Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
And just how is a gluten free bakery to survive in wheat country? It helps that she has a place to live -- her childhood home left to her by her mother. There is, of course, a catch. She has to open her home to any of her siblings whenever they need a place to stay. She has a lot of siblings. But that's a good thing. She's not alone. Someone wants to hurt her, or scare her, and she has family to keep her safe. As for the bakery, it should survive. She makes excellent pastries!
It's a good book. It has good characters, slightly quirky, and the relationships are developing nicely. I believe this will be a nice series to follow and am looking forward to the next one.