Saturday, August 13, 2011

Review & Giveaway: A Sheetcake Named Desire by Jacklyn Brady

Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: August 2nd 2011 by Berkley
ISBN0425242749 (ISBN13: 9780425242742)
primary languageEnglish

All Rita Lucerno wants is a divorce and to get on with her life but her soon-to-be ex has been dragging his feet for two years over signing the papers. Finally, Rita has had it; she travels to New Orleans to confront hubby, Philippe, at Zydeco, his bakery. The bakery is in chaos; someone has sabotaged one of their largest orders and Philippe seems to be among the missing. Joining in the search, Rita is the unlucky one to find him. Needless to say, he won't be signing any papers ever again, not judging by the large chef's knife protruding from his chest.

Although Rita is separated from Phillipe, she's still very fond of her mother-in-law, Miss Frankie, and vice versa. Rita reluctantly agrees when Miss Frankie asks her to stay on, take over the bakery, and try to uncover the saboteur/murderer. She has her work cut out for her as after some preliminary digging, Rita finds out the bakery is in financial trouble, Philippe has a very mercenary girlfriend, he and his second in command have been butting heads over the business and the rival bakery down the street would stop at nothing to cut out the competition.

Unfortunately for Rita, the police view her as the main suspect with a very realistic motive. Since she and Philippe were not officially divorced, Rita now is heir to the bakery and all his other wordly goods. Of course, this drives Philippe's girl friend, Quinn, to hissy-fit-inducing hysterics. Philippe's employees aren't too happy either. They don't know if Rita is trustworthy or not. That's okay, as her feelings are mutual; she is not too sure one of them isn't the culprit. Not going to be a piece of cake figuring this one out!

From the author of numerous romance and mystery novels, comes a bright and shining new series - I loved it!  First off, how could you not be attracted to the title? When I first read it, I wanted to scream, Stelllll -ahh. Silliness aside, seriously, for cozy fans this is one not to be missed. The sequel, titled Cake on a Hot Tin Roof will be published in Feb, 2012. Who comes up with these ever so clever titles? 4****

Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by Berkley in exchange for my honest opinion.

To celebrate the release of A Sheetcake Named Desire, Berkley is allowing me to give away 1 copy of the book. Open to US only. Deadline to enter is August 22nd at 5 PM. Please be sure to leave an e mail address in your comment. PLEASE DO NOT use three boxes saying you tweeted or blogged.  Bonus entries available for this contest are as follows:

+1 for posting on FB
+2 for being a follower old or new. Just remind me how you follow and under what name.
+3 for blogging or tweeting about the giveaway. Leave me a link, please.

Good luck!


  1. I really love when mysteries incorporate food, and especially when they incorporate baking, so this one sounds excellent to me. I am glad that you end up enjoying it! I would love to be entered in your giveaway as well!


  2. This does look like a great story! I relish starting a new series at the beginning!

    +2 I am an old GFC follower(holdenj)


  3. Cute title and cover. Would love to read this.

    I'm a follower.

  4. Thanks for this lovely and enticing giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. The titles of this series are so clever! The book sounds good so I'd love to be entered.

    I'm not sure if you count it as following, but I subscribe in Google Reader.


  6. Love the title!

    +2 old follower through Google Friends under this name
    +3 Tweeted -!/SpunkOnAStick

    Total - 5

    wolferock at

  7. I always enjoy finding new cozy mysteries. Thanks!

    GFC follower as Romancing the Book
    admin.bookblog AT

  8. Kaye, you seem to find books with the best titles around. How do you do it? Fortunately, the premise of this one looks terrific. I now have to read it since you definitely left me wanting to know who the killer is.

    margot dot peck at gmail dot com

  9. I just love cozies and I'm so glad to see a new one; add a sweet tooth element and it's sure to be wonderful!
    Thanks a bunch=)
    Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

    +2 I follow via GFC~Luvdaylilies

  10. This sounds really good. No need to enter me in the giveaway though since I already have the book in my TBR. I can't wait to read it.

  11. awesome!! a new cozy mystery!!!!
    can't wait to read it!!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!!!


    +1 FB posting
    +2 follower.....

  12. Sounds great!! Enter me please.

    old gfc follower

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  13. This title is too cute. Some of the cozies have the greatest titles.

  14. I just purchased this book and can't wait to read it...I love cozy books, especially ones that come with good recipes.

    No need to enter me in this one, but good luck to everyone else!

  15. LOVE the title - and it sounds like a great series!

    GFC follower as Karen B.


  16. Sound like my kind of book. I love New Orleans and I love to eat! I follow under the name of Susan and also subscribe in Google Reader.

    sdryburgh at hotmail dot com

  17. This book has a great title! I would love to win a copy of it.. =)
    Thanks so much for this giveaway!

    *2 Im a GFC follower
    *3 I posted on Twitter!/mblisa2

    readinginks (at) gmail (dot) com

  18. Thanks for the chance to win a new cozy mystery. My email is griperang at embarqmail dot com

    I am a new follower to you so +2, I will post on facebook for you +1 and I will also twitter about the giveaway for you +3. My name on your follower list is griperang.

  19. I am so sorry to post a second post but I do not know how to go back and update my original post. I forgot to tell you how I am a follower - I am a new gfc follower (griperang) and my twitter comment is!/griperang and my facebook is Angela Holland from Florida

  20. Thank you for the giveaway.

    wfnren at aol dot com

    +1 for new gfc follower

  21. This looks like a fun book. Thanks for the giveaway.
    -old follower

  22. I love the feel of this blog, and your posts are amazing.I might pick up this book and see for myself. Now following you. Do pay my blog a visit some time, and add a comment or to. But be careful, you might not want to leave. If you like, i would like to do a guest post, and maybe an author interview on your blog, thnks.

  23. Please enter me for this drawing!
    Thanks! I follow you through bloglines. God Bless!

  24. thanks for the chance to read this mystery.

    +2, follower

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  25. First off, just seeing the cover makes me hungry :) This one sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks for the chance to win.

    +2 Old GFC follower


  26. I like the title!

    sgiden at

  27. This sounds interesting.

    + 2 GFC Follower


  28. I would love to win a copy of this book.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  29. This sounds like a fun series! I love that title.

    I am a GFC and google reader follower!


  30. Sounds like a great book!

    GFC Follower

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net


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