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Ashley Adams is settling back into her life in Seagrass, TX after leaving a broken heart and criminal ex-boyfriend in Paris, France. Her French sweets catering company has finally landed a major job, making Ashley grateful for all that is going right – her business, her work partnership, and reconnecting with an old friend Ryan. All that changes when Ashley overhears one Ashley Adams is settling back into her life in Seagrass, TX after leaving a broken heart and criminal ex-boyfriend in Paris, France. Her French sweets catering company has finally landed a major job, making Ashley grateful for all that is going right – her business, her work partnership, and reconnecting with an old friend Ryan. All that changes when Ashley overhears one of the guests arguing with a strange man in the bathroom. Things get worse when the woman is found dead the next day, poisoned by one of Ashley’s cream puffs. Ashley must solve the mystery to save the reputation of her nascent business. She is thrust into the lives of people from her past who all have something to hide. Is the murderer a jealous lover? An out-of-towner with business interests? A local hero turned criminal? Teaming up with her old friend Ryan and her loyal dog Dizzy, Ashley sets out to solve the crime. Will she be able to solve the murder before her business reputation is completely ruined? BONUS: Recipe included.


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Ashley Adams is settling back into her life in Seagrass, TX after leaving a broken heart and criminal ex-boyfriend in Paris, France. Her French sweets catering company has finally landed a major job, making Ashley grateful for all that is going right – her business, her work partnership, and reconnecting with an old friend Ryan. All that changes when Ashley overhears one Ashley Adams is settling back into her life in Seagrass, TX after leaving a broken heart and criminal ex-boyfriend in Paris, France. Her French sweets catering company has finally landed a major job, making Ashley grateful for all that is going right – her business, her work partnership, and reconnecting with an old friend Ryan. All that changes when Ashley overhears one of the guests arguing with a strange man in the bathroom. Things get worse when the woman is found dead the next day, poisoned by one of Ashley’s cream puffs. Ashley must solve the mystery to save the reputation of her nascent business. She is thrust into the lives of people from her past who all have something to hide. Is the murderer a jealous lover? An out-of-towner with business interests? A local hero turned criminal? Teaming up with her old friend Ryan and her loyal dog Dizzy, Ashley sets out to solve the crime. Will she be able to solve the murder before her business reputation is completely ruined? BONUS: Recipe included.

30 review for Cream Puff Murder

  1. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    What a delicious cozy mystery. I enjoyed the pace of the story and I liked how I was thrown off the track so many times that I finally left resolving the mystery to Ashley Adams. She was determined to find out how what had actually caused one of the guests at her big event to die. Ashley was not going to sit back and wait for the sheriff to clear her cream puff. The characters were fun and very entertaining. I believe this series is going to be one sweet mystery series. I love a good cozy mystery What a delicious cozy mystery. I enjoyed the pace of the story and I liked how I was thrown off the track so many times that I finally left resolving the mystery to Ashley Adams. She was determined to find out how what had actually caused one of the guests at her big event to die. Ashley was not going to sit back and wait for the sheriff to clear her cream puff. The characters were fun and very entertaining. I believe this series is going to be one sweet mystery series. I love a good cozy mystery and to find one that was this delicious was a delight. This is my first book by Sandi Scott and now that I have found her, I will be looking for more. I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Kindle freebie download Ashley Adams has returned to her hometown of Sweetgrass, Texas to open a gourmet Parisian bakery business with her business partner Patty. The locals are largely resistant to change but Ashley's business is off to a good start with catering gigs. Her business is threatened when local businessman Bobby McCay's secretary Colleen ends up dead after eating one of Ashley's cream puffs. The local police are not equipped to deal with anything more than a minor traffic violation s Kindle freebie download Ashley Adams has returned to her hometown of Sweetgrass, Texas to open a gourmet Parisian bakery business with her business partner Patty. The locals are largely resistant to change but Ashley's business is off to a good start with catering gigs. Her business is threatened when local businessman Bobby McCay's secretary Colleen ends up dead after eating one of Ashley's cream puffs. The local police are not equipped to deal with anything more than a minor traffic violation so Ashley knows if she wants to save her business, she needs to solve the mystery herself. She enlists the aid of her IT pro friend Ryan and together they put their old hacking skills to good use. Ashley's lovable dog Dizzy is thrilled to be back in Sweetgrass and see her old pal Ryan. While Ashley enjoys Ryan's company very much, she is a little less exuberant than her dog. She's recovering from a failed relationship involving bad judgment. Can she trust her feelings about Ryan? This is a fun, quick cozy mystery. It has something for everyone-delicious sounding food, a cute dog and small town charm. Aside from a few typos, the only major errors I spotted were occasional poor editing and abrupt transitions. The mystery was complicated enough that I never figured it out. I had no clue at all though Ashley was able to pick up on a big clue that she had overlooked. Dizzy plays a big role in uncovering evidence but in a distinctly natural doggie fashion. The one thing I didn't like was the "Localists" a semi-terrorist organization intent on keeping the town from changing. This to me is only a short step to an actual terrorist organization say in the Middle East and a few steps from KKK type behavior. This IS set in Texas so the whole idea of this organization made me uncomfortable. The only other thing this book needs is a few more recipes. The characters are really good and unique. Ashley acts like a normal young woman beginning her career. She's passionate about baking and wants to use her talents to make people happy. She has insecurities from her past she has to overcome before she can be truly happy. She made bad decisions in the past but she can't be blamed for what happened. She did the right thing. I also liked how she has a loving brother (he's single, lives alone and cooks!) to talk to. I LOVE Ashley and Ryan together. They are so cute together! Ryan is a wonderful guy-aside from hacking exploits. He's sweet, caring and fun. It's obvious Ryan has feelings for Ashley and vice versa. What girl wouldn't want to be with Ryan? My favorite character is Dizzy, of course. She's a "Bitsa" dog - "bits of this, bits of that" like my "niece" Rupee. Dizzy has the silly, lovable nature of a Lab and the exuberance of a puppy. She could use a bit of training but seems like a real dog. I love how she was incorporated into the story and wasn't just there to give the heroine a pet. I'm not so fond of the secondary characters. Patty, Ashley's business partner, is a bit snooty in a stereotypical French chef manner. Her no-nonsense attitude is a turn-off for me as a reader expecting quirky locals. She stands out though because she's not a local. Colleen sounds like she was tough to get along with but she didn't deserve to die for someone's selfish motives. Bobby could have been a business mogul of the Donald Trump sort but he seems like he is a nice man dedicated to making Sweetgrass the best place it can be for everyone-balancing traditional and modern. His daughter Hope seems a little cold, partly because Ashley barely bothered to keep in touch with her old friend and partly because of her wealth. Sheriff Mueller is sweet on Ashley and she can't see it. That's what I think anyway. Far from wanting her to be guilty, he's hoping she's innocent but can't do anything to solve the case without resources. He gave off a country bumpkin sort of vibe. Ashley's waitstaff were hard to keep track of. They sound the same on paper though I think an audiobook narrator could make them shine. Emma Phee is the character people will love to hate. She's awful but complicated. Smoke Daddy Lee is the local BBQ king. I didn't like him much. He gives off a stereotypical cowboyish Texan vibe "Well hello there little lady" kind of thing and he may or may not be involved with the Localists. Ryan's friend Eddie is an idiot and a jerk. Ashley doesn't like him but I think Ryan sees a different side of Eddie most people don't see and vice versa. I could happily deal with Eddie moving out of town. Monty Gahn is the business tycoon of the Trumpian sort. I didn't like how his introduction into the story made it political. Naturally he must be a villain! I look forward to reading book 2 of this series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    A quick fun read of a new series and author for me. I love the main characters and totally didn't see who was the murderer until the last minute, but I'm tiring of all the food based cosy mysteries.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    This was an entertaining story about a caterer who believes her dessert killed someone. I thought the book was well written but a bit stale in certain areas. There needs to be something unique about the main character that makes her stand out. If there was a wow factor about her, it would keep me interested. I found myself struggling at times to finish reading it and it was difficult not to skim through the pages. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book provided by the author.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Ashley Adams has returned to her Gulf coastal Texas town of Sweetgrass and is the owner of Sweetgrass Sweets, a French dessert catering company. Her friend and kitchen partner, Patty, was a long-time Paris resident and the two met while working together at a restaurant in Paris. She specializes in French cuisine and owns the Southern Bird catering company. The two are catering a luncheon at a private club when Ashley is asked to serve the dessert to the speaker's table first because of health con Ashley Adams has returned to her Gulf coastal Texas town of Sweetgrass and is the owner of Sweetgrass Sweets, a French dessert catering company. Her friend and kitchen partner, Patty, was a long-time Paris resident and the two met while working together at a restaurant in Paris. She specializes in French cuisine and owns the Southern Bird catering company. The two are catering a luncheon at a private club when Ashley is asked to serve the dessert to the speaker's table first because of health concerns for Bobby McCay. She complies and then leaves to go to the ladies room, where she overhears a threatening conversation between McCay's trusted assistant, Colleen and an unknown male. The voice tells Collen to forget about an email and secrets that she knows regarding her boss, Bobby McCay, who is a prominent man and owner of valuable real estate parcels. The next morning, Colleen is found dead in the ladies room and the Sheriff believes she was poisoned by one of Ashley's cream puffs. Ashley knows she must find the real killer before her business also meets an untimely end. I don't want to be a spoiler so I won't describe the plot any further. The mystery idea is clever and a real challenge to many communities. However, the book contained too many clichés: Patty asks Ashley twice "A penny for your thoughts"; Ashley's reference to "follow the trail of breadcrumbs" to find the killer, and "finding a needle in a haystack" are just a few examples. Also, there is no cogent explanation or transition as to Ashley moving from the corporate IT world to cooking in Paris. She just gets in a car and drives away from the company? And never speaks to Ryan again? That doesn't seem at all realistic. And Ashley.. it is hard to empathize with her or even like her.. She obstructs justice by withholding an important piece of evidence in the murder investigation--far longer than "needed" for the average cozy sleuth. She steals a computer memory stick from someone else and then pretends to be his friend after so many years have passed between them. The worst offense, to me, was leaving her dog in the car for a significant period of time. In Texas? Who does this? Then Ashley takes the dog into the Community Kitchen. Who brings a dog into a kitchen serving food to the public? I enjoyed the romantic tension between Ashley and Ryan and I look forward to seeing where this relationship leads. I thought that the way their prior relationship ended seemed very unrealistic. Overall, I enjoyed the mystery itself and it was a good read. The book could have used better editing. ** Disclaimer--I was given this e-book by the author in the hopes that I might write a review. I wrote a true an honest review and the thoughts opinions contained herein are solely my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Faouzia

    I would like to thank the author for giving me a free copy in exchange of an honest review as part of the Mystery Thriller Week! This was a nice and light cozy mystery, with interesting characters and funny events. Ashley Adams just got back to Seagrass, after a heart-breaking experience, to finally start her dream with catering french sweets. Everything was going well for her, so a guest turning out dead after eating her cream puffs was the last thing Ashley was hoping for! As she set out to find t I would like to thank the author for giving me a free copy in exchange of an honest review as part of the Mystery Thriller Week! This was a nice and light cozy mystery, with interesting characters and funny events. Ashley Adams just got back to Seagrass, after a heart-breaking experience, to finally start her dream with catering french sweets. Everything was going well for her, so a guest turning out dead after eating her cream puffs was the last thing Ashley was hoping for! As she set out to find the truth by herself and to save her business, she reconnects with many people from her past and she uncovers some secrets, worth killing for! I enjoyed the story, it made me laugh many times. And Ashley was really a funny character, i liked her a lot.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Joann

    This was a freebie and I thought I'd see if I could get into a cozy again. I know I gained 10 pounds just reading about the tartlets and the lemon poppyseed muffins. I enjoyed the writing and the people in the book but it just wasn't deep enough for me. Whatever that means?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ppcfransen

    Finished this book mainly because it got such high ratings. I wanted to see why that was. There is so much wrong with this book. And that's not even mentioning that two women start their catering businesses in a town so small that the local police only have to deal with speeding tickets and the occasional tourist out of sorts. That does not sound like there will be much of a clientele for the caterers. Never mind that. The two women got a catering gig at the women's club. The next morning a woma Finished this book mainly because it got such high ratings. I wanted to see why that was. There is so much wrong with this book. And that's not even mentioning that two women start their catering businesses in a town so small that the local police only have to deal with speeding tickets and the occasional tourist out of sorts. That does not sound like there will be much of a clientele for the caterers. Never mind that. The two women got a catering gig at the women's club. The next morning a woman is found dead at the club. While local police wait for state police and forensics to show up they already manage to talk to witnesses from the previous evening (how?) who tell them all the woman had to eat was dessert after which she got sick and everyone thought she went home. Apparently, there are no obvious signs of shooting or stabbing, so the local sheriff questions the pastry chef (who showed up at the club because she forgot to pack some of her stuff the previous evening) and asks her about ingredients and food safety. Now, I hate, hate, books where the police is portrayed as dumb and incompetent. Sure, they can make mistakes, miss a clue or even get tunnel-vision if all the evidence is pointing in the same direction, but, please, give them a chance, at least. Not so pastry chef Ashley. She's doesn't think she should mention she heard the dead woman argue with a man the previous night, because "she couldn't figure out who was yelling at Colleen." Well, that bit is for the police to find out. You don't have to give them a full who-how-what-where-when when you give them a possible clue. Snippets of information are good too. What you do need to do, is give them the smartphone you find in the toilet. Better yet, you should tell them there is a smartphone in the toilet and have them fish it out. It would not have been much trouble for Ashley to get the police, they are probably still in the same building. Yet, she gets a pair of meat tongs and a baking pan and gets the phone herself. She decides to get the data from the phone before handing it over to the police. She thinks it is Colleen's phone and data on it can help her out of the mess she's in. Currently, that mess is: Colleen got sick and died after eating dessert. Which is bad advertising for a starting catering business. So rather than give the police the information she has that points in the direction of foul play (argument, phone in toilet), Ashley decides to tamper with the evidence. Surely, that should get a person in a bigger mess than rumours about food quality? When Ashley gets back to her car with her loot, she remembers she left her dog in the car. She was only going to go inside "briefly", but seen as "Texas heat can be fierce" that is still irresponsible behaviour for a pet owner. The dog does not seem to be worse for wear. Next, Ashley gets her friends involved. Friends that raise eyebrows and say clever things like: shouldn't the police... But Ashley quickly convinces them they can do a better job. This all would be more believable if Ashley had personal experience with incompetence of the police and was wary because of that. But though she used to dabble in criminal activities, she does not seem to have a criminal record. She just thinks local police don't have the (financial) resources to investigate a crime properly and that state police is not interested in a small town matter. Even if the small town matter is a suspicious death. In tough on crime Texas? As to Ashley's friends, are they really? Patty, her business partner, probably is. Ryan, a former co-worker, probably isn't. Though she calls him a kindred spirit and they got on brilliantly when working together, she did not mention to him she quit her job and was going to Paris. If she got on so well with him, why didn't she tell him that she found no more enjoyment in her job and had other dreams? Maybe she dreaded his reaction, was afraid he would talk her out of it? But then, not really a good friend if he doesn't support her in her pursuit of her dreams. He doesn't seem to hold a grudge, though, that she left for two years with a mere "See you later". Later, her brother tells Ashley Ryan often called him to ask how she was. To which she responds: "He had my email address. He could've asked me himself." Or you know, as a friend, she could've emailed him herself. So I'm left thinking Ashley may consider Ryan a friend, she sure does not treat him like one. As for the dumb police, the local sheriff does come out as unskilled for the job. He's heard about the vandalism and harassment of the McCays, but does nothing about it, because they didn't ask him for help. Huh, maybe if he can afford the time away from his gardening, he could go and offer his help. Like he says: "not like we go much else to do." And when he calls Ashley with information he says: "The poison. Guess." I doubt that was a ploy to entrap her as the culprit. The motive of the murderer is a good one, I liked that, but how Ashley put the pieces together needed more padding out. Now, it made no sense and was aided by a lucky admission of the murderer. For instance: (view spoiler)[Ashley sees Hope's necklace in a photo she took at Eddie's RV. Of course it is strange for Hope to leave a necklace she claims to always wear. (hide spoiler)] But it is no reason to jump to the conclusion that Hope went to Eddie immediately after she talked to Ashley. There are at least three days between when Ashley saw Hope and when she sees Eddie. (Unless she catered a wedding in the morning, catered Smoke Daddy Lee's birthday in the afternoon and then had dinner at her brother in the evening.) Much less, to jump to a conclusion what Hope and Eddie talked about. Also, that Monty Gahn is at the estuary is not strange "because he supposedly was in Houston". Earlier it is mentioned Houston is an hour and a half drive. In a state as large as Texas, that's a stone throw away from around the corner. And lastly, the timing of the murder. Colleen was poisoned. That takes preparation and premeditation. The murderer must have prepared the poison before hand and taken it to the women's club meeting. So the murderer was already planning to kill Colleen way before the argument Ashley overheard in the bathroom. And how did the murderer get the poison in the cream puff without anyone noticing? (Or was the poison administered in a way that was never mentioned in the story?) So, no, I don't see why this book has the ratings it has. I do understand that people are surprised by who the killer was, but that was because more clues are needed. Not so the reader can piece the case together before the sleuth, but so the reader can look back and say "hey, that's a clue and that." I didn't have that here.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Paula Brown

    A small town is rocked by a sudden death from a poison during a women's' luncheon. Who done it and why..Its the classic case of adventure that could ruin an innocent woman's career. Just when you think you might have an idea of who may have done this-- the story takes a drastic turn. This will keep you on your toes until the last page.. A good read A small town is rocked by a sudden death from a poison during a women's' luncheon. Who done it and why..Its the classic case of adventure that could ruin an innocent woman's career. Just when you think you might have an idea of who may have done this-- the story takes a drastic turn. This will keep you on your toes until the last page.. A good read

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    “Cream Puff Murder” earns 5/5 Fanciful Croquembouche! Ashley Adams was a “techie” with a dream of a life in ‘spy’ support: decoding data, breaking through firewalls, and hacking into secured systems, with her kindred spirit, Ryan, working along side her. But, without any good-byes, Ashley up and left for Paris…with Sergey…and a new dream to be a world-renowned chef. But, over two years later she returns to Seagrass, Texas, leaving Sergey behind, to open up a catering service specializing in Frenc “Cream Puff Murder” earns 5/5 Fanciful Croquembouche! Ashley Adams was a “techie” with a dream of a life in ‘spy’ support: decoding data, breaking through firewalls, and hacking into secured systems, with her kindred spirit, Ryan, working along side her. But, without any good-byes, Ashley up and left for Paris…with Sergey…and a new dream to be a world-renowned chef. But, over two years later she returns to Seagrass, Texas, leaving Sergey behind, to open up a catering service specializing in French pastries. Her BFF Patty LaFontaine, from her Paris days, joins her with her specialty in French cuisine. Together they work to uplift the pallet of the locals more familiar with barbecue than Bœuf en Bourgogne. Their first big catering project, thanks to renewed friend Ryan’s good word, doesn’t end the way one would hope. While freshening up in the ladies’ room, Ashley overhears a very curious conversation which leads to questions about her cream puffs when a dead body is found! To save their reputation, Ashley, not entirely forthcoming to law enforcement, Patty, and Ryan must use every bit of their culinary and computing talents to solve this one. Magnifique! I am a big fan of Sandi Scott’s Seagrass Sweets Cozy Mystery, and although I started by reading the third book, “Madeleine Murder,” I really enjoyed finding out more about how it all began. The story weaves in several different motives for the crime, contemporary, realistic and engaging with a few dead ends, and an excellent “Wow! I didn’t see that coming!” conclusion. Sandi’s characters are well developed even for a book one. My favorite, of course, is Ashley, strong and capable, but vulnerable. I really like her BFF Patty who is very detail oriented, like me. Those who like a little ‘fur-friend’ in the mix will enjoy Dizzy, a Bitsa—“bitsa this and bitsa that.” Partial to French deserts and cuisine, Sandi’s mouth-watering descriptions sent me to the cupboard for a plate of macarons. The small town setting of Seagrass, Texas, issues with running a catering business, and memories of Paris play out in the background along with an easy to follow recipe for Napolean - A Creamy Puff Pastry Cake! I see a prequel in the future that gives us fans more details into the life Ashley left behind in Paris. There has to be a juicy mystery there. "Disclosure: A review copy of this book was sent to me by the author through the review team opportunity. However, all of the above opinions are my own.”

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dez Nemec

    Cream Puff Murder is the first of the Seagrass Sweets Mysteries. We begin with Ashley and Patty catering a fancy banquet for the annual Women of Influence awards in Seagrass, Texas. Patty owns a French cuisine catering company and Ashley owns a French dessert catering company. Things seems to be going well, except for a small hiccup when Ashley overhears an argument in the ladies' room between her friend Colleen, and a man. The next day when Ashley returns to the venue to pick up a couple of for Cream Puff Murder is the first of the Seagrass Sweets Mysteries. We begin with Ashley and Patty catering a fancy banquet for the annual Women of Influence awards in Seagrass, Texas. Patty owns a French cuisine catering company and Ashley owns a French dessert catering company. Things seems to be going well, except for a small hiccup when Ashley overhears an argument in the ladies' room between her friend Colleen, and a man. The next day when Ashley returns to the venue to pick up a couple of forgotten trays, she learns that Colleen is dead - and the likely culprit is poisoning. Oh, and by the way, does she keep her work area clean?? Afraid that the under-worked sheriff is in over his head, Ashley takes investigating into her own hands. With the help of her friend Ryan and her dog Dizzy, Ashley looks behind the curtains of her quiet, unassuming hometown for the killer within. Cream Puff Murder follows the typical cozy mystery formula, but with a couple exceptions. I love that near the beginning, after Ashley hears the argument between Colleen and the man, she thinks: "It was a mystery, but Ashley saw no reason to poke her nose where it didn't belong." I just had to laugh at that. Also at the end the sheriff made it clear that without Ashley and Ryan, the investigation would still be unsolved. I can't remember ever having a law enforcement officer being that blunt about an amateur investigator. All in all, a quality cozy.

  12. 5 out of 5

    John Presler

    Ashley Adams owns a French Desert Catering Service, Seagrass Sweets. Her friend, Patty, owns the French Cuisine Catering company, The Southern Bird. They have been invited to cater the annual Women of Influence Awards Banquet. The next morning, Colleen, one of the people from the banquet, is found dead in the guest bathroom. The witnesses from the party said that she had gotten sick immediately after eating one of the deserts. Ashley had heard Colleen arguing with another person the previous nigh Ashley Adams owns a French Desert Catering Service, Seagrass Sweets. Her friend, Patty, owns the French Cuisine Catering company, The Southern Bird. They have been invited to cater the annual Women of Influence Awards Banquet. The next morning, Colleen, one of the people from the banquet, is found dead in the guest bathroom. The witnesses from the party said that she had gotten sick immediately after eating one of the deserts. Ashley had heard Colleen arguing with another person the previous night, but does not know who she was arguing with or what the argument was about. As a result, she is hesitant to tell the sheriff about the encounter. Together with her long-time friend, Ryan, and Patty, Ashley is determined to find out who killed Colleen and save her catering business in the process. With no shortage of suspects, the story is full of twists, turns, and surprises. Well written with believable characters and realistic situations.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mel Ann

    Reading a bit backwards on my side Opening up with a decadent dessert menu and sumptuous cuisine Ashley and Patty are making a name for themselves in Seagrass. With the help of her long time friend Ryan she has secured the catering for the Seagrass's annual Women of Influence awards banquet. When she considered she would have a noteworthy night with her delectable desserts, she wasn't expecting it to be a literal killer. Slung into a whirlwind murder mystery, Ashley used her aspirant sleuthing and Reading a bit backwards on my side Opening up with a decadent dessert menu and sumptuous cuisine Ashley and Patty are making a name for themselves in Seagrass. With the help of her long time friend Ryan she has secured the catering for the Seagrass's annual Women of Influence awards banquet. When she considered she would have a noteworthy night with her delectable desserts, she wasn't expecting it to be a literal killer. Slung into a whirlwind murder mystery, Ashley used her aspirant sleuthing and took it to another level with the reinforcement of her closest friends. With all the talk of recipes and catering, you may want to dive into reading after you have had a full meal. My absolute favorite is when an author adds a bit more to the book by providing a few recipes. A well written cozy mystery that adds a little suspense, a dash of love and loyalty, an adorable fur baby and an immense amount of mouth watering cookery.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Ashley Adams has returned to Seagrass, Texas from Paris to open up a catering company. She will be making sweets, French sweets. When a body is discovered and her business is suffering she decides to start investigating, one tiny problem, she is also withholding evidence. Ashley does not trust the police to do the job. She asks an old friend to help. Could he become her new romance? Intriguing mystery, plenty of twists and enough to keep me guessing. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy I Ashley Adams has returned to Seagrass, Texas from Paris to open up a catering company. She will be making sweets, French sweets. When a body is discovered and her business is suffering she decides to start investigating, one tiny problem, she is also withholding evidence. Ashley does not trust the police to do the job. She asks an old friend to help. Could he become her new romance? Intriguing mystery, plenty of twists and enough to keep me guessing. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy I received.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    You are not going to be able to guess who was able to use one of Ashley Adams Cream Puffs to murder a guest that was attending one of the first large catering jobs of Ashley's new business. She returned from France with another chef, Patti and together they were taking the small town by storm--until the murder occurred. There are several suspects but Ashley really can't decide--she just knows there is something she is missing! Ashley gets an old friend, Ryan, to help her solve this mystery. Of cou You are not going to be able to guess who was able to use one of Ashley Adams Cream Puffs to murder a guest that was attending one of the first large catering jobs of Ashley's new business. She returned from France with another chef, Patti and together they were taking the small town by storm--until the murder occurred. There are several suspects but Ashley really can't decide--she just knows there is something she is missing! Ashley gets an old friend, Ryan, to help her solve this mystery. Of course she really likes Ryan but is afraid to ruin their friendship by allowing the relationship to go any further--Ryan is interested--but is too shy to say anything!! I think I may have to read Book 2 ro see if these two ever actually get together or just stay friends!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Did not finish. This book need an edit, it is filled with typos. It is also boring AF!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Deidrah

    For the first book in a series, Cream Puff Murder jumped into the middle of the action. I think there needs to be a lot more backstory so we understand who these people are and why we should care about what happens to them. It isn't a bad book, and I dithered about giving it a higher rating, but I just couldn't do it because, in my opinion, it was just okay. I'm not sure if I'll continue with the series or not. On the plus side, the editing and proof reading were well done. Thank you, thank you, For the first book in a series, Cream Puff Murder jumped into the middle of the action. I think there needs to be a lot more backstory so we understand who these people are and why we should care about what happens to them. It isn't a bad book, and I dithered about giving it a higher rating, but I just couldn't do it because, in my opinion, it was just okay. I'm not sure if I'll continue with the series or not. On the plus side, the editing and proof reading were well done. Thank you, thank you, thank you to the author (and publisher) for making sure it was a well written work. Yes, that is a major pet peeve of mine. With this book, it would have been enough to make me quit reading. Also, I love Dizzy. She is great. I like the relationship between the heroine and Ryan. He seems like a good guy. I didn't have a lot of issues besides not getting to meet the characters. However, there were some. For me the author makes assumptions that may or may not be valid but we don't know enough about prior relationships to know for sure. There were also several places where I'm sure the action was clear and logical in the author's mind but she forgot to bring us along with her and just took us from point a to point b leaving us to trust her that what happened in the interim wasn't important enough to talk about. I would love to see the author revamp this book and re-release it because I think it could be a much better story. The bones are there, we just need to see more of the meat.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Inishowen Cailín

    I really loved this fun, cosy mystery. It's a cute story with very likeable characters including Dizzy, the dog, who was a very cute and helpful friend to have along on the investigation. There is a great bunch of characters in this gossipy, little town. I found it very interesting that Ashley followed a different career path before she took up catering. Her contacts and experience in the tech industry really come in handy. It was also refreshing to see that the love interest wasn't the usual po I really loved this fun, cosy mystery. It's a cute story with very likeable characters including Dizzy, the dog, who was a very cute and helpful friend to have along on the investigation. There is a great bunch of characters in this gossipy, little town. I found it very interesting that Ashley followed a different career path before she took up catering. Her contacts and experience in the tech industry really come in handy. It was also refreshing to see that the love interest wasn't the usual police detective typical of the genre. I'm hoping that there's more to Ryan than just good computer skills. I really liked the sweet ending and I'm looking forward to reading where their budding romance leads them. I was very intrigued with the whole mystery and there were plenty of twists and red herrings along the way to keep me guessing. The scene is set now for further adventures and I can't wait to see happens next in this series. This is definitely a cosy series I'll be following and adding to my auto buy list.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Denn

    Cream Puff Murder, book 1 of Seagrass Sweets Mystery series penned by Sandi Scott, was a fun and enjoyable read, overall. The characters and mystery are well written but I am at a loss to understand the need to constantly reference moments in time that occured in the life of Ashley Adams. The periodic references to "Serge" are a distraction and the manner in which the author uses thispast relationship to explain Ashley's insecurities doesn't work for me. Having already read book 2 in the series - Cream Puff Murder, book 1 of Seagrass Sweets Mystery series penned by Sandi Scott, was a fun and enjoyable read, overall. The characters and mystery are well written but I am at a loss to understand the need to constantly reference moments in time that occured in the life of Ashley Adams. The periodic references to "Serge" are a distraction and the manner in which the author uses thispast relationship to explain Ashley's insecurities doesn't work for me. Having already read book 2 in the series - Tarte Tatin Murder - I am aware that the author makes, yet again, numerous references to Serge and the impact he has on Ashley's life. I am hoping the author omits references to Serge from her writing in future books. Ashley left Paris and opened her own business upon arriving back in Seagrass, Texas - and least we forget she is a successful amateur sleuth. In my opinion she is not exactly a strong candidate for having insecurity issues given how she picked herself up and moved on. The insecure damsel approach comes off as being phony.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    A solid first in the series which I picked up free about a year ago. It's set in Texas -- somewhere along the gulf coast, and features a pastry chef who grew up there and has returned from several years in France to open a catering business with a fellow chef. When someone dies at an even they catered, presumably from one of her cream puffs, her business is in jeopardy so she sets out to clear her name. There are a cast of supporting characters -- not too fleshed out as yet, but they show promise A solid first in the series which I picked up free about a year ago. It's set in Texas -- somewhere along the gulf coast, and features a pastry chef who grew up there and has returned from several years in France to open a catering business with a fellow chef. When someone dies at an even they catered, presumably from one of her cream puffs, her business is in jeopardy so she sets out to clear her name. There are a cast of supporting characters -- not too fleshed out as yet, but they show promise. The local law enforcement is surprisingly supportive of her doing her own digging, unlike many cozy type mysteries. There's an element of romance as well. All in all, it was enjoyable, though there were some formatting issues: missing spaces between words here and there and a few times where scenes changed with no line break which made for a bit of confusion. Still it was good enough I'll give the second a try; perhaps those sorts of things will be ironed out in later books in the series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Ashley Adams has recently returned to Seagrass, TX, from Paris to open a catering company specializing in French sweets. When a client dies after eating her cream puff, her company gets cancellation after cancellation, and it appears to be in jeopardy. Not one to wait around for the sheriff to solve the case on his own, she draws on her IT/hacking background and an old friend in the industry, Ryan, to dig deeper and root out the culprit. There's quite a bit going on, and the reader gets familiar Ashley Adams has recently returned to Seagrass, TX, from Paris to open a catering company specializing in French sweets. When a client dies after eating her cream puff, her company gets cancellation after cancellation, and it appears to be in jeopardy. Not one to wait around for the sheriff to solve the case on his own, she draws on her IT/hacking background and an old friend in the industry, Ryan, to dig deeper and root out the culprit. There's quite a bit going on, and the reader gets familiarized with the background as Ashley reintroduces herself to Seagrass. Although this was the first in the series, I felt like I'd missed something...maybe a 0.5 book or something that tells the story of the illegal shenanigans that she left behind. Maybe it's forthcoming...I have #2 in my to-read queue on my kindle, so perhaps there'll be a bit more in there. There was one spot where I swear Ryan and Michael get mixed up in the writer's mind.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Ashley Adams, an ex computer techie, decided to change careers and trained as a baker instead. Teaming up with her good friend Patty, they opened a catering company, offering French cuisine and desserts. Her new company was a huge hit, especially in small town Seagrass, where exotic food was non existent. All was going well until one of the guests at the event that the girls were catering for, is poisoned and dies after eating one of Ashley’s cream puffs. Ashley is fastidious about hygiene espec Ashley Adams, an ex computer techie, decided to change careers and trained as a baker instead. Teaming up with her good friend Patty, they opened a catering company, offering French cuisine and desserts. Her new company was a huge hit, especially in small town Seagrass, where exotic food was non existent. All was going well until one of the guests at the event that the girls were catering for, is poisoned and dies after eating one of Ashley’s cream puffs. Ashley is fastidious about hygiene especially around her kitchens so she knows it was not her food, more likely, something that was introduced into her food. But the public are not so forgiving and unless she can prove her innocence, people will stop using her catering company for their events...... A great start to the series, lots of fun, red herrings and twists to keep me guessing. I enjoyed this very much and look forward to Sandi’s next book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    After spending the last few years overseas learning the artistry of French baking, Ashley Adams is back in her hometown of Seagrass, Texas. She has opened up her own sweet catering company and is excited for her first major job thanks to old friend Ryan. Things go from good to bad when Ashely overhears an argument outside the ladies restroom and the woman is found dead the next day. It seems someone has poisoned one of Ashley’s cream puffs and is ruining the reputation of Ashley’s new business. N After spending the last few years overseas learning the artistry of French baking, Ashley Adams is back in her hometown of Seagrass, Texas. She has opened up her own sweet catering company and is excited for her first major job thanks to old friend Ryan. Things go from good to bad when Ashely overhears an argument outside the ladies restroom and the woman is found dead the next day. It seems someone has poisoned one of Ashley’s cream puffs and is ruining the reputation of Ashley’s new business. Now Ashley (with the help of Ryan) is on the hunt for Colleen’s murderer to find justice and save her business. There are many suspects on her list and Ashley must delve into her past to find out who turned to murder to hide a secret. This is a cozy mystery at its finest with lovable and relatable characters, lots of plot twists, and a female amateur sleuth that you can’t help but cheer for. This is a very promising new series that I can’t wait to get my hands on the rest to read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    A very quick and fun read I confess, I did have to read this twice to understand it. I’m not sure if it’s just the first in this series or the first of the author. I agree with other reviewers. There appears to be a lot of fast forwarding without warning. And when clues are uncovered, there isn’t any real explanation, or hint. I would have liked more setting description. I feel like I didn’t get a sense of being in Seegrass. But I did like the unique main characters. Could be developed a little more A very quick and fun read I confess, I did have to read this twice to understand it. I’m not sure if it’s just the first in this series or the first of the author. I agree with other reviewers. There appears to be a lot of fast forwarding without warning. And when clues are uncovered, there isn’t any real explanation, or hint. I would have liked more setting description. I feel like I didn’t get a sense of being in Seegrass. But I did like the unique main characters. Could be developed a little more with background, biput it works so far. And Dizzy was so much fun! Some reviewers didn’t like the cop distrust that happened, but there are so many cozies that have the main character falling for the cop that this is refreshing. I’m willing to give the 2nd in the series a try.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Helen Drake

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is the first book in the Seagrass Sweets Mystery. It takes place in a small town in Texas featuring a baker, Ashley Adams, who returns home after training as a pastry chef in France. She brings a partner, a chef who also trained in Paris with her and together they form a catering partnership. At one of their first major jobs, a person is found dead, and Ashley’s cream puff is to blame. In order to save her business she partners with Ryan, her former coworker in a computer firm, to solve the This is the first book in the Seagrass Sweets Mystery. It takes place in a small town in Texas featuring a baker, Ashley Adams, who returns home after training as a pastry chef in France. She brings a partner, a chef who also trained in Paris with her and together they form a catering partnership. At one of their first major jobs, a person is found dead, and Ashley’s cream puff is to blame. In order to save her business she partners with Ryan, her former coworker in a computer firm, to solve the murder. Ryan has always been sweet on Ashley,but Ashley is still recovering from a bad breakup. Along the way, we meet some interesting characters, some full of southern charm. She also has her dog, Dizzy, who goes many places with her. This is a charming book with a twist at the end. It is filled with delicious sounding food. Sandi Scott’s books are always a joy to read!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nadine

    I really liked it! Ashley has moved back home, to Seagrass, Texas and has her own French dessert catering business. When a body is found and her business suffers because of it, she starts investigating and withholding evidence. That might not be the smartest move… but she desperately wants to save her business. She doesn’t trust the police to do a good job, because they are not very experienced. She asks Ryan to help. He’s an old friend, but could he become a new flame? It’s a good cozy mystery. A I really liked it! Ashley has moved back home, to Seagrass, Texas and has her own French dessert catering business. When a body is found and her business suffers because of it, she starts investigating and withholding evidence. That might not be the smartest move… but she desperately wants to save her business. She doesn’t trust the police to do a good job, because they are not very experienced. She asks Ryan to help. He’s an old friend, but could he become a new flame? It’s a good cozy mystery. A light read. Enough attention for the case, but also for developing the characters. I really liked it! And there is a recipe for a creamy puff pastry cake! I received a complimentary copy of this book and voluntarily provided an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer K.

    My virtual new vacation spot?!?😊 I very much enjoyed the introduction to this fictional town and townspeople. It sounds like a beautiful fun town I’d like to visit to help solve the crimes and try the delicious foods! The only thing I wish was different was Ashley’s opinion of the small town police force. She implies having no confidence in them. Lack of experience doesn’t necessarily mean they are inept. They share more info with her then she does with them. I would like to see this opinion chan My virtual new vacation spot?!?😊 I very much enjoyed the introduction to this fictional town and townspeople. It sounds like a beautiful fun town I’d like to visit to help solve the crimes and try the delicious foods! The only thing I wish was different was Ashley’s opinion of the small town police force. She implies having no confidence in them. Lack of experience doesn’t necessarily mean they are inept. They share more info with her then she does with them. I would like to see this opinion change in the future. Otherwise it is a great read which keeps you guessing. So if you enjoy mysteries and good food and interesting townsfolk you should visit the town of Seagrass and see what is new be it mystery, food, town happenings or all of the above.

  28. 4 out of 5

    PepperP0t

    Pastry chef Ashley Adams is hometown girl made good when she and her partner are a budding success with the small French cuisine catering company in Texas. That is until a popular area mogul’s secretary is murdered at a function and rumors fly fast that poison in Ashley’s cream puffs was the culprit! Best friends with the mogul’s family and the victim since childhood, Ashley feels bad for them and about the murder but that won’t stop Ashley from trying to clear her name and get her business back Pastry chef Ashley Adams is hometown girl made good when she and her partner are a budding success with the small French cuisine catering company in Texas. That is until a popular area mogul’s secretary is murdered at a function and rumors fly fast that poison in Ashley’s cream puffs was the culprit! Best friends with the mogul’s family and the victim since childhood, Ashley feels bad for them and about the murder but that won’t stop Ashley from trying to clear her name and get her business back on track. Ashley, with help from her crush, Ryan doesn’t lack for suspects. This fast-paced cozy mystery can be completed by a rapid reader in one sitting, there’s a touch of romance, colorful characters and a tiny town that could be fun to visit again. Rating 4stars

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rinku Geeyo

    I enjoyed this short cozy mystery about Ashley, a French dessert caterer. It looks like good start to the series. However, I would have enjoyed Ash stumbling upon a few more clues and working through it. And since Dizzy is a big part of her life, it would have been interesting if she had done a little more of snooping around and discovering clues. Also some more character building/background around the main characters and even the victims/suspects would help make readers connect to them better an I enjoyed this short cozy mystery about Ashley, a French dessert caterer. It looks like good start to the series. However, I would have enjoyed Ash stumbling upon a few more clues and working through it. And since Dizzy is a big part of her life, it would have been interesting if she had done a little more of snooping around and discovering clues. Also some more character building/background around the main characters and even the victims/suspects would help make readers connect to them better and make them more likeable/dislikable. This is the first time reading a book by this author. The author and team have done a good job with the proof reading.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dana Busenbark

    Who are Ashley and Patty? Who are Ryan and Michael? When Ashley is working a job, what happens at the job? When she goes back the next day to pick up some items left behind by her and the other person that was hired to work the job, why is the Sheriff there? What does he accuse her of? What happens to her business after that? When Ashley decides to investigate things, much to the chagrin of Michael and Ryan, what does she find out? The ups and downs, eliminating suspects is nerve-wracking at tim Who are Ashley and Patty? Who are Ryan and Michael? When Ashley is working a job, what happens at the job? When she goes back the next day to pick up some items left behind by her and the other person that was hired to work the job, why is the Sheriff there? What does he accuse her of? What happens to her business after that? When Ashley decides to investigate things, much to the chagrin of Michael and Ryan, what does she find out? The ups and downs, eliminating suspects is nerve-wracking at times. Though finding out at the end who actually dun-it was a shock! You're going to have to read this sweet mystery and find out for yourself! Enjoy it.

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