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The only thing worse than a pregnant bridezilla is a corpse as the wedding cake topper. When Elise Pepper begins her job at the Dream Wedding Boutique, she thinks her life is finally back on track. Her boss is more highly-strung than the customers, but she can deal with that, and she’s up for the challenge of a new job. Or so she thinks. When a bride turns up demanding a The only thing worse than a pregnant bridezilla is a corpse as the wedding cake topper. When Elise Pepper begins her job at the Dream Wedding Boutique, she thinks her life is finally back on track. Her boss is more highly-strung than the customers, but she can deal with that, and she’s up for the challenge of a new job. Or so she thinks. When a bride turns up demanding a circus-themed wedding to honor her late father, things get a little crazy. Clowns instead of bridesmaids? A sword-swallower as celebrant? Elise is sure she can handle it all. A dead man in the wedding cake may be a little too much to deal with, though. Just when she thought she had it all together, Elise finds herself in the middle of yet another murder investigation. Can our intrepid heroine track down the killer before more wedding guests die? " Excellent! She has become my favorite writer and I have read two of her series, and going on to read more." "Addictive!" "Entertaining Whodunit!" "starsI didn't even see it coming"--Amazon reviewers


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The only thing worse than a pregnant bridezilla is a corpse as the wedding cake topper. When Elise Pepper begins her job at the Dream Wedding Boutique, she thinks her life is finally back on track. Her boss is more highly-strung than the customers, but she can deal with that, and she’s up for the challenge of a new job. Or so she thinks. When a bride turns up demanding a The only thing worse than a pregnant bridezilla is a corpse as the wedding cake topper. When Elise Pepper begins her job at the Dream Wedding Boutique, she thinks her life is finally back on track. Her boss is more highly-strung than the customers, but she can deal with that, and she’s up for the challenge of a new job. Or so she thinks. When a bride turns up demanding a circus-themed wedding to honor her late father, things get a little crazy. Clowns instead of bridesmaids? A sword-swallower as celebrant? Elise is sure she can handle it all. A dead man in the wedding cake may be a little too much to deal with, though. Just when she thought she had it all together, Elise finds herself in the middle of yet another murder investigation. Can our intrepid heroine track down the killer before more wedding guests die? " Excellent! She has become my favorite writer and I have read two of her series, and going on to read more." "Addictive!" "Entertaining Whodunit!" "starsI didn't even see it coming"--Amazon reviewers

30 review for The Honeyed Taste of Deception

  1. 4 out of 5

    FangirlNation

    In The Honeyed Taste of Deception by CeeCee James, Elise has found a job, but it turns out that working for wedding planner Sonia is no easy task. But even more demanding than Sonia herself is the crazy woman who redefines the idea of a Bridezilla. Catalina, who originally planned her wedding for six months from then, suddenly announces that she needs her wedding to occur in two weeks. Things take on an even crazier note when Catalina abruptly decides, while under the influence of valium, that s In The Honeyed Taste of Deception by CeeCee James, Elise has found a job, but it turns out that working for wedding planner Sonia is no easy task. But even more demanding than Sonia herself is the crazy woman who redefines the idea of a Bridezilla. Catalina, who originally planned her wedding for six months from then, suddenly announces that she needs her wedding to occur in two weeks. Things take on an even crazier note when Catalina abruptly decides, while under the influence of valium, that she wants a circus- themed wedding with lots of clowns. She comes from a family of “carnies” and wants to honor them with her wedding theme. So Elise spends the next two weeks running all over to help Catalina have her circus wedding. Read the rest of this review and other fun, geeky articles at Fangirl Nation

  2. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Last week CeeCee James sent me her book The Honeyed Taste of Deception, this is book number 4 in the Angel Lake Mystery series. This one was the most fun so far. Normally I am not a fan of books about weddings but this one was so outrageous and fun, I could not put it down. With the new job Elise is busier then ever through in a bunch of robberies, a pregnant bride to be and a circus in town there is so much to admire in this fast passed and hilarious cozy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Little to no plot, annoying internal thoughts from the main character, and characters with zero depth made this hard to get through. It somehow managed to read fast and be drawn out at the same time and I couldn’t bring myself to be interested in the “mystery” or any of the personal problems going on.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Hetzel

    Unusual mystery in that the solution suddenly comes and the explanation for how it all occurred and worked out comes after the fact. Few clues available to the readers as the story progressed. Then Elise in a split second "solves" the case and we only learn how through a conversation she has after. Unsatisfactory from my perspective. Unusual mystery in that the solution suddenly comes and the explanation for how it all occurred and worked out comes after the fact. Few clues available to the readers as the story progressed. Then Elise in a split second "solves" the case and we only learn how through a conversation she has after. Unsatisfactory from my perspective.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lauretta

    Elise's new job as assistant to a premier wedding planner leads her to one of the most baffling mysteries she's encountered to date, and there isn't even a dead body . . .yet! A string of jewelry store robberies in the area has law enforcement on high alert, and of course Elise can't resist looking for clues, too. The clues are squeezed in between her many, far-flung, and uniquely challenging tasks helping brides realize their dream weddings. Elise's main client is the daughter of "carnies," and Elise's new job as assistant to a premier wedding planner leads her to one of the most baffling mysteries she's encountered to date, and there isn't even a dead body . . .yet! A string of jewelry store robberies in the area has law enforcement on high alert, and of course Elise can't resist looking for clues, too. The clues are squeezed in between her many, far-flung, and uniquely challenging tasks helping brides realize their dream weddings. Elise's main client is the daughter of "carnies," and their circus is in a nearby town, so she and her fiancee want to get married within two weeks in order to have her family participate. Two weeks sounds impossible, and very nearly is, but somehow Elise and her boss are close to pulling it off when Elise discovers the dead body of the cake decorator. Unfortunately her discovery leads her to a face to face confrontation with the robber, and now murderer, and once again she narrowly escapes death with the help of her handsome and loving cop boyfriend. The bonus plot line of this book leads Elise to a new relationship with a homeless teen and possibly a future quite different from the one she had imagined.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is the 4th in the series. The main character is Elise and this time she has gone to work for a wedding planner and the very first day she witnesses a robbery at the jewelry store down the block . Without trying, she seems to fall into clues and all while she is running around town helping to get this wedding done in only 2 weeks. She has some crazy things to do and find and somehow she still trips over clues to help her boyfriend Brad find the jewel thieves. It kept me guessing to the end w This is the 4th in the series. The main character is Elise and this time she has gone to work for a wedding planner and the very first day she witnesses a robbery at the jewelry store down the block . Without trying, she seems to fall into clues and all while she is running around town helping to get this wedding done in only 2 weeks. She has some crazy things to do and find and somehow she still trips over clues to help her boyfriend Brad find the jewel thieves. It kept me guessing to the end who was behind everything and I wouldn't have ever guessed right.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carlin

    I short but very sweet cozy mystery, #4 in the Angel Lake series. This is the first one I've read but had no difficulty getting into the story and figuring out the characters. In this book. Elise has taken a job as an assistant to a high powered wedding planner. Just the descriptions of all that goes into wedding planning was worth the read! The bride Catalina was a "carney" or circus member and one of the funniest characters ever. I enjoyed this book and definitely would read others in this ser I short but very sweet cozy mystery, #4 in the Angel Lake series. This is the first one I've read but had no difficulty getting into the story and figuring out the characters. In this book. Elise has taken a job as an assistant to a high powered wedding planner. Just the descriptions of all that goes into wedding planning was worth the read! The bride Catalina was a "carney" or circus member and one of the funniest characters ever. I enjoyed this book and definitely would read others in this series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    More Mystery Than Murder The story was quite fun. This time Elise has taken a job as a bridal planner's assistant. Witnessing a jewelry store robbery Elise gets involved with a neurotic bride, an over bearing boss and a homeless teen. While the solution to the mystery, and this was more mystery than murder is easy to figure out. It was fun getting there. I would have given a five star rating but there were to many editing problems in the first part of the book. More Mystery Than Murder The story was quite fun. This time Elise has taken a job as a bridal planner's assistant. Witnessing a jewelry store robbery Elise gets involved with a neurotic bride, an over bearing boss and a homeless teen. While the solution to the mystery, and this was more mystery than murder is easy to figure out. It was fun getting there. I would have given a five star rating but there were to many editing problems in the first part of the book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sheryl Robert

    Elise found a job working for a wedding planner, How hard can it be? help ladies for their wedding seeing she wasnt getting married anytime soon. On her first day there was a burglary in the jewelry store, along with like a flash mob of painters in front of the store. She is freaking out and makes sure everyone is safe inside and bolts the door locked until everyone is gone. She has a new client that is picky, and used to work for a circus. Read how this turns into a night mare and find who the Elise found a job working for a wedding planner, How hard can it be? help ladies for their wedding seeing she wasnt getting married anytime soon. On her first day there was a burglary in the jewelry store, along with like a flash mob of painters in front of the store. She is freaking out and makes sure everyone is safe inside and bolts the door locked until everyone is gone. She has a new client that is picky, and used to work for a circus. Read how this turns into a night mare and find who the real thief is. Surprise! I never guessed it in a million years,

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sharon M. Turner

    Nothing worse than a bridezilla except a dead body. Elise has a new job being the assistant to a bridal shop owner. A job she thought would be interesting and fulfilling, until she gets involved with a bride who wants a circus wedding and a dead cake decorator. It's not going to end like you think! Nothing worse than a bridezilla except a dead body. Elise has a new job being the assistant to a bridal shop owner. A job she thought would be interesting and fulfilling, until she gets involved with a bride who wants a circus wedding and a dead cake decorator. It's not going to end like you think!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Toni Gomes

    Rating should be higher? Average rating could be my fault for starting with book 4. There were things about the characters and relationships that I would have been comfortable with if I had started with book 1. Always a balancing act in a series to include enough info for new readers but not so much loyal readers feel there is nothing new.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Lucisano

    Better as the go but Each book in the series is better than the one before. My biggest complaint is I hate when storylines aren't finished or dragged out too long. Enough of the Mr. G mystery. Elise finally meets him but we still haven't. Not cute just annoying. Annoying to the point that it's a 3 star not a 4. Better as the go but Each book in the series is better than the one before. My biggest complaint is I hate when storylines aren't finished or dragged out too long. Enough of the Mr. G mystery. Elise finally meets him but we still haven't. Not cute just annoying. Annoying to the point that it's a 3 star not a 4.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Needs Money, Will Work Mysteries are like honey - light and smooth or dark and deep. This is light sailing mystery. Light enough to read before bedtime and smooth enough to keep you reading. Have you ever taken a job solely because you needed funds to survive. That's what Elise did and had to tell herself every day why she needed this job. And so the story begins. Needs Money, Will Work Mysteries are like honey - light and smooth or dark and deep. This is light sailing mystery. Light enough to read before bedtime and smooth enough to keep you reading. Have you ever taken a job solely because you needed funds to survive. That's what Elise did and had to tell herself every day why she needed this job. And so the story begins.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Emme

    Having a background in event planning I could completely relate to the storyline. I enjoyed that it wasn't about solving a murder, but a jewelry store heist. The book definitely had a cast of characters. I really enjoy this series and look forward to more of Elise's adventures. Having a background in event planning I could completely relate to the storyline. I enjoyed that it wasn't about solving a murder, but a jewelry store heist. The book definitely had a cast of characters. I really enjoy this series and look forward to more of Elise's adventures.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jana Gundy

    I so enjoy this series Elise is back and this time, she’s an assistant for a wedding planner. Things are crazy and there’s a string of robberies to solve. I always enjoy the writing and the mystery, never a dull moment.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    Got me again This is a great series. Lots of fun characters, plot twists and surprise endings. I read it out of order but it still works. Looking forward to starting another of her series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Linda Rainey

    A Great Cozy Mystery Elise drags us on her journey as a wedding planner assistant. We are pulled through the book with the entertaining storyline, larger than life characters with lots of twists and turns. Another great read for cozy mystery fans.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    So-so mystery This one is just a bit to formulaic for my tastes. And it needs a good edit. Things happen twice and need to be fixed! But if you are looking for a mindless read or need something to put you to sleep, this will do it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    K.T.

    I would describe this novel as very light reading. I read it in a couple of sittings. Some of the characters are a little one dimensional but it was an enjoyable read with a good premise. I didn't see the whodunit coming so an extra star for that. I would describe this novel as very light reading. I read it in a couple of sittings. Some of the characters are a little one dimensional but it was an enjoyable read with a good premise. I didn't see the whodunit coming so an extra star for that.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joni

    The Honyed Taste of Deception A quick read cosy mystery. Murder, thievery, best friends, red herrings, budding romance....a cute plot, fun book to read. Great for a rainy afternoon or just some down time.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Linda Walters

    Great review I loved it. I never even suspected the real culprit. I cannot believe the ending. I thought we were going to finally meet Mr. G.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Judy Ely

    Enjoyable Another fun book, with murder, mystery and fun. These main characters are so great to read about. The author keeps your interest from beginning to end.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    circus themed wedding, what fun...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    wow. This was the third of three books I finished today (product of hurricane irma) and the second with bridezillas. ENOUGH ALREADY! :)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alice Vaughn

    Good book! Love this series, keep it up! I wish all I could read all day, these books are fun! Great job!

  26. 5 out of 5

    barbara cubine

    Great book Left me in suspension till the end…so far have loved all of Ceecee James books & can hardly wait to read the next one.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Janis A Hewes

    Great series of books. You can't go wrong by reading this series of mysteries. Every one has some romance as well. These books are well written and entertaining. Great series of books. You can't go wrong by reading this series of mysteries. Every one has some romance as well. These books are well written and entertaining.

  28. 4 out of 5

    charmaine White

    Different I'm not sure if I understand this story.There's just too many twists and turns.Mystery,suspense and thrills.With a whole lot of action. Different I'm not sure if I understand this story.There's just too many twists and turns.Mystery,suspense and thrills.With a whole lot of action.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Suzen

    Very quick read. Characters fun. This was about a crazy Carney wedding, jewelry store heist and a muder.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Strigel

    A real surprise A fast paced story that really had me surprised at who done it! Will be fun to catch more from CeeCee!

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