Tuesday, December 7, 2010

To Have and to Kill-Mary Jane Clark

To Have and to Kill
Mary Jane Clark
Morrow, Dec 28 2010, $24.99
ISBN: 9780061995545

No longer getting acting roles after her two year part in the soap A Little Rain Must fall ends with her character’s death, having her romance implode and worried about her mom’s heath Piper Donovan crosses the Hudson to return to her hometown of Hillwood, New Jersey. The late twentyish Piper works with her mom at the family owned bakery, Icing on the Cupcake, but uses social networking to stay in touch with her friends and fans.

Her acting friend Glenna Brooks, a star of A Little Rain Must Fall, hires Piper and her bakery to make her wedding cake. However, the homicide death of A Little Rain Must Fall cast member Travis York shakes up everyone associated with the TV drama. Soon more murders occur, so Piper asks her friend FBI Agent Jack for advice on conducting an investigation.

This is a warm fast-paced cozy starring a likable heroine who fears she may be on a sort of soap opera List of Adrian Messenger. The whodunit is lighthearted fun as Piper knows the culprit must be associated with the show but it is her parents, the family dog and Jack who enhance the mystery by providing poignant Icing on the Cupcake.

Harriet Klausner

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