This review may contain some spoilers.
This is the second book in the Death by Cupcake series (Disclaimer: This is the only book in the series that I’ve read). Bring Your Own Baker follows the exploits of Anna, a baker who becomes embroiled in a murder investigation. I liked the concept, but dare I say it, the ingredients amounted to a flat product.
It doesn’t help much that I found little in Anna to like. Sure, she’s pink-haired, with a pixie-like petite body, but beyond the surface level, she comes across as brattish and irrationally stubborn.
When one of her old acquaintances is brutally murdered, she takes it upon herself to track down the mystery assailant. Despite resistance from her law enforcement friend, Anna stalks blindly into danger again and again.
To complicate matters, there’s a romance thrown in here between Anna and a dangerous bad boy type character. Sadly, for me, there was no spark to find. Other than raw lust, there’s not much going on between these two. The author didn’t make me believe it.
I felt that the chapter headings were clever, and some of the dialogue was snappy. However, dialogue exchanges were often bogged down by the character explaining her thought processes to the reader.
This book makes for light digesting, but I would have preferred that the author scale back on all of the icing and sugar, and give us something with some real depth in its base. I think the author definitely has it in her.
The writing style was pleasant to read with few typographical errors.
* Very few errors.
* Main character difficult to care for.