Book Review: Custom Baked Murder by Liz Mugavero ~ Great Escapes Book Tour +Giveaway!

custom-baked-murderKristan “Stan” Connor gladly turned tail on her high-flying job and moved to a quaint New England town to sell organic pet treats. But with her nose for solving murders, there’s no such thing as a quiet life…

Summer is winding down in Frog Ledge, Connecticut, but Stan’s love life and career are both heating up nicely. In between planning her new pet patisserie and café, Stan is settling into living-in-bliss with sexy pub owner Jake McGee. Love’s on the menu for Stan’s mom, Patricia, too, who’s engaged to Frog Ledge’s mayor, Tony Falco.

Mayor Falco’s dogged ambition isn’t popular among locals, but it’s his executive coach, Eleanor Chang, who’s inspired a dangerous grudge. When Eleanor is found dead, there’s a whole pack of suspects to choose from. Stan has first-hand experience of Eleanor’s unsavory business tactics. But finding out who forced her to take a fatal plunge off the corporate ladder means unearthing some shady secrets…and a killer who’s too close for comfort.

Includes Gourmet Pet Food Recipes!

Custom Baked Murder by Liz Mugavero

Series: A Pawsitively Organic Mystery, #5

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Publisher: Kensington

Release Date: 12/27/16

Page Count: 304


What can I say? I have been a fan of the Pawsitively Organic Mystery series since picking up the very first book years ago. This is the fifth book in the series and the storylines just keep getting better and better! The characters were instantly lovable from the very first book, especially the pets, and have only developed more so with each book! Every supporting character that gets introduced helps build each story and rounds out the series. I loved seeing Stan and Jake’s relationship in this book, it took them a while to get here, but it was so worth the wait. I also enjoyed seeing Stan and her Mother in this book, they have some very interesting dynamics going on and it will be fun to see them in the future, especially now that they are business partners. As for the mystery of the book, it was a fun one and not one that I easily figured out, which made it even more enjoyable for me. This is the fifth book in this series, but can be read as a standalone book. However, you will want to go back and read the first four as well! Overall, Custom Baked Murder was a super, fun read with good writing enhanced by an enjoyable story line and absolutely lovable characters!

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Liz Mugavero has been writing stories since she could hold a pen. Before that, she would tell them to anyone who would listen (not many at the time). After deciding early on she would write books for a living, she practiced by writing bad, angst-filled poems, short stories and even a storyline for a soap opera–all by age 15. She never wavered from her goals despite all the usual questions including, “So are you going to be an English teacher with that degree in English?” or, “That writing thing sounds nice, but how are you REALLY going to make a living?”

She went on to get a master’s in writing and publishing and spent time in journalism, PR, and presently, corporate communications. And she’s confident this writing thing IS the way to make a living.

Aside from writing, she loves animals (has a houseful), the beach, reading other writers’ masterpieces and Starbucks coffee. For more information on Liz check out her website or catch her on Twitter or Facebook.

Tour Participants

January 5 – Bibliophile Reviews –  REVIEW

January 5 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

January 6 – The Self-Rescue Princess – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

January 6 – Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder – REVIEW

January 6 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW

January 7 – Books,Dreams,Life – REVIEW

January 7 – Girl with Book Lungs – SPOTLIGHTS

January 8 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW

January 8 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

January 9 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – REVIEW

January 9 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

January 10 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW

January 10 – Island Confidential – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

January 11 – Classy Cheapskate – REVIEW

January 11 – Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf – INTERVIEW


NOTE: I was provided with an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.