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Cupcakes and Carnage

(The first book in the Cassie Desmarais Mystery series)
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It's 1990, the start of a new era, and Cassie Desmarais, a passionate baker with a heart full of nostalgia, finds her life whisked into a whirlwind of mystery when she returns to her charming hometown of Harmony Bay. Inheriting the beloved family bakery from her late Grandma Des she’s ready to sprinkle love into every recipe and rekindle old flames. But her sweet dream takes a bitter turn when Marc Hanson, the contentious health inspector, is found dead under mysterious circumstances, and she finds herself at the center of a confectionary conspiracy.

With the grand opening of her bakery on the line and the townspeople sprinkled with suspicion, Cassie must blend her baking brilliance with newfound detective skills. Reconnecting with her childhood best friend, Mia, and reigniting sparks with Detective Sam Cooper, she sifts through a mixture of old grudges, secret romances, and hidden motives.

As the ingredients of the past fold into the present, Cassie discovers that Harmony Bay isn’t as sugar-coated as it seems. With the clock ticking and the scent of betrayal in the air, she must rise to the occasion and unmask the murderer to clear her name and save her bakery. But in a town where everyone has their secrets, can Cassie decode the recipe of deception and bring justice to Harmony Bay when the ovens are hot, the stakes are higher, and the secrets are as old as the recipe for Grandma Des's delicious cupcake delights.

Genre: Cozy Mystery

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