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5+ stars for Trick or Thief: A Humorous Culinary Cozy Mystery by @dehaggerty #Halloween #cozymystery

Title: Trick or Thief: A Humorous Culinary Cozy Mystery Short Read (Death by Cupcake Book 6)

Author: D.E. Haggerty

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Book Blurb:

A little haunting sounds like innocent fun until a ghost plunders your stockroom. Kristie is convinced ghosts don’t exist until food starts disappearing without a trace from the Youth Center storage. There are zero clues as to who’s been inside the building. The security guard hasn’t seen a thing, and the security tapes are mysteriously blank. When the ghost widens his hocus-pocus to include Kristie’s office, the gals of Callie’s Cakes jump in to find the culprit before Kristie can get in a whole mess of spooky trouble. Will the gals of Callie’s Cakes expose the ghost before Kristie’s facility is destroyed? Cupcakes not included, although recipes for all the delicious cupcakes Anna bakes are.

My Review:

Kristie doesn’t know what to make of her current dilemma. It’s a couple of weeks before Halloween and she has someone breaking into the Youth Center’s pantry in the middle of the night stealing bread and peanut butter. It can’t be a ghost because, well, ghosts aren’t real. When she confesses to her friends from Callie’s Cakes (Callie and Anna) what’s troubling her, they’re convinced it’s a ghost. Armed with spooky cupcakes, the three friends try to nab the culprit, much to the chagrin of their no-nonsense significant others (two cops and a fireman). Is it a ghost haunting the Youth Center, as Anna assumes, or is this a revenge plot aimed at Kristie?

Trick or Thief is the #1 Halloween must-read this year. Without being scary, this short cozy will have you laughing your guts out. Kristie is the most normal of the three ladies from Callie’s Cakes. She tends to keep “Lucy and Ethel” in line, well mostly. The plot is faster than a vampire biting its next victim but way more enjoyable. I adore this series and this installment is my new favorite. If you’re glum about this year’s ban on Halloween and trick or treating, Trick or Thief is just what you need to get in the Halloween spirit. Plus, there are cupcake recipes. Yum! Highly recommend!

My Rating: 5+ stars

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Author Biography:

I grew up reading everything I could get my grubby hands on, from my mom's Harlequin romances, to Nancy Drew, to Little Women. When I wasn't flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although on the odd occasion I did manage to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. After surviving the army experience, I went back to school and got my law degree. I jumped ship and joined the hubby in the Netherlands before the graduation ceremony could even begin. A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic before returning to the law. But practicing law really wasn’t my thing, so I quit (again!) and went off to Germany to start a B&B. Turns out running a B&B wasn’t my thing either. I polished off that manuscript languishing in the attic before following the husband to Istanbul where I decided to give the whole writer-thing a go. But ten years was too many to stay away from my adopted home. I packed up again and moved to The Hague where, in between tennis matches and failing to save the world, I’m currently working on my next book. I hope I’ll always be working on my next book.

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Reviewed by: Mrs. N

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