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Drowned Vanilla (Cafe La Femme Mysteries Book 2)
It's the beginning of a hot, hot summer in Hobart. Tabitha Darling is in love with the wrong man, and determined to perfect the art of ice cream. Playing amateur detective again is definitely not on the cards-not even when her friends try to lure her into an arty film noir project in the historical town of Flynn. But when a young woman goes missing from a house full of live webcams, and is found drowned in the lake outside Flynn, Tabitha is dragged into the whole mess- film crew, murder victim, love life and all. There were two girls using the internet pseudonym French Vanilla, and only one is dead. So where is the other one? Why is everyone suddenly behaving like they're in a (quite specific) Raymond Chandler novel? And how the hell did the best kiss of Tabitha's life end up on YouTube? Even ice cream isn't going to get them out of this one.
The Blackmail Blend (Cafe La Femme Culinary Crime Mysteries Book 3)
A Cafe La Femme Mini Mystery Set between A TRIFLE DEAD and DROWNED VANILLA Cake, not murder. Cake hardly ever gets you killed... Tabitha can quit solving murder mysteries any time she likes - and right now, she's far more interested in her catering job for Queen Beattie's high tea. Beatrice Wilde is a famous and beloved romance novelist, who nurtures new writers with tea, sympathy and career advice. She's also obnoxious, demanding, and a hot contender for 'Client Most Likely To Be Murdered By Cake Fork.' Queen Beattie's high tea sets off a murderous chain of events involving poison, blackmail, revenge ... and a special blend of mayhem. Once again, Tabitha is right in the centre of the chaos, and the only way out is to solve the crime - even if that means losing one of the very confusing and attractive men in her life. Six romance writers Five secrets Four poison pen letters Three stolen manuscripts Two undercover journalists One over-complicated love life Way too many teacups and tiny sandwiches...
A Trifle Dead (Cafe La Femme Culinary Crime Mysteries Book 1)
Tabitha Darling has always had a dab hand for pastry and a knack for getting into trouble. Which was fine when she was a tearaway teen, but not so useful now she’s trying to run a hipster urban cafe, invent the perfect trendy dessert, and stop feeding the many (oh so unfashionable) policemen in her life. When a dead muso is found in the flat upstairs, Tabitha does her best (honestly) not to interfere with the investigation, despite the cute Scottish blogger who keeps angling for her help. Her superpower is gossip, not solving murder mysteries, and those are totally not the same thing, right? But as that strange death turns into a string of random crimes across the city of Hobart, Tabitha can’t shake the unsettling feeling that maybe, for once, it really is ALL ABOUT HER. And maybe she’s figured out the deadly truth a trifle late… A TRIFLE DEAD is a culinary crime novel – delicious food, good coffee, cute frocks and okay, the occasional gruesome murder. Shortlisted for Best Debut Book, Davitt Awards for Australian Women's Crime Writing. **BONUS SECTION includes recipes to make your own trifles.** CAFE LA FEMME BOOKS: A Trifle Dead - Book 1 The Blackmail Blend - mini mystery Drowned Vanilla - Book 2 Keep Calm and Kill the Chef - Book 3, coming soon REVIEWS: Part of the reason it was so enjoyable is that there's nothing maliciously daft about Tabitha. In fact there's a distinct feeling that her tongue is quite firmly placed in her cheek ... there were points when I found myself laughing. - AustCrimeFiction This was a fun, modern read, that managed to be a mystery story, a celebration of cooking, a sparkling romance and a portrait of Hobart all at once. - InkAshlings This fun, cosy style novel is the start of a new mystery series which features a quirky Australian voice, memorable characters and delicious sounding food. - Adventures of an Intrepid Reader A TRIFLE DEAD is a light, funny and enjoyable read blending mystery, humour and a touch of romance. Oh and there are delicious recipes on the final few pages, ideal for an aspiring foodie or any reader with a sweet tooth. I am looking forward to the next installment. - Book'd Out This was an extremely entertaining book ... In the true spirit of a culinary crime novel there are dessert recipes at the end for adventurous readers to try. It is a cross between chicklit and murder mystery - tasREADSmania AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY: Livia Day is a stylish, murder-obsessed fashionista who lives inside the head of someone else entirely. Tansy Rayner Roberts is a mother, a blogger, a podcaster, and a Hugo-award winning critic. Together they WRITE CRIME. And sometimes they invent ice cream recipes. Livia is the author of the Café La Femme series of cozy mystery novels, including A TRIFLE DEAD and new release DROWNED VANILLA. Warning: reading these books will make you crave dessert. And maybe coffee.