Sunday, April 4, 2021

Blood, Sweat , and Tiers - A Review


The Fifth Great Witches Baking Show Mystery 

More than baking is at stake when Poppy Wilkinson learns that the Earl of Frome may be shooting birds illegally, even taking aim at the hawk who seems to have a connection with her. Poppy is determined to protect the wildlife from the earl and his bully of a gamekeeper. She's not the only one as a group of birdwatchers descends upon the grounds, disrupting the competition as they march toward the hall. When Poppy finds their elderly leader shot dead by the gamekeeper's cottage she wonders if the earl was getting rid of, what to him, was just another nuisance. Despite the murder and all of the other distractions Broomewode Hall provides Poppy needs to focus on her baking or else her tiered cake will leave her in tears! 

Once again Poppy is losing focus on the competition. In this fifth outing her distraction is caused by concern for a hawk, who seems to have not only a connection to her, but a direct link to her father. The Earl seems to have it in for, not only the hawk, but other protected birds as well. The Earl and his despicable gamekeeper truly pissed me off in this book. Smug attitudes and the belief that money and a title allow you to do whatever you want raises my dander as much, if not more, than Poppy's. And when it concerns abuse of wildlife I see red. 

I love that Gerry is learning to do more as a ghost. Although he's more apt to use his power for mischief, he also is willing and able to use it for good. I also love how Sly and Gateau teamed up to help. I enjoy the time with the bakers. It's interesting to see how they are changing as the competition progresses. I just hope they remain positive and supportive and not start showing claws.

The path to the mystery's solution was quite a labyrinth. Red herrings abound in BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TIERS and the ultimate confrontation and reveal was an exciting surprise.

Great baking, a puzzling mystery, and a bit of magick make BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TIERS a delectable read.

Recipe included.

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