Wednesday, March 29, 2023

The Golden Spoon by Jessa Maxwell


Title:  The Golden Spoon

Author:  Jessa Maxwell

Narrated by:  Andrea Emmes, Andy Garcia-Ruse, Graham Halstead, Kitty Hendrix, Kamran Khan, Jackie Sanders, André Santana, Emily Tremaine

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Length: Approximately 8 hours and 37 minutes

Source: Review Copy from Simon & Schuster Audio.  Thank you @simonandschuster #BookClubFavorites for the free books!

Do you like to bake?  Do you watch any cooking shows?

I love baking, especially pies, cakes, and cookies.  I don’t watch cooking shows very often just more from the fact that I don’t get much time to watch TV.  I have watched a bit of The Great British Bake-Off which seems to be the inspiration for this novel.

The Golden Spoon starts off with the host of the show Betsy Martin, discovering a dead body.  The story then flashes back to the start of Bake Week.  Bake Week is filmed at Grafton, the family estate of Betsy Martin in Vermont.  We are introduced to the six contestants and they along with Betsy narrate the story through each day of the competition.  As contestants are eliminated, it becomes clear that something fishy is going on with the competition.  It all leads to the answer to the question, who is the victim and who is the murderer?

I loved how there was a unique narrator for each of the contestants and Betsy. I enjoyed learning about each of the characters and getting involved in their stories.  I thought Grafton itself was interesting and wished I could see pictures of the old estate.   I did guess some of the mystery as the story went along, but not all of it.  It was a satisfying ending.  I love baking so the baking details were fun for me as well.  I just really wished I could have the recipes!  It was a quick read.

The Golden Spoon was an engaging cozy mystery and a great debut novel.  I can’t wait to read what Jessa Maxwell writes next!


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