Friday, October 4, 2013

A Diet to Die For by Sarah Steding

Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages: 352
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Meet Jen Stevens—a hungry New York City event planner who’s 31 years old, 30 pounds overweight, and flirting with disaster when it comes to sticking to her diet. Working for the food-centric Yummy Channel, it’s hard to resist temptation. But when there’s a crime for Jen to solve, it’s easy as pie. . . 

Baker extraordinaire Bess Brantwood is one of the Yummy Channel’s brightest stars—and biggest divas. Despite the off-camera drama, Jen has to admit that Bess’s chocolate buttercream cupcakes drizzled with caramel are simply to die for—and kill for, as it turns out—when Bess’s body, like a baked good gone bad, is discovered . . . in a Dumpster.

Who iced the cupcake queen? Jen is determined to find out. With the help of her BFFs—fab foodblogger Gabby and lively life coach Elizabeth—she starts sifting for clues. She’s got all the ingredients to solve the perfect crime, including one delectable detective, one divalicious diary, and enough industry rivals for a battle of the network stars. But is Jen prepared to risk her life as well as her waistline? No matter how you slice it, revenge is sweet—and loaded with carbs.



Kritters Thoughts:  Jen is an event planner who struggles with weight issues and works at the equivalent of the Food Channel - maybe not the best work atmosphere!  She works for the three celebrity chefs who have hit shows on the network, except on the night of a huge party celebrating one of the chefs they are found dead.  Who did it?  Who doesn't have a motive?

What a fantastic, light and funny read!  I read this in one day, just enjoying the fun light hearted side of mystery.  I loved that quite a few people had a reason to kill the victim and the author revealed each clue at the right time.  Although I wasn't right about the killer, I still wasn't disappointed by the outcome!  

This is a perfect read for those who love a little mystery, but don't need to be hanging on the edge of their seat!  I hope that this is just beginning for this author!

Rating: perfect beach read (although the beach season may be over)


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Gallery Books.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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