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Title: The Golden Spoon
Author: Jessa Maxwell
Publisher: Atria Books
Publish Date: March 7, 2023
Genre: Mystery Thriller
My Rating: 4/5
Every summer for the past ten years, six awe-struck bakers have descended on the grounds of Grafton, the leafy and imposing Vermont estate that is not only the filming site for “Bake Week” but also the childhood home of the show’s famous host, celebrated baker Betsy Martin.
The author of numerous bestselling cookbooks and hailed as “America’s Grandmother,” Betsy Martin isn’t as warm off-screen as on, though no one needs to know that but her. She has always demanded perfection, and gotten it with a smile, but this year something is off. As the baking competition commences, things begin to go awry. At first, it’s merely sabotage—sugar replaced with salt, a burner turned to high—but when a body is discovered, everyone is a suspect.
Six amateur bakers compete in Bake Week, a popular reality show. At first, there are small sabotages on the bakers. Eventually, things escalate when someone is murdered.
The Golden Spoon is told through multiple points of view – the six contestants and the show’s host. Each character is unique, and these interesting characters really pull the reader into the story.
A delightful cozy mystery. This is a debut novel, and I look forward to reading more from this author. Recommended for readers who like baking and cooking shows.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.