Murder Gone A-Rye – Nancy J. Parra

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2/5 Gluten-Free Bakeries

On The Back:

Toni Holmes is the best gluten-free baker in Oiltop, Kansas—okay, she’s the only one—but when her grandmother becomes a murder suspect, she’s more concerned with keeping Grandma free…

When Toni’s beloved—and eccentric—grandma Ruth is arrested for the murder of her archenemy, Lois Striker, it’s time for a senior moment of truth. Telltale tracks from a scooter like the one Grandma Ruth rides lead the police to suspect the outspoken oldster, but Toni knows her grandmother wouldn’t burn a cookie, let alone extinguish a life.

In fact, the case has Grandma more revved up than her infamous scooter. A former investigative journalist, she decides to solve the murder herself—with help from Toni—by digging up long-buried town secrets. But as Grandma scoots in where others fear to tread, Toni needs to make sure she not only stays out of jail but out of harm’s way…

My Thoughts:

In Murder Gone A-Rye Toni is a busy baking at her bakery before the huge Thanksgiving rush, but when her Grandma gets taken tot he police station for questioning in a murder Toni finds herself investigating the murder. I really didn’t care for this book. The first book in this series, Gluten for Punishment, was a pretty good read, but this one simply wasn’t. I felt like it took me forever to get through.

I really liked the main character, Toni, to begin with, but as the story progressed I liked her less and less. She just seemed to give in to her family way too often for my taste. Her Grandma Ruth  was extremely annoying, she was supposedly well-respected and liked in her town, but I don’t know how. She didn’t listen or even try to listen to people who tried to help her, and she didn’t care about what trouble she got in, thinking it was all a big joke or experiment when she did get into trouble. Tasha, Toni’s best friend was also an annoying character in this book for the simple reason that her last boyfriend was a class-A jerk (it’s explained in Gluten for Punishment) yet a month later she starts going out with another man and after the first date is talking about how much she loves him. I just didn’t think that it was the most realistic portrayal in this situation.

However, there were some redeeming characters in this book. Meaghan is funny and I really wish she would be shown more, same with Aunt Phyllis and Bill, but how Bill can stay with Grandma Ruth I will never know. Brad and Sam are also good characters, though if the author tries to even begin a love triangle I think I’ll scream.

The mystery was pretty good, I didn’t know who the killers were gonna be until the reveal happened. But there were really no clues that I picked out.

Overall a below-average book. I don’t know if I’ll read the next one. Murder Gone A-Rye only gets 2/5 stars.

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