Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Virtual Tour & #Giveaway for Footprints in the Frosting by Laura Pauling

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Footprints in the Frosting
By Laura Pauling
Holly Hart Cozy Mystery Series, Book 1

Publisher:  Redpoint Press (ebook) Laura Pauling (Print)
Release Date:  May 3, 2015
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Length:  194 Pages
ISBN:  978-1511658102
ASIN:   B00X457QW8

About the book:

Introducing the Holly Hart Cozy Mystery Series!!

Cheesecake, Love, and Murder!

It’s the Grand Opening for Holly Hart’s new business, Just Cheesecake. When footprints in the frosting lead to a body face down in one of her cheesecakes, Holly becomes a prime suspect.

With her opening day delayed, Holly deals with a nosy no-good reporter and the local cop, the handsome Officer Trinket, as she puts her sleuthing skills to the test to save her business and her name. With the help of her dog, Muffins, she needs to find the real murderer, before the killer looks to frost someone else.

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A comedic cozy in a small town setting, Footprints in the Frosting by Laura Pauling is full of colorful characters, a cute little “crime hound” and plenty of laughs.  The first book in a new series, Footprints in Frosting is lighthearted and the perfect beginning for the Holly Hart character.  Teasing the reader with descriptions of tasty coffees and pastries, this is a quickly paced book which can easily be read in a couple of hours. 

Ms. Pauling does a good job developing her primary character, Holly Hart, right from the start.  A woman, whose dreams of living in a small town, owning her own business, and living life on her own terms, Holly is young, attractive and a more than adequate baker.  When a dead body is discovered in her new “Just Cheesecake” shop right before its grand opening, by her mischievous dog no less, Holly finds herself the talk of the town, the prime suspect and the focus of the local newspaper’s headlines.  I easily connected with Holly and found her to be a real gem.  She’s got a wicked sense of humor, an inquisitive mind and refuses to be sidelined by adversity.

The secondary characters were very colorful and I found them to be a real hoot!  From Officer Trent Trinket, whose mother turns out to be the “crazy cat lady” in town, to Mason Carlton, the scion of the town’s richest family and a fellow suspect, to the town’s newspaper reporter, Millicent, who first approaches Holly as a “friend” and then proceeds to paint her as the “out-of-towner”, who makes the best suspect.  The mystery portion of the book is very well done and takes several twists and turns and features more than one dead body.

Who will solve the murders that began at “Just Cheesecake”?  Will it be Officer Trent?  Or will Holly’s private investigation lead her to discover the killer’s identity?  You’ll have to read Footprints in the Frosting to find out, I enjoyed it and look forward to reading the next book in this cozy series.

My Rating:  4.5 out of 5 Crowns 

About the Author

Laura Pauling writes about spies, murder and mystery. She’s the author of the young adult Circle of Spies Series, the Prom Impossible Series, the time travel mysteries, Heist and A Royal Heist, and the Holly Hart Cozy Mystery Series: Footprints in the Frosting and Deadly Independence with more coming.

She lives the cover of a suburban mom/author perfectly, from the minivan to the home-baked snickerdoodles, while hiding her secret missions and covert operations. But shh. Don’t tell anyone. And she may or may not actually bake cookies. You decide.

Visit Laura at http://laurapauling.com to sign up for her newsletter and receive a free Holly Hart cozy mystery novella.

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