Book Review: CAKE ON A HOT TIN ROOF by Jacklyn Brady

Series: A Piece of Cake Mystery, #2
Publisher: Berkley
Released: February 7, 2012
Source: Review copy from publisher

Pastry chef Rita Lucero’s Mardi Gras party turns funereal when one of her guests is found dead after a public fight with her uncle-leaving Rita no choice but to find the real killer and clear her uncle’s name…


Though it lacked the endearing qualities I loved in the first book of the series, CAKE ON A HOT TIN ROOF highlights bakery owner Rita Lucero’s savvy for solving murders she unwittingly becomes involved in.

The story is set in New Orleans in the days leading up to Mardi Gras. Ms. Brady has a talent for bringing the vibrant qualities of the city to life. The rich descriptions of the colorful characters, the parties and the food really draw the reader into the story. I really wanted a slice of Rita’s special king cake. :)

I thought the mystery itself was pretty good. Big Daddy Boudreaux had more enemies than friends, so there were plenty of possible suspects. Rita had quite a time narrowing the list down. In the end, I can’t say that I was surprised by “who done it,” but it was interesting to hear what really happened.

I thought that the pacing was slow. It took a good ten chapters to get to the actual crime. Sure, there was some set up that the reader needed to see, but some of it just dragged the story down. Uncle Nestor was a big part of this book, and unfortunately I didn’t care for him at all. He was just too cantankerous for my taste. Rita was trying to help him *not* get arrested for murder, and he was simply rude and unhelpful. I guess he wasn’t the Uncle Nestor I expected to meet!

Though there were parts that didn’t work for me, CAKE ON A HOT TIN ROOF was a good continuation of the series. I’m hoping in the next book Rita and Detective Sullivan’s relationship will progress to the next level – like maybe a date? ;)

Rating: 3 Stars

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.