Cookie and Cream — How to Bake A Murder book review K.J. EMRICK

Hello all! These days I have been reading a lot of culinary fashioned cozy mysteries and it is actually free on Amazon kindle. So today, I am going to do a book review, How to Bake a Murder by K.J. Emrick, a cozy mystery novel and the first part of the Cookie and Cream series.

How to Bake a Murder (A Cookie and Cream Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [K.J. Emrick]

“I can’t get a pulse. Cookie, call for an ambulance.”

Definitely not the words you want to hear when a man has just collapsed in the middle of your bakery.

A few minutes is all it took for Karen ‘Cookie’ Williams to be thrust into the center of a nightmare. A customer was dead and she was considered a suspect. Her beloved shop was a crime scene.

Things weren’t looking so great for her.

If you add in the strange figure that was lurking around at night, the prominent businessman who was harassing her to sell up and an unhappy granddaughter who was spending the summer with her you had a recipe for disaster.

Can Cookie work out who killed her customer and save her bakery from ruin before she becomes a victim herself?

Print Length: 194 pages

  • Publisher: South Coast Publishing; 1 edition (July 26, 2016)
  • Publication Date: July 26, 2016
  • Genre:- Cozy mystery
K.J. Emrick

Strongly influenced by authors like James Patterson, Dick Francis, and Nora Roberts, Kathrine Emrick dreamed of being an author for the majority of her life.

She never quite gave up on the idea of being a published author and at the age of 51, thanks to Amazon and their Kindle platform, she finally realized her dream. Her maturity allows her to bring a variety of experiences and observations to her writing.

She lives in beautiful South Australia with her family including several cats and dogs. Kathrine can always be found jotting down daily notes in a journal and like many authors, she loves to be surrounded by books and is a voracious reader.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering at the local library. Her goal is to regularly produce entertaining and noteworthy content and engaging in a community of readers and writers.

To find out more please visit the author’s website at

First of all, I really like the book cover. The title itself also sounds cheesy. In a nutshell, Karen “Cookie” Williams owns a bakery in a small town. She brings her granddaughter, Clarissa over the summer, in the hopes of getting to know each other. There is also a budding romance between Jerry a police officer who often comes to the bakery. Then one day, a regular customer, Julien dies on the doorstep of Cookie’s bakery after eating his cream puff especially made for him.

Let’s start with the ones I like about the book.

  • The book is simple and short and the author has written in a easy format.
  • It was funny as well.
  • Reading cozy mysteries especially based on culinary kinda makes you feel hungry too.
  • I like the relationship Cookie is having with her little dog who is named Cream
  • I like how the relationship between Cookie and her granddaughter started improving towards the end of the book.
  • Many of the characters in the book were likable especially the main character Cookie.

Now about the ones I didn’t like about the book.

  • Too much of dialogue and at times, it was confusing.
  • Some parts of the story was a bit unrealistic.
  • The budding romance between Cookie and Jerry was a bit too fast in my opinion

Overall it was a good book, a good cozy mystery thriller to read. Worth four stars!

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