A Doomful of Sugar – ARC Book Review

Title:- A Doomful of Sugar

Author:- Catherine Bruns

Date published:- will be published on October 25th 2022

Publisher:- Poisoned Pen Press

Genre:- Cozy Mystery


Plot:- 5/5

Writing:- 4/5

Overall rating:- 4.5/5

First in a new cozy mystery series!

There’s nothing sweet about murder…

Leila Khoury has always believed that everyone loved her father as much as they loved his artisanal maple syrup. But when he’s killed, and she returns to Sugar Ridge, Vermont to take over his business, she starts to realize how much of his life she’s left untapped.

With her brother under suspicion, her mother just barely holding it together, and police not producing any leads, Leila will have to investigate herself if she wants answers about her father’s sticky end. But the more she learns, the more she worries that there won’t be a sappy ending to the story.

A cozy mystery perfect for fans of Joanne Fluke, this edition includes 5 delicious maple recipes for mystery readers with a sweet tooth!

The first book of a cozy mystery series and I always try out the cozy mystery series. A Doomful of Sugar is one of those books, filled with all these recipes of the desserts made with maple syrup that you could try at home.

Leila Khoury returns to the countryside Vermont known as Sugar Ridge, when she heard the news about her father’s death. Her father had left his will–the farm now solely belongs to Leila. However, Leila is determined to find out who actually killed her own father–suspects the own coworkers handsome Noah and Jessica, her own brother Simon and a man named Wesley. And since law enforcement had not produced any leans, Leila along with her friend Hannah must find out who is behind her father’s murder.

This was actually a really good cozy mystery book which I actually enjoyed reading a lot. The descriptions and scenes of farming and extracting maple syrup were interesting to read. I do like how everyone except for her mother and her best friend Hannah seemed to be a suspect under Leila’s eye. The ending at who was responsible for her father’s death was surprising and unexpected. I do like the receipes at the back using the maple syrup which prompts me to try out some. Overall, if there’s a book 2, I cannot wait to read what Leila had in for her next adventure–worth 4.5 stars!

Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

Catherine is the USA Today best selling author of the Cookies & Chance mysteries. She lives in Upstate New York with her very patient husband, three sons and several spoiled cats and dogs. She holds a dual B.A. in English and Performing Arts and is a former newspaper reporter and press release writer. Catherine also writes the Italian Chef mysteries, Aloha Lagoon (Carrie Jorgenson) and the Cindy York mysteries. Her book, For Sale by Killer, was a 2019 Daphne du Maurier winner in the category of Mainstream Mystery/Suspense.

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