Saturday, May 23, 2015

Cozy Mystery Blog Tour: Author Guest Post, Review & Giveaway: Flourless to Stop Him (A Baker's Treat #3) by Nancy J. Parra

The author of Murder Gone A-Rye and Gluten for Punishment returns to Oiltop, Kansas, where gluten-free baker Toni Holmes has to separate the wheat from the chaff to clear her brother of murder… 

It’s never a good time for a crisis. Toni’s busy whipping up gluten-free holiday treats when a murder forces her to put baking on the back burner. A dead man has been found in the bathtub of a local inn—in a room registered to her brother, Tim.

With her sibling now a prime suspect in a mysterious homicide, Toni is determined to find out who set him up. But she’s about to get some unwanted assistance from former investigative journalist Grandma Ruth, who won’t let anything slow her progress in running down a killer. 

We asked Toni Holmes from the Baker's Treat gluten-free mystery series a few questions.

1.) What new thing would you try?:  Barrel racing
What would make you say no?:  Bull riding

2.) What do you get too much of?:  Family opinions
And not enough?: Sleep

3.) What fear have you conquered?: Fitting in
Not quite yet?:  Failure

4.) What are you getting better at?: Baking Gluten-free
What are you getting worse at?: Dating

5.) What would you pay good money for?:  A new mixer
What wouldn't you take even if it were free?:  An apartment in Chicago

6.) Do you have a career highlight?:  Opening my gluten free baker, Baker's Treat
And low point?:  Struggling to catch the guy who is framing my brother Tim.

7.) What are you endlessly curious about?:  How to make food gluten free
And zero interest in?: Cow tipping

8.) What do you empathize with?: Innocent people accused of a crime they didn't commit
What do you have no sympathy for?: Killers

9.) What is worth the wait?: Love
What do you have no patience for?:  People who dismiss food allergies

10.) What's always cool?:  Birthday cake - gluten free, of course
What's never cool?:  Dismissing someone for needing a special diet

I've said it once and I'll say it again - this series makes me SO happy! To start, it's set in Kansas.  KANSAS!  Being a Kansas girl, it's rare to see a book or series set in this state.  So when you find one that is, it's incredibly exciting.  And everything portrayed in the books is exactly how the towns and people of Kansas are.  And that makes me happy :)  

The characters are another reason why I love this series so much.  Toni is a fantastic sleuth with the smarts to be a detective.  I love her personality and I especially love all of the characters this series has to offer.  It's such a wonderful group of people - the kind that you'd want to spend a lot of time with!  

The mystery in this one was an edge of your seat, thrilling ride with the stakes high for Toni and her brother, Tim.  I was enthralled with the route this story took, and when the culprit of the crime is finally revealed, it is literally jaw-dropping.  

Ms. Parra has crafted a wonderful book in Flourless to Stop Him, and I'm looking forward to seeing what she's got up her sleeve for Toni and friends in the next go-round. 

Rating: 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All conclusions reached are my own.  

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