Lexy Baker’s muffin tops are truly scrumptious, but they’re landing her in trouble, and in love! She’s at the top of Detective Jack Perillo’s list, both as a murder suspect and potential girlfriend. Her passion for sexy designer stilettos isn’t helping either of them. Read on for a free excerpt from this first book in the Lexy Baker cozy mystery series by Leighann Dobbs.
“How can I help yo…?” Lexy’s words were cut off, her mouth forming a surprised O when recognition dawned on her. Standing on the other side of the case was Jack Perillo, her neighbor. Somehow, he looked different. It took her a minute to realize the difference was the official looking badge he was holding in front of her face.
“Oh…Hi.” She said, her mind whirling. Did he come just to visit her? And what was flashing the badge all about?
“Hi, Lexy.” Lexy saw a look of discomfort pass his face. He quickly added, “I’m a detective with the BRPD, and unfortunately, I need to ask you some questions.”
“Questions?” Lexy felt her face eyebrows knit together in confusion. “I don’t understand. What’s this about? Did something happen to my grandmother?”
“No, Mona is fine. It’s about your boyfriend Kevin.”
“Kevin? He’s my ex-boyfriend. I haven’t seen him in almost two years.”
“Well, I’m sorry to tell you he was found dead. Murdered.”
The impact of the news hit Lexy like a ton of bricks. Murdered? Kevin? Even though they had broken up two years ago, and he had treated her badly, she still felt a pang of sympathy for him.
“Murdered? But what does that have to do with me?”
“Well, that’s the thing,” Jack said, his face a mask of stone. “He was found face down in a box of your cupcake tops. They were poisoned”.
Lexy felt a jolt of shock, her head swam, her ankles starting to wobbled. She grabbed the side of the display case to steady herself, wishing that just for once she had the good sense to wear shoes with a lower heel.
I love a good cozy mystery and this was a convenient quick read with a sweet theme, romance, a hot cop, gorgeous shoes, cute clue-finding dog and genuinely helpful grandma. Plus the decadent recipe at the end, which I hope to someday convert to a gluten-free, sugar-free and vegan recipe on my food blog, if that’s ok with Leighann.
Author Leighann Dobbs just updated the series with new cover art and Killer Cupcakes, the first in the Lexy Baker Cozy Mystery series, is currently FREE on Amazon Kindle!
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Belinda Y. Hughes is a book reviewer, blogger and author of Blues in the Night, Confessions of a Red Hot Veggie Lover 2 and Living Proof. Her vegan jewelry designs are available on Etsy. She is currently working on the lesbian romance sequel to Blues in the Night.