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In the first of a new series, after Lindsey Bakeswell catches her celebrity chef fianc� sizzling in the arms of another woman, Lindsey leaves big city Wall Street for small town Beacon Harbor, Michigan to pursue her own passion as a pastry baker--and gets mixed up in someone's sweet taste of revenge... More interested in kneading dough than adding it up, Lindsey's breakup i In the first of a new series, after Lindsey Bakeswell catches her celebrity chef fianc� sizzling in the arms of another woman, Lindsey leaves big city Wall Street for small town Beacon Harbor, Michigan to pursue her own passion as a pastry baker--and gets mixed up in someone's sweet taste of revenge... More interested in kneading dough than adding it up, Lindsey's breakup inspired her to set up the shop she always wanted in a place that always made her happy. She'd spent many childhood summers near this beach community and converting the old run-down lighthouse into a bakery caf� and home offers a perfect fresh start for Lindsey and her devoted Newfoundland dog, Wellington. But not everyone in town has a sweet tooth. The preservation society won't have the lighthouse's history sugar coated by lattes and cakes--and a protest group crashes Lindsey's Memorial Day opening. Then her ex-fianc� Jeffrey Plank and his girlfriend Mia Wong arrive to trash the place. In the ensuing chaos Mia chokes on a donut and dies. An autopsy reveals cyanide in Mia's bloodstream and Lindsey is the police's prime suspect. To clear her name, she's going to need to combine ingredients found in the town's checkered past to uncover the identity of a desperate killer...


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In the first of a new series, after Lindsey Bakeswell catches her celebrity chef fianc� sizzling in the arms of another woman, Lindsey leaves big city Wall Street for small town Beacon Harbor, Michigan to pursue her own passion as a pastry baker--and gets mixed up in someone's sweet taste of revenge... More interested in kneading dough than adding it up, Lindsey's breakup i In the first of a new series, after Lindsey Bakeswell catches her celebrity chef fianc� sizzling in the arms of another woman, Lindsey leaves big city Wall Street for small town Beacon Harbor, Michigan to pursue her own passion as a pastry baker--and gets mixed up in someone's sweet taste of revenge... More interested in kneading dough than adding it up, Lindsey's breakup inspired her to set up the shop she always wanted in a place that always made her happy. She'd spent many childhood summers near this beach community and converting the old run-down lighthouse into a bakery caf� and home offers a perfect fresh start for Lindsey and her devoted Newfoundland dog, Wellington. But not everyone in town has a sweet tooth. The preservation society won't have the lighthouse's history sugar coated by lattes and cakes--and a protest group crashes Lindsey's Memorial Day opening. Then her ex-fianc� Jeffrey Plank and his girlfriend Mia Wong arrive to trash the place. In the ensuing chaos Mia chokes on a donut and dies. An autopsy reveals cyanide in Mia's bloodstream and Lindsey is the police's prime suspect. To clear her name, she's going to need to combine ingredients found in the town's checkered past to uncover the identity of a desperate killer...

30 review for Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chatting About

    The Beacon Bakeshop is open for business! Author Darci Hannah has assembled a fantastic group of characters in a cozy mystery filled with savvy plot twists taking place in a dreamy beach setting. When protagonist Lindsey Bakewell purchases an old, rundown lighthouse in Beacon Harbor, MI, she has no idea it comes with a pirate ghost. Many townspeople wanted it torn down, while others wanted it preserved for its historical significance. Lindsey leaps forward with her plans to open a Bakeshop and Ca The Beacon Bakeshop is open for business! Author Darci Hannah has assembled a fantastic group of characters in a cozy mystery filled with savvy plot twists taking place in a dreamy beach setting. When protagonist Lindsey Bakewell purchases an old, rundown lighthouse in Beacon Harbor, MI, she has no idea it comes with a pirate ghost. Many townspeople wanted it torn down, while others wanted it preserved for its historical significance. Lindsey leaps forward with her plans to open a Bakeshop and Cafe despite the callousness of some of the locals. The Grand Opening is a success until someone from Lindsey’s past drops dead. I loved Lindsey’s spunkiness, and her best friend, Kennedy provides a source of much humor with her energizer bunny ways! Welly, Lindsey’s Newfoundland, is a mischievous pup and the source of introduction to handsome neighbor, Rory Campbell. Sgt. Murdock is a surprising character I really enjoyed! Tough as nails...with a sweet tooth. Before the story’s end; there are three murders to contend with and not much evidence to go on. The exciting conclusion is a hot mess, and I enjoyed every second of it! Delicious recipes included. This debut story is now a favorite on my 2021 cozy list! Enjoy! I honestly reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Kensington Publishing. All opinions are my own. Thank you.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    I kept seeing this book pop on Goodreads and decided to read it and am glad that I did. The story includes some great, interesting and likable characters in a fun setting and murder mystery plot. After discovering her celebrity chef and fiancé with his pastry chef, Lindsey Bakewell left her successful Wall Street career behind her to pursue her dream of opening a bakeshop and café in an old lighthouse on the shores of a lake in Beacon Harbor, Michigan. Her grandparents had a bakery in a nearby c I kept seeing this book pop on Goodreads and decided to read it and am glad that I did. The story includes some great, interesting and likable characters in a fun setting and murder mystery plot. After discovering her celebrity chef and fiancé with his pastry chef, Lindsey Bakewell left her successful Wall Street career behind her to pursue her dream of opening a bakeshop and café in an old lighthouse on the shores of a lake in Beacon Harbor, Michigan. Her grandparents had a bakery in a nearby city years before and she has fond memories of spending time with them. On opening day after lots of work on the building, hiring a staff, and preparing lots of yummy goodies, the day is ruined when her ex and his lover as well as some protesters against her purchase of the lighthouse show up with the patrons causing problems. But the worst is when the pastry chef falls dead, due to cyanide in the latte she grabbed from the realtor who sold the property to Lindsey. Thus ensues a long investigation she, her hunky, former Special Ops neighbor Rory Campbell and her best friend Kennedy Kapoor begin along with the police. Lots of people are suspect, including Lindsey, Rory, and others. This is a fun mystery to unravel and weed through through the clues and has an interesting resolution that kept me turning the pages. I am looking forward to the next story and look for a little romance to add to the mix. I received a complimentary ARC from Kensington Books through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    Murder at The Beacon Bakeshop was an exciting adventure from the start. It had quirky characters. Suspenseful from beginning to end. A thrilling start. I would have never guessed who the murderer was. It was a surprise to me. A picturesque setting that I would love to visit again in the second book. I received this book ARC from Netgalley. This was a honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Baker

    This story is sure to make you hungry. Lindsey Bakewell leaves New York City and her cheating fiance to a quaint small town on Lake Michigan to open her own bakeshop. Little did she know she was going to be in more danger than she ever experienced in NYC. A charming setting with interesting characters and a well plotted ending make this a well rounded cozy. Thanks to Kensington and NetGalley for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    This is a great addition to the cozy mystery genre. Lindsay is a good character, she’s independent, loyal and her good attitude are excellent qualities in a protagonist. With the opening of her own bakery in a lighthouse, Lindsay has everyone in the little community talking. Some residents are excited and some are livid, and someone is out for revenge. A gruesome death casts a shadow over Lindsay’s grand opening, landing her directly at the top of the suspect list. Refusing to give up, Lindsay and This is a great addition to the cozy mystery genre. Lindsay is a good character, she’s independent, loyal and her good attitude are excellent qualities in a protagonist. With the opening of her own bakery in a lighthouse, Lindsay has everyone in the little community talking. Some residents are excited and some are livid, and someone is out for revenge. A gruesome death casts a shadow over Lindsay’s grand opening, landing her directly at the top of the suspect list. Refusing to give up, Lindsay and her friend Kennedy try to find the answers and find themselves in the killer’s path. I am looking forward to reading more in this series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    After a few disappointing reads by new to me cozy mystery authors, I was hesitant to try another. Darci Hannah has been on my TBR list with her previous series, so I thought I would take a chance. I'm happy to say that I found Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop to be a delightful debut in this new series. The reasons I was drawn to this series were the culinary aspect and because it is set in my home state. I always think it is fun to read a book set in my home state, especially when the author also After a few disappointing reads by new to me cozy mystery authors, I was hesitant to try another. Darci Hannah has been on my TBR list with her previous series, so I thought I would take a chance. I'm happy to say that I found Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop to be a delightful debut in this new series. The reasons I was drawn to this series were the culinary aspect and because it is set in my home state. I always think it is fun to read a book set in my home state, especially when the author also lives here as well. For me, it adds to the overall enjoyment. Linsdey Blackwell is a terrific main character. I like that she knows who she is and goes after her dream of opening a bakery. She is surrounded by a cast of secondary characters that complement the story nicely, including a new romance developing in future books. I loved her dog, Wellington - you can't go wrong combining a culinary cozy with a pet. There is a hint of the paranormal, in a possible ghost that haunts the lighthouse, and while this is not a paranormal cozy, I think there is potential for this storyline down the road. The mystery was well done. Lindsey is the primary suspect in the murder of her former fiance's girlfriend and has to do her own investigating to help clear her name. There are some good suspects for the reader to choose from and some cleverly laid clues, some of which I missed. The killer is revealed in a dramatic conclusion and I have to say I was surprised by the whodunit. This book was a wonderful first book in a new series. It has good characters with a lot of potential for growth and a solid mystery that kept me guessing. I was engaged right from the start and I look forward to seeing what the author has in store for her readers with future installments. I voluntarily read a digital advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher, Kensington, through Netgalley. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I am so excited to share the first book in A Beacon Bakeshop Mystery series with you! It truly was a pleasure reading Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop by Darci Hannah. I rarely laugh at cozy mysteries and when people say in their reviews that they couldn’t stop laughing, I wonder if I really am that jaded from reading so many thrillers and horror books. While I wasn’t LOLing at Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop, I was amused by some of the dialogue and scenes, which for me is basically rolling on the fl I am so excited to share the first book in A Beacon Bakeshop Mystery series with you! It truly was a pleasure reading Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop by Darci Hannah. I rarely laugh at cozy mysteries and when people say in their reviews that they couldn’t stop laughing, I wonder if I really am that jaded from reading so many thrillers and horror books. While I wasn’t LOLing at Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop, I was amused by some of the dialogue and scenes, which for me is basically rolling on the floor with laughter. Then having the location be in Michigan with a possibly haunted lighthouse on the shores that now houses a bakery with renovated living quarters, which would be a dream living spot for me, is a great choice. Add in a BFF who is an influencer for clothes and skin care, who also has a British accent and is super feisty with a heart of gold, a hunky next door neighbor that loves animals, a young cop that is very easy on the eyes, and a town of caring folks that really want your business to succeed, and you have a recipe for a great cozy. Oh, and speaking of cooking cozies, this one is spot on. The food descriptions are delectable and the recipes at the end all sound soooo good. I may not make the donuts, because I’m lazy like that, but the omelet and cookies are ones that I really would like to make. Then there’s the animals in the cozy! For most of the book it’s the big, loving Wellington, aka Welly, for short. Who is loyal and loves food, including fresh lake fish. Towards the end we also get to meet two little dogs, Brinkley and Ireland, who are adorbs. And the way Brinkley and Ireland come to be in the story is touching, and they along with two other people will add even more fun and depth to future books. And…. And! I recently put this in a review that I was hoping a cozy mystery would have the killer be this type of person, but I figured it wouldn’t be done. Well, Darci Hannah, you did it, and now you have a fangirl for life.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    What a great start to a series - I loved this book! The setting was imaginative, the characters were strong yet quirky, and the mystery kept me guessing until the end. I also enjoyed the light paranormal aspect. I received a copy from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. #MurderattheBeaconBakeshop #NetGalley

  9. 5 out of 5

    Darci Hannah

    Why did I give this book a 5 star review? Because I wrote it, and I loved writing it, and I love it even more because you amazing Goodreads reviewers are enjoying it too. Thank you for reading this first Beacon Bakeshop mystery. I promise to write more, and I promise to make them just as fun for you to read. You all deserve a 5 star review! Hugs and donuts for you all!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    This is a great addition to the cozy mystery genre. Lindsay is a good character, she’s independent, loyal and her good attitude are excellent qualities in a protagonist. With the opening of her own bakery in a lighthouse, Lindsay has everyone in the little community talking. Some residents are excited and some are livid, and someone is out for revenge. A gruesome death casts a shadow over Lindsay’s grand opening, landing her directly at the top of the suspect list. Refusing to give up, Lindsay and This is a great addition to the cozy mystery genre. Lindsay is a good character, she’s independent, loyal and her good attitude are excellent qualities in a protagonist. With the opening of her own bakery in a lighthouse, Lindsay has everyone in the little community talking. Some residents are excited and some are livid, and someone is out for revenge. A gruesome death casts a shadow over Lindsay’s grand opening, landing her directly at the top of the suspect list. Refusing to give up, Lindsay and her friend Kennedy try to find the answers and find themselves in the killer’s path. I am looking forward to reading more in this series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    MURDER AT THE BEACON BAKESHOP is the first book in the brand new Beacon Bakeshop Mystery series by Darci Hannah. First off, I adore the location… who can resist a small-town Michigan lighthouse turned bakery and home? However, protagonist Lindsey Bakewell, newly arrived from New York, finds the lighthouse she purchased (sight unseen!) doesn’t even come close to living up to the description provided by the town’s real estate agent. The author’s humor, given the situation, captured my attention an MURDER AT THE BEACON BAKESHOP is the first book in the brand new Beacon Bakeshop Mystery series by Darci Hannah. First off, I adore the location… who can resist a small-town Michigan lighthouse turned bakery and home? However, protagonist Lindsey Bakewell, newly arrived from New York, finds the lighthouse she purchased (sight unseen!) doesn’t even come close to living up to the description provided by the town’s real estate agent. The author’s humor, given the situation, captured my attention and had me eagerly turning pages to find out how Lindsey recovers from her setback. I enjoyed how the reader gets to follow Lindsey from her first arrival into town and through the setup of the bakery. I felt like I got to know her better rather than read bits and pieces of backstory before she had a successful bakery. Another unique thing with this series is that Lindsey is quite wealthy instead of a struggling business owner. This gives her a lot of leeway when it comes to dealing with the setbacks. I found the characters well-developed and love the small core group that surrounds Lindsey, including her Newfoundland, Wellington. I especially hope to see more of her quirky social-influencer best friend, Kennedy, who brings lighthearted humor to the story. When someone murders Lindsey’s ex-fiancé’s girlfriend in the bakery, during the grand opening, Lindsey realizes she has to search out the truth or lose her business and most likely her freedom. There were plenty of suspects to keep me guessing and some twists that got me off track. And in amongst the murder and mayhem, Lindsey finds she just might be living and working in a haunted lighthouse. With a surprising reveal, the threads of the story were wrapped up into a cohesive conclusion and makes me wish the next book was releasing already! Lindsey’s bakery offers many delectable dishes and treats, and the author has thoughtfully included several recipes, both sweet and savory, at the back of the book. I was provided with an advance copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Feinen

    I want to visit Beacon Harbor! A vintage lighthouse renovated, a bakeshop and a ghost? Count me in! Lindsey leaves behind a lucrative financial job after finding her chef fiancé and his pastry chef naked on his desk. She buys a lighthouse in desperate need of a renovation with the dream of opening her own bakeshop - using the internet. Opening day - her bestie, Kennedy, a trendsetter with thousands of followers, has inspired not only New Yorkers to attend the grand opening, but also Jeffery with I want to visit Beacon Harbor! A vintage lighthouse renovated, a bakeshop and a ghost? Count me in! Lindsey leaves behind a lucrative financial job after finding her chef fiancé and his pastry chef naked on his desk. She buys a lighthouse in desperate need of a renovation with the dream of opening her own bakeshop - using the internet. Opening day - her bestie, Kennedy, a trendsetter with thousands of followers, has inspired not only New Yorkers to attend the grand opening, but also Jeffery with his tart, Mia. Protesters and Mia's squad wreck havoc - until Mia is found dead on the grass. I did not guess the killer - complete surprise. Loved the friendship, town, budding romance and of course the dog.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rima Aiello

    A strong start to what promises to be a deliciously written series. Full of charming characters, a solid mystery, and a setting one can only dream about being in, this is a book the reader will not be able to put down. I cannot wait to see what else the author has in store!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Caryn - iam.caryn

    Bring your appetite and your thinking cap when you dive into this story. I pretty much wasn’t able to put this book down when I was reading it... only when the food descriptions were so heavenly that I had to stop and make myself a snack (this may have happened more times than I care to admit). The plot and mystery were perfect for the cozy mystery genre. Likeable narrator, quaint town, suspicious about everyone else, precious pooches, a possible haunting ... wait what?! Yes! A possible haunting! Bring your appetite and your thinking cap when you dive into this story. I pretty much wasn’t able to put this book down when I was reading it... only when the food descriptions were so heavenly that I had to stop and make myself a snack (this may have happened more times than I care to admit). The plot and mystery were perfect for the cozy mystery genre. Likeable narrator, quaint town, suspicious about everyone else, precious pooches, a possible haunting ... wait what?! Yes! A possible haunting! That’s what made this story even more fun for me. I’m going to be eagerly awaiting the next book in the series because I honestly wasn’t ready to leave Beacon when I reached the end. Side note: many of the delicious foods mentioned within the story are given as recipes at the end of the book. *Disclaimer* I received an eARC from Kensington Books on NetGalley. An honest review was provided.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    Murder At The Beacon Bakeshop Beacon Bakeshop, Book 1 Darci Hannah 5 Stars Synopsis: In the first of a new series, after Lindsey Bakeswell catches her celebrity chef fiance sizzling in the arms of another woman, Lindsey leaves big city Wall Street for small town Beacon Harbor, Michigan to pursue her own passion as a pastry baker--and gets mixed up in someone's sweet taste of revenge... More interested in kneading dough than adding it up, Lindsey's breakup inspired her to set up the shop she always wa Murder At The Beacon Bakeshop Beacon Bakeshop, Book 1 Darci Hannah 5 Stars Synopsis: In the first of a new series, after Lindsey Bakeswell catches her celebrity chef fiance sizzling in the arms of another woman, Lindsey leaves big city Wall Street for small town Beacon Harbor, Michigan to pursue her own passion as a pastry baker--and gets mixed up in someone's sweet taste of revenge... More interested in kneading dough than adding it up, Lindsey's breakup inspired her to set up the shop she always wanted in a place that always made her happy. She'd spent many childhood summers near this beach community and converting the old run-down lighthouse into a bakery cafe and home offers a perfect fresh start for Lindsey and her devoted Newfoundland dog, Wellington. But not everyone in town has a sweet tooth. The preservation society won't have the lighthouse's history sugar coated by lattes and cakes--and a protest group crashes Lindsey's Memorial Day opening. Then her ex-fiance Jeffrey Plank and his girlfriend Mia Wong arrive to trash the place. In the ensuing chaos Mia chokes on a donut and dies. An autopsy reveals cyanide in Mia's bloodstream and Lindsey is the police's prime suspect. To clear her name, she's going to need to combine ingredients found in the town's checkered past to uncover the identity of a desperate killer… (Amazon) Review: The characters are well developed and well rounded. Lindsey is a smart hardworking woman who has left Wall Street behind and is going to make a go of her lighthouse bakery. Her friend Kennedy is very willing to help her, since she is a social media influencer. Rory, a neighbor, is also willing to help. And Wellington, Lindsey’s dog, was quite cute. When a dead body turns up, they not only have to make a go of the bakeshop, they have to find out who the murderer is before Lindsey gets charges with a murder she did not commit. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning. There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sort through with a few red herrings thrown in to complicate things. I had no idea who the culprit was until it was revealed at the end. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I cannot wait to see what the next adventure is for Lindsey and her friends. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

  16. 5 out of 5

    karen wescott

    Thank you for another Goodreads Giveaway! Really liked this book. More depth than a typical cozy mystery due to multiple storylines. Reminiscent of the Ghost and Mrs. Muir. Felt a bit cheated on the bad guys - not sure of the fit. Would make for good TV as well.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bobbie Kirkland

    Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of MURDER AT THE BEACON BAKESHOP (Book 1 of the Beacon Bakeshop Mysteries) by Darci Hannah in exchange for an honest review. Lindsey Bakewell is a successful and therefore, wealthy, New York financier. On her birthday, she finds her celebrity chef fiancé in flagrante delicto with his pastry chef on a cooking surface in his restaurant. Yuck! A good bit of wine and some computer surfing later, Lindsey finds herself the owner of a lighthouse in Beacon Harbo Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of MURDER AT THE BEACON BAKESHOP (Book 1 of the Beacon Bakeshop Mysteries) by Darci Hannah in exchange for an honest review. Lindsey Bakewell is a successful and therefore, wealthy, New York financier. On her birthday, she finds her celebrity chef fiancé in flagrante delicto with his pastry chef on a cooking surface in his restaurant. Yuck! A good bit of wine and some computer surfing later, Lindsey finds herself the owner of a lighthouse in Beacon Harbor, Michigan with plans to convert the property into a bakery. When she arrives in Beacon Harbor, things aren’t quite as advertised. First, she’s met by guy in a truck instead of by a chauffeur with a limousine. Second, the property barely resembles the lovely photographs shown on the realtor’s website. Third, the lighthouse is haunted! However, life must go on, so Lindsey and her Newfoundland make do and settle in while massive renovations bring the property into alignment with Lindsey’s vision. On opening day, Lindsey’s ex-fiancé and his girlfriend make a surprise appearance to trash the bakery and to ruin Lindsey’s business. When one of them dies after ingesting Lindsey’s offerings, Lindsey finds herself a prime suspect in the death and her bakery closed for the foreseeable future. Lindsey, her visiting best friend, and her new acquaintances decide to investigate so they can clear Lindsey of suspicion and reopen the bakery. I liked this book and thought it was a great start to a new series. I recommend this book to fans of cozy mysteries featuring murder, lakeside towns, bakeries, small town secrets, and giant dogs. #MurderattheBeaconBakeshop #NetGalley

  18. 5 out of 5

    Noreen Trotsky

    What a great start to a new series. A cheating fiancé, a sweet drooling dog, a BFF with a cool British accent, a hunky neighbor and a new dream career as a bakery owner in a gorgeous setting. What more can one ask for? Well, if you are Lindsey Bakewell you can ask for a smooth opening day for her new bakery set within a lighthouse. That, unfortunately, is not going to happen for her as a certain someone dies right on her lawn after taking a bite of one Lindsey's donuts along with a sip of her cof What a great start to a new series. A cheating fiancé, a sweet drooling dog, a BFF with a cool British accent, a hunky neighbor and a new dream career as a bakery owner in a gorgeous setting. What more can one ask for? Well, if you are Lindsey Bakewell you can ask for a smooth opening day for her new bakery set within a lighthouse. That, unfortunately, is not going to happen for her as a certain someone dies right on her lawn after taking a bite of one Lindsey's donuts along with a sip of her coffee. From there, enter Officer Cutie and hard-bitten, but soft-hearted, Detctive Murdock who close down Lindsey's newly opened bakery until a murderer is found. I couldn't put this book down. It is well-written, fast-paced, and keeps you guessing until the very end. The characters are fun and interesting. I can't wait until the next book in this charming series. Highly recommended for mystery and cozy readers. Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for the digital ARC. All opinions are my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lacey Harrington

    This was a great start to a fun series! Lindsey and her Newfoundland Wellington are a fun pair. She leaves New York, high profile job, and cheating fiancé. On a whim and after drinking to much she bought a old light house with plans to open a bakery. Beacon Harbor was like coming to a different world from New York. Things are moving along until opening day when her past shows up to ruin her opening day. Two murders, fun characters, beautiful setting and a great ending! #MurderattheBeaconBakeshop This was a great start to a fun series! Lindsey and her Newfoundland Wellington are a fun pair. She leaves New York, high profile job, and cheating fiancé. On a whim and after drinking to much she bought a old light house with plans to open a bakery. Beacon Harbor was like coming to a different world from New York. Things are moving along until opening day when her past shows up to ruin her opening day. Two murders, fun characters, beautiful setting and a great ending! #MurderattheBeaconBakeshop #NetGalley

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop is the first in Darci Hannah's new Beacon Bakeshop Mystery series following Lindsey Bakeswell and her devoted Newfoundland dog, Wellington. In this book, I was pleased to meet Lindsey who has always dreamed of owning her own bakery. After finding her fiancé in a compromising situation, covered in icing sugar along with his tarty pastry chef, Mia, she heads off to small-town Beacon Harbor, Michigan and sets up a bakery cafe in a former lighthouse, leaving New York Cit Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop is the first in Darci Hannah's new Beacon Bakeshop Mystery series following Lindsey Bakeswell and her devoted Newfoundland dog, Wellington. In this book, I was pleased to meet Lindsey who has always dreamed of owning her own bakery. After finding her fiancé in a compromising situation, covered in icing sugar along with his tarty pastry chef, Mia, she heads off to small-town Beacon Harbor, Michigan and sets up a bakery cafe in a former lighthouse, leaving New York City behind. There is a problem, though; the Beacon Point Lighthouse Preservation Society aren't keen on Lindsey's lattes, donuts and pastries. They wanted the lighthouse preserved for its historical importance, whilst others believed the local lore about ghosts and hauntings and would have liked it demolished. In spite of the obduracy of some of the locals, the opening event of 'The Beacon Bakeshop & Café' is a success, until her ex-fiancé shows up with Mia in tow and Rory Campbell, Lindsey's new neighbour discovers that one of the customers isn't breathing; it's Mia. It is wonderful to start a cozy mystery series from the very beginning and I jumped into Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop with feverish excitement! This super new series has a fabulous, engaging main character. Darci Hannah's new sleuth, Lindsey, is smart, caring and determined. With a compelling plot, drama aplenty, a great bunch of characters, and oodles of mayhem added to the mix, this was a fantastic read that kept me on my toes. Darci Hannah's writing style was a good fit for me. Trying to unravel the mystery in the pockets of Lindsey, with the aid of her BFF, Kennedy Kapoor and her handsome neighbour, Rory was lots of fun and I welcomed the comfortable pace as well as the surprising, neatly packaged ending. I thoroughly enjoyed Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop and I'm game to see what adventures befall Lindsey and the Beacon Harbor crowd, next. The book includes recipes that pastry and donut lovers will salivate over, and I'm keen to try out the Carrot-Raisin Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting. Very highly recommended. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Kensington Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Missi Martin (Stockwell)

    Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop by Darci Hannah is the first book in her new Beacon Bakeshop Mystery series and it will capture readers attention hook, line and sinker !! Main character Lindsey Bakewell moves from New York City to the small lakeside town of Beacon Harbor, Michigan to get as far away from her cheating ex-fiance and his tart of a girlfriend as she possibly can. She bought an abandoned, rundown lighthouse sight unseen except for pictures on the internet and works at turning it into a Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop by Darci Hannah is the first book in her new Beacon Bakeshop Mystery series and it will capture readers attention hook, line and sinker !! Main character Lindsey Bakewell moves from New York City to the small lakeside town of Beacon Harbor, Michigan to get as far away from her cheating ex-fiance and his tart of a girlfriend as she possibly can. She bought an abandoned, rundown lighthouse sight unseen except for pictures on the internet and works at turning it into a bakery and living quarters. Everything is ready to go and it is opening day and it seems that the whole town has turned up to support Lindsey and her new business, even some out of town unwelcome guests show up. Lindsey's ex-fiance, Jeffrey and his tart, Mia, are in town for the grand opening and all eyes are on Mia as she storms in and makes a huge scene stealing peoples donuts and grabbing the latte out of Betty, the realtor's, hand. Before anyone can control the chaos, Mia collapses on the front lawn. Later when it is discovered that Mia died from poisoning, everyone looks at Lindsey as the murderer. Lindsey along with her baking assistant, Dylan, her best friend from the city, Kennedy, and her sexy neighbor, Rory, start their own investigation into Mia's death. Unfortunately when there is another murder Lindsey is arrested and taken in...... For a small town Beacon Harbor is loaded with secrets and Lindsey will have a hard time figuring out who she can trust and who she can't. Readers will be shocked when the culprit is revealed and the story behind it all. Readers will also enjoy reading and getting to know Lindsey and her new hometown and the people in it. Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop is an excellent first book in a very strong series and I am confident that I will be returning to this little slice of heaven whenever there is a new book hot off the presses !!!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cozy Cat Reviews

    This is a fun charming cozy debut. Murder At The Beacon Bakeshop is the first book in the mystery series " Beacon Bakeshop Series". The series is set in picturesque town on the coast of Maine, Beacon Harbor. I love the description of the small coastal town and the culture of Maine. Our protagnist is Lindsey Bakeswell ( love the name !) who is home from wall street to pursue a career baking which is her joy. She has converted a charming old lighthouse into her bakery cafe and her home. The descri This is a fun charming cozy debut. Murder At The Beacon Bakeshop is the first book in the mystery series " Beacon Bakeshop Series". The series is set in picturesque town on the coast of Maine, Beacon Harbor. I love the description of the small coastal town and the culture of Maine. Our protagnist is Lindsey Bakeswell ( love the name !) who is home from wall street to pursue a career baking which is her joy. She has converted a charming old lighthouse into her bakery cafe and her home. The description of the lighthouse and bakery is somewhere we all wish we could visit. Who would not want to live in a lighthouse and run their own bakery ! She has a beautiful Newfoundland dog Wellington that is her cherished companion and adorable. This is a unique very large breed that are gentle giants and the author writes Wellington perfectly . Lindsey is up against preservationist who do not want the lighthouse used for a bakery. Protest ensue and Lindsey is finding it difficult to navigate the troubled waters of the protest. When her nefarious ex arrives with his new girlfriend she promptly chokes on a baked good of Lindsey's and dies. Now Lindsey is really in hot water with the local police as prime suspect in her murder. Between the protest and launching her business as well as being a suspect in murder will Lindsey be able to save herself and her bakery? I loved this first in series. The author has created smart fun charcters and a beautiful setting for her series. I predict this will be a long running cozy series. Lindsey is smart, savvy and a fun protagnist. Very well done to the author . I look forward to the next in series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lori Leaf

    In short: On the day of her Bakeshop grand opening, Lindsey’s ex fiancé’s girlfriend shows up to sabotage it but then chokes on a donut and dies. Synopsis from publisher: In the first of a new series, after Lindsey Bakeswell catches her celebrity chef fiancé sizzling in the arms of another woman, Lindsey leaves big city Wall Street for small town Beacon Harbor, Michigan to pursue her own passion as a pastry baker--and gets mixed up in someone's sweet taste of revenge. My thoughts: I really enjoye In short: On the day of her Bakeshop grand opening, Lindsey’s ex fiancé’s girlfriend shows up to sabotage it but then chokes on a donut and dies. Synopsis from publisher: In the first of a new series, after Lindsey Bakeswell catches her celebrity chef fiancé sizzling in the arms of another woman, Lindsey leaves big city Wall Street for small town Beacon Harbor, Michigan to pursue her own passion as a pastry baker--and gets mixed up in someone's sweet taste of revenge. My thoughts: I really enjoyed this cozy mystery and can’t wait for the next one in the series! What I liked: 💕Great mystery that kept me guessing. With 3 murders total and not a lot of evidence the ending was a surprise but fitting. 💕Lindsey’s dog Welly 💕The setting 💕The romance and budding relationship with neighbor Rory

  24. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    Murder At The Beacon Bakeshop is the first book in the A Beacon Bakeshop Mystery series by Darci Hannah. Lindsey Bakewell, I love her last name, having caught her fiancee, Jeffery Pank, a renowned chef, in a compromising position with his pastry chef, Mia Long, has decided to leave her high-paying job in the financial district of New York City. Googling real estate properties, Lindsey found a lighthouse and keeper’s house for sale and bought it sight unseen. When she arrives in Beacon Harbor and Murder At The Beacon Bakeshop is the first book in the A Beacon Bakeshop Mystery series by Darci Hannah. Lindsey Bakewell, I love her last name, having caught her fiancee, Jeffery Pank, a renowned chef, in a compromising position with his pastry chef, Mia Long, has decided to leave her high-paying job in the financial district of New York City. Googling real estate properties, Lindsey found a lighthouse and keeper’s house for sale and bought it sight unseen. When she arrives in Beacon Harbor and sees her lighthouse, she wonders if the purchase was a mistake, as the condition is not attractive as the pictures on the internet. Lindsey soon decides it will make an excellent bakery. As she is getting the renovation underway, she meets her neighbor, Rory, when her Newfoundland dog, Wellington, enters Rory’s yard and eats the fish he had caught that morning. Rory is happy with Lindsey’s repurposing of the lighthouse and enjoys Lindsey’s company. Renovations are completed, a staff in place, and Lindsey is ready to open her bakery. The day before the grand opening learns that her barista has sustained an injury, and Lindsey recruits Rory to fill in. Shortly after the doors open, the bakery is packed with customers. Lindsey is thrilled until she looks up and sees her ex and his girlfriend, along with an entourage of Mia’s friends. Mia begins to make a scene in the bakery and takes a coffee cup out of another customer’s hand. Mia takes a dring and exclaims how terrible it is, and collapses. Rory immediately begins to perform CPR on her. Shortly after arriving at the hospital, Mia is pronounced dead. An autopsy will show that Mia died from poisoning. Lindsey will become a person of interest due to her history with Mia and Rory. As will Rory, as he was the one preparing the coffees. Kennedy, Lindsey’s best friend from NYC, has joined Lindsey for the grand opening to help Lindsey and Rory clear their names. The book is an excellent beginning to this fascinating new series. The book is well-written and plotted. The book has an enjoyable cast of believable characters. I particularly enjoyed the antics of Wellington. There plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Monica Zapata

    Very Entertaining!! It keeps you wanting to know more; a masterful mixture of mystery and funny anecdotes. Rich and flawless descriptions that take your mind away of everything.

  26. 4 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    DO NOT purchase this book! A key piece of the story is missing and replaced by a chunk of another author's story! After catching her fiancé, celebrity chef Jeffery Plank with that tart of a pastry chef Mia Long, Lindsey Bakewell got a leeetttllle tipsy and bought a lighthouse in Michigan on the internet. Arriving in Michigan to find a run-down lighthouse next to the keeper's cottage she had arranged to have renovated, Lindsey almost turns and runs back to her high-powered Wall Street job. Baking DO NOT purchase this book! A key piece of the story is missing and replaced by a chunk of another author's story! After catching her fiancé, celebrity chef Jeffery Plank with that tart of a pastry chef Mia Long, Lindsey Bakewell got a leeetttllle tipsy and bought a lighthouse in Michigan on the internet. Arriving in Michigan to find a run-down lighthouse next to the keeper's cottage she had arranged to have renovated, Lindsey almost turns and runs back to her high-powered Wall Street job. Baking is her true passion though and she's not about to back down now. Plus, her Newfoundland dog Wellington, loves romping on the beach, and apparently stealing fish from the neighbor's cottage, bringing Lindsey into contact with Rory Campbell, a smoking hot ex-Navy SEAL. Six months later, Lindsey has hired baker Dylan and two high school girls to run the shop. Lindsey's social media influencer BFF Kennedy Kapoor arrives from New York to make the Beacon Bakeshop the next big thing. Things are going well until opening day when the barista lands in the hospital with a broken arm. Then Jeffery and his evil girlfriend Mia and a bus of their followers show up from New York and start causing trouble. In the midst of the chaos, Lindsey's enemy, Fiona Dickel arrives with a group of protesters angry at what Lindsey has done to "their" light. When Mia starts fake choking and causing a scene, Rory escorts her out the door and onto the lawn where he realizes Mia can't breathe. As he performs CPR, Lindsey calls 911 and assumes all will be well and Mia will be back tomorrow to trash her. Unfortunately, Mia is pronounced dead on arrival and the medical examiner discovers cyanide poisoning. The Sergeant wants to look into the young woman's death and sets her sights squarely on Lindsey! When Lindsey meets the ghost of a long-dead Captain who ran the lighthouse in the mid-19th-century, he asks her to avenge Mia's death AND solve his own murder. Lindsey wants to save her shop and is determined to find out who killed Mia. The ghost suspects Jeffery and Lindsey wants it to be him or one of Mia's entourage so the problem will go away. Her relationship with Rory heats up but he's keeping secrets. What if HE was the killer? Can Lindsey save her bakery and her budding relationship? I REALLY wanted to like this book because of the bakery theme and the sweet dog on the cover. Sadly, I found this book is just not for me or anyone else who enjoys good writing and likable characters. There's a lot of repetition going on. She describes someone by name once and then the next time they're introduced, she repeats that information. She spends A LOT of time describing how to make laminated pastry (yes we know, butter, envelope fold) and pie crust (yes we know how to make pie crust or that's what cookbooks and cooking shows are for). The important stuff is rushed. Suddenly it's 6 months later and she's opening her bakery? A key piece of the story is missing. I guessed what happened in the beginning of the missing section but something else happened I didn't suspect and would like to have read about it. There's a bizarre encounter with a ghost I don't like and more romance content than I prefer. Save something for the next book. I was surprised by whodunit and why. I never guessed it at all and I gasped and yelled when I saw who it was. I did not like most of the characters. I loved Wellie but felt sorry for him to be stuck with Lindsey who is a brainless idiot. Who buys a cute, fluffy puppy without checking to see how big he'll get? Oh excuse me-she's fabulously wealthy and lives in a penthouse apartment so it's OK to shut up a huge dog in there because she's fabulously wealthy and has people to train him and walk him. Did I mention she's fabulously wealthy? It takes money to make money, Lindsey, not so much time. I wonder whether the author knows anyone from New York because Lindsey seemed so outrageously unrealistic. Did I mention she lived in a penthouse? She's 38, made a killing on Wall Street following in her father's footsteps, still looks young and beautiful thanks to her former model mother but really immature. When she catches her fiancé cheating on her she keys his car! How old are you?! Then she bakes dozens of cupcakes and proceeds to throw a half dozen at his picture on the wall. 38 is way too old for that kind of childish behavior. Even 28 is too old! I would expect all that from a teenager. She acknowledges she's a bit old to be ogling a hunk 28-year-old police officer but never admits to her childish behavior. Did I mention her mother was a MODEL and Lindsey inherited her mother's good looks? She acts kind of snooty at first wearing her Chanel suit out to dinner at the local hotspot- a rustic tavern sort of place decorated with antlers! She does adapt to the dress code a bit more. Lindsey is very judgmental and tosses off offensive comments like "distinctive Asian accent" and spirit animal. She tosses around the word "tart" a lot not to refer to a baked good but to Mia Long! I don't appreciate the slut shaming especially as Lindsey believes women should stick together. Lindsey is a great baker, I'll give her that but a few cherries short of a pie if she doesn't figure out what must have happened right away. I knew exactly what happened and I was waiting for the police to ask her questions about her CHERRY doughnuts! The police investigated her shop and home but somehow missed the fact she was baking with cherries? Apparently the police don't even catch that. She's also too dumb to know when her dog barks at 3 am there's something going on but even I didn't figure out what. Also, she talks to a ghost on her computer. Um NO! Never do that! Don't use a Ouija Board either. You may invite in an evil demon. Yes those ghost hunting shows are cheesy but I know a demonologist I'd call just in case... I hated Lindsey's bff Kennedy. Kennedy is supposedly the daughter of a Baroness, implausible as there aren't that many and if the title passes through the female line, is she the next Baroness? She's really, really awful! With friends like her, who needs enemies? Kennedy is more snooty and judgmental than Lindsey. She's totally bat guano crazy and if my bff ever pulled any of the stunts she does, our friendship would be so over and she'd be back in NYC with only her phone for company. She's loyal, I'll give her that, but she shows her loyalty in strange ways. I don't get the point of social media influencers or why people blindly follow lame idiots who don't have anything better to do than stare at their phones? Who is she that she has the power to make or break someone's career? I wouldn't want her as an enemy. I like Dilly much better. Dylan, a local woman, has had a troubled past but like Lindsey, she wants to put it behind her and just bake! She's a dream employee and a good friend. Plus she's tough and not afraid to show her strength. I'd rather have her at my back than Kennedy. Betty VanHoosten, the relator, is also a friend. She's kind and grandmotherly but I don't 100% trust her. Rory is Lindsey's love interest. He's really into her and she's attracted to him. They are dying to be intimate but things keep popping up. I think they need to know each other better. He disappears for period of time, is writing a book but no one seems to know what about or has seen him writing. He doesn't like Kennedy (I don't blame him) and has a temper. Angry kisses are not hot. Her other option is Officer Tuck McAllister. He seems to find her attractive and he's very kind. He's also 10 years younger and Lindsey feels a little creeped out by her interest in him. I think she needs to forget men for awhile. Jeffery is a wanker, as Kennedy says. He's selfish, egotistical and a moron. I think he's brainless and spineless. Mia was truly awful. She got what she wanted first by hard work and then she wasn't content with that so she had to lie, cheat and barge her way to what she wanted. Her behavior at the bake shop was TOTALLY rude and uncalled for. It was immature and I'd have called the cops and had her arrested for disturbing the peace and vandalism! Yet, there are people who loved her and claim to be grieving for her. Is someone lying because someone murdered Mia and it has to be someone close to her. Fiona Dickel is a grumpy, unhappy woman who likes to cause trouble. As an environmentalist and preservationist myself, I would never dream of doing the things she does. I would be happy to have the lighthouse repurposed instead of being torn down and Fiona should be too. If I were her, I'd go after the hunters and leave the baker alone. If anyone should be upset, it's Ginger, who owns the ice cream shop. Lindsey even said she's planning to serve an occasional scoop of ice cream for pie a la mode. Another weirdo townsperson is Mike, the Uber driver. He's kind of rude and mocking of Lindsey at first and does nothing to help make her feel welcome. Wendy, Lindsey's new employee, has a medical condition that causes her to faint when she experiences emotional distress. I think she needs a new job. She's too sweet and sensitive to work for Lindsey. Sergeant Stacy Murdock is one police officer who I think is actually good at her job. It's hard to tell, with a crucial chunk of the book missing but Lindsey does solve the case for her and she had no idea what was going on under everyone's noses, so maybe not so good at her job. Paige, Betty's assistant, is a perky millennial. Apparently millennials are angry at "the man" so she could be a suspect in wanting to sabotage Lindsey's bakery purely because Lindsey is a wealthy Wall Street outsider but Paige wasn't anywhere near the bakery at the time Mia died. Or was she? It was so crowded it would be impossible to know. Chad, at the hotel, is sleazy and creepy. I wonder if he's involved somehow because he met Mia and fell under her spell, she rejected him and he wanted revenge? We finally meet Lindsey's parents at the end of the book. At first her mom seems shallow and self-absorbed but she really does love her daughter. Lindsey's dad is a lot softer and they share a love of baking. He ends up being sweet and kind. Their Westies, Brinkley and Ireland, are happy to romp with Wellie but want to sit in Lindsey's lap? I've never met a Westie lap dog. It's not in their DNA. They'd climb in her lap to get the food though. This book was not for me, even without the missing chunk, I already had a page full of critical notes. I won't be reading anything else by this author. Content: technically this is a clean romance with only kisses but some kisses are passionate and Lindsey and Rory really want to be alone and intimate. In the end she brings up sexting. some gunshots

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

    There were many things I loved in this first in a new series. Overall, the mystery itself is fabulously plotted and executed. The characters, who are well defined, are very likable, and love the setting. There were also a couple aspects a little edgier than I usually prefer. On Lindsey’s thirty-fifth birthday, she went to her fiancé Jeffery’s trendy Manhattan restaurant and found him with his pastry chef, Mia. She broke their engagement, gave up her lucrative investment banking career, and moved There were many things I loved in this first in a new series. Overall, the mystery itself is fabulously plotted and executed. The characters, who are well defined, are very likable, and love the setting. There were also a couple aspects a little edgier than I usually prefer. On Lindsey’s thirty-fifth birthday, she went to her fiancé Jeffery’s trendy Manhattan restaurant and found him with his pastry chef, Mia. She broke their engagement, gave up her lucrative investment banking career, and moved to Beacon Harbor, Michigan. She found, and bought, an old, partially renovated lighthouse in which to open a bakeshop café. It is a short drive from Traverse City, the cherry capital of the world, and has wonderful childhood memories of her grandparents. Lindsey arrived with her huge, loveable, furry Newfoundland, Wellington. They live in part of it, with the café in another part. Lindsey continues to make new friends, hired capable staff, and met Rory, the handsome retired SEAL. She also met Fiona, who with her gang of seven, is set on driving Lindsey out of the lighthouse. They want the lighthouse turned into the historic landmark it once was. Lindsey also learns that the lighthouse may be haunted by the first lighthouse keeper murdered in the 1800’s. Opening day arrives, with Lindsey’s best friend Kennedy in town to help market the grand evebt. The bakeshop is full, and they can’t pull lattes and fill the bakery case fast enough for the amazing crowd of locals and tourists. Fiona and her friends begin to protest outside, then a hotel bus arrives with guests from the Big Apple. Jeffrey, Lindsey’s ex-boyfriend, is in the group, as is Mia, the pastry chef who she caught with him. Mia grabs pastries from customers’ plates and throws them against the cases, tastes some and complains. Fiona and her crew of protestors come in and do the same. Amidst the melee, Mia grabbed someone’s latte; she and Fiona make a bigger mess. After Rory escorts Mia outside, she collapses…and dies. The cause is found to be cyanide in the latte she sipped from. The latte wasn’t prepared for her, however, it was for Betty, the local Realtor and everyone’s friend. Rory is the first suspect until a second person dies by cyanide, and Lindsey moves to the top of the list. With her dream shop shut down and possible arrest pending, Lindsey is determined to find out who was set to do people in and frame Lindsey before she has to serve coffee in prison orange. Betty doesn’t have any enemies in town with the possible exception of the second person who died after drinking a soda intended for Betty. This fabulously fun and intriguing mystery is very well executed! There is nothing easy about this mystery, and I certainly couldn’t figure it out. The mystery and the setting are amazing! While I couldn’t bake to save my life, living in a lighthouse in my home state would be a dream come true! The characters are defined well through actions and realistic conversations. Whodunit was a total surprise, and everything was resolved. It is a little edgier than I prefer regarding some language and sexual discussions and innuendo. Other than that, I highly recommend this to cozy mystery lovers who appreciate historic settings, baking and recipes, and lovable dogs. From a thankful heart: I received a copy of this novel from Goodreads First and Amazon, and this is my honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    Former Wall Street banker Lindsey Bakewell decides to move from New York to Beacon Harbor, Michigan after catching her fiancé and his pastry chef, Mia Long in the act in his office. Her ex-fiancé Jeffery Plank is a celebrity chef 👨🏻‍🍳 Lindsey has always had a passion for baking but she put that aside to pursue her career in investment banking. She bought an old lighthouse, sight unseen on the shores of Lake Michigan. Locals call it the Old Beacon Point Lighthouse. She’s only baked for pastries a Former Wall Street banker Lindsey Bakewell decides to move from New York to Beacon Harbor, Michigan after catching her fiancé and his pastry chef, Mia Long in the act in his office. Her ex-fiancé Jeffery Plank is a celebrity chef 👨🏻‍🍳 Lindsey has always had a passion for baking but she put that aside to pursue her career in investment banking. She bought an old lighthouse, sight unseen on the shores of Lake Michigan. Locals call it the Old Beacon Point Lighthouse. She’s only baked for pastries and cakes for friends who nudged her to start a new venture. So she decides to open a Bakeshop café situated below her bedroom in the lighthouse. Lindsey makes the acquaintance with her neighbor Rory Campbell after her dog, Wellington snuck into his cottage and ate his fish. Lindsey plans on launching her shop on Memorial Day weekend and her friend, Kennedy Kapoor, a social media influencer would be there to help promote her bakery shop. While getting things ready to open her bakery a woman named Fiona Dickel and her friends storm in and accuse Lindsey of debasing her lighthouse with her pastries. Then she threatens to sabotage Lindsey’s business. On the day of the bakery’s grand opening, however, Fiona shows up at Lindsey’s bakery with seven protesters behind her and forcefully orders an entire tray of donuts 🍩 for her friends and a latte. Even weirder, her ex Jeffery and Mia Long, the pastry chef with whom Jeffery was having an affair both show up at the opening, trying to sabotage Lindsey’s business by making a show of sampling Lindsey’s donut and a latte and making disparaging remarks. Soon after, Mia Long collapses and is rushed to the hospital. They soon discover she overdosed on diet pills. Later that day, however, Lindsey learns from the police that Mia’s dead, supposedly from cyanide poisoning after sampling one of Lindsey’s donuts 🍩 and Lindsey becomes the prime suspect. Shortly after that, Fiona is found dead in her home allegedly from poisoning. Earlier she threatened to file a lawsuit against Betty Vanhoosen, the real estate agent who sold the lighthouse to Lindsey. Right before Fiona stormed out of Betty’s office she grabbed Betty’s lunch off her desk. Betty claims Lindsey sent her the lunch, making Lindsey a suspect a second time in a row. As Lindsey tries to clear her name and uncover the identity of the real killer, she begins to suspect that dear Betty may not be who she appears to be... or is she? A very good read. I was surprised by the identity of the killer and their motive. A great start to a new series. Definitely recommend. Included are delectable recipes from the Beacon Bakeshop such as Delicious Raised Donuts 🍩, Easy Cake Donuts, Donut Glazes, Chicken Marsala🍗, Garlic Mashed Potatoes🥔, Bacon, and Spinach Quiche 🥧 , and so on. Thank you to Darci Hannah, NetGalley, and Kensington Books for the ARC of this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    theliterateleprechaun

    The first in a new series, Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop, by Darci Hannah, is a breath of fresh air for cozy mystery lovers. Hannah’s success can be attributed to the perfect recipe; delectable humour, unique plot and fantastic characters. Leaving her ex-fiance and his midtown New York restaurant in her rearview mirror, Lindsey Bakewell heads off for Beacon Harbour on the shores of Lake Michigan to begin a new life. Shocked to hear that her celebrity chef fiancé, Jeffrey Plank, was having an ong The first in a new series, Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop, by Darci Hannah, is a breath of fresh air for cozy mystery lovers. Hannah’s success can be attributed to the perfect recipe; delectable humour, unique plot and fantastic characters. Leaving her ex-fiance and his midtown New York restaurant in her rearview mirror, Lindsey Bakewell heads off for Beacon Harbour on the shores of Lake Michigan to begin a new life. Shocked to hear that her celebrity chef fiancé, Jeffrey Plank, was having an ongoing affair with his pastry chef, Mia Wong, Lindsey decides to give up her lucrative career in investment banking to pursue a life long dream of owning a bakery. Intent on thwarting Lindsey’s plans, a local protest group, spearheaded by a bitter local, makes life difficult for her as they are unhappy that the lighthouse is moving into private hands. Apparently, the folks of Beacon Harbour don’t like change. After restoring the lighthouse and hiring a team of competent locals, Lindsey is ready for opening on busy Memorial Day. Unfortunately, it isn’t the success Lindsey imagined; her barista fails to show up and a customer chokes on a donut and dies! The Beacon Bakeshop and Café gets lots of attention, just not the kind Lindsey was planning. The perfect mixture containing all the right ingredients, you’ll want to pick up this five-star cozy mystery on February 23, 2021. The first thing you’ll notice is Hannah’s sense of humour. I was laughing within the first few pages and instantly knew I was going to love this book. Hannah has crafted the most wonderful characters; a hunky woodsman next door, a squatchy-looking and questionable Uber driver, a busy body real estate diva, a sassy camouflage wearing bakery assistant with sinister connections, a town downer with an agenda, a YouTube influencer best friend, and a fish stealing two-year-old Newfoundland. The protagonist and sleuth is a delight to hang out with because Hannah breathes so much humour and sarcasm into her that readers eagerly follow her along as she digs up dirt on the locals in an attempt to uncover who’s murdering her customers. How ironic that Lindsey's surname is Bakewell! She does bake well, she just needs to convince the locals. In addition to a unique and well-paced plot, Hannah’s timing of murders and red herrings is perfect, making reading her story an addiction. This phenomenal mystery, first in a new series, will lock you in for the long haul. After all, we need more humour, more of the hunky woodsman, more sweet delights, and more of Captain Willy Riggs. Keep writing, Darci Hannah, the world needs more of your books! Thank you to Darci Hannah, Kensington Books and NetGalley for this 5-star advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop by Darci Hannah is the debut of A Beacon Bakeshop Mystery series. I thought this was a delightful story. It is well-written with developed characters. The author took the time to introduce us to Lindsey Bakewell and her dog, Wellington. After catching her fiancé with his pastry chef, Lindsey is given the advice to follow her dream. Thankfully, Lindsey invested well and has a solid portfolio. It allows her to purchase a rundown lighthouse in Beacon Harbor, Michigan t Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop by Darci Hannah is the debut of A Beacon Bakeshop Mystery series. I thought this was a delightful story. It is well-written with developed characters. The author took the time to introduce us to Lindsey Bakewell and her dog, Wellington. After catching her fiancé with his pastry chef, Lindsey is given the advice to follow her dream. Thankfully, Lindsey invested well and has a solid portfolio. It allows her to purchase a rundown lighthouse in Beacon Harbor, Michigan that she renovates into living quarters, bakery, and café. Lindsey is smart, loyal, independent, and has a good heart. She is also an excellent baker. I love Wellington. He is a large, fun, friendly dog. We are introduced to the charming town of Beacon Harbor and its friendly (most of them) residents. Unfortunately, Fiona Dickel is not happy with Lindsey purchasing a historical landmark and improving its appearance. The mystery was entertaining. A bruhaha on opening day leads to the death of Lindsey’s ex-fiancé’s lover. Lindsey finds herself at the top of the suspect list and her bakery closed. She has no choice but to investigate. With help from her bestie, Kennedy Kapoor and her new friends, Lindsey asks questions, does research, and looks for clues. There are several good suspects in this whodunit along with subtle clues (you have to pay close attention to details to find some of them). I enjoyed piecing together the clues and figuring out who is behind the poisoning. There is action that kept the book moving rapidly forward toward the conclusion. The conclusion was eventful and complete. There is a hint of paranormal in the story. It is said that the ghost of Captain Willy Riggs haunts the lighthouse. I enjoyed the ghost legends and how it was incorporated into the story. Lindsey and her neighbor, Rory Campbell hit it off from their first meeting. He asks her out to dinner right away. I did feel there was a wee bit too much romance (for a cozy mystery) and that it was happening too fast (I prefer the romance to play out slowly over the course of the series). Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop is a delightful cozy mystery with delectable donuts, a wandering Wellington, an enticing neighbor, a fashionista friend, a guileful ghost, and a busy baker.

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