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In A Tale of Two Cookies, a cozy mystery from Eve Calder, it's nothing but sugar and spice at The Cookie House, but elsewhere on Coral Cay everything isn't so nice. Pastry chef Kate McGuire is loving life on the laid-back island of Coral Cay, Florida. As junior partner in a bakery renowned for luscious desserts--especially her cookies--life is pretty sweet. So when an old f In A Tale of Two Cookies, a cozy mystery from Eve Calder, it's nothing but sugar and spice at The Cookie House, but elsewhere on Coral Cay everything isn't so nice. Pastry chef Kate McGuire is loving life on the laid-back island of Coral Cay, Florida. As junior partner in a bakery renowned for luscious desserts--especially her cookies--life is pretty sweet. So when an old friend arrives and announces a spur-of-the-moment beach wedding, that's just the icing on the wedding cake. But the groom vanishes right as a television crew descends on the town to film a hot, new realty show. Is there a connection? Is her friend Desiree somehow involved? Or did groom Judson simply get cold feet? The bride and groom were paired better than warm cookies and cold milk, so Kate doesn't buy it. As the show's cast runs amok on the island and the investigation into Judson's disappearance heats up, Kate and her pal Maxi, along with town dog Oliver, will brave the rambunctious world of reality TV and a wedding weekend gone awry, in an all-out effort to find the missing groom.


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In A Tale of Two Cookies, a cozy mystery from Eve Calder, it's nothing but sugar and spice at The Cookie House, but elsewhere on Coral Cay everything isn't so nice. Pastry chef Kate McGuire is loving life on the laid-back island of Coral Cay, Florida. As junior partner in a bakery renowned for luscious desserts--especially her cookies--life is pretty sweet. So when an old f In A Tale of Two Cookies, a cozy mystery from Eve Calder, it's nothing but sugar and spice at The Cookie House, but elsewhere on Coral Cay everything isn't so nice. Pastry chef Kate McGuire is loving life on the laid-back island of Coral Cay, Florida. As junior partner in a bakery renowned for luscious desserts--especially her cookies--life is pretty sweet. So when an old friend arrives and announces a spur-of-the-moment beach wedding, that's just the icing on the wedding cake. But the groom vanishes right as a television crew descends on the town to film a hot, new realty show. Is there a connection? Is her friend Desiree somehow involved? Or did groom Judson simply get cold feet? The bride and groom were paired better than warm cookies and cold milk, so Kate doesn't buy it. As the show's cast runs amok on the island and the investigation into Judson's disappearance heats up, Kate and her pal Maxi, along with town dog Oliver, will brave the rambunctious world of reality TV and a wedding weekend gone awry, in an all-out effort to find the missing groom.

30 review for A Tale of Two Cookies

  1. 4 out of 5

    Natalia R

    4.5 stars Pastry chef Kate McGuire moved to Coral Cay, Florida for a fresh start and is now co-owner of the Cookie House Bakery. In this third installment, Kate's friend Desiree is in town with her fiancé Judd Cooper, a famous marine biologist, and the two decide to have a spur-of-the-moment beach wedding. The entire town is abuzz with the news and Kate couldn't be happier for her friend. But when the big day finally arrives, the groom never shows up. Desiree is convinced that Judd has been kidna 4.5 stars Pastry chef Kate McGuire moved to Coral Cay, Florida for a fresh start and is now co-owner of the Cookie House Bakery. In this third installment, Kate's friend Desiree is in town with her fiancé Judd Cooper, a famous marine biologist, and the two decide to have a spur-of-the-moment beach wedding. The entire town is abuzz with the news and Kate couldn't be happier for her friend. But when the big day finally arrives, the groom never shows up. Desiree is convinced that Judd has been kidnapped, however, all signs point to him being a runaway groom. Kate and her friends are determined to help Detective Ben Abrams uncover the truth behind Judd's disappearance. A fun, fast-paced mystery that kept me engaged and guessing until the end. Loved the characters and their interactions. The setting was really lovely as well and so vividly described that I felt like I was right there on the beach, enjoying the sunshine and I could practically smell the delectable goods being baked at the bakery. As for the mystery, I thought it was well-crafted and not at all how I expected it to turn out ( always a plus). All in all, I enjoyed the third book in this charming series and look forward to another visit to Coral Cay. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    We travel back to the lovely, small town of Coral Cay on the barrier island on the Southwest Gulf Coast of Florida where the close knit townspeople know each other and news travels fast. Kate McGuire left New York City for a change and is co-owner of the Cookie House Bakery with Sam Hepplewhite. Her friend Desiree from NYC is in town with her fiancé, famous marine specialist Judd and the two are planning a beach wedding. Kate is making the cake and other goodies while her best friend Maxi is fur We travel back to the lovely, small town of Coral Cay on the barrier island on the Southwest Gulf Coast of Florida where the close knit townspeople know each other and news travels fast. Kate McGuire left New York City for a change and is co-owner of the Cookie House Bakery with Sam Hepplewhite. Her friend Desiree from NYC is in town with her fiancé, famous marine specialist Judd and the two are planning a beach wedding. Kate is making the cake and other goodies while her best friend Maxi is furnishing the flowers. The small wedding party is excited but the groom never shows. Desiree is sure that something has happened and that Judd would never leave her at the altar. But his boat is missing. Kate and Maxi and other friends, including Oliver the dog owned by the town but lives with Kate, stand by Desiree and work to find evidence of what happened and they did find some evidence to kick the investigation in high gear. The title is very appropriate as Detective Ben Abrams investigates, no one close to Judd knew about the wedding-not his adult children nor his business partner Zoey. An ex girlfriend, actress Lola Montgomery, is in town claiming that the two are back together. It doesn't look good for Desiree's story. A reality show has rented a large house in a cove where Judd was concerned about an endangered species. Could this be tied in with his disappearance? This is a mystery that had me guessing as tension builds up. Not an ending that I expected but a satisfying one! I had thought that there may be romance in the air for Kate but the wind may be blowing in a different direction. Hmm. I am looking forward to the next story. I received a complimentary ARC from St. Martin's Press and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chatting About

    A puzzling cozy mystery to gobble up! Author Eve Calder garnishes lip-smacking cookies and piles on multiple possibilities as to what’s happened to an absent-minded groom who mysteriously vanishes without a trace the night before his wedding. It’s like his footsteps faded away in the sand. When I finally began to fit the puzzle pieces together, I really appreciated what a clever mystery “A Tale of Two Cookies” turns out to be. Kate McGuire and Sam Hepplewhite co-own the Cookie House in gorgeous C A puzzling cozy mystery to gobble up! Author Eve Calder garnishes lip-smacking cookies and piles on multiple possibilities as to what’s happened to an absent-minded groom who mysteriously vanishes without a trace the night before his wedding. It’s like his footsteps faded away in the sand. When I finally began to fit the puzzle pieces together, I really appreciated what a clever mystery “A Tale of Two Cookies” turns out to be. Kate McGuire and Sam Hepplewhite co-own the Cookie House in gorgeous Coral Cay, Florida. Maxi, a florist, is Kate’s best friend. One of their friends, Desiree, is marrying Judd Cooper, a wealthy marine biologist in a couple of days, and they’re all excited over the beach nuptials. At this point, I was flipping pages as fast as I could read them from the time the wedding party realized the groom wasn’t coming...until the last page. So many possible reasons flooded my mind as to what could have happened, and I was in my zone following the storyline to see what path the author chose to take with the mystery. I felt like I was watching my favorite soap opera during summer sweeps! Needless to say, this is a page-turner story and the Coral Cay Irregulars book club members go all out to help Detective Ben Abrams solve the crime. I also love stories that include sea turtles nesting and baby turtles hatching. There is so much more happening behind the scenes that I won’t give away, but the villainous schemer responsible is satisfyingly captured. The ending is spectacular! I was provided with an advanced copy via NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Kate and her friends, and this book definitely showed how good a friend she is. Kate’s best friend is getting married on Coral Cay, and when the groom mysteriously disappears, everyone has their own opinion on why he took off. Kate desperately wants to believe her friend, that her fiancé wouldn’t just disappear like that, so she begins to put the clues together, determined to find the answers. I’m looking forward to reading more in this series by Eve Calder. #ATal I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Kate and her friends, and this book definitely showed how good a friend she is. Kate’s best friend is getting married on Coral Cay, and when the groom mysteriously disappears, everyone has their own opinion on why he took off. Kate desperately wants to believe her friend, that her fiancé wouldn’t just disappear like that, so she begins to put the clues together, determined to find the answers. I’m looking forward to reading more in this series by Eve Calder. #ATaleofTwoCookies #NetGalley

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mary G.

    Review posted to Instagram and Goodreads on March 15, 2021. Genre: cozy mystery Rating: 🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪 Pub date: April 27th Kate is loving life on Coral Cay Island- she manages the Cookie House, has lots of great friends, and she's making the wedding cake for her BFF Desiree's wedding to the man of her dreams! What could go wrong? When groom Judson fails to show up for the wedding, things start unraveling at a rapid clip. Was Judson cheating on Desiree? Is she a gold digger, or worse, involved in his disappe Review posted to Instagram and Goodreads on March 15, 2021. Genre: cozy mystery Rating: 🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪 Pub date: April 27th Kate is loving life on Coral Cay Island- she manages the Cookie House, has lots of great friends, and she's making the wedding cake for her BFF Desiree's wedding to the man of her dreams! What could go wrong? When groom Judson fails to show up for the wedding, things start unraveling at a rapid clip. Was Judson cheating on Desiree? Is she a gold digger, or worse, involved in his disappearance? I grew up in FL, and the tropical setting here felt like home. I loved how much passion Kate had for her baking and her friends - there's a really wonderful cast of characters here. The mystery was especially strong (hence the 5 star rating) - sometimes I feel like cozy mysteries are more just cozy with a side of mystery, but I was definitely hooked here and eager to find out what was going on. The only negative about this book is that it forced me to make chocolate chip cookies - but that's not really a bad thing now, is it? Note: this is the third book in the Cookie House Mystery series - I haven't read the first two, but that didn't affect my enjoyment of the story. Thank you to St. Martin's Press for providing an ARC on NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    FMSWarrior

    When one of Kate’s friends arrives in Coral Cay from New York City, the visit turns into a celebration as Desiree and her fiancé Judd decide to marry on the beach. Kate has made the wedding cake and the sun is setting as the bride arrives for the wedding on the beach. When they can’t find the groom or justice of the peace, the bride is sure the groom has been kidnapped, but the police think the bride may have been jilted at the altar. Having spent time with Judd and Desiree Kate believes her frie When one of Kate’s friends arrives in Coral Cay from New York City, the visit turns into a celebration as Desiree and her fiancé Judd decide to marry on the beach. Kate has made the wedding cake and the sun is setting as the bride arrives for the wedding on the beach. When they can’t find the groom or justice of the peace, the bride is sure the groom has been kidnapped, but the police think the bride may have been jilted at the altar. Having spent time with Judd and Desiree Kate believes her friend, but some of the things she starts hearing as people start talking makes her second guess her belief in her friend a bit. As the Coral Cay Irregulars come to aid Desiree and Kate, they start digging deeper and and finding bits and pieces of the puzzle, but Kate can’t see the big picture. Will they see the bigger picture before it goes up in flames, or is the bride really as delusional as they make her out to be? Only time will tell. A fun series in a tropical location that will get you geared up for the warmer weather. The red herrings keeps you going back and forth between the likely suspect until the end. A great read for the beach bag or just sitting by the fire and dreaming of Summer. You won’t be disappointed.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    Fantastic! Couldn't put it down! It's been a while since I haven't been able to put a book down because I couldn't stop reading, and this book was it. So much mystery and conflicting stories going on that you didn't know what to believe. Such a fun read! I really love this series! Great ending! Fantastic! Couldn't put it down! It's been a while since I haven't been able to put a book down because I couldn't stop reading, and this book was it. So much mystery and conflicting stories going on that you didn't know what to believe. Such a fun read! I really love this series! Great ending!

  8. 4 out of 5

    The Kawaii Slartibartfast

    I received a copy of this book from St. Martin's Paperbacks and Netgalley. Kate is a pastry chef who has an old friend announce a very sudden wedding and the whoopsy-doodle! The groom is gone! Kate and a great cast of characters step in to find out what happened! This is a very fast-paced, fun read. I read it in less than a day. I received a copy of this book from St. Martin's Paperbacks and Netgalley. Kate is a pastry chef who has an old friend announce a very sudden wedding and the whoopsy-doodle! The groom is gone! Kate and a great cast of characters step in to find out what happened! This is a very fast-paced, fun read. I read it in less than a day.

  9. 5 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Kate is more than happy to cater her friend Desiree's last-minute, low-key beach wedding. She's in demand as a pastry chef but anything for an old friend, especially one who seems so much in love. When the groom fails to appear, along with the justice of the peace, Desiree fears the worst. Ben thinks it's just a simple case of cold feet or miscommunication, especially since absolutely no one knew about the wedding. However, Kate wants to give Desiree the benefit of the doubt because she saw the Kate is more than happy to cater her friend Desiree's last-minute, low-key beach wedding. She's in demand as a pastry chef but anything for an old friend, especially one who seems so much in love. When the groom fails to appear, along with the justice of the peace, Desiree fears the worst. Ben thinks it's just a simple case of cold feet or miscommunication, especially since absolutely no one knew about the wedding. However, Kate wants to give Desiree the benefit of the doubt because she saw the couple looking happy and in love even though she never spoke with the groom about the wedding. It wouldn't hurt to ask some questions of her own, would it? Judson Cooper is a famous marine biologist with many inventions to his name. Perhaps someone took him for ransom or revenge? Desiree won't rest or leave Coral Cay until her man is found. Meanwhile, a reality show is filming on the island and the producer wants Kate to come teach a cookie making class to the young adults staying in Harper Duval's old house. Kate is reluctant to become a celebrity but it would be great exposure for the shop. She's surprised when Sam agrees to let her appear on TV but she isn't quite prepared for the reality of filming a reality show. There may be something fishy going on that proves the show is rigged but something else doesn't seem right. Could it be related to Judson's disappearance? I just love this newish series! Each story can stand alone and doesn't need to be read as part of a series. Obviously I would recommend reading in order but Kate recaps enough to fill the reader in. There are some spoilers though so read out of order at your own risk. She never reveals the exact nature of what happened but in this one you know that Harper is gone and something about his house gives Maxi the creeps. The cozy factor of this story is so well done. I feel like I'm there in Coral Key baking with Kate and solving mysteries with the Coral Key Irregulars. The plot was strong enough to keep me guessing until the end. I had an initial guess and halfway through the book it sure seemed like I was right but there was a plot twist I didn't see coming. This mystery is a little different because it doesn't involve a murder but it was still interesting enough to stay up late and wake up really early to read it. I was surprised by the reveal but felt it was a little anti-climactic since it was told after the fact. The usual suspense factor is missing but it was still suspenseful, if that makes sense. Coral Cay is becoming a homey, familiar place. While I hate the beach and heat and anything tropical, I love visiting Coral Cay. The people are so friendly and welcoming and Kate's cookie skills are AH-mazing! I love how she knows exactly which cookie is each person's favorite. This time she bakes key lime pie sugar cookies decorated like a bride and groom, orange madelines and simple but yummy chocolate chip cookies, also she bakes a coconut cake. Business is booming! Kate is such a loyal friend and fits right in to the small town vibe. She hasn't shown any character growth yet or had a romance story arc. She seems to have a mild flirtation with Jack Scanlon, the new vet in town. Cooper even likes him! He's a fun guy and obviously loves animals but he works A LOT so relationships may not be possible. Something happens between Ben and Kate but it hasn't developed into anything yet. Maxi is curious LOL! Ben also works ALL the time so I don't know if Kate will ever find love with either of them. Ben is a great guy for a policeman. While he is suspicious of Desiree, it's his job to be suspicious of everyone. He tries to keep an open mind and give her the benefit of the doubt. Ben respects Kate's sleuthing abilities and her instincts. He never tries to keep her from investigating and in the last book and this new one, he doesn't even really have a case so it's OK for her to ask questions. He needs her help filtering out the gossip and sharing what she knows to be true. I really like their working relationship and I don't mind if if stays that way but I do wish for a little more than friendship. What I loved most about the plot of this novel is how the women all support each other. There's no question in any of their minds that Desiree is telling the truth, while some of the men seem to agree with Ben's opinion that Judson got cold feet. I appreciate the female-driven plotline of this one. It was fun to see them all sleuthing together. As always, Maxi is the best crazy sidekick. Any friend of Kate's is a friend of hers plus a wedding brings business and a chance to get away from her niños, whom she adores but are quite a handful. (Javi has girl trouble already in Kindergarten or first grade LOL!) Maxi's niños are in the story more and the boys even appear in a whole scene at the end. As they get older they're becoming more a part of Coral Cay life. Little Elena is still too young to be a part of things just yet. The other townspeople are fairly forgettable. I keep forgetting who they all are. I remember Gabe, the mechanic who sent Kate to the Cookie House. Of course Sam is the one I know best. He's no longer curmudgeonly or mourning his late wife. Wow! His character growth is excellent and he's really seized the day. My suspicions from the previous book are proving to be correct. Hooray! Good for Sam. He deserves to be happy again. My favorite character is Cooper! He's so sweet and lovable. I want to run my hands through his fur and throw his purple frisbee for him. He doesn't behave much like a real dog but he's sweet. He seems to have adopted Kate as his special person for good but the islanders all still consider Cooper theirs and would be happy to help out if Kate needs an extra hand. With her business booming, she may need the whole village to raise a pup. He's as much a part of Coral Cay as the humans. Kate's friend Desiree seems nice. She's decided to retired from the hospitality business while she's still young enough to enjoy life. She had a whirlwind courtship and is so much in love. I feel so bad for her and hope Ben's suspicions aren't true. I also hope she's not lying and faking it and is really an evil person. Kate has good instincts but it sure seems like something is off. I feel horrible for Zoey, Judson's business partner and friend. She's not terribly worried but I would be in a panic over what might happen to the business and how to handle everything alone. She seems nice and level-headed and is a big fan of Desiree. I like her. I don't buy the story of Lola Montgomery. She's an actress and Kate sees through Lola's tears. I can't believe Jud would be so horrible as to return to his ex right under the nose of his current fiancé! That's just not right. I think his kids, Liam and Sarah, are horrid and they certainly must know more about his disappearance than they let on. I think they hired Lola to break up Judson and Desiree. Did they go so far as to spirit their dad away? Perhaps it has something to do with that cigarette boat he saw. Who was on it that made Judson so upset? Clearly someone who is NOT a friend to endangered wildlife-poachers perhaps? Or dumpers. Either one makes me sick so let them be the bad guys to get put away behind bars so the ecosystem of Coral Cay can thrive. (LOOOVVEEE watching videos of baby sea turtles). From the reality show we have Howie Nichols and Ken Salazar, both fans of Kate's cookies. Howie, a displaced New Yorker, seems miserable in this job. He doesn't like reality TV or the sun and heat of Coral Cay. I think he's a nice guy but kind of whiny. Ken Salazar surprised me. I expected him to be a sleazy reality show producer but he's a complex character. He does some things I don't agree with to make for good TV but he also seems down-to-earth and appreciates the beauty and simplicity of Coral Cay. The contestants are not very likable. Tucker is the worst of the lot. He's disrespectful, rude, horrid to his fellow contestants and I'm sure he's one of the boys in the green convertible who threw beer cans at Maxi and Kate. Despicable! Or just plain stupid? James is the nicest of the lot. He's quiet and thoughtful plus he has a great cookie design. Kate is kind to him and he's surprised and seems humbled by the honor she bestows on him. Daniella is a beyotch and I feel bad for Annabel. Cecily is nice enough I guess. She's honest anyway. Unlike Maxi, I don't watch these things but I'm sure it's far worse than what is portrayed in this novel. There are two recipes included in this novel : orange madelines from Nina Simonds and chocolate chip cookies from Duff Goldman. I hope to read more about Kate and the Coral Cay Irregulars again!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Right from the start, this book had pulled me in and didn’t let go until the last page. The first few chapters were so engaging – we quickly become acquainted with our main character Kate’s friend Desiree and her new fiancé, Judson (aka Judd) and the fact that they’re going to tie the knot in a casual, beach wedding. The couple seems well-suited and very much in love, despite the fact that Judd’s kids disapprove of the union (according to Judd, they worry it will cut into their inheritance). I c Right from the start, this book had pulled me in and didn’t let go until the last page. The first few chapters were so engaging – we quickly become acquainted with our main character Kate’s friend Desiree and her new fiancé, Judson (aka Judd) and the fact that they’re going to tie the knot in a casual, beach wedding. The couple seems well-suited and very much in love, despite the fact that Judd’s kids disapprove of the union (according to Judd, they worry it will cut into their inheritance). I couldn’t read fast enough. Even though this was the third book in the series, you can definitely start this as a standalone without any confusion. When Judd doesn’t show up for the wedding, things look bleak for Desiree. Especially when no one can recall Judd even mentioning that he was getting married. Was Desiree more in love with Judd than he was with her? Did he just run away? Kate’s not convinced (and frankly, neither was I). Along with her best friend Maxi, and popular pup Oliver, Kate starts to look into Judd’s disappearance. They also have the help of Kate’s friends in the Coral Cay Irregulars book club (I love that name!) and the local detective, Ben Abrams. In fact, the characters are one of the reasons I love this series (also… cookies – who doesn’t love cookies?). All of the people we meet from Coral Cay are charming and friendly. It seems like a lovely place to live (well, except for the murders). The residents are a stark contrast to the film cast and crew who have descended onto the island town to film their new show. It added for an interesting mix of personalities. Kate is a wonderful protagonist – she’s smart, capable, loyal and is a talented pastry chef (you know there’s always bonus points from me for any cozy mystery that involves food!). I love baking, but cookies in all forms are a favourite. But to be honest, when the Kate mentions that she had made a “3-tier key lime wedding cake with buttercream frosting”, I started drooling. Key lime is definitely a Florida thing and one of my absolute favourite pies. YUM! The pacing of this mystery is quite quick and it kept me turning the pages until really late into the night. I couldn’t put this one down because it seemed like there was always a new clue or suspect to look at. I was kept guessing until almost the very end and even then it was a very eye-opening and satisfying reveal. The mystery was well put together and the reader was given enough clues to be able to put together a solid case in their own head, but with enough twists to keep things from getting too easy. It had a lot more twists and turns than I’m used to in some cozies but it was totally worth it. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. *** Thank you to St. Martin’s Press, for providing me with an advanced e-copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. ***

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    A Tale Of Two Cookies A Cookie House Mystery, Book #3 Eve Calder 5 Stars Synopsis: In A Tale of Two Cookies, a cozy mystery from Eve Calder, it's nothing but sugar and spice at The Cookie House, but elsewhere on Coral Cay everything isn't so nice. Pastry chef Kate McGuire is loving life on the laid-back island of Coral Cay, Florida. As junior partner in a bakery renowned for luscious desserts--especially her cookies--life is pretty sweet. So when an old friend arrives and announces a spur-of-the-mome A Tale Of Two Cookies A Cookie House Mystery, Book #3 Eve Calder 5 Stars Synopsis: In A Tale of Two Cookies, a cozy mystery from Eve Calder, it's nothing but sugar and spice at The Cookie House, but elsewhere on Coral Cay everything isn't so nice. Pastry chef Kate McGuire is loving life on the laid-back island of Coral Cay, Florida. As junior partner in a bakery renowned for luscious desserts--especially her cookies--life is pretty sweet. So when an old friend arrives and announces a spur-of-the-moment beach wedding, that's just the icing on the wedding cake. But the groom vanishes right as a television crew descends on the town to film a hot, new reality show. Is there a connection? Is her friend Desiree somehow involved? Or did groom Judson simply get cold feet? The bride and groom were paired better than warm cookies and cold milk, so Kate doesn't buy it. As the show's cast runs amok on the island and the investigation into Judson's disappearance heats up, Kate and her pal Maxi, along with town dog Oliver, will brave the rambunctious world of reality TV and a wedding weekend gone awry, in an all-out effort to find the missing groom. (Goodreads) Review: The characters are well developed and well rounded. Kate and Maxi get along really well and they will do anything for the other. Maxi is more than ready to help Kate find the missing groom and figure out what happened. Kate does not agree that the groom got cold feet and left on his own. She knows her friend Desiree did not imagine their connection, something is not right, and her and Maxi are determined to find the truth. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and the descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning and kept me engaged until the end. The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider. I did not see the ending coming. I would highly recommend this book (and series) to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I cannot wait to see what kind of trouble Kate and Maxi get into next. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley.

  12. 4 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    A TALE OF TWO COOKIES, the third book in the Cookie House Mystery series by Eve Calder, is a page-turning addition to a yummy series! In this newest release, protagonist bakery owner Kate McGuire finds herself embroiled with a runaway groom, a jilted bride, a contentious reality show, and endangered sea turtles. With so much going on, the author does an admirable job of building the plot and weaving the threads of the story together to build tension and intrigue. Central to keeping the pace on t A TALE OF TWO COOKIES, the third book in the Cookie House Mystery series by Eve Calder, is a page-turning addition to a yummy series! In this newest release, protagonist bakery owner Kate McGuire finds herself embroiled with a runaway groom, a jilted bride, a contentious reality show, and endangered sea turtles. With so much going on, the author does an admirable job of building the plot and weaving the threads of the story together to build tension and intrigue. Central to keeping the pace on track are the delightful characters that inhabit the small island, Coral Cay. Kate is not only friendly, but she has a knack for making everyone feel welcome and wanted. I especially enjoyed how she knows just what kind of cookie to give to customers to fit their tastes without any input from them, even after only meeting the customer for the first time. Her sidekicks, best friend, Maxi (a fiery Cuban florist) and the adorable dog and town mascot, Oliver, are on hand to assist no matter what situation pops up. As the mystery progresses, I loved that Kate also calls upon the Coral Cay Irregulars, the local mystery readers book club, to hunt for clues. I find it appealing that Kate doesn’t try to investigate on her own, and doesn’t willfully put herself into danger. It lends a greater sense of reality to the book. The mystery itself is quite intriguing. Without providing any spoilers, it centers on a groom who disappears the night before his wedding. All appearances point toward him jilting his bride-to-be, but the bride thinks foul play was involved. As the story progressed, the clues presented had me guessing all over the place and not once was I right. The clever diversions kept me turning pages and I couldn’t put the book down until I’d read the last page. With all the various subplots wrapped up together in a cohesive story, I closed the book, hungry for cookies and hungry to see what comes next for Kate and her friends! I was provided with an advance copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Kate McGuire took a big chance leaving the big city and heading south to find a job in the island community of Coral Cay, Florida. The Fates made sure she didn't get the job she set out for and what she did get was a new life and a real family and good friends. Her magic with cookies is a real draw and now she's co-owner of the Cookie House. She even has a quirky pooch named Oliver, loved by all and considered to be the unofficial town mayor. Besides being a genius with cookies she and her frien Kate McGuire took a big chance leaving the big city and heading south to find a job in the island community of Coral Cay, Florida. The Fates made sure she didn't get the job she set out for and what she did get was a new life and a real family and good friends. Her magic with cookies is a real draw and now she's co-owner of the Cookie House. She even has a quirky pooch named Oliver, loved by all and considered to be the unofficial town mayor. Besides being a genius with cookies she and her friends help solve crimes.Not one to think that she and her bestie, Maxi along with the Coral Cay Irregulars can do a better job than the local police, they simply keep their eyes and ears open and ask some questions here and there, working well with Det. Ben Abrams to catch the killer. That's very refreshing when so many cozies feature amateur sleuths who drive the police nuts. In this outing, Kate is looking forward to helping her friend, Desiree marry Judd in an impromptu beach wedding. It hits a snag when the groom is a no show. Did he get cold feet or did he meet with foul play. Desiree is certain it's foul play and asks Kate to help find Judd. If that wasn't enough to deal with a reality show has come to town and are causing lots of consternation amongst the locals. How might that be connected to the missing groom? I won't say any more for fear of committing spoilers. I will say that this is one series that is a standout in the cozy genre. The mystery is complex and will keep you guessing wrong to the very end. The characters are well drawn and realistic so I would love to spend some time with all of them. They are a very welcoming bunch. Oliver is an added bonus and those cookies....oh my! My thanks to the publisher St. Martin's and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    A Tale of Two Cookies by Even Calder is a cozy to definitely read. Kate has relocated from Manhattan to Coral Cay, Florida, and has never looked back. She is now part owner of a bakery and although it was an uphill struggle, Sam the other owner, has agreed to sell more than bread. That's where Kate comes in. Her friend, Desiree, has called to say she has taken early retirement and is getting married...in Coral Cay. Everyone is invited. The wedding is on the beach, barefoot. They are all waiting. A Tale of Two Cookies by Even Calder is a cozy to definitely read. Kate has relocated from Manhattan to Coral Cay, Florida, and has never looked back. She is now part owner of a bakery and although it was an uphill struggle, Sam the other owner, has agreed to sell more than bread. That's where Kate comes in. Her friend, Desiree, has called to say she has taken early retirement and is getting married...in Coral Cay. Everyone is invited. The wedding is on the beach, barefoot. They are all waiting...finally the bride arrives. There had been a mix-up with the car. But no groom; no officiant. They wait, and wait. Nothing. They check on Judd's boat, which is where he spent the night. No Judd. Now everyone is worried. Desiree most of all. She thinks he's been kidnapped. There are all kinds of conflicting stories: he was a womanizer; they had fought and called it off; he was in love with someone else; and on and on. Desiree held firm. He had been kidnapped. She would wait. His credit card was cut off. She could not stay at the resort. She moved. The press found her. They hounded her. She moved again. They found her again. She never lost faith. Finally, they found a clue: his ring. He never took it off. Blood on a rock. All in a protected bay. They searched. No more clues. Kate is a steadfast friend, no matter who the other half is. She believed in Desiree. She had seen them together. He loved her. Kate was certain. That made all her Coral Cay friends certain, too. They helped. They put together a timeline. They searched for clues. It was an intriguing mystery, one that had the reader on the edge of their seat much of the time. It is so good to see people believe in one another, even in the face of information that questions everything. It is a story of love and stubborness. It was a terrific read. I was invited to read a free e-ARC of A Tale of Two Cookies by Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine. #netgalley #ataleoftwocookies

  15. 4 out of 5

    Vicky

    I really enjoyed this book. Even though it’s the third in a series and I hadn’t read the others, I had no trouble getting into the story and figuring out who was who. Kate is the main character in the stories. She’s a baker whose friend, Desiree, comes to visit her and hold her wedding on the beach. Unfortunately, the groom (and the JP) never arrive. Kate shows just how good a friend she can be when she helps Desiree prove that her fiancé did not have a case of cold feet and flee the wedding. Un I really enjoyed this book. Even though it’s the third in a series and I hadn’t read the others, I had no trouble getting into the story and figuring out who was who. Kate is the main character in the stories. She’s a baker whose friend, Desiree, comes to visit her and hold her wedding on the beach. Unfortunately, the groom (and the JP) never arrive. Kate shows just how good a friend she can be when she helps Desiree prove that her fiancé did not have a case of cold feet and flee the wedding. Unfortunately, there are a lot of others who do think that. Kate and her cadre of friends go to work solving the mystery of the missing bridegroom. This is a fun book set on a fictional Florida key (cay) in a small community. It’s full of mystery, intrigue, great baked stuff (I really wanted to be in the bakery with them!), fantastic characters, and even a little ecology as the groom attempts to save nests of loggerhead turtles. There are lots of suspects to keep you guessing until the very end. I will note, that even though I thoroughly enjoyed this book, there were several minor editorial issues that I hope will be cleaned up in the final version of the book as they glared at me. I didn’t take off a star because this was an ARC from Netgalley but hopefully the proofreaders will catch the issues. Recommendation: A definite buy. And I’ll be getting the rest in the series as well. Disclaimer: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    This series is quickly becoming one of my all-time favorites. I started reading it and just sighed in contentment; it was like coming home and all your fabulous friends are there to meet you with amazing cookies, fantastic bread, strong coffee and mysteries, and it just so glorious!! Being back with Kate and Co [though I missed Jake in this one as he is only in it briefly] was just so fun and this mystery was a real doozy!! Unfortunately, I figured it all out fairly early [the cost of being a vo This series is quickly becoming one of my all-time favorites. I started reading it and just sighed in contentment; it was like coming home and all your fabulous friends are there to meet you with amazing cookies, fantastic bread, strong coffee and mysteries, and it just so glorious!! Being back with Kate and Co [though I missed Jake in this one as he is only in it briefly] was just so fun and this mystery was a real doozy!! Unfortunately, I figured it all out fairly early [the cost of being a voracious cozy and mystery reader]. Fortunately, it didn't matter. The writing is just SO GOOD, and the story just so engaging [and it never gets lost in the midst of introduction of a lot of new characters, nor do all the characters get lost in the story. I never once thought "WHO are they again" which is nothing short of amazing these days], that it was such a delightful ride to the end, and that reveal is really the best there is. Ms. Calder knows how to write both a reveal AND an excellent ending and it was just so satisfying. My only concern is that we may be headed into a love triangle and I am so hoping that isn't the case. I despise them and I do not want this beautiful and fun series ruined by something so trite as a stupid love triangle. I really love this series and am really glad that the bestie forc *AHEM* recommended ;-) to me; I have not been disappointed. Thank you to NetGalley, Eve Calder, and St. Martin's Press for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Myarn

    A Tale of Two Cookies by Eve Calder (Cookie House Mystery #3) 5 stars Kate McGuire, baker extraordinaire is on a boat with her pup, Oliver en route to a beach venue near the Coral Cay area. She is with her old friend, Desiree Goldsmith and her fiance, Judson Cooper, world renown marine biologist. They are pre-scouting the location of the upcoming wedding of Desiree and Judson. Kate will be baking the wedding cake and other items. On the day of the wedding, the groom is a no-show and Desiree belie A Tale of Two Cookies by Eve Calder (Cookie House Mystery #3) 5 stars Kate McGuire, baker extraordinaire is on a boat with her pup, Oliver en route to a beach venue near the Coral Cay area. She is with her old friend, Desiree Goldsmith and her fiance, Judson Cooper, world renown marine biologist. They are pre-scouting the location of the upcoming wedding of Desiree and Judson. Kate will be baking the wedding cake and other items. On the day of the wedding, the groom is a no-show and Desiree believes foul play is the cause. Kate must help Desiree find Judson and when the authorities focus on Desiree, keep her friend out of jail or there will be no Happily Ever After. I adored this book - every book in this series has been a 5 star book. Kate is an able investigator, with friends and neighbors ready to lend a hand to solve this mystery. (Special Note: I really want to try all the desserts that were mentioned throughout the book, they all sounded delicious) the mystery expanded to include strange occurrences at the set of a reality show filming out of a mansion in Coral Cay. Even with a few red herrings, Kate was able to provide valuable insights to the police in order to catch the culprits. This series is terrific and the supporting characters add something special to make it outstanding. (Oliver rules). I eagerly await the next installment in this series. Thank you Netgalley and St. Martins Press for this ARC.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    A missing person mystery that'll have readers guessing the whole time "Is this person dead or not?" It was an interesting case as Kate and her friends sleuthed along with Ben and the police. One of her good friends was in town and her fiance disappeared right before their wedding, so Kate felt like this woman had taken her under her wing in a previous career, and being the awesome friend Kate is, she didn't want to let Desiree down. I really like all Kate's friends (especially that fun and crazy A missing person mystery that'll have readers guessing the whole time "Is this person dead or not?" It was an interesting case as Kate and her friends sleuthed along with Ben and the police. One of her good friends was in town and her fiance disappeared right before their wedding, so Kate felt like this woman had taken her under her wing in a previous career, and being the awesome friend Kate is, she didn't want to let Desiree down. I really like all Kate's friends (especially that fun and crazy Maxi!) and it's so cool how Sam's character changed for the better from the very first book. He always does a little something in each book to let Kate know he completely trusts her now. I love how the whole town always works together during a case. The cookie lessons at the Cookie House turned into a sleuthing session or a session where Ben would give them the lowdown on the case progress. The perp was a very sneaky and convoluted planner that was for sure, but there were a lot of someones who were equally smart and able to figure things out. The showdown was great! The very ending of the book was really good, because it did the complete wrap-up of anything that wasn't explained along the way. I'm always looking forward to the next in this series! I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own. This book releases tomorrow, April 27, 2021.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    It's time to return to Coral Cay and the Cookie House Bakery in this 3rd installment to the Cookie House Mystery series. Kate McGuire is a very likable protagonist. She has a great personality and is settling in nicely. She is surrounded by a good group of secondary characters that are comprised of fellow business owners, the local police chief, and the island dog Oliver. These are characters that are relatable to readers and the author continues to grow and develop them. This time around, Kate i It's time to return to Coral Cay and the Cookie House Bakery in this 3rd installment to the Cookie House Mystery series. Kate McGuire is a very likable protagonist. She has a great personality and is settling in nicely. She is surrounded by a good group of secondary characters that are comprised of fellow business owners, the local police chief, and the island dog Oliver. These are characters that are relatable to readers and the author continues to grow and develop them. This time around, Kate is helping an old friend from New York with her wedding reception when the groom suddenly disappears. There is a lot going on in this book in terms of a reality show being filmed on the island and how that, if at all, relates to the missing groom. I really enjoyed the first two books, but I felt that with this third book the plot began to drag during the middle of the book. I felt, at times, that there was too much distraction from the missing groom that pulled the focus from the mystery. The author did a nice job of tying everything up. While this was not my favorite book in this series, I will certainly be back to see what the author has in store for the next installment. I voluntarily read a digital advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    A Tale of Two Cookies is the third Cookie House Mystery by Eve Calder. A charming cast of characters and a lovely setting make this series a sweet read. Our amateur sleuth Kate continues to settle into life on Coral Cay and her role as the junior partner and baker at The Cookie House. She's spoken so highly of her new home that her old friend Desiree plans to get married on the beach, serving one of Kate's masterpiece cakes. With Kate's new friend Maxi, the florist, providing the flowers. But thi A Tale of Two Cookies is the third Cookie House Mystery by Eve Calder. A charming cast of characters and a lovely setting make this series a sweet read. Our amateur sleuth Kate continues to settle into life on Coral Cay and her role as the junior partner and baker at The Cookie House. She's spoken so highly of her new home that her old friend Desiree plans to get married on the beach, serving one of Kate's masterpiece cakes. With Kate's new friend Maxi, the florist, providing the flowers. But things don't go according to plan when the groom doesn't show. The authorities think Desiree's been jilted by her wealthy eco-activist beau but Desiree's afraid he's been kidnapped. Or worse. Kate never wavers in her belief in Desiree. So she's determined to figure out what's happened to Judson. Eve Calder makes an intriguing departure from the pattern most cozies follow. There's no body. The characters and the reader aren't even sure if a crime's happened. The author makes sure that there are plenty of suspects including Judson’s actress ex and poachers who all have reasons for tangling with the missing groom. The pace intensifies as Judson continues to be MIA. No one’s heard from him including his children and business partner. Eve Calder has an engaging writing style with entirely likable characters. We get check-ins with the quirky residents of Coral Cay, including Oliver, the local dog about town, who helps Kate with her investigations by uncovering important evidence. I really appreciated the love and support that Kate and even Maxi give to Desiree. Shoutout to strong women supporting each other. Fans of culinary mysteries will be drawn in by the humor and likability of the characters, the delicious descriptions of baked goods and the well-plotted and intriguing mysteries. This gentle read is for fans of Joanne Fluke and Sarah Graves.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    A Tale of Two Cookies by Eve Calder is the 3rd A Cookie House Mystery. It can be read as a standalone for those new to the series. This is an engaging cozy mystery set in Coral Cay, Florida. Kate McGuire is part-owner in The Cookie House where she whips up delectable cookies with Sam Hepplewhite. There is a delightful cast of secondary characters that includes Maxi and Kate’s dog, Oliver. The characters are well-rounded, friendly, and relatable. There are vivid descriptions of Coral Cay, the bea A Tale of Two Cookies by Eve Calder is the 3rd A Cookie House Mystery. It can be read as a standalone for those new to the series. This is an engaging cozy mystery set in Coral Cay, Florida. Kate McGuire is part-owner in The Cookie House where she whips up delectable cookies with Sam Hepplewhite. There is a delightful cast of secondary characters that includes Maxi and Kate’s dog, Oliver. The characters are well-rounded, friendly, and relatable. There are vivid descriptions of Coral Cay, the beach, and the various cookies. It allows readers to envision they are on lounging on the beach with a good book and a bag of fresh baked cookies from The Cookie House. The mystery was clever for a cozy mystery. I did arrive at the solution early on, but it was fun following Kate’s investigation to the resolution. There was a good wrap up of the crime. I like it when all loose ends are tied up. I did feel the story was a tad long (fifty-chapters). A little editing would not have been remiss. The ending of A Tale of Two Cookies is one that will leave readers smiling. A Tale of Two Cookies is a sweet treat with scrumptious cookies, a gone groom, a wrecked wedding, a bothered bride, threatened turtles, a beautiful beach, and a pushy photographer.

  22. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    A Tale of Two Cookies by Eve Calder was another excellent addition to her Cookie House cozy mystery series. Ms. Calder always captures my attention from the first page and I hate to put the book down until I reach the end. The main character, Kate McGuire, has a lot on her plate in this one with a friend getting married, a missing groom, a reality television show in which she teaches a cookie baking class and suspicious activity at one of the nearby coves. Kate, Maxi, The Coral Cay Irregulars all A Tale of Two Cookies by Eve Calder was another excellent addition to her Cookie House cozy mystery series. Ms. Calder always captures my attention from the first page and I hate to put the book down until I reach the end. The main character, Kate McGuire, has a lot on her plate in this one with a friend getting married, a missing groom, a reality television show in which she teaches a cookie baking class and suspicious activity at one of the nearby coves. Kate, Maxi, The Coral Cay Irregulars all hunting for clues the plot twists and turns with plenty of red herrings that kept me guessing until the end. Ms. Calder's descriptive writing made every scene come alive as I read. I really like the fact that Kate always work with Ben Abrams, the Coral Cay detective and never jeopardizes herself or her friends while investigating. To me this adds more realism to each story. I never guessed how the threads would all weave together for the end. Ms. Calder has written another outstanding cozy mystery. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The third in the Cookie House Mystery series, "A Tale of Two Cookies" is another cute mystery that easily can be read as a stand-alone book. Baker at The Cookie House in Coral Cay, Florida, Kate and her florist friend Maxi set out to solve another mystery, this time involving Kate's old friend from New York, Desiree. When Desiree's fiancee goes missing on the night of their wedding, Kate, Maxi, and the town's mystery book club group set out to discover what happened to the groom, Judson Cooper. The third in the Cookie House Mystery series, "A Tale of Two Cookies" is another cute mystery that easily can be read as a stand-alone book. Baker at The Cookie House in Coral Cay, Florida, Kate and her florist friend Maxi set out to solve another mystery, this time involving Kate's old friend from New York, Desiree. When Desiree's fiancee goes missing on the night of their wedding, Kate, Maxi, and the town's mystery book club group set out to discover what happened to the groom, Judson Cooper. Did he disappear on his own, not wanting to get married? Or has he been abducted or something more sinister, as Desiree is afraid of? Added to the mystery, a reality TV show has begun filming in town, renting out the empty mansion there for the cast to stay in, and an actress (and former girlfriend of Judson) has also appeared- are they connected to Judson's disappearance as well? "A Tale of Two Cookies" was a fun, quick read, with an enjoyable cast of characters. Another cute book in the series. Thanks to NetGalley and St Martin's Press for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. "A Tale of Two Cookies" is scheduled to be released on 4/27/21.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karen Hollins-Stallman

    “A Tale of Two Cookies” by Eve Calder the 3rd instalment in the "A Cookie House Mystery" series. I loved this book and totally need to read previous books, which I bought last week! Even though this was first book in series I read I was able to follow along easily. I really enjoyed visiting Coral Cay, Florida , and the Cookie House. I love the island setting and Kate and her BFF Maxie. I was surprised by what happened and drawn in for the ride of finding out what happened to the groom. Kate turn “A Tale of Two Cookies” by Eve Calder the 3rd instalment in the "A Cookie House Mystery" series. I loved this book and totally need to read previous books, which I bought last week! Even though this was first book in series I read I was able to follow along easily. I really enjoyed visiting Coral Cay, Florida , and the Cookie House. I love the island setting and Kate and her BFF Maxie. I was surprised by what happened and drawn in for the ride of finding out what happened to the groom. Kate turns out to be a great friend to Desiree by never doubting her and enrolling everyone to help find Judd and figure out what happened. I found myself so engrossed in the story that I read it in one day. It was entertaining, full of twists and turns and I didn’t completely guess whodunnit until Kate did. plus all the descriptions of the cookies made my mouth water. I highly recommend this series to all my cozy loving friends and I can’t wait for book 4 to come out! I requested and received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from St.Martins Press and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my OWN.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lizz Axnick

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have read the other two books in this series and was eagerly awaiting this one. However, I was a little disappointed with the result. Kate McGuire is continuing to bake cookies and other goods for her tiny island home of Coral Cay, FL. Her friend from New York is in town to get married and have a lovely and simple sunset beach wedding. However, the groom is a no-show and has disappeared from the grid in the process. What was thought to be cold feet turns out to be a much bigger plot involving I have read the other two books in this series and was eagerly awaiting this one. However, I was a little disappointed with the result. Kate McGuire is continuing to bake cookies and other goods for her tiny island home of Coral Cay, FL. Her friend from New York is in town to get married and have a lovely and simple sunset beach wedding. However, the groom is a no-show and has disappeared from the grid in the process. What was thought to be cold feet turns out to be a much bigger plot involving endangered turtles, reality TV and a washed up starlet looking to reclaim the spotlight. Did the groom really get cold feet or was he kidnapped? I like Kate but I feel like Maxi, Kate's friend and flower shop proprietor is the star of these books. She is such a fun character and the dialogue between them is charming. I thought Eve Calder did well with her portrayal of the reality TV crowd and their general obnoxiousness, I wanted to change the channel in the book! I like these mysteries a lot and hope there is a new one soon! Spoiler alert - the reason I deducted a star is there is no murder in this murder mystery!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cozy Cat Reviews

    This is one of my top 5 favorite cozy series. I love the humor the author infuses into her charcters in this series. I highly recommend the entire series. .Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher. A Tale of Two Cookies by Eve Calder is the 3rd book in the series "A Cookie House Mystery." This is fun series with great charcters that are engaging to read about. Our protagnist Kate lives in Coral Cay Florida and the Florida lifestyle figures in largely to this series. Kate is now part-owner in Th This is one of my top 5 favorite cozy series. I love the humor the author infuses into her charcters in this series. I highly recommend the entire series. .Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher. A Tale of Two Cookies by Eve Calder is the 3rd book in the series "A Cookie House Mystery." This is fun series with great charcters that are engaging to read about. Our protagnist Kate lives in Coral Cay Florida and the Florida lifestyle figures in largely to this series. Kate is now part-owner in The Cookie House with the curmudgeon owner Sam Hepplewhite. Sam is the quintessential Florida type . He allows her to create her delectable cookies and desserts. The cookie descriptions are mouth watering and will have every reader busy baking in their own kitchens. The characters are well crafted to the story. The setting of Florida is fun to read about. The mystery was suspenseful enough to keep me guessing throughout .I love how Kate finds clues and includes her friends in her investigations. A delight to read and I look forward to the next in series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bobbie Kirkland

    Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of A TALE OF TWO COOKIES (Book 3 of the Cookie House Mysteries) by Eve Calder in exchange for an honest review. Kate McGuire is excited to spend time with her old friend Desiree Goldsmith and her fiancé Judson Cooper while they visit Coral Bay. Desiree and Judson like the area so much, they then decide to marry on the beach before they leave. When Judson doesn’t show up for the wedding, law enforcement believes he simply suffered a case of cold feet and Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of A TALE OF TWO COOKIES (Book 3 of the Cookie House Mysteries) by Eve Calder in exchange for an honest review. Kate McGuire is excited to spend time with her old friend Desiree Goldsmith and her fiancé Judson Cooper while they visit Coral Bay. Desiree and Judson like the area so much, they then decide to marry on the beach before they leave. When Judson doesn’t show up for the wedding, law enforcement believes he simply suffered a case of cold feet and became a runaway groom. Desiree enlists Kate, Maxi, and Oliver in her efforts to locate Judson. Meanwhile, a reality television show is filming locally, and the cast is causing havoc in town. I enjoyed this book and like the series. I recommend this book to fans of cozy mysteries featuring bake shops, island life, doggy sidekicks, greed, smuggling, reality television, and environmental issues. #ATaleofTwoCookies #NetGalley

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Smith

    A Tale of Two Cookies, the third in the Cookie House mystery series by Eve Calder, is a sweet treat of a mystery! Kate McGuire, a junior partner in the Cookie House bakery in Coral Cay, Florida, is excited to welcome her friend Desiree and to help plan her beach wedding - that is until the groom disappears. I enjoyed the fact that this was not a cookie cutter (pardon the pun) murder mystery. The reader is kept guessing as to whether the groom simply ran out on his bride or was kidnapped. The cha A Tale of Two Cookies, the third in the Cookie House mystery series by Eve Calder, is a sweet treat of a mystery! Kate McGuire, a junior partner in the Cookie House bakery in Coral Cay, Florida, is excited to welcome her friend Desiree and to help plan her beach wedding - that is until the groom disappears. I enjoyed the fact that this was not a cookie cutter (pardon the pun) murder mystery. The reader is kept guessing as to whether the groom simply ran out on his bride or was kidnapped. The characters are delightful and just the type of people that you would want as your own friends. The beach setting made me want to grab my beach chair and flip flops then head out for a day in the sun. And the dessert descriptions - to die for! The only thing missing was a recipe section. This was the first of Eve Calder’s books that I’ve read but it won’t be the last. (I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy and all opinions are my own.)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    A Tale Of Two Cookies is the 3rd cozy mystery book in A Cookie House Mystery series and it is a winner (both the book and the series). Kate McGuire moved to Coral Cay, FL a few months ago and is now co-owner of the Cookie House Bakery with Sam. Her best friend is Maxi who owns the flower shop next door. They both belong to a mystery book club whose members are a very nice addition to the stories. Kate's friend Desiree is in town for her wedding to Judson Cooper, who is a famous environmentalist. A Tale Of Two Cookies is the 3rd cozy mystery book in A Cookie House Mystery series and it is a winner (both the book and the series). Kate McGuire moved to Coral Cay, FL a few months ago and is now co-owner of the Cookie House Bakery with Sam. Her best friend is Maxi who owns the flower shop next door. They both belong to a mystery book club whose members are a very nice addition to the stories. Kate's friend Desiree is in town for her wedding to Judson Cooper, who is a famous environmentalist. But odd things happen and then he doesn't show up for the wedding. Desiree is convinced something happened to him but everyone else thinks he didn't want to get married. Kate and friends all work together to locate Judd. On top,of that a reality TV show is in town. It all keeps Kate and friends very busy! This is a wonderful cozy mystery and the characters are likable and interesting. Very enjoyable! #NetGalley #ATaleOfTwoCookies #EveCalder #StMartinsPress

  30. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    4.75 stars This is the third book in the A Cookie House mystery series by Eve Calder. This was a fun and fascinating book to follow. Kate’s friend is getting married on the beach but when the groom doesn’t show for the wedding, they begin to think something may haver happened to him. There are all kinds of twists and turns in this that you won’t see coming. I was surprised so many times reading this that I couldn’t figure out what was really going on. It was almost as if the bride was being catfis 4.75 stars This is the third book in the A Cookie House mystery series by Eve Calder. This was a fun and fascinating book to follow. Kate’s friend is getting married on the beach but when the groom doesn’t show for the wedding, they begin to think something may haver happened to him. There are all kinds of twists and turns in this that you won’t see coming. I was surprised so many times reading this that I couldn’t figure out what was really going on. It was almost as if the bride was being catfished since her opinion of the groom and his motivations didn’t go along the same thoughts as his business parter and kids. Well-plotterd, well cast and filled with all the things I like to follow in a mystery story. I definitely recommend this one highly. Definitely pick this up if you are a cozy mystery lover. I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title. Opinions are completely my own.

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