by P. D. Workman
Julie S., Staff Reviewer
Reading the title, Gluten-Free Murder, I thought it was going to be another fluffy murder mystery. I was wrong.
Erin Price moves to Bald River Falls after inheriting her Aunt Clementine’s tea house, wanting to turn it into a gluten-free bakery, much to the skepticism of the community. They loved their tea house.
Immediately we are introduced to the quirky inhabitants of Bald River Falls, starting with Officer Terry Piper and his German Shepherd K9 companion, aptly named K9. One by one, unique characters pop in to Erin’s bakery, and we are thrown quickly into the murder of Erin’s crabby business rival, Angela Plaint, owner of The Bake Shoppe. Not only does the mystery hold our attention but so do the serious subjects of this piece of fiction which quickly changed my mind about the fluffiness of the read, though it still had its softness that one expects of a book with this name.
Strange occurrences in Erin’s new gluten-free bakery make her wonder if it is haunted, but that theory is dispelled when she finds a young, terrified woman hiding in her bakery and a feral cat watching her every move. The young woman, Vic, has a story of her own that is timely for the age we live in today.
This mystery held my attention, and I came to care about the characters. The writer’s descriptions pull us into their lives so we feel what they were feeling. This is a well-crafted mystery that will keep you reading late into the night.
From the author’s page:
Erin Price moves to Bald Eagle Falls, a place where everyone knows everyone as well as everyone else’s business, taking over the store left to her by her aunt to start up a gluten-free bakery. The grand opening is marred by just one thing, the death of her business rival, Angela Plaint. It appears that Angela was poisoned by one of Erin’s cupcakes, making her a prime suspect.
Equipped with cupcakes, her desire for the truth, and new bakery assistant Vicky’s help, Erin goes head-to-head against Detective Terry Piper to solve the murder. Rumors of treasure hunting, drug dealing, and a missing boy swirl around Bald Eagle Falls as Erin tries to sort the clues from the red herrings and find the killer before the killer can take care of her.
Award-winning and USA Today bestselling author P. D. Workman writes riveting mystery/suspense and young adult books dealing with mental illness, addiction, abuse, and other real-life issues. For as long as she can remember, the blank page has held an incredible allure and from a very young age she was trying to write her own books.
Workman wrote her first complete novel at the age of twelve and continued to write as a hobby for many years. She started publishing in 2013. She has won several literary awards from
Library Services for Youth in Custody for her young adult fiction. She currently has over 60 published titles.
Visit the author here:
1. Gluten-Free Murder
2. Dairy-Free Death
3. Allergen-Free Assignation
4. Stirring Up Murder
5. Brewing Death
6. Coup de Glace
7. Sour Cherry Turnover
8. Apple-achian Treasure
9. Vegan Baked Alaska
10. Muffins Masks Murder
11. Tai Chi and Chai Tea
12. Santa Shortbread