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A Berry Deadly Welcome

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Author: A.R. Winters

Published: March 14th 2018

Format: Kindle Edition , 246 pages

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Language: English


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Welcome to Sarah’s Eatery, where the food is to-die-for! Escaping a dreadful marriage and an angry ex-husband, Kylie Berry moves to the small town of Camden Falls, Kentucky, to run her cousin’s café, Sarah’s Eatery. Only one problem: Kylie can’t cook to save her life, and the longtime chef walks out on Kylie’s first day. Answering the call for a new chef, in walks l Welcome to Sarah’s Eatery, where the food is to-die-for! Escaping a dreadful marriage and an angry ex-husband, Kylie Berry moves to the small town of Camden Falls, Kentucky, to run her cousin’s café, Sarah’s Eatery. Only one problem: Kylie can’t cook to save her life, and the longtime chef walks out on Kylie’s first day. Answering the call for a new chef, in walks lovely Rachel Summers, a friendly local brownie-addict who immediately gets the job. But when Rachel is found dead a few hours later, all fingers point to Kylie and her killer brownies. Could Kylie have made a major kitchen blunder and poisoned the woman? Did a bitter former employee tamper with her pantry? Or was there more to Rachel than the kind smile and eager-to-please attitude she sported at the interview? With the help of the few remaining café regulars, Kylie sets out on a journey to uncover the truth behind who killed Rachel Summers!

30 review for A Berry Deadly Welcome

  1. 5 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    . This is the first book of the 'Kylie Berry Mysteries'. It opens with Kylie Berry sneaking off to her cousin's café in the small town of Camden Falls in Kentucky -- in a hurry to escape her cheating ex-husband, who has sullied her reputation with false accusations. But she ran out of money and gas before she made it to her destination. So she ditches the car and walks on toward her new life, carrying the few possessions she was able to recover after the divorce that left her destitute since she . This is the first book of the 'Kylie Berry Mysteries'. It opens with Kylie Berry sneaking off to her cousin's café in the small town of Camden Falls in Kentucky -- in a hurry to escape her cheating ex-husband, who has sullied her reputation with false accusations. But she ran out of money and gas before she made it to her destination. So she ditches the car and walks on toward her new life, carrying the few possessions she was able to recover after the divorce that left her destitute since she had signed a prenup. This is a cozy mystery with the pov from the protagonist. From a practical point of view, she is a total failure as the new boss and in her personal life as well. She owns a restaurant, yet she is not able to cook any edible food. Her ex-Aunt-in-law hates her profusely and has spread ugly rumors to keep people away from her newly acquired restaurant. After a bit of schmoozing with the locals, she suddenly becomes popular with some of the inhabitants and even makes a best friend. True to cozy mystery formula, the murderer was caught by the heroine. The culprit revealed herself quite by accident, allowing these two friends to get her confession, without the police department being involved. The story didn't make much logical sense. However, I did appreciate the bits of humor that were sprinkled on top of the burnt food. The abrupt conclusion provided a necessary twist in order to keep the series alive. I was not overly thrilled with this installment, but will definitely be trying book 2 to discover whether or not I want to complete this light series since I did like it, just didn't love it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nola Arganbright

    She can't cook. I loved it. A new series. Kylie has been through a rough divorce and has nothing but the clothes on her back. Her cousin signs over a restaurant to her but her cook quits. A fun story, a good plot, introductions to the premier characters. I am going to be following this series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Philip

    A quite enjoyable story that I read as a break from my 2019 Arthur Ellis award entries reading that actually has an adequate amount of the humour indicated in the blurbs, a good cast of mainly likeable and pretty well developed characters, a good if a bit predictable mystery and a quite solid ending. This book is pretty well edited but it does have one glaring proof reading problem that I can not stand and always causes me to downrate an otherwise good book quite a bit. Up until chapter 15 Rache A quite enjoyable story that I read as a break from my 2019 Arthur Ellis award entries reading that actually has an adequate amount of the humour indicated in the blurbs, a good cast of mainly likeable and pretty well developed characters, a good if a bit predictable mystery and a quite solid ending. This book is pretty well edited but it does have one glaring proof reading problem that I can not stand and always causes me to downrate an otherwise good book quite a bit. Up until chapter 15 Rachel’s sister’s name is Veronica however when her husband goes to Jack’s bank for a loan here’s a quote -”If Jack didn't give Victoria's husband a loan, that must”. Twice more she is called Victoria in the next paragraphs then here’s the next quote -”I stepped away out of Jack's line of sight and made a note on a napkin. Veronica --> financial gain.” There is no excuse for this kind of bad proof reading especially all in the same conversation in the same chapter. Anyway I’ll very probably read more of this series when I need a little lighter read but no burn’t brownies or uncooked cakes, please!

  4. 4 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Dreadful writing, an implausible plot, ridiculously stupid heroine and crazy ex-aunt. The murderer was a surprise, at least. Won't be reading any more of this series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    A Fun Whodunnit! This is a brand new series for Winters. Main character Kylie Berry marries her husband at the very young age of 18. Not knowing any better she signs a terrible prenup. Eleven years later she takes off from her ever cheating louse of a husband with nothing but a small suitcase. She heads for the small town of Camden Falls hoping to start fresh. Unfortunately things do not work in any way shape or form. She buys a cafe, loses almost all her staff, & oh, yeah, one of her customers e A Fun Whodunnit! This is a brand new series for Winters. Main character Kylie Berry marries her husband at the very young age of 18. Not knowing any better she signs a terrible prenup. Eleven years later she takes off from her ever cheating louse of a husband with nothing but a small suitcase. She heads for the small town of Camden Falls hoping to start fresh. Unfortunately things do not work in any way shape or form. She buys a cafe, loses almost all her staff, & oh, yeah, one of her customers ends up dead after eating her brownies. Did I mention that Kylie can’t cook or bake, not at all!! She is probably the worst cook on the planet! Her cooking/baking attempts had my laughing out loud! The poor girl is completely in over her head. But I really liked Kylie. I just wanted to give her a hug & some cooking lessons! The story is loaded with some really colorful characters both good & evil. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for Kylie & Little Sage.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This is the first book in a new series. I was fortunate enough to get a free copy of the 2nd book before I received this one. That said, this book is really good but I think the series gets better and better. The characters get more fleshed out and their relationships develop. In this one everyone is just getting to know each other so it may feel a little awkward but that soon dissipates and the laughs start and you have to root for Kylie. She tries so hard and is so good hearted. The mystery is This is the first book in a new series. I was fortunate enough to get a free copy of the 2nd book before I received this one. That said, this book is really good but I think the series gets better and better. The characters get more fleshed out and their relationships develop. In this one everyone is just getting to know each other so it may feel a little awkward but that soon dissipates and the laughs start and you have to root for Kylie. She tries so hard and is so good hearted. The mystery is good and you don't figure it out until the end. Really good first book. I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Rice

    Super cute! This was a very fun, funny and overall cute summer read. It kept my attention, and frankly I never wanted to put it down. I look forward to book number 2.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Quick and easy New author. Not sure if this is a stand alone but would enjoy seeing how the characters devolop. Look forward to reading more from this author

  9. 4 out of 5

    Fleur

    Solid 4.5 star I just love cozy mysteries and I was not disappointed with A Berry Deadly Welcome, Kylie Berry is at rock bottom as in she has no job, recently divorced by her pig of a husband, not a penny to her name and all she now owns fits inside suit case. Due to also having no internet nor phone Kylie doesn't realise her Cousin Sarah is not only going to let her stay at her apartment but also sell her the whole bakery, woohoo things are looking up until her Crazy Aunt in law turns up (yup th Solid 4.5 star I just love cozy mysteries and I was not disappointed with A Berry Deadly Welcome, Kylie Berry is at rock bottom as in she has no job, recently divorced by her pig of a husband, not a penny to her name and all she now owns fits inside suit case. Due to also having no internet nor phone Kylie doesn't realise her Cousin Sarah is not only going to let her stay at her apartment but also sell her the whole bakery, woohoo things are looking up until her Crazy Aunt in law turns up (yup the exes family live here) and next thing someone is dead and all fingers point to her. I just loved how Kylie manages to get her self in suck a pickle with things but also has some new good friends to help her out. There are plenty of laughs, surprises and a good wee twist to keep you entertained and wanting book 2.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn Grabas

    Liked sthes story, but it pushed the limits of reality when it puts forth the idea of someone having been married for 11 years, that's 4,015 days, and NEVER having cooked anything in her life. This might work if that person had married a millionaire and had a cook, maid, and housekeeper - but that was not the case. The author contends that this couple ate 3 meals a day for the aforementioned amount of days outside their home. That would be cost prohibitive among other things. But it does set up Liked sthes story, but it pushed the limits of reality when it puts forth the idea of someone having been married for 11 years, that's 4,015 days, and NEVER having cooked anything in her life. This might work if that person had married a millionaire and had a cook, maid, and housekeeper - but that was not the case. The author contends that this couple ate 3 meals a day for the aforementioned amount of days outside their home. That would be cost prohibitive among other things. But it does set up Kylie as a harebrained, incompetent idiot. So, right there the story is killed as Kylie has to go through the book in the manner she was described. Additionally, a bit of proof reading would have helped. In any case, I will not be reading any more of this series as I don't suffer stupid, whether it is the character or the author.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Theodora Vanyar

    Overview: Blurb: Kylie Berry moves to Camden Falls, Kentucky to get away from her no-good, dirty, rotten, cheater of an ex-husband. She's offered a job at her cousin's cafe and jumps at the chance. Unfortunately for her, she now owns the cafe and a reputation for being a harlot thanks to her ex-husband's harridan aunt Dorothy. Things don't get any better when her admittedly terrible cooking apparently kills her new cook! Life in the tiny town of Camden Falls looks to be trying to take Kylie out Overview: Blurb: Kylie Berry moves to Camden Falls, Kentucky to get away from her no-good, dirty, rotten, cheater of an ex-husband. She's offered a job at her cousin's cafe and jumps at the chance. Unfortunately for her, she now owns the cafe and a reputation for being a harlot thanks to her ex-husband's harridan aunt Dorothy. Things don't get any better when her admittedly terrible cooking apparently kills her new cook! Life in the tiny town of Camden Falls looks to be trying to take Kylie out at the knees before she can even fully stand up. Trigger Warnings: Bullying, Death, Drug Use (Non-Consensual), Emotional Abuse, Food, Gun Violence, Infidelity, Murder, Off Screen Infidelity, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Violence Body Count: 1 Overall review: Thoughts: Overall, it's not a bad book. The pacing is good and Kylie has a decent sense of humor. The character rolls with the punches of being a penniless divorcee, being accused of murder, and having a harridan of an ex-aunt-in-law trying to destroy her reputation in her new home. I suppose it's the mark of a good writer that I wanted to punch Aunt Dorothy in her stuck-up nose. And I do like the variety of people the story portrays. It was a decent romp into the world of Camden Falls with steady world-building, but it seemed a touch tepid. I'm going to read the next book in the series to see if I can connect better with the next one. Was it engaging? Yes Favorite Character: Sage, the kitten. The Specs: • Series  ◦ Series Name: Kylie Berry Mysteries ◦ Book Number: 1 of 8 • Genre ◦ Technical Genre: Cozy Culinary Mysteries, Cozy Animal Mystery ◦ Theo Genre: Cozy Mystery • Page count: 246 pages • POV: 1st Person • Publication information: ◦ Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing/Amazon Digital Services LLC ◦ Language:  English ◦ ISBN-13: 9781986333641 ◦ ASIN: B07BBCWDZ4 Other Fun Stuff: To Read or Not To Read (Again): Donated, but I'll read more of the series Rating out of five: 2.5 out of 5 Representation, Morality, and Sexism Tests: • Bechdel–Wallace Test:  ◦ Purpose: to establish actual female characters that act independently of male characters in a story. ▪ Do two female characters talk about something other than a male character? ◦ Pass or Fail: Pass • DuVernay Test: ◦ Purpose: to establish characters of color in a story. ▪ Are there fully actualized characters of color? ◦ Pass or Fail: Pass • Ellen Willis Test: ◦ Purpose: to show balance in characters regardless of gender. ▪ Would two related characters still work to carry the story if their genders were reversed? ◦ Pass or Fail: Pass • Hays Code Test: ◦ Purpose: to ignore outdated and queer-degrading/punishing standards that once were the standard for produced mass media. ◦ Part One: outdated moral guidelines ▪ Are there any outdated "moral content" rules gloriously kicked in the teeth by this story? ▪ Are there people of color allowed a happy ending? ▪ Is there an interracial couple? ▪ Is there profanity used at all? ▪ Is there one or more homicidal acts and/or murder? ◦ Part Two: queer representation ▪ Are there queer characters that get a happy ending? ▪ Is there an illegal or otherwise distasteful age gap between characters, queer or otherwise? ▪ Do the queer characters die tragically, violently, or at all? ◦ Pass or Fail: Half Pass • Mako Mori Test: ◦ Purpose: to assure that in the story there is at least one female character independent of a male character's story. ▪ Is there a female character? ▪ Does she get her own arc? ▪ Does it do anything other than serve to support a man’s story? ◦ Pass or Fail: Pass • Sexy Lamp Test: ◦ Purpose: to assure that a female character in the story serves as an active protagonist, not just a device to be used by the male main character. ▪ Would the plot fall apart if the female character was replaced by a sexy looking lamp? ◦ Post-It Note Caveat: ▪ Would the character be able to be replaced by a Sexy Lamp with a sticky note on it for information conveyance? ◦ Pass or Fail: Pass • Tauriel Test: ◦ Purpose: to help support the existence of competent, independent female characters regardless of a romantic sub-plot. ▪ Is there at least one woman in the story? ▪ Is this woman competent in her chosen occupation and not immediately shown up by a newcomer male character? ▪ If she has or develops a love interest during the story, either implied or explicitly stated, does she suddenly abandon her job and/or chosen path to support or pursue said love interest?  ◦ Pass or Fail: Pass • Vito Russo Test: ◦ Purpose: to establish more characters that are on the SAGA (Sexuality And Gender Acceptance), QTPOC (Queer and Trans People of Color) or LGBTQIAP+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual/Biromantic/Bigender, Transgender, Queer/Genderqueer, Intersex, Asexual/Aromantic/Agender, Pansexual/Panromantic, and others not listed here) spectrum. ▪ Is there a character on the queer spectrum? ▪ Are they a character beyond their orientation? ▪ Do they actually affect the plot? ▪ Is the character something beyond a punchline? ◦ Pass or Fail: Half Pass Review format updated 10 June 2019

  12. 5 out of 5

    Diane ~Firefly~

    Kylie is escaping a bad marriage with nothing and her cousin basically gives her a business and apartment What I enjoyed: * Supporting characters - I am intrigued by Zoey * Quick read What could have been better: * There is going to be a love triangle or square, every man she met was gorgeous * People in this small town were surprisingly ok with a virtual stranger asking them personal questions * Editing issues - Rachel's sister's name changed from Veronica to Nancy at the end * She is the worst cook ev Kylie is escaping a bad marriage with nothing and her cousin basically gives her a business and apartment What I enjoyed: * Supporting characters - I am intrigued by Zoey * Quick read What could have been better: * There is going to be a love triangle or square, every man she met was gorgeous * People in this small town were surprisingly ok with a virtual stranger asking them personal questions * Editing issues - Rachel's sister's name changed from Veronica to Nancy at the end * She is the worst cook ever and seems convinced she should be the cook at her new café and people still go there * The ex-aunt-in-law was over the top with her hate

  13. 4 out of 5

    Graham Rook

    A very shallow story I failed to see the humour in this supposedly "laugh out loud" book. It didn't raise a smile in me. The heroine hadn't even got near to solving the mystery when the culprit revealed herself as the murderer. Surely that defeats the whole object of a "who done it". Why are so many would-be authors jumping on the overdone themes of restaurants, diners, bakeries, chefs, witches and the ludicrous psychic cats and dogs. Let's have some refreshing originality - not the same old rubb A very shallow story I failed to see the humour in this supposedly "laugh out loud" book. It didn't raise a smile in me. The heroine hadn't even got near to solving the mystery when the culprit revealed herself as the murderer. Surely that defeats the whole object of a "who done it". Why are so many would-be authors jumping on the overdone themes of restaurants, diners, bakeries, chefs, witches and the ludicrous psychic cats and dogs. Let's have some refreshing originality - not the same old rubbish.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Well this answered the question of Kylie's beginnings at Sarah's Eatery. I still don't think you have to read the books in order, but it does help. However, this also raised more questions for me. In this book, she wants to rename the café and announced that she is changing the name effective immediately, but by book 3, it is still Sarah's Eatery. Her relationship with Zoey, Brad and Joel seems to have grown by leaps and bounds, unless I missed how long she's lived in Camden Falls from book 1 to Well this answered the question of Kylie's beginnings at Sarah's Eatery. I still don't think you have to read the books in order, but it does help. However, this also raised more questions for me. In this book, she wants to rename the café and announced that she is changing the name effective immediately, but by book 3, it is still Sarah's Eatery. Her relationship with Zoey, Brad and Joel seems to have grown by leaps and bounds, unless I missed how long she's lived in Camden Falls from book 1 to 3. I have no idea how Dorothy gets away with what she does to Kylie or why she puts up with it, and the idea that she gave up on her marriage too easily is a load of hogwash too. 11 years with a liar and cheater? Someone who took advantage of a teenager and then left her high and dry when she walks? Seriously? The woman should have been asking Brad and Joel out from day 1 and celebrating her newfound freedom and chance to start over. I'm actually amazed she is failing so quickly with the café given her role as the brains behind her husband's success. Perhaps the point is she grows into herself as we progress through the series, but she comes across as such a contradiction. Smart enough to solve murders...although the fact that everyone tries to kill her and she basically stumbles onto the killers as a result is closer to the truth of how she does it...but not quite savvy enough to run a café? As I said, the books are enjoyable and easy to read for the most part so hey, I'll keep reading them, but definitely not your high suspense, keep you on the edge of your seat mysteries.

  15. 5 out of 5

    SandyL

    I'm still trying to decide how I feel about this book. I did enjoy parts of it and the story was interesting and moved along quickly. But the premise behind it didn't make a lot of sense. Kylie Berry is struggling after her divorce, without a penny to her name. Her cousin offers her a spot at her diner in Kentucky. When Kylie shows up, her cousin throws her the keys, says she selling the place to Kylie and takes off. Huh? Then Kylie's ex-aunt-in-law badmouths her to the town, so she starts losin I'm still trying to decide how I feel about this book. I did enjoy parts of it and the story was interesting and moved along quickly. But the premise behind it didn't make a lot of sense. Kylie Berry is struggling after her divorce, without a penny to her name. Her cousin offers her a spot at her diner in Kentucky. When Kylie shows up, her cousin throws her the keys, says she selling the place to Kylie and takes off. Huh? Then Kylie's ex-aunt-in-law badmouths her to the town, so she starts losing business. Next, Kylie can't cook. At all! I was dumbfounded when she was baking things from scratch without a recipe and couldn't understand when they didn't turn out. When a woman turns up dead after eating one of Kylie's creations, she decides she needs to figure out what happened. All the while serving only spaghetti and store-bought cookies at her diner. Again, huh? It is the first book in the series, so I may continue on to see if things get better, and to see what happens between Kylie and Brad.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Enjoyed reading this cozy mystery Fast, clean read with a varied cast to support the lead character Kylie This should allow for series growth. This story centers around Kylie moving from Chicago to a small Kentucky town to run a cafe. She is newly divorced and left with nothing. Her cousin offers her a job but when she arrives she finds out she is going to be the new owner. She lacks cooking skills.. So when the chef quits she must hire a new cook. When she finally hires someone, she never shows Enjoyed reading this cozy mystery Fast, clean read with a varied cast to support the lead character Kylie This should allow for series growth. This story centers around Kylie moving from Chicago to a small Kentucky town to run a cafe. She is newly divorced and left with nothing. Her cousin offers her a job but when she arrives she finds out she is going to be the new owner. She lacks cooking skills.. So when the chef quits she must hire a new cook. When she finally hires someone, she never shows up for her first day. Kylie is a suspect and decides to investigate. The story pacing was good. The investigation becomes entwined with her getting involved with the community. For a first in series, I think the author did a good job of introducing her world. The teaser chapter at the end was also a good hook to create interest in book 2.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Aya

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Besides finding it difficult to suspend my disbelief at the generosity of the protagonist's cousin, I don't like the protagonist. She's aware of how terrible she is at cooking but still A) insists on being the chef and B) bakes a cake without following a recipe and expecting for it to turn out fine because "of all the ingredients" she put in it. Also, why would she hire someone who can't cook AS the cook? Why would she sell day old cookies and on sale cakes from the grocery store at the restauran Besides finding it difficult to suspend my disbelief at the generosity of the protagonist's cousin, I don't like the protagonist. She's aware of how terrible she is at cooking but still A) insists on being the chef and B) bakes a cake without following a recipe and expecting for it to turn out fine because "of all the ingredients" she put in it. Also, why would she hire someone who can't cook AS the cook? Why would she sell day old cookies and on sale cakes from the grocery store at the restaurant? And after all that, how could anyone continue going there? I get that this is first and foremost a cozy mystery series. However, the overall expeience and world building really put me off which is a shame because I enjoyed her other mystery series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gail M. Ferguson

    Cute however unbelievable The story is cute, someone running away from a bad marriage and ends up buying a restaurant from a friend, but can't cook. Then turns sleuth to find the murderer of the person she is accused of murdering herself with her burnt brownies. Finds the murderer with not much effort, makes new friends, and still can't even cook eggs! Not mention in all this, how is she paying for the restaurant, employees, food, and living expenses? If you don't mind not knowing the answers to Cute however unbelievable The story is cute, someone running away from a bad marriage and ends up buying a restaurant from a friend, but can't cook. Then turns sleuth to find the murderer of the person she is accused of murdering herself with her burnt brownies. Finds the murderer with not much effort, makes new friends, and still can't even cook eggs! Not mention in all this, how is she paying for the restaurant, employees, food, and living expenses? If you don't mind not knowing the answers to those questions and just like a quick read without a lot of substance, then you will enjoy this.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Ooten

    This was a good read for me. I thought that the writing flowed well, and I liked most of the characters. I say most, but even though Kylie is the main character, I'm not sure how much I'm going to like her. She was annoying part of the time, and the whole not being able to cook thing started to grate after a while. I was really hoping that she would have stood up to her ex aunt-in-law. I loved Zoey though :) I can honestly say that I didn't know who the killer was. I will be interested in seeing This was a good read for me. I thought that the writing flowed well, and I liked most of the characters. I say most, but even though Kylie is the main character, I'm not sure how much I'm going to like her. She was annoying part of the time, and the whole not being able to cook thing started to grate after a while. I was really hoping that she would have stood up to her ex aunt-in-law. I loved Zoey though :) I can honestly say that I didn't know who the killer was. I will be interested in seeing how the series progresses though. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ellen White

    Kylie took her ex husband Mercedes for the trip to Kentucky, if he found out, there would be a warrant.A cousin invited her to come and work in the café, a second chance with new beginnings. She arrives to find her cousins is selling the cafe to her, while she goes to Seattle. Problem #1 Kylie can’t cook #2 cook quits the first day. #3 new woman she hired made killer brownies, which was murder. Staff stayed with her and help her solved. As for the new chef it was to be Kylie with her Ops board. Kylie took her ex husband Mercedes for the trip to Kentucky, if he found out, there would be a warrant.A cousin invited her to come and work in the café, a second chance with new beginnings. She arrives to find her cousins is selling the cafe to her, while she goes to Seattle. Problem #1 Kylie can’t cook #2 cook quits the first day. #3 new woman she hired made killer brownies, which was murder. Staff stayed with her and help her solved. As for the new chef it was to be Kylie with her Ops board. It was funny, had a good plot and a murder to solve.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is the first in the series and the first time reading this author. The main character is Kylie and she comes to town thinking she will be working for her cousin but gets there in time to say goodbye and learn that she is getting everything her cousin owns and doesn't have to start paying her back for a couple of years. Sounds better then it is because her ex-aunt tells everyone a bunch of lies about her and then there is a murder and they think she did it. Can she figure all this before she This is the first in the series and the first time reading this author. The main character is Kylie and she comes to town thinking she will be working for her cousin but gets there in time to say goodbye and learn that she is getting everything her cousin owns and doesn't have to start paying her back for a couple of years. Sounds better then it is because her ex-aunt tells everyone a bunch of lies about her and then there is a murder and they think she did it. Can she figure all this before she loses everything ?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    Loved this book! What a fun read. Kylie is newly divorced and finds herself living in her ex's hometown. The fun theme that runs through the whole book is her extreme lack of culinary skill after purchasing a cafe from her cousin. In the midst of trying to find her place in the world again, she meets a great group of people who become new friends. This was a nice mix of laugh out loud funny and snooping to find a murderer. Hope this series continues for a long time.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Some fun, but no lol. I'm a cozy fan and really wanted to enjoy a new author. A Berry Deadly Welcome started out interestingly enough with good set up but just failed to deliver in too many areas. Some well crafted lines and funny situations helped but the story felt rushed at times, especially at the end. The crazy aunt sequence really fell apart. Weird typos and misplaced words added to the disappointment. Sorry, won't be back for more.

  24. 4 out of 5

    deeann linford

    Light Hearted Mystery Very interesting story about how to keep trying no matter what. Not logical but keeps you attention. Good hearted people have a way of making bad things turn out ok. That is what this author did with lots of crazy twists and turns. Truth has it's own power which many people in this world today are forgetting. Pursue the truth and help save the people and the world. Love 💘

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Conway

    This is a light easy read. The main character goes to visit her cousin after a divorce and gets handed the keys to not only a coffee shop with apt above but the whole block. A little far fetched. To boot, this girl doesn’t know how to cook. (eye roll). You don’t have to think much to read this book and it is a fun filled story. I did go on to 2nd book. I like the characters and how they back up this ditziest girt and her coffee shop.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    Cozy but meh I tried to give this 2 stars but my fat fingers hit the third star and I haven't figured out how to fix it. The main character is annoyingly helpless. I get that she is supposed to have been divorced from a horrible guy yadayada but the whole I can't get a recipe book and learn to cook is ridiculous. Maybe it's because I can cook but I find her overall helplessness annoying to the point of aggravation.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jana Gundy

    A hilarious good time So I'm a huge fan of this author and couldn't wait to start her new series. It didn't disappoint! Kylie is a woman down on her luck that's thrust into cafe owner faster than she knew. She can't cook, knows nothing about running a cafe and her brownies might just have killed someone! Let the shenanigans begin!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    A woman running from a bad marriage she goes to Camden Falls, Kentucky where her cousin sells her a cafe. Things get to be funny as Kylie Berry cannot cook and she is blamed for a murder because of some brownies. A laugh out loud story that just got better the more I got into the book.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Great read OK now I have found a new series by A R Winters to add to my ever growing list but I love it and Kylie and I can't wait to get the next one if your like me and love a great cozy with characters you will love and a story that will keep you turning the page then this series is a must read

  30. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Matthews

    Pleasantly surprised... This was a fun, happy read. My only issue is editing. In one spot, over the course of only a few pages, a character's name changed and then changed back. Somenone needs to really edit here and not simply rely on spellcheck. Sorry, but true. But the characters were well fleshed out, the dialogue well-written. Worth a read!

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