To Have and To Kill is the first novel in  a new series for Mary Jane Clark. I haven’t had the pleasure of reading one of her novels before so this was a first of firsts for me, I enjoyed it. Clark definitely drew me in right away. Here is what this novel is about:

“My new character, Piper Donovan, is a struggling actress with no immediate prospects and a recently broken engagement. Reluctantly, she moves back in with her parents to take stock of her life. Piper steps tentatively into the family bakery business, and finds herself agreeing to create the wedding cake for the acclaimed star of a daytime television drama. But soon deadly things start happening around the bride-to-be and it seems that somebody is ruthlessly determined to stop the wedding.

With the help of her former neighbor, Jack, a handsome FBI agent with a soft spot for the gorgeous cake-maker, Piper moves closer to the truth. As she narrows in on a suspect, Piper realizes that it's hotter in the kitchen than she may be able to handle...”

All good stuff: bakeries, wedding cakes, FBI agents and mystery abounds. I enjoy reading this type of fun novel at the beach, or now since it is cold, while watching a good fire that I have made. To Have and To Kill was a nice introduction to Mary Jane Clark’s works for me. Her characters seemed to have the right ingredients, the right amount of proofing and they seemed to have been baked just right, with just a hint of some extra spice or spices that only she knows what it is. Piper is a character I grew to care about and I am eager to follow her coming novels. If you have the blog at all, you know that I really enjoy finding new character driven series to follow.

I am going to have to guess that I am in the minority when it comes to having read a novel by this author. It seems that Mary Jane Clark has a few novels under her belt and they are all on display at her website, plus a few other neat things. Have you signed up for her newsletter? I did. Here is here official website address:  http://www.maryjaneclark.com/index.html

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