May 09 2018

Blog Tour & Review: Cake and Punishment by Maymee Bell

Posted by Jennifer in 5 Stars, Blog Tour, Cozy Mystery, Giveaways, Guest Post, Review / Leave a Comment

Cake and Punishment: A Southern Cake Baker Mystery
by Maymee Bell

About the Book

Cake and Punishment: A Southern Cake Baker Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Kentucky
Crooked Lane Books (May 8, 2018)
Hardcover 257 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683315711
Digital ASIN: B075QJM2W8

In the first of a delectable new Southern-set baking cozy series, Sophia Cummings, pastry chef extraordinaire, must craft the perfect cake for an old friend’s wedding while sifting through the suspects in a murder.

Bucolic Rumford, Kentucky has glowing fields of bluegrass, a fine selection of bourbons, and now a professional pastry chef. Broken-hearted Sophia Cummings has come home from New York City. She’s not there a minute before she’s charmed into making her high school friend Charlotte’s wedding cake. The kitchen at the Rumford Country Club seems perfect until Chef Emile’s body is discovered, sprawled near the stove, a cast iron skillet on the floor close by.

With one look at the shiny, new frying pan, Sophia knows it’s not Emile’s. She offers her knowledge to Sheriff Carter and her talents to Evelyn, the manager, who needs an interim chef. The mood in the country club is grim: Emile’s peppery personality had burned members and staff alike. Sophia wonders which one of them burned him?


Meet Duchess, the adorable cat in Cake and Punishment

That voice. That smell. I know both of those! Do you know how happy it makes a cat when my real owner comes home?

Technically, Bitsy Cummings is the one who brought me home. But I want my human to be Sophia. I heard the pots and pans rattling around in the kitchen, I knew it wasn’t Bitsy because she never cooks. I stayed in my hiding spot until I heard the ding of the oven, then waited to see if my hopes were coming true. Then. . . I darted downstairs into the kitchen after I smelled the warm buttery and cinnamon that drifted upstairs because I knew it was Sophia.

I wasn’t going to leave her side. I even had a plan to hide in her suitcase, so she could take me back, only she emptied the suitcase. This sent my cat instincts into high alert, that and the crying about her heart being broken. This meant I wasn’t going to leave her side. If that mean clawing Bitsy, I would.
But my role has changed with Sophia. Now she’s got some crazy idea that she’s going to bake herself up into solving a murder mystery. This means I better sharpen my claws incase she’s in danger. You can read more about Duchess and her adventures in the brand new Southern Baker Series, CAKE AND PUNISHMENT.

About the Author

Maymee Bell is the pen name of USA Today Bestselling author Tonya Kappes. She lives in Kentucky with her family and her two schnauzers. She likes strong coffee, slow-country days, and fresh-baked cookies – but she like telling stores best of all. This is her first SOUTHERN BAKER MYSTERY.

Visit Tonya:
Facebook at Author Tonya Kappes,

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Purchase Links:

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Review of Cake and Punishment

Review (5 Stars):  Cake and Punishment was a delightfully delicious mystery and I absolutely adored Sophia from the very first page.  This mystery is well-written and fun and I wanted to jump in to have a bite of Sophia’s amazing creations.  Cake and Punishment is the first book in a brand new series and I’m already a fan of her family.  I can’t wait to see what is next on the menu for Sophia and see what kind of trouble she finds herself in during book number two.

Tour Participants

April 25 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – CHARACTER GUEST POST

April 25 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

April 26 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

April 26 – Bibliophile Reviews –  REVIEW

April 27 – The Book Diva’s Reads –  CHARACTER GUEST POST

April 27 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

April 28 – Ms. Cat’s Honest World – REVIEW


April 29 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

April 30 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

April 30 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT

May 1 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW

May 1 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

May 2 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW

May 2 – Island Confidential – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

May 3 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW

May 3 – Valerie’s Musings – GUEST POST

May 4 – The Power of Words – REVIEW

May 4 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

May 5 – Varietats – REVIEW

May 6 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT


May 7 – Ruff Drafts – GUEST POST

May 8 – The Montana Bookaholic – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

May 8 – Cinnamon, Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder – RECIPE POST

May 9 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

May 9 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW, GUEST POST

May 10 – That’s What She’s Reading – REVIEW, GUEST POST

May 10 – Bookworm Cafe – REVIEW

May 11 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, RECIPE POST

May 11 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW





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