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To Have and To Kill

Mary Jane Clark's wedding cake mystery

November 7, 2011
By REGINA M. ANGELI - Books Writer , The Daily News

Weddings are murder, figuratively and literally, in Mary Jane Clark's wedding cake mystery, "To Have and To Kill." (Avon/Harper/HarperCollins, 342 pages)

Aspiring actress Piper Donovan returns to her mother's bakery to make ends meet. Her friend and soap opera star, Glenna, asks Piper if her mother would bake her wedding cake.

Initially, Piper's mother refuses the offer, as her macular degeneration makes it difficult for her to decorate cakes. Piper gently offers to help her mother and the two set about baking a cake worthy of a star.

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But dark clouds threaten Glenna's nuptials when she receives an anonymous note warning her about her fiance, Casey.

Things turn deadly when the celebrity auctioneer quaffs a glass of cyanide-laced water intended for Glenna at a posh Manhattan charity fund raising event. It becomes apparent that anyone who had attended the fund-raiser is a target for a very desperate killer.

Piper has a full plate on hand - she has a mystery to solve (with the help of her friend, FBI agent Jack Lombardi) - and a wedding cake to bake!

Mary Jane Clark's "To Have and To Kill" is a nice culinary caper complete with a great recipe for buttercream icing.

Let them eat cake with a serving of a mystery on the side!



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