The Look of Love: A Piper Donovan Mystery
by Mary Jane Clark
Series: Wedding Cake Mystery #2
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication date: January 17, 2012
Genre: Cozy Mystery
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars!
Piper Donovan accepts when the owner of Elysium, an exclusive spa and plastic surgery center, offers her an all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles to create a dazzling and unique wedding cake. The job also gives Piper the time and distance she needs to sort out her feelings for handsome FBI agent Jack Lombardi.
The ultra-luxurious spa caters to the rich and famous in need of a little “refreshing”–a nip here, a tuck there, a little Botox, a little detox. Nestled in the Hollywood Hills, Elysium seems picture-perfect: the grounds, the staff, even the guests. But no sooner does Piper arrive than a guest is brutally murdered in one of the private bungalows. Someone, it seems, wants to make sure Elysium’s beautiful director, Jillian Abernathy, never gets to walk down the aisle. Piper soon discovers that beneath the glamorous surface of this idyllic oasis lies an ugly truth–and a cold-blooded plan for murder.
The second installment of the Wedding Cake Mysteries, The Look of Love: A Piper Donovan Mystery, is a light, quick read just like the first book. I have to admit I was more in tune with the authors writing style this time around so I had a feeling about who the killer was about half way through.. and I ended up being correct. I don’t think I was as impressed with the book as I was the first, but I did enjoy reading it.
In this second book, Piper finds herself in the middle of the drama once again. This time though, she has a little drama of her own – realizing that she might just have more than friendly feelings for FBI agent, Jack Lombardi. I really hope to see their relationship bloom in the next book.
I love that Mary Jane Clark includes social media in these books with Pipers Facebook and Twitter updates. It’s very easy to relate to her character in a very real way because of details like this. I am also very happy that Piper is getting more involved in cake making/decorating. As I stated in my review of the first book, I love the whole bakery story, so I was thrilled to read that Piper is taking that on as another part of her life. I also get a kick out of the recipes at the end of each story. I will definitely be trying some of them out in my own kitchen!
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