Catherine (Cat) Kelley loves living above her bakery, Cat’s Cookies. She has her cat, Oreo, to keep her company not to mention various other interests. Cookies aren’t the only thing she thinks about even though her newest creation, Cranberry Oatmeal Chunky, is getting rave reviews from her customers and her assistants, Lacy and Rachel. Cat is also trying to learn how to dance while Oreo watches her and makes cat-like remarks. But some activity in the apartment directly across from her grabs her attention.

As Cat stares out her window into the apartment opposite hers she sees two silhouettes. It looked like two people were struggling when suddenly the taller person hit the shorter one with a large stick-like object and the shorter person fell. Did Cat just witness a murder? To be on the safe side he calls Detective Jack Bradshaw. Jack tells Cat to stay in her apartment until the police come. Like Cat would ever just sit still.

Instead Cat goes across the street to see what went on. After all, someone might be injured and needs some help. That’s as good as excuse as any to leave her apartment against police orders. When she gets across the street she sees an Audi scream past her as if the driver of the car needed to get out of the area, fast.

Cat finds out that the resident of the apartment is Patricia Woods, an influential business person and she was murdered, but why? With the help of her bakery assistants, Lacy and Rachel, Cat decides to lend a helping hand to the detective and help find the murderer. Her help isn’t needed or wanted but that hasn’t stopped Cat from detecting before and it won’t stop her now.

Any one of a number of people could have killed Patricia; her business partner; her cousin; her grandfather; her brother; or some others but Cat Kelley is looking for the culprit and she’ll find out who the murderer is.

“Cranberry Oatmeal Murder” is the second book in the Cookie Lane Cozy Mystery Series by Karen Sullivan. Cat is a gal after my own heart. She’s in her mid 40’s, enjoys cookies, and cares about the people around her. Ms. Sullivan does a nice job in creating an interesting murder that Cat solves. There are a few twists and turns and a surprise ending. There’s also a little bit of a love/hate thing going on between Cat and Detective Jack Bradshaw. Yeah, they react to each other in a professional manner but there’s something else going on. I can definitely see these two characters getting together in the future.

Another aspect that I enjoy about this series is that the books are easy to read, easy to get into, and a fun way to spend a day in the sun. Karen Sullivan has a nice series going on here and I hope she continues it for a long time.

I was given a free copy of this book and voluntarily read and reviewed it. The opinions are my own.

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