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Sex, Murder & Killer Cupcakes (Marian Moyer Book 1) by [Janda, Allison]
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4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in Marian Moyer (6 Book Series)

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About the Author

I was a pretty boring kid. I was also a fairly run-of the-mill teenager. I never snuck out to parties. School sporting events were beyond my understanding. I was constantly lost between the worlds of books and theater. In college I majored in Journalism, which would eventually seal my fate. I wouldn't realize it for another seven years or so. Like most people in their early 20s, I jacked around quite a bit. Job here. Relationship there. Surely the emergency credit card can be used to purchase shoes, right? I really need nude heels that I can wear twice and then forget about completely. Somewhere in my late 20s I started having honest heart-to-heart conversations with people that I looked up to. I decided to make some huge changes. I quit my well-paying job and started my own business, Curly Q Media. It was not a smart business move but then, I'm not often praised for using the left side of my brain. Somewhere in the middle of that mess, I got the idea in my head to write books. The thought had lingered in the back of my brain for a long time but, you know, 60,000+ words is a serious time commitment. I started the blog "365 with a Twist." Basically, I took the typical 365 Project where you take one photo every day for a year and added a short story to it. This led me to write a short story with a couple of characters I loved like they were family. I began to wonder what they did outside of that racy short. I began to lose interest in the remaining several months of my project. So was born my first novel. I wrote it in 32 days. The fact that I wanted to enter it into a first time writer's competition with a deadline only 33 days away helped significantly. When it was submitted, I was so giddy with pleasure at my accomplishment that I started writing a follow-up. I celebrated the one-year anniversary of my now successful business just two months later. That's pretty much the story, for now. I still consider myself pretty boring. The only flavoring I use in lattes is vanilla. The only movies I'm willing to watch are those with happy endings. I won't purchase less, I'll simply find a way to make more. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, especially those holiday-themed ones with all the extra peanut butter, are my downfall.

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  • Print Length: 262 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #270,648 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was hoping to find a similar vibe to my favourite bounty hunter Stephanie Plum (Janet Evanovitch) and this book is close. It is a little less witty, and the action/danger was a little more tame, but this book was a fun, fast read in the crime thriller genre.
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Food Porn is Marian Moyer's brain child that she runs with the help of a couple of friends. Addison, who is a journalist, and has been best friends with Marian since they were toddlers. Rory is a model with a lot of creative input and handles the models who are employed by Food Porn and handles the layouts for the magazine. Marian photographs scantily clad or naked models using food to cover the best bits, thus the name Food Porn. Addison writes the reviews for the food that accompanies the pictures.

Marian is headstrong, naïve, and has an active imagination. When their best model turns up dead in the dressing room all the employees are considered suspects in the case. Barry, a Milwaukee detective on the police force is also a longtime friend, and Marian uses this connection to find out how the investigation is coming along. Her father is also an ex-cop who sticks his nose in to follow developments in the case which seem to be causing Barry some problems. When Marian catches an old high school flame, James, stalking around her apartment building parking lot all of her suspicions are directed toward him. Addison puts her investigative reporter hat on and decides Marian needs to get closer to James to see if he is involved with the murder.

Marian is nervous about being wired and going on a date with James, but does it since she's been assured that her friends will be close by. When she catches James being his old hound dog self, flirting with a younger woman when she went to the restroom, she explodes and ends the date. She does however let him take her back to the office building to get her car. He drops her off at the front of the building not realizing her car is in the back parking lot.
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The title hints at a light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek read, and it definitely delivers. Allison Janda has known success as a journalist, and her natural writing abilities help this fun novel to flow enjoyably by with every page turned.

In that vein of "chick-lit murder mysteries" popularized by Janet Evanovich, the book treats readers to a down-to-earth and relatable lead character, Marian Moyer. Most of us women have a touch of Marian inside us; and we've all had those drop-dead gorgeous friends, like Marian's bestie Addison, to relate to as well. Janda scores high marks for creating a protagonist that we wholeheartedly root for. The novel also does an excellent job of supplying that required list of suspects that any mystery must include: the one you know you are meant to suspect, the one you know you're supposed to trust, the diversion, and the red herring. Just when you think you've put that list in order, Janda mixes it all up a bit. It's the kind of writing technique that I know I'd never be able to execute half as convincingly, and it goes a long way in making the read worthwhile.

There were times when I began to feel that the text was trying a little too hard to be clever, which should never have been worry. Janda need not rely upon cliched metaphors or turn every sentence into a complex somersault of literary prowess. I seemed to notice this more at the beginning of the book, and so feel fairly confident that as Janda's manuscript evolved she easily settled into a more comfortable and non-forced rhythm.

Overall, however, my abiding memory of this book will be that it made me smile. In these days of so much seriousness and global empathy, that counts for quite a lot. Now that I feel I know Marian Moyer like a new literary friend, I very much look forward to reading Janda's further books in the series.
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I read book two first, getting it free through daily free books . com without which I wouldn't have heard of this American author.
Book one was brilliant. Even though I knew the characters in book two, the story end was a real surprise to me. The storyline kept me interested all the way through.
I want to read more of her work now. Brilliant story, brilliant author.
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