Over the Christmas break as I nursed my cold, I picked up Footprints in the Sand: A Piper Donovan Mystery by Mary Jane Clark. I wasn’t sure what to expect because this is the first book I’ve ready by Mary Jane Clark. Plus this is the third book in the Piper Donovan/Wedding Cake Mysteries series so I didn’t know if I would need to backtrack to the previous two. Turns out, I had nothing to worry about.
Piper Donovan, 27 year old struggling actress and cake decorator, is the main character in this cozy mystery series. In Footprints in the Sand, Piper and her parents head to Florida for her cousin’s wedding. Piper is the maid of honor and she and her mother are creating the bride’s wedding cake. Unfortunately, as with most mysteries, one of the bridesmaids’ body if discovered on the Sarasota beach. When a neighbor is run off the road, Piper realizes that something is amiss. Throughout the story, Piper sends Facebook status updates about her visit in Sarasota and her online friends inadvertently help her discover clues to the mystery. Instead of waiting for the police to solve the mystery, Piper attempts to track down the murder herself.
I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery. It was perfect for my congested sinuses because it was light and the mystery wasn’t convoluted or too complicated. The pacing of the novel gave me a chance to figure out whodunit. Mary Jane Clark kept me on my toes for a good portion of the novel. I absolutely adored Piper Donovan. She was confident, easy going, and thoughtful. Her only flaw is her curiosity of course, just like any cozy mystery non-professional detective.
Now that I’ve finished Footprints in the Sand, I plan on reading the other two books in the Wedding Cake Mysteries. As a foodie, I wished that the cake decorating had been more prominent in Footprints in the Sand. There are recipes in the back of the book so you can try out the desserts yourself. I’m hoping the other books will offer more cake decorating and making.
If you’re looking for a fun, light mystery, I’d recommend Footprints in the Sand Mary Jane Clark. It goes on sale tomorrow, January 8 but of course you can pre-order it!
I received a review copy of the book.