Stabbed in the Tart

Stabbed in the Tart is Book 2 in The HSP Mysteries.

Cover by Scott Book and Melissa Vail Coffman for Camel Press

Home bakery owner and Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) Kayla Jeffries has been hired for the Gourmet and Stay Valentine’s Weekend at the historic Countryside Inn in Los Robles, CA. When one of her fellow cooks is murdered during dinner service, she becomes a person of interest-and a possible suspect.

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Stabbed in the Tart is a cozy mystery featuring Kayla Jeffries, a sleuth who is a home baker and Highly Sensitive Person (a person whose sensitive nervous system is easily overloaded). When a fellow cook is stabbed during a dinner service, Kayla becomes a person of interest and potential suspect! Customers shy away from her business, and she resolves to uncover the killer before she loses her livelihood and possibly her freedom. Delicious twists and turns of plot make Stabbed in the Tart a delectable choice for mystery connoisseurs! – Midwest Book Review

Ayer uses her experience as an HSP and lifelong Californian to create Kayla as an authentic heroine that we cheer for at every turn. Stabbed in the Tart is a quick, delicious read for the baker and detective in all of us. With today’s world as heavy as it is, this book gives us a respite, another world to tuck into where the desserts are as delicious as the storyline. – Christa Avampato for

This book is an interesting, intriguing, and stimulating cozy mystery read!! – Fabulous and Brunette

The setting was unique and fun, and very well described. Perfect for cozy mystery lovers. – The Faerie Review

I hope to read more from this author. I love the way she wrote, the adventure she took me on, and I enjoyed learning about HSP and what they go through. – Because I said so…and other adventures in Parenting

I enjoyed this cozy mystery. I loved how, in the middle of everything, Kayla had a chance to reconnect with her father and how they reminisced about her childhood. She was very intelligent and logical, and strong enough to begin her own business. The secondary characters added another dimension to her personality and the story. – Iron Canuck Reviews

Any lover of cozy mysteries will enjoy Stabbed in the Tart. It’s funny, poignant, informative, and full of red herrings, so many red herrings. There are plenty of twists, turns, fun, and adventure to keep the reader turning page after page. I’m off to add more books by Carol Ayer to my TBR! – Gina Rae Mitchell

This is a cute cozy, and it has a good mystery. Carol Ayer seems to be very good at throwing in a few red herrings making this a good read and a good puzzle. – Our Town Book Reviews

I fell in love with Kayla and her friends all over again in this superb sequel to “Peppermint Cream Die.” The introduction of her father is masterful by author Carol E. Ayer, revealing to the reader the intricacies of Kayla’s past and the HSP trait all at the same time. I absolutely loved Kayla’s dad in this novel, and hope he shows up again in more mysteries. – Spotlight Reviews

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