Monday, February 28, 2022

Blind Bake by Denise Grover Swank Blog Tour

The first book in the new Maddie Baker Mystery series by New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller Denise Grover Swank.


In the last few months, my life has gone to crap. My uncle died. I gave up my life to move back to my hometown to take care of my ailing aunt. And oh… I unwittingly drove a guy to his murder. Not exactly a stellar restart.

But things just keep getting worse, because the sexy-as-hell, yet stick-up-his-butt homicide detective in charge of solving the case thinks I had something to do with it, and he won't leave me alone.

Even more concerning? It turns out the victim was one of the last people to see my mother alive before her unsolved murder eighteen years ago.


I left a big city police department for a fresh start in a smaller town. Less crime. Less murder. But three months later, I’ve been handed the murder investigation of the most hated man in town. The list of potential suspects is as long as Santa’s naughty list, but one name keeps popping up.

Maddie Baker.

She’s infuriating as hell, but is she a cold-blooded murderer? My instincts tell me no, yet I can’t exactly trust those. The last time I let myself presume someone was innocent, I ended up with a bullet wound and a broken heart.


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Blind Bake by Denise Grover Swank

Book 1
Buy Links

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Apple Books  ~  B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  Kobo
Paperback (US)




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the first book in a new series, and I am already counting down to September, when the next book is going to be released. Whilst this one doesn't exactly end on a cliffhanger, it certainly makes you want to read on about the engaging characters we have met.

This is a clever combination of a crime, an unsolved mystery, and a strong attraction between the two leading characters. They are an unlikely pair, and when they may need to describe their meet, they may not use the word cute – but the circumstances are definitely memorable. They both have reason to be cautious about commitment, but fate has other ideas!

Maddie is a person who has had to change her whole life in order to step up and care for her recently widowed aunt, who has early stage dementia. Her return to the town where she grew up holds difficult memories, but she is repaying the care given to her by her aunt and uncle. We know very early on that she is a worker, she may not be able to find another librarian role, but work she must – which is how she finds herself giving an Uber ride to a man who is then murdered.

Whilst new in town detective, Noah is very dubious that Maddie could have done the deed, she is his only lead. And so the scene is set for a very entertaining, ill-timed attraction, one which they both find they cannot avoid, in spite of the complications. I think that the crime element of this book is done well, not too graphic, not too simplistic. Evidence is peeled away, giving insights into Maddie of what she missed seeing as a youngster, and Noah the realisation that this may be a small town but there is still a need for his services.

I am absolutely ready for the follow up book, not that I am trying to wish the summer away or anything!



Author Bio

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author DENISE GROVER SWANK was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states, and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty Facebook comments (in her own mind) and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn’t lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Blind Bake (Maddie Baker Mystery #1) by Denise Grover Swank to read and review for this tour.

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