This second in the Spice Isle mystery series features the feisty Lyndsay Murray. She and her family have recently opened their Caribbean bakery in the Little Caribbean section of Brooklyn, NY. They’re excited about their undertaking and are building a solid clientele with their authentic baked goods.

Then they’re invited to cater the retirement dinner of the school principal who made Lyndsay’s mother’s final teaching years incredibly stressful. But the contract is too good to turn down according to Mrs. Murray, so they agree to provide the celebratory meal at the bakery. All is just fine and dandy until six show up for dinner and only five survive. And Lyndsay’s mother becomes a prime suspect in the principal’s murder.

Lyndsay feels the need to protect and clear her mother of the charges, although it won’t be easy…or safe! But she’s tough, savvy and a kick boxer.

Ms. Matthews has created a close-knit, loving family, always there for one another and cheering on each other’s success. I did find there was repetitive description (someone or other was always “kissing her/his teeth”) and the story did drag in places for me.

3 stars