Title: To Have and To Kill
Author: Mary Jane Clark
Release Date: December 28, 2010
Publisher: William Morrow
Rating: 4 out of 5
Piper Donovan, an actress who has been having a hard time of it living in Manhattan, has returned home to her parents’ small town in New Jersey. She’s been helping out at her mother’s bakery, which makes it perfect that Piper’s close friend, Glenna Brooks, has asked her to prepare the cake for her upcoming wedding. However, things aren’t as perfect as they seem, and when there is a murder, Piper is determined to figure out what happened and protect her friend.
I’ve been really enjoyed my mystery kick lately, so when I heard about Mary Jane Clark’s new Wedding Cake mystery series, I was definitely intrigued. I grew up loving Mary Higgins Clark’s novels, and so I was eager to see whether her daughter-in-law could create gripping, fun mysteries as well.
Piper was an appealing character that was great at the center of this novel. She isn’t overly nosy or inquisitive, but she seems to find herself at the center of things over and over again. I appreciated how she wanted to help out her mother and her friend. I would have loved more character development for Piper, but I’m guessing that will come in further books, if my assumption that this is the first in a series holds true.
To Have and To Kill is a light and easy read; if you’re looking for an in-depth thriller, this is probably not the book to pick up. The chapters are short and the book is told from multiple points of view. While Piper is the main character, she isn’t necessarily the center of the story because there is so much going on around her. There are a lot of different people who have a motive for the murders that happen in this book, and it is fun to try and figure out who the murderer is.
I enjoyed To Have and To Kill for what it was – a light, frothy mystery. It was easy to read and didn’t go into much depth, but it’s great if you’re looking for a cozy-style mystery that is fun. I’ll definitely be picking up future books in this series, so I hope Clark puts the next one out soon!