Book Review: To Have and To Kill – Mary Jane Clark

Title: To Have and To Kill
Author: Mary Jane Clark
ISBN: 9780061995545
Pages: 320
Release Date: December 28, 2010
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Mystery
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

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.

Review:

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!

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Comments

  1. I like the fact that this is a mystery that is situated around a cake-shop, and think it sounds like a lot of fun. I don’t often read these types of books, but when I find a series I like, I usually devour it. Great review, I am glad you liked it!

  2. I like the fact that this is a mystery that is situated around a cake-shop, and think it sounds like a lot of fun. I don’t often read these types of books, but when I find a series I like, I usually devour it. Great review, I am glad you liked it!

  3. I enjoy reading light mysteries once in a while. This book sounds like fun!

  4. I enjoy reading light mysteries once in a while. This book sounds like fun!

  5. I had no idea the author is related to Mary Higgins Clark! This sounds like the kind of book I need these days.

  6. I had no idea the author is related to Mary Higgins Clark! This sounds like the kind of book I need these days.

  7. I had no idea myself of the relationship but I will be keeping my eye out for this author.

  8. I had no idea myself of the relationship but I will be keeping my eye out for this author.

  9. Once I mistakenly bought a Mary Jane Clark novel thinking it was Mary Higgins Clark. I did not like the book very much. I am willing to give this author another chance though. I will keep this book in mind.

  10. Once I mistakenly bought a Mary Jane Clark novel thinking it was Mary Higgins Clark. I did not like the book very much. I am willing to give this author another chance though. I will keep this book in mind.

  11. I have this series on my radar.

  12. I have this series on my radar.

  13. I’ve had this on hold for awhile and now it’s available for pick up. I’m looking forward to reading it. Her books are usually quick reads and good way to spend a lazy afternoon. I did enjoy her KEY news series.

  14. I’ve had this on hold for awhile and now it’s available for pick up. I’m looking forward to reading it. Her books are usually quick reads and good way to spend a lazy afternoon. I did enjoy her KEY news series.

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