A Guest Blog Post by Jacklyn Brady
Thanks so much for inviting me to visit your blog today. I’m thrilled to be here and to talk a little about writing The Cakes of Monte Cristo.
The story takes place around The Belle Lune Ball, an annual high-society event sponsored by the Crescent City Vintage Clothing Society, and for which Rita and the crew at Zydeco Cakes are contracted. Not only is Zydeco obligated to make the cake for the event, but Rita—who is a trained chef—has agreed to cater the event, as well. That’s a first for the staff at Zydeco, but Rita believes they’re up to the task.
Evangeline Delahunt, who is in charge of the ball, is difficult to please, but finally approves a menu and a proposal to create five (yes, five) cakes that look like vintage dress cakes. With just a few weeks until the ball, and it’s all hands on deck to get the work done. But a mystery novel wouldn’t be a mystery novel without something to throw a kink into the works, and in The Cakes of Monte Cristo, that something is an accident and the discovery of a hidden treasure at Zydeco.
That hidden treasure comes along with rumors of an old curse, which lends excitement to the adventure. As usual, the staff at Zydeco is split between those who believe in the curse and those who don’t. We meet a few new characters, including Estelle’s niece, Zoey, and reporter Carlo Mancini, who proves to be a thorn in Rita’s side. But the biggest thorn just might be her mother-in-law and business partner, Miss Frankie.
I had a lot of fun researching vintage clothing and cake artists who have created some amazing works of dress-form cake art. Some of the cakes I found are breathtaking. I don’t have permission to share the images, but for a few examples click here … and here … and here … and here.
The art department at Berkley Prime Crime did a terrific job interpreting the cakes I described in the book on the cover. I couldn’t be more pleased with it.
Thanks so much for having me. I hope you all enjoy the book.
Jacklyn Brady lives on the Gulf Coast and writes the Piece of Cake Mystery series which is set in New Orleans and features cake artist and trained pastry chef, Rita Lucero. The Cakes of Monte Cristo, 6th in the Piece of Cake Mystery Series, is available at your favorite bookseller now!
THE CAKES OF MONTE CRISTO: A Piece of Cake Mystery, by Jacklyn Brady, Berkley Prime Crime, January 5, 2016, $7.99.
Jacklyn Brady lives on the Gulf Coast and writes the Piece of Cake Mystery series which is set in New Orleans and features cake artist and trained pastry chef, Rita Lucero. The Cakes of Monte Cristo, 6th in the Piece of Cake Mystery Series, is scheduled for release Jan 5, 2016, and available now for pre-order.