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The Golden Spoon: A Novel by [Jessa Maxwell]

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3.9 3.9 out of 5 stars 1,161 ratings

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“Two things I love are great food and a great mystery—and The Golden Spoon has both.  This delicious combination of CLUE and The Great British Bakeoff kept me turning the pages all night!" —JANET EVANOVICH, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Recovery Agent

"Clever, atmospheric, and creepy, with a spooky mansion, the kind of quirky, reality-TV-ready ensemble you can't help but adore, and storylines as expertly interwoven as a blue-ribbon challah. I can't wait for whatever Maxwell bakes up next." 
—ANDREA BARTZ, New York Times bestselling author of We Were Never Here 

The Golden Spoon is as addictive as bingeing your favorite culinary competition and as satisfying as a piece of your favorite cake. It’s a complex, layered mystery featuring an unforgettable cast of characters who could be either America’s next great baker or its next most famous cold-blooded killer. Jessa Maxwell has crafted a debut that’s mouth wateringly good.” KELLYE GARRETT, Agatha, Anthony, and Lefty Award winning author of Like a Sister and Missing White Woman

"Jessa Maxwell's debut is a deliciously entertaining whodunit—charming characters, baking mishaps, and a mouthwatering murder mystery. Readers and baking enthusiasts will savor every bite of
The Golden Spoon." —SARAH PENNER, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Apothecary

"At last, a baking show with a murder; cleverly constructed so we not only wonder who is the murderer, but who will be the victim. A delightful bake." 
—CHRISTOPHER MOORE, New York Times bestselling author of Lamb, Noir, and A Dirty Job

"A delicious confection—in this multi-character CLUE meets the British Bake Off everyone is suspicious, and the solution will surprise you. I ate it up."
—CATHERINE MCKENZIE, USA Today bestselling author of Have You Seen Her

"Who knew that the one thing to make me love the Great British Bake-Off even more was to add a (fictional) dead body? Take a cozy setting like Grafton, add in a diverse cast with their own hopes and dreams and hidden agendas, and toss in a couple of hosts who are not as perfect as they'd like you to think, and you've got a foolproof recipe for a great read. If you're a fan of character-driven mysteries and delicious bakes, you absolutely have to check out
The Golden Spoon—MIA P. MANANSALA, author of the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award-winning Arsenic and Adobo 

"A fantastically fun mystery with a perfect setting. It's Knives Out meets Agatha Christie. I was delightfully surprised throughout."
 —SARAH LANGAN, author of Good Neighbors

"A delectable tour de force of baking and mayhem, Maxwell’s debut mystery is one to savor."
Library Journal (starred review)

"A delicious concoction: two shakes Agatha Christie and a cup of 
Great British Bake Off." Kirkus (starred review)

About the Author

Jessa Maxwell lives in Jamestown, Rhode Island, with her husband, two cats, and three-legged dog. The Golden Spoon is her first novel.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B3Y9JVMK
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Atria Books (March 7, 2023)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 7, 2023
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1769 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 287 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.9 3.9 out of 5 stars 1,161 ratings

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Jessa Maxwell lives In Jamestown, RI with her husband, cats and a three-legged dog. Follow her on Instagram @jessamaxwellauthor and on Twitter @maxwelljessa

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3.9 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 7, 2023
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5.0 out of 5 stars GBBO meets Clue
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 23, 2023

Celebrity baker Betsy Grafton created Bake Week with a streaming service strictly to bring in money to keep her family home, Grafton House, in working order. Every year, a group of six bakers are brought to Grafton House for a competition with the winner getting their own cookbook deal among other things. But the executives have started to think Betsy, dubbed ‘America’s Grandmother’ has gotten boring and has brought in Archie Morris, the brash host of a cut throat cooking show, to join as a co-host. And producer Melanie has started making more nefarious decisions that Betsy hasn’t approved.

And then there are the contestants: a gentle handyman, a neurotic teacher who plans out everything to the minute, a bored, young tech startup, a former journalist, a retired nurse, and a young baker looking for her big break. Not everyone is there for innocent reasons and one may have more of a connection to Grafton House than anyone else knows of.

I. Loved. This! Clue meets The Great British Bake-off is the perfect description and I loved all the technical baking aspects of the story. This had multiple POVs-one for each contestant as well as a third person for Betsy, and you weren’t truly sure who died until much later on in the book. There were a handful of cliffhangers where anyone of them could have been the dead body or they could have just as easily been the killer.

I loved the backstories of each of these characters-what got them into baking, what drove them to apply for Bake Week, there different baking styles. And I loved that this gave the dark side of baking competitions. I know most people watch GBBO for how nice and kind everyone is to each other, but that is actually the reason I struggle with it. Call me cynical, but it’s almost too over the top to be believable. I like that this showed what happens behind the camera and felt more authentic to me.

Thank you Netgalley and Atria Books for providing this ARC to me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and entertaining mystery.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Soso
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Page Turner
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