Book Review: Sinister Cinnamon Buns by J. Lee Mitchell

“Everyone in Castle Creek knows Macie Dixon is a fraud. The girl couldn’t fry an egg on a hundred-degree sidewalk at high boon even if she had a damn frying pan and a spatula for hands.”

J. Lee Mitchell, Sinister Cinnamon Buns

Title: Sinister Cinnamon Buns
Series: Red Herring Inn (Book 1)
Author: J. Lee Mitchell
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Mystery, Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 183 (Paperback)
Published: May 31st, 2018

My Rating: ★★★★
Read: 8/27/2022 – 9/10/2022


Food and cozy mysteries go so well together. As soon as I saw this series, I knew I needed to give it a go.

As the title suggests, cinnamon buns are the culprit in this book. But how and why, and who was behind them? When Liddy Lou is named the prime suspect, it’s up to her granddaughter Q’Bita to solve the murder of Macie Dixon. She’s not alone, however, having her boyfriend (who happens to be a sheriff) and friends by her side.

This book has a great bunch of characters, a twisty mystery, family drama, and of course food. Charming and quirky, it’s a fun read. I also love seeing recipes in the back of a book like this! A great touch.

Likes & Dislikes:

What I liked:

  • Fun characters.
  • Lots of twists. I like not knowing right off the bat who the killer is.
  • The food!

What I didn’t like:

  • There was more swearing in this than I’m used to in cozy mysteries. It took a while for me to adapt.
  • It was bordering on too many things going on in the plot, especially where the book is under 200 pages.


I picked up this book when I attended Orlando Reads Books. I started reading before the book signing was over and went back to get the other two books currently available in the series. I’m looking forward to continuing, especially because the author was so incredibly sweet!

Moonshine and Malice (Book 2) review
Condolence Casseroles (Book 3) review

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