Karen’s Killer Book Bench #Cozy #Animal #Mystery: SWEET SABOTEUR, Cozy Cafe Mysteries Book 1 by C.A. Phipps

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Cozy Cafe Mysteries Book 1


Scarlett’s passion is the Cozy Café.

But it has problems—big problems!

Thwarted by deadly gossip and the power hungry mayor, Scarlett’s determined to turn things around and give her family a better life. But when a murder in Cozy Hollow points to the café as a likely cause, Scarlett must put all fears aside to solve the mystery before everything she’s fought to keep is lost—or worse!

Cozy Hollow might never be the same again.

The Cozy Café mysteries are light, cozy mysteries featuring a family-focused café owner who discovers she’s a talented amateur sleuth—and a magnet for animals.

Other books in the series:

Book 1 Sweet Saboteur

Book 2 Candy Corruption

Enjoy a FREE sweet treat recipe in every book!

Cozy Cafe Mysteries Book 1


Arthur Tully looked at her with what appeared to be a mixed expression of dislike and amusement. The mayor of Cozy Hollow was not a particularly pleasant man unless he wanted something. Marginally shorter than Violet and Scarlett’s height of 5’ 8”, Arthur often wore thick-soled shoes to appear taller and more imposing. He also had the habit of leaning forward into the personal space area, which was most disconcerting. Having perfected this towering stance, the only thing a person could do was move away—quickly.

“Something smells good in here,” Arthur stated with his wolf-like grin when she’d done precisely that.

Placing a cover over the brownies, Violet snorted. “It could be the baking.”

Behind the counter, Scarlett kicked her sassy sister’s ankle.


Violet was not endowed with an abundance of subtlety. Still, no matter that Arthur Tully had been heard making disparaging remarks about the café—and the three sisters—he was still a customer.

“What can we do for you, Mr. Tully?” Scarlett asked, ignoring her sister’s glare.

“I’m wondering if you could manage some food for the town committee this morning? Nothing too fancy, obviously.” He gave a sniff to perhaps indicate that he wasn’t expecting that as a possibility.

Their dislike being mutual, the request came as a surprise which Scarlett struggled to keep from her face. Daisy Archer, from the Cozy Diner, was usually the go-to person for any food. Being a committee member, Scarlett had to admit it did make sense. Still, she wasn’t about to turn down work no matter how small.

“Of course. How many people should we cater for?”

“There will be six of us.” He looked about shiftily before adding, “The usual group.”

A long time ago, the town was given the tagline ‘Cozy Hollow – Home of Hospitality.’ A previous mayor ran with the theme, encouraging businesses to adopt this in their names. All of the committee members had a business, and Scarlett knew every member to lesser or greater degrees. 

There was Daisy Archer, owner of the Cozy Diner. Mable Norris ran the Cozy Library. Dale Wilkins, from Cozy Cars, was the local mechanic who also bought and sold vehicles. Olivia Greene owned Cozy Crafts. Harvey Evans ran Cozy Real Estate. And finally, there was, of course, Mayor Arthur Tully.

Meet Author C.A. Phipps…

C. A. Phipps is a USA Today best-selling romance author from beautiful Auckland, New Zealand.

Cheryl lives in a world where pie never goes uneaten, and mysteries add texture to the day. Now, she’s bringing her zest for life out of the kitchen and into your world with light-hearted books and endearing characters and pets. Light on romance, but heavy on other ingredients, come to a place where friends, even the furry kind, matter as much as family.

Keeping her young at heart are her children and several grandchildren. Cheryl loves family times, baking, dining out, and travel, in that order.

You can find her at www.caphipps.com and as her alter ego who writes romance at www.cherylphipps.com.


Links to C.A.’s website, blog, books, etc.


** Special Giveaway**: C.A. is giving away a Sweet Saboteur – A taster for everyone. First three chapters for free here: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/m5mvm0fru2

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Thanks, C.A., for sharing your book with us!

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11 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Book Bench #Cozy #Animal #Mystery: SWEET SABOTEUR, Cozy Cafe Mysteries Book 1 by C.A. Phipps”

  1. Good morning, C.A., and welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Amateur sleuth, desserts, and animals! How can you miss with this one? Thanks for sharing your new book with us today!

    1. Thanks, so much for having me here, Karen.
      You have lovely visitors and I hope they enjoy the taster.
      Cheryl/C. A. Phipps.

  2. Thank you for sharing, C. A.. This sounds like a good read! Mentioning the pies and brownies had made my mouth water and wishing I had a strawberry rhubarb ple and chocolate frosted brownies right now!

    Thanks you C. A. and Karen!

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