Blind Bake - Denise Grover Swank

Blind Bake

By Denise Grover Swank

  • Release Date: 2022-01-25
  • Genre: Women Sleuths
Score: 4.5
From 300 Ratings


When a young woman is at the wrong place at the wrong time, she becomes a person of interest in a murder investigation. 
Maddie Baker just wants to make ends meet. She gave up her school librarian career to return to her hometown and take care of her elderly aunt. So when she starts making Uber runs to supplement her barista job, she never dreamt she’d not only drop a man off to his murder but be labeled a person of interest in his death. 
Detective Noah Langley is looking for a fresh start in a city with a lower crime rate and a fraction of the population of Memphis. It’s just want he needs to recover from a nightmare that left him severely injured and his teenage mentee dead. The first murder since he’s arrived in Cockamamie is a chance to prove to his boss and himself he should be there. 
Noah doesn’t have many leads, but the few he has all tie back to one person: Maddie Baker. She doesn’t seem the type, but the last time he presumed someone was innocent he nearly died. Has Noah lost his instincts? Because if he can’t trust his gut, it might be time to turn in his badge. 


  • Interesting read

    By kasupuu super
    Nice story line
  • Good read

    By Sweetsballer
    Love the mystery! This is a well written book that keeps you interested. There are a lot of great characters that make you ready for the next book!
  • Great read! Can’t wait for the next book.

    By L_Ann B.
    I absolutely loved the characters in this book! Maddie was so awesome I just felt like she was so realistic in her reactions. I’m usually not a series reader but i can’t wait for book 2 to come out.
  • Wow

    By booma3
    What a great book love all the characters keep me in suspense all the way though rose is my favorite but this is my new favorite can’t wait to see what to come
  • Loved it!

    By c.edens
    Wow, what a way to start a new series! Both the main AND secondary characters are amazing. I can’t wait to see where Maddie’s stories go and there are so many other characters like Petra, Lance, and Mallory that I’m excited to hear more about. I’m so team Maddie and Noah and even more so since they’re smart enough to know that now is not the time. It makes me hopeful that one day it will happen!! I am also obsessed with the bond forming between Lance and Noah. This book is full of twists and turns. One minute you know what’s going on and think you’re closing in on solving the case…or cases, and BOOM! Plot twist! It’s a book that’s got just about everything and I definitely recommend. Can’t wait for more! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
  • New series!

    By Mapage12706
    As a huge fan of the author’s Rose series I was super excited to see another murder mystery book come to life. And no surprise it was a knock out! The good news it has the hot cop and “my life is a hot mess right now” leading lady, but without that weird vibe you get from some other books. They have an amazingly sassy relationship as she is someone of interest in a murder and he is leading the investigation for it. Maddie is a strong main character right out the gate and I adore that she puts family first, can kick some butt, and can’t wait to see what happens in book two! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
  • New series with promise

    By Jamie-Kay
    It was hard not to see similarities between this and another of this author’s most popular series. It has a similar small town vibe with an underlying mystery element. There does seem to be enough differences that Maddie and Cockamamie can stand apart though. In all honestly, it did take me a bit to get sucked into the story and connect with the characters. Once the action picked up and even more mysteries started to pop up, I enjoyed it more. I liked Maddie’s spunk and love for her aunt. I disliked that she made naive decisions that painted a target on her back. A nice treat, that I wasn’t used to from this author or from a mystery book in general, is that we got a duel perspective from Noah. I really enjoyed having his side of the story along with Maddie’s. I hope that continues into the next book. If not for his perspective, I may have hated him, but it definitely helped redeem him, especially the bonus scene. There were one major plot hole/issue that bugged me most of the book and kept me from giving a five star review. The extra action and hook at the end of the book helped redeem the story though and make me curious as to what the author has planned for book two.
  • Loved it!!!

    By Laura-01
    The first installment of Blind Bake, doesn’t disappoint. I swear every chapter has a hook! I read as much as I could and avoided the real world and my kiddos while reading. The first novel in this series is a addicting, heart pumping, and emotional read. I absolutely love Maddie and Noah. I really enjoyed reading the duo POV. It was nice to see what each of them was thinking. I feel like the book has a little bit of everything. Great banter, complicated past, humor, slow burn romance, great secondary characters, and a good small town mystery or two. The story has more than enough to keep the reader enthralled, and I cannot wait for the next book. Be ready to meet the Butcheress of Cockamamie.
  • Are you ready for your next book hangover?

    By DLHoover1227
    Are you a fan of the Rose Gardner series by DGS? If so, Maddie Baker is your next fix! The mystery that you get wrapped up in with Maddie and Noah rival those of Rose and her gang. Maddie Baker moves back to her hometown after her uncle passed away to take care of her aunt who unfortunately has dementia. While juggling being back in a town she didn’t want to ever come back to, along with taking care of her aunt, she has to make money. So along with her barista job at the local coffee shop, she also does Uber rides. And boy oh boy does she get an interesting request from Marty the Man! Noah Langley has his own internal struggles he is working on overcoming, but he can’t help being intrigued by Maddie. There’s too many coincidences of her being too close to the murder of her former chemistry teacher. She’s most definitely a person of interest since her alibi is not very reliable. He doesn’t want to seem out to get Maddie but he doesn’t want to not listen to his gut instinct either. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt, don’t want to go back. While the web of mystery keeps getting even messier, Maddie and Noah feel a certain pull toward one another. They know it’s wrong, but they can’t help being in one another’s presence. I felt the vulnerability in each of them during their times of need. I felt their adrenaline. Their heartache. The relief. The confusion. DGS was able to make you FEEL throughout this entire book. Don’t wait for this series to end to grab this book. If anything, grab on to it now and hold it. But you are seriously missing out by not reading about Noah, Maddie & all of her past friends, enemies and acquaintances.
  • New series as great as Rose and Carly series’s

    By speed reader 71
    This first book in the Maddie Baker mystery series is so unputdownable! If you loved Rose Gardner and Carly Moore series’s, then you’ll love this new one as well. It has humor, mystery, love chemistry, great characters, and points of view from Maddie and Noah. If you don’t like starting a series until it’s completed, and then buy this and save it for later bingeing. I’ve preordered book 2 and will be so happy to dive into this Cockamamie world with subsequent books! DGS is such a master story teller, and you won’t regret this purchase.