Bake Off - Denise Grover Swank

Bake Off

By Denise Grover Swank

  • Release Date: 2022-09-20
  • Genre: Women Sleuths
Score: 4.5
From 250 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.


  • Love her books ! I only read hers !

    By Bearycosmo
    Wonderful mystery with twists and turns !
  • My favorite Author

    By goose51215
    It’s so easy to get swept away into the the story and fall in love with the characters. Couldn’t put it down.
  • Loved it!

    By littleyogapants
    I highly recommend this second book in the Maddie Baker series. Not only is there murder, mystery and the story of will they or will they not get pasted their past life’s? In this second book Maddie gets caught up in trying to figure out what happens when a girl who shows up for her self defense class goes missing. While Noah is trying to do his job he is struggling with his past and trying to figure out if a relationship with Maddie is worth it. This one was a page turner and reading the bonus content just adds more icing on the story. Thanks for the great story. -Sarah. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout in exchange for an honest review.
  • Bake off

    By TyNelson24
    Wow, DGS never fails! What an amazing book. I love Maddie and Noah and Lance and Mallory so much! I can’t wait for more!!!
  • Loved this book!

    By Hillaryw
    I won’t say too much so I don’t spoil anything, but I did not see the end coming! I was trying to guess the killer the whole time and was definitely surprised. Love DGS and Love her books
  • Amazing

    By DrumCritique
    I absolutely love these books and hope this turns into a long series. I have read and loved so many of DGS ‘s books, and they are all wonderful- I still wasn’t sure I would like any character as much as I did Rose, however, Maddie is equally as awesome with her hilarious thoughts and comments, quick wit and brave personality. The writing is great, the storyline is great and I really love reading from Noah’s perspective too- I am rooting for Maddie and Noah being together and working together to solve mysteries. I completely respect DGS’s writing process but I really hope she gets the next book out soon!
  • Addicting!

    By Laura-01
    Bake Off completely drew me in like no other. The suspense, and mystery just leaves you wanting to discover more. The plot twist was jaw dropping! I didn’t expect it and didn’t see it coming at all! It was so good! There were so many scenes that were hilarious and I enjoyed how it was spaced out evenly throughout the book. I really enjoyed the police procedure in Noah’s POV. Seeing the Easter eggs here and there from the authors other series is always fun to spot!! I can’t wait to see what happens in Cockamamie next!
  • A wild ride

    By Jamie-Kay
    This is the second book in the Maddie Baker Mystery series and needs to be read in order. The plot for the first half of the book took a while for me to become invested in and was slower paced than I would have preferred. However, it set up an action packed second half that at times had my head spinning. There was layer upon layer of storyline that in a way was too much going on at once, but managed to still work. Ms. Swank managed to surprise me with the twist of who the mastermind behind the series of events was. I continued to enjoy the duel perspective of both Maddie and Noah in this book. Similar, to the first book, if we hadn’t been in Noah’s head to see his reasoning, I don’t think I would have liked him at all. Overall, an engaging read once the plot picked up and I look forward to the next book.
  • Loved it!

    By c.edens
    Yet another amazing mystery by DGS! I’m loving the all of the vibes in Cockamamie! Small towns seem to have all of the best mysteries. One thing I would probably think best to point out would be the different POVs in this book. I loved having both Noah and Maddie’s. It definitely painted the pretty picture of how much they like each other and I can’t wait to see what craziness goes down in town next book and crossing my fingers that they make their way to each other! ;). I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout in exchange for an honest review.
  • Good mystery!

    By Sweetsballer
    A great 2nd installment with Maddie Baker. Maddie just cant help herself and gets caught up in another murder mystery. I love how many different storylines are going on at once. Im ready for #3!