Laura Bradford scores huge points for originality. When Winnie Johnson loses her bakery to a greedy landlord she takes her luscious desserts on the road in her Emergency Dessert Squad. She has inherited an old ambulance and a tabby cat, that seems to love everyone but her, from her neighbor and friend, Gertie. It doesn't take her long to figure out a way to mesh her new vehicle and her business together. She comes up with catchy names for her treats and starts to rescue her customers from their stressful days.
Many of Winnie's friends and neighbors are elderly and she is fine with that even though some people aren't. She made a special promise to Bart Wagner's wife before she died. Deliver her husband a peach pie every week. Sadly when she arrived with the pie this week she found someone had killed Bart. Now Winnie is doing all she can to get her new business off the ground while searching for the killer. She plans to give them their just desserts.
When I first saw the cover I thought of the Ghostbuster's car but this one has nothing to do with ghosts, just yummy desserts. Did someone do something nice for you? send them a You're A Peach Pie! Worrying over a project at work, you need some Worry No s'More Bars! Want to reward your child for good grades, bring on the You Are One Smart Cookie! (Recipes are included in the book.)
The characters we meet in this story are extraordinary. I love Winnie and she has the perfect sidekick in her best friend/employee Renee. We also meet Winnie's senior citizen friends and neighbors. They are quite a group and wonderfully written. We are also introduced to some paramedics, one Winnie asks for help outfitted her rig to tie her concept to the reality of an ambulance, in a sugary sweet way, of course. I can't forget, Lovey, Winnie's new pet. The hissing didn't make her too lovable for Winnie, but I think they were coming to an understanding as the story ended.
Ms. Bradford also served up plenty of suspects. It was surprising how the whole mystery played out and yet it all made perfect sense.
This was a deliciously delightful debut! I can't wait to be rescued again by the Emergency Dessert Squad!