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The Golden Spoon

A Novel


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About The Book

“This delicious combination of Clue and The Great British Bake Off kept me turning the pages all night!” —Janet Evanovich, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Only Murders in the Building meets The Maid in this darkly beguiling locked-room mystery where someone turns up dead on the set of TV’s hottest baking competition—perfect for fans of Nita Prose, Richard Osman, and Anthony Horowitz.

Every summer for the past ten years, six awe-struck bakers have descended on the grounds of Grafton, the leafy and imposing Vermont estate that is not only the filming site for “Bake Week” but also the childhood home of the show’s famous host, celebrated baker Betsy Martin.

The author of numerous bestselling cookbooks and hailed as “America’s Grandmother,” Betsy Martin isn’t as warm off-screen as on, though no one needs to know that but her. She has always demanded perfection, and gotten it with a smile, but this year something is off. As the baking competition commences, things begin to go awry. At first, it’s merely sabotage—sugar replaced with salt, a burner turned to high—but when a body is discovered, everyone is a suspect.

A sharp and suspenseful thriller for mystery buffs and avid bakers alike, The Golden Spoon is a brilliant puzzle filled with shocking twists and turns that will keep you reading late into the night until you turn the very last page of this incredible debut.

About The Author

Stephanie Ewens

Jessa Maxwell is the author of The Golden Spoon and I Need You to Read This. She is also the author and illustrator of five picture books for children. Her comics and cartoons have been published in The New Yorker and The New York Times and her writing has been published in Slate, Marie Claire, and many others. She now lives in Jamestown, Rhode Island with her husband, two cats and three-legged dog. 

Why We Love It

“Over the past two years, I have been on the hunt for a book that would just sweep me away. Jessa Maxwell’s stunning debut, The Golden Spoon, had all the right ingredients (pun intended!) to capture my attention after turning the very first page. Filled with all the details and drama of the competitive baking world, along with the unforgettable and eccentric characters that often populate it, The Golden Spoon is an absolutely delicious and enjoyable puzzle. It will please you and whisk you away, leaving you desperate for a warm slice of freshly baked cake...and her next book. This debut mystery is to die for!”

—Lindsay S., VP, Editorial Director, on The Golden Spoon

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atria Books (March 7, 2023)
  • Length: 288 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781668021859

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