the new girl at Zydeco Cakes
in the Piece of Cake Mystery series
by Jacklyn Brady
I'm not supposed to be talking to you. Rita Lucero, my new boss at Zydeco Cakes, has told me to keep quiet. She won't even let me talk to reporters, which is harder than you might think. There's one reporter that keeps calling and asking to talk to me. His name is Carlo Mancini, and he's really interested in what I have to say.
I feel bad telling him to go away and leave me alone, but I don't want to make Rita mad at me, so I don't say a word. Not a single word.
If I could talk, I'd tell you about how I completely messed up while I was trying to be helpful on my very first day at Zydeco. And about how, because of my clumsy accident, Rita and I found something really valuable--at least I think it's really valuable. But I can't tell you what it was. Nope. My lips are sealed.
And I would even tell you that it's supposed to be cursed. Everybody who has owned it in the past 150 years has died. For real! You can ask just about anybody. But don't because then they'll know I said something and that wouldn't be good at all.
Aunt Estelle is fit to be tied, though. She thinks Rita is being completely unfair. After all, it was me who found the necklace in the first place. If I hadn't knocked those boxes over, they never would have tumbled down the stairs and the stairs wouldn't have been accidentally torn up, and we wouldn't have found that box all wrapped up in burlap . . .
But I'm not saying a word. Not a single word. Because I like Rita and the others at Zydeco and I really, really like my job, even though I'm only supposed to be working there until Edie comes back from having her baby. Maybe they'll let me stay. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
Jacklyn Brady lives on the Gulf Coast and writes the Piece of Cake Mystery series which is set in New Orleans and features cake artist and trained pastry chef, Rita Lucero.
Rebel Without a Cake, book #5 in the Piece of Cake Mystery Series, is available at your favorite bookseller now! Book #6, The Cakes of Monte Cristo, is scheduled for release Jan 5, 2016. Click on the book's title to pre-order your copy.