Emily George launches a groundbreaking, irresistible new series unlike anything else out there, as twenty-eight-year-old California pastry chef Chloe Barnes takes her career higher, opening a cannabis café where she can use her Michelin-star skills to transform dry, bland pot brownies into gourmet treats. With a unique and culturally relevant hook, authentic fresh voice, and the classic tropes of the genre that all cozy fans love, everyone’s buzzing about the Cannabis Café Mysteries!

Formally trained pastry chef Chloe Barnes is opening a cannabis bakery. That’s not at all what the twenty-eight-year-old envisioned while living the dream in Paris with a hot fiancé and a Michelin star restaurant gig around the corner. But the rising “it girl” of choux puffs rethinks everything after a scathing food review and humiliating breakup make her long for home in sunny California. When her beloved grandmother falls ill, Chloe returns to quaint Azalea Bay to start over in the most satisfying way possible—concocting delicious edibles with her quirky Aunt Dawn.

Combining French luxury and THC, Baked by Chloe will take pot brownies to another level. That is, until a creepy past acquaintance rehashes old drama and shockingly turns up dead—landing Aunt Dawn as the number one murder suspect. Now, alongside her closest confidants, a stunned Chloe must alternate between budding entrepreneur and amateur sleuth to clear her aunt’s name, open the best bakery in town, and weed out the real culprit from a list of unsettling suspects!

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“This fun and fact-filled thematic entry into the cozy mystery genre has it all… With increasing acceptance of cannabis as a supplement to medical care, this series starter helps normalize its use and promotes safe consumption, complete with designated drivers. Highly recommended.”
– Library Journal, STARRED review

“Too good to ignore.”
– Bookriot

“This is one richly drawn mystery that does a great job of introducing us to a wonderful protagonist, a compelling group of characters, and a fascinating community… In this debut, author George has laid the foundation for a series that feels fresh, young, and full of surprises.”
– First Clue, STARRED review

Taste the very first page

There’s something you should know about me before we get into this. I grew up on a steady diet of romantic ideals—both of the Prince Charming and “you can achieve anything” variety.

It started with Disney, which not only gave me false expectations about how amazing my hair should look when wet (thanks, Ariel) but of how my “true love” would stumble across me when I least expected it. As I got older, cartoon fairy tales morphed into 2000s romantic comedies. I worshiped at the altars of Drew Barrymore and Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz. I thought my life would be a fabulous montage of amazing outfits and adventure and charming men. But as I grew up, I came to a few unwelcome conclusions.

One, no woman should ever own a pair of pants with the word “juicy” written across the butt.

Two, my hair never looked good wet.

Three, dreams were fragile things easily shattered by the gritty truth of the real world.

Sometimes, when you kiss a prince they turn back into a toad.

Sometimes, when you shoot for the moon in becoming a classically trained pastry chef in Paris, you do not land among the…