Bake It to the Limit

(66 customer reviews)

They thought they could leave their past behind. But murder doesn’t retire.

Retired cops Rita and Rhonda Knight are eager to leave their crime-fighting past behind them and retire to the sleepy little town of Clovedale Falls. With the annual Pumpkin Festival right around the corner, the pair work day and night to get their bakery ready so they can finally say goodbye to solving crime. But their dreams of a quiet new life are shattered when a strangely familiar man is found dead next door – and the twin sisters are quickly plunged into a murder investigation that will push them to their limits. As the newest arrivals in the town, all eyes are on them… and they have no idea who they can trust. Racing against time before the killer can claim any more victims, Rita and Rhonda fight to unravel a sinister case – one that only turns darker the deeper they dig. And after they hatch a daring plan to bring the killer to light, they realize that their new life might be over before it can even begin… Can Rita and Rhonda unmask the killer of Clovedale Falls? Or are their dreams of a quiet life doomed to fail?

66 reviews for Bake It to the Limit

  1. Sandy

    Why does a crime boss and a two-hour thief come to a quiet small town?

    I really enjoyed this book and could, as normal with Wendy Meadows’ books, could put myself in as a character or a witness to the crimes. As each person was killed, I began to suspect different people, but I was definitely wrong. I do wish when they printed the book, they would have made the corrections rather than just showing where the corrections were and what the corrections should be.

  2. Marilyn Croyle


    This story had so many twists and turns. Loved every bit of it. Makes me want to find the small town atmosphere that is in this story.

  3. Valorie

    Great 1st book!!!!

    10++++stars!!!!I couldn’t put this book down.Rita and Rhonda Knight are great, being ex-cops is great. Moving to Clovedale Falls in North Georgia and starting their own bakery “Twin Berry Bakery.”When they found out a bad guy from their past came to town and met his maker in the candle store next door and they don’t know anyone in town and just meeting Erma.The Sheriff Brad Bluestone (Sheriff Rawhide) is old school type cop he’s cool and Billy Northfield and his hound Chester and Erma that previously owned the bakery, this is a great group of people i felt like i was right there with them every step of the way.You will LOVE this book, i can’t wait for the next book to come.YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED!!!!

  4. Suzy Thompson

    Entertaining Cozy

    This is a great start to a new series. Rita and Rhonda moved to a small town after they retired from law enforcement and opened a bakery. They didn’t expect to caught up in a murder tied to their previous life. Can’t wait to see how the series unfolds.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  5. Kindle Customer

    Such a good cozy mystery

    A very enjoyable story. I thought this was a really good cozy. The characters were quirky and such fun to read about. The storyline was really good, different and enjoyable. A really good cozy mystery.

  6. wendy A. Mcgrath

    Short and sweet

    Loved the new concept.. These 2 retired cops are very funny and a delight to read. Love all of wendy Meadows cozy book.

  7. neville f. beaulah

    Great story

    I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery. The characters were interesting and the plot was well developed. I will read the next one in the series.

  8. J E

    Mystery and humor, small town charm

    Retired twin sister cops move from Atlanta to small town Georgia to open a bakery. Rita and Rhonda were HOPING for peace, but instead encountered a dead man and an unsolved mystery. This fast paced, clean cut mystery is filled with quirky characters, sisterly love, and small town charm.

  9. faenelle

    A new twist

    When sisters retire from police force and decide to open a bakery in a new town, it doesn’t take long before they are involved in finding a new case to help solve. Enjoyable book and looking forward to a sequel.

  10. Greyfox

    Bake it to the limit

    This new series introduces two new characters. Twins from Atlanta, retired cops, owners of a bakery. They find themselves in the middle of a murder mystery and face danger, humor, mafia families and possible love interest. I loved the intriguing plot twists and the characters. Looking forward to reading the next installment in the series.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  11. Jan N.


    Always pleased

  12. Kindle Customer


    What an awesome new series of stories to find. Looking forward to seeing what is in store for these two retired ladies.

  13. Amazon Customer

    Good read.

    Creative story about two retired cops. The challenge to settle into a new quieter life is complicated by a dead body.

  14. Molly G. Hamblin

    Follow the bloodhound!

    Rita and Rhonda are retired from Atlanta PD homicide. Politics and the ugly parts of crime and justice were enough to make them ready to move onClovedale is a rural town with a bakery they bought together, and a Harvest Festival that keeps the town going through the long winterWhen the body of a witness from their past work pops up in a business next door to their not yet open bakery, the twins have to put the cop skills back to workCharming town, hilarious and complex characters, twisted drama and action- and a great bloodhound!I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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  15. Kindle Customer


    Refreshing to read a well written story with good (in the old fashioned sense) fighting and winning against evil. It’s rare to read even a cozy mystery that invites hope and a desire to be a happier, better person by the end.

  16. Emily Pennington

    Off to a Great Start

    This book was a terrific beginning for the new culinary cozy series. Twin 44-year-old women, Rita and Rhonda, have recently retired as police detectives and moved to Cloverdale Falls for a fresh start. They open a bakery since they at least have experience with that part of cooking.But when a body is discovered in the candle shop next door, they have to get involved. That became even more important when the dead man was related to a case they handled back in Atlanta involving a witness against the mafia who was put in the Witness Protection Program. That makes this murder personal! Will the Sheriff welcome their help? Or will he feel threatened by them and ask them to stay out of it?This story will keep you guessing as the twists and turns move the reader through the story line. We meet the characters who live in Cloverdale Falls, and the author does the introductions well so that the reader can easily envision them and their personalities. Grab your copy and watch as the sisters work with the Sheriff to find the killer before their own lives are endangered.

  17. susdibear

    Want more

    I love Wendy Meadows’ books this one is fun and convoluted please give me more of these two and Billy!

  18. AKgirl

    Fun read

    Truly an enjoyable read. Yes, there were a few voice problems and awkward shifts from narration to dialogue, but it’s exciting to see someone who enjoys writing, tell a story and make it fun and engaging. Characters are interestingly portrayed. I definitely want to read the sequel.

  19. Kindle Customer


    Good book to take along when waiting for whatever, !Quick read, well written. Hopefully next in series will be a bit more challengingand harder to figure out the who, why of the case!😐

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  20. Kindle Customer


    I love stories about lady cops especially them being twins and are retired. Lots of excitement and laughter and emotions to feel the heart with happiness while reading.

  21. Sandy Greathouse

    Coffee or…

    Loved this cozy mystery, great characters and a great story of sisters starting a bakery, after retiring from police work.

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  22. HelloKnitty

    Interesting Plot

    Twin sisters, Rhonda and Rita Knight, have retired from careers in law enforcement and have started new lives in Georgia. They have left behind the horrible things they saw and experienced in Florida for peace and quiet in a small town.The sisters have purchased an old bakery and are beginning the work to make it their own when the past shows up on their doorstep, or in this case, in the shop next to them. They agree to help the local sheriff solve the crime and put the new business on hold.This is the first book I’ve read by Wendy Meadows. The plot is interesting but was a bit disjointed for me. There were scenes that jumped around and never seemed to have a completion. I also felt as though the characters were a bit flat but have a lot of potential. I am considering reading the next book as there was enough to like in this book to peak my interest.

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  23. Alonza M

    Enthralling mystery

    Twins, who are cops, who love to bake, that are retired, who are opening a bakery in a small town. What could go wrong? Find out by reading about Rita and Rhonda as they adjust to small town life, meeting the locals and having their past follow them. Couldn’t put it down. Loved the windy road to discovering the solution. Looking forward to more adventures with Rita and Rhonda!

  24. LovestoRead

    A Fresh Approach

    Two sisters retire from the police force to start a bakery. If only they could stay retired.They meet new friends, but find their past won’t leave them be.

  25. JLH

    Best Move Yet

    Rita and Rhonda are twin sister, who just bought a bakery in a small Georgia town. Hoping to get it open before the big harvest festival, they are working nonstop. Suddenly, a dead man is found next door and he looks familiar to someone from an old case of theirs. They start helping the local sheriff in the investigation, where twists and turns try to throw them off the track. Once feeling alone and frustrated, they have found a new life here that has great neighbors and more friends popping up as they learn more about the town. Their lives are becoming more fulfilled every day. A truly great start to a new and fun mystery series.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  26. Melissa Stands

    Twin Sisters – Retired Cops – a bakery to open, but first a mystery to solve.

    Twin sisters, Rita and Rhonda, retire from the police force, move to a small town in Georgia, and purchase a shop with plans to reopen a bakery. A good mystery, with lots of twist and turns to figure out. Love the town characters that were introduced. As is typical with a first book in a series, there were lots of people introduced which makes it challenging to keep them all straight. A good start on a new series.

  27. Claudete Takahashi

    Fun and entertaining!

    A sweet story about two sisters who were Navy Officers and then worked for twenty years as Police Officers in Atlanta and became disappointed with all the discrepancies in the execution of law and retire to a small city in Georgia. There not only they found out that they were not really retired from the force as the problems ran after them but they also found everything else they lacked in the big city: friendship, true values, meaning to a life, the beauty of simple things. It’s a fun an endearing first chapter of what it seems to be a promising series.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  28. Bev

    Rita and Rhonda are on a tight time line to find a killer and get their bakery up and running.

    Rita and Rhonda Knight are retired, police officers, and twins. They move to a nice small town to start Twin Berry Bakery. Even though they are twins and both were cops that’s about where the likeness ends. When Lilly DeLoach comes running into the bakery and says there is a dead man in her store, the girls go have a look. They know who the man is. The problem is he was supposed to be in the Witness Protection Program and now he is dead. But why was he where they moved to? Sheriff Brad Bluestone says the doctor told him the guy was poisoned. He was a witness in a case that the girls helped take down some mafia criminals and they promised revenge on the twins. Now they have a week to find out who killed this guy and get their bakery up and running before the big festival starts. Can they do it without killing each other off first? I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from Booksprout.

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  29. Carolyn b

    Great read.

    I couldn’t put this book down. With the twist and turns. The livable characters, I fell in love with. I believe you will too.

  30. Jane Starcher

    It’s a good one!

    Another great. I hope it goes on and on and on! Wendy Meadows does a great job with her characters and the stories move quickly along.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  31. Barb

    I enjoyed this book

    I was glad I read this book. I enjoyed the characters and the setting. I’m looking forward to reading more of the Culinary cozy mysteries.

  32. JFBHVT

    Twins always being g twins

    Retired and attempting a new line of work…not possible with retired cops and a dead body. The story was a good cozy but Unfortunately the errors – cross out words were not taken out so it made reading difficult.

  33. Kindle Customer

    Good read

    Another win for the Arthur! Ready enjoyed reading this book. I can’t wait for the next one in this series! Only problem i saw was the editing notes were left in when it was published.

  34. Karin

    Bake it to the Limit by Wendy Meadows

    Rita and Rhonda have their plates full but they still have lots of time to reminisce about the past, don’t they??? If only they could get their bakeshop up and running before the Pumpkin Festival!!! I enjoyed the story and recommend the book.

  35. Karen

    not a cozy, full of mafia stuff

    It’s not a cozy, it’s full of mafia stuff. One of the secondary characters, Billie, is interesting, but no one else except the dog.It’s also badly edited, with directions for corrections that weren’t made left in.I would get the second book to see if things improve (how many mafioso can there be, after all) but it is not available on kindle unlimited and I’m not curious enough to pay actual money for it.

  36. KSK

    New series

    I love all of Wendy’s series and this one did not disappoint! LOVED it and can’t wait for the next one! !!!

  37. thanks

    Bake it again

    It was a start but it needs a little bit of the 💘and community support to show the girls they are love by all.Thanks again for all of the fine storyAgainI would like you to make it happy for the girls

  38. Marci

    Wanted to Like It

    First let me say Wendy is one of my favorite authors. I like the idea of this book/series, too … twin retired cops running a bakery. About a third of the way in, I knew I couldn’t finish it. Too many characters and too much mafia stuff. I don’t personally care for stories with mobsters. Between the mobsters and too many people to keep track of, I had to stop. Just me.

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  39. embam

    great new series

    This is a new series that revolves around two retired cops who move to a new town and open a bakery. A good start for a great story. The two retired cops are twin sisters who are finally able to start enjoying life. The story follows old foes and how they are intertwined with the twin’s old cases. You will enjoy the plot and the twists in the story. The towns characters are well defined and make you feel like you are there with them. Highly recommend to all cozy mystery lovers. Another Wendy Meadows home run.

  40. M. Stevens-Koo

    Where is the proofreader?

    I like the story ok but how hard is it to have the proofreader make sure the manuscript is free of typos and editing comments? I have found multiple (edit) remarks in just the first half of the book. These are digital files so it should be easy to find and correct. I’ve read multiple books by this author and didn’t find this. It makes me think she doesn’t care that much about this series.

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  41. Fishmom23

    Great start

    Great start to the series. I like that the characters are a bit older. Story well written and keeps you guessing til the end.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  42. Linda Manfredi

    Loved it

    Great story line, interesting characters! I can hardly wait for the next book to see what happens next! Bring on more!

  43. klm

    Editing not done

    Story is good but someone should have made the corrections instead of leaving both corrections and original wording on the pages.

  44. Lucrecia Tolbert

    Bake It The Limit

    This book is the beginning of a new series for Wendy Meadows. The main characters are strong, determined, and independent women set out to start the next chapter in their lives. This book reads like the making of a novel that easily grabs the attention of the reader. The characteristics of the main character were overshadowed by their constant chatting about their insecurities and the lack of men in their lives. At times, their chatting took place in situations that were not conducive to the topic. Overall, this was a good read.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  45. K. Herman

    Well written but…

    I fought to get through he first few chapters. Overall, the book is well written and the characters seems somewhat believable. My problem is that the author goes into WAY too much detail and beleaguers too many plot points. You need to flesh out your characters but going over the same idea a dozen times in a couple of paragraphs is too much. Yes, they are retired cops, yes they quit because they didn’t enjoy working with corrupt cops/politicians. Describe it and move on. I quit at page 36. Sorry.

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  46. Kindle Customer


    I found this book enjoyable. The characters and the storyline were cute. I didn’t enjoy reading this book as much as all the others I have read by this author.

  47. Misty

    An entertaining cozy mystery

    A captivating well written small town mystery.  This entertaining smooth flowing storyline had me guessing page after page. The characters easy to get to know while being fun and entertaining. I voluntarily  read the incredible ARC mystery.

  48. Barbara JAMES

    Sweet and simple

    I liked it but it was a bit too slow and simple. The upside is that’s the kept me interested and I didn’t guess the ending. Wish there’d been a bit more at the end about the festival and the townspeople.

  49. Jennifer80319

    Good Start to series

    Really enjoyed the first book of this series. A little different from her other books and didn’t know the killer until last couple chapters. Twin sisters starting a bakery in a little town. I would recommend this book.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  50. poetsna1

    Great story

    I really enjoyed the story line and all of the characters. I appreciated the fact that they had morals and prayed. I was annoyed that this was not the final version and unmade edits were left in throughout the book. Nevertheless, I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

  51. Sassy Beta Reading and Review

    A good start to a new series

    I am a Wendy Meadows fan. This book is book 1 of her new cozy mystery series Twin Berry Bakery and I liked it (for the most part). However, there were a few things that threw me off.Let me start off by saying, I love Multi POV. They are my favorite, if done well. This is written as a Multi POV (Yea!) BUT!! I love them when they are clearly broken apart, separated by chapter breaks or segmented by using larger spacing separation. This was not. We would jump from one POV to another, then other, without any warning.The story concept is good. I believe that I will like this series and am looking forward to reading more. I liked the sisters and I can not wait for them to find the romance that they are looking for. I look forward to watching their road to romance. Written as a 3rd person, multi pov with a completed mystery ending.Would I recommend this book? YesWould I read more from this author? YesSassy Beta Reading and ReviewI received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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  52. Paula R. Sayers

    Cute Quick Read

    I loved this book in a new series. We are introduced to two retired cops who are twin sisters who have just bought a bakery in a small town. A body is found in the shop next door to their bakery and of course they have to get involved in solving this crime.

  53. Cheryl Smyth

    Great story

    First in a new series. Loved it. Plenty of suspects. I love Wendy meadows books and would recommend.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  54. Kerrie

    Missing something

    The book is not well written, the plot is all over the place and the bakery is just a backdrop to all of other stuff going on. Also the book either has deliberate typos and edits as part of the dialogue or it needs a good editor. I did not care for this style of writing.

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  55. GameGal

    A new cozy mystery by Wendy Meadows is off to a good start

    Bake It To The Limit is a new cozy mystery about twin sisters Rita and Rhonda who are both retired cops who moved from Atlanta to northern GA to open a bakery. It starts off a little slow with the introduction of the characters and it seemed a little stilted but picked up a couple of chapters in, And the ending was interesting. The series has potential.

  56. Abbie T

    Funny and inventive

    Retired police detectives Rhonda and Rita move to a small town to open a bakery. A mafia informant from their past shows up dead next door. They are set to help find the murderer when they meet the Sheriff in town.This cozy mystery is a great read by a wonderful author.

  57. buzymomof2

    Bake It to the Limit

    A wonderful start to a new series! Wendy has done it again creating a cozy mystery you can’t help but love. The writing is amazing, flows smoothly and captures your attention from the beginning. The characters are fun, entertaining, and easy to get to know. The pages are filled with suspense, mystery, intrigue, some humor and twists and turns that keep you guessing who dun it.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  58. Renee Lewis

    Cozy Mystery

    A great start to a series. A cute cozy mystery that keep you reading to see the high jinx of the characters. Also the past might come back to haunt you.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  59. Michelle A Schneider

    A story full of twists and turns

    I really enjoyed this story! This is not my typical genre but would definitely read more from this author. The characters were so real and the plot kept me guessing.

  60. TN Reader

    Somewhat convoluted

    This book had interesting characters and a rather ontorted plot. The idea of mafia in rural Georgia was a surprise and appropriate to the story, but not entirely credible. There were several editing markups that had not been implemented nor removed.

  61. TS

    Always a pleasure to read Wendy Meadows!

    Totally enjoyed reading this cozy… took my mind on a fun journey. Characters are great and I look forward to more adventures with them.

  62. Jodi Sweet

    Good start to the series

    This is a good start to the series. It reminds me of the Alaska Cozy Mystery series that Wendy Meadows also writes. Very wholesome, good, clean story. Set in modern times, but harkens back to a simpler time when things were better in the world.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  63. Barbara Harrison

    “The Simple Life” Gets Complicated

    Spend part of your day in family-friendly Clovedale Falls, Georgia where twin cops, Rita and Rhonda Knight, age 44, have retired from Atlanta to start a bakery.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  64. Amazon Customer

    Page turner!

    Enjoyed this book! It kept me guessing clear to the end. I would never guessed who the killer really was until the end!

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