Buttercream Bump Off (Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series #2)

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Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura's Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery is gearing up for Valentine's Day. Unfortunately someone has iced Baxter Malloy on his first date with Mel's mother. Now Mom's a suspect, and Mel and Angie need to find time around frosting to dig into the man's shady past and discover who served him his just desserts.

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Overview

Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura's Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery is gearing up for Valentine's Day. Unfortunately someone has iced Baxter Malloy on his first date with Mel's mother. Now Mom's a suspect, and Mel and Angie need to find time around frosting to dig into the man's shady past and discover who served him his just desserts.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780425239247
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Series: Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 229,973
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

    Cupcake cozy

    This was a fantastic follow-up to McKinlay's first cupcake cozy. Melanie Cooper, along with her friend and business partner Angie DeLaura, are still being plagued by bakery rival Olivia and baking up delicious cupcakes (recipes included!). When Mel's mom goes on her first date in ages and the date doesn't go quite as planned, Mel's sleuthing kicks into high gear. This is such a smoothly written story and once again, the secondary characters are well fleshed out. The addtion of senior Marty Zelaznik was inspired. I hope to see more of all of them in the next installment!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2011

    If you want a good cozy to read...this book will fill that craving!

    What a wonderful cozy mystery...A Killer Read. Now you can have your cupcake and read it too. The author has done a terrific job at creating spunky characters that are down to earth. I must say this this is one book I actually laughed out loud at. There is just something about the characters you just love and care about. The first book in the series is wonderful and this second book does not disappoint either. I can't wait for the next book to come out. Warning: Time flies by when you read this, so be sure to put the timer on if you have cupcakes in the oven. Speaking of cupcakes, this book also has cupcake recipes included that sound delicious. Everyone needs a treat now and then and I would have to say that this book is a treat.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2010

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    A WONDERFUL DELECTABLE TREAT FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE!

    Mel Cooper and Angie DeLaura, all of Angie's brothers, Mel's mom, and their evil bakery enemy Olivia Puckett, are all back in the second book of the Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series.


    Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and the girls are teaching a couple's cupcake baking class. During the first class Mel's mom bursts in to announce she has a date! She needs Mel to take her shopping for the perfect "drop dead" gorgeous dress for her date. She hardly expected the dress to cause one man to have a heart attack and another, her date, actually "drop dead", but that is exactly what happened. Only her date didn't die of a heart attack or any other natural causes. He was murdered and Mel's mom is in a deep bowl of batter as the number one suspect.

    Mel knows her mother couldn't kill a fly let alone a man, so with Angie's help they must take time away from their Fairy Tale Bakery to find the real killer without getting themselves baked or frosted.


    Jenn McKinlay has done it again, the cupcakes not only stirred my cravings but the mystery had me so captivated I couldn't put this book down. I stayed up late and finished this book all in one sitting. I hate to give too much away but these characters, especially Angie's new boyfriend, will keep you entranced and in stitches until the very last word. The cupcakes are just the icing on this wonderful delectable treat for your reading pleasure. A definite must read for the new year. Start the year off right with Jenn's delicious cupcake series.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received these books free from Berkley Prime Crime, a Division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2010

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    This is a fun timely amateur sleuth mystery

    In Scottsdale, Arizona, Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura own successful Fairy Tale Cupcakes along with silent partner rich Tate Harper. Mel's widow mom Joyce calls her daughter to tell her she has a date with entrepreneur Baxter Malloy, her first in centuries. On the night of the date Joyce goes into the cabana to change so she can enter the hot tub. When she comes out she finds Baxter dead; apparently while she was inside the cabana, someone choked Baxter with Myra's stocking.

    The next day, a man enters the bakery shouting at Mel for killing his father. Mel states her mother was on the date with his dad not her and besides her mom did not kill him either. Angie recognizes Brian Malloy AKA Roach the drummer for the Sewers band. Angie and Roach are attracted to one another while Mel tries to find out who killed Baxter. Widower Tate (see Sprinkle with Murder to learn the fate of his late wife) does not realize he loves Angie, fears for her life as he believes Roach killed the father he has not seen in three years. Mel realizes Baxter ran a Ponzi scheme that sucked in many Seattle residents; thus a horde of suspects had strong motives to kill him.

    This is a fun timely amateur sleuth mystery with plenty of suspects whose lives were destroyed by Baxter's con. The three pastry partners are BFFs, but the sprinkles on the cupcakes are their intimate relationships as this trio and Angie's brother Joe sing Sister Sledge's We Are Family (with Pittsburgh's Pops smiling down on them). Tate's ignorance of how he feels about Angie though Mel sees it quite lucidly and Angie suspects it; and Mel's boyfriend Joe who naps when he sees her add humor to this sublime mystery. Sub-genre fans will enjoy this sweet (cupcakes and friends) and sour (con and murder) whodunit.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2012

    This series is a light, easy read. In the second book cupcake b

    This series is a light, easy read. In the second book cupcake bakery owner Melanie's mother goes on her first date... who of course ends up dead. I do like the premise of these books and I like to read the relationships between Melanie and Angie but the mystery falls a little flat. I figured out who the killer was fairly easily. I want to like this series but I can't get past some of the fluffy writing style. I'll try the next book however because I love the idea of the Cupcake Bakery. Hopefully, the author will add a little bit more suspense to the books in this series.

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

    EXCELLENT reading, FUN story and it will make you LAUGH! What m

    EXCELLENT reading, FUN story and it will make you LAUGH! What more can you ask for in a book. Read this in 1 day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Excited for more!

    I just finished this second in the series by Jen McKinlay. I always enjoy reading how Mel and Angie get themselves into a fine mess. This time Mel's mother gets wrapped up in the fun.
    As Mel takes on a new employee and some love interests stagger while others spark, there is a lot of fun on every page.
    Although the latter part of thebook reveals the murderer, it seemed to be too short. Within a few moments there is some action and poof!- an apprehension.
    Overall, it is a fun, quick read that gets you excited for the next in the series.




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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    I like this series

    I have enjoyed both Book #1 and #2 of this series. An interesting and likeable cast of characters and a good mystery..... while still being light, easy reading. I will continue to follow this series, even though it makes me VERY hungry for cupcakes!

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  • Posted November 19, 2011

    Highly Recommended kept my interest

    I have several other authors I read on food mysteries. This series was refreshing. I enjoy the story very much and the fact that it was based here in Arizona made it even more special

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    Great

    Better than the 1st

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

    Great Series!

    Loved the first book....Sprinkle with Murder, and this one didn't disappoint either. The characters are very likable and there is humor throughout. The books aren't very long, but they are a fun read that will have you laughing out loud. Can't wait for the third one to be released!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2011

    Love it!

    I love this series of books so far. They were both really funny and had me cracking up at different parts. I hope she keeps adding to the series!

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  • Posted January 26, 2011

    Another good one

    I Love these characters! They have become my friends. Keep them coming

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

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    Almost as good as her first

    A nice cozy with engaging characters. Frankly, not much of a who-dun-it but still a fun read and a series worth your time.

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