Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys (An Annie Graceland Cozy Mystery, #3)

Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys (An Annie Graceland Cozy Mystery, #3)

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by Pamela DuMond

USA Today Bestselling author, PAMELA DuMOND, pitched the real life ERIN BROCKOVICH story to 'Hollywood', where it became the smash hit movie. 

Now she brings readers CUPCAKES, PIES, and HOT GUYS--a LOL book in the hilarious Annie Graceland Cozy Mystery Series!

Annie Graceland's a baker with a PINCH of


USA Today Bestselling author, PAMELA DuMOND, pitched the real life ERIN BROCKOVICH story to 'Hollywood', where it became the smash hit movie. 

Now she brings readers CUPCAKES, PIES, and HOT GUYS--a LOL book in the hilarious Annie Graceland Cozy Mystery Series!

Annie Graceland's a baker with a PINCH of PSYCHIC ABILITY... 

Recently Annie acquired a spookier skill--she can see and talk to ghosts. Much to her dismay, they also talk back--nagging her incessantly to solve their murders. 

Annie's mom signs her up to be a judge at Wisconsin's Inaugural Hot Guys' Contest.  When hometown Hot Guy, Mr. Oconomowoc, is killed and doesn't pass to the Afterlife, he begs her to investigate his murder. Now she's not only a pageant judge, but also meddling with a motley crew of murder suspects. It doesn't help that Detective Jamie Ryan, a boy from Annie's past is all grown up, sexy as sin, and determined to make her fall for him. 

Annie's about to discover that going back home can be sweet as frosting or worse than a cake wreck. The temperature's rising at the Hot Guys' Contest...

"Wooh-Hoo! How do I score a job as a Judge at a HOT GUYS Contest?" Readers Everywhere Ask.

"There's a Bathing Suit Competition, right?" People for Pageant Equality Rights.


"One part Ghost Whisperer, two parts Stephanie Plum, shake and stir and you have Annie Graceland!" Dakota Cassidy - USA Today Bestselling author of The Accidentals. 

"'s a wild and wacky whodunit..." Beth Hoffman - NYT Bestselling Author. 

"A funny mystery... That's a double treat if you ask me!" Marcia Wallace – Emmy Award Winning Actress – The Simpsons

Check out more Annie Graceland Cozy Mysteries:

Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys (#1) ~~ Cupcakes, Sales, and Cocktails (#2) ~~ Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys (#3) ~~ Cupcakes, Paws, and Bad Santa Claus (#4) ~~ Cupcakes, Diaries, and Rotten Inquiries (#5) ~~ Cupcakes, Bats, and Scare-dy Cats (#6) ~~ Cupcakes, Bars, and Rock Stars (#7 - coming soon!)

These delicious, calorie-free confections are also available in Print and Audible. 

Keep calm, carry on, and enjoy an Annie Graceland Cozy Cupcakes Mystery!

Editorial Reviews

Online - Karen Rontowski
"It doesn't get any funnier" Karen Rontowski, Comdienne (Seen on the David Letterman Show)
ABNA 2013 Contest - Quarterfinalist - Amazon Expert Reviewer
"This was one I was not interested in reading... until I started reading. And then I perked up. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this, and I loved the character development and some of the plot aspects that came into play in this little story. Definitely one I would recommend."
ABNA 2013 Contest - Quarterfinalist - Amazon Expert Reviewer2
"This was a surprisingly engaging story. The character development is great. It was well written, interesting and kept me reading. Annie was relatable, and seemed like someone who I'd enjoy reading about. Very original premise, without being too far-fetched."
ABNA 2013 Competition - Publisher's Weekly
Publishers Weekly Review:
At the relentless urging of her mother, Annie Graceland, a 30-something soon-to-be-divorced baker living in Los Angeles, heads to her hometown of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, to help judge the first annual Hot Guys competition in this blithe and funny contemporary cozy mystery.... There's a large cast of characters... which includes a smarmy former boyfriend, and a fussy old teacher, but it's Annie who shines in some laugh-out-loud moments, making this novel a pleasant...

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Pamela DuMond
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Annie Graceland Cozy Mystery , #3
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Meet the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author Pamela DuMond discovered Erin Brockovich's life story, thought it would make a great movie and pitched it to 'Hollywood'. Her book, THE MESSENGER, was optioned for film/TV.

Pamela writes mysteries, romance, and YA. She's addicted to The Voice and The Blacklist. She likes her cabernet hearty, her chocolate dark, and loves dogs and cats equally. She loves reading, the beach, working out, and lives for a good giggle in Venice, California with her furballs.

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Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
Deliciously Funny 3.5 stars. I am not the ideal audience for this book - I'm not a foodie, and I'm still not a fan of mysteries (though I keep trying them anyway). Set (mostly) in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, Annie Graceland and her two best friend sidekicks have come out from L.A. as a "celebrity" judge for the first annual (yes, we all know it should be inaugural) Hot Guys contest. There's a shooting, missing luggage, and a murder, and a ghost who wants Annie to solve his murder. There's margarita cupcakes (which made my mouth water despite me not being a foodie) and many other delicious-sounding foods and drinks described, WITH recipes. There's an angsty grown daughter-mother dynamic that many readers could recognize, something of a love triangle, and hot guys described parading in evening suits and swimsuits with the names of their cities on them: Mr. Wisconsin Dells, Mr. Madison, Mr. Milwaukee, and more. That part was especially fun for me, since I'm originally from those parts, myself. I cracked up about Mr. Bitterhausen's talent, for that part of the competition. There was a lot of going back to high school, either literally, to the physical building, or in terms of old grudges or old flames, that felt forced for a character who's supposed to be twenty years or so past high school.  All in all, a fun, quick read that'll make you smile and sometimes laugh out loud.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book reads like one of those choppy 1960's art films that no one really enjoyed or understood, but lauded for the creative genius of the director anyway.   The story had a lot of potential, but the writing is amateurish.  Characters are under developed and unlikable.   The narrative consists of short disconnected scenes without any segue to help the story flow.  And the plot?  I'm not quite sure there is one.  This book is over populated with characters, and under written for any kind of motivation or insight for much of the story.
DaUgh 6 months ago
not a bad book. suspense, laughter & light reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the cozy mystories
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cozy read. Who dun it...Hot guys not fried pies. Something always goes wrong for Annie..she will figure it out. It didnt end as I thought it would kinda felt left open
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She suspects everyone. Jumps to conclusions too quickly. At the end all gets solved. It was a good quick read. I won't be buying the other books though. Just didn't catch my attention that much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good, fuuny book from the start. It has humor, sex, romance, light murder-mystery book. I was disappointed in the ending. I want to read the next book, if there's one in print, to see what happens next. I do recommend it, especially if you've moved from a small hometown to a big city.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars. Silly & funny. Kept me interested thru the story.
CozyFan2014 More than 1 year ago
Not even for free. I didn't even get past the first few pages of the story - that's after swiping though page after page of self-congratulatory nonsense and an appeal for readers to watch some promo on YouTube so the author can get one of her stories made into a TV movie (I bet on Lifetime, where else?). The first chapter starts with repetitive text about how "hot" the protagonist's policeman boyfriend is (wow, that's not a cliche much for a cozy, is it?), and this goes on for numerous pages. Of course the protagonist is young and beautiful, who "managed to snag the hottest guy in LA" even though she's not even divorced yet. Yuck. Who wants a main character who is such a narcissist? I don't know if the author has an overinflated view of herself and her looks, and is projecting this onto her character, or if she for some reason believes that female readers can identify with a shallow, self-absorbed baker (again, another tired cliche) who, no doubt, runs around most days in short skirts and heels. I am sick of cozies like this - they are trite and unimaginative. They are based on stereotypes of females, and they are getting old. I am deleting this off my Nook when I finish this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U can choose th book today ok baby love!!