Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys: An Annie Graceland Mystery

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Annie Graceland's a baker with a pinch of psychic ability. She's empathic-can feel other people's lusts and desires in her own body. No biggie if she experiences someone else's cravings for dark chocolate or a foot massage. But Annie's recently acquired a spookier skill-she can see and talk to ghosts. And much to her dismay, they also talk to her-nagging her incessantly to solve their murders. Annie's happily dating hunky Detective Raphael Campillio in Los Angeles, when her mom signs her up to be a judge at ...
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Overview

Annie Graceland's a baker with a pinch of psychic ability. She's empathic-can feel other people's lusts and desires in her own body. No biggie if she experiences someone else's cravings for dark chocolate or a foot massage. But Annie's recently acquired a spookier skill-she can see and talk to ghosts. And much to her dismay, they also talk to her-nagging her incessantly to solve their murders. Annie's happily dating hunky Detective Raphael Campillio in Los Angeles, when her mom signs her up to be a judge at Wisconsin's first annual Hot Guys Contest. Who cares if it's 4th of July weekend with scorching temperatures? It's a free trip home to Wisconsin. What could possibly go wrong? When hometown Hot Guy, Mr. Oconomowoc, is killed and doesn't pass to the Afterlife, he begs Annie to investigate his murder. Now she's not only a pageant judge, but also meddling with suspects that include her former high school rival, an old boyfriend, Hot Guy contestants, a supermodel and a mysterious illegal betting ring. 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...

!!BONUS!! Cupcakes, Sales, and Cocktails - A Novella included.

Annie's re-entering the dating world and her friends push her to "sex-up," her wardrobe. At Snotsky's Department Store sale, Annie meets and squares off against the world's most obnoxious clerk: Edith Flowers. When Edith's murdered and doesn't pass to the After-Life, Annie agrees to investigate her demise. With Edith's help, Annie infiltrates the crew of Snotsky's suspects. Was the killer the new manager, the archrival in cocktail attire, the bra fitter? Will Annie solve Edith's murder so she can go to the light? Will she find anything new to wear that she can afford? Can Annie resolve her latest debacle before hottie Detective Rafe Campillio finds it odd she keeps showing up at murder scenes?

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Editorial Reviews

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...
Karen Rontowski
"It doesn't get any funnier" Karen Rontowski, Comdienne (Seen on the David Letterman Show)
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."
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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480121386
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/24/2012
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela DuMond's the writer who discovered and sold Erin Brockovich's life story to Hollywood. Erin Brockovich the movie was nominated for four Academy Awards.

Besides writing the comedic mystery Cupcakes series, Pamela also writes Young Adult. The Messenger (Mortal Beloved, Book One) is a romantic time travel thriller.

Pamela's also a chiropractor. She loves reading, the beach, yoga, movies, animals, her family and friends. She lives in Venice, California, with her furballs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Cucakes, Pies, and Hot Guys, the newest entry in Pamela DuMonds


    Cucakes, Pies, and Hot Guys, the newest entry in Pamela DuMonds's Annie Graceland cupcake series, has all the charm of her first books, plus a little something extra. Along with the humor, great relationships and fun mysteries we've come to expect from this writer, Ms DuMond's latest book has a bittersweet element that makes the story all the more endearing. I don't want to give anything away, but Annie's feelings for two men is believable and poignant. Good work, Pamela DuMond. Looking forward to more from this talented writer.

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