Death by the Dozen (Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series #3)

Death by the Dozen (Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series #3)

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by Jenn McKinlay
     
 

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Melanie and Angie are determined to win the Challenge to the Chef to promote their Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. Mel's mentor from culinary school, Vic Mazzotta, may be one of the judges, but Mel and Angie will have to win fair and square. But, when Vic's dead body is found inside a freezer truck, Mel and Angie will need to use their best judgment to find the

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Melanie and Angie are determined to win the Challenge to the Chef to promote their Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. Mel's mentor from culinary school, Vic Mazzotta, may be one of the judges, but Mel and Angie will have to win fair and square. But, when Vic's dead body is found inside a freezer truck, Mel and Angie will need to use their best judgment to find the cold-blooded killer or they may lose more than the contest- they may lose their lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425244050
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/04/2011
Series:
Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series , #3
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
153,605
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Death by the Dozen (Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series #3) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Pixiepoe More than 1 year ago
Jenn McKinlay nails it in her third book if the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series. Melanie and Angie have lots of reasons to want to win the Challenge to the Chefs competition- money, publicity and beating their rival Olivia Puckett. It also gives Mel a chance to reconnect with her mentor Vic Mazzotta, who is now a celebrity chef and judge of the contest. Mel and Angie think their biggest problem is figuring out what mystery ingredients the judges will throw at them to add to their cupcakes, but when Vic ends up dead in a freezer they realize they have a much bigger mystery to solve. Now they must figure out who killed Vic and who is out to make sure they lose more than just the contest. In addition to the mystery which will keep you guessing, there is a lot to love about this book. The characters are very likable and well developed. The three main characters Mel, Angie and Tate are business partners who share a long friendship, a dislike for Olivia, and love for movie quotes. Mel is dating Angie's brother, which could get messy. To further complicate things, Tate is in love with Angie and you wonder how this will affect their friendship. We are also introduced to a new character, Oz, in this book and I hope he is around for a long time to come. This is a perfect cozy for the cupcake lover, as there are recipes in the back so that you can recreate the unusual cupcakes prepared for the competition. I do suggest that you read the first two in the series first if you have not already, so that you can see these characters grow from the beginning. Hopefully, you'll be hooked from the end of Sprinkle with Murder and eagerly awaiting the release of Red Velvet Revenge like I am.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series! It has become my favorite book series and I cannot wait for the next book to come out! The characters, the story, and the details used make it a hard one to put down. The only downfall is that the subsequent books are not pubished quick enough as I anxiously await their to read what happens with Mel and Angie :)
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
You know, I was going to put this aside and read something else. But then that adorable cover had to draw me back in. And thus I read where I left off. This time around, you got Mel and Angie in a tough cooking competition, new character Oz who is just adorable, romance angst happening with two certain characters. Oh and a murder of course. This sequel was just as good as the last one. I liked that we got to see more of Angie's brothers. Also Mel showed more of a backbone in this one. I mean in the last two she did as well, but she shines here as well. Anyway, what makes this series works is Mel and Angie and the other characters. Probably said that for the other books, but its worth repeating. Good series so far.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Delicious Death It’s time for the annual food festival in Scottsdale, and that includes the chef’s challenges.  This year, Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura have entered in the pastry division.  Their competition includes their rival, Olivia Puckett, who has won for the past few years.  Among the judges are several people that Mel knew from culinary school.  The egos on the judging panel remind Mel why she didn’t like these people back when she was taking classes from them or with them.  The exception is Vic Mazzotta.  True, he is a demanding man, but he also helped Mel through a difficult time, and she is willing to put up with him because of that softer side.   The morning of the first round of the competition, Vic is nowhere to be found.  When he does turn up, he’s dead in an ice truck.  How did he get in there?  Which of his enemies killed him?  Or was it even murder?   While the murder takes place a little later than normal in the cozy mysteries I read, the time was spent setting up motive and suspects.  Once the murder takes place, Mel has a nice list of suspects all ready to go.  I did feel the book dragged a tad in the middle, but it picked up again by the end.  The characters were fun and charming as always.   It’s easy to see why this series and author have built such a following.  I’m looking forward to being back for another visit soon.
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Michelle1948 More than 1 year ago
I felt lost in the beginning of the book....it is #3 in the series. So much back story going on that I didn't feel I could jump right into this book. I almost gave up on it. But I didn't and it was an okay read if not a little predictable. Not sure I will read any more in this series. I guess I should have started with #1.
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BeachLuvnNNP More than 1 year ago
Started reading the series and couldn't stop until I had read all there was. Can't wait for the next one!
jrhodes20 More than 1 year ago
This is a great mystery series. If you like something cozy to curl up with this is just the book. I could not put it down. With yummy recipes as well.
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mysteriesformeCA More than 1 year ago
If you watch the Food Network at all, this story will give you a fictional account of some of the "stars." It also has some tantilizing recipes for cupcakes that will have you heading to the kitchen to experiment. It's been an interesting series so far and I can't wait for the next book to be published. I want to be inspired by the cupcakes.
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I have really enjoyed the cupcake mysteries, and am excited to devour this book. However, it went from page 49 to 52 and then from page 55 to 57. The first time I figured I'd just figure out what i missed as I went on, but the second time was downright annoying. Until it gets fixed this books going in the warming drawer for later.
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DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
Mel and Angie is representing their business in a cooking challenge when Mel's mentor is found dead in a freezer. When the clues point to something sinister and others are harmed, the tag-team of Mel and Angie are on the case to defrost a killer. This is such a fun series where the preparation of cupcakes is included in the telling of the story. The plot is enticing; the tone is easy flowing and I love the trio's banter with their family and friends. This was the best book yet in this delectably entertaining and amusing series and I can't wait for one romance to find their true course.
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ethel55 More than 1 year ago
If you haven't tried out this series by Jenn McKinlay, now is the time! I thoroughly enjoyed this latest cupcake bakery mystery! This time, Mel and Angie are entered in the pastry contest at the Scottsdale Food Festival. There's a different, mystery ingredient for each round and famous judges from the Food Channel, one of which is Mel's former mentor. When a judge turns up dead, Mel is close to the action once again. Determined to help find out what happened to Vic Mazzotta, she and Angie are off once again, sleuthing about town. The addition of an intern named Oz from a local school at the bakery assists the amateur detectives by being able to hold down the fort, even having some of his own ideas about how to bring in more business. Beware of all the great recipes in the back, they look delicious, even if they do include some of those odd, mystery ingredients! Thanks for another great story with vibrant characters and situations!