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

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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.

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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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780425244050
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Series: Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 137,028
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.87 (d)

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  • Posted November 30, 2011

    Cupcakes, competition and a corpse.

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    a Must Read!

    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 :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2013

    it was ok....

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2012

    Empty.

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  • Posted June 25, 2012

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    Such a Fun Series!

    I really enjoy this series! It's funny, the characters are fleshed out and adorably human. If you like humor mixed in with your mystery you can't go wrong here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

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    Really cute series

    Started reading the series and couldn't stop until I had read all there was. Can't wait for the next one!

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  • Posted March 22, 2012

    A great series

    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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  • Posted February 8, 2012

    Mouth Watering Recipes

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    What ages?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Pages missing?

    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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  • Posted December 31, 2011

    Delectably Entertaining

    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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  • Posted October 22, 2011

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    Now is the time

    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!

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

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    SCRUMPTIOUS!!!!!!!

    The Food Channel comes to Scottsdale, Arizona, by way of the Scottsdale Food Festival. Mel Cooper and Angie DeLaura are determined to win top prize for the Fairy Tale Cupcakes Bakery or may die trying. They have to "beat" their arch rival Olivia Puckett first just to get entered into the competition and beating her with their delicious desserts will just be icing on their cupcakes.

    Even with Mel's mentor, Vic Mazzotta, Food Channel celebrity chef, sitting in one of the judge's chairs, Mel knows she will need to use all her culinary skills to create the best dish using the daily mystery ingredients if they are going to take home the grand prize.

    Shocked when Vic doesn't show up to judge the girls know something is amiss. They are just planning to search for him when a dead body is found in a freezer truck on the festival grounds. Someone had put Vic on ice, permanently. Now they not only have to ice their competition with their fabulous cupcakes they also need to find a cold blood killer.



    My Thoughts
    This is a scrumptious series and the latest installment is absolutely delicious!!

    Two strong women, some hunky men and frosting how can you go wrong, lol!!!!

    Truthfully the characters are lovable and becoming more defined in each story. I love Oz, the newest face at Fairy Tale Cupcakes. The plot is timely and clever. The mystery ingredients competition reminded me of the mystery box challenges of Master Chef on Fox. There were assorted "red herrings" to divert us and lead us astray. Plus cupcakes, lots and lots of cupcakes!!! (recipes included)

    WARNING: You will be craving cupcakes while reading this so be sure to have some handy!!

    Jenn even gives us a taste of the next temptation, Red Velvet Revenge, and I can't wait to get my sticky hands on it. For now just be sure to get your copy of Death by the Dozen today and enjoy!!!


    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Berkley Prime Crime. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. 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."

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