Faerie Cake Dead (The Luna Devere Series, #1) [NOOK Book]

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Cupcake maker extraordinaire and owner of Faerie Cake Junction, Luna Devere believes in faeries. Considered looney by some and barmy by others, Luna has a friendly relationship with faeries that she can't and won't deny.

When she finds a dead man sitting at a table in her cupcake shop, Luna is sure the faeries know who the killer is, and why the strange old man was left there. The sheriff is sure Luna is daft, but swears to investigate the man's appearance and death even though ...

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Faerie Cake Dead (The Luna Devere Series, #1)

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Overview

Cupcake maker extraordinaire and owner of Faerie Cake Junction, Luna Devere believes in faeries. Considered looney by some and barmy by others, Luna has a friendly relationship with faeries that she can't and won't deny.

When she finds a dead man sitting at a table in her cupcake shop, Luna is sure the faeries know who the killer is, and why the strange old man was left there. The sheriff is sure Luna is daft, but swears to investigate the man's appearance and death even though he gives her a hard time along the way. The local general contractor that Luna has hired, not only finds her attractive, but a bit wierd. He also knows she's being set up, but isn't sure by whom.

One body after another is left on her doorstep until Luna realizes someone is trying to crush her business and buy her land for a mere pittance. Though the faeries refuse to become involved, the pixies are more than happy to participate in Luna's investigation. As days turn into weeks, bad things pile one on top of the other. Luna puts herself in jeopardy as she faces the killer who is the last person she would ever have expected as a murderer. Luna finds she's in a fight for her life.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016443218
  • Publisher: Jeanne Paglio
  • Publication date: 8/11/2011
  • Series: The Luna Devere Series , #1
  • Sold by: Draft2Digital
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 100,506
  • File size: 673 KB

Meet the Author

With her books sold worldwide, J.M. Griffin is one of today's popular women sleuths authors.
J.M. is known best for her Vinnie Esposito series. The series, set in Rhode Island, the smallest state in the USA, is brought to life by a colorful cast of characters. Every novel has a blend of humor, mystery, and romance. J.M.'s latest novel in the series, Cold Moon Dead, is the fourth in the Esposito series. Her latest, The Deadly Bread Series, takes place in Rhode Island, features a Scot, a bread maker, and lots of interesting characters who help figure out who-done-it.
Stepping away from Rhode Island's scenery, J.M. set Faerie Cake Dead on the coast of Maine. Filled with humor, faeries, sweet cupcakes, murder and a yummy hero, the villain is someone you’ll least expect.
J.M.'s release, Murder on Spyglass Lane, takes place on the west coast of Florida in the Sarasota area. This cozy mystery has a unique and hilarious blend of characters, a sexy hero, and a psychic heroine.
Tangled to Death was a mystery inspired by J.M.’s favorite art style, Zentangle. She set the story in New Hampshire with an unexpected corpse in the first scene. Wit and fun fill the pages of this novel.
J.M., her husband, and two mysterious cats reside in a countryside village in western Rhode Island, where life is anything but mundane.
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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    Nothing like the Esposito Series. Thought the plot was choppy,

    Nothing like the Esposito Series. Thought the plot was choppy, rushed and pretty much thin.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Funny and Exciting

    A fun and easy read.

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  • Posted August 18, 2012

    Have you hugged your pixie today? Cupcakes to die for in more w

    Have you hugged your pixie today? Cupcakes to die for in more ways than
    one, a super yummy carpenter, murder mysteries to solve, faeries, and
    yes PIXIES! These all combine to make up the fun and engrossing book
    Faierie Cake Dead by J.M. Griffin. After reading this book I am picking
    up cupcakes tomorrow for a friend's Birthday, I just wish they were from
    the junction. Warning! This book will make you crave cupcakes. They are
    described so well your mouth will water. The faeries are sweet and yet
    a bit cryptic. They kind of speak in riddles. But the Pixies are my
    favorite part. When they protect Luna.....well you will see when you
    read the book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted August 8, 2012

    I reviewed J.M. Griffin's Murder On Spyglass Lane awhile back an

    I reviewed J.M. Griffin's Murder On Spyglass Lane awhile back and decided then that she was going to be an author that I wanted to watch out for. I'm glad I made that decision. I love cozy mysteries, and this one is a combination of two things I like, tasty treats and the paranormal, in this case faeries.

    I also love quirky characters and that is Luna!

    My only gripe is that this story made me really hungry for cupcakes and there are none on hand. What a bummer.

    This is a great story for those looking for a quick fun cozy! I can't wait for more of this series.

    Review copy provided by the author

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

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    I have to give credit where credit is due.....I didn't see it co

    I have to give credit where credit is due.....I didn't see it coming until the end!
    Usually, I have it all figured out, but Ms. Griffin had to go and throw me for a loop..
    WELL DONE!

    I fell in love with Luna's character, she is head strong and even if some think she if a little off....so be it.
    I was so glad that Devin walks into her life, we all need a little "Havoc" and man he could fix my basement any day.
    The faeries are such an added delight...who wouldn't want a meadow full of faeries that come and talked to you??? Or Pixies that come to your rescue???
    Personally, I thought for sure Thomas did it right down to the moment of the party, but then .....
    Yeah, well I guess there's more to the story than meets the eyes....guess I need to go out back and ask the faeries ...After I make some cupcakes!!!!!!

    The story itself is well put together and has the reader questioning who did what right down to the very end.

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  • Posted July 28, 2012

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    Source: Free review copy provided by author, via Innovative Onli

    Source: Free review copy provided by author, via Innovative Online Book Tours

    Review: A cruel murder, inconsistent ransom notes, and a plot to frame — but life still goes on with Luna, her cat, and her cupcakes! Faerie Cake Dead is an upbeat, all's well ends well cozy mystery that has a touch of romance and an undertone of fantasy. Years after her divorce to the cold, ruthless Thomas Devere, Luna has managed to turn her life around and streamline it into the success of her cupcake boutique, Faerie Cake Junction. Despite the fact that town officials and some of her customers think her balmy for believing in faeries — which are her inspiration — she's never been better without Thomas, and is really starting to appreciate her prosperous business. Until he suddenly reappears in her life, that is, and a few other things turn astray as well.

    The murderer who keeps planting dead or near-dead people in her shop obviously is someone who knows her well, someone who is out to assail her in every way — morally, financially, socially. Sexy handyman and widow Devin Radford offers her an emotional hand during Luna's time of desperation, which she reluctantly, but eventually accepts. But then falls in love with...? I don't get their relationship at all. Devin is way too forward with her, admitting he's in love with her off the bat, even though they've never met before these murders and break-ins took place, and though Luna's annoyed by his directness, she soon returns the feelings? Not believable at all. Neither character is grounded very well — they just swoon over themselves a lot and blame each other for each other's bumblings. I can't say I liked either of them, or their 'romance', for that matter. They both try too hard to come off as lovable, witty characters, but I just couldn't feel it. They lack originality as individuals and chemistry as a couple... does it get any more dull than that?

    The murder case isn't very convincing, either. The characters act very unprofessionally and the resolution isn't shocking at all. There is tittering suspense along the way — Griffin's great at drawing out scenes to make readers keen on finding out who's behind the chaos — but the end result is devastatingly unsatisfying. This book is slightly more disappointing than the other novel I reviewed by J.M. Griffin, Murder on Spyglass Lane. It drags out a lot more, and has an even more absurd romantic premise.

    Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy the writing much either. There's nothing spectacularly wrong with it, all the grammar's fine and such, but it's just not interesting. Griffin's voice is just very blunt, uninspiring, and stale — the kind of prose that's bound to put me to sleep! There are some details I am fond of, however: Luna's cupcake business is cute, and the faeries are captivating. I do enjoy how the author manages to incorporate some magical elements to her contemporarily-set stories. I think the main idea is spot on — the arrangement of corpses is certainly shocking and Luna's business being sabotaged very realistic. However, Griffin's style's blandness and the story's overall lack of substance make the book a flop.

    While there are certain things I did appreciate in Faerie Cake Dead, including the cheery tone, the exposition, and the faeries, it's something I do not recommend because it ultimately fails in both the cozy mystery and romance departments.

    Rating: 4 hearts - So-so; reading this book may cause wrinkles (from frowning so much).

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    Posted October 12, 2012

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