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Sprinkle with Murder (Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series #1)

Sprinkle with Murder (Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series #1)

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by Jenn McKinlay

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Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are finally living out their dream as the proud owners of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. But their first big client is a nightmare. She's a bridezilla who wants 500 custom cupcakes for her wedding.

When Mel stumbles upon the bride-to-be dead-by-cupcake, she becomes the prime suspect. To save themselves and their business, the


Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are finally living out their dream as the proud owners of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. But their first big client is a nightmare. She's a bridezilla who wants 500 custom cupcakes for her wedding.

When Mel stumbles upon the bride-to-be dead-by-cupcake, she becomes the prime suspect. To save themselves and their business, the ladies need to find the real murderer, before the cupcake killer ices someone else.

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Publishers Weekly
McKinlay (who writes decoupage mysteries as Lucy Lawrence) pens a tender cozy full of warm and likable characters and a refreshingly sympathetic murder victim. Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura have just opened their cupcake bakery, Fairy Tale Cupcakes, with financial help from their best friend, Tate Harper. It seems like a dream come true, with the exception of their resentful competition and the excessive demands of Tate’s vapid fiancée, fashion designer Christie Stevens. When Christie is found dead in her studio holding a sample wedding cupcake, the bakers become suspects. Melanie has faith the police will solve the case, but she’s less sure about the motives of Angie’s handsome DA brother, Joe, and concern for Tate and Christie’s family drives her to launch her own investigation. Readers will look forward to more of McKinlay’s tasty concoctions. (Mar.)

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Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Sprinkle With Murder 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 110 reviews.
Mystery_Eater More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy books from Joanna Fluke (Hannah Swenson mysteries), Jessica Beck (donut shop mysteries) or Diane Mott Davidson (Goldy Bear Caterer mysteries), then you will enjoy the Cupcake Mystery Series from Jenn McKinlay. Ms McKinlay has created a core group of characters that you can't help but care about by the end of the book. Sprinkled liberally with the cupcake recipes, this book is a winner. Sprinkle with Murder is the first in the series. I would classify these ase a lighthearted mystery.. not as intense as other murder mysteries. Oh and yes, once I finished Sprinkle with Murder, I bought books 2 and 3, and am looking forward to book 4.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Sprinkle With Murder, the first in the cupcake bakery series. McKinlay has written a wonderful freshman tale. There were great characters, a fast paced story, and just enough twists to keep me guessing. I was drawn to the vivid descriptions of the Fairy Tale Bakery, with it's 50's pink and grey decor and location near the tourist area of Scottsdale. Owners Melanie and Angie have known each other since sixth grade. When their business partner Tate (and just as old a friend) asks Melanie to cater the cupcakes for his upcoming wedding, she agrees. Many things go awry, with Melanie (and her business) being wrongly accused of murder. Melanie's mother and Angie's many brothers made several appearances, hopefully they will all make return in future stories. As with any good cozy that involves food, there were some delicious sounding recipes at the end. I will be eager to read the next in the series, Buttercream Bump Off.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and got the rest of the series so far. I am only disappointed that I can not lend this ebook that I paid for to any one. We need to change this practice as it keeps me going back to the Library instead of spending my money to buy more books that I can not share.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought she wrote a good book. I feel as she continues to write this series they will get better. I"m looking forward for her next book. It was a quick read which I like. It was easy to get into. IT has nice recipes I may even like to try out. It has a nice ending - doesn't leave you hanging why the person murder the person in the book like some books i read.
Anna_Louise More than 1 year ago
This is a good book for rainy days with a cupcake and a cup of coffee. Good characters and plot but not heavy and just a fun, quick beach type of read! Great recipes...try them at the end of the book!!!
club45boo More than 1 year ago
This book is so good. I was hooked on the first chapter. Love the characters, and the cupcakes! You will not want to put it down. It's what I call a "light mystery." Not gross. And you will want to become one of the family.
funnylady More than 1 year ago
I just purchase all the Cupcake Bakery books.  I read book #1 and am reading book #2.  I find the books funny due to the comments the characters make.  I have been laughing out loud while reading.  The stories and murders are interesting and I love how  they play detective to solve these murders.  I'm sure the following books will be just as funny and the murders just as interesting.  I would recommend the entire series.  I will also try to bake a few of the cupcake receipes.  Keep up the great work.  The next series I will be  purchasing will be the Library series.........
JamesJohnCudneyIV 14 days ago
3+ stars to Jenn McKinlay's Sprinkle with Murder, the first book in the "Cupcake Bakery" cozy mystery series. I'm a fan of Ms. McKinlay, as I enjoy both her "Hat Shop" and "Library Lovers" mystery series, which pushed me to try this one. It was a fun read that took me about two hours on a train to/from Long Island to see family for the day, and I will continue to read the series. Story Mel and Angie have been best friends since an incident with a chocolate bar and a bully in the sixth grade. Almost 25 years later, they co-own a cupcake bakery together in their Scottsdale, Arizona hometown. When their third best friend Tate ask them to design his wedding cake for the upcoming nuptials, they are a little leery (give he is their silent partner in the business) and they aren't very keen on his bridezilla. Christie Stevens was a famous designer who seemed to make it big by stealing from others and being a general nasty businesswoman. When she ends up dead after taste-testing one of the cupcakes Mel made, the press suspects foul play, claiming Mel had long-buried feelings for Tate. In order to save her reputation, and the bakery, Mel investigates Christie's life and comes up with a few suspects. While trying to save themselves from the murder, someone else falls prey to the killer, and a rival bakeshop owner takes advantage of the situation. In the end, the stories collide for a bit and Mel almost bites the dust. Luckily, her new crush, Angie's brother, comes to her rescue. Strengths 1. McKinlay's writing is direct, funny and charming. She's consistent in her tone and story, finds good red herrings and creates strong interest in the cast and story. 2. The characters are likable, and they have some longevity. The rivalry will turn out to be a fun one to follow, as will the different love interests. Suggestions 1. In the beginning, McKinlay is clear to call out that Tate isn't gay although he was teased about it as a child. What's wrong with making a supporting character gay? Perhaps because in this case it was his bride-to-be who was murdered, him being gay wouldn't have turned out too well... especially when there are already strong hints that he has feelings for either Mel or Angie, and Angie has secret feelings for him. I think it would have been a better and stronger story if he was gay and there weren't any romantic feelings between the 3 friends. 2. The book is over 7 years old, so it may have been one of the first, but there are at least 10 of these types of series where the protagonist gives up a day job to own a bakery and then solves murder mysteries. Love the concept. Perhaps it was the trend setter. But... something needs to stand out to make it different than the rest. I've only read a few series, and just the first one of this series... so I'll hold judgment until I get through a few more. Make it stand out, Jenn... I know you can do it! Final Thoughts A fun read, definitely worth giving it a chance. But challenge yourself. Find 5 or 6 of these series where they revolve around bakeries and decide which has the best chance to survive! McKinlay's definitely at the top of the list in my book and if the series pushes a bit more in the next book, I'm sure it'll get a 4 of 5 stars from me.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Huh, surprised I finished this already. I like that while a quick read, it was kind of enjoyable in a way. Maybe it had to do with the number of pages or the writing style. Either way, this was a good start. Didn't love it but still like it. Near the end couldn't help but smile. Throughout, I been thinking, hmm, suddenly I want a cupcake. Anyway, this was good, the characters I kind of like, at first anyway. Then as the story went along and you get to know them, I like them a little bit more. Especially Angie, Tate and Mel's friendship. Joe included. Been wanting to read more cozy mysteries and the different themes, either a bookish or food theme. Plus I like the covers for these. Already want to read the next one.
Lindsie More than 1 year ago
Sprinkle with Murder is a fun cozy mystery that keeps readers glued (or iced?) to the pages. This book is fun, has characters that you will love right from the start, is filled with mystery, and delicious recipes! Looking for a light, fun read that will be hard to put down? Then I suggest picking up Sprinkled with Murder! It is the first in the series and I believe one you pick this one up you will want to get the rest. Overall rating: 4.0 Mystery Rating: 4.5 (you may never guess who it is!) Courtesy of My Love of Books (a.k.a. Elle)
cinder1 More than 1 year ago
It has it all a little mystery, some laughs, and some love one that you know what should happen but must buy the next one to see what happens.
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enjoyed this book more than I expected...but still lean towards ms mckinley's library series. I will read this too - just to see what happens to these cute characters next!
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Cant wait to read
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Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great murder mystery series! Fun and intriguing with a taste of suspense. Plus, it comes great cupcake recipes at the end of the books :)
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I read the 2nd book in this series first, and was not at all impressed, but I thought I'd try this, the 1st in the series, anyway. Oops. The characters are too sweet and cutesy for my taste and there is nary an interesting plot-line in site. For the heck of it, I tried the first in this author's "Library Lover's" series, and I found it a much better read. The characters and the storyline were far more interesting and well-written. Save your money on the "Cupcake" series. Instead, buy or bake a real cupcake to eat while reading this author's "Library" series.
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