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Sugar and Iced (Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series #6)

Sugar and Iced (Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series #6)

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by Jenn McKinlay
     
 

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Sugar and spice and murderous vice.
That’s what pageants are made of…

Normally Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura wouldn’t be caught dead at a beauty pageant, but when Mel’s mom asks them to provide cupcakes for the seventy-fifth annual Sweet Tiara contest as a favor for her best friend, they can’t say no. Plus, between

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Sugar and spice and murderous vice.
That’s what pageants are made of…

Normally Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura wouldn’t be caught dead at a beauty pageant, but when Mel’s mom asks them to provide cupcakes for the seventy-fifth annual Sweet Tiara contest as a favor for her best friend, they can’t say no. Plus, between cooking up a daily display for the three-day event and sponsoring a cupcake creation challenge for the participants, Fairy Tale Cupcakes will get great publicity.

But the world of pageants is even hotter than Mel’s kitchen. A high-strung judge and a pushy stage mom target Lupe, a young friend of Mel and Angie’s, at the competition and aim to take her out—by any means necessary. When the same judge shows up dead underneath Mel and Angie’s cupcake display, Lupe is crowned the lead suspect. Now Mel and Angie will have to find the real killer quickly or Lupe may be strutting the catwalk in prison pinstripes…

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries

"You're in for a real treat with Jenn McKinlay's Cupcake Bakery Mysteries."—Julie Hyzy, New York Times bestselling author 

“McKinlay’s characters are delicious.”—Sheila Connolly, New York Times bestselling author

“Full of warm and likable characters.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Good plotting and carefully placed clues make this an enjoyable, light mystery, made a little sweeter with recipes for the cupcakes Mel’s team creates.”—The Mystery Reader

Library Journal
04/01/2014
MA beauty pageant goes awry when one of the judges is murdered, and Melanie and Angie's friend is the number one suspect. As always, romance complicates the bakers' lives, too. This sixth culinary entry (after Going, Going, Ganache) is a consistently rewarding cozy series set in Scottsdale, AZ. Mouthwatering recipes included, natch.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425258927
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/2014
Series:
Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series, #6
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
101,312
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher

Praise for the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries

"You're in for a real treat with Jenn McKinlay's Cupcake Bakery Mysteries."—Julie Hyzy, New York Times bestselling author 

“McKinlay’s characters are delicious.”—Sheila Connolly, New York Times bestselling author

“Full of warm and likable characters.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Good plotting and carefully placed clues make this an enjoyable, light mystery, made a little sweeter with recipes for the cupcakes Mel’s team creates.”—The Mystery Reader

Meet the Author

Jenn McKinlay has baked and frosted cupcakes into the shapes of cats, mice, and outer space aliens, to name just a few. Writing a mystery series based on one of her favorite food groups (dessert) is as enjoyable as licking the beaters, and she can’t wait to whip up the next one. She is the author of the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries, including Going, Going, Ganache, Red Velvet Revenge, Death by the Dozen, Buttercream Bump Off and Sprinkle With Murder, the Hat Shop Mysteries, including Cloche and Dagger and Death of A Mad Hatter, and the Library Lover’s Mysteries, including Read It and Weep, Book, Line, and Sinker, Due or Die, and Books Can Be Deceiving. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her family.

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Sugar and Iced 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
misstree1963 More than 1 year ago
I won this book in a giveaway.  I had never read any of the other books in the series, but after reading this I will definitely be checking out the other books.  I loved the  the different characters and all the quirky people involved in the pageant.  There were enough red herrings to keep me guessing at who done it.  I would recommend it for anyone looking for a something to fill a rainy afternoon or to take to the beach!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have liked all the other books in this series, but this one was a huge disappointment. The three men vying to be Mel's love interest dominates the storyline and takes away from the mystery. This is a tiresome and unrealistic development in the series and I won't be reading anymore.
LegoDinolady More than 1 year ago
I was at the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading this book. I was fully engaged from page one until the end. I couldn't put the book down and read it in one day. When a book is so good that I can't put it down I know it's awesome. The story was enchanting and sweet. I can not wait until the next one. I will be anxiously awaiting to conclusion of this book. Wow
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Beauty Pageants, Romance, and Murder At one point this year, I decided I was going to save three of Jenn McKinlay’s Cupcake Bakery mysteries for next year, but after I finished reading book 5, I had to move on to Sugar and Iced as soon as I could. The cliffhanger from the last book worked, so I bumped the book up to the top of my TBR pile. Not that I am complaining too loudly since it was another good read. The 75th Annual Sweet Tiara Beauty Pageant is coming up, and Fairy Tale Cupcakes has gotten roped into participating, against Mel’s wishes. Not only are they providing cupcakes for the lobby every day, but they will be baking the cupcakes the contestants create as one of the rounds. And, with a college scholarship as the prize, Oz’s friend Lupe has decided to enter. However, not everything is beautiful, and on the first day, Lupe and the rest of the gang get into a very public fight with Mariel Mars, the head judge of the competition. Naturally, when Mariel is found dead under the cupcake table the next day, Lupe jumps to the top of the suspect list. Now Mel has to dig beneath the beautiful surface to find other suspects and clear Lupe’s name. Can she do that? If you haven’t started the series, this is not the book to start with. You see, that cliffhanger I mentioned? It involved Mel’s love life (and to a lesser extent some other characters and their love lives). And, while the threads of the mystery are being introduced, they are buried under updates on what is happening with those characters. Normally, that might bother me, but that is exactly why I picked up this book so quickly, so I couldn’t complain. The romantic sub-plots also provided some great humor over the course of the book, which I enjoyed. Unfortunately, between romance (in addition to the other couples, there’s a new relationship budding here), and the beauty pageant itself, the mystery gets a little buried even late in the book. Don’t get me wrong, I was always entertained and never wanted to put the book down, but the mystery was weaker than it could have been. Things do come together for a strong climax; in fact, that climax was one of my favorite things in the book, and there was much I liked about the book. Obviously, it was the characters that drew me to read this book so quickly, and they continue to be strong. In fact, fans of the series will be thrilled with how some relationships evolve here. Mel’s growth is the most obvious, but some of the other characters grow over the course of this story as well. I kind of like where one relationship seems to be going, in fact. Again, if you are new to the series, you won’t appreciate this growth as much, so start at the beginning. The series is so much fun you won’t be complaining. But I do have to circle back to the romance for a minute. The final ending of this book takes one of the romances into soap opera territory. I’m not saying this ending wasn’t set up earlier in the book, but I had to roll my eyes at the latest complication that couple faces. Knowing the premise of the next book, I can see we will get a great payoff for it, so I think the payoff will be worth it, but I hope things smooth out for them soon. Of course, you can’t have a culinary mystery without recipes. We’ve actually got 4 cupcake recipes here, and they all sound delicious, so fire up the oven and enjoy. It really is easy to see why these books are so popular.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
The feels near the end, concerning Mel and Joe. Just got to say, are you serious book? Really how could you? Fine, make it interesting and wanting me to read the next book why don't you. Anyway Mel, Angie and co find themselves with their cupcakes at a beauty pageant. Wow, almost caught up with this series. And loving every moment with these characters. In this, I think the ones that shine are Tate and especially Marty. You could tell here the character development really showed. Even Olivia was okay. It was nice that we got to see more of Mel's brother and Angie's brothers as well. Also Lupe and Oz, adorable! The direction in the series, I wasn't sure of, especially near the end of the last book, but throughout this I was kind of surprised and liked the characters were trying to talk sense into Mel and her dilemma. I was like, thank you finally someone is saying it. This series really is one of my new favorites right now. After an ending like that, you bet I'll read the next one.
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all time favorite cozy mystery series. Although in this installment I have to say I am so upset with the ending that I want to read the next one right now but I have to wait as I have a few in front of it. Jenn really left us with a big cliff hanger. I felt the same as Mel did as I am not a beauty pageant type but I like where this one went. Again Jenn had me stumped on who did the killing until the end of the book. I liked the side stories of Tate & Angie, Lupe & Oz and Mel & Joe.  I found myself happy, sad and excited while reading this book. It was a story I just did not want to put down until I was finished. If you are looking for a fun cozy mystery with some great cupcake recipes in the back then this is for you. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased the book a month ago and in a matter of days finished it. It was excellent leaving me wanting more and more of this delicious series. I found the characters hilarious and witty language used to describe situations very appealing. Who knew the world of beauty pageants could be so perilous? I didn't, but I found myself intrigued. I hope you found my review very helpful. The ending of the book left us wanting to know more and more about the characters' personal lives. I'm interested to see what delicious mysteries Jenn has cookied.
JaQUACKie More than 1 year ago
Love the whole series! Fun characters!
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These mysteries are fun, entertaining, and pretty hard to solve. I love reading "Cozies" like this because they are not so dramatic and stressful as other types of mysteries. Just fun to read. McKinlay is great at creating believable characters and her stories are well paced. 
Lucysmom28 More than 1 year ago
I can never get enough of Jenn McKinlays or her alter writers books. I am hooked and get excited every time I find out a new one is coming out.
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jingleJE More than 1 year ago
Fun read! It's a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Love Jenn McKinlay!
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This is such a slow moving book it puts me to sleep
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
SUGAR AND ICED by Jenn Mckinlay Book 6 in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series. To say I love this series would be an understatement. It is by far my favorite  cozy mystery series. Jenn McKinlay has the gang from Fairy Tale Cupcakes taking on a beauty pageant in this story. Not only are they building beautiful cupcake towers to display at the pageant, they’re baking the cupcakes that the contestants themselves invent. On top of that, they are there for their young friend Lupe who enters the pageant to win a scholarship. Of course they didn’t count on Lupe and one of the judges having a very public argument in the lobby of the hotel hosting the event. And they sure didn’t expect that same judge to be found dead under the table that holds Melanie and Angie’s cupcake tower! Making matters worse…Lupe is the prime suspect! Once again, Mel and the crew find themselves trying to find a killer. Ms. McKinlay’s characters grabbed me on the first page of this story and held on to me until the last. No, that’s not right. They held me tight long after the book was done. Just as they have in every book in the series. You wouldn’t think someone could take a murder mystery and make it laugh out loud funny. Jenn McKinlay does it with an ease that I envy. Her witty sense of humor carries over into her writing. In SUGAR AND ICED she once again blends that humor wonderfully with an excellent storyline and a good, tightly crafted mystery that will keep you guessing even after you think you know who the murderer is. If I could be in any fictional place I wanted out of all the cozy mysteries I read, I would have to pick working at Fairy Tale Cupcakes in not so fictional Scottsdale, Arizona. This is saying a lot since I really don’t do well in hot temperatures. But I would be willing to suffer through the hottest Scottsdale summer for the chance to hang out  Mel, Angie, Tate, Joe, Oz, and Marty at the bakery. Heck, I’d even risk it knowing how high the body count is! If you haven’t read the Cupcake Bakery series, please don’t wait any longer.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story but ending left you dangling
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Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book as I do all Ms. McKinlay's books. First what I wasn't crazy about was that the police seem to focus on one person, and I wasn't crazy about the cliffhanger (I've never been crazy about them). That being said, I love all the characters. There is such a variety of personalities that mix together beautifully. I love the fact that best friends will still disagree and fight but will talk it over like adults and work it out. The "man club" had me laughing with their humorous arguing, and the love story about Oz was cute. The mystery was good and kept me guessing, with characters that kept you involved. I eagerly await the next in the series.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are back in this sixth cupcake mystery and their cupcakes are donning tiaras! As a favor to her mom Mel agrees to provide cupcakes for the seventy-fifth annual Sweet Tiara Beauty Pageant. It is great publicity for Fairy Tale Cupcakes and when their young friend Lupe decides to enter the pageant Mel’s mother is smiling ear to ear. She takes Lupe under her wing to help her prepare for the competition. Not everyone is thrilled with this new face on the pageant circuit. One high strung judge scores her very low on the first day. When that judge ends up dead, fingers are quickly pointed at Lupe as the prime suspect. The whole Fairy Tale Cupcake crew comes together to prove her innocence so she can continue in the competition and not end up behind bars before she gets to strut her stuff. Dollycas’s Thoughts Jenn McKinlay has whipped up another great story with SPRINKLES on top!!!! I love this series and I love these characters!! Mel and Angie are best friends, as close as sisters and may actually be related in the not too distant future, unless something goes terribly wrong. She now has three man in her “man club” Joe is #1, Manny is #2 and Steve is #3 and each man knows and understands their rating but that doesn’t stop them from trying to win her over to their side. They all also try to keep her out of trouble. Tate is also part of team that makes up Fairy Tale Cupcakes and he is very interested in another part of the team, he just needs to get out of his funk and do something about it. Oz and Marty round out the crew and are a different as night and day but they part of the reason this series is so great. They really add the humor!!! We get to know Lupe, Oz’s skateboarding friend, and Oz finally sees her as a girl instead of just his buddy. I absolutely loved it!!!! I was in a pageant eons ago, first runner-up, thank you very much, and the girls and their mothers could be a bit catty but killing a judge, oh my!! What a splendid idea for a mystery! There are plenty of suspects with means, motive and opportunity. The only thing I didn’t like about this book was that it left us hanging about a very important person and I have to wait until the next book comes out to find out more. Next year? That is just too long!! :)
funnylady More than 1 year ago
I have read all the Cupcake series and the Library Series.  The stories are fun and interesting, but I was disappointed in the endings.!
RobynKFLNJ More than 1 year ago
Another winner by Jenn McKinlay! I love this series and this book did not disappoint! I love all the twists and turns in this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't put it down. I can't wait for the next book in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago