Buttercream Bump Off (Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series #2)

Buttercream Bump Off (Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series #2)

by Jenn McKinlay

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ISBN-13: 9780425239247
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/04/2011
Series: Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 61,737
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

The hardest decision New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay ever had to make was what to major in during college. Then she discovered the sanctuary of the library and library science—a major that allowed her to study all the subjects. She loves working as a librarian. After all, what other occupation allows you to research the ethnobotanical properties of agave, perform a puppet show for twenty wiggly toddlers and try to answer why the rabbit’s foot is considered lucky, all in the same day? Jenn is also the author of the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries, the Hat Shop Mysteries and the Bluff Point romance series. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, in a house that is overrun with books, pets, kids and her husband’s guitars.

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Buttercream Bump Off 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic follow-up to McKinlay's first cupcake cozy. Melanie Cooper, along with her friend and business partner Angie DeLaura, are still being plagued by bakery rival Olivia and baking up delicious cupcakes (recipes included!). When Mel's mom goes on her first date in ages and the date doesn't go quite as planned, Mel's sleuthing kicks into high gear. This is such a smoothly written story and once again, the secondary characters are well fleshed out. The addtion of senior Marty Zelaznik was inspired. I hope to see more of all of them in the next installment!
JustCathy More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful cozy mystery...A Killer Read. Now you can have your cupcake and read it too. The author has done a terrific job at creating spunky characters that are down to earth. I must say this this is one book I actually laughed out loud at. There is just something about the characters you just love and care about. The first book in the series is wonderful and this second book does not disappoint either. I can't wait for the next book to come out. Warning: Time flies by when you read this, so be sure to put the timer on if you have cupcakes in the oven. Speaking of cupcakes, this book also has cupcake recipes included that sound delicious. Everyone needs a treat now and then and I would have to say that this book is a treat.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Mel Cooper and Angie DeLaura, all of Angie's brothers, Mel's mom, and their evil bakery enemy Olivia Puckett, are all back in the second book of the Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series. Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and the girls are teaching a couple's cupcake baking class. During the first class Mel's mom bursts in to announce she has a date! She needs Mel to take her shopping for the perfect "drop dead" gorgeous dress for her date. She hardly expected the dress to cause one man to have a heart attack and another, her date, actually "drop dead", but that is exactly what happened. Only her date didn't die of a heart attack or any other natural causes. He was murdered and Mel's mom is in a deep bowl of batter as the number one suspect. Mel knows her mother couldn't kill a fly let alone a man, so with Angie's help they must take time away from their Fairy Tale Bakery to find the real killer without getting themselves baked or frosted. Jenn McKinlay has done it again, the cupcakes not only stirred my cravings but the mystery had me so captivated I couldn't put this book down. I stayed up late and finished this book all in one sitting. I hate to give too much away but these characters, especially Angie's new boyfriend, will keep you entranced and in stitches until the very last word. The cupcakes are just the icing on this wonderful delectable treat for your reading pleasure. A definite must read for the new year. Start the year off right with Jenn's delicious cupcake series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received these books free from Berkley Prime Crime, a Division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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."
ethel55 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This was a fantastic follow-up to McKinlay's first cupcake cozy. Melanie Cooper and her friend and business partner Angie DeLaura are still plagued by bakery rival Olivia, confused about men and baking up delicious cupcakes (recipes included!). When Mel's mom goes on her first date in ages and the date, well, doesn't go quite as planned, Mel's sleuthing kicks into high gear. And once again, the secondary characters and love interests are well fleshed out and the addition of senior Marty Zelaznik was inspired. I hope to see more of them all in the next installment!
Marlyn on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura own Fairy Tale Cupcakes with their friend and not-so-silent partner Tate Harper. The three of them grew up together in Scottsdale, Arizona, where the bakery is located.It's just before Valentine's Day, and Melanie is teaching a couple's class, featuring such creations as "Kiss Me Cupcakes" and "Cupid's Bliss Cupcakes" (recipes included). During the first class, Mel's mother Joyce bursts in to announce that she is going on a date for the first time since Mel's dad passed away ten years earlier.A few days later, Mel's evening is interrupted by a desperate call from Joyce with the news that her date Baxter Malloy is dead. They eventually learn that Baxter has been strangled, and as the only person present, Joyce is the prime suspect.Mel is determined to prove that her mother is innocent, and when it's revealed that Malloy was running a Ponzi scheme, all of the investors come under scrutiny.This book was a quick and fun read, though it often strained the limits of believability. (How did those two women manage to run a successful bakery when they kept closing down so they could run personal errands?) Despite this, the further adventures of Mel, Angie and Tate should prove interesting.*FTC Full disclosure - Many thanks to the publisher, who sent me a copy of the book for review purposes.
nbmars on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This ¿cozy¿ mystery involves the three owners of a cupcake bakery: two young women, Melanie (¿Mel¿) Cooper and Angie DeLaura, and their fellow best friend from forever, Tate Harper. When a man who Mel¿s mother is dating turns up dead, Mel tries to solve the mystery on her own. Meanwhile, Angie starts dating one of the prime suspects for the murder, which causes Tate to realize he has always been in love with Angie. As for Mel, she is in love with Angie¿s brother, but experiences an unexpected attraction to the detective officially in charge of the murder case.Cupcake recipes are included after the story, sweetening an otherwise amateurish package.
cozy-reader on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I will pre-warn readers that I am going to rave about BUTTERCREAM BUMP OFF in a complete fangirly way! I am just starting to get back into cozy mysteries again, and I certainly chose a great series to start with. I absolutely adored SPRINKLE WITH MURDER, the first book in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery, and I loved the second book, BUTTERCREAM BUMP OFF, even more.BUTTERCREAM BUMP OFF puts Melanie's mom in the spotlight, as Joyce is a suspect in a murder case. During her first date in many decades, Joyce's date dies half-way through her date! It's up to the dynamic duo of Tate, Angie and Mel to try and solve the case, and stay out of trouble.There is cupcakes, there is a murder and there is some toe-curling romance, how can you not love this book? The mystery was good, and I didn't pick out the murderer before Mel did, which was a nice surprise. The romance was absolutely red-hot. I will not give away too much because I want everyone to go out and read it, but look for some definite tension, and lots of romance amongst all our favourite characters!Lucky for me I grabbed DEATH BY THE DOZEN, the third book in the series, this week from my library. So needless to say I will starting the next book right away!
TerryGil on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Love these characters, lots of fun!
drebbles on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura have their hands full running their cupcake bakery and dealing with arch-rival Olivia Puckett. But their lives are about to get a lot busier ¿ someone has killed Baxter Malloy and Mel¿s mother is the chief suspect as she was out on a date with him at the time. Mel is desperate to clear her mother¿s name and she starts trying to find the real killer. She has plenty of suspects to choose from but there is a major complication ¿ Angie is dating one of them.¿Buttercream Bump Off¿ is the second book in Jenn McKinlay¿s Cupcake Bakery cozy mystery series ¿ a series I like more and more with each book. The series is humorous and at times the humor can be over the top (their encounters with Olivia are very funny but the repeated references to Mel¿s lack of a sex live were way overdone) but most of the time the humor is enjoyable. What I really like about this series, besides the bakery setting (there are recipes at the back of the book and you are sure to crave cupcakes while reading it), is the relationship between the three main characters (Melanie, Angie, and Tate). I love the close relationship between them and the complicated romantic relationships. To her credit, McKinlay takes what seems like a typical cozy mystery premise of two people in love who may not know it yet and turns it completely upside down ¿ this adds much to the book and no doubt future books in the series. The mystery itself is well plotted with plenty of suspects, although I did figure out who the killer was. The part where the killer is revealed was scary, funny, romantic, and sexy all that the same time ¿ not an easy thing to do but McKinlay pulls it off brilliantly.¿Buttercream Bump Off¿ is another fun cozy mystery by Jenn McKinlay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Skipped unessessary romantic scenes that seemed to be out of place. Not the best of the series in my opinion.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I had a lot of fun with this cozy mystery! This is the second book in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series but it could be easily read as a stand-alone novel. Fans of the series will enjoy seeing some of their favorite characters from the first book back for this installment. This audiobook never had a boring moment since there were so many things going on in the story. This was a rather short audiobook that I was able to finish up in just a couple of days and really enjoyed myself in the process. Things get moving pretty quickly in this story and there is really a whole lot going on in this one. Melanie's mom has a big date that she is very excited about. Melanie and Angie are teaching a couples cupcake class with some pretty interesting clients. They also decide to host a contest that brings one very determined senior citizen to their bakery. There is a rock star drummer shaking things up and of course, a murder that needs to be solved. Susan Boyce once again does a fabulous job narrating this installment in the series. I really enjoy her portrayals of all of the characters in the book. She really handles a very diverse cast of characters flawlessly. I think that her delivery of some of the funnier moments in the book really added to the humor. I plan to listen to more of her work very soon. I would recommend this series to fans of cozy mysteries. This book is filled with wonderful characters and it was just a lot of fun. I love that the book balances the mystery with romance and humor very well. I can't wait to read more of this series very soon. I received a review copy of this audiobook from Dreamscape Media, LLC via Audiobook Jukebox.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
You know not only do I think I might have found a new favorite series, but I think I found a favorite author. Yeah let's go with both. This one I think won me over. I mean I liked the first one just fine. But the second one in the series was just fun. Actually 2 books so far, made these books fun to read. Basically, this is probably my favorite, so far anyway. Throughout the mystery, I was like oh wow the timing, the timing. Especially near the end with the reveal I was aww, then oh wait, mystery, and I so knew it! Anyway, another fun read in the Cupcake mystery series thus far. Looking forward to the next Mel and Angie mystery, and the author's other series.
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Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
I Loved This Valentine’s Set Book   It’s a few weeks before Valentine’s Day, and love is in the air.  Mel and Angie, owners of Fairy Tale Cupcakes, are hosting a contest where the winner will get a fancy dinner on the holiday.  This is in addition to their couple’s cupcake baking class.  Even Mel’s mother, Joyce, has been hit by Cupid’s arrow since she is going out on the first date she’s had since Mel’s father passed away a decade ago.   However, Joyce calls in a panic in the middle of her date.  She has found her date, Baxter Malloy, floating in his pool dead.  With the police questioning Joyce, Mel feels the need to find out who really killed Baxter.  The suspects are numerous since he was running a pyramid scheme, but some of them hit even closer to home.  Which of the suspects actually committed the crime?   It’s been a year and a half since I read the first in the series, and I’m sorry it took me so long to get back to it.  The plot was a little thin, but the situations Mel found herself in while investigating the case more than made up for it.  There are some fun and funny moments.  All the characters, new and returning, were great and added to the fun.  I especially loved Marty, a new character for this book.  I hope he pops back up in future books.   Even though I know how the cliffhanger has to end, I’m not going to let nearly this long go before I move on to the next book in the series.  This is a fun cast of characters, and I can see why the series is so popular.
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nancydrew123 More than 1 year ago
This series is a light, easy read. In the second book cupcake bakery owner Melanie's mother goes on her first date... who of course ends up dead. I do like the premise of these books and I like to read the relationships between Melanie and Angie but the mystery falls a little flat. I figured out who the killer was fairly easily. I want to like this series but I can't get past some of the fluffy writing style. I'll try the next book however because I love the idea of the Cupcake Bakery. Hopefully, the author will add a little bit more suspense to the books in this series.
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PumpkinKV More than 1 year ago
EXCELLENT reading, FUN story and it will make you LAUGH! What more can you ask for in a book. Read this in 1 day.
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I just finished this second in the series by Jen McKinlay. I always enjoy reading how Mel and Angie get themselves into a fine mess. This time Mel's mother gets wrapped up in the fun. As Mel takes on a new employee and some love interests stagger while others spark, there is a lot of fun on every page. Although the latter part of thebook reveals the murderer, it seemed to be too short. Within a few moments there is some action and poof!- an apprehension. Overall, it is a fun, quick read that gets you excited for the next in the series.
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