Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys (An Annie Graceland Cozy Mystery, #3)

Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys (An Annie Graceland Cozy Mystery, #3)

by Pamela DuMond
3.4 18

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Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the basic story but had a really hard time reading this book. The characters were fun but the events were too cliche and predictable. I don't like to give bad reviews but this was not a book that I would recommend. I'm really sorry!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She suspects everyone. Jumps to conclusions too quickly. At the end all gets solved. It was a good quick read. I won't be buying the other books though. Just didn't catch my attention that much.
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
Deliciously Funny 3.5 stars. I am not the ideal audience for this book - I'm not a foodie, and I'm still not a fan of mysteries (though I keep trying them anyway). Set (mostly) in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, Annie Graceland and her two best friend sidekicks have come out from L.A. as a "celebrity" judge for the first annual (yes, we all know it should be inaugural) Hot Guys contest. There's a shooting, missing luggage, and a murder, and a ghost who wants Annie to solve his murder. There's margarita cupcakes (which made my mouth water despite me not being a foodie) and many other delicious-sounding foods and drinks described, WITH recipes. There's an angsty grown daughter-mother dynamic that many readers could recognize, something of a love triangle, and hot guys described parading in evening suits and swimsuits with the names of their cities on them: Mr. Wisconsin Dells, Mr. Madison, Mr. Milwaukee, and more. That part was especially fun for me, since I'm originally from those parts, myself. I cracked up about Mr. Bitterhausen's talent, for that part of the competition. There was a lot of going back to high school, either literally, to the physical building, or in terms of old grudges or old flames, that felt forced for a character who's supposed to be twenty years or so past high school.  All in all, a fun, quick read that'll make you smile and sometimes laugh out loud.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book reads like one of those choppy 1960's art films that no one really enjoyed or understood, but lauded for the creative genius of the director anyway.   The story had a lot of potential, but the writing is amateurish.  Characters are under developed and unlikable.   The narrative consists of short disconnected scenes without any segue to help the story flow.  And the plot?  I'm not quite sure there is one.  This book is over populated with characters, and under written for any kind of motivation or insight for much of the story.
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Anonymous 3 months ago
I enjoyed this cozy mystery. Fun well developed characters and guessing again mystery with some fantacy/ghosts thrown in for fun reading. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries. Enjoy.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Same as headline,
Anonymous 4 months ago
Entertaining
Anonymous 5 months ago
Joey442 5 months ago
Annie moved to California after her divorce and didn't miss Wisconsin one bit. But when her mother volunteered her to be a judge in the Wisconsin Hot Guy contest, she had no choice but to go back, telling her boyfriend it would just be a quick trip. It turned out to not be quick after all. Because one of the contestants was murdered. Since Annie could see and talk to ghosts, this one asked her to find his murderer. Annie just had to help, especially because she used to babysit the man when she was a teen. Of course, the police are investigating the murder so Annie has to be careful that she doesn't talk to the ghost when the detective is around. He is another one of the boys she used to babysit. Wow, has he grown up nicely. He tries to get her to see he's not the boy she once knew and shares his feelings with her. This was a fun story, even with a murder. The supernatural touch was a nice twist. I didn't care for Annie much and found her a bit scattered. After seeing so many positive reviews, I expected to love this mystery. But, sadly, I didn't like it as much as other readers appear to have. I was especially surprised by the ending. It wasn't really a cliffhanger but definitely left things open for following books which I would understand if this was the first book in the series but this is book 3! My rating for Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys is 2.5 stars.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Weak character develop and thin story.
DaUgh More than 1 year ago
not a bad book. suspense, laughter & light reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cozy read. Who dun it...Hot guys not fried pies. Something always goes wrong for Annie..she will figure it out. It didnt end as I thought it would kinda felt left open
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good, fuuny book from the start. It has humor, sex, romance, light murder-mystery book. I was disappointed in the ending. I want to read the next book, if there's one in print, to see what happens next. I do recommend it, especially if you've moved from a small hometown to a big city.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars. Silly & funny. Kept me interested thru the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the cozy mystories
CozyFan2014 More than 1 year ago
Not even for free. I didn't even get past the first few pages of the story - that's after swiping though page after page of self-congratulatory nonsense and an appeal for readers to watch some promo on YouTube so the author can get one of her stories made into a TV movie (I bet on Lifetime, where else?). The first chapter starts with repetitive text about how "hot" the protagonist's policeman boyfriend is (wow, that's not a cliche much for a cozy, is it?), and this goes on for numerous pages. Of course the protagonist is young and beautiful, who "managed to snag the hottest guy in LA" even though she's not even divorced yet. Yuck. Who wants a main character who is such a narcissist? I don't know if the author has an overinflated view of herself and her looks, and is projecting this onto her character, or if she for some reason believes that female readers can identify with a shallow, self-absorbed baker (again, another tired cliche) who, no doubt, runs around most days in short skirts and heels. I am sick of cozies like this - they are trite and unimaginative. They are based on stereotypes of females, and they are getting old. I am deleting this off my Nook when I finish this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U can choose th book today ok baby love!!