Death by the Dozen (Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series #3)

Death by the Dozen (Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series #3)

by Jenn McKinlay

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ISBN-13: 9780425244050
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Series: Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 63,029
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.87(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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Death by the Dozen (Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series #3) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Pixiepoe More than 1 year ago
Jenn McKinlay nails it in her third book if the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series. Melanie and Angie have lots of reasons to want to win the Challenge to the Chefs competition- money, publicity and beating their rival Olivia Puckett. It also gives Mel a chance to reconnect with her mentor Vic Mazzotta, who is now a celebrity chef and judge of the contest. Mel and Angie think their biggest problem is figuring out what mystery ingredients the judges will throw at them to add to their cupcakes, but when Vic ends up dead in a freezer they realize they have a much bigger mystery to solve. Now they must figure out who killed Vic and who is out to make sure they lose more than just the contest. In addition to the mystery which will keep you guessing, there is a lot to love about this book. The characters are very likable and well developed. The three main characters Mel, Angie and Tate are business partners who share a long friendship, a dislike for Olivia, and love for movie quotes. Mel is dating Angie's brother, which could get messy. To further complicate things, Tate is in love with Angie and you wonder how this will affect their friendship. We are also introduced to a new character, Oz, in this book and I hope he is around for a long time to come. This is a perfect cozy for the cupcake lover, as there are recipes in the back so that you can recreate the unusual cupcakes prepared for the competition. I do suggest that you read the first two in the series first if you have not already, so that you can see these characters grow from the beginning. Hopefully, you'll be hooked from the end of Sprinkle with Murder and eagerly awaiting the release of Red Velvet Revenge like I am.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series! It has become my favorite book series and I cannot wait for the next book to come out! The characters, the story, and the details used make it a hard one to put down. The only downfall is that the subsequent books are not pubished quick enough as I anxiously await their to read what happens with Mel and Angie :)
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I had a good time with this cozy. I listened to the first two books in the series last year and I was really excited to spend a little more time in the cupcake bakery. I was entertained from the very start and ended up listening to the book for hours at a time. I was completely entertained and I worked to solve the mystery along with Mel and Angie. I love a good mystery but I also love a good cupcake. I am not really sure which one I like more but it might be the cupcakes. One thing that I loved about this book was the cooking contest. Mel and Angie participate in a contest where they had to use a mystery ingredient. I loved the description on what kind of desserts these two would make using some rather strange ingredients both in the contest and as practice. I loved that baking was really a part of this story. The mystery was able to keep me guessing and I wasn't quite sure who the murderer was until the big reveal. Vic and Mel had a special relationship but not everyone was such a big fan of the man so there were quite a few suspects. When things started happening that brought the danger closer to Mel and Angie, everything became a little more serious. I thought that the mystery aspect of the story was very well done. The characters in this book were great. It was really nice to be back with both Mel and Angie as well as their friends and family. This book does introduce a new character, Oz, who starts working at the bakery as an intern from the local high school. I wasn't sure how Oz would fit in at first but it quickly became apparent that he was meant to be a part of their group. I was also thrilled to have a kitten added to the mix of characters. The kitten, Jack, didn't have a whole lot of time in the story but I did enjoy the scenes he was in quite a lot. Susan Boyce does a fantastic job with this series. I love all of the voices that she uses in the book. I thought that she was able to add just a bit more excitement to the story through her narration. I thought that she read the book at the perfect pace and her voice was very pleasant to listen to throughout the story. I had no problems listening to this book for hours at a time and look forward to more of her narration in the future. I do recommend this series to others. This is the third book in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series but it could easily be read as a stand alone. Readers of the series will enjoy seeing things move forward in the lives of the characters. I can't wait to read more of this entertaining series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good read .
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Death by the Dozen is book 3 in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series. I had such a good time with the other book I read in this series I knew I had to get more. I'm reading these way out of order since I started with book 4 then hopping backwards to book 3 but it actually seems to be okay doing so. The major plot points are going to be different in each book since they're investigating new things. The overall series story arc however will have a few spoilers if you read these out of order. That being said, the author gives enough details of the characters that you can read any as a standalone novels if needed. In this installment, Melanie and Angie decide to enter their bakery, Fairy Tale Cupcakes, into the Challenge to the Chef competition. It's basically like one of those reality cooking competition shows, where the judges have a challenge then cut out people each round. Melanie and Angie have been preparing by waking up early and having a friend bring a mystery ingredient and their chances look promising. That is until they find out some of the judges are Melanie's former professors/classmates from culinary school. One of which doesn't like her and the other, Vic Mazzotta, was her mentor and had a fatherly attitude towards her. Of course, Vic winds up dead pretty quickly and Melanie suspects foul play. We get to guess whodunit throughout the novel as we see the suspect list narrowed down with each page and it really kept me guessing. Death by the Dozen is full of mystery with a little dash of romance and lots of humor tossed in. This installment confirmed that this is going to be a must read series for me since I already adore the characters. I haven't been able to guess the mystery in either book before it's revealed which I'm glad, especially when the clues line up and make sense. Oh and just know if you plan on reading this series that you're going to be seriously craving sweets. If you're a fan of mystery novels or books involving food/baked goods you'll adore this series!
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
You know, I was going to put this aside and read something else. But then that adorable cover had to draw me back in. And thus I read where I left off. This time around, you got Mel and Angie in a tough cooking competition, new character Oz who is just adorable, romance angst happening with two certain characters. Oh and a murder of course. This sequel was just as good as the last one. I liked that we got to see more of Angie's brothers. Also Mel showed more of a backbone in this one. I mean in the last two she did as well, but she shines here as well. Anyway, what makes this series works is Mel and Angie and the other characters. Probably said that for the other books, but its worth repeating. Good series so far.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Delicious Death It’s time for the annual food festival in Scottsdale, and that includes the chef’s challenges.  This year, Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura have entered in the pastry division.  Their competition includes their rival, Olivia Puckett, who has won for the past few years.  Among the judges are several people that Mel knew from culinary school.  The egos on the judging panel remind Mel why she didn’t like these people back when she was taking classes from them or with them.  The exception is Vic Mazzotta.  True, he is a demanding man, but he also helped Mel through a difficult time, and she is willing to put up with him because of that softer side.   The morning of the first round of the competition, Vic is nowhere to be found.  When he does turn up, he’s dead in an ice truck.  How did he get in there?  Which of his enemies killed him?  Or was it even murder?   While the murder takes place a little later than normal in the cozy mysteries I read, the time was spent setting up motive and suspects.  Once the murder takes place, Mel has a nice list of suspects all ready to go.  I did feel the book dragged a tad in the middle, but it picked up again by the end.  The characters were fun and charming as always.   It’s easy to see why this series and author have built such a following.  I’m looking forward to being back for another visit soon.
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Michelle1948 More than 1 year ago
I felt lost in the beginning of the book....it is #3 in the series. So much back story going on that I didn't feel I could jump right into this book. I almost gave up on it. But I didn't and it was an okay read if not a little predictable. Not sure I will read any more in this series. I guess I should have started with #1.
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BeachLuvnNNP More than 1 year ago
Started reading the series and couldn't stop until I had read all there was. Can't wait for the next one!
jrhodes20 More than 1 year ago
This is a great mystery series. If you like something cozy to curl up with this is just the book. I could not put it down. With yummy recipes as well.
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mysteriesformeCA More than 1 year ago
If you watch the Food Network at all, this story will give you a fictional account of some of the "stars." It also has some tantilizing recipes for cupcakes that will have you heading to the kitchen to experiment. It's been an interesting series so far and I can't wait for the next book to be published. I want to be inspired by the cupcakes.
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I have really enjoyed the cupcake mysteries, and am excited to devour this book. However, it went from page 49 to 52 and then from page 55 to 57. The first time I figured I'd just figure out what i missed as I went on, but the second time was downright annoying. Until it gets fixed this books going in the warming drawer for later.
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DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
Mel and Angie is representing their business in a cooking challenge when Mel's mentor is found dead in a freezer. When the clues point to something sinister and others are harmed, the tag-team of Mel and Angie are on the case to defrost a killer. This is such a fun series where the preparation of cupcakes is included in the telling of the story. The plot is enticing; the tone is easy flowing and I love the trio's banter with their family and friends. This was the best book yet in this delectably entertaining and amusing series and I can't wait for one romance to find their true course.
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