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

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

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Mel & Angie's cooking contest turns deadly in the 3rd chapter of the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries.

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ISBN-13: 9781520063676
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Publication date: 01/10/2017
Series: Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series , #3
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 5.04(h) x 1.13(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jenn McKinlay is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several mystery series. She has also written the Good Buy Girls and the Decoupage Mystery series under the names Josie Belle and Lucy Lawrence, respectively. Jenn studied English literature and library science at Southern Connecticut State University. She lives in sunny Arizona in a house that is overrun with kids, pets and her husband's guitars.

Susan Boyce is an award-winning audiobook narrator. She has recorded over 90 audiobooks in a variety of categories, and her talents have been put to work by industry giants such as Amica, Hasbro, and Mattel. Susan earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1979. She has worked on-stage at Trinity Repertory Theatre, Worcester Foothills Theatre, The Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, and every major Ragtime and Traditional Jazz Festival in the United States.

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Death by the Dozen (Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series #3) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 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 :)
pandareads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mel and her baking partner, Angie, are entering a local bake off contest with the chance to win ten thousand dollars and a lot of publicity for their cupcakery. But when one of the judges is found murdered and frozen in a trailer, Mel finds herself not just baking but also investigating the murder. Hopefully she can catch the killer before s/he comes after her, too!I loved this cozy! The plot was fantastic as was the diverse cast of characters. Early on the novel Mel gets an intern from the local high school, Oz, who really shakes up the bakeshop. I thought he was a great character in the novel.If there's one thing I love more than a cozy, it's a cozy with a cat, or in this case, a teeny tiny kitten named Captain Jack! The cat the author described me reminded me a lot of my own cat, Mittens, who is now unfortunately two years old and no longer a baby kitten.There was on problem I had with this book: the cupcakes! I started the book last night and when I was running errands earlier today and accidentally stumbled upon a local cupcake bakery, I had to go in. They even had cookie dough cupcakes, which were mentioned in the novel and I knew it was meant to be. And it was delicious. So basically, be warned that this book will make you crave all things sugary, not that there's anything wrong with that.What was really great about this cozy was that even though it was the third in a series, it can definitely stand alone. I haven't read the first two books in the series, but I had no problem following the plot or figuring out the different personalities of the characters. I love that! I think I'm going to have to go back and read the first two, though, just for fun.PS: Even though I was provided this book free through a giveaway, that didn't affect my review. It was really good, read it!
cozy-reader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have raved and raved about how much I adore the Cupcake Mystery series by Jenn McKinlay. It's not going to come as a surprise that I absolutely loved DEATH BY THE DOZEN, the third book in this series. DEATH BY THE DOZEN sees Angie and Melanie entering the Challenge to the Chef competition, with Melanie's mentor, Vic Mazzotta, as one of the judges. Of course Melanie and Angie find themselves in the middle of a murder, soon enough, and are caught trying to find out who killed Vic, before the killer strikes again.I enjoyed DEATH BY THE DOZEN so much. Everything about it was pretty much perfect. The plot kept me very interested, as I tried to figure out the killer (and failed!). More than just the murder it is the little sub-plots, like the rivalry between Fairy Tale Cupcakes and Confections, and the romance between Melanie and Joe, that kept me glued to the pages. Jenn McKinlay writes so smoothly. Each scene flows into the next like a perfect jigsaw puzzle, and as I read on I kept turning the pages faster and faster wanting to find out how everything ended. I want to give a honorable mention to one character: Captain Jack, a la the kitty on the front cover. Oh Jenn McKinlay how did you know that aside from fantastic food, I just love kitties in mysteries? While Captain Jack didn't play a big role in this book, I know he will have many more appearances and I can't wait to see what kitty mischief he comes up with!All in all this was a super, fantastic, wonderful read. I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads and I would've gladly given it more if I could. Now I'm eagerly awaiting for RED VELVET REVENGE, book 4 in the series.
ethel55 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another great story about the Fairy Tale Cupcake Bakery and those that own it! This time, Mel and Angie entered in the pastry contest at the Scottsdale Food Festival. There's a different, mystery ingredient for each round and famous judges from the Food Channel, one of which is Mel's former mentor. When a judge turns up dead, Mel is close to the action once again. Determined to help find out what happened to Vic Mazzotta, she and Angie are off once again, sleuthing about town. The addition of an intern named Oz from a local school at the bakery assists the amateur detectives by being able to hold down the fort, even having some of his own ideas about how to bring in more business. I thoroughly enjoyed the latest cupcake bakery mystery! Beware of all the great recipes in the back, they look delicious, even if they do include some of those odd, mystery ingredients! And I have to ask,--will we be able to purchase some of Alma's swag for the bakery anytime soon?! Thanks for another great story, Jenn McKinlay!
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 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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