Going, Going, Ganache (Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series #5)

Going, Going, Ganache (Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series #5)

by Jenn McKinlay

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A new Cupcake Bakery Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay is icing on the cupcake!

After a cupcake-flinging fiasco at a photo shoot for a local magazine, Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura agree to make amends by hosting a weeklong corporate boot camp at Fairy Tale Cupcakes.  The idea is the brainchild of billionaire Ian Hannigan, new owner of SWS (Southwest Style), a lifestyle magazine that chronicles the lives of Scottsdale’s rich and famous. He’s assigned his staff to a team-building week of making cupcakes for charity. 

It’s clear that the staff would rather be doing just about anything other than frosting baked goods. But when the magazine’s creative director is found murdered outside the bakery, Mel and Angie have a new team-building exercise—find the killer before their business goes AWOL.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425252079
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/02/2013
Series: Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series , #5
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 39,684
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jenn McKinlay has baked and frosted cupcakes into the shapes of cats, mice, and outerspace aliens, to name 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 lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her family. 

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“[McKinlay] continues to deliver well-crafted mysteries full of fun and plot twists.”—Booklist

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Going, Going, Ganache 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always with the cupcake bakery mystery series, this book is a sweet read that takes the reader on a fun, albeit far fetched, adventure with very lovable characters. My favorite part of this series is the vivid picture Jenn McKinlay paints- I can always imagine the pink, retro bakery, Mel's cozy apartment, and the undoubtedly scrumptious cupcakes. I'm already looking forward to the next book!
Suetalk More than 1 year ago
Love this book and what a cliff hanger at the end. Can't wait for the next book to arrive.
NoraAdrienne More than 1 year ago
Mel is in a quandary this time out... the photo shoot that is supposed to bring business to the shop goes south when Olivia the competitor from hell shows up... A boot camp bakery session with the magazine staff that refuses to work and play well together, a dead body, and an engagement that is not only going no where, but being called off... These and other exciting activities make this edition of a day in the life of Mel, one you're not going to want to miss. I am so glad I received this book as a gift from a friend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second time reading it and I enjoyed it this time as much as the first
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Page Turning and Mouth Watering I am so glad I’ve been making the effort to catch up on Jenn McKinlay’s Cupcake Bakery mystery series this year. I’ve fallen in love with the characters, and each book pulls me further into their lives. I’ve just finished Going, Going, Ganache, and I’m already hungry for the next one. Mel, Angie, and their Fairytale Cupcakes are being featured in Southwest Style magazine, and the duo are hoping that this will help propel their business even further. However, when their rival Olivia tries to sabotage the photo shoot, the duo find themselves hosting a cupcake boot camp for the magazine’s staff to make amends for the results of Olivia’s crashing the party. The staff is fractured and constantly fighting, and the magazine’s new owner thinks that working together to bake 1000 cupcakes before a big gala in a week is the perfect way to mend some fences and mold them into a team. However, the second morning, Mel finds one of the staff members dead behind her bakery. With the prime suspects in her shop baking, Mel figures she has the perfect opportunity to sniff out clues. Can she find the killer? I cannot say this enough, the characters in this book are strong. Yes, the series regulars are great, and I loved getting to spend more time with them. However, the new characters are just as real. I could feel the tension between them in many of the scenes, and the murder does nothing to lessen that tension at all. Naturally, this means the mystery is filled with viable suspects, and the clues and red herrings are there to keep us guessing until the end. There are some wonderfully subtle clues in the book as well. I was quite proud of myself for going back and finding one, in fact. The ending is wonderfully suspenseful and perfectly logical. But let’s go back to the series regulars for a minute. There are several sub-plots involving them, and I actually found myself caring more about how they would be resolved than who the killer was at times (not that the mystery ever took a backseat for very long). Fans of the series will definitely feel the same way I do, and love how these sub-plots are expertly weaved in and out of the mystery. (Although I’d love to slap some sense into Mel.) And the ending? I’m going to have to pick up the next book soon to see where everyone goes from here. I see some interesting possibilities coming down the road. In case you are in the mood to bake after reading this book, you’ll find recipes for four of the cupcakes that the characters make in the back of the book. Trust me, you will be craving them after reading the book. There was a fifth cupcake featured that sounded delicious as well. I’ll have to go back and see if we’ve previously gotten the recipe; if not, I hope it appears in a book soon. I’m really regretting putting this series off for so long. It’s obvious from Going, Going, Ganache why this series has so many loyal fans. If you aren’t in that number, fix that today.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Wow I had just started reading this, thinking I'll read a chapter or two. But no, I just kept on going until I realized oh I'm actually close to finishing this. The story line for this I kind of like but at the same time, I'm kind nervous as to where I think it might be going. Won't say which characters though. That ending, while unexpected, kind of sweet but at the same time kind of sad. Hoping that story arc will get resolved in the next one and not dragged out. Also concerning two characters, just got to say, finally! Other than that, this was a little dark near the end but the mystery was interesting. Also that cover, is yummy worthy. Anyway, another pretty good sequel. Onto the next one.
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scottnl73 More than 1 year ago
This installment of the series left me feeling a bit...bleh. In previous books, Mel got involved with solving the murders because someone close to her was in danger of being accused of the murder du jour. With this story, it seemed like the first two-thirds of the book were spent on either Angie and Tate's "relationship", or on Mel and dear Joe's relationship. There really was no good reason for Mel to get involved, she had no prior relationship with the victim or the rest of the victims colleagues, it just seemed like she got involved because it happened near the bakery. I get that this one focused more on the changing relationship dynamics, but overall it just missed the mark. I plan on continuing the series simply because I just want to know who the frap she called at the end of the story.
TessT More than 1 year ago
Another fun Cupcake Bakery Mystery, by Jenn Mckinlay! I have read every one of Jenn's books and truthfully think that each is better than the one before.Cupcake making, as a team building exercise? Seems as if that's looking for a place for an accident! Be sure to check out the recipes in the back of the book. 
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Griperang72 More than 1 year ago
Let me start out by saying that I love the cupcake series and Jenn's way of writing. Now that I got that out I have to say this one made me upset. I did not like that Mel and Joe are taking a break and that she is flirting with Martinez. Then at the end we are left hanging and don't know which guy she is talking to. I thought the end with Marty was cute. The magazine crew were something else, they were a hodgepodge of characters. I had a hard time figuring out who did the murder although I thought I knew who did it but it turns out that I was wrong by a long shot. How Mel and Angie always find themselves in this situation is kind of funny. I am not sure what to think about what Tate is going through either, I don't want to give any hints as I don't want to give away any spoilers. I give this book 5 stars. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should lose yourself in these books
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This book is awesome
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The whole gang is back and the cupcakes keep coming. Great storyline and mystery. Cant wait for the next book.
marineMS More than 1 year ago
Nice cozy
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Enjoyed the whole cupcake nysterjy series .
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