Red Velvet Revenge (Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series #4)

Red Velvet Revenge (Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series #4)

by Jenn McKinlay

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From the New York Times bestselling author...

It may be summertime, but sales at Fairy Tale Cupcakes are below zero—and owners Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are willing to try anything to heat things up. So when local legend Slim Hazard offers them the chance to sell cupcakes at the annual Juniper Pass rodeo, they're determined to rope in a pretty payday!

But not everyone at the Juniper Pass is as sweet for Fairy Tale Cupcakes as Slim—including star bull-rider Ty Stokes. Mel and Angie try to steer clear of the cowboy's short fuse, but when his dead body is found face down in the hay, it's a whole different rodeo.

With a vengeful murderer on the loose, the ladies are quickly realizing that while they came to save their business, they may have to save themselves—and that's no bull.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425251386
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/03/2012
Series: Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series , #4
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 66,903
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(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 beater and she can't wait to whip up the next one. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her family.

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Series praise:
"You're in for a real treat...I gobbled it right up."—Julie Hyzy, bestselling author of the White House Chef Mystery series

"It's better than icing on the tastiest cupcake."—Avery Aames, author of Clobbered by Camembert

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Red Velvet Revenge 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. I would read it one million times.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I had a great time listening to this cozy mystery! I have been slowly working my way through this series after picking up the first book in the series not quite a year ago. This is the fourth book in the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries and while it can be read as a stand alone readers of the series will appreciate checking in with the cast of characters. I found myself quickly caught up in this mystery and I may have developed a mild craving for cupcakes before reaching the end of the story. This installment takes the cupcake crew to the rodeo. I have to tell you that this development worried me a bit since sometimes when a series hits the road it looses some of its charm. There was no need to worry since the key characters went on this trip together so I didn't find myself missing anyone. The Juniper Pass rodeo had its own quirky group of characters including the man who runs the operation, the unpleasant rodeo star, and the owners of the food truck serving Barbecue right next to the Fairy Tale Bakery's cupcake truck. Of course, there were a few problems for the crew to work out. There was a shooting at the rodeo's parade injuring Slim, then the rodeo star is murdered, and to top things off someone has sabotaged the cupcake bakery's food truck. Nobody knows if these events are connected but Melanie and her friends are in the middle of it all especially since they were the ones to discover the bull rider's body. There are some developments between Tate and Angie that kept the story interesting on the romantic front. Susan Boyce continues to do a fabulous job with this series. I love the voices that she uses for this quirky group of characters. She really does a great job in bringing the story to life and is able to add a lot of excitement to the reading. Ms. Boyce has a very pleasant reading voice and I had no problem listening to her narration for hours at a time. I look forward to listening to more of her work in the future. I would recommend this series to others. This book is filled with great characters and a mystery that kept me guessing. I also love the fact that we get to see enough of the dessert making process to make the cupcake bakery seem real (and to make me crave a few desserts). I can't wait to start the next book in the series very soon!
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Red Velvet Revenge is book 4 in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series. I think I was a bit hungry when I saw this one, but I knew I had to read it. It actually turned out great and I'll be grabbing the rest of the series shortly. Since I started on book 4, I can easily say these can be read out of order if you want/need to. Fairy Tale Cupcakes is facing sales at an all time low, so when Melanie and Angie, the owners, get offered a food truck, they take it for a test drive. On the test drive they figure out it needs a serious overhaul when it breaks down and they're stranded. That's when a good samaritan, Slim Hazard, comes to their rescue and also invites them to sell their cupcakes at the Juniper Pass rodeo. They fix up the food truck and bake as many cupcakes as they can and hit the road to Juniper Pass. Things quickly take a turn when Slim Hazard is shot at the opening parade and then the star bull rider Ty Stokes winds up dead. The Fairy Tale Cupcakes crew always seem to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and land themselves in trouble or under suspicion time and time again. It really lead to an entertaining read though. I didn't figure out the murderer until it was revealed so kudos to the author. I always love when that happens and it's not out of left field or revealed way early in the story. Red Velvet Revenge kept me on my toes and also seriously craving cupcakes. I thought the characters were well written since the secondary characters were just as memorable as the main characters. The plot itself I enjoyed but did question why the cupcake crew wanted to dig around in who shot someone they had just met and things like that. I'll be backtracking and getting book one in this series sometime soon since this one worked out well for me. If you're a fan of mystery books, you should try this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Relaxing to read and several twists.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Slow Start Baked into this Entry I intended to get back to Jenn McKinley’s Cupcake Bakery mysteries a couple of months ago, but I have just had too many books calling my name. I finally made the time to read Red Velvet Revenge. I found the mystery a little slow to get off the ground, but I enjoyed it overall. The heat in Scottsdale, Arizona, in the summer has killed business for Fairy Tale Cupcakes since everyone is looking for cool treats. So when Mel and Angie are offered a chance to provide cupcakes for a rodeo up in the mountains, they figure this is their chance to earn some money and escape the heat themselves. They’ve got just the platform to do it, too, since their employee Oz has just inherited a van he wants them to use in the business. With their employees tagging along for the ride, Mel and Angie show up just in time for the parade that starts the rodeo. However, before the parade is over, someone is shot. Have they escaped the heat only to land in hot water? The book takes too much time setting up the new van and how the characters get this job, so we are over a quarter into the story before anything really begins to get started. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy the set up, but it really could have been handled with a few paragraphs of exposition and not hurt the book. Even if we do want to get into the van problems, that portion could have been cut down significantly. However, once the mystery starts, things definitely pick up. There are plenty of reasons for our characters to get involved, and the clues and plot points come very quickly. I’ve really gotten to love these characters, so that helped with the early part of the book since I enjoyed the updates we got on them. Since the book takes place away from the normal setting, a few of the supporting characters aren’t around as much, and I did miss them. However, I was thrilled to see the return of Marty, who was introduced in the second book. It appears that an ongoing sub-plot between a couple of the characters took a huge step toward being resolved, but I’ll have to read the next book to find out for sure. Now that’s not to take away from the new characters we meet here. They are all strong and very charming as well. In fact, that lead me to dread the climax. I just knew that when the killer was unmasked, I was going to be very upset by whoever it was. And sure enough, I found myself tearing up for these new characters as I read the final scenes – that’s just how strong they were. There’s a healthy dash of humor as well, mostly coming from the regular characters. I laughed several times as I read, and I was grinning most of the time. Of course, there are four delicious sounding recipes in the back, including some vegan cupcake options, cake pops, and a French toast cupcake. Despite the slow start, I really did enjoy Red Velvet Revenge. I’m definitely hoping I can get in for a return visit very soon.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
I think this is my other favorite book in the series so far. This was just too good. And I want to see more of backbone Mel Cooper because I loved how she talked some sense into her two friends and their romance angst. And I like how protective Mel is of Oz, that's just adorable. And we get more Marty as well, which is nice, since he along with Oz are a good addition to the series. Anyway, this time around, the cupcake gang head to the rodeo. I like how in the series you have some characters you like and some you don't. But at the same time, you're guessing along with Mel and co on whose the killer. It makes it all the more fun to read that way. That's what I like about these cozy mysteries, along with the characters as well. Also that cover there looks delicious. Plus, the ending, how could you end it there and leave me smiling. Well now I want the next book already. Looking forward to the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the other books in this series a lot better than this one. It wasn't bad but it was just not up to par with the rest. Im not sure what but something was missing. The usual charm that the characters usually have just wasn't there for me with this read.
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BookMomof3 More than 1 year ago
Cupcakes and Cowboys?? What isn't to love?? A must read for cupcake and cozy fans alike ..Red Velvet Revenge  is one wild ride of a good time!!
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Myrtlemay More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book but the personal lifes took a turn I am not so sure about. I will read the next one to see what happens! Makes me wanna hit up OLdtown this weekend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and all of them in her series. Funny, Cute, good light reading. Highly recomend. The author has great writting skills.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She includes lots of detals to pull u in at firstbyou may nit be into it but wait tell the mistories start they alway end amazing i cant wait for the next book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jen McKinlay includes local geography in her books and this book has a unique setting! Her characters are real and identifiable with a range of ages and interests. I could not predict who the killer would be in this book. She gives you many possibilities that included a surprise at the end. Great story!
Penguin39 More than 1 year ago
While I was asked to review the first 4 of these, I thought I would just review the last one as I would write the same thing about them all---great reading. I am a big fan of many authors such as Clive Cussler, Robert Crais, etc. and it is so good to have an author like Jenn McKinlay with books like this that can keep you interested with a lighter reading to mix in with the more intricate type like the above. Her Cupcake Bakery Mystery books are so delightful and once you start reading one, you hate to put it down because you really want to find out "who dun it". They're the kind of book that you don't have to worry if one of your kids would happen to pick up and start to read either--great interest holding book for anyone.
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Mystery_Momma More than 1 year ago
The 4th book of the series was even more enjoyable than the first four! Cant wait for the next book in the series. I love cozy mysteries and this series is one of the best.
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LenaSP More than 1 year ago
Great Read. I hope Tate and Angie get it together in book 5
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DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
The cupcake business is slow so the trio head to Juniper Pass with Marty and Oz and trouble follows Mel and Angie when their host is wounded and they both find a dead body. What ensues in this fast-paced and action-filled whodunit is a delightfully appealing adventure that kept me entertained. Boasting a wonderfully crafted plot, a mystery that I could not put down and lovable characters, this is the best one yet in a series that continues to stand out. A fun and humorous read, I look forward to the next exciting times with the team at Fairy Tale Cupcakes.
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