Sprinkle with Murder (Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series #1)

Sprinkle with Murder (Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series #1)

by Jenn McKinlay

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ISBN-13: 9780425233429
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/02/2010
Series: Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 69,460
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(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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Sprinkle With Murder 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 123 reviews.
Mystery_Eater More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy books from Joanna Fluke (Hannah Swenson mysteries), Jessica Beck (donut shop mysteries) or Diane Mott Davidson (Goldy Bear Caterer mysteries), then you will enjoy the Cupcake Mystery Series from Jenn McKinlay. Ms McKinlay has created a core group of characters that you can't help but care about by the end of the book. Sprinkled liberally with the cupcake recipes, this book is a winner. Sprinkle with Murder is the first in the series. I would classify these ase a lighthearted mystery.. not as intense as other murder mysteries. Oh and yes, once I finished Sprinkle with Murder, I bought books 2 and 3, and am looking forward to book 4.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Sprinkle With Murder, the first in the cupcake bakery series. McKinlay has written a wonderful freshman tale. There were great characters, a fast paced story, and just enough twists to keep me guessing. I was drawn to the vivid descriptions of the Fairy Tale Bakery, with it's 50's pink and grey decor and location near the tourist area of Scottsdale. Owners Melanie and Angie have known each other since sixth grade. When their business partner Tate (and just as old a friend) asks Melanie to cater the cupcakes for his upcoming wedding, she agrees. Many things go awry, with Melanie (and her business) being wrongly accused of murder. Melanie's mother and Angie's many brothers made several appearances, hopefully they will all make return in future stories. As with any good cozy that involves food, there were some delicious sounding recipes at the end. I will be eager to read the next in the series, Buttercream Bump Off.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and got the rest of the series so far. I am only disappointed that I can not lend this ebook that I paid for to any one. We need to change this practice as it keeps me going back to the Library instead of spending my money to buy more books that I can not share.
Bianca Baylis More than 1 year ago
It+was+a+perfect+mix+of+baking%2C+romance%2C+and+mystery.+I+can%27t+wait+to+read+the+next+one.%0A%0A
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought she wrote a good book. I feel as she continues to write this series they will get better. I"m looking forward for her next book. It was a quick read which I like. It was easy to get into. IT has nice recipes I may even like to try out. It has a nice ending - doesn't leave you hanging why the person murder the person in the book like some books i read.
Anna_Louise More than 1 year ago
This is a good book for rainy days with a cupcake and a cup of coffee. Good characters and plot but not heavy and just a fun, quick beach type of read! Great recipes...try them at the end of the book!!!
club45boo More than 1 year ago
This book is so good. I was hooked on the first chapter. Love the characters, and the cupcakes! You will not want to put it down. It's what I call a "light mystery." Not gross. And you will want to become one of the family.
funnylady More than 1 year ago
I just purchase all the Cupcake Bakery books.  I read book #1 and am reading book #2.  I find the books funny due to the comments the characters make.  I have been laughing out loud while reading.  The stories and murders are interesting and I love how  they play detective to solve these murders.  I'm sure the following books will be just as funny and the murders just as interesting.  I would recommend the entire series.  I will also try to bake a few of the cupcake receipes.  Keep up the great work.  The next series I will be  purchasing will be the Library series.........
cyderry on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Fairy Tale Cupcakes - just the name of the business for the main characters of this new cozy series makes my mouth water and long to taste the scrumptious-sounding confections this minute. But that's not the best part. The best part of this book is that the mystery is well-written, the central characters are believable and the secondary characters are humorous and entertaining.Melanie and Angie have been friends since grade school and with the help of their friend Tate, they open their dream - the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. Tate is engaged to Christie Stevens and he has persuaded her to have the girls make cupcakes rather than a regular wedding cake. Neither Mel or Angie are "fond" of Christie but because of their friendship/partnership, they make all efforts to appease this bridezilla. But 'tragedy' occurs and Melanie is the one to find Christie dead with a sample cupcake in her hand.To prevent the repercussions on their business, Melanie and Angie have to find out who really did kill Christie before their customers are all scared away.I loved it. I have Buttercream Bump off, the next in the series sitting on the shelf so I'm set to continue this funny and yummy series. Thanks to Linda P for the recommendation.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura own a cupcake bakery in Scottsdale, Arizona. Their friend Tate Harper helped them by investing in the business. Now Tate is getting married to a very controlling designer, and Mel is asked to make the cupcakes for the wedding. When the designer turns up dead with one of Mel's samples in hand, suspicion falls to her. It's up to Mel to find the real killer before she ends up in jail herself.This is a fairly predictable cozy mystery. There are several persons that had reason to want the designer dead, and there are enough red herrings to make most readers turn from one suspect to another. I had the killer pegged fairly early on. This is a promising new series, but I'm not completely hooked. I find cozies most enjoyable when I "connect" with the sleuth. Although I love baking and cooking, I never connected with Mel.
Squeex on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Ooooooo....the recipes in the back of the book...Mojito, Death by Chocolate, Tinkerbells, and, my favorite, Blonde Bombshell....if only for the recipes, get the book! What's even better is that it's a fab-ly written mystery with splendiferous characters. I love feisty Mel and even feistier Angie. The surrounding characters are nifty, too, especially the cupcake girls' best friend Tate, fiance (sorry, can't figure out the accent thingee for fiance) of the bridezilla fashion designer biotch Christie who (YAY!) bites it. I really wanted to reach inside the book and do a smack down on her. That's a well written bitch...just sayin'....I was kind of leaning towards who I thought dunnit, veered away, came back, was right and was dandy with it. There's a pretty neat-o twist to the tale that was cool. Read it and find out..... This book made being the passenger of last week's roadtrip way pleasant and highly bearable, didn't even look for the signs for the next rest stop on I-90, I was so into the tale. That's a good book and you'd know that if you've ever traveled with me.Five nope don't need to stop it's that good beans.......
Booklady123 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Sprinkle With Murder is a delicious addition to the food themed cozy mystery genre. Melanie Cooper, along with her two best friends, Angie DeLaura and Tate Harper has just opened up Fairy Tale Cupcakes. All is sweet until Tate¿s egomaniac fiancée, fashion designer Christie Stevens; demands Melanie create five unique cupcake flavors for the wedding. Did I mention that she also demands the sole rights to Melanie¿s creation? Of course, it¿s no surprise when Christie ends up dead with one of Melanie¿s cupcakes nearby. Despite having an uncle on the police force, Melanie becomes the top suspect along with her friend Tate. Determined to clear herself and Tate as well as save her business, Melanie embarks on a long trail of suspects who had no love for Christie.Though I figured out the culprit rather early (I pride myself on being an armchair sleuth and it¿s rare when I don¿t figure it out early ¿ so why can¿t I win at those murder mystery games? Sorry off topic.) I did enjoy watching Melanie work her way through the clues. I also found the rivalry between her and fellow baker Olivia Puckett comical. We all have at least one person in our life that irritates us beyond belief. It looks like Olivia is that person for Melanie and Angie. Olivia¿s antics added comic relief to the plot. McKinlay has created a sweet read. She even included recipes of some her delicious concoctions. My waistline will not thank her for that, but my taste buds will. Looking forward to the next installment.
drebbles on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Melanie Cooper, with the help of friends Angie DeLaura and Tate Harper, is finally living out her dream as owner of Fairy Tale Cupcakes. Business is doing well and she is thrilled to be asked to make 500 cupcakes for Tate¿s wedding even though she isn¿t fond of his fiancée Christie. When Christie turns up dead with one of Mel¿s cupcakes nearby, the police seem to think that either Mel or Tate killed her. It is up to Mel to find the real killer before the police send the wrong person to jail.¿Sprinkle with Murder¿ is the nicely done first book in Jenn McKinlay¿s Cupcake Bakery cozy mystery series. Sometimes first books in a cozy mystery series are a bit iffy as the author is trying to establish the characters and setting but McKinlay does an excellent job and the series already feels well established. I love the friendship between Mel, Angie, and Tate ¿ you can tell the three really care for each other (although the movie quote thing got old, fast). Just when you are wondering why in the world someone as smart as Tate would get engaged to someone as obnoxious as Christie, McKinlay comes up with a logical explanation ¿ I love it when an author anticipates her reader¿s thoughts. The cupcake bakery is a nice setting (there are recipes at the back of the book) and there is a nice little rivalry between Fairy Tale Cupcakes and a nearby bakery that not only adds a lot of humor to this book but plays an important part in the plot. The mystery is well plotted with a number of suspects and I figured out who the killer was at the same time as Mel (if this was a movie I would have been yelling at the screen telling Mel to watch out!). I like the fact that Mel had a legit reason for investigating the murder ¿ she wasn¿t just being nosy, she was in real danger of being arrested for the crime. If I have one complaint, it is that the three main characters seem a bit too old to all be single, yes, McKinlay does a good job of setting up love interests, but still¿¿Sprinkle with Murder¿ is a good cozy mystery and I look forward to reading more books in the series.
CupcakeGoddess on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Not bad for the first cozy I've ever read. Light and fun. Good beach read. Looking forward to the second in the series coming out in January.
ethel55 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I really enjoyed Sprinkle With Murder, the first in the cupcake bakery series. McKinlay has written a wonderful freshman tale. There were great characters, a fast paced story, and just enough twists to keep me guessing. I was drawn to the vivid descriptions of the Fairy Tale Bakery, with it's 50's pink and grey decor and location near the tourist area of Scottsdale. Owners Melanie and Angie have known each other since sixth grade. When their business partner Tate (and just as old a friend) asks Melanie to cater the cupcakes for his upcoming wedding, she agrees. Many things go awry, with Melanie (and her business) being wrongly accused of murder. Melanie's mother and Angie's many brothers made several appearances, hopefully they will all make return in future stories. As with any good cozy that involves food, there were some delicious sounding recipes at the end. I will be eager to read the next in the series, Buttercream Bump Off.
cozy-reader on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I read SPRINKLE WITH MURDER as part of a readalong with the Cozy Mysteries group on Goodreads. I hadn't heard of this series or author before, but I'm always keen to read more cozy mysteries so I thought I'd give it a go. SPRINKLE WITH MURDER centers around the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery, run by best friends Melanie and Angie. The third muskateer (so to speak), is their best friend, Tate, who is also the financial backer of their business. Tate's fiancee is found dead and all fingers point to Melanie, since the bride-to-be was holding a cupcake when found. Traditionally I love my cozy mysteries with a side of libraries/bookstores and cats, however SPRINKLE WITH MURDER screamed out to my sweet tooth. I loved learning the backstory on how Melanie, Angie and Tate became friends, and oh the cupcakes! Luckily for the reader the back of the book contains some awesome cupcake recipes to try yourself! I will definitely be trying some on the weekend!! The mystery itself was pretty good. I did successfully pick the murderer about halfway through the book (which I have to confess is something that never happens - I never guess right!). Still it was a fun murder mystery, and these delightful characters will have me back for a second helping. BUTTERCREAM BUMP OFF is the second book in this series and luckily I borrowed this book from the library yesterday and will be reading it straight away. I need more cupcakes, and more mystery fun from this trio!
bwilhoite 9 months ago
This was a great cozy! I love the trio of best friends. Very easy to read. Cupcakes and murder. What's not to love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed meeting the characters. Will reserve judgement until I have read another to see if it pertains more to being a mystery than a love story.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
When Mel is accused of murdering her best friend's fiancee, she has to set down her cupcake tins and start sleuthing to find the killer. I've heard such praise for this series, and I didn't feel the debut quite lived up to the promise. However, I did find the plot good and the characters real. I enjoyed the book enough that I will continue on with the second in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
even the name of the character was mispelled. Ange. Pretty bad when this happens. Otherwise predictable cozy.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this fun cozy mystery. I recently read Jenn McKinlay's contemporary romance, About a Dog, and loved it so I started looking at some of her other works. When I saw this series set in a cupcake shop, I knew I wanted to give it a try. Who doesn't like a little mystery with their cupcakes? This audiobook ended up being a really quick listen for me because I found myself wanting to listen to it for hours at a time. Mel and Angie have been best friends for a very long time and are now working together at the cupcake shop. They are also best friends with Tate who is soon to be married. Tate's fiance is rather difficult and when she shows up to the shop to decide on cupcakes for the wedding, she proves how difficult she can really be. They also have a rival bakery owner hanging outside of their store at all hours. It was obvious early on that Mel and Angie would have a few challenges. When I read a cozy mystery, I like to try to figure out who is going to be the one to die before it is revealed so I didn't really read the summary before jumping in to the book. Once Mel discovers the body, I had a guess about who the murderer was right away but I really had no idea how things would play out. This story did take a few turns that I never expected and did me guessing and entertained to the end. This was the first time that I have ever listed to a book narrated by Susan Boyce but I thought she did a fantastic job. She handled a large number of characters very well in this story and used a very distinct voice for each one. I always knew who was speaking during conversations. I thought she also did a great job of portraying the character's emotions. I always felts like I knew how the character was feeling. I would recommend this book to cozy mystery fans. It was a really entertaining story filled with wonderful characters. I look forward to continuing with this series very soon. I received a review copy of this audiobook from Dreamscape Media, LLC via Audiobook Jukebox.
JamesJohnCudneyIV More than 1 year ago
3+ stars to Jenn McKinlay's Sprinkle with Murder, the first book in the "Cupcake Bakery" cozy mystery series. I'm a fan of Ms. McKinlay, as I enjoy both her "Hat Shop" and "Library Lovers" mystery series, which pushed me to try this one. It was a fun read that took me about two hours on a train to/from Long Island to see family for the day, and I will continue to read the series. Story Mel and Angie have been best friends since an incident with a chocolate bar and a bully in the sixth grade. Almost 25 years later, they co-own a cupcake bakery together in their Scottsdale, Arizona hometown. When their third best friend Tate ask them to design his wedding cake for the upcoming nuptials, they are a little leery (give he is their silent partner in the business) and they aren't very keen on his bridezilla. Christie Stevens was a famous designer who seemed to make it big by stealing from others and being a general nasty businesswoman. When she ends up dead after taste-testing one of the cupcakes Mel made, the press suspects foul play, claiming Mel had long-buried feelings for Tate. In order to save her reputation, and the bakery, Mel investigates Christie's life and comes up with a few suspects. While trying to save themselves from the murder, someone else falls prey to the killer, and a rival bakeshop owner takes advantage of the situation. In the end, the stories collide for a bit and Mel almost bites the dust. Luckily, her new crush, Angie's brother, comes to her rescue. Strengths 1. McKinlay's writing is direct, funny and charming. She's consistent in her tone and story, finds good red herrings and creates strong interest in the cast and story. 2. The characters are likable, and they have some longevity. The rivalry will turn out to be a fun one to follow, as will the different love interests. Suggestions 1. In the beginning, McKinlay is clear to call out that Tate isn't gay although he was teased about it as a child. What's wrong with making a supporting character gay? Perhaps because in this case it was his bride-to-be who was murdered, him being gay wouldn't have turned out too well... especially when there are already strong hints that he has feelings for either Mel or Angie, and Angie has secret feelings for him. I think it would have been a better and stronger story if he was gay and there weren't any romantic feelings between the 3 friends. 2. The book is over 7 years old, so it may have been one of the first, but there are at least 10 of these types of series where the protagonist gives up a day job to own a bakery and then solves murder mysteries. Love the concept. Perhaps it was the trend setter. But... something needs to stand out to make it different than the rest. I've only read a few series, and just the first one of this series... so I'll hold judgment until I get through a few more. Make it stand out, Jenn... I know you can do it! Final Thoughts A fun read, definitely worth giving it a chance. But challenge yourself. Find 5 or 6 of these series where they revolve around bakeries and decide which has the best chance to survive! McKinlay's definitely at the top of the list in my book and if the series pushes a bit more in the next book, I'm sure it'll get a 4 of 5 stars from me.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Huh, surprised I finished this already. I like that while a quick read, it was kind of enjoyable in a way. Maybe it had to do with the number of pages or the writing style. Either way, this was a good start. Didn't love it but still like it. Near the end couldn't help but smile. Throughout, I been thinking, hmm, suddenly I want a cupcake. Anyway, this was good, the characters I kind of like, at first anyway. Then as the story went along and you get to know them, I like them a little bit more. Especially Angie, Tate and Mel's friendship. Joe included. Been wanting to read more cozy mysteries and the different themes, either a bookish or food theme. Plus I like the covers for these. Already want to read the next one.
Lindsie More than 1 year ago
Sprinkle with Murder is a fun cozy mystery that keeps readers glued (or iced?) to the pages. This book is fun, has characters that you will love right from the start, is filled with mystery, and delicious recipes! Looking for a light, fun read that will be hard to put down? Then I suggest picking up Sprinkled with Murder! It is the first in the series and I believe one you pick this one up you will want to get the rest. Overall rating: 4.0 Mystery Rating: 4.5 (you may never guess who it is!) Courtesy of My Love of Books (a.k.a. Elle)
cinder1 More than 1 year ago
It has it all a little mystery, some laughs, and some love one that you know what should happen but must buy the next one to see what happens.