The Cupcake Caper

The Cupcake Caper

by Kelle Z. Riley

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Science is about solving puzzles. Why should solving a murder be any different?
Dr. Bree Watson (aka Gabriella Catherine Mayfield-Watson) is comfortable solving chemistry problems. She isn't comfortable finding her boss dead and being a suspect in his poisoning. Now she's juggling:
• A sexy marketing manager--who may, or may not--be a contract killer.
• A handsome lead detective whose interest goes beyond the case.
• The dead man's cranky cat.
• A goose-chasing dog in hot water with an animal rights group.
• The search for the perfect cupcake recipe.
• And, of course, someone who wants her out of the picture.
And she thought getting a Ph.D. was hard.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157584375
Publisher: Curtis Brown Unlimited
Publication date: 01/17/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 241
Sales rank: 1,087,786
File size: 1000 KB

About the Author

• About the Author: Kelle Z. Riley, writer, speaker, global traveler, Ph.D. chemist and safety/martial arts expert has been featured in public forums that range from local Newspapers to National television. She is the past program chair and popular speaker for the Chattanooga Writer's Guild, a member of Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers’ of America and various local chapters. When not writing, she can be found pursuing passions such as being a self-defense instructor, a Master Gardener Intern and a full time chemist with numerous professional publications and U. S. patents. In addition to her works of fiction, a personal story was included in "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer's and Other Dementias." A former Golden Heart Finalist, Kelle resides in Chattanooga, TN.

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The Cupcake Caper 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Dr. Gabriella Mayfield-Watson is a dedicated employee at Chemical Industries Corporation. She wants to contribute to the company's success but she's tired of all the travel and the political games. Work is not a happy place. Things get even worse when Buckminster Davis is found dead in his office. Since Bree finds his body, she's a suspect in his murder. To save herself and make sure justice is served, she needs to find his killer. Bree is a smart woman. With her analytical mind, she will track down the culprit. Matthew Tugood is working undercover at the company. He knows that something is not right and he's keeping his eye on Bree. Her investigation is putting her in danger. I was pulled into The Cupcake Caper. I loved how Bree was able to gather information on all the suspects and use her intellect to find the killer. When she adopts the victim's cat, I had to smile when she fell under Sherlock's spell. Kelle Z. Riley gave us interesting characters, smart dialogue and an intriguing story filled with surprising twists. This is the first book in the Undercover Cat Series. I'm looking forward to more stories.
TeresaKander More than 1 year ago
Fantastic beginning to a new series. It has a unique approach, in that the main character is a scientist. When she discovers her boss has been murdered and realizes she is the prime suspect, Bree uses scientific methods to find the real murderer. Bree is a very enjoyable character. She is something of a stereotype, with her poor social skills, but that helps add a touch of humor to the story. The fact that she approaches even her cooking as a science experiment is also endearing. Some of her recipes are included at the end of the story and might be worth trying. Other characters in the story are also well-developed, and we get a beginning insight into their personalities and lives, which I am sure will expand as the series continues. The plot has plenty of twists to keep you guessing. I found myself changing my mind about the identity of the killer more than once, and was surprised by the final reveal. I can hardly wait to read the next book! **I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from the Cozy Mystery Review Crew, with no expectation of a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**
Biszemom More than 1 year ago
I found The Cupcake Caper by Kelle Z. Riley be as refreshing as a lemon cupcake! Dr. Bree (Gabriella) Watson has been on the road for work and is running behind as she comes into the office on a Monday morning. To add to her chagrin, she is unable to locate her key card to get into the building. Her day continues to worse and she is scheduled to have a meeting with her boss and walks into his office to find him lying on the floor. It’s later determined that her boss was murdered and Bree can’t help but put her scientific mind to work trying to solve the puzzle of who might have wanted him dead and why. The character interaction throughout the book is entertaining and the characters, especially the main ones, are very well developed. Bree is funny and smart, and reading about her escapades is captivating. In addition to getting wrapped up in solving the murder, she also finds herself caring for her boss’s cranky cat, fighting an attraction to her co-worker who is married and who she believes may be a killer, and dealing with a handsome detective on the case.
djerickson14 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed The Cupcake Caper, which is the first book in a great new cozy mystery series. The main character Dr. Bree Watson, a chemist, finds herself knee deep in a murder investigation when she discovers her boss dead in his office. Bree learns she is a suspect and knows that someone she works with has set her up. Bree is a scientist and instinctively uses her expertise in deductive reasoning and scientific observation to help figure out who the real killer is. While the book focuses on finding the murderer, some flirtatious moments with the sexy detective and with the charismatic marketing manager help to keep the tone light. Bree is also a baker who enjoys experimenting with baking and there are some delicious looking recipes provided as an added bonus. This is a well written book that kept me guessing throughout. I am looking forward to the next book in this series!
Lynette381 More than 1 year ago
Kelle Z Riley’s newest mystery series, the Undercover Cat Series, debuts with The Cupcake Caper. It stars Dr. Bree Mayfield-Watson, who is a chemist turned investigator in an office related murder. She finds herself a suspect in the murder of her boss and takes it on herself to figure out who was responsible for his suspicious death. Her animal friends, specifically her boss’s cranky cat, help her to put together the clues to solve this delicious mystery. In her search for the truth, Bree finds herself attracted to two very different gentlemen. It will be interesting to see what sort of chemistry she finds between the two in future editions to this series. I enjoyed this debut mystery very much. It was a little different than a lot of mystery series out there. I don’t think that I have ever read any where there is a chemical and baking background involved. The twists and turns in the book make it believable, and the recipes at the end make it all the more delightful. I will patiently await the arrival of the next book to see where Bree’s endeavors will take her. I am thankful for being able to read this for free. It was a great book. Thank you!
momelaine More than 1 year ago
This was a very good first book in a series. I liked that Bree is a scientist and is using her education and deductive reasoning to solve the crime. Bree is a very likable person. The story caught my attention and had me thinking about it when I was not able to be reading it. I did have a little trouble remember who was who in the first third of the book. But it went fine. Thanks for the fun read!
katielaine More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed The Cupcake Caper! It was a light, entertaining read that kept me interested. It had a unique spin with science and research information sprinkled in with baking and relationships. The characters were fun and relatable and the plot had enough interesting twists without being too complicated.
Michelle_Palmer More than 1 year ago
A scientist working at a chemical company arrives at work to discover her boss has been murdered. Several people believe she is the culprit since she has much to gain from his death so she decides she needs to investigate. Two hot guys are showing an interest in her. One works in the marketing department of her company while the other is one of the detectives investigating the murder. There is light flirtation between the characters. The characters were fun and three-dimensional. The setting was well described. The plotting was well paced and full of twists.
Chewie_the_Mouse More than 1 year ago
I am a regular reader of several cozy mystery series already, so there has to be something potentially special in evidence to encourage me to start a new one. “The Cupcake Caper” by Kelle Z. Riley (Book 1 in the Undercover Cat Series) seemed to fit the bill, and I have to say that I’m glad I took the chance on this debut mystery! What was it about this book made me pick up a new cozy series, you ask? The answer: intelligence, both on the part of the author and the main character, Dr. Bree Watson. Both author and character are PhD scientists, as well as smart, witty, women. Bree is able to hold down a serious, demanding job, and apply her common sense and research capabilities to solving the murder that takes place at her lab. (On a side note, Ms. Riley’s website is wonderful as well; it’s clean, easy to read, and has substantially more interesting content than the typical author website.) The story itself is interesting and well-paced, with plenty of action interspersed with scenes of Bree actually trying to solve the crime in question using her brain. Unlike many cozy heroines (who often simply go about their lives, ask a few questions here and there, and sometimes stumble over actual clues) Bree tackles her investigation head-on, with a great deal of thought, planning, and organization. I would actually call “The Cupcake Caper” a cozy-mystery-hybrid. While it includes the key cozy attributes (a pet, a hint of romance, food/cooking, quirky friends), this book offers the reader more. It edges toward being a “standard” mystery in that much more attention is focused on solving the crime than in a typical cozy. The heroine’s job, and the fact that she holds a PhD, make her come across as a woman to be taken seriously. There is also more of a sense of real danger than what one typically encounters in a cozy. As a result I really enjoyed the book. I liked all the standard cozy tropes, but appreciated the more intense and serious nature of the mystery. The book ends with a hint of things to come for Bree, and I look forward to reading about her future adventures. Five out of five blocks of delicious feta!
C_Fowler More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed The Cupcake Caper which is the first book in the Undercover Cat Series. Dr. Bree Mayfield-Watson works for the Chemical Industries Corporation (CIC) and one morning discovers her boss, Buckminster Davis, dead in his office. "Buckster" was not well-liked at CIC, so there is no shortage of suspects, and Bree is the main one as far as the police are concerned. Using her training as a scientist and analyst, she is determined to find the real killer and clear her name. This book is fast-paced and Bree is very likable, intelligent and determined. I found her analytical approach to the murder interesting and was amused at how she used the same approach when coming up with recipes for the sweets she baked for the company, which was quite often. The book also includes recipes, which sound delicious. I was kept guessing until the end as to the identity of the killer, and was impressed with how Bree's logic and theories flushed the killer out. I highly recommend this book, and am really looking forward to the next one in this wonderful new series. I voluntarily received a copy of this book, and the the thoughts and opinions in this review are my own.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Kelle Z Riley's The Cupcake Caper Fresh and unique!! Incorporates scientific research data recording with investigating and solving a murder. Dr Bree (Gabriella) Mayfield-Watson arrives at work. When she attempts to swipe her pass card, she finds she does not have it??? Going to a meeting with her boss, it is discovered he is dead in his office. The detectives discover that Bree’s card was used to sign into the building earlier than when she says she arrived. Who used her card to sign into the facility? The death is found to be murder with a chemical used in Bree’s lab. How did the chemical get into the boss’s system? Bree is being set up. She decides to approach the murderer by using the deductive methods used when she does her research projects. Will this work?? Bree adopts her former boss’s cat, Sherlock so that the cat has someone to care for him. Little does she know Sherlock will provide the best clue to the murderer. A fun read with suspense, plenty of mystery, murder, drama, vivid and interesting characters is an intriguing plot. I volunteered to read this book. Thanks to the author via Facebook’s Cozy Mystery Review Team for the book. My opinion is my own.
RudyLKR More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable first book in the series. We meet Bree just as her orderly, scientific life gets turned upside down and she gets to employ her armchair detective skills. I'm not a science person but I enjoyed seeing how one works and it was an interesting take on solving a murder by using her skills and methods as a scientist (also fun seeing that in her baking!). I got to use my armchair detecting skills as I was able to come up with the cause of death right away but not the means and definitely not the murderer, I was in the dark as much as Bree. There are also some romantic possibilities on the horizon so I'm interested to see what happens there. Go Bucks!!
Bobbie Kirkland More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of The Cupcake Caper by Kelle Z. Riley in exchange for an honest review. This was a fun introduction to a new mystery series. The main character is scientist and administrator Dr. Bree Mayfield-Watson; she becomes embroiled in solving the murder of her immediate supervisor when law enforcement identifies Bree as the prime suspect. The setting of the mystery is the corporate offices of a chemical plant though Bree’s baking hobby and love of animals take her outside the office during her down-time. The author provides recipes at the end of the book. I look forward to the future adventures of Dr. Mayfield-Watson! #TheCupcakeCaper #NetGalley
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The protagonist and plot of this story were great. It moved slow at times and the number of characters got confusing but once I caught up it was good and I look forward to more.
TastefullyTracy More than 1 year ago
This was a great start to a fun series. Bree is the lady who has it all....almost. She is brilliant, and considerate, spunky, and she cooks or rather creates marvelous sweets. I love a cozy mystery and it is even better when supplied with a recipe or two. Bree is a great character who uses her analytical mind to figure out the "who done it at work, " especially since the clues are leading to her as a prime suspect. The only thing she is lacking is a love interest but that may be just over the horizon with not one but maybe even two men but they will have to realize that she will stop at nothing to get to the truth because every good hypothesis needs to be tested.
Badkitty70 More than 1 year ago
I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Dr Bree Mayfield-Watson is a scientist who enjoys solving puzzles. When her boss is murdered and she becomes the prime suspect, she decides to investigate. After all, how can solving a murder be any harder than solving chemistry problems? It turns out, harder than she thought. I really enjoyed this book. Bree Watson is a well written and likable character. She's also a pretty good sleuth. This is the first mystery book I've ever read where the main character is a scientist. It works really well in this genre. She looks at things from an entirely different perspective than most amateur detectives in the cozy mystery category. So in that sense, this book is unique. There were enough twists and unexpected turns to keep you guessing as to who the killer was. The fact that there is a cat named Sherlock involved is an added bonus. Luckily the story had a limited romantic element to it. A lot of cozies incorporate some sort of love interest as a backdrop, and this one is no different, but it was really light in that arena. Making it so the focus was more on the mystery instead of any potential blossoming romance. There are two obvious suitors vying for Bree's attention, but it didn't override the rest of the tale and I am glad for that. This is definitely a different spin on cat cozies....but one I recommend!
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: The Cupcake Caper - Undercover Cat series Book 1 Author: Kelle Z Riley Published: 11-22-2016 Publisher: Curtis Brown Unlimited Pages: 286 Genre: Mystery; Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Cozy Mystery; Romance ISBN: 9781944377106 ASIN: B01LQLKTNO Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4.5 Stars . I received a copy of The Cupcake Caper from NetGalley and the publishers in exchange for my honest review. Dr. Gabriella Catherine Mayfield-Watson, is called Bree by colleagues at the Chemical Industries Corporation (CIC)and friends is, She comfortable with science and facts, but when she finds her boss, Buckminster Davis , dead in his office. Since she is the one who found him she is suspected of poisoning him even though he was a totally despicable man and had enemies lining up around the block wanting him dead. She takes in Davis' cat Sherlock and sets out to find the real killer and clear her name much to the consternation of undercover investigator Matthew Tugood. He keeps his on on Bree and worries that she may get herself kill looking into things. Kelle Z Riley has used a mix of humor, romance and intrigue to build a story with interesting characters and a story line that flows smoothly and quickly. She uses words to make you feel you are part of the story. So pick up a copy for yourself and laugh a little, smile a lot and gasp out load once in a while. My rating is 4.5 out of 5 stars.
cresotko More than 1 year ago
Who would have thought that scientific research and murder investigations had so much in common? Kelle Z Riley did, and wrote a great book with a fun lead character, Dr. Bree Watson. Bree has a PhD in chemistry, a methodical method in experimenting with baking, and a logical approach to solving the murder of her boss. After finding her boss dead in his office, Bree decides that she needs to know who the murder is so that she can clear herself and make sure the rest of the staff is safe. Riley does a great job of creating a very relatable main character, and the rest of the characters have lots of variety and depth. The plot is well structured with a few twists here and there. The situations and Bree's reactions to them are so real you can see yourself making the same decisions. After finishing, I found myself wanting to make all the recipes in the back while I wait for the next book. Great job on the first book in her new series! I voluntarily received a copy of this book, and the thoughts and opinions in this review are my own.
CozyOnUp More than 1 year ago
I'm a cozy kinda gal. ALWAYS looking for the next cozy read and this one came across my path. I started reading it and was surprised to find a smart, intelligent business woman who I could relate to and started reading with gusto. Until my puppy decided he wanted to devour the book as well. Luckily I found another copy and was able to finish the story. Bree is a scientist that has a way of approaching most of her life the way you she does her science....with facts, notes and analysis. From the lab to cooking she experiments and documents everything the same way. When her boss turns up dead and she's being framed for murder, Bree's scientific mind kicks in and she finds herself trying to solve the murder with the same scientific approach. From cooking up yummy treats to sleuthing, Bree is does her best to stick to the facts and uncover the murderer before she is arrested for something she didn't do. When her data helps her determine who the murdered is, will she be able to get to the police in time or will he be the next victim? Be sure to check out the yummy recipes included and take a completely different look at the science of cooking.