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Melanie and Angie are determined to win the Challenge to the Chef to promote their Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. Mel's mentor from culinary school, Vic Mazzotta, may be one of the judges, but Mel and Angie will have to win fair and square. But, when Vic's dead body is found inside a freezer truck, Mel and Angie will need to use their best judgment to find the cold-blooded ki Melanie and Angie are determined to win the Challenge to the Chef to promote their Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. Mel's mentor from culinary school, Vic Mazzotta, may be one of the judges, but Mel and Angie will have to win fair and square. But, when Vic's dead body is found inside a freezer truck, Mel and Angie will need to use their best judgment to find the cold-blooded killer or they may lose more than the contest- they may lose their lives.


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Melanie and Angie are determined to win the Challenge to the Chef to promote their Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. Mel's mentor from culinary school, Vic Mazzotta, may be one of the judges, but Mel and Angie will have to win fair and square. But, when Vic's dead body is found inside a freezer truck, Mel and Angie will need to use their best judgment to find the cold-blooded ki Melanie and Angie are determined to win the Challenge to the Chef to promote their Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. Mel's mentor from culinary school, Vic Mazzotta, may be one of the judges, but Mel and Angie will have to win fair and square. But, when Vic's dead body is found inside a freezer truck, Mel and Angie will need to use their best judgment to find the cold-blooded killer or they may lose more than the contest- they may lose their lives.

30 review for Death by the Dozen

  1. 4 out of 5

    Luffy

    I've been quite slow in trying this series. That was an understatement. The climate has changed a lot since I read book 2. The vegetation has crept more upwards on the planet since I read the last book. This time around, I appreciated the humor, which was a weakness in other books that Jenn Mckinlay wrote. Here she is funny. I thought that she put in a lot of work in making book 3 in the series a hit. I thought the murders in the book kept the momentum in Death by The Dozen going. There's somethin I've been quite slow in trying this series. That was an understatement. The climate has changed a lot since I read book 2. The vegetation has crept more upwards on the planet since I read the last book. This time around, I appreciated the humor, which was a weakness in other books that Jenn Mckinlay wrote. Here she is funny. I thought that she put in a lot of work in making book 3 in the series a hit. I thought the murders in the book kept the momentum in Death by The Dozen going. There's something old fashioned in this concept. I respect the author for an entertaining book. It's not easy to write one. Please, if you like thrillers or Agatha Christie books, go out of your comfort zone and read this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    beachbum bookworm

    Yippee!! A visit to Fairy Tale Cupcakes, and a chance to see Mel and Ang. Ok I will only admit this once, and then deny it forever. Angie scares me...I mean I love her, but her temper...gees. Look out! I was going to cheer them on at the Scottsdale Food Festivals Challenge to the chef. Mel’s favorite instructor Vic Mazzotta from culinary school is going to be a judge...maybe this will give them a leg up. The competition begins, and Vic is still nowhere to be found. Later his body is discovered i Yippee!! A visit to Fairy Tale Cupcakes, and a chance to see Mel and Ang. Ok I will only admit this once, and then deny it forever. Angie scares me...I mean I love her, but her temper...gees. Look out! I was going to cheer them on at the Scottsdale Food Festivals Challenge to the chef. Mel’s favorite instructor Vic Mazzotta from culinary school is going to be a judge...maybe this will give them a leg up. The competition begins, and Vic is still nowhere to be found. Later his body is discovered in a walk-in freezer. His death is labeled a suicide, and Mel is convinced this is a mistake. She is adamant that Vic would not commit suicide, and ropes us in to investigating what really happened… My thoughts: Another sweet treat! This series continues to satisfy. I enjoy all the characters...what an interesting bunch Mel is smart and clearheaded, Angie is the dynamo...just like a stick of dynamite ready to explode, the brothers and their meddlesome overprotective ways, Olivia the nemesis brought so much drama. When she was carted off by security at the end, I was pumping my fists in victory...just like Rocky. This book added Oz, a new member of the bakery team, and one I hope gets more cameos in future books. The cooking competition was such a fun setting. There was so much mayhem going on judges backstabbing each other, crazy competitors, poison, and dead bodies. The mystery was entwined with lots of twists and turns, and when so many people hate the victim...everyone is a suspect. I was guessing until the end. What a fun read!! For more book fun subscribe to my blog @: http://beachbumbookworm.com/

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. 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 This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. 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! Initial Thoughts This was a nice little mystery. I wasn't quite sure who the murderer was until the big reveal even though I had a few guesses. It was nice to see all of the characters from the previous books and I liked the addition of the new bakery intern as well as the kitten. I actually really enjoyed it when they were working on interesting recipes for the competition. I wouldn't have a clue about making anything with the mystery ingredients that they had to use. The narrator did a fantastic job with the book. This was a pretty enjoyable read overall. Book source: Library via Hoopla

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    3 ½ stars It’s been almost eight years since I’d read the 2nd book in this series and reading this book felt like coming back to old friends. Mel and Angie are maybe even better bakers and the introduction of Oz as a new edition to the bakery, spiced up this book and promises more in books to come. As (view spoiler)[Mel and Angie take the student intern/thug under their wing. One of the things I appreciate about this book is the closeness the two women share and their smarts in not running off on 3 ½ stars It’s been almost eight years since I’d read the 2nd book in this series and reading this book felt like coming back to old friends. Mel and Angie are maybe even better bakers and the introduction of Oz as a new edition to the bakery, spiced up this book and promises more in books to come. As (view spoiler)[Mel and Angie take the student intern/thug under their wing. One of the things I appreciate about this book is the closeness the two women share and their smarts in not running off on their own when they can do things together. I also really like Mel’s new pet Captain Jack, you’d have to figure the movie quoting duo would come up with a beloved characters name. On the romance side, Tate should really tell Angie about his feelings it looks like the Princess Bride quote may not do the trick, but we’ll have to see if Roach still has her affections are interrupting his tour to see how she was after being poisoned. (hide spoiler)] 2020 is my year to come back to series that I loved but haven’t read in a while, so it won’t be another eight years before I read the next book in the series. Cozies Reading Challenge

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)

    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 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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    It is easy to see why this series is a favorite among cozy mystery fans. I am a late arrival to the series but have found it so charming that I am currently working my way through the entire series. Mel, Angie, and Tate have a great friendship that just draws me in as a reader and keeps me coming back. They are surrounded by a fun and charming secondary cast of characters that add to the appeal. The author set up the mystery very early and established a number of believable suspects. I can't wai It is easy to see why this series is a favorite among cozy mystery fans. I am a late arrival to the series but have found it so charming that I am currently working my way through the entire series. Mel, Angie, and Tate have a great friendship that just draws me in as a reader and keeps me coming back. They are surrounded by a fun and charming secondary cast of characters that add to the appeal. The author set up the mystery very early and established a number of believable suspects. I can't wait to catch up.on the rest of the series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Kay

    ★★★★½ Loving this series. LOL!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shelby Bagby

    Nothing like homemade cupcakes, competition and a murder.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Diane ~Firefly~

    I was glad to see Mel and Angie veer back into likeable territory after their last outing. What I enjoyed: * Mel and Joe's relationship. * Oz. * Seeing a character remain affected by a death for more than a few pages. * Angie's family. What could have been better: * It seemed unfair that Mel had a relationship with 3 of the 4 judges since it wasn't a blind tasting. * Olivia is too over the top and needs to be made more realistic or given a good reason for acting like she does. * The clues were pretty obv I was glad to see Mel and Angie veer back into likeable territory after their last outing. What I enjoyed: * Mel and Joe's relationship. * Oz. * Seeing a character remain affected by a death for more than a few pages. * Angie's family. What could have been better: * It seemed unfair that Mel had a relationship with 3 of the 4 judges since it wasn't a blind tasting. * Olivia is too over the top and needs to be made more realistic or given a good reason for acting like she does. * The clues were pretty obvious, I'm surprised it took Mel so long to figure out.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Malmquist

    Melanie and Angela own a cupcake bakery in Scottsdale Arizona. They have entered the challenge of the chefs bakery contest at the Scottsdale Food Festival. They are up against 40 other contestants. They would like to take home first prize and earn some great publicity for their bakery. Melanie knows a lot of the people involved and the judges from Culinary school. Her mentor, Vic Mazzotta now a celebrity chef, is one of the judges. During each of the challenges there will be a mystery ingredient and Melanie and Angela own a cupcake bakery in Scottsdale Arizona. They have entered the challenge of the chefs bakery contest at the Scottsdale Food Festival. They are up against 40 other contestants. They would like to take home first prize and earn some great publicity for their bakery. Melanie knows a lot of the people involved and the judges from Culinary school. Her mentor, Vic Mazzotta now a celebrity chef, is one of the judges. During each of the challenges there will be a mystery ingredient and the chefs are challenged to come up with the best recipe that uses the mystery ingredient in a creative way in their desserts. Meanwhile, one of the judges is found dead, but is it murder? Melanie and Angie are also in danger. Lots of side plots and the relationships are well put together. Some great characters with Angie's brothers, and her boyfriend the rock star. Melanie's relationship and all the great friendships. There was so much going on in this episode of Fairy Tale Cupcake bakery! Kept my interest throughout and fun!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    A little ridiculous at times and easy to guess the murderer but still fun read

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Mel and Angie have entered a pastry baking contest, hoping to beat their rival Olivia for the grand prize. The judges are mostly people Mel knew from culinary school, including her old mentor Vic Mazzotta. Vic can be a hard man to live, but Mel is still surprised when he is found dead inside an ice truck. Had he made a lethal enemy? The book sets up the suspects and motives early on before Vic’s body is even found. I did feel the pacing sagged a bit in the middle, but for the most part, this was Mel and Angie have entered a pastry baking contest, hoping to beat their rival Olivia for the grand prize. The judges are mostly people Mel knew from culinary school, including her old mentor Vic Mazzotta. Vic can be a hard man to live, but Mel is still surprised when he is found dead inside an ice truck. Had he made a lethal enemy? The book sets up the suspects and motives early on before Vic’s body is even found. I did feel the pacing sagged a bit in the middle, but for the most part, this was a great mystery with some good twists and a great climax. The characters are fun as always, too. It’s easy to see why the series is so popular. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    First off I like the book covers to this series. 😊 It’s time for the annual food festival in Scottsdale, and that includes the chef’s challenges. This year, Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura, owners of Fairy Tale Cupcakes Bakery, have entered in the pastry division. Their competing against an ornery rival, Olivia Puckett, who has won for the past few years. Melanie knows several of the judges from when she was in culinary school and was the favorite pupil of one of them named Vic. Melanie says Vic First off I like the book covers to this series. 😊 It’s time for the annual food festival in Scottsdale, and that includes the chef’s challenges. This year, Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura, owners of Fairy Tale Cupcakes Bakery, have entered in the pastry division. Their competing against an ornery rival, Olivia Puckett, who has won for the past few years. Melanie knows several of the judges from when she was in culinary school and was the favorite pupil of one of them named Vic. Melanie says Vic was her mentor through school. All the judges are beyond competitive and have off the chart egos. The question is….are their egos so big that they’re willing to commit murder to get what they want? 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? There are several things I like about this book. The competitors must include a mystery ingredient in their recipe. They’re told what this ingredient is right before it’s time to start baking. I liked the descriptions on what kind of desserts Mel and Angie make using these strange ingredients. I like that baking is really part of the story. I like that the author set up the mystery early and established a number of believable suspects and that I wasn’t able to guess who the murderer is until very close to the end of the story. One thing I didn’t like, which is the reason for the 4⭐️ rating, is the ridiculous and unbelievable violence between Melanie, Angie and their rival Oliva. In real life someone would end up badly hurt and someone would end up in jail – maybe all of them. This story introduces a new character, Oz, who is an intern from the local high school. I like him and hope he hangs around. I’m sorry that Marty, who was in book #2, has gone, but he was only filling in out of the goodness of his heart. I’d like for him to come back from time to time. This is the third book in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series, and I suppose it could be read as a stand alone. But I like starting from the beginning and seeing things move forward or backward in the lives of the characters. For light, fun reading, I recommend this series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mayda

    Every book in this series is a tasty delight. Author Jenn McKinlay has developed some entertaining and likable characters in the personalities of Mel and Angie and “the brothers” as well as an exquisite antagonist who goes by the name of Olivia. In this third installment, a cooking contest is going on, and Mel and Angie are determined to beat the unsavory Olivia. But when one of the judges is discovered dead in a freezer, things definitely take a turn for the worse, and Mel and Angie are right i Every book in this series is a tasty delight. Author Jenn McKinlay has developed some entertaining and likable characters in the personalities of Mel and Angie and “the brothers” as well as an exquisite antagonist who goes by the name of Olivia. In this third installment, a cooking contest is going on, and Mel and Angie are determined to beat the unsavory Olivia. But when one of the judges is discovered dead in a freezer, things definitely take a turn for the worse, and Mel and Angie are right in the thick of things. Though the mystery is intriguing, what really shines through in this tale are the relationships, good and troubled, between the characters. Wondering how things will be resolved keeps readers wanting that next book, but the excellent story-telling and writing will keep them reading it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    THIS one was much better than the previous book in the series and I am so glad. Even though I had guess who did it AND why, the story was still good and it was interesting to see them come up with recipes with all the very weird ingredients they were given. This was a good read!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Randall

    This is the third book in the Cupcake Bakery Series, and it was as well written andenjoyable as the first two! I have enjoyed the characters, Tate, Mel, Angie, Uncle Stan, Joyce and all the DeLaura brothers! In this book, the Bakery gets an intern, Oz, that looks nothing like a baker, but turns out to have some mad skills! The Scottsdale Food Festival is in town, and the Challenge to the Chefs is upon them. Mel and Angie entered the pastry division, and of course Olivia Puckett is entered and tryi This is the third book in the Cupcake Bakery Series, and it was as well written andenjoyable as the first two! I have enjoyed the characters, Tate, Mel, Angie, Uncle Stan, Joyce and all the DeLaura brothers! In this book, the Bakery gets an intern, Oz, that looks nothing like a baker, but turns out to have some mad skills! The Scottsdale Food Festival is in town, and the Challenge to the Chefs is upon them. Mel and Angie entered the pastry division, and of course Olivia Puckett is entered and trying to make waves from the beginning, including standing on the stairs blocking the enterance to the office so that they can't turn in their registration, but you know that isn't going to stop Angie, not growing up with seven brothers, they have a plan and make it on time. The contest involves baking with a mystery ingredient, and the all the judges for the contest were t culinary school with Mel, two were teachers and another student. She has a history with them all, but her favorite teacher, Vic, who helped her through her father's death is there and he is counting on her winning. On the day of the first bake-off, Vic is no where to be found, until Mel and Angie wander to the margarita tent, only to find Vic in the freezer, dead. Baking competetion, poisionings and more keep this book jumping to the end. I loved it! can't wait for more!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marion

    This is Book 3 of the Cupcake Bakery Series. Fairy Tale Cupcakes is in a food competition, and of course, Mel and Angie find another body. This time, it's a competition judge who happened to also be Mel's mentor in culinary school. I'm liking the series more as we go further along and get to know the main characters better. It's also fun to learn more about "the brothers" LOL. The weak editing that bothered me in the first book has improved (at least on the kindle). Overall, these books are fun, This is Book 3 of the Cupcake Bakery Series. Fairy Tale Cupcakes is in a food competition, and of course, Mel and Angie find another body. This time, it's a competition judge who happened to also be Mel's mentor in culinary school. I'm liking the series more as we go further along and get to know the main characters better. It's also fun to learn more about "the brothers" LOL. The weak editing that bothered me in the first book has improved (at least on the kindle). Overall, these books are fun, light reads, and I'd recommend for cozy mystery lovers.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Erin L

    I Remember now why I wasn't such a big fan of this series. I really want to like it, it's about cupcakes, but Mel's nemesis is almost a caricature. I don't know actual adults who act like this. If I were Mel, I'd probably start asking myself if there was something I was doing to make these people react to me the way they do - other than what I suppose we're supposed to think it is - pure jealousy. I have trouble buying that, really. I think I'm done with the series. I Remember now why I wasn't such a big fan of this series. I really want to like it, it's about cupcakes, but Mel's nemesis is almost a caricature. I don't know actual adults who act like this. If I were Mel, I'd probably start asking myself if there was something I was doing to make these people react to me the way they do - other than what I suppose we're supposed to think it is - pure jealousy. I have trouble buying that, really. I think I'm done with the series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Angel

    Four murders in 6 months and all of them revolve in some way around one cupcake bakery..? No, it's not realistic but it sure is fun! Sometimes what you need is fun. Four murders in 6 months and all of them revolve in some way around one cupcake bakery..? No, it's not realistic but it sure is fun! Sometimes what you need is fun.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    This was another book that I borrowed for our trip in audio and Kindle format. As soon as a radio program my husband likes to listen to had ended, I was told to put the book on and then when we got home and the book wasn't finished, I was told that we had to listen to the rest as soon as we got in the car to run an errand (getting our dog from a family member). In this story, Mel and Angie have entered a baking contest. The prize is $10,000 and they start getting up seriously early in the mornin This was another book that I borrowed for our trip in audio and Kindle format. As soon as a radio program my husband likes to listen to had ended, I was told to put the book on and then when we got home and the book wasn't finished, I was told that we had to listen to the rest as soon as we got in the car to run an errand (getting our dog from a family member). In this story, Mel and Angie have entered a baking contest. The prize is $10,000 and they start getting up seriously early in the morning to practice making things that are offbeat, like parsnip cupcakes or Red Velvet Cupcakes with Red Beets. This book had more funny, laugh out loud moments and my family loved it. Mel's former teachers, Vik and Bertie, are both judges and Vik and his wife, Grace, turn up at the bakery early one morning after she makes cupcakes with parsnips. Then a former classmate who has a grudge against Vik shows up and then Vik shows up with his new "protege" who is also his mistress. The first day of the contest, the ingredient to make cupcakes with is parsnips and Vik is missing. As Mel and her friends are wandering around the fair, they find Vik and he is dead. She doesn't believe that he committed suicide. She believes he was murdered and wants it investigated. As they go along, Angie gets poisoned and Mel might have been the one that was the target. She begins to try and find out who really wanted Vik dead and who would try to poison her and Angie. This book introduces, Oz, a teen boy who is working at the bakery as a co-op and Mel and Angie are uncertain about him because of his appearance, but when he is able to participate in their favorite game, movie quotes, he is immediately accepted in the group and as he proves his worth, Mel finds out how to make his position a paid position. Just another great read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    After previously working my way through a nearly thousand-page epic, a quick, engaging cozy mystery was *exactly* what I needed. Stick me on a plane for a couple of hours, and I was easily over halfway through by the time we landed. I wasn't sure, at first, if the baking competition was going to feel trite as at least one other book in a series I read of this genre had already used this setting, but I didn't need to worry. Once I got going with this one, it wasn't long before I was wrapping this After previously working my way through a nearly thousand-page epic, a quick, engaging cozy mystery was *exactly* what I needed. Stick me on a plane for a couple of hours, and I was easily over halfway through by the time we landed. I wasn't sure, at first, if the baking competition was going to feel trite as at least one other book in a series I read of this genre had already used this setting, but I didn't need to worry. Once I got going with this one, it wasn't long before I was wrapping this one up. What I enjoyed about Death by the Dozen: The characters - Initially, when I started this series, I was afraid they were going to go a direction too often taken in cozy mystery series: ridiculous caricature. I expect characters to be a little bit exaggerated, but I want to feel like they are still people and not cliches. I find Mel, Angie, Tate, Joe, Uncle Stan, Joyce, and many others to be eminently likable. Olivia and occasionally the brothers-not-named-Joe borderline ridiculousness, but I like the others too much to care. The addition of Oz - Spinning off the former point, I really like our newest bakery employee. I am hoping that we'll get more time with Marty, because I'd love to see these two meet. The mystery was well-constructed - While I did have my (correct) suspicions who was the responsible party by the midway point in the book, I found the unwinding of the case quite entertaining, and I remained curious how it would play out and be revealed. Did not disappoint in this! The movie quotes - Most of these series have a schtick of one sort or another, I particularly like this one. I've loved recognizing favorite movie quotes...and getting ideas for movies I need to put on my to-watch list! What I didn't care for: Olivia Puckett - I get that we aren't supposed to like her, but she is over-the-top annoying. I feel like she could appear a little less cartoon-like without losing her villain status. This waffling romance - Without risking spoilers, I'll merely ask (with the accompanying eye roll): we're going to do this, aren't we? I understand that it's designed to create an ongoing tension in the series thread, but ugh. Ugh! Overall, my complaints are minor and nit-picky, with no danger of deterring me from continuing with this series. Any book that can keep me turning the pages willingly (captive audience or no, what with the air travel) for two solid hours is a winner in my book (I wish I was sorry for that...but I'm not -- heh).

  22. 4 out of 5

    Connie N.

    #3 in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series This time Mel and Angie are competing in a cooking competition (sounding similar to Cupcake Wars) where there is a special surprise ingredient that must be used to make a dessert. Of course they are up against Olivia, and the animosity between them seems over-the-top to me, but it's typical of this series. I also was surprised that one of the judges was a special friend of Mel's, a former cooking school teacher. It seems like that wouldn't be allowed, or at #3 in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series This time Mel and Angie are competing in a cooking competition (sounding similar to Cupcake Wars) where there is a special surprise ingredient that must be used to make a dessert. Of course they are up against Olivia, and the animosity between them seems over-the-top to me, but it's typical of this series. I also was surprised that one of the judges was a special friend of Mel's, a former cooking school teacher. It seems like that wouldn't be allowed, or at least it would seem like favoritism might be involved and a potential win wouldn't be as rewarding since you'd always wonder if you won because of his friendship and not your skills. Anyway, when he dies of an apparent heart attack early in the contest, then Angie becomes the victim of poisoning, of course Mel gets very involved in searching for the killer. I figured out whodunit fairly early on, but it didn't detract from the story in any way. On a side note, Mel continues with her relationship with Joe (Angie's brother), and there's some progress on the Angie/Tate front. A new intern named Oz joins the Fairy Tale Cupcake team and promises to be a fun addition. Lots of entertaining scenes with Angie's brothers. I enjoyed this one and look forward to continuing. Shame on Berkley Prime Crime for doing such a poor editing job. My paperback copy included glaring errors, some of which a previous reader had corrected and some that I crossed out. For example, "She road (sic) right up to the valet and hopped off her bike." and "Johnny's dark eyebrows lowered in a squint as if he were sighting Olivia for a blast from a canon (sic)." Fire your proofreader!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Devi Nair

    The sweetness of cupcakes and spiciness of a mystery makes this series a perfect recipe in cozy mystery. Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura along with Tate, Joe and other, especially Captain Jack Sparrow, the cat makes the stories believable along with being fun and interesting. Somewhere down the series, the story makes you start living their lives with them. Every dip in anyone mood makes the reader feels terribly sad and any happy moment makes it a teary moment while reading. A cute cozy with a The sweetness of cupcakes and spiciness of a mystery makes this series a perfect recipe in cozy mystery. Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura along with Tate, Joe and other, especially Captain Jack Sparrow, the cat makes the stories believable along with being fun and interesting. Somewhere down the series, the story makes you start living their lives with them. Every dip in anyone mood makes the reader feels terribly sad and any happy moment makes it a teary moment while reading. A cute cozy with a lot of cupcakes, this one is a perfect read for a Sunday afternoon by the beach. It is quick, nice, feel-good novel with enough drama to keep the reader enthralled but not too much to go overboard. There is never a dull moment in this series. I would recommend it to all. A must read series, waiting to welcome you into their fun family.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Missy

    Book #36 read in 2019 In the third entry of this series, Mel and Angie enter a baking competition. Of course, have to overcome many obstacles in the quest for the prize. Pesky things like Olivia, the rival baker, and murder. Thank goodness for Oz and Angie's brothers! There were many laugh out loud moments to make this a really enjoyable read! Book #36 read in 2019 In the third entry of this series, Mel and Angie enter a baking competition. Of course, have to overcome many obstacles in the quest for the prize. Pesky things like Olivia, the rival baker, and murder. Thank goodness for Oz and Angie's brothers! There were many laugh out loud moments to make this a really enjoyable read!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I love Captain jack. I figured out the killer woot woot.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alison (Lady Coffin) S

    Cute cozy mystery with a bakery theme.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kellene

    Another fun visit to Fairy Tale Cupcakes. The characters make this series, and I enjoy the banter between Mel, Angie (especially Angie) and Tate. But I also love Angie's brothers, and now Oz and Captain Jack. The mystery was good too, but the characters always bring me back. Another fun visit to Fairy Tale Cupcakes. The characters make this series, and I enjoy the banter between Mel, Angie (especially Angie) and Tate. But I also love Angie's brothers, and now Oz and Captain Jack. The mystery was good too, but the characters always bring me back.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    ~ 3.5 Stars ~

  29. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    FINALLY! The first mystery/murder book I have read where I actually guessed the killer right! Yay! Maybe I should consider being a detective, eh? ..... ... Ah..well.. In this story, Mel and Angie are back and ready for a bake off! Olivia is also being as feisty as ever (Can't she just take a chill pill? It's not like Fairy Tale bakes anything beside cupcakes unlike Confections does...) ANYWAY Mel's college mentor, Vic Mazzotta, is one of the judges for the competition; much to Mel's delight. When Vic FINALLY! The first mystery/murder book I have read where I actually guessed the killer right! Yay! Maybe I should consider being a detective, eh? ..... ... Ah..well.. In this story, Mel and Angie are back and ready for a bake off! Olivia is also being as feisty as ever (Can't she just take a chill pill? It's not like Fairy Tale bakes anything beside cupcakes unlike Confections does...) ANYWAY Mel's college mentor, Vic Mazzotta, is one of the judges for the competition; much to Mel's delight. When Vic is found dead in a ice freezer, Mel's world, and competition, much just crumble. See, I love Vic and Mel's relationship. Its sorta like a best friend/fatherly relationship. When he was found dead, I just can't imagine what she was feeling. Even I felt sad for her. ^ME *wipes tear* Ok OK, I think I can continue *sniffle* Sob stories aside, Angie and Tate are STILL in a love fix. I mean, they both love each other, but don't want to admit it? OK I know Roach is in Angie's life now, but HONESTLY do they really seem good together? Eh, no. Roach is ALWAYS gone! How can you possibly maintain a stable relationship when he's always gone? SERIOUSLY GIRL! You have a kind and caring guy RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU. Sure he took forever to notice his feelings, but no time like the present, right? Now before I rain on Angie's parade, Tate has his faults too! I mean, just tell the woman you're feelings! In the book, you had THE PERFECT MOMENT (which I will not disclose do to spoilers) But guess what, he PASSED IT UP! Nice going! *sarcasm plus as well needed facepalm* Well, I am a sucker for relationship. I just started the 4th book, Red Velvet Revenge, maybe Tate finally puts his big pants on?? Anyway out of all the books so far in this series, this is probably the best. This murder story was just well put together. I might read it again *mischievous sideways glances*

  30. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

    This book is exactly like cupcakes! And it has the added bonus of a murder mystery. The characters are all like cartoons. They argue like cartoons, they are enthusiastic like cartoons. For our main character Mel, and her friend Angie, they own a cupcake shop in Scottsdale Arizona, and the gals are described as "young, fun, and easy on the eyes." They have a best friend, a man, named Tate, and he and Angie are secretly in love with each other. He is sort of like a muppet, in my opinion. During a b This book is exactly like cupcakes! And it has the added bonus of a murder mystery. The characters are all like cartoons. They argue like cartoons, they are enthusiastic like cartoons. For our main character Mel, and her friend Angie, they own a cupcake shop in Scottsdale Arizona, and the gals are described as "young, fun, and easy on the eyes." They have a best friend, a man, named Tate, and he and Angie are secretly in love with each other. He is sort of like a muppet, in my opinion. During a baking competition, Tate literally "pops up between" Mel and Angie and is all like "Hey guys, how are you doing?? Did you win??" Like where was the dude hiding, so he could pop up in the middle of the ladies' work space? Unfortunately, Angie and Tate cannot be in a romantic relationship yet, because Angie is in a long-distance relationship with a drummer named Roach. He was apparently in a previous murder mystery novel; someone in his family was the victim, and then he and Angie began dating. Mel, and her boyfriend Joe, don't have much hope that Angie and Roach will last long. Joe hypothesizes about Roach: "He has a lot of groupies launching themselves at him like sexy missiles." Yes, Joe. That is exactly how groupies operate, how did you know?? And just so we know, Angie and Joe are siblings. They have six, SIX other brothers in their family too. And of course all the big, Italian brothers support every single minute of Angie's life. They help run the bakery, they cheer for the gals during the cooking competition, and they almost eat everything too. Those darn full-grown men! Gosh, what are we gonna do with them?? The book contains yummy recipes, and a kitten arrives in the plot! Mel and Angie have an "enemy" named Olivia, who runs a rival bakery. And the women, when they become angry enough, chase and tackle each other during their arguments. They threaten to kick each other in the "patoot." To assist in the chasing and tackling, Mel and Angie are lucky enough to have hired a "punk" intern, named Oz. It's nice that a huge young man who enjoys wearing all black also enjoys baking cupcakes and tackling middle aged women who are trying to steal and escape with a trophy. I didn't know what to read after finishing this book. My brain felt all sweet and gooey.

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