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BEACHFRONT BAKERY: A KILLER CUPCAKE is the debut novel in a charming and hilarious new cozy mystery series by #1 bestselling author Fiona Grace, whose bestselling Murder in the Manor (A Lacey Doyle Cozy Mystery) has nearly 200 five star reviews. Allison Sweet, 34, a sous chef in Los Angeles, has had it up to here with demeaning customers, her demanding boss, and her failed BEACHFRONT BAKERY: A KILLER CUPCAKE is the debut novel in a charming and hilarious new cozy mystery series by #1 bestselling author Fiona Grace, whose bestselling Murder in the Manor (A Lacey Doyle Cozy Mystery) has nearly 200 five star reviews. Allison Sweet, 34, a sous chef in Los Angeles, has had it up to here with demeaning customers, her demanding boss, and her failed love life. After a shocking incident, she realizes the time has come to start life fresh and follow her lifelong dream of moving to a small town and opening a bakery of her own. When Allison spots a charming, vacant storefront on the boardwalk near Venice, she wonders if she could really start life anew. Feeling like it’s a sign, and a time to take a chance in life, she goes for it. Yet Allison did not anticipate the wild ride ahead of her: the boardwalk, filled with fun and outrageous characters, is pulsing with life, from the Italian pizzeria owners on either side of her who vie for her affection, to the fortune tellers and scheming rival bakery owner nearby. Allison yearns to just focus on her delicious new pastry recipes and keep her struggling bakery afloat—but when a murder occurs right near her shop, everything changes. Implicated, her entire future at stake, Allison has no choice but to investigate to clear her name. As an orphaned dog wanders into her life, a devoted new sidekick with a knack for solving mysteries, she starts her search. Will they find the killer? And can her struggling bakery survive? A hilarious cozy mystery series, packed with twists, turns, romance, travel, food and unexpected adventure, the BEACHFRONT BAKERY series will keep you laughing and turning pages late into the night as you fall in love with an endearing new character who will capture your heart.


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BEACHFRONT BAKERY: A KILLER CUPCAKE is the debut novel in a charming and hilarious new cozy mystery series by #1 bestselling author Fiona Grace, whose bestselling Murder in the Manor (A Lacey Doyle Cozy Mystery) has nearly 200 five star reviews. Allison Sweet, 34, a sous chef in Los Angeles, has had it up to here with demeaning customers, her demanding boss, and her failed BEACHFRONT BAKERY: A KILLER CUPCAKE is the debut novel in a charming and hilarious new cozy mystery series by #1 bestselling author Fiona Grace, whose bestselling Murder in the Manor (A Lacey Doyle Cozy Mystery) has nearly 200 five star reviews. Allison Sweet, 34, a sous chef in Los Angeles, has had it up to here with demeaning customers, her demanding boss, and her failed love life. After a shocking incident, she realizes the time has come to start life fresh and follow her lifelong dream of moving to a small town and opening a bakery of her own. When Allison spots a charming, vacant storefront on the boardwalk near Venice, she wonders if she could really start life anew. Feeling like it’s a sign, and a time to take a chance in life, she goes for it. Yet Allison did not anticipate the wild ride ahead of her: the boardwalk, filled with fun and outrageous characters, is pulsing with life, from the Italian pizzeria owners on either side of her who vie for her affection, to the fortune tellers and scheming rival bakery owner nearby. Allison yearns to just focus on her delicious new pastry recipes and keep her struggling bakery afloat—but when a murder occurs right near her shop, everything changes. Implicated, her entire future at stake, Allison has no choice but to investigate to clear her name. As an orphaned dog wanders into her life, a devoted new sidekick with a knack for solving mysteries, she starts her search. Will they find the killer? And can her struggling bakery survive? A hilarious cozy mystery series, packed with twists, turns, romance, travel, food and unexpected adventure, the BEACHFRONT BAKERY series will keep you laughing and turning pages late into the night as you fall in love with an endearing new character who will capture your heart.

30 review for A Killer Cupcake (A Beachfront Bakery Cozy Mystery #1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sara Lawson

    I love a good mystery. And I love that cozy mysteries don't make me think too hard and aren't super gruesome. But I'm beginning to feel that I wasted my time when books start to feel the same. I loved Fiona Grace's first book. She has a fun, easy style of writing. But I have two major problems with her writing and this book highlighted those more than ever. She doesn't do her research (I guess there's no time for that if you publish a book every month) and she uses the same template for all of h I love a good mystery. And I love that cozy mysteries don't make me think too hard and aren't super gruesome. But I'm beginning to feel that I wasted my time when books start to feel the same. I loved Fiona Grace's first book. She has a fun, easy style of writing. But I have two major problems with her writing and this book highlighted those more than ever. She doesn't do her research (I guess there's no time for that if you publish a book every month) and she uses the same template for all of her books. Research problems: There are two actors in this story. I guess if it's set in LA, there have to be actors. Both actors are gay. Seriously? Not all actors are gay, okay? Then you have the stereotypical surfer from Australia living the dream of running a surfboard shop and riding the waves. Fine. But then he smacks himself in the nose with his surfboard, giving her the excuse to run out into the waves and hand him a napkin. Seriously? And of course, there is mention of the "typical California beauty" with "endlessly long, tanned legs and bleached blonde hair." But fine, I can handle the stereotypes. What I can't handle is the same story told over and over again. Which brings me to... The template: Girl loses job (or quits) standing up to the big bad boss. Her boyfriend/fiance/husband dumps her. She moves to another country/state/city to start over in an industry completely unlike her previous one (in this case it is similar, except that she's having to learn to run her own business). Then there are the family problems. Sister is always a know-it-all who is somehow more successful than the girl. Mom is a downer, trying to get girl to come back home and give up on her dreams. And for some reason or other, Dad is missing, but he was oh-so-wonderful! Oh, and there is always a local successful shop owner/CEO next door posed to become the new love interest. Yes, there have been a few twists, but for the most part, this is where each series begins. So why, my mom asks, do I keep reading these books? (Same answer as to why I gave this review 3 stars.) I like the writing style. I like the pacing. I like the new settings Fiona uses. And I keep hoping she will come up with a new origins story. Will I read more of her books? Probably. But at this point, only if I can get advance review or library copies. I'm still hoping things will change. I received an ARC from BookSprout and have reviewed it willingly.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    This was a fun beginning to a new series and what a great location for a bakery! I liked Ali, but I really liked her brother Teddy. He really cracked me up sometimes but he got her to do something she probably wouldn't have done on her own after losing her job. From a new cranky competitor neighbor business to a cute surf shop dude, the boardwalk has all types of business. Some might have been even a tad...shady? Ali knew that someone was hiding something, so like any good new sleuth, she starte This was a fun beginning to a new series and what a great location for a bakery! I liked Ali, but I really liked her brother Teddy. He really cracked me up sometimes but he got her to do something she probably wouldn't have done on her own after losing her job. From a new cranky competitor neighbor business to a cute surf shop dude, the boardwalk has all types of business. Some might have been even a tad...shady? Ali knew that someone was hiding something, so like any good new sleuth, she started investigating. She may not have had a human sidekick, but little pup Scruff sounded like a great buddy for her. I didn't see the plot moving the way it did due to all the red herrings, but it was a good showdown and ending. I never really would have guessed whodunit. I think the author did a great job of making readers (at least it worked for me) dislike the mean people in the story. I really loved the very end. Poor Ali had so many awful things happen to her throughout the book, that it was awesome to see her get a good break for once. I'm really anxious to see what she and Scruff get into in the next book!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    An excellent beginning to a new series! Allison gets pummeled all in one day so she decided to change her life and opens a beachfront bakery. Shortly after opening, a man is found dead in the ocean right after arguing with Allison. She quickly decides that since she didn't do it, then she needs to solve the murder to clear her name and hopefully save her bakery. Lots of wonderful characters. A good mystery with an underlying mystery of her father's whereabouts. A great start! Can't wait to read An excellent beginning to a new series! Allison gets pummeled all in one day so she decided to change her life and opens a beachfront bakery. Shortly after opening, a man is found dead in the ocean right after arguing with Allison. She quickly decides that since she didn't do it, then she needs to solve the murder to clear her name and hopefully save her bakery. Lots of wonderful characters. A good mystery with an underlying mystery of her father's whereabouts. A great start! Can't wait to read more. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tess Ailshire

    Very good story. Conveniently skips over much of the nuts and bolts of opening a business, or breaking an LA lease, but the story line is almost believable and not smack-you-in-the-face obvious. In fact, I was certain I knew whodunit, and I was wrong. The setup is quick and only a bit trite, but it works to put Ali in the place she needs to be for the story to happen. Ali opens a bakery in a tourist town, bakes what she knows how to bake, and solves a murder. No sales, changing product lines (wh Very good story. Conveniently skips over much of the nuts and bolts of opening a business, or breaking an LA lease, but the story line is almost believable and not smack-you-in-the-face obvious. In fact, I was certain I knew whodunit, and I was wrong. The setup is quick and only a bit trite, but it works to put Ali in the place she needs to be for the story to happen. Ali opens a bakery in a tourist town, bakes what she knows how to bake, and solves a murder. No sales, changing product lines (where does she get the cupcake tins?), and a serendipitous mention by the influencer of influencers, whom she's never heard of. At least there's no hunky detective to make it trite. Plenty of room for character development in subsequent volumes, but this one is quite enough to stand alone. A great beach, poolside, or snowstorm read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rachelle Steward

    Heart smiles abound in this cozy mystery Great book to lift your spirits! Her life falls apart. A monkey steals her money. A scruffy dog steals her heart. Someone is murdered on the pier. A fortune teller tells her She is right where she needs to be. Her brother makes her dreams come true. Can she solve the murder before she is under arrest? Will she lose everything due to no customers for her bakery? Come along on the adventure as a gorgeous surfer, mob bosses and pizzeria owners via for her att Heart smiles abound in this cozy mystery Great book to lift your spirits! Her life falls apart. A monkey steals her money. A scruffy dog steals her heart. Someone is murdered on the pier. A fortune teller tells her She is right where she needs to be. Her brother makes her dreams come true. Can she solve the murder before she is under arrest? Will she lose everything due to no customers for her bakery? Come along on the adventure as a gorgeous surfer, mob bosses and pizzeria owners via for her attention. Oh and let's not forget the real murderer out there watching her...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elsbeth

    New series, new life, new shop, new murder. So far I've read the first few book in 3 of Fiona Grace's series. All 3 highly entertaining and recommendable! This is no exception. Likeable and relateable main character, cute, scruffy dog, a mysterious death and lots of shady or friendly characters. Looking forward to part 2! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. New series, new life, new shop, new murder. So far I've read the first few book in 3 of Fiona Grace's series. All 3 highly entertaining and recommendable! This is no exception. Likeable and relateable main character, cute, scruffy dog, a mysterious death and lots of shady or friendly characters. Looking forward to part 2! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Eirlys

    A very cosy mystery Ali is fed up with her boss and the way he treated her. She had trained with the best to be a patisserie and she was wasted churning out creme brullees day after day. Ali quit her job and her life spun out of control. Her dream was to own her own Patisserie, and with the help of her brother, she did just that. Murder reared it's ugly head, she found a dog,Scruffy, and tried to solve the crime. A fun read. A very cosy mystery Ali is fed up with her boss and the way he treated her. She had trained with the best to be a patisserie and she was wasted churning out creme brullees day after day. Ali quit her job and her life spun out of control. Her dream was to own her own Patisserie, and with the help of her brother, she did just that. Murder reared it's ugly head, she found a dog,Scruffy, and tried to solve the crime. A fun read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is the first in the series and the first time reading this author. The main character is Ali. She lost her job and her boyfriend on the same day. Her brother Teddy stops to help and they wind up on the boardwalk in Willow Bay. There Ali finds a store front and signs upto lease the building and follow her dream. Then the balloon man winds up murdered and they think she did it. Can she prove she didn't and who did before it's too late for her dream ? This is the first in the series and the first time reading this author. The main character is Ali. She lost her job and her boyfriend on the same day. Her brother Teddy stops to help and they wind up on the boardwalk in Willow Bay. There Ali finds a store front and signs upto lease the building and follow her dream. Then the balloon man winds up murdered and they think she did it. Can she prove she didn't and who did before it's too late for her dream ?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Zuercher Diveley

    Ali Ali opens her own baking shop, after getting tired of working for someone else that yelled at her all the time. Someone was murdered the same day she opens. All kinds of rumors fly about her and her shop. She has to do some detective work to clear up the mess and save her shop.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joni

    A very good book The first in a series of what will be 6 books. Ali Sweet opens a French pastry shop that no one comes into. Throw in the murder of the local crazy man and blame Ali as the newcomer. So Ali solves the murder and gets a cupcake shop instead.

  11. 5 out of 5

    WENDY CRAWFORD

    Easy read Easy enjoyable read. Great story easy to follow. Will be sure to resd rest of series. Entertainment to without having to concentrate just what I needed after a more difficult book. Love the heroine and found myself rooting for her as she worked through her troubles

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ida Lukasik

    Bakery on the pier Ali meet her brother on pier one day. She spotted an empty store. Thought it would be a nice place for a bakery. She made french pastries. He brother gave her money to open then all this bizarre things happen. Rwad you will enjoy

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carol Hatch

    Couldn't finish it Rarely do I give up on a book, but Beachfront Bakery was the most lame and amateurish book I have ever bought. I kept hoping it would get better but gave up about 25% in. It doesn't even deserve one star. Couldn't finish it Rarely do I give up on a book, but Beachfront Bakery was the most lame and amateurish book I have ever bought. I kept hoping it would get better but gave up about 25% in. It doesn't even deserve one star.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Bassett

    Run, fast read

  15. 4 out of 5

    Robin Arnold

    Good grief, this could have been so much better. One and done.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    nope

  17. 4 out of 5

    Pat Rauth

    Very good read, interesting and made you want to keep reading to see who dunit.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Martin Ellis

    Good book Recommended. Definitely "cosy" but well worth reading non the less. Good cast of characters and not too many which often may spoil a book. Good book Recommended. Definitely "cosy" but well worth reading non the less. Good cast of characters and not too many which often may spoil a book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Babs Gleason

    Did not read past first couple chapters.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marjie Nixon

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ronald Barnes

  22. 5 out of 5

    Malia

  23. 4 out of 5

    Susan

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carol Rosenberg-fox

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ceci

  26. 4 out of 5

    Norma

  27. 4 out of 5

    John Gleason

  28. 4 out of 5

    Janet Dockray

  29. 4 out of 5

    dana sporleder

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mary M. Redoutey

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