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  • ASIN: B005ST79LQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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Jenn is the New York Times
bestselling author of
several mystery series.
She lives in sunny AZ in a
house overrun with kids,
pets and her husband's
guitars.

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www.jennmckinlay.com

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lori Caswell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 7, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Food Channel comes to Scottsdale, Arizona, by way of the Scottsdale Food Festival. Mel Cooper and Angie DeLaura are determined to win top prize for the Fairy Tale Cupcakes Bakery or may die trying. They have to "beat" their arch rival Olivia Puckett first just to get entered into the competition and beating her with their delicious desserts will just be icing on their cupcakes.

Even with Mel's mentor, Vic Mazzotta, Food Channel celebrity chef, sitting in one of the judge's chairs, Mel knows she will need to use all her culinary skills to create the best dish using the daily mystery ingredients if they are going to take home the grand prize.

Shocked when Vic doesn't show up to judge the girls know something is amiss. They are just planning to search for him when a dead body is found in a freezer truck on the festival grounds. Someone had put Vic on ice, permanently. Now they not only have to ice their competition with their fabulous cupcakes they also need to find a cold blood killer.

My Thoughts
This is a scrumptious series and the latest installment is absolutely delicious!!

Two strong women, some hunky men and frosting how can you go wrong, lol!!!!

Truthfully the characters are lovable and becoming more defined in each story. I love Oz, the newest face at Fairy Tale Cupcakes. The plot is timely and clever. The mystery ingredients competition reminded me of the mystery box challenges of Master Chef on Fox. There were assorted "red herrings" to divert us and lead us astray. Plus cupcakes, lots and lots of cupcakes!!! (recipes included)

WARNING: You will be craving cupcakes while reading this so be sure to have some handy!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By drebbles VINE VOICE on November 3, 2011
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Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura would like to win the chef's challenge at the Scottsdale Food Festival for a number of reasons: the prize money is good; it would be great publicity for their Fairy Tale Cupcakes Bakery; and they have a chance to beat their archrival Olivia Puckett. Their enthusiasm is dampened however when the body of one of the judges, Vic Mazzota, is found. Mel is devastated by the death of her mentor and wants to find out who killed him. Will her investigation solve the murder or put her and Angie in danger?

"Death by the Dozen" is the wonderfully done third book in Jenn McKinlay's Cupcake Bakery cozy mystery series. There is a lot to like about this book (and series) starting with the main characters - Mel, Angie, and Tate. The book is written from Mel's point of view but the ongoing Angie/Tate storyline is well done, well paced, and romantic (even if the two can't quite get their act together), and I can't wait to see what happens to the two of them in the next book. McKinlay is adept at adding interesting new characters to the series - in Buttercream Bump Off (Cupcake Bakery Mystery) it was Marty, in this book it is Oz. The cooking competition is a nice creative idea - the competitors have to use a unique ingredient that is unknown to them until the last minute - and there are several recipes with those ingredients at the back of the book. The mystery aspects of the book are as well done as the characters and bakery setting. There is a real sense of danger throughout the book as Mel gets a little too close to figuring out who the killer is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roseann Ilstrup on September 18, 2013
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Great subject. I want to go into the bakery and have cupcakes with these two women. The only problem is I'd be huge in no time from the wonderful cakes. I think I would really love to be friends with both of these women.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Writer on June 11, 2012
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Loved this book!!! I swore I knew who the killer was but the author kept me guessing until the very end. Great characters, great setting, funny movie references, a little bit of love and great storytelling. Love this series, can't recommend it enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Love on December 31, 2011
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Mel and Angie is representing their business in a cooking challenge when Mel's mentor is found dead in a freezer. When the clues point to something sinister and others are harmed, the tag-team of Mel and Angie are on the case to defrost a killer. This is such a fun series where the preparation of cupcakes is included in the telling of the story. The plot is enticing; the tone is easy flowing and I love the trio's banter with their family and friends. This was the best book yet in this delectably entertaining and amusing series and I can't wait for one romance to find their true course.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa A. Palmer VINE VOICE on December 24, 2011
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This is the third book in a cozy mystery series set in a cupcake shot. In this book, Mel and Angie enter a baking competition. Their arch enemy, Olivia, is in the competition as well. Mel's mentor is one of the judges--until his body is found in a walk in freezer. Heart attack or murder? That is the question and Mel wants to find out the answer. Meanwhile, Angie and Tate are still trying to figure out their relationship, Mel and Joe are moving along in their relationship and the addition of a cute cat named Captain Jack make this a great read. I love the characters in this series and enjoy the setting of the cupcake shop. I recommend this to fans of cozy mysteries.

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