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Product Details

  • Series: Cupcake Bakery Mystery (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425233421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425233429
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. McKinlay (who writes decoupage mysteries as Lucy Lawrence) pens a tender cozy full of warm and likable characters and a refreshingly sympathetic murder victim. Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura have just opened their cupcake bakery, Fairy Tale Cupcakes, with financial help from their best friend, Tate Harper. It seems like a dream come true, with the exception of their resentful competition and the excessive demands of Tate's vapid fiancée, fashion designer Christie Stevens. When Christie is found dead in her studio holding a sample wedding cupcake, the bakers become suspects. Melanie has faith the police will solve the case, but she's less sure about the motives of Angie's handsome DA brother, Joe, and concern for Tate and Christie's family drives her to launch her own investigation. Readers will look forward to more of McKinlay's tasty concoctions. (Mar.)
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More About the Author

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.

Visit her website at:
www.jennmckinlay.com

Customer Reviews

I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a fun, easy read.
S. Rogers
I really enjoyed reading this book, and had a hard time putting it down.
Mystery Lover
The characters are very well written and it had a great plot.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Kramer Bussel VINE VOICE on March 2, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Who knew cupcakes were so dangerous? This fun, well-plotted mystery centers around two best friends, Melanie and Angie, who've just started a cupcake business, and are set to cater the wedding of their longtime male friend, Tate, whose fiance, fashion designer Christie, is, to put it mildly, not well-liked by almost anyone save for her fiance and one fawning assistant. When she insists on owning control over the original cupcake flavors that Fairy Tale Cupcakes is making, they almost balk, but agree...until she winds up dead, with a cupcake in her hand. This wreaks havoc on their business and Mel decides she's going to find out who the culprit is to save her business, and her reputation since rumors are swirling that she was the one with the fatal cupcake.

This is a page turner that certainly kept me guessing, and the horrors of Christie's manipulation are related with an almost gleeful detail. The author's done her homework on what it takes to run a cupcake bakery, and there's an entertaining rivalry with another shop (complete with frosting splattering!) as well as cupcake recipes at the end. A very promising start to this mystery series; I look forward to reading the rest!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By SuzieQ on March 2, 2010
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This cozy was a fun book about a recently opened cupcake bakery and its owners, Mel, Angie, and Tate. When Tate's unpopular fiance is murdered, the mayhem begins. Mel conducts her own investigation because she believes that she or Tate will be arrested for the murder. The tale was well crafted; I had no idea who was the murderer until the end. Angie's brothers, Mel's mother, and the rival bakery owner Olivia are a hoot. This is a great beginning to new series. I am looking toward to number 2!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Melodie Stickrath on March 12, 2010
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I preordered this book some time back because the cover was so appealing. What a treat that the inside of the book was just as appealing! I'm always on the lookout for a good new cozy mystery series, and it looks like I found a winner this one. Loved Mel, Angie & Tate. Their "3 Musketeers" friendship reminded me of people it has been my pleasure to know and the relationship rang true. The story was a good one and Christie was the perfect "truly-awful-person" murder victim. I had a good idea who the killer was early on, but the story just grabbed me right up and kept me turning pages after I should have been in bed. I'm definitely looking forward to BUTTERCREAM BUMP OFF! Oh, and I'm going to try that Blonde Bombshell recipe this weekend!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mystery Lover on April 30, 2010
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I really enjoyed reading this book, and had a hard time putting it down. Terrific first effort from this author, and I would read other books in the series.

I think the only thing I would complain about, if I were to complain, is that not EVERY single cupcake they mentioned had a recipie listed for it at the end. Really wanted to make one of those coconut ones she mentioned, darn it!!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By LaLuna on March 8, 2010
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I absolutely loved this book for the complex and realistic characters, and the well-paced story that kept me guessing until the end. I also got a huge kick out of the fact that this story is set in my home town! I've lived and worked in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area since 1981 and I am very familiar with the streets and landmarks mentioned in the book. Any cozy fan will love this story. The main characters, Mel and Angie, are well-rounded with virtues as well as flaws, and the dialogue is crisp and laugh-out-loud funny at times. There's plenty of conflict to keep the story moving, including the murder investigation of Mel's and Angie's business partner's fiance, and a hilarious rivalry with a fellow bakery's unstable owner. The movie quotes add a fun flavor to the book and another dimension to the main characters, who are big-time movie buffs. I was surprised by the murderer's identity when it was revealed. The only downside to this book is that I craved cupcakes obsessively while reading it! I am looking forward to reading what I hope will be many more books in the Cupcake Mystery series.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By jrs3155 on April 12, 2010
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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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Collier on April 27, 2010
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Jenn McKinlay has whipped up a great new series in "Sprinkled with Murder," and after reading this book, I can't wait for the next installment. One would think that with all the buzz around cupcakes these days, it would be hard to put a fresh spin on this genre, but McKinlay certainly knows baking, and her geography, which makes for an interesting read.

The setting for this cozy mystery is Old Town Scottsdale. McKinlay's description of the surrounding area is spot-on, so much so, that I can picture the bakery in my mind as I am reading the book. Her characters are so well-developed that I can almost picture Mel and Angie working away in their bakery, and sleuthing all over town for clues to who killed the bride-to-be.

While Angie's brothers are a bit over the top in their protection of their little sis, it's fun to watch this mystery unravel and finally figure out whodunnit!
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