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Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker (Death by Cupcake Book 1) Kindle Edition
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She is unattached because her last boyfriend walked out one day after telling her she had to lose weight.
Her dream is to become a full-time professor at the local university, where she currently teaches a couple of classes as an adjunct, but until that happens she's running the bakery she inherited when the previous owner died. Her life isn't bad, it's just not great even though there's a hunky police detective who thinks she's the bomb.
(She, on the other hand, thinks he's too handsome to be truly interested in her - something that drives both the detective and her best friend and primo cupcake baker Anna just a little crazy.)
Anna - ever anxious to boost Callie's confidence - enrolls the both of them in a pole dancing class at a nearby gym and, predictably, that doesn't go so well. When the instructor - a Class A bitch named Dolly - turns up dead and Callie is accused of her murder things really get interesting.
Author D. E. Haggerty has fashioned a sweet read in "Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker." It's got a little danger, some romance, and mystery all rolled into one delightful story. It also has some very interesting characters, starting with Callie. I liked the fact that Haggerty was able to create a main character who, despite her ongoing body issues, is a smart and independent woman who runs a successful business and has an eye toward the future, She reads as very real to me and, in my opinion, that's the highest compliment you can pay a fictional character and the author that created her.
I also liked Haggerty's portrayal of both Anna and Ben - the hunky detective - even though they were are not as fully realized in this novel as is Callie. Since this novel is the first in a series I look forward to reading more about them in future books.
Haggerty has a nice narrative style. Her chapters flow easily, one into another, and she has filled the pages of "Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker" with a lot of gentle humor. The plot is reasonably convoluted, with a couple of red herrings thrown in for good measure, though I confess that I had a pretty good idea of who the killer was about three-quarters of the way through the story. That's not a criticism, just a comment from someone who also writes mystery novels.
My advice: If you're looking for a nice read with appealing characters, you should take a bite of "Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker."
If you do, I think you'll find it's delicious.
I certainly did.
When Dolly is murdered Callie is arrested. Her being a suspect leads to her being suspended from her new job as a university professor in German lit. Anna convinces Callie to investigate the case themselves to save her dream job. With Ben lending a helping hand the two ladies get into some scrapes.
Very enjoyable, funny and warm cozy mystery. The next is about Anna, the pink haired pixie and best friend of Callie.
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then in too!! Characters are outstanding and Pinkie is very funny.
Great time reading this story.