What can seem cozier than a cupcake bakery in Old Town Scottsdale? Well, it might not seem so sweet when the owner of Fairy Tale Cupcakes finds a dead bride-to-be clutching a cupcake. Despite murder, Jenn McKinlay's first mystery in the Cupcake Bakery mystery series, Sprinkle with Murder, is still a treat.
Melanie Cooper, Angie DeLaura and Tate Harper had been best friends since sixth grade. Twenty-three years later, Melanie and Angie are co-owners of Fairy Tale Cupcakes in Old Town Scottsdale, AZ, and Tate is an investor. It seems as if nothing can break up their friendship, until Tate becomes engaged to a fashion designer from hell, and asks Melanie to make cupcakes for the wedding reception. Angie refuses to help, so Mel is left to create five unique cupcake recipes for bridezilla. It's too bad she's the one who finds the bride-to-be dead at her business, clutching a cupcake. It doesn't help that a photographer snaps a picture of Mel and Tate clutching each other. Now, they're the primary suspects in a murder, with rumors of a love triangle. It's up to Melanie to save her reputation, and her business.
Sprinkle with Murder marks the delectable debut of a new series. It's centered around the three friends, and Fairy Tale Cupcakes, but the cast is also made up of interesting family members. Angie and her seven older brothers add the humor to the story, along with Mel's mom. Family, murder, a little humor, and best friends. What more do you want in an enjoyable mystery? How about cupcake recipes and an attractive setting? Jenn McKinlay's new series is as satisfying as a childhood cupcake.
Jenn McKinlay's website is www.jennmckinlay.com , and you can also catch her at Mystery Lovers Kitchen.
Sprinkle with Murder by Jenn McKinlay. Berkley Prime Crime, ©2010. ISBN 9780425233429 (paperback), 240p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I received my copy from the publisher, in hopes I would review it.