05 July, 2020

#BookReview :: Sprinkle with Murder (Cupcake Bakery Mystery #1) by Jenn McKinlay 

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Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are finally living out their dream as the proud owners of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. But their first big client is a nightmare. She's a bridezilla who wants 500 custom cupcakes for her wedding.

When Mel stumbles upon the bride-to-be dead-by-cupcake, she becomes the prime suspect. To save themselves and their business, the ladies need to find the real murderer, before the cupcake killer ices someone else.


Mel and Angie have been best of friends since an incident with a bully in their sixth grade. Now, over two decades later, they have come together with their friend Tate to finally open a bakery shop that they have been planning forever. They just want to be able to bake and make a living… However, a rival bakery owner hangs around to make things difficult for them. When Tate, their silent partner in the bakery, orders his wedding cake - Mel and Angie should be happy to get their business started and moving. But, Tate's bride-to-be is a bridezilla who is making everyone's life miserable who ends up dead. Given that people feel that Mel has a thing for Tate and since Christie, the bride-to-be-and-now-the-dead-victim, was found dead while tasting the test cakes for the wedding, Mel becomes the main murder suspect. As Mel and Angie take it upon themselves to investigate the murder, they find out that it may not be that easy a task. For one, Christie had a lot of enemies because of her unethical business tactics and the murderer is intent on getting rid of any evidence or people that might lead to the truth of the matter.

Author Jenn McKinlay has done a great job of setting up two protagonists that the readers can cherish. Mel and Angie feel like two completely different people at times and a sole entity other times. It is interesting how the author has created two characters who complement each other in ways that really matter. I enjoyed getting to know the protagonists and I am sure that I would certainly read more books in the series just for the friendship… and the cupcake. In contrast, I am confused about Tate's character a bit. He gels well in the group yet there is something about him that I do not like as much as the ladies. It could be that he had chosen Christie as his life partner. I did wish for a little more development with some of the supporting characters who very well may be recurring characters in the series - like Angie's brother and the rival baker Olivia.

The plot in itself was uncomplicated and though the author did manage to maintain the mystery for a while, it was easy to guess towards the end. That however, wasn't really a bother as I did want to know how a few other strings of the story would be handled. The language and the narrative in the book is inviting and makes it easy for us to really get into the story. A quick and entertaining read that will leave you craving for cupcakes.