Death by the Dozen (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #3)
Melanie and Angie are determined to win the Challenge to the Chef to promote their Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. Mel's mentor from culinary school, Vic Mazzotta, may be one of the judges, but Mel and Angie will have to win fair and square. But, when Vic's dead body is found inside a freezer truck, Mel and Angie will need to use their best judgment to find the cold-blooded killer or they may lose more than the contest- they may lose their lives.

Death by the Dozen (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #3) Details

TitleDeath by the Dozen (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 4th, 2011
PublisherBerkley Prime Crime
ISBN-139780425244050
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Fiction

Death by the Dozen (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #3) Review

  • Luffy
    January 1, 1970
    I've been quite slow in trying this series. That was an understatement. The climate has changed a lot since I read book 2. The vegetation has crept more upwards on the planet since I read the last book.This time around, I appreciated the humor, which was a weakness in other books that Jenn Mckinlay wrote. Here she is funny. I thought that she put in a lot of work in making book 3 in the series a hit.I thought the murders in the book kept the momentum in Death by The Dozen going. There's somethin I've been quite slow in trying this series. That was an understatement. The climate has changed a lot since I read book 2. The vegetation has crept more upwards on the planet since I read the last book.This time around, I appreciated the humor, which was a weakness in other books that Jenn Mckinlay wrote. Here she is funny. I thought that she put in a lot of work in making book 3 in the series a hit.I thought the murders in the book kept the momentum in Death by The Dozen going. There's something old fashioned in this concept. I respect the author for an entertaining book. It's not easy to write one. Please, if you like thrillers or Agatha Christie books, go out of your comfort zone and read this book.
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  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    January 1, 1970
    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.I had a good time with this cozy. I listened to the first two books in the series last year and I was really excited to spend a little more time in the cupcake bakery. I was entertained from the very start and ended up listening to the book for hours at a time. I was completely entertained and I worked to solve the mystery along with Mel and Angie.I love a good mystery but I also love a good cupcake. I am not really sure which one I This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.I had a good time with this cozy. I listened to the first two books in the series last year and I was really excited to spend a little more time in the cupcake bakery. I was entertained from the very start and ended up listening to the book for hours at a time. I was completely entertained and I worked to solve the mystery along with Mel and Angie.I love a good mystery but I also love a good cupcake. I am not really sure which one I like more but it might be the cupcakes. One thing that I loved about this book was the cooking contest. Mel and Angie participate in a contest where they had to use a mystery ingredient. I loved the description on what kind of desserts these two would make using some rather strange ingredients both in the contest and as practice. I loved that baking was really a part of this story.The mystery was able to keep me guessing and I wasn't quite sure who the murderer was until the big reveal. Vic and Mel had a special relationship but not everyone was such a big fan of the man so there were quite a few suspects. When things started happening that brought the danger closer to Mel and Angie, everything became a little more serious. I thought that the mystery aspect of the story was very well done.The characters in this book were great. It was really nice to be back with both Mel and Angie as well as their friends and family. This book does introduce a new character, Oz, who starts working at the bakery as an intern from the local high school. I wasn't sure how Oz would fit in at first but it quickly became apparent that he was meant to be a part of their group. I was also thrilled to have a kitten added to the mix of characters. The kitten, Jack, didn't have a whole lot of time in the story but I did enjoy the scenes he was in quite a lot.Susan Boyce does a fantastic job with this series. I love all of the voices that she uses in the book. I thought that she was able to add just a bit more excitement to the story through her narration. I thought that she read the book at the perfect pace and her voice was very pleasant to listen to throughout the story. I had no problems listening to this book for hours at a time and look forward to more of her narration in the future.I do recommend this series to others. This is the third book in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series but it could easily be read as a stand alone. Readers of the series will enjoy seeing things move forward in the lives of the characters. I can't wait to read more of this entertaining series!Initial ThoughtsThis was a nice little mystery. I wasn't quite sure who the murderer was until the big reveal even though I had a few guesses. It was nice to see all of the characters from the previous books and I liked the addition of the new bakery intern as well as the kitten. I actually really enjoyed it when they were working on interesting recipes for the competition. I wouldn't have a clue about making anything with the mystery ingredients that they had to use. The narrator did a fantastic job with the book. This was a pretty enjoyable read overall.Book source: Library via Hoopla
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  • Lisa Kay
    January 1, 1970
    ★★★★ Loving this series. LOL! ★★★★½ Loving this series. LOL!
  • Shelby Bagby
    January 1, 1970
    Nothing like homemade cupcakes, competition and a murder.
  • Peggy R
    January 1, 1970
    It is easy to see why this series is a favorite among cozy mystery fans. I am a late arrival to the series but have found it so charming that I am currently working my way through the entire series. Mel, Angie, and Tate have a great friendship that just draws me in as a reader and keeps me coming back. They are surrounded by a fun and charming secondary cast of characters that add to the appeal. The author set up the mystery very early and established a number of believable suspects. I can't wai It is easy to see why this series is a favorite among cozy mystery fans. I am a late arrival to the series but have found it so charming that I am currently working my way through the entire series. Mel, Angie, and Tate have a great friendship that just draws me in as a reader and keeps me coming back. They are surrounded by a fun and charming secondary cast of characters that add to the appeal. The author set up the mystery very early and established a number of believable suspects. I can't wait to catch up.on the rest of the series.
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  • Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
    January 1, 1970
    You know, I was going to put this aside and read something else. But then that adorable cover had to draw me back in. And thus I read where I left off. This time around, you got Mel and Angie in a tough cooking competition, new character Oz who is just adorable, romance angst happening with two certain characters. Oh and a murder of course. This sequel was just as good as the last one. I liked that we got to see more of Angie's brothers. Also Mel showed more of a backbone in this one. I mean in You know, I was going to put this aside and read something else. But then that adorable cover had to draw me back in. And thus I read where I left off. This time around, you got Mel and Angie in a tough cooking competition, new character Oz who is just adorable, romance angst happening with two certain characters. Oh and a murder of course. This sequel was just as good as the last one. I liked that we got to see more of Angie's brothers. Also Mel showed more of a backbone in this one. I mean in the last two she did as well, but she shines here as well. Anyway, what makes this series works is Mel and Angie and the other characters. Probably said that for the other books, but its worth repeating. Good series so far.
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  • Diane ~Firefly~
    January 1, 1970
    I was glad to see Mel and Angie veer back into likeable territory after their last outing.What I enjoyed:* Mel and Joe's relationship.* Oz.* Seeing a character remain affected by a death for more than a few pages.* Angie's family.What could have been better:* It seemed unfair that Mel had a relationship with 3 of the 4 judges since it wasn't a blind tasting.* Olivia is too over the top and needs to be made more realistic or given a good reason for acting like she does.* The clues were pretty obv I was glad to see Mel and Angie veer back into likeable territory after their last outing.What I enjoyed:* Mel and Joe's relationship.* Oz.* Seeing a character remain affected by a death for more than a few pages.* Angie's family.What could have been better:* It seemed unfair that Mel had a relationship with 3 of the 4 judges since it wasn't a blind tasting.* Olivia is too over the top and needs to be made more realistic or given a good reason for acting like she does.* The clues were pretty obvious, I'm surprised it took Mel so long to figure out.
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  • Mark Baker
    January 1, 1970
    Mel and Angie have entered a pastry baking contest, hoping to beat their rival Olivia for the grand prize. The judges are mostly people Mel knew from culinary school, including her old mentor Vic Mazzotta. Vic can be a hard man to live, but Mel is still surprised when he is found dead inside an ice truck. Had he made a lethal enemy?The book sets up the suspects and motives early on before Vic’s body is even found. I did feel the pacing sagged a bit in the middle, but for the most part, this was Mel and Angie have entered a pastry baking contest, hoping to beat their rival Olivia for the grand prize. The judges are mostly people Mel knew from culinary school, including her old mentor Vic Mazzotta. Vic can be a hard man to live, but Mel is still surprised when he is found dead inside an ice truck. Had he made a lethal enemy?The book sets up the suspects and motives early on before Vic’s body is even found. I did feel the pacing sagged a bit in the middle, but for the most part, this was a great mystery with some good twists and a great climax. The characters are fun as always, too. It’s easy to see why the series is so popular.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
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  • Sheri
    January 1, 1970
    First off I like the book covers to this series. 😊It’s time for the annual food festival in Scottsdale, and that includes the chef’s challenges. This year, Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura, owners of Fairy Tale Cupcakes Bakery, have entered in the pastry division. Their competing against an ornery rival, Olivia Puckett, who has won for the past few years. Melanie knows several of the judges from when she was in culinary school and was the favorite pupil of one of them named Vic. Melanie says Vic First off I like the book covers to this series. 😊It’s time for the annual food festival in Scottsdale, and that includes the chef’s challenges. This year, Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura, owners of Fairy Tale Cupcakes Bakery, have entered in the pastry division. Their competing against an ornery rival, Olivia Puckett, who has won for the past few years. Melanie knows several of the judges from when she was in culinary school and was the favorite pupil of one of them named Vic. Melanie says Vic was her mentor through school. All the judges are beyond competitive and have off the chart egos. The question is….are their egos so big that they’re willing to commit murder to get what they want?The morning of the first round of the competition, Vic is nowhere to be found. When he does turn up, he’s dead in an ice truck. How did he get in there? Which of his enemies killed him? Or was it even murder?There are several things I like about this book. The competitors must include a mystery ingredient in their recipe. They’re told what this ingredient is right before it’s time to start baking. I liked the descriptions on what kind of desserts Mel and Angie make using these strange ingredients. I like that baking is really part of the story. I like that the author set up the mystery early and established a number of believable suspects and that I wasn’t able to guess who the murderer is until very close to the end of the story.One thing I didn’t like, which is the reason for the 4⭐️ rating, is the ridiculous and unbelievable violence between Melanie, Angie and their rival Oliva. In real life someone would end up badly hurt and someone would end up in jail – maybe all of them. This story introduces a new character, Oz, who is an intern from the local high school. I like him and hope he hangs around. I’m sorry that Marty, who was in book #2, has gone, but he was only filling in out of the goodness of his heart. I’d like for him to come back from time to time.This is the third book in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series, and I suppose it could be read as a stand alone. But I like starting from the beginning and seeing things move forward or backward in the lives of the characters.For light, fun reading, I recommend this series.
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  • Mayda
    January 1, 1970
    Every book in this series is a tasty delight. Author Jenn McKinlay has developed some entertaining and likable characters in the personalities of Mel and Angie and “the brothers” as well as an exquisite antagonist who goes by the name of Olivia. In this third installment, a cooking contest is going on, and Mel and Angie are determined to beat the unsavory Olivia. But when one of the judges is discovered dead in a freezer, things definitely take a turn for the worse, and Mel and Angie are right i Every book in this series is a tasty delight. Author Jenn McKinlay has developed some entertaining and likable characters in the personalities of Mel and Angie and “the brothers” as well as an exquisite antagonist who goes by the name of Olivia. In this third installment, a cooking contest is going on, and Mel and Angie are determined to beat the unsavory Olivia. But when one of the judges is discovered dead in a freezer, things definitely take a turn for the worse, and Mel and Angie are right in the thick of things. Though the mystery is intriguing, what really shines through in this tale are the relationships, good and troubled, between the characters. Wondering how things will be resolved keeps readers wanting that next book, but the excellent story-telling and writing will keep them reading it.
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  • Dawn Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    THIS one was much better than the previous book in the series and I am so glad. Even though I had guess who did it AND why, the story was still good and it was interesting to see them come up with recipes with all the very weird ingredients they were given. This was a good read!
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  • Michelle Randall
    January 1, 1970
    This is the third book in the Cupcake Bakery Series, and it was as well written andenjoyable as the first two!I have enjoyed the characters, Tate, Mel, Angie, Uncle Stan, Joyce and all the DeLaura brothers! In this book, the Bakery gets an intern, Oz, that looks nothing like a baker, but turns out to have some mad skills!The Scottsdale Food Festival is in town, and the Challenge to the Chefs is upon them. Mel and Angie entered the pastry division, and of course Olivia Puckett is entered and tryi This is the third book in the Cupcake Bakery Series, and it was as well written andenjoyable as the first two!I have enjoyed the characters, Tate, Mel, Angie, Uncle Stan, Joyce and all the DeLaura brothers! In this book, the Bakery gets an intern, Oz, that looks nothing like a baker, but turns out to have some mad skills!The Scottsdale Food Festival is in town, and the Challenge to the Chefs is upon them. Mel and Angie entered the pastry division, and of course Olivia Puckett is entered and trying to make waves from the beginning, including standing on the stairs blocking the enterance to the office so that they can't turn in their registration, but you know that isn't going to stop Angie, not growing up with seven brothers, they have a plan and make it on time.The contest involves baking with a mystery ingredient, and the all the judges for the contest were t culinary school with Mel, two were teachers and another student. She has a history with them all, but her favorite teacher, Vic, who helped her through her father's death is there and he is counting on her winning. On the day of the first bake-off, Vic is no where to be found, until Mel and Angie wander to the margarita tent, only to find Vic in the freezer, dead.Baking competetion, poisionings and more keep this book jumping to the end. I loved it! can't wait for more!
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  • Marion
    January 1, 1970
    This is Book 3 of the Cupcake Bakery Series. Fairy Tale Cupcakes is in a food competition, and of course, Mel and Angie find another body. This time, it's a competition judge who happened to also be Mel's mentor in culinary school. I'm liking the series more as we go further along and get to know the main characters better. It's also fun to learn more about "the brothers" LOL. The weak editing that bothered me in the first book has improved (at least on the kindle). Overall, these books are fun, This is Book 3 of the Cupcake Bakery Series. Fairy Tale Cupcakes is in a food competition, and of course, Mel and Angie find another body. This time, it's a competition judge who happened to also be Mel's mentor in culinary school. I'm liking the series more as we go further along and get to know the main characters better. It's also fun to learn more about "the brothers" LOL. The weak editing that bothered me in the first book has improved (at least on the kindle). Overall, these books are fun, light reads, and I'd recommend for cozy mystery lovers.
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  • Angel
    January 1, 1970
    Four murders in 6 months and all of them revolve in some way around one cupcake bakery..? No, it's not realistic but it sure is fun! Sometimes what you need is fun.
  • Mary Ann
    January 1, 1970
    This was another book that I borrowed for our trip in audio and Kindle format. As soon as a radio program my husband likes to listen to had ended, I was told to put the book on and then when we got home and the book wasn't finished, I was told that we had to listen to the rest as soon as we got in the car to run an errand (getting our dog from a family member). In this story, Mel and Angie have entered a baking contest. The prize is $10,000 and they start getting up seriously early in the mornin This was another book that I borrowed for our trip in audio and Kindle format. As soon as a radio program my husband likes to listen to had ended, I was told to put the book on and then when we got home and the book wasn't finished, I was told that we had to listen to the rest as soon as we got in the car to run an errand (getting our dog from a family member). In this story, Mel and Angie have entered a baking contest. The prize is $10,000 and they start getting up seriously early in the morning to practice making things that are offbeat, like parsnip cupcakes or Red Velvet Cupcakes with Red Beets. This book had more funny, laugh out loud moments and my family loved it. Mel's former teachers, Vik and Bertie, are both judges and Vik and his wife, Grace, turn up at the bakery early one morning after she makes cupcakes with parsnips. Then a former classmate who has a grudge against Vik shows up and then Vik shows up with his new "protege" who is also his mistress.The first day of the contest, the ingredient to make cupcakes with is parsnips and Vik is missing. As Mel and her friends are wandering around the fair, they find Vik and he is dead. She doesn't believe that he committed suicide. She believes he was murdered and wants it investigated. As they go along, Angie gets poisoned and Mel might have been the one that was the target. She begins to try and find out who really wanted Vik dead and who would try to poison her and Angie. This book introduces, Oz, a teen boy who is working at the bakery as a co-op and Mel and Angie are uncertain about him because of his appearance, but when he is able to participate in their favorite game, movie quotes, he is immediately accepted in the group and as he proves his worth, Mel finds out how to make his position a paid position. Just another great read.
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  • Connie N.
    January 1, 1970
    #3 in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery seriesThis time Mel and Angie are competing in a cooking competition (sounding similar to Cupcake Wars) where there is a special surprise ingredient that must be used to make a dessert. Of course they are up against Olivia, and the animosity between them seems over-the-top to me, but it's typical of this series. I also was surprised that one of the judges was a special friend of Mel's, a former cooking school teacher. It seems like that wouldn't be allowed, or at #3 in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery seriesThis time Mel and Angie are competing in a cooking competition (sounding similar to Cupcake Wars) where there is a special surprise ingredient that must be used to make a dessert. Of course they are up against Olivia, and the animosity between them seems over-the-top to me, but it's typical of this series. I also was surprised that one of the judges was a special friend of Mel's, a former cooking school teacher. It seems like that wouldn't be allowed, or at least it would seem like favoritism might be involved and a potential win wouldn't be as rewarding since you'd always wonder if you won because of his friendship and not your skills. Anyway, when he dies of an apparent heart attack early in the contest, then Angie becomes the victim of poisoning, of course Mel gets very involved in searching for the killer. I figured out whodunit fairly early on, but it didn't detract from the story in any way. On a side note, Mel continues with her relationship with Joe (Angie's brother), and there's some progress on the Angie/Tate front. A new intern named Oz joins the Fairy Tale Cupcake team and promises to be a fun addition. Lots of entertaining scenes with Angie's brothers. I enjoyed this one and look forward to continuing.Shame on Berkley Prime Crime for doing such a poor editing job. My paperback copy included glaring errors, some of which a previous reader had corrected and some that I crossed out. For example, "She road (sic) right up to the valet and hopped off her bike." and "Johnny's dark eyebrows lowered in a squint as if he were sighting Olivia for a blast from a canon (sic)." Fire your proofreader!
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  • Devi Nair
    January 1, 1970
    The sweetness of cupcakes and spiciness of a mystery makes this series a perfect recipe in cozy mystery. Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura along with Tate, Joe and other, especially Captain Jack Sparrow, the cat makes the stories believable along with being fun and interesting. Somewhere down the series, the story makes you start living their lives with them. Every dip in anyone mood makes the reader feels terribly sad and any happy moment makes it a teary moment while reading. A cute cozy with a The sweetness of cupcakes and spiciness of a mystery makes this series a perfect recipe in cozy mystery. Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura along with Tate, Joe and other, especially Captain Jack Sparrow, the cat makes the stories believable along with being fun and interesting. Somewhere down the series, the story makes you start living their lives with them. Every dip in anyone mood makes the reader feels terribly sad and any happy moment makes it a teary moment while reading. A cute cozy with a lot of cupcakes, this one is a perfect read for a Sunday afternoon by the beach. It is quick, nice, feel-good novel with enough drama to keep the reader enthralled but not too much to go overboard. There is never a dull moment in this series. I would recommend it to all. A must read series, waiting to welcome you into their fun family.
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  • Alison (Lady Coffin) S
    January 1, 1970
    Cute cozy mystery with a bakery theme.
  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    ~ 3.5 Stars ~
  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    FINALLY! The first mystery/murder book I have read where I actually guessed the killer right! Yay!Maybe I should consider being a detective, eh?........Ah..well..In this story, Mel and Angie are back and ready for a bake off! Olivia is also being as feisty as ever (Can't she just take a chill pill? It's not like Fairy Tale bakes anything beside cupcakes unlike Confections does...) ANYWAY Mel's college mentor, Vic Mazzotta, is one of the judges for the competition; much to Mel's delight. When Vic FINALLY! The first mystery/murder book I have read where I actually guessed the killer right! Yay!Maybe I should consider being a detective, eh?........Ah..well..In this story, Mel and Angie are back and ready for a bake off! Olivia is also being as feisty as ever (Can't she just take a chill pill? It's not like Fairy Tale bakes anything beside cupcakes unlike Confections does...) ANYWAY Mel's college mentor, Vic Mazzotta, is one of the judges for the competition; much to Mel's delight. When Vic is found dead in a ice freezer, Mel's world, and competition, much just crumble.See, I love Vic and Mel's relationship. Its sorta like a best friend/fatherly relationship. When he was found dead, I just can't imagine what she was feeling. Even I felt sad for her.^ME *wipes tear* Ok OK, I think I can continue *sniffle*Sob stories aside, Angie and Tate are STILL in a love fix. I mean, they both love each other, but don't want to admit it? OK I know Roach is in Angie's life now, but HONESTLY do they really seem good together? Eh, no. Roach is ALWAYS gone! How can you possibly maintain a stable relationship when he's always gone? SERIOUSLY GIRL! You have a kind and caring guy RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU. Sure he took forever to notice his feelings, but no time like the present, right? Now before I rain on Angie's parade, Tate has his faults too! I mean, just tell the woman you're feelings! In the book, you had THE PERFECT MOMENT (which I will not disclose do to spoilers) But guess what, he PASSED IT UP! Nice going! *sarcasm plus as well needed facepalm* Well, I am a sucker for relationship. I just started the 4th book, Red Velvet Revenge, maybe Tate finally puts his big pants on?? Anyway out of all the books so far in this series, this is probably the best. This murder story was just well put together. I might read it again *mischievous sideways glances*
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  • Kaye
    January 1, 1970
    In this year's Scottsdale's Food Festival, Angie DeLaura and Mel Cooper, owners of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery, are bound and determined to beat out their rival, Olivia Puckett. Olivia, not one to play nice, runs a rival bakery and has been a thorn in their side since they opened the doors to their own bakery. Even though one of the judges, Vic Mazzotta, is an old mentor to Mel, the competition will still be a tough one. How can one prepare for the bake off when the mystery ingredient could b In this year's Scottsdale's Food Festival, Angie DeLaura and Mel Cooper, owners of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery, are bound and determined to beat out their rival, Olivia Puckett. Olivia, not one to play nice, runs a rival bakery and has been a thorn in their side since they opened the doors to their own bakery. Even though one of the judges, Vic Mazzotta, is an old mentor to Mel, the competition will still be a tough one. How can one prepare for the bake off when the mystery ingredient could be just about anything? As it turns out several of the other judges are known to be rivals in their own right which really heats up the competition but when Vic is found dead in a freezer truck, the competition takes on a whole new dimension. Mel and Angie can't help but be involved as Vic was a close friend to Mel and they found the body. They'll have to keep their wits about them to stay several steps ahead of the cold-hearted killer and help solve the crime; not to mention winning the bake off.Jenn Mckinlay has become one of my favorite cozy writers in the last year due to her well plotted mysteries and loveable characters. The newest addition to the bakery is Oz, a character I just fell in love with and hope he is here to stay. I like the way she introduces the characters/suspects and their possible motives in an orderly fashion. No oddball killer comes out of left field; Jenn plays fair with her readers. The witty dialogue, romantic plot threads among the mystery, and some of the hilarious situations the characters get themselves into are the icing on the cake, or should I say cupcake!Although there is a continuously running relationship thread from book one, it's still easy to pick up any of these mysteries and dive right in. Death by the Dozen is the 3rd in the Cupcake Bakery series. At the end of the book is an excerpt from Red Velvet Revenge, the next in the series, along with some scrumptious sounding recipes featured in the story.
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  • Angela Holland
    January 1, 1970
    What I liked: I liked how Melanie always seems to get herself tied up in solving the murder. I also liked the addition of Oz - I think I am going to like him. Jenn's writing style seems to flow to me and makes me not want to put the book down.What I didn't Liked: I miss the old man from the second book, I hope he returns in the next book.Overall Impression: Well Melanie and Angie seem to have found themselves mixed up in a murder again with finding Vic on ice. I enjoy the Melanie and Angie work What I liked: I liked how Melanie always seems to get herself tied up in solving the murder. I also liked the addition of Oz - I think I am going to like him. Jenn's writing style seems to flow to me and makes me not want to put the book down.What I didn't Liked: I miss the old man from the second book, I hope he returns in the next book.Overall Impression: Well Melanie and Angie seem to have found themselves mixed up in a murder again with finding Vic on ice. I enjoy the Melanie and Angie work together but at the same time Melanie works by herself to solve the murder. To explain: when things get real hairy Angie is there to make sure Melanie is going to be safe but it seems Melanie does a little more of the digging to figure out what happened. Melanie and Joe seem to be getting a little more settled in their relationship and the little kitten seems to help that along. We have another new edition to this book and it is Oz the high school intern. When he was first introduced I was not sure I was going to like him but he is growing on me and I hope to see more of him in the next book. Olivia - what can I say about her other than she is even nuttier in this book than the last one - but it is fun to see what she is going to come up with next to try to stop Fairy Tale Cupcakes from succeeding. I did not see the murderer until the very end in this book and that is good as it kept me guessing. The bad thing I found myself staying up late just to get a few more pages in as I could not put the book down. I loved the whole baking competition in this book, I love watching those types of shows so I thought it was great to include it in the book and it was fun to hear a little about the people Melanie went to school with. Another good addition to this series and I look forward to reading #4 next month. 5 Stars.
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  • Jeannie and Louis Rigod
    January 1, 1970
    This series is one I am so comfortable with that I know the next in the series will be equally as good. Yummy cupcake/dessert recipes are a bonus to an delectable murder mystery crime.In "Death by the Dozen," we move to the streets of Old Town Scottsdale, where Melanie cooper and Angie DeLaura, enter a yearly competition for the Scottsdale Food Festival. It is one of those competitions by where a 'mystery ingredient' is introduced daily as the competitors dwindle down until there is the Best of. This series is one I am so comfortable with that I know the next in the series will be equally as good. Yummy cupcake/dessert recipes are a bonus to an delectable murder mystery crime.In "Death by the Dozen," we move to the streets of Old Town Scottsdale, where Melanie cooper and Angie DeLaura, enter a yearly competition for the Scottsdale Food Festival. It is one of those competitions by where a 'mystery ingredient' is introduced daily as the competitors dwindle down until there is the Best of...Melanie is thrilled when she learns her mentor, Vic and his wife, Grace will be judging. Then she learns that several of her fellow former culinary school classmates will also attend. The Ladies' financial partner/investor, Tate, and Melanie's boyfriend, Joe try to help by training them for three weeks by trying to test the girls with everything from parsnips on.Ms. McKinlay gives us glimpses and for me, memories of Old Scottsdale by mentioning sites, streets, and activities that are found there in reality. It adds realism to her books.There is a crime and Melanie is devastated. Angie supports her and they find the culprit, but, not without pain and sorrow.This was a very good book. Now to wait for the next one.
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  • Jennifer Oberth
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series! Mel and Angie are at it again - making cupcakes and solving murders."FairyTale Cupcakes" enters a contest reminiscent of "Cupcake Wars," except while the bakers are coming up with recipes on the fly - using a mystery ingredient - someone starts murdering the judges.It's a highly-entertaining read, despite some minor annoyances that in any other book might give me pause. For instance, Mel knows most of the judges and they even visit her shop or chat with her outside the contes I love this series! Mel and Angie are at it again - making cupcakes and solving murders."FairyTale Cupcakes" enters a contest reminiscent of "Cupcake Wars," except while the bakers are coming up with recipes on the fly - using a mystery ingredient - someone starts murdering the judges.It's a highly-entertaining read, despite some minor annoyances that in any other book might give me pause. For instance, Mel knows most of the judges and they even visit her shop or chat with her outside the contest. There's history, conflict of interest, even, and that should automatically disqualify her from the contest but it's barely even touched on.Then there's the ultimate mistake on P. 155 (of the paperback) where - in an emotional scene - one character name is used for another. I reread it several times, thinking I was nuts of I missed when the character mentioned entered the scene, but it was just a glaring goof. It's totally forgivable because this cozy is as perfect as a moist cupcake topped with decadent fudge.
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  • Audrey
    January 1, 1970
    Dear cozy mystery authors: not every series heroine needs a cat or dog. Although I confess, I did not totally hate Captain Jack. My favorite parts of this series remain Olivia Puckett, villainess and professional unhinged Scottsdale businesswoman, and the 7 DeLaura brothers, who are like Snow White's 7 dwarfs, but with airhorns. Didn't think this particular outing came together as well as previous recipes (see what I did there? BOO YAH) because of all the dang shenanigans at the cooking competit Dear cozy mystery authors: not every series heroine needs a cat or dog. Although I confess, I did not totally hate Captain Jack. My favorite parts of this series remain Olivia Puckett, villainess and professional unhinged Scottsdale businesswoman, and the 7 DeLaura brothers, who are like Snow White's 7 dwarfs, but with airhorns. Didn't think this particular outing came together as well as previous recipes (see what I did there? BOO YAH) because of all the dang shenanigans at the cooking competition, but the romance seems to be bubbling along nicely, with just the right amount of sugar balancing out the lemon juice. (Okay I'll stop). Also, and I know this is weird but: I love the cover of the book, and how after you read the book, the cover makes much more sense. This is the type of planning that warms the cockles of my devious little heart. Next up: a recipe for candied heart-cockles in a crispy ginger crust.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    This cozy in the series had a really fun setting. I love watching cooking competitions on the Food Network, so it was fun to read about one. The mystery investigation was an added bonus. I enjoyed the fact that Mel knew all the suspects and thus was able to snoop around more easily. I guessed the murderer from the beginning, but it was still fun to read. (view spoiler)[ It seemed like Vic's wife Grace was the only real suspect. Though everyone else seemed to hate/envy Vic his career, that's not This cozy in the series had a really fun setting. I love watching cooking competitions on the Food Network, so it was fun to read about one. The mystery investigation was an added bonus. I enjoyed the fact that Mel knew all the suspects and thus was able to snoop around more easily. I guessed the murderer from the beginning, but it was still fun to read. (view spoiler)[ It seemed like Vic's wife Grace was the only real suspect. Though everyone else seemed to hate/envy Vic his career, that's not a strong enough motive for murder. He was already doing enough damage to his career as it was, so no one really needed to murder him to get him out of the way. His wife put her life on hold so she could help Vic and she got pushed into the background. He was betraying her and she couldn't take it. (hide spoiler)] I like Joe and Mel together and I hope Angie and Tate can figure things out! Oz was a great addition and I hope he returns in future books.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    "Death by the Dozen" is the third book in the cupcake bakery mystery and is back up to the standards of the series debut. In this installment, best friends Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura have entered the Scottsdale Food Festival, but one of the judges and Melanie's former ventor Vic Mazzotta is murdered during the competition. I love the two women's friendship as well as Melanie's budding romance with Angie's brother Joe. I don't like the cat and mouse games between Angie and Tate, but hopeful "Death by the Dozen" is the third book in the cupcake bakery mystery and is back up to the standards of the series debut. In this installment, best friends Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura have entered the Scottsdale Food Festival, but one of the judges and Melanie's former ventor Vic Mazzotta is murdered during the competition. I love the two women's friendship as well as Melanie's budding romance with Angie's brother Joe. I don't like the cat and mouse games between Angie and Tate, but hopefully the suspense over "will their friendship turn to romance" will be worth the wait. While the rivalry with Olivia Puckett, another Scottsdale bakery, has its amusing moments, some of Olivia's behavior is over-the-top and unbelievable. A new employee to the bakery is a keeper, though, and adds to this fun series. The mystery was interesting and ending answered all unresolved questions and the book ended with some delicious sounding recipes.
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  • Savannah (Books by the Beach Reviews) Avery
    January 1, 1970
    I love love love Jenn McKinlay. I think I say that everytime I review another one of her books? She is just such an amazing cozy mystery author! I give this book 5 stars. So the Cupcake Bakery mystery series is already amazing, but this book? It went over the top for greatness. I love how McKinlay is developing the characters, and I can't help falling in love with all of them (you know how I loved Marty in the last book? I now adore the newest character Oz!). The (frequent) description of all th I love love love Jenn McKinlay. I think I say that everytime I review another one of her books? She is just such an amazing cozy mystery author! I give this book 5 stars. So the Cupcake Bakery mystery series is already amazing, but this book? It went over the top for greatness. I love how McKinlay is developing the characters, and I can't help falling in love with all of them (you know how I loved Marty in the last book? I now adore the newest character Oz!). The (frequent) description of all the cupcakes makes me hungry every single time I read. The mystery was super fast paced and filled with action scenes and suspense and it's actually kinda hard to figure out who did it. I have nothing negative to say about this book. I recommend it to anyone who loves cozy mysteries.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series! I enjoy reading about all of the trouble that Mel and Angie seem to get into.. When Mel and Angie decide to enter a baking contest, they soon discover that they will be involved with a murder. Helping along the way are Angie's brothers, including Joe ( Mel's boyfriend ), their Mothers and the Judges of the Contest.While Mel and Angie try to stay one step ahead of their competitors in the contest, they are also trying to be careful while figuring This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series! I enjoy reading about all of the trouble that Mel and Angie seem to get into.. When Mel and Angie decide to enter a baking contest, they soon discover that they will be involved with a murder. Helping along the way are Angie's brothers, including Joe ( Mel's boyfriend ), their Mothers and the Judges of the Contest.While Mel and Angie try to stay one step ahead of their competitors in the contest, they are also trying to be careful while figuring out who killed one of Mels good friends.The ending suprised me, there are lots of turns and twists along the way..
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    I continue to enjoy this quirky series, however, I may have liked this one a little less than the first two. The plot is always the same which I am not really bothered by. However, I was a little disturbed by how this book felt a little more like a busy body than an amateur sleuth. Other than that, it was great to hear about these characters again and meet new ones, which I hope become a part of the series.
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