“Death by the Dozen by Jenn Mckinlay delivers a puzzling mystery with a lot of wonderful recipes. The Food Channel comes to town with an important competition for bakers. Combining features from other reality food shows, the mystery ingredient challenges the baker to create an exquisite and...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Death by the Dozen by Jenn Mckinlay delivers a puzzling mystery with a lot of wonderful recipes. The Food Channel comes to town with an important competition for bakers. Combining features from other reality food shows, the mystery ingredient challenges the baker to create an exquisite and delectible dessert.
Melanie Cooper and Angie De Laura are the owners of the Fairy Tale Cupcake Bakery in Scottsdale, Arizona. They are excited about the competition because of the prestige of the contest, there is a $10,000 prize too and the chance to beat their arch rival, Oliva.
Melanie's mentor, Vic Mazzotti is one of the judges. Even though he is married he shows up with his girlfriend. He is a very critical, exacting but talented baker. But Vic is found dead in freezer truck.
There so many suspects that Melanie hardly had the time to sift through them.
I found myself caring more about the mystery ingredient and what Melanie would create with it than the murder mystery. But the food sounds so great that I didn't even try to figure out who the villain was. Also, I was surprised at the end about who did it. The characters are well developed, the story will make you hungry and you will have a good time reading this cozy.
I highly recommend this food cozy to all cozy lovers and lovers of baked foods.”
“Very entertaining book in the Cupcake Bakery mystery series by Jenn McKinlay; characters are well-developed and new characters help enrich the landscape of Scottsdale, Arizona and the inhabitants of the series. A cooking challenge brings out the rivalry between Fairy Tale Cupcakes (Melanie, Angie, and Tate) and The Confectionary (Olivia) when the judges are people from Melanie's cooking school days.
Once again Melanie et al get embroiled in murder and mayhem while baking delicious treats (recipes in the back of the book).”
“3.5 Stars”Jeana Loves Books wrote this review Friday, May 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Can't wait to read all the books in this series.”Dawn D wrote this review Sunday, November 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“See my previous comments on this series (simplistic at best but sometimes you need simple).”Kim wrote this review Wednesday, October 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Melanie and Angie, owners of Fairy Tale Cupcakes, enter the Scottsdale Food Festival pastry contest. Olivia Puckett is nasty as ever but her obnoxious shenanigans are overshadowed by the death of Mel's mentor, Vic Mazzotta. Mel and Angie have added an intern to their store staff, Oz, who looks and sometimes acts like a thug but may be redeemable.”Sue Plaisance wrote this review Saturday, June 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This story was enjoyable. The contest was fun and as always I enjoy the movie quotes. ”Jennifer the Forgetful Faerie Queen wrote this review Tuesday, May 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Mel's mentor is murdered before the competition he is judging and Mel is a participate. The killer turns on Mel, but gets Angie instead. More of the DeLaura family, a pirate kitten and a goth intern. 4 stars”moondance120 wrote this review Sunday, April 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“3.5 Stars”ScoutLee wrote this review Monday, January 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“What is not to love about a mystery series that has a good mystery and cupcake recipes shared at the end of each book?
I love the setting of Scottsdale, Arizona for this series and the idea of a cupcake bakery like Fairy Tale Cupcakes is nifty. And the animosity between Mel and Angie and the rival bakery Olivia Puckett cracks me up. Olivia is truly off her rocker and it's fun to watch her go off.
All of this is in addition to a fab mystery to solve along with Mel and Angie. It's a wee bit like watching Lucy and Ethel solve a mystery, but that's not a bad thing.
Five a lot of fun beans......”