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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 222 pages
  • Sprinkle with Murder
  • Jenn McKinlay
  • English
  • 09 May 2018
  • 9780425233429

10 thoughts on “Sprinkle with Murder

  1. says:

    3 stars to Jenn McKinlay s Sprinkle with Murder, the first book in the Cupcake Bakery cozy mystery series I m a fan of Ms McKinlay, as I enjoy both her Hat Shop and Library Lovers mystery series, which pushed me to try this one It was a fun read that took me about two hours on a train to from Long Island to see family for the day, and I will continue to read the series Story Mel and Angie have been best friends since an incident with a chocolate bar and a bully in the sixth grade Almost 25 years later, they co own a cupcake bakery together in their Scottsdale, Arizona hometown When their third best friend Tate ask them to design his wedding cake for the upcoming nuptials, they are a little leery give he is their silent partner in the business and they aren t very keen on his bridezilla Christie Stevens was a famous designer who seemed to make it big by stealing from others and being a general nasty businesswoman When she ends up dead after taste testing one of the cupcakes Mel made, the press suspects foul play, claiming Mel had long buried feelings for Tate In order to save her reputation, and the bakery, Mel investigates Christie s life and comes up with a few suspects While trying to save themselves from the murder, someone else falls prey to the killer, and a rival bakeshop owner takes advantage of the situation In the end, the stories collide for a bit and Mel almost bites the dust Luckily, her new crush, Angie s brother, comes to her rescue Strengths 1 McKinlay s writing is direct, funny and charming She s consistent in her tone and story, finds good red herrings and creates strong interest in the cast and story.2 The characters are likable, and they have some longevity The rivalry will turn out to be a fun one to follow, as will the different love interests Suggestions 1 In the beginning, McKinlay is clear to call out that Tate isn t gay although he was teased about it as a child What s wrong with making a supporting character gay Perhaps because in this case it was his bride to be who was murdered, him being gay wouldn t have turned out too well especially when there are already strong hints that he has feelings for either Mel or Angie, and Angie has secret feelings for him I think it would have been a better and stronger story if he was gay and there weren t any romantic feelings between the 3 friends.2 The book is over 7 years old, so it may have been one of the first, but there are at least 10 of these types of series where the protagonist gives up a day job to own a bakery and then solves murder mysteries Love the concept Perhaps it was the trend setter But something needs to stand out to make it different than the rest I ve only read a few series, and just the first one of this series so I ll hold judgment until I get through a few Make it stand out, Jenn I know you can do it Final Thoughts A fun read, definitely worth giving it a chance But challenge yourself Find 5 or 6 of these series where they revolve around bakeries and decide which has the best chance to survive McKinlay s definitely at the top of the list in my book and if the series pushes a bit in the next book, I m sure it ll get a 4 of 5 stars from me.

  2. says:

    This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life in Books.I enjoyed this fun cozy mystery I recently read Jenn McKinlay s contemporary romance, About a Dog, and loved it so I started looking at some of her other works When I saw this series set in a cupcake shop, I knew I wanted to give it a try Who doesn t like a little mystery with their cupcakes This audiobook ended up being a really quick listen for me because I found myself wanting to listen to it for hours at a time Mel and Angie have been best friends for a very long time and are now working together at the cupcake shop They are also best friends with Tate who is soon to be married Tate s fiance is rather difficult and when she shows up to the shop to decide on cupcakes for the wedding, she proves how difficult she can really be They also have a rival bakery owner hanging outside of their store at all hours It was obvious early on that Mel and Angie would have a few challenges.When I read a cozy mystery, I like to try to figure out who is going to be the one to die before it is revealed so I didn t really read the summary before jumping in to the book Once Mel discovers the body, I had a guess about who the murderer was right away but I really had no idea how things would play out This story did take a few turns that I never expected and did me guessing and entertained to the end This was the first time that I have ever listed to a book narrated by Susan Boyce but I thought she did a fantastic job She handled a large number of characters very well in this story and used a very distinct voice for each one I always knew who was speaking during conversations I thought she also did a great job of portraying the character s emotions I always felts like I knew how the character was feeling I would recommend this book to cozy mystery fans It was a really entertaining story filled with wonderful characters I look forward to continuing with this series very soon I received a review copy of this audiobook from Dreamscape Media, LLC via Audiobook Jukebox.Initial ThoughtsThis was a really quick listen for me The characters were great and I loved the little cupcake shop I had a pretty good idea who the culprit would be as soon as the character was introduced but I had a lot of fun seeing how everything would play out.

  3. says:

    Melanie Cooper and Angela DeLaura own a cupcake bakery, Fairy Tale Cupcakes Their third best friend, Tate, is a partner there and he is getting married soon.His fianc e is a caricature of bridezilla She is not just obsessed with the wedding She wants to own everything connected to it photographs, special flavour of cupcakes and probably many other things as well And she ends up dead The prime suspect is Mel The rest follows the well known cozy mystery pattern Mel investigates Christie and finds the murderer.There is an attempt to hide the culprit behind many red herrings Everyone, and I mean everyone had a reason to hate Christie and want her dead Her character goes beyond over the top ruthless fashion designer There was something seriously wrong with her In the end, there was no great surprise.As for Mel being the prime suspect, that was really annoying Not because you know she didn t do it, but because of her behaviour She overreacts to everything The second thing is that you aren t given any real believable reason why she would be Christie s father wanting a murderer caught is hardly a reason.And almost everyone around her believe her capable of it.Characters are not deep They were given one of two character traits and that seems to be it For example, Angie has seven brothers and they are overbearing and overprotective Mel has a crush on one of Angie s brothers, Joe He gets a bit space in the book since he is an assistant DA and with him you get that romantic touch every cozy mystery I ve read so far has He gets to be handsome too In the end, the I think about it, the I am annoyed by some of the unresolved or at least unmentioned issues Christie s father does something he should be punished for and it is not mentioned Unless it gets attention in later books and gets resolved, Angie s secret was unnecessary and a bit depressing.If you are looking for depth, you won t find it here What you are going to find, though, is a cute light story that will probably make you hungry in the end if you like cupcakes There is a lot of dialogue, so it makes it a very fast read Considering the way most people rate the books, I always feel I have to explain my rating even though it follows the Goodreads rating system That makes this one an ok story that didn t have any surprises I would recommend it after some depressing or dark book and if you want something light and fast.

  4. says:

    I picked up this book because I liked the theme yummy cupcakes , the cover so fun looking and the idea that the book revolves around the death of a bridezilla to be Sadly, reading the book wasn t as fun as looking at its cover.The book definitely has its moments, and there is some good writing in here But, with that being said, I could have filled most pages with red ink correcting editing mistakes and ridiculously awkward and confusing sentences ex If everyone was looking at her, then they weren t looking at whoever really did it And if they weren t going to, then someone had to, and since it was her neck in the noose, it looked like it was going to be her I ve never really read a book before where I was constantly distracted by the writing, and wanting so badly to change it, and it was very annoying to say the least The story is only 215 pages so it should have been a very quick read, but it felt much longer than that.To sum it up fun idea, good theme, and a good general story line and mystery are bogged down with errors and a NUMBER of awkwardly worded sentences, making the book difficult to get through Hopefully the next book in the series, Buttercream Bump Off, will be much, much better, since the whole theme of this series and the characters presented have so much promise.

  5. says:

    Just loved it and I ve dived into the next one right away I just discovered this author this month and I love her writing.

  6. says:

    I was seriously craving a cupcake throughout this entire book.This was a fun start to the series, that I will definitely be continuing.Mel and Angie were both very likable, girls you would love to hang out and have a cupcake with I like both of their love interests, and I m looking forward to those relationships developing. The mystery was interesting and it took me a while to figure it out wondering if Olivia will continue to be a nemesis narrator Susan Boyce did a very good job, I think she voiced all the characters very well

  7. says:

    Huh, surprised I finished this already I like that while a quick read, it was kind of enjoyable in a way Maybe it had to do with the number of pages or the writing style Either way, this was a good start Didn t love it but still like it Near the end couldn t help but smile.Throughout, I been thinking, hmm, suddenly I want a cupcake Anyway, this was good, the characters I kind of like, at first anyway Then as the story went along and you get to know them, I like them a little bit Especially Angie, Tate and Mel s friendship Joe included Been wanting to read cozy mysteries and the different themes, either a bookish or food theme Plus I like the covers for these Already want to read the next one.

  8. says:

    Book 1 of my own 24 hour cozy mystery readathon is complete.Best friends partner up to open a bakery cupcakes But once bridezilla the bride to Tate is murdered Mel is the prime suspect which puts her new business in jeopardy.Mel and her friend Angie determined to find out who killed Tate s bride by all means.Enjoyable quick cozy mystery read.

  9. says:

    Excellent book I couldn t put it down

  10. says:

    This series has been on my TBR pile for way to long and I can t believe I waited so long to get around to reading it This is a good start to the series The characters are all fun, engaging, and relatable I love the friendship dynamics between Mel, Angie and Tate The each have something different they bring to the friendship and it works I also love the old movie lines peppered throughout the book and how they try to stump one another These are characters that I really enjoyed and I can t wait to get books in this series.This was an easy, entertaining read I was able to finish it in one day The mystery was solid and the author did a good job of setting up the story so there there were several suspects each with good motives which made them great candidates to be the murder There is a nice twist that I did not see coming and so I was surprised by the identity of the killer when revealed.This is fun series that is well written and has terrific characters I will definitely be picking up the next few books in the series.

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Sprinkle with Murdercharacters Sprinkle with Murder, audiobook Sprinkle with Murder, files book Sprinkle with Murder, today Sprinkle with Murder, Sprinkle with Murder 6d925 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 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

About the Author: Jenn McKinlay

Jenn is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several mystery series and will be debuting a new women s fiction series in June 2017, starting with the title About a Dog She lives in sunny Arizona in a house that is overrun with kids, pets and her husband s guitars.