Title: Sprinkle With Murder (Cupcake Bakery Mystery #1)
Author: Jenn McKinlay
Pub. Date: March, 2010
Summary: Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are living out their dream as the owners of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. But their first big client, a bridezilla, is a nightmare. When Mel stumbles upon the bride-to-be dead-by-cupcake, she becomes the prime suspect.
Genre: Cozy mystery
This one is a slightly older book (where has the time gone that 2010 is old??), but I love me some cozies and this one sounded so fun! Melanie and her best friend Angie open a cupcake shop, Fairy Tale Cupcakes, in a quaint little neighborhood and everything seems perfect until their other best friend Tate becomes engaged.
The three have been best friends since 6th grade and now that bridezilla extraordinaire Christie is around, things are quickly going downhill. Saying that Melanie and Angie hate Christie wouldn’t be reaching. They detest the woman, but keep their mouths shut for the sake of their friend.
With the wedding getting closer and closer, Christie stops by the shop to order 500 cupcakes for the wedding. However! She unfurls a multi-page contract: Melanie must create flavors never before created and once the wedding is over, Melanie can no longer use those flavors. They’re to be used exclusively for the wedding and ownership belongs to Christie.
Melanie begrudgingly obliges and Christie later sends her two apprentices (she’s a fashion designer who caters to the super-rich and super-skinny) to pick up the samples. When Melanie goes to Christie’s studio to discuss the cupcakes, she finds Christie’s body and becomes the prime suspect.
I loved the friendship between Melanie, Angie, and Tate. Loved it! They’ve made movie night a tradition – which I loved – and they’re constantly quoting lines at one another. In the beginning it was fun (particularly when I was actually watching a movie they were quoting) but it quickly became obnoxious. At times it just didn’t feel necessary…especially when Tate arrives at the scene of the crime (Melanie is still there; the police didn’t release her) and the two exchange quotes. Really?
I suppose the murderer was a little obvious now that I think back, but for a while I had a completely different character in mind. The reveal/plot twist was a little ridiculous, but ridiculous and cozies go hand-in-hand. :)
Sprinkle With Murder is an extremely quick read (just over 200 pages!) and can easily be read in a single sitting. There are a few cupcake recipes at the end and they sound so delicious; I’ll definitely be trying a few!