Wedding Cake Crumble by Jenn McKinlay

Wedding Cake Crumble

Jenn McKinlay

The Fairy Tale Cupcake crew encounters a wedding murder mystery and needs to figure out how the murders are connected and why--before the killer brings the entire cupcake crew crumbling down.

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For the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew, wedding bells turn to death knells in this latest mystery in the New York Times bestselling series.

With Angie and Tate's wedding just around the corner, it's a happy time for Melanie Cooper and the bakery crew. Not only are they finessing the last minute details of the big day, but their bakery, Fairy Tale Cupcakes, has just been hired to bake cupcakes for the blockbuster book signing of a controversial author who wrote a steamy bestseller filled with juicy local gossip.

But one by one, the people Angie has hired to work at the wedding begin turning up dead. As the body count rises, the bestselling author is the next to bite the dust. Mel quickly realizes she needs to figure out how the murders are connected and why--before the killer brings the entire cupcake crew crumbling down. After all, Angie and Tate deserve their sweet happily ever after.

INCLUDES SCRUMPTIOUS RECIPES!


Advance Galley Reviews

Penguin First to Read ARC. Rating: 4 of 5 stars. A very light-hearted cozy mystery, even with four people getting killed. Only one is a personal friend of the main characters, the others are strangers. So Mel and Angie are busy with Angie's and Tate's uncoming wedding. I read this book as a standalone without any problems with the series background. Will look for other books in the series, and recommend as a book for my mystery book club.

Considering the body count in this story, the whole thing came across as pretty tame. I couldn't engage with the characters or the writing.

It's wedding season at Fairy Tale Cupcakes as Angie and Tate prepare to tie the knot. Mel is thrilled that her longtime friends are finally going to be married, until people associated with the wedding start to die. That means Mel and the crew are investigating the murders, along with baking cupcakes for the launch party of a bestselling novel. But things are not always as they seem at Fairy Tale Cupcakes, and when Mel finally starts to figure things out she has to make sure she finds the killer, before things go wrong in the wedding department. The Cupcake Bakery series is one of my favorites in the cozy mystery genre. Mel and her crew are like old friends, so watching them prepare for prepare for Angie and Tate's wedding made for great reading. I loved the wedding part of this book. In the mystery department I solved the puzzle pretty early on in the book. I hate to say the high body count took away from what I wanted to read about the most--the wedding. Still, I enjoyed the tale and, as always, finishing this book left me waiting for the next book in the series. I do love the Cupcake crew, and can't wait to see what happens with them next. I received a copy of this book from Penguin's First to Read program, but I also bought a Kindle copy to add to my collection. This is a series that I reread, as I love the adventures provided by Ms. McKinlay.

"Wedding Cake Crumble by Jenn McKinlay is a novel of two women who solve murders that take place around their cupcake bakery. In this book, Angie and Mel are going around and taking care of wedding business. Angie's wedding business. As they go to pay accounts and check on orders they come across a murder...and then another. Someone appears to be taking out anyone working on this wedding. The two women do see the irony that not only do people tend to get murdered around them, but now are trying to stop the wedding through murder too. Stay away from these gals! And that is where my nook reader bit the dust. I tried to fix it and then wound up loosing this book. And I can't reload it. Sooo, it seems like a good book. Started off well. They probably solved the crime. They seemed to have plenty experience. You should check it out. Tell me how it ends. I received this book from www.firsttoread.com. I also placed this review on my blog- in a minute on blogspot.

This is a fun cozy mystery. Jenn McKinlay continues her series with this next entry for the Fairy Tale Cupcake bakery. I consider these murder mysteries to be a bit old fashioned in the best way. They are about quirky characters solving the in this case mysteries of the deaths surrounding the people who are working on Angie and Tate's wedding. It is a fun and light great read. I would definitely recommend.

I loved this book. It was a new author for me, and I can't wait to read more of her books. The story of Mel and her family and bakery crew were very well written characters.

I've read the previous books in the series and to be honest, have not enjoyed the last several. I had a major issue with the previous book (Caramel Crush) and was super hesitant to continue this series, but I can say that I liked this book. The characters are much more enjoyable this time around and while the case/killer are predictable, I was entertained which is ultimately what I want a cozy mystery to do.

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. This is a great cozy mystery. This is a great addition to the Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series. Angie and Tate are about to get married, but their vendors are getting murdered, including a friend of theirs! Uncle Stan and his officers and the Cupcake Crew must solve the murders so that the wedding and honeymoon can go off without a hitch. I loved this book! I can’t wait for the next one!

Enjoyable, although it took me a minute to get into the story, I ended up adoring this cast of characters as they tried to solve the mystery. Angie and Tate are closing in on their wedding day but some of the vendors they chose for wedding services end up dead. Before you know it, Mel (their best friend) and the workers at the Fairy Tale Bakery get involved with the police to help solve this mystery. After a local bestselling author also turns up dead, the connection between the murders is not as simple as originally thought. Wedding Cake Crumble is a relatively quick and light read, especially once you get past some of the beginning chapters. I would love to go back and eventually read some of the prior installments in the future.

This is a quick great read. Everything cozy mystery fans love about the genre.

I usually enjoy reading books by this author, but this one was not enjoyable. It was about 80 pages too long with a very slow plot. There were so many characters that it was difficult to keep them all straight.

I really enjoyed this book. It was light hearted, easy to follow, with a good plot line and character development. Definitely a weekend read. I enjoyed that the whodunnit want easy to figure out and because of that I couldn't put the book down. I was surprised by the ending as well. I love when an author included the recipes they mention in their writing. I would definitely read another book by Jenn McKinlay and recommend them to someone else.

This is the first book I have read by Jenn McKinlay . . . and it won't be the last. I admit, coming in 10 books into the series made it a bit difficult to follow at first -- there were so many characters, almost all of whom have probably populated the other 9 books. But it was well worth the challenge. The story was fresh, cute and entertaining. I really enjoyed the mystery, and I think the author did a good job of foreshadowing the ultimate culprit. While readers who finished the first 9 books probably were thrilled with the lengthy description of the wedding preparations and ceremony, I would have cut back on them to emphasize the mystery more. That said, I really like the characters, especially Mel and Uncle Stan, and I hope to revisit them soon -- this time from the beginning of the series.

This is the tenth book in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery, but the first one I read. I still really enjoyed the book and hope to read the previous books in the series in the future. I did not have a problem following the story, I just missed some of the background that does not effect the enjoyment of the story. This was a wonderful cozy mystery with a charming cast of characters and a mystery that kept me engaged. For Melanie Cooper and the employees of Fairy Tale Cupcakes, co-owner Angie DeLaura's wedding is the single most important event they have coming up. A week before the wedding, as Angie heads off to pay and finalize the people she has hired for the wedding, several turn up dead, actually murdered. When Angie and Mel take on a last minute catering job for an author event, they meet Elise, an author that has penned a hair-raising tell-all about her former husband, new wife and the neighborhood where she used to live. Shortly after the event, the author ends up dead and Mel's friend, Carrie, is arrested for the murder. Mel realizes that all the murders are connected and that Carrie would not have killed anyone, so she tries to get the police, especially her Uncle Stan, to listen to her theories and let Carrie go. Mel is the character at the front and center of everything that goes on in the story. Mel is someone who is willing to go to great lengths to help her friends. I admired how much she cared about those close to her and I liked her need to find the truth about what is going on. There is also romance with Angie's and Tate's wedding as well as Mel's and Joe's relationship. There is a side story with some of the other Bakery workers involving romance, money, and greedy family members that is also entertaining. The animals in the story, Captain Jack the cat and Peanut the dog, did not play a huge part, but it was a nice, fun interlude to solving the mystery. The mystery of the deaths and how they're all connected was an interesting one. I didn't guess who the culprit was until just before the reveal and that always makes for a good mystery in my books. The reveal was well done and the motive made sense. The writing was smooth and flowed very well. I have read other books by this author and enjoyed them very much. If you are a cozy mystery lover, especially where food and recipes are included, you will love this book.

This is number ten in The Cupcake Bakery Mystery series. While you do not have to read the series in order to enjoy the mystery story line of this book, you do have to read the series in order for the awesome backstory. I am so excited that Tate and Angie are finally getting married because these two are made for each other and I have been invested in their romance from book one. I can also say the same for Joe and Mel, after much drama, om again off again, I am excited that these two are together again as well! Unfortunately murder is surrounding these happy nuptials and once again Angie and Mel are right in the middle of solving the murders. Blaise, Tate’s childhood friend is found strangled and Tate is left devastated, then two more murders follow. Enter in Cassie, a bookseller and her author client Elise Penworthy who seems to be in the thick of things regarding the murders because Elise wrote a tell all bestseller about her neighborhood and ex-husband! I adore the quirky characters like Marty the millionaire octogenarian who works in the bakery for fun and Oz, another employee. Peanut the puppy was adorable and stole every scene that he was in! I love that teh author features dogs in a lot of her books and cats too. Was I surprised when finally the murderer was revealed? Definitely! Jenn McKInlay delivered again in this installment of The Cupcake Bakery series. The recipes are included as well because reading this book makes you crave cupcakes!!

This is the first book of this series I have read. I didn’t realize I needed to read the other books in the series first. With that being said, I still enjoyed reading this book. Angie and Tate are finally getting married. I’m guessing they have had their ups and downs in the previous novels, so finally getting married is the focal point of this book. But, there is a big problem, different vendors connected to their wedding are turning up dead. Will the happy couple finally get married? After reading this book I have decided to start at the beginning of the series and read the other 9 books. I know I will enjoy them as much as I enjoyed this book.

In this next book of the series Angie and Tate's wedding is on the horizon and there is much excitement in the air. While running wedding related errands Angie and Mel inadvertently find the body of the wedding photographer and Tates good friend murdered with his own camera. Who would have killed such a great guy and why? When it comes to light that several other vendors have met a bad end Angie worries that it has something to do with her upcoming nuptials. To keep their minds off of things Angie volunteers them to cater a book signing of a local author who has in a sense written a tell all about an affluent area in town. When the author is murdered it looks like all the deaths might be related to her and not to Angies wedding. The owner of the bookstore and publisher of the book becomes the main suspect, it looks like she has a great deal to gain from the authors death. Mel can't believe that Cassie was in anyway responsible for the death and let's everyone know her feelings on the subject. Follow along as Mel investigates the people from the book, does her maid of honor duties, and runs the cupcake business. With all that's going on will she be able to help clear her friends name. This is such a fabulous series filled with great characters, a wonderful storyline, and tasty recipes at the end. I always look forward to each new book and the adventure the author takes us on.

Wedding Cake Crumble by Jenn McKinlay is the tenth book in A Cupcake Bakery Mystery series. Angie DeLaura is marrying Tate Harper in just one week. Angie and Mel have left Fairy Tale Cupcakes in the capable hands of Oz and Marty while they head out to issue payment to wedding vendors. After visiting the florist, they head to Blaise Ione’s studio, the wedding photographer and old friend of Tate’s. They find Blaise sitting at his desk with a camera strap twisted about his neck. Later that day, they discover that the driver Angie hired was found bludgeoned to death. Is someone trying to sabotage Angie and Tate’s wedding? To keep their minds and hands occupied, they agree to provide five hundred cupcakes for a book signing Cassie Leighton of A Likely Story is hosting the next day. The event is for the release of Elise Penworthy’s The Palms which has many people up in arms. It turns out that Cassie needed a new baker because the one she hired had been murdered. It seems that Cassie had hired the same photographer and driver for Elise that Angie was using for the wedding. Mel and Angie rush off to find Elise, but they are too late. Elise has been stabbed in the back with her own pen (ouch). Cassie ends up arrested. Angie and Mel know she did not kill anyone and set out to find the guilty party. The suspect list for those who disliked Elise is quite lengthy thanks to her book. Can the cupcake ladies find the killer before the wedding march begins? Wedding Cake Crumble is not a standalone novel. You need to read the other books in the series prior to picking up Wedding Cake Crumble. I thought the book was well-written and had a nice, steady pace. Jenn McKinlay has a writing style that draws the reader in and keeps their attention. The characters are well-developed and relatable. There is a nice mix of personalities and Angie’s brothers will have you in stitches. Marty is a unique character that has issues with his daughters and his girlfriend, Olivia Puckett. I was happy to see him stand up for himself (finally). Oz has come such a long way. From the descriptions provided, the cupcake tower he made for the wedding was beautiful (the color scheme for the wedding was aqua and pewter). My favorite character was Peanut, Elise Penworthy’s puppy (he stole the show). His hijinks will have you laughing out loud. Peanut and Captain Jack are adorable together. The mystery was not complicated (unfortunately). Identifying the guilty party was child’s play. I thought it was clever how the author managed to work in a mention of an incident from the of A Hat Shop Mystery series. There are plenty of cozy moments in Wedding Cake Crumble with the family and friends coming together for Angie and Tate’s wedding. I am looking forward to Joe and Mel’s upcoming nuptials now that they have set a date. I am giving Wedding Cake Crumble 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). Jenn McKinlay has provided readers with an entertaining cozy mystery that they will delight in devouring as quickly as possible.

Trigger Warning: Do NOT under any circumstances read this book while hungry! You will be made miserable by the descriptions of tasty cupcake flavors and frosting combinations! There are some recipes at the end, but that's not enough to help. So I'm begging you, eat first, then read. Trust me on this.  Mel Cooper, Angie DeLaura, and Tate Harper are partners in their franchised cupcake bakery business, Fairy Tale Cupcakes. And now Angie and Tate are going to be partners in life too. With their wedding only one week away, Angle is going around town to her vendors to make sure the bills are paid and everything is set for the big day. Angie and Mel start with the florist, making sure that the flowers are all set. Their next stop doesn't go so smoothly though.  Blaise Ione is a longtime friend of Tate's, and after a short stint in New York, the hipster photographer is back in Scottsdale, Arizona, and his business is booming. But when Angie and Mel stop by to make sure everything is ready for the wedding photography, they discover that Blaise has been murdered, strangled by his camera strap.  Mel calls her Uncle Stan, a local homicide detective, and he comes immediately to start investigating. The women think it's probably just a coincidence (a very sad one, to have lost a friend like that), and the women go back to the bakery. But Angie wants to keep making payments, making sure everything else is falling into place for the wedding. And that's when she finds out that her limousine driver has also been killed, bludgeoned with a tire iron. Could it be a coincidence, or is someone targeting Angie and Tate and their wedding day?  So when bookseller Cassie Leighton calls the bakery, begging for last-minute help with a book-signing, Angie says they'll take the job. Baking and decorating 500 cupcakes for the next day will help take her mind off of everything else that's happening. It's not until the women show up to the book-signing with their fabulous champagne cupcakes that they find out that Blaise was supposed to be there to take photographs. They'd hired the same limo driver that Angie had for the wedding. And the baker that Cassie had originally booked for the signing was also killed, a gas leak in her kitchen. Mel and Angie start to wonder if it's actually the author, Elise Penworthy,  who could be at the middle of all the murders. After her husband left her for a much younger woman, she wrote a scathing tell-all about her former friends and neighbors from an exclusive neighborhood in Scottsdale, and her memoir has made a long list of enemies. Their theory is confirmed when they find Elise with her pen sticking out of her back. Angie's brother is able to keep her alive until the paramedics show up, but it will take a lot of sleuthing to figure out who's behind all the killings. Will the bakers figure it out in time, or will more people have to die at the hands of one bitter soul? Jenn McKinlay is back with her tenth (!) in her Cupcake Bakery Mystery series. Wedding Cake Crumble is yet another well written, smart, funny, fabulous cozy that feature complex characters and delicious baked goods. Includes recipes for Bourbon Cupcakes, Champagne Cupcakes, Black Forest Cupcakes, and Lemon Cupcakes with Lavender Frosting. Sadly, the actual cupcakes are not included. But even with that, I still recommend this book. Even better, I recommend reading it with cupcakes nearby.  Galleys for Wedding Cake Crumble were provided by Berkley through Penguin's First To Read program, with many thanks.

Jenn McKinlay did it again! She is my go-to author when I want to read a cozy mystery. I absolutely love the Cupcake Bakery mysteries, and this one did not disappoint. A plot that is trendy yet believable (who doesn't love the thought of a salacious tell-all book), characters that are absolutely lovable, and a setting that will warm your heart (or at least give you hope that warmer weather will come your way soon). Highly recommend if you enjoy cozies!

Jenn McKinlay's cozy mysteries are always a fun and easy read and I have been a fan of her since I read the first Cupcake mystery. The reason I read them is because I LOVE cupcakes! Luckily I had a box of chocolate cupcakes when I was reading this or I would have gone out of my mind craving cupcakes while I was reading it! WEDDING CAKE CRUMBLE is #10 in the series and was a terrific read! I love the characters and the plot surrounding Angie's and Tate's wedding that really complicated matters in the last minute rush to get everything done in time and handle a large order of cupcakes for an event hosted by an author who wrote a "tell all" novel about a local wealthy family. I love McKinlay's writing and Mel is a delightful character who is a woman following her passion of running her cupcake business and often finds herself in the middle of some very unsavory circumstances. This book is PERFECT for this time of year which is one of the most popular for weddings. So grab a cupcake or two or three... and sit back and enjoy this great cozy! If you are a fan, you will love it! If you haven't read her books before, you can read it as a standalone and catch up later! Thanks to First To Read for giving me me a chance to read a book by one of my favorite authors in exchange for an honest review!

Cozy Mystery at it’s finest, Wedding Cake Crumble by Jenn McKinlay, pushed all the right buttons for me and made me crave cupcakes too! I jumped into this series with this book. While there was a lot of backstory that I could have missed, it really didn’t hinder the reading experience. Each book is a new mystery. The only thing that’s continuous are the stories of the characters, but really one can get the gist of what happened. I felt like I didn’t miss anything and I was able to enjoy the story as is. The mystery wasn’t all that difficult to solve. I basically knew who did it as soon as s/he was introduced. No biggie, I still enjoyed it.

Wedding Cake Crumble was a wonderful cozy mystery with a charming cast of characters and a mystery that kept me engaged. For Melanie Cooper and the employees of Fairy Tale Cupcakes, co-owner Angie DeLaura's wedding is the single most important event they have coming up. A week before the wedding, the people Angie hired for the wedding soon start turning up dead. As a means to take their minds off of everything, Mel and Angie take on baking five hundred cupcakes for an author signing for a woman who wrote a scorching tell-all about members in a local town. When the author ends up dead shortly after her signing, Mel and co. must determine how this death is connected to the others and stop the killer once and for all before Angie's wedding is ruined. Mel is the character at the front and center of everything that goes on in the story. After finding a number of dead bodies over the past few years, Mel is beginning to wonder if bad luck follows her everywhere she goes. She struggles over the fact that bad things always seem to happen around her but she can't help but try to get to the bottom of things each and every time. Mel is someone who is willing to go to the ends of the earth to help her friends. I admired how much she cared about those close to her and I liked her need to find the truth about what is going on. The mystery of the deaths and how they're all connected was an interesting one. Is someone out to stop Angie and Tate's wedding? Or is there something more nefarious going on? The author did a great job tying everything together and I enjoyed watching Mel investigate while trying to keep the wedding on track. The tell-all written by the author was a nice twist and some of the secrets exposed were quite shocking. I did guess who the culprit was before the end of the book, but that's likely due to the number of mysteries and thrillers I read. Overall I think the reveal was well done and the motive made sense. The side characters are where this book really shines. As this is the first book in the series I've read, everyone introduced was new to me but I didn't have a hard time figuring everyone out. Mel and Angie's friendship is beautiful and I loved how much they were there for each other. Angie's fiancé Tate was so clearly in love with her and they were so sweet together. Mel's fiancé Joe was an absolute delight and I loved their relationship. Oz and Marty from the bakery were wonderful and I enjoyed their dynamic. Captain Jack and Peanut, the animal members of the crew, were absolutely adorable. While Wedding Cake Crumble may not have been the best place to start the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series, I still really enjoyed the book and hope to read the previous books in the series in the future. If you're looking to get into cozy mysteries, I would definitely say to check out Jenn McKinlay as she writes some great ones.

Maybe I've read one too many Jenn McKinlay book, because I definitely got the answers to all the mini-mysteries along the way before they were "solved", but I'm okay with that. WEDDING CAKE CRUMBLE, book 10 in McKinlay's Cupcake Bakery Mystery series, finds the bakers in a very odd, even for them, situation. It appears that the limo driver and photographer hired for Tate and Angie's wedding have been murdered, just a week before their wedding! When the bakery is asked to cover an event last minute for a local author who wrote a "tell all" novel about her ex-husband, his new wife, and their upscale and exclusive neighborhood, Mel and Angie find out they are actually replacing the baker originally hired for the event because she was also murdered. So instead of the police thinking the murder is related to Tate and Angie's wedding, they now believe it's related to the book...but who could the author have written about that would want revenge badly enough to kill all those connected to it. Can Angie and Tate still make it down the aisle? Can Mel stop nosing around in the investigation long enough to be a good Maid of Honor? Are her and Joe any closer to setting a date for their wedding? Will Olivia forgive Marty and take him back? Ummm...and what's this...suddenly Joyce is actively dating again, but she won't tell Mel who's she's dating (that was my favorite)? You'll have to read to see the answer to all these questions and more. Totally worth it, though.

As Angie and Tate look forward to their wedding, Melanie tries to ensure that they have a perfect day. With the wedding vendors dropping like flies, it looks like Melanie will have her hands full! I look forward to each book in this series and have enjoyed each and every one. That said, this one seemed to drag just a bit. I hope that Ms. McKinlay rediscovers her fire for the series in time for Melanie’s wedding and the next mystery. I would rate this a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

This is one of my favorite cozy series. I love the characters and their interactions with each other. I always enjoy the movie quote game that has been a thing for Angie, Mel and Tate and it was fun to see Oz and some of the others join in more this time. The mystery was very well done and kept me guessing until the big reveal. Angie and Tate finally tied the knot and the ending left me hoping for another wedding in the next book. I wish Jenn McKinlay could write these faster!

Wedding Cake Crumble is the tenth in a series but the first I've read. It holds well as a stand alone and the character development is sufficient to not feel lost. This is a light, chick-lit, cozy mystery read and does a good job of keeping interest with a good story line and a couple of decent plot twists. The relationships among the characters are a bonus as are the cupcake recipes at the end of the book. A solid 4 of 5. I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A new Jenn McKinlay mystery is always a cause for celebration for me. I love all three of her mystery series, the hat shop mysteries, the library mysteries, but especially this series, the cupcake bakers series. Typically, I'll read each one soon after it's published but, this time, fortunately, I was able to read it before it was published. This newest cupcake mystery, the 10th in the series, is as outstanding as any of them have been. These characters have become old friends for me and I loved to see all the wedding planning in this one. The mystery was not bad either. For fans of cozies, I'd highly recommend a Jenn McKinlay cozy. You definitely can't go wrong.

This is a cozy book and I had all the feels reading it. And now I want a cupcake.

This is the 1st book in the series I have read. The story was well written. The mystery was good, the story light and moved along well. But ultimately I did not care anything about any of the characters. While I’m sure the characters resonate for some readers, this is obviously not the series for me.

This is the first book in this series that I have read. Initially, it felt a little like jumping into a story line part way through, but I was able to enjoy the story and not feel too lost. I enjoy cozy mysteries a lot. They are mysterious enough to satisfy my need for a "who dun it" without becoming a huge mental exercise. This story had a bit of romance added to the mystery - Angie and Tate's wedding day is getting close, when suddenly the people hired for the event start dying.

This is a fun, easy reading mystery with a sweet twist. BFF's Mel and Angie, both bakers, both engaged to "hunks", try to solve another mystery murder. The characters are realistic, the book is a fun read. It is a bit fluffy--but everyone enjoys a chick flick novel now and again.

I enjoyed Wedding Cake Crumble! It was lighthearted and the mystery kept me riveted. Twists and turns and whodunits galore. You never know what people are like behind closed doors until someone outs them and drives them to murder. Great book and I'd definitely recommend.

What a fun read! Mystery mixed with a bit of romance. This is a light, tasty book. Great recipes and interesting plot with a bit of a plot twist.

I believe that this is the first book I've read in this series. I don't really like to start with Book #10, but it was still a good read. I thought this book did well in keeping the characters smart and not dumbing them down as they go through the murder mystery. I liked the wedding theme and the cupcake recipes made me hungry! They sound so good.

Thank you first to read for this cozy mystery with all its sweet touches. Wedding cake crumble was an enjoyable read with twist and turns to keep it interesting. For a series I appreciated not having the prior books retold within this read. The characters were fun and seem to interact well.

Angie and Tate are scheduled to marry when three vendors for the wedding are murdered: the photographer and two others. Angie believes her wedding is cursed. Melanie determines she must find the killer to relieve Angie’s fears. In this 10th adventure in the Cupcake Bakery series things get off to a fast start for Angie, Melanie and Tate, owners of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery and close friends since high school. When a fourth person is murdered, Angie begins to think that she and Tate are not the targets. Imaginative story with good pacing, realistic dialogue and succinct narrative. Jenn McKinlay’s creative skills keeps this series fresh and a want-to-read favorite.

A little bit of romance along with a murder mystery, Wedding Cake Crumble by Jenn McKinlay did not disappoint. With twists and turns along the way this was an easy and quick read. If this is your first time reading a book in this series don't worry it is written so that you don't have to read the other books first. This was my first book I've read in this series and I can't wait to read more of them. Thank you First to Read for giving me an opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.

This book did not disappoint. Action right from the start and throughout. Mixed with romance it was a great read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I really liked this story. It was a good mystery and although I have not read any of the other books in the series, I was able to get right into the story because the author did a good job of putting the relationships together so I didn't feel like I was lost. The characters are fun and entertaining. I am looking forward to reading more by this author.

This is the 10th book in the cozy mystery series featuring the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. Angie and Mel find themselves involved in a series of murders around town- possibly connected to Angie's upcoming wedding to Tate or to a new author's tell-all book about a nearby exclusive neighborhood. I enjoyed the interactions among all of the assorted characters in this book (and the cupcakes!) even if the plot was fairly predictable. Thanks to First to Read- Penguin Books USA for the free copy of this book.

Details for Angie's and Tate's wedding are being finalized when the first murder happens. Melanie is working to ensure that nothing will stop the wedding from being a happy event I enjoyed reading what the characters were up to and the state of their relationships.

I like how the author continues to move the character’s lives foward throughout the series. But of course things never go off without a hitch. And the murders are never as straight foward as they seem at first. Throw in some movie quotes and a few cupcakes and you have a fun read.

The tenth book in the Cupcake Bakery series, The Wedding Cake Crumbles does not disappoint. Melanie and Angie are busy finalizing Angie’s wedding plans as well as baking cupcakes for a book signing by an author who has written a fictionalized bestseller revealing her former neighbors’ secrets. When the people hired for the wedding start turning up dead, Mel is determined to solve the mystery so Angie and Tate can begin their lives as husband and wife. As a fan of Jenn McKinlay, I have read all her series and highly recommend her books to anyone who enjoys “cozy” mysteries filled with engaging characters.

Wedding Cake Crumble is the tenth book in a series which just keeps getting better. Not only does the novel offer it's usual out of the ordinary and yet believable murder mystery,it spends a great deal of time catching up on the characters we have come to know and love so well. While, at heart, it is a great culinary based murder mystery, the novel pokes fun at itself when the two main characters, Mel and Angie, wonder out loud at their propensity for stumbling across bodies. It's not often that you see a series be so tongue in cheek about it's own plots and I enjoyed the sly little bits of humour Jenn McKinlay slipped in. I also appreciated the nods to characters in her other series, which were done in a way which felt organic and genuine. I've all the previous books in the series and what i really appreciated about Wedding Cake Crumble was the focus on the characters - each character, whether main or supporting, felt well represented in the novel, with happy updates for all. Cosy mysteries rely on connecting the reader with the often off beat characters in a way that makes them endearing enough the reader wants to stay in the know of each one's story line. This novel does an excellent job of that and I would highly recommend it to any fan of the series or to someone who is looking for a great new read.

This is the first book in the cupcake series that I had read. It was a fun read. I loved the People of the Palms. The recipes at the back of the story are also a great addition. I look forward to making the lemon lavender cupcakes this weekend. I'll get to enjoy the book all over again. Thanks to First to Read for the chance to read an advance copy.

This was a great read. I loved the characters, the storyline and the good laughs this book gave me. I had never read any books by this author before I requested it. I read all the others before it and this author will be in my read pile for years to come. The storyline was great to follow and I read this book was n the course of one day. I couldn’t put it down.

I really enjoyed reading this. I've only read a couple of the other cupcake mysteries, but I didn't feel completely lost reading this. The mystery was intriguing, but I mainly enjoyed the lead characters. I was glad to read about the wedding, and it felt right to set it before the end of the book instead of making it the final scene. I think First to Read is what introduced me to Jenn McKinlay's books, and this is another I was excited to receive from them for an honest review.

Jenn McKinley did her usual wonderful job with this book. I loved the tidbits about the people of The Palms. I'm looking forward to the next book and next wedding. You have to smile at the cast of characters.

As the tenth book in its series, I was unsure about how Wedding Cake Crumble would hold up to the others in the series. With the first chapter I was uneasy about how the book would progress but once we met Elise and the people of The Palms I couldn't put it down. I thought it offered a fresh twist on the other stories told in this series and kept the heart of the stories intact that has kept us reading through nine previous books. The ending lays out what could potentially come in an eleventh book. I'm looking forward to reading as many books in this series as Jenn McKinlay wants to write.

This is a great series. I love the characters and the plot moves along at a great pace. Jenn McKinlay writes in a way that the readers are invested in the character's lives. The mysteries take a back seat to wanting to know what is going on with the lives of the characters. I was glad that the first wedding finally went off and can't wait for the next one. I love how Jenn is starting to overlap her series and mention characters from other series. Can't wait to see what is next!

I've read every book in this series. Wedding Cake Crumble was as awesome as the rest of the series. I couldn't put it down so I had to make dinner with one hand! It's that good.

 


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