Dying for Devil's Food by Jenn McKinlay

Dying for Devil's Food

Jenn McKinlay

At Melanie's high school reunion, the resident mean girl is found dead in the bathroom. Now, Melanie must follow the clues to find the real killer and keep her reputation from being frosted for a crime she didn’t commit.

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As the New York Times bestselling series continues, it's going to take every recipe the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew has to whip up a quick defense for Mel Cooper when her high school reunion goes from a cake walk to a car wreck...

Melanie Cooper has zero interest in catering her fifteen-year high school reunion, but Angie insists it's only right that they bask in the success of Fairy Tale Cupcakes--and Mel's engagement to the delicious Joe DeLaura is the cherry on top!

Everything is going better than expected until Cassidy Havers, resident mean girl and Mel's high school nemesis, picks a fight. No longer willing to put up with Cassidy's bullying, Mel is ready to tell the former homecoming queen to shut her piehole and call it a night. But as Mel and Joe prepare to depart, Cassidy is found dead in the girl's bathroom, next to a note written in lipstick that points right to Mel--making her the prime suspect.

Now, Mel must follow the clues to find the real killer and keep her reputation from being frosted for a crime she didn't commit.

Advance Galley Reviews

I enjoyed the story on a fundamental level, but that is about it. To be honest, the mystery just wasn’t very compelling to me, but I also was intrigued to find out what happened in the end - so that’s something. Perhaps I would have given this book a three, but I didn’t think it was very well written. The dialogue was stilted and, quite frankly, awkward. The characters hugged so much it made me a bit uncomfortable, and although the characters are supposedly in their thirties they spoke as though they were about 12 years old. As a whole, the book just seemed rushed and unedited.

I am a big fan of this author although this is not my favorite series of hers. It was cute but a bit too easy to figure out whodunnit. Also I felt a definite sugar overload.

Dying for Devil's Food is such a fun, loveable cozy mystery! Mel and Angie are lovely characters that make you want to be best friends with them. The high school reunion and mean girl aspect of the book was completely satisfying!

A light, breezy easy read cozy mystery. Likeable characters, but still a little too high schoolish. Mel and Angie were a little quick to want to punch someone, but in all, it had humor and was fun. I love the recipes, too. The mystery killer I had figured out, but there were some surprises, too. Enjoyable.

When Mel reluctantly attends her high school reunion, she ends up finding the body of her high school nemesis Cassidy. Time to find out who hated Cassidy enough to kill her. A delightful addition to the series.

What a delight to reunite with characters Mel, Angie and Tate for another of Jenn McKinlay's delicious cupcake mysteries! In Dying for Devil's Food, the Fairytale Cupcake crew takes us back to high school and the oh-so-dredded 15 year reunion. Mel must face the bullies of her past and solve the murder of her nemasis before the murder is pinned in her! Just like all of McKinlay's Cupcake Bakery Mysteries, you will enjoy the quirky teamwork of Mel and her friends as they follow the clues to solve this murder. Storylines into the personal lives of Mel and friends top off the mystery solving delight. This one will only leave you wanting more.....stories and cupcakes that is!

Dying for Devil's Food by Jenn McKinlay 5 stars or 5 cupcakes It is time to visit Fairy Tale Cupcakes and the crew of Mel, Angie and Tate. Things have been happening at the bakery, Tate and Angie got married in the last book and Joe and Mel are engaged. It is the 15th high school reunion for Mel, Angie and Tate and Mel is reluctant to go. Through some nagging and deception Mel is persuaded to go - after all with Joe by her side what could go wrong! Since this is a mystery you know there will be a dead body at the reunion. Mean Girl Cassidy Havers, bully and tormenter of many is found dead in the bathroom. Mel finding the body makes her a prime suspect;i it doesn't help when "MEL" is drawn in lipstick on the bathroom mirror. Mel investigates to find the real killer and get herself off the suspect list. As always it is an enjoyable romp to read about the adventures of the Cupcake Mysteries crew. I love the interaction between the characters - the quips and the movie quotes make it seem like visiting a comforting place. I can't wait for the next book in the series - maybe another wedding is in order. Thank you First To Read for the ARC of this book.

I won't lie - I devoured this book. As a teen, I used to love reading Joanne Fluke's novels that incorporated murder and delicious baked goods (including recipes). So I was pleasantly surprised to find that McKinlay's newest book was the same type of read. It was easy and pleasant to read, and while I correctly guessed who the killer was by the end of the book, there were definitely twists that I did not see coming! It had suspense, but for me, it was more about the drama, comedy and cute romances.

Not having been one of the popular kids in high school I could relate to Mel’s reluctance to go to her reunion. I liked that Mel was able to move past her high school trauma and put the past to rest. As usual Jenn McKinlay has written a story with quirky but likable characters and a cast of possible murder suspects. This was one of the rare books that I didn’t want to put down. I finished it in an afternoon.


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