July 8, 2012

Sprinkle with Murder (A Cupcake Bakery Mystery #1) By Jenn McKinlay

Title: Sprinkle with Murder (Cupcake Bakery Mystery #1)
Author: Jenn McKinlay
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Bought
Published: Penguin (Berkley Prime Crime Mystery) - March 2, 2010
Type:  Mass Market Paperback - 222 pages
ISBN: 9780425233429
Synopsis of Book: Melaine Cooper and Angie DeLaura are finally living out their dream as the proud owners of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. Their first big order is a sweet deal, too -- five hundred cupcakes for a fashion designer's wedding. The only sour note is the demanding bridezilla who insists on original recipes for the cupcakes.
When Mel stumbles upon the bride-to-be-dead-by-cupcake, she immediately becomes the prime suspect. The police believe that a secret ingredient in the cupcakes caused her death. To save Mel and their business, the ladies need to find the real murderer -- before the cupcake killer ices someone else... - taken from the back of the book. 
Why I read this book: I am doing what is called a pen pal read with a friend on the Novel Ladies group that I belong to on Goodreads. Her and I chose to read a cozy mystery together. 
What I liked: I liked that this book was set around a cupcake bakery. It seems cupcakes are the up and coming thing and I like that. I also enjoyed the fast fun read that this book was. I liked Angie and how tough she was and how her brothers kept checking up on her. I liked how "cute" Mel sounded. The friendship between Mel, Angie and Tate was fun to read and how they would give each other movie quotes and the others would guess which movie it was from whenever they got together or talked to each other. It seems they also use that for a stress reliever. 
What I didn't like: I don't think there was anything I did not like about this book other than a couple of the characters. I did not like Alma as she was too dark and rude. The Bridezilla - Christie was a horrible person as well. What she demanded of each of her vendors was wrong. I think she was a spoiled rotten person. Another person I could not stand was Olivia - I wanted to reach thru the book and shake her.
Overall Impression: I loved this book and am so happy we chose this book to read. I liked the characters and the story line flowed very nicely. I was able to read this book in two days which is rare for me. I thought I had the right person picked for the murder but in the last chapter I found out I was wrong. There was also another little surprise at the end but I don't want to give it way but I was happy about that as well. I will be continuing on with this series. I give this book 5 stars. 


  1. This one sounds like a very cute read! Also, I like how you broke down your review. Gives me more ideas on what my reviews should look like.

  2. This is a good series. Jenn McKinlay has become one of my favorite cozy authors in the last couple of years. Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Great review!
    I really enjoy this series! Ive read # 1 and #2, and plan to read the rest in this cute cozy mystery series!