August 25, 2016

Blueberry Cupcake Mystery by Naomi Miller - Review, Guest Post and Giveaway

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

Published: May 27, 2016
Number of pages: 154
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: Amish Sweet Shop Mystery #1

In the small town of Abbott Creek, mystery is as much a part of daily life as The Sweet Shop's sugar cookies.

Katie Chupp spends her days at The Sweet Shop, taking care of customers and baking delicious treats . . . not exactly a profession where one expects to be thrown into the midst of mysteries and mayhem.

But when the bakery is broken into, someone has to find the thief . . . besides finding another place to do the baking and get the orders to the customers.

Is this a random theft, or is the thief trying to ruin the town's Independence Day celebration?

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My Thoughts:
This was a fun quick mystery to read by one of our favorite Amish writers. I liked this author's writing style when she writes her Amish books now she has tried her hand at mysteries and I am glad she did. There is also a good message hidden in the pages of this story. This is a fun book that you can read in one sitting. The Sweet Shop sounds like such a fun place to hang out and you feel bad when they were broke into. It was fun to try and figure out who did it and you had to do it in a hurry since this was a novella. I look forward to more of this series. 

About the author:
Naomi Miller mixes up a batch of intrigue, sprinkled with Amish, Mennonite, & English characters, adding a pinch of mystery - and a dash of romance!

Naomi’s day is spent focusing on her writing, editing, and blogging about her experiences with writing.

When she's not working diligently to finish the next book in her Sweet Shop Mystery series. Naomi tries to make time for attending workshops and writers conferences.

Naomi is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) organization.

Naomi also enjoys traveling with her family, singing inspirational/gospel music, taking a daily walk, and witnessing to others of the amazing grace of Jesus Christ.

Guest Post from Naomi Miller

Hello! I’m Naomi Miller — and I’m honored to be featured on Celebrate Lit!

I want to share with you how the title and cover for my debut book, Blueberry Cupcake Mystery, was chosen. This is a story I haven’t shared with anyone else — yet. The story behind the blueberry cupcake…

I was actually writing an Amish suspense novel last winter, when God placed it on my heart to write a shorter story — a cozy mystery, with no suspense, no danger, but plenty of faith, family, compassion and community.

While thinking of the best way to begin the story, my daughter made a batch of blueberry cupcakes, which happen to be one of my favorite treats. Of course, the idea to use a favorite treat was too good to resist. Then, during the early days of writing, I began experimenting with the idea of baking cupcakes — but adding blueberries before baking. Two favorite treats in one!

And there you have it . . . once we had a picture of a blueberry cupcake, the designer quickly sent back a cover I fell in love with (although there were a few more tweaks before the final cover was approved).

I actually began writing many years ago — 1990 to be exact. But I had just become a single mom and I didn’t have time to pursue it. I wrote notes, letters, articles, short stories, and I occasionally thought about a career as a novelist, but not once did I consider that dream to ever become a reality.

Several years ago, after my children were grown, my daughter challenged me to write a novel. I began a sweet, Amish fiction story about a young girl—but about halfway into the story, someone was almost murdered! Needless to say, I was surprised, but kept going. Once done, I went back to the beginning to do a major re-write on what was now an Amish suspense novel.

And that’s . . . the rest of the story.

I’m also excited to be doing two special giveaways — 1) a gift bag full of treats and 2) an advanced reader digital copy of Christmas Cookie Mystery (but you’ll have to wait for it)!

In the meantime, here’s the recipe for those delicious blueberry cupcakes

Blueberry CupcakesIngredients
1 white or yellow cake mix
2 cups fresh blueberries
3 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 1/3 cup water

Prepare cake mix according to the directions. Add blueberries and fold into batter. Bake following instructions on cake mix box.

1 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 tbsp. milk
additional milk as needed

Prepare icing, mixing small amounts of confectioner’s sugar with milk to desired consistency. Spread onto cooled cupcakes.


To celebrate her tour, Naomi is giving away a gift bag full of treats and an advanced copy of her new book Christmas Cookie Mystery! Click here to enter:

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  1. This does sound like a fun read. Enjoyed your review.

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  2. Thanks for the review and recommendation. Sounds like a sweet story, and I enjoyed the author interview.

  3. This book is great, and exploring the series, I think it'll be a favorite. The cupcake recipe will be on the menu for my next book club gathering or just for fun!

  4. Blueberry cupcakes sound enticing. I must try this recipe for my family and the use of a cake mix makes it even easier.