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Dying for Devil’s Food
Cupcake Bakery Mystery #11
BY Jenn Mckinlay

Berkley Prime Crime
May 7, 2019 / ISBN 978-0-451-49263-0
Mystery / Cozy

Reviewed by Laura Hinds

Longtime friends Melanie Cooper and Angie Harper have great success with their business, Fairy Tale Cupcakes. They’ve been asked to cater their high school reunion. Fifteen years have passed, but Melanie still carries the scars from being bullied by Cassidy Havers-Griffin. Mel doesn’t want to bake for the reunion and wants nothing to do with the whole event.

But when Olivia Puckett tries to scoop the order of 500 cupcakes for the event, Mel relents and agrees to make the cupcakes. Things are going along fairly well when Cassidy Havers-Griffin picks up where she’d left off and starts a fight with Mel. The event sours and Mel just wants to go home.

Before she can leave with her fiancé, Joe DeLaura, Cassidy is found murdered, and things point to Melanie as the killer. Naturally, Mel starts her own investigation into the crime in an effort to clear her name.

It’s always fun to have any new book by Jenn McKinlay. This is a well-placed cozy with all of the right ingredients to make it an enchanting read. I read it quickly because I just couldn’t wait to find out who the killer was and why.

If you’re looking for a tasty mystery for your spring and summer reading lists, you won’t go wrong with Dying for Devil’s Food. Tip: Take a look at the recipes found at the back of the book and make sure you have the ingredients to make at least one delicious treat as you read.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Death by the Dozen
Caramel Crush

Reviewer’s Note: Jenn McKinlay also writes the Library Lovers Mysteries along with several other series, sometimes writing as Josie Belle or Lucy Lawrence.

Reviewed 2019