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Death by the dozen
McKinlay, Jenn.
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Berkley Prime Crime mass-market ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2011.
Physical Description:
294 pages ; 18 cm.
When one of the judges at this year's Scottsdale Food Festival is murdered, Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura, the owners of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery, must beat a clever killer at his own game, while whipping up some delicious treats.
General Note:
Includes excerpt from: Red velvet revenge (p. [289]-294).

"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.
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Melanie and Angie are determined to win the Challenge to the Chef to promote their Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. Mel's mentor from culinary school, Vic Mazzotta, may be one of the judges, but Mel and Angie will have to win fair and square. But, when Vic's dead body is found inside a freezer truck, Mel and Angie will need to use their best judgment to find the cold-blooded killer or they may lose more than the contest- they may lose their lives.

Author Notes

The hardest decision New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay ever had to make was what to major in during college. Then she discovered the sanctuary of the library and library science--a major that allowed her to study all the subjects. She loves working as a librarian. After all, what other occupation allows you to research the ethnobotanical properties of agave, perform a puppet show for twenty wiggly toddlers and try to answer why the rabbit's foot is considered lucky, all in the same day? Jenn is also the author of the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries, the Hat Shop Mysteries and the Bluff Point romance series. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, in a house that is overrun with books, pets, kids and her husband's guitars.

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Library Journal Review

Fairy Tale Cupcakes owner Mel Cooper and her business partner and best friend Angie deLaura are entered in the Challenge to the Chefs at the county fair. When one of the judges, Mel's culinary school mentor, dies, the cops think he committed suicide. Mel doesn't believe Vic would have taken his own life, and the field is wide open with people who would have been happy to do it for him. Meanwhile, fellow contestant (and Mel's nemesis) Olivia Puckett is determined to get Mel disqualified, and Mel's DA boyfriend is the first to catch on that Mel may be one of the intended targets of the killer on the loose. Susan Boyce does a credible job of bringing McKinlay's creation to life. Most of the characters were out of central casting, including the boisterous deLaura brothers and the egomaniacal chefs, but others, such as Mel's high school student intern, a hulking boy who cooks like a dream and has marketing chops to boot, add an unexpected edge. Boyce has a limited vocal range, but the cast isn't large enough to pose a problem. Verdict An appealing series entry for cozy fans. Now if it just came with cupcakes.-Jodi L. Israel, Aventura, FL © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.