For Batter or Worse by Jenn McKinlay
Series: Cupcake Bakery Mystery #13
Published by Berkley on April 27, 2021
Also by this author: Pumpkin Spice Peril
Also in this series: Pumpkin Spice Peril
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About For Batter or Worse
For Batter or Worse is the 13th enter in Jenn McKinlay’s oh so bingeable cozy Cupcake Bakery Mystery series. The cupcake crew has a lot on their plate – Angie and Tate have a baby on the way, Mel and Joe are just days away from getting married, and Oz is settling into his job as the pastry chef at an exclusive resort while planning the cupcakes for Mel and Joe’s wedding reception.
Mel, along with several others, witnesses Oz and the head chef have a very public argument which unsurprisingly makes Oz the prime suspect when the chef turns up murdered in the kitchen. Mel has to clear her protege, find the real killer, and find a replacement for Oz at her bakery all before her wedding that’s just days away.
My thoughts about For Batter or Worse
As always, the relationships between the characters are the stars. Mel and Angie’s friendship is enviable as it’s grown over the series, expanding to include significant others, spouses and now an almost here baby. Definitely friendship goals
Mel and Angie’s extended family is large, boisterous, teasing, sometimes eccentric but you can always feel the love and care they feel for each other. No matter how serious the problem or dangerous an investigation gets, you know they’re there for one another. I’ve loved watching those bonds develop over the 13 books in the series.
Jenn McKinlay describes the cupcakes in such rich, enticing detail that I absolutely understand why friends and family members are constantly dropping by to mooch cupcakes.
Is there a mystery setting that you’re tired of? I keep waiting to have my fill of culinary mysteries but I keep remaining intrigued by my favorites. Tell me your thoughts in the comments below.
Make sure that you read the entire Cupcake Bakery series, starting with Sprinkle with Murder. Read my review of Pumpkin Spice Peril by Jenn McKinlay.
Looking for a new cozy mystery series set in a bakery? Try Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop by Darci Hannah set in a bakery in a lighthouse on Lake Michigan. Read my review.
Eve Calder’s Cookie House mystery series begins with And Then There Were Crumbs. Read my review of the second in the series, Sugar and Vice.
Culinary mysteries like the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries are perfect bingeable, gentle reads.
Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley for the ARC.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Cruisin through the Cozies 2021
- NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2021