Series: Cupcake Bakery Mystery #14
Published by Berkley on May 3, 2022
Also by this author: Pumpkin Spice Peril, For Batter or Worse
Also in this series: For Batter or Worse
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 Strawberried Alive
Things start out innocently enough – Mel’s working late on a cupcake order, Angie and Tate are at home with their newborn, Mel’s husband is waiting for her at home, and former employee Oz is upstairs in his apartment.
Then Mel goes out the back door and a figure in black shoots at her.
A cascade of fear and resentment starts with other business owners, many of whom are convinced the bakery is a disaster magnet. Then another owner is shot. And some owners are calling for the bakery to be closed. And it’s obvious that some people resent the bakery’s success. Tempers flare. And another owner is attacked.
My thoughts about Srawberried Alive
In long-running series, I’ve often wondered if the people around the amateur sleuth ever get suspicious, nervous, or angry. This answers that question in a realistic way.
The mystery was twisty and satisfying. And as usual, the cupcake descriptions were luscious sounding. Recipes included.
This gives you:
🧁Bakery setting with lots of cupcake descriptions
🧁Great descriptions of interfering but loving families
🧁Adorable baby and pets
🧁Small biz community
🧁Humor, especially from secondary characters
🧁Strong ties with friends/found family
Even though Strawberried Alive is the 14th entry in the cozy culinary Cupcake Bakery series, Jenn McKinlay provides enough backstory that it’s a great entry point for new readers but not so much that longtime fans are bored.
My thanks to Berkley for the ARC!
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