Series: Cupcake Bakery Mystery #15
Published by Berkley on October 10, 2023
Also by this author: Pumpkin Spice Peril, For Batter or Worse, Strawberried Alive
Also in this series: For Batter or Worse, Strawberried Alive
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.
Jenn McKinlay is without a doubt an OG of the baking mystery genre. I’ve been a fan since the first book. Sugar Plum Poisoned is the delicious new book in her long running Cupcake Bakery Mystery series
About Sugar Plum Poisoned
Sugar Plum Poisoned, like the rest of the series, is a sweet treat. It’s enticing with likable characters, delicious descriptions of cupcakes,and a solid puzzle sprinkled with humor. For longtime readers, you get to check-in with all of your favorite characters. Like a cupcake, it’s easy to devour this cozy mystery but you’ll want to savor it so you don’t miss a single crumb of a clue. Fun for longtime readers – Marty twerks in a Santa suit! And with enough backstory so that new readers won’t feel lost, Sugar Plum Poisoned is a yummy holiday read.
Much to Mel’s dismay, her Fairy Tale Cupcake’s co-owner and BFF, Angie, agrees to provide cupcakes in the VIP lounge while Shelby, an old friend and up and coming singing sensation, is performing a two week holiday gig . Things go from hectic to deadly when Shelby’s unpleasant manager is found dead – clutching a partially eaten cupcake. Now it’s up to Mel, Angie, and the rest of the cupcake crew to clear their names and find the killer.
My thoughts about Sugar Plum Poisoned
The mystery is solid – Shelby’s manager was a controlling jerk – so there are a lot of plausible suspects. The book moves at a quick pace with several humorous moments. I love that the author keeps developing the relationships between the character and lets us see how their lives are progressing from one book to the next.
If you haven’t, make sure to read the earlier Cupcake Bakery Mysteries.
Thank you Berkley for the ARC of Sugar Plum Poisoned.