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Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura's Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery is gearing up for Valentine's Day. Unfortunately, someone has iced Baxter Malloy on his first date with Mel's mother. Now Mom's a suspect, and Mel and Angie need to find time around frosting to dig into the man's shady past and discover who served him his just desserts.

This is the second book in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series.

©2011 Jenn McKinlay (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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cupcake sweet

very much a chick lit. predictable, comfortable, cute!
potential for improvement in plot & dialogue

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Sweet Mystery for Stephanie Plumb Fans

Would you consider the audio edition of Buttercream Bump Off to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version of this book, or any print version of the author's other books, but I did love this audio book so much. The narrator is wonderful and does an excellent job. It is a fun listen, and you could do so all at one time.

What other book might you compare Buttercream Bump Off to and why?

The Stephanie Plum series for sure. Same steamy storylines (to a point), a couple of curse words here or there, romance, a little snark, a little kooky. Just right.

What about Susan Boyce’s performance did you like?

I loved her ability to make you love the characters and the way she transitioned between them. She also did not do a terrible Southern accent.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Sweet Treat, Deadly Treats

Any additional comments?

One thing that bothers me is this... who is watching the store? How are they making money?

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GREAT READ

Entertaining, edge of your seat, reel you in type of reading. LOVED the comedic suspense

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Great series

If you could sum up Buttercream Bump Off in three words, what would they be?

Funny, exciting and well written

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I loved the character interactions

What about Susan Boyce’s performance did you like?

Her voice was perfect for the characters

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

none

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Fun & funny

Another cute mystery/romance/comedy. Just as fun as the 1st one! I can hardly wait to hear #3.

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Mystery with cupcakes

Mel, Angie, and Tate have been a trio of buddies since childhood and now run a cupcake shop together in Buttercream Bump Off by Jenn McKinlay. One day Mel gets a call from her mother, Joyce, excited about having her first date since Mel’s father died ten years earlier, with a man named Baxter Malloy, whom Mel’s customer calls an investment genius. Joyce gets Mel to help her go shopping for the perfect dress, a dress that she will soon come to hate.

The night of the date, Mel gets a phone call from her mother that Malloy has died during the date, causing Mel and her friends to rush to her aid. Upon arriving at Malloy’s house, the trio find Joyce sitting next to the hot tubo wrapped in a blanket and are a bit horrified to learn that she is dressed in only her bra and panties. She explains that she is undressed to go into the hot tub with her date, whom she found floating in the tub upon coming out of the cabana. And the man has been strangled with one of Joyce’s stockings too. Joyce determines never to wear that new dress again, getting Mel to burn it, which looks really suspicious to the law.

It doesn’t take long before the news comes out that Malloy was not the financial genius everyone thought, but really was the head of a major ponzi scheme that bilked many of their life savings and even one couple of billions of dollars. This increases the pool of potential suspects exponentially.

The next day, a man walks into Fairy Tale Cupcakes and demands to meet Mel, angry because he has mistaken her for her mother and he thinks she might be responsible for the death of Malloy, who happens to be his father. Upon getting things straightened out about their identities, Angie recognizes the son as Roach from their favorite band, and before anyone knows it, she has a date with Roach and three tickets to the next concert, something that makes Tate furious when he learns about this date. Since Mel is aware that Angie has been in love with Tate since they were 12, she finds Tate’s increasing disturbance over Angie’s date to be suggestive.

The book continues with all sorts of wild activities and investigations. Furious over Angie’s dating “a potential murderer,” Tate enlists six of her seven brothers to follow her around everywhere to protect Angie, which they do at the expense of getting covered with paint balls and having their tires run over nails. The group also participates in their own surveillance, for which they enlist the help of Marty, the senior man who has recently taken up near-residence in their bakery, getting him all fancied up to go on a date with the money-grubbing woman who was chasing after Malloy.

I really enjoyed this book, which was a whole lot of fun, with delightful scenes throughout. The very round characters entertained and gave me a lot of pleasure in listening to their activities in this creative book.

Susan Boyce brings this book to life in her narration of the audio edition. She brings plenty of energy to the book, giving this enjoyable book an even greater sense of pleasure than I might have gotten from reading the book on my own. Boyce is fast becoming one of my favorite narrators.

Buttercream Bump Off is a delightful book full of fun energy and a creative mystery. I liked this book better than the previous, Sprinkle with Murder. I give the book five stars!

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They tried to tell me

I read some of the reviews for this book and I thought they were being harsh. I should have know when our heroine stole the catering contact of her rival. These people are so immature and petty I don't know how anyone could stand them. And if there is one thing I kinda hate about some of these books is a woman with a business who constantly closes said business to run all over town searching for clues. How does the business stay afloat if your never there? And then you lie at the drop of a hat but when confronted with actual law and protocol, you call you ADA boyfriend who crosses all over procedures to help you and your equally immature mother. I realize I haven't really reviewed the actual story. All I gotta say is don't bother. It's too convoluted and silly it will insult your intelligence. I love food related mysteries. I just hope later outings were better than this.

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  • jackie
  • houston, TX, United States
  • 12-18-16

Don't Waste Your Time

I am finished with this series. There are several things that prevented me from finishing this book. The characters are annoying and immature in their personal relationships, which takes up too much of the story. The idea that a woman over 50, Melanie's mother, would think that her dress was capable of killing someone is absurd. Jenn McKinley is trying to hard to make this a funny and light cozy mystery by introducing silly and immature characters. I enjoy cozy mysteries that includes well developed and realistic characters who get involved in a mystery. Not characters that I would have avoided in middle school.

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Doesn't belong in mystery/thriller category

I expect cozy mysteries to be written for an adult audience. I think maybe adolescent girls could enjoy this, but when your dialogue includes jokes that 10-year-olds might make up, plus reviews of the contents of the cupcake store pantry and refrigerator, well, it lost my interest right from the start. Plus, Scottsdale AZ is kind of a party town. and these folks were just not believable residents. I skipped to the end to see if it might have developed into anything, but no, it just never got there. I do wish Audible would do a better job of screening their offers.

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