Review: Death by the Dozen by Jenn McKinlay

Death by the Dozen # 3 in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (October 4, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0425244059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425244050


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.

To read the first chapter of this book, visit  Jenn McKinlays website

My Review:   I absolutely love this series!  I like the authors writing style, I think the characters are well developed and Mel and her friends say such cute things!

Melanie ( Mel ) and Angie have entered the “Challenge to the Chef” contest, and hope to win the large cash prize! ( plus winning the contest will be good publicity for their bakery called “Fairy Tale Cupcakes”.  )    Vic is a good friend of Mel’s and while her and Angie help to solve his murder, they soon learn that they have to be careful!

All of Angie’s family help and support her, including Joe ( who is Mel’s boyfriend )    I liked the addition of Captain Jack ..the kitten that Angie and Mel find – he is so cute!…, ( see photo on book cover )

One of my favorite quotes from this book — “Mel hadnt tidied up since the contest insanity had hit a few weeks ago. She couldnt even imagine what her mother was going to say about her clutter gone wild”.

Also included in this book:  Several cupcake recipes including  Chocolate Chili Cupcakes and Red Velvet Cupcakes ( using Beets )

# 4 in this series – Red Velvet Revenge –   Publication Date July 2012

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Very nice review I can’t wait to read it.

    1. Thanks Angela! =)

      I really enjoyed this one, ..I was being careful not to give “anything away” in my review. but the murder has alot of twists and turns along the way…!
      I was suprised at the ending!

      I know you will like it!

  2. Katherines Corner says:

    great review. I think I may have to add it to my list. Thank you for sharing your lovely blog at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. xo

  3. stacybuckeye says:

    I liked the first of this series but didn’t love it enough to continue, but since you are loving it so much maybe I should give the second one a look.

    1. This is one of my favorite cozy series! I think you will like the rest of the books in this series..keep me posted! =)

  4. mombakes says:

    I have never heard of this author, but this series sounds right up my alley. Can’t wait to try it!

    1. I think you will really like this series! Its so cute..with the stories written around a cupcake store. =)

  5. Angie Young says:

    Thank you for your great review of this book. I have just ordered it from Amazon after having no luck finding it on PBS or at my library. And if you don’t mind, I would like to add your blog link to my blog so others can enjoy your wonderful book reviews.

    1. Melissa says:

      I would not mind at all – if you added my blog link to your blog, Thanks so much!
      Thanks for the sweet comment!

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