Buttercream Bump Off by Jenn McKinlay is the second book in the “Cupcake Bakery” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), January 2011

A heartless murder for Valentine’s Day

Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura must be doing something right with their Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. Their business rival, Olivia Puckett, is parading up and down the sidewalk dressed as a giant cupcake to steal customers. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, she’s clearly feeling desperate.

Unfortunately, she’s not the only one desperate one in Scottsdale, Arizona. Someone has iced Baxter Malloy on his first date with Mel’s mother. Her mom had been hoping for someone drop-dead gorgeous—but not literally. Now she’s a suspect, and Mel and Angie need to find time between frosting Kiss Me Cupcakes to dig into Malloy’s shady past and discover who served him his just desserts.

I love this series. When Mel’s mother’s first date gets iced, Mel is concern when the cops seem more interested in her mother as a suspect. Mel and friends starts to investigate all those who have a stronger motive for wanting him dead and they wind up in the most delicious situations that I smile when they manage to untangle themselves. This was an enjoyable read and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

FTC Full Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book

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