Death by the Dozen by Jenn McKinlay is the third book in the “Cupcake Bakery” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), October 2011

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.

Mel and Angie is representing their business in a cooking challenge when Mel’s mentor is found dead in a freezer. When the clues point to something sinister and others are harmed, the tag-team of Mel and Angie are on the case to defrost a killer. This is such a fun series where the preparation of cupcakes is included in the telling of the story. The plot is enticing; the tone is easy flowing and I love the trio’s banter with their family and friends. This was the best book yet in this delectably entertaining and amusing series and I can’t wait for one romance to find their true course.

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