Red Velvet Revenge by Jenn McKinlay is the fourth book in the “Cupcake Bakery” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, July 2012

It may be summertime, but sales at Fairy Tale Cupcakes are below zero–and owners Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are willing to try anything to heat things up. So when local legend Slim Hazard offers them the chance to sell cupcakes at the annual Juniper Pass rodeo, they’re determined to rope in a pretty payday!

But not everyone at the Juniper Pass is as sweet for Fairy Tale Cupcakes as Slim–including star bull-rider Ty Stokes. Mel and Angie try to steer clear of the cowboy’s short fuse, but when his dead body is found face down in the hay, it’s a whole different rodeo.

With a vengeful murderer on the loose, the ladies are quickly realizing that while they came to save their business, they may have to save themselves–and that’s no bull.

The cupcake business is slow so the trio head to Juniper Pass with Marty and Oz and trouble follows Mel and Angie when their host is wounded and they both find a dead body. What ensues in this fast-paced and action-filled whodunit is a delightfully appealing adventure that kept me entertained. Boasting a wonderfully crafted plot, a mystery that I could not put down and lovable characters, this is the best one yet in a series that continues to stand out. A fun and humorous read, I look forward to the next exciting times with the team at Fairy Tale Cupcakes.

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