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Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys (Annie Graceland Mystery #1)

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  452 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
Moving from Wisconsin to sunny Los Angeles was the frosting on the cake of Annie Graceland's perfect life. Her boutique bakery business was blossoming, she was happily married to a handsome, ambitious actor, and they were planning to have a baby. Besides her derelict friends, the only thing that got Annie in serious trouble was her smidge of psychic ability: feeling other ...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published November 8th 2010 by Krill Press
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Mar 02, 2011 Stuart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A First-Rate Mystery with all the Ingredients

When I heard the buzz about, Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys my curiosity was piqued. Such a quirky title sounded like a lot of fun. And the author delivers a well-plotted mystery with an extra helping of humour infused throughout the pages.

We follow, Annie Graceland. Whose idyllic life suddenly changed when her cheating husband, Dr. Fuller, was found dead. Annie a bakery proprietor and psychic became prime murder suspect as the cause of death was one
Dec 03, 2010 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Since I am the author of this book, I liked it. Hah!

"A hilarious read, a well plotted mystery. I can't wait to see these characters again!" - Carla Shamberg, Executive Producer of Erin Brockovich, the movie.
Jo Wood
Funny, witty, good lite read!!!!!
Feb 16, 2011 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's not often a mystery offers a wit, snark, and a glimpse into the human condition but Pamela DuMond's CUPCAKES, LIES & DEAD GUYS does all three. It exposes us to a culture not everybody's familiar with--at least not on such an intimate level--and gives us a heroine who often says the things the rest of us are thinking. A fun, witty romp from an author I want to get to know better. The recipes are a fun touch--just enough to make you hungry! I almost started to cook after reading one of th ...more
Feb 06, 2015 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!!! Well done, Kudos Pamela. I read cupcakes, lies & dead guys, also Cupcakes sales & cocktails, and Cupcakes, pies and Hot guys. All were wonderful mysteries. I totally love the fact that there were recipes included!!!! Pamela you have become my new favorite author. Keep up the great detective writing and story plotting. Thank you for a super read. Cindy
Breanne Braddy
Feb 08, 2011 Breanne Braddy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let's start with the cover, how can you not love it? It's witty, sarcastic, and frankly, brilliant. Plus, the title is fantastic. DuMond has a way with words, and a way with humor. This book has a little bit of everything; love, laughter, mystery...and of course, food (who doesn't love food?) Check this book out, you won't regret it!!
Dec 14, 2012 Vicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read. I enjoyed the main characters and am very glad I am not an empath! I will be adding the second book in the series to my TBR list.

Edited to correct typos. I must have done the review on my phone! :-D
Adrienne Testa
This story had potential of being funny as the mystery was being solved. But, the author went over the top with the slap stick and zany behavior of the main female character. Leading the reader to wonder why they picked up the book in the first place.
Apr 01, 2013 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this is one day! A sick day home from work. Totally enjoyed it. A mystery put together well, intertwined with a bit of super natural, good friends and the quest for love/ happiness!

On to the novella next!
Susan James
Dec 15, 2014 Susan James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's 1:40AM and I just finished Cupcakes, Lies and Dead Guys and I want MORE right now. I loved this book and can't wait to share it and the sequels with my friends. Funny and a good mystery. I usually know whodunnit early in the game not this one. Bravo, Pamela Dumond!
Amy Sperry
Oct 17, 2012 Amy Sperry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting murder mystery with a jump into the paranormal. The characters are likable and witty. The begining was a little confusing because it jumped through the characters so quickly but once I got everyone sorted I enjoyed it. I am curious to see where this series goes from here.
Laura Schultz
Dec 04, 2010 Laura Schultz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have read most of Cupcakes, Lies and Dead Guys and am still laughing and intrigued. I highly recommend it from this wonderful novelist!
Nancy Bradford
May 07, 2011 Nancy Bradford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thourghly enjoyed this book. I look forward to more adventures of Annie.
Kristin Humphreys
A little different than what I'm used to reading, but that definitely made it fun to read!
Jolisa Gilchrist
Sep 23, 2012 Mav rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, dnf, ebook
Stilted prose, stilted dialouge. Good premise, but author is unable to execute it in a manner that reads as funny. Instead, prose is just clunky and dead and the dialogue unrealistic.
Feb 01, 2014 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, entertaining mystery with lots of spins. I would give at least 3.5 stars. A little wordy in places.
Sally Chappell
Dec 23, 2013 Sally Chappell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light fun reading
Dec 14, 2010 Shelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mar 14, 2011 Lyz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can not get into this book. Have put it away and will try again later.
I found this a bit hard to get into, but after the first chapter it was fine. Although the story was clever and fun it needed some major editing. Usually this doesn't bother me as much as some, but in this instance some of the problems were so egregious I actually had to re-read sentences more than once to get the meaning. Commas where they shouldn't have been, others that weren't there at all and should have been. Reminded me of "Eats Shoots and Leaves" vs "Eats, Shoots, and Leaves" - seriously ...more
Rabid Readers Reviews
Annie Graceland is a fairly typical cozy character. She kind of falls into her mystery and as she's the main suspect in a very personal case (the death of her husband's lover). Annie receives photographic proof of her husbands infidelity while on the table in her doctor's office. Not just any doctor, of course, the Gynocologist! Wacky, right? To add to the fun, her husband isn't just cheating on her, he's cheating on her with a man. The real twist is when her husband's thong clad lover, Derrick ...more
Oct 03, 2015 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Annie Graceland is a Wisconsonite transplanted to LA by her husband's acting "career." In addition to proficiency in the bakery department, Graceland possesses psychic powers that come and go at will, sometimes much to her chagrin. While at the lady doc to find out what's holding her up in the pregnancy department, Graceland receives an anonymous package...compromising photos of her husband. The next day, the other man in the photos is found dead...and is tracking her down to use her psychic pow ...more
Apr 22, 2015 Sadaf rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being a lover of baking as well as mysteries, the book summary of this one had me hooked. It is the story of Annie, a baker, who has emphatic abilities. An unsolved murder in which her name is dragged, plus being annoyed by the ghost of the victim is what gets her to try and solve the mystery. Although I liked the recipes at the end of each chapter, the quirkiness of the main character and the identity of the killer being a complete surprise, some things did not work for me.
The prose did not fl
Brenda Fryland
Fun premise -- creative cupcake baker Annie Graceland is framed for murder. She's an empath and connects with the murdered individual. Annie is forced to work with the almost naked motivational speaker/writer ghost to solve the mystery and clear her name.

With a good editor, this could really work. I really wanted to know "whodunnit" so I kept reading, but it was difficult to stay focused. The story was disjointed, dialogue didn't work, too many times where Annie talks to the ghost and it isn't
Oct 12, 2015 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. Annie Rose Piccolino, a 38 year old pastry chef in Santa Monica, Calif, who wants a baby with actor husband Mike. Thinking fertility treatments might be needed, she is in the room with the doctor when someone brings her pictures of her husband cheating on her -- with another guy. The other man in question is Dr. Derrick Fuller who dies shortly thereafter while eating one of Annie's cupcakes. Fuller doesn't make it to heaven since he needs to find out who killed him in order to make it ...more
Rachel Daven Skinner
To be honest, I'd say it's more like a 3.5, but don't want to drag the author's rating down any more than necessary, so will go with a 4 here. I liked the characters and the premise, but I felt the execution and pacing were off in a few places. The POV changes weren't always well balanced or consistent. The book came highly recommended, and if it hadn't been, I may have put it down early on, because it wasn't until I was about 30% into it that I was actually _interested in reading on. I can see ...more
Aug 31, 2015 Christine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies
This is the first in the Annie Grceland sewries. Annie is a baker who just happens to be empathic. She feels other peoples feelings in her own body. She is married to an actor and planning to have a baby with him until she she is given photos of her husband cheating on her with doctor Derrick Fuller. Derrick soon ends up dead, having been posioned by one of Annie's cupcakes, making Annie the prime suspect. Derrick's ghost latches himself onto Annie and talks her into helping find his killer so h ...more
Oct 13, 2015 arlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Omg the title don't do any justice this book. I can only say I would never guessed in a million years who done it and even then I we in chock to find out who done it. I enjoy every bit of this reading. It was funny, it was creative ... you will enjoyed as a movie because it reads as one the characters are so lovable and funny... I am looking forward to read the next book I and all those that will followed
Doina Condrea
Not your typical "women sleuths" book. Yes the main character has an odd mother and kinda funny friends but she's different. The main character isn't some stupid, bored woman who investigates something and hinders a police investigation just for fun and that's what I loved the most about this book even if I don't believe in ghosts.
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