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Going, Going, Ganache (Cupcake Bakery Mystery #5)

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A new Cupcake Bakery Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay is icing on the cupcake!

After a cupcake-flinging fiasco at a photo shoot for a local magazine, Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura agree to make amends by hosting a weeklong corporate boot camp at Fairy Tale Cupcakes.  The idea is the brainchild of billionaire Ian Hannigan, new owner of SWS (Sou
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Paperback, 276 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Berkley
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❂ Jennifer
Apr 12, 2013 ❂ Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I was dreading this one because of hints of a new love triangle made by my fellow friends. I decided to just pick it up and get it over with lest it sit on Mt. TBR indefinitely. I have mixed feelings, so I'll start with the mystery it self - very well done. Almost a locked room type-ish mystery in that Mel and her partner had to work with each of the suspects in the kitchen for 4 days while the murder is sussed out. Even so, the mystery was well-crafted with no clear or obvious suspect and the a ...more
Ali
Apr 03, 2013 Ali rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, series
Cozy mysteries require a certain suspension of belief and there's nothing wrong with that, but when reality rides in the trunk and melodrama steers the vehicle, well . . . I have a problem. Melodrama cannot be tamed by attempts at humor. Melodrama cannot be undone by epiphany. Melodrama is just bad. I'm tired of trumped up personal problems to extend subplots, to create false entanglements, and that are blindingly obvious. I saw what was coming before Mel woke up the next morning. I knew what wa ...more
Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
Mar 14, 2013 Heidi (Yup. Still here.) rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
I love Jenn McKinlay! She rarely steers me wrong with her cozy writing. I really enjoyed the mystery in this book and getting to know all the suspects so closely. I love the writing - how snappy and non "dumbed down" it is. If there is something that drives me batty in cozies it is when an author keeps telling me what is going on - I am reading the book I know what is going on! Jenn doesn't do any of that. I am soooooo not happy about a possible love triangle because I love (view spoiler) ...more
LORI CASWELL
Mar 28, 2013 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
Fairy Tale Cupcakes is going to be featured in Southwest Style Magazine, that is if they can survive the photo shoot and the week long cupcake boot camp for the employees of the magazine. The new owner of SWS, Ian Hannigan, thinks baking cupcakes for charity is the perfect team building exercise for his staff. It quickly becomes clear that the staff is not thrilled with this idea. When a features editor is found murdered outside the bakery Mel and Angie have a team building exercise all their ow ...more
Sarah
Aug 10, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to wake up and have this book loaded into my Kindle! I read it in one day. Funny because I do have a full-time job.

At any rate, another great entry in the cupcake mysteries by Jenn McKinlay. In this one, Mel and Angie start off in a photo shoot for Southwest Style magazine. A cupcake fight with their rival, Olivia, ensues. To make amends, the girls are told they have to host a cupcake boot camp for the magazine's staff for a team building exercise. A murder soon follows and Mel
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Moondance
"No, I'm not feeling it," Amy Pierson said.

Mel and Angie of Fairy Tale Cupcakes are doing a photo shoot for Southwest Style magazine when arch nemesis Olivia arrives and a major food fight ensues. The aftermath of the incident creates an opportunity for a corporate boot camp. The magazine owner wants his employees to learn to work together by making a thousand cupcakes for an upcoming gala. Needless to say, not everyone is thrilled. The murder of an executive of the magazine in the alley behind
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Christine
May 19, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it
I've read all of the books in this series and there are things I have loved about it from the beginning. I love the setting in a cupcake bakery run by three best friends and it's even better that the shop is in Scottsdale, AZ. The prior book in the series took the friends outside the bakery and I didn't enjoy it as well. Also, the feud between Mel and rival baker Olivia went to ridiculous extremes in that book. I was glad to see that with the exception of a silly scene at the beginning of the bo ...more
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Aug 27, 2015 Nidah (SleepDreamWrite) rated it really liked it
Wow I had just started reading this, thinking I'll read a chapter or two. But no, I just kept on going until I realized oh I'm actually close to finishing this.

The story line for this I kind of like but at the same time, I'm kind nervous as to where I think it might be going. Won't say which characters though. That ending, while unexpected, kind of sweet but at the same time kind of sad. Hoping that story arc will get resolved in the next one and not dragged out. Also concerning two characters,
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Melodie
Mar 14, 2013 Melodie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
This series is hands down one of my very favorite cozy series. Jenn McKinlay is an excellent writer and she has made the characters in these books come alive. They grow and you learn things about them in every new book. However, I am not thrilled with the possibility of a romantic "triangle" getting thrown into the mix! That whole gimmicky plot point is so trite and definitely beneath a writer of Ms. McKinlay's caliber. As for the mystery itself, I had no idea who the killer was until it was rev ...more
QNPoohBear
2.5 / 2.75 stars (somewhere between it was OK and I liked it. "I kind of liked it."

Melanie Cooper and Angie deLaura are trying to bring some publicity to Fairy Tale Cupcakes in the form of a photo shoot for Southwest Style magazine. If only the shoot didn't involve high heels, bouffant hair hardened with hairspray and an invasion by Olivia Puckett. Olivia's intrusion unfortunately causes Angie and Mel to get in trouble with the magazine to the tune of thousands of dollars in damage. Luckily, the
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bella
May 06, 2013 bella rated it it was amazing
The dynamite cupcake trio are back for another adventure. This time Angie, Mel and Tate become embroiled in mayhem, when a photo shoot at the bakery goes wrong. Instead of paying the damages, they agree to hold a cupcake boot camp for the employees of Ian Hannigan’s magazine staff, who don’t get along. However, when one of the staff members turns up dead it seems there is more than just co-worker animosity between them. It’s up to Mel, Angie and Tate to try and solve the murder. That is if their ...more
Angela Holland
Jun 05, 2013 Angela Holland rated it it was amazing
Let me start out by saying that I love the cupcake series and Jenn's way of writing. Now that I got that out I have to say this one made me upset. I did not like that Mel and Joe are taking a break and that she is flirting with Martinez. Then at the end we are left hanging and don't know which guy she is talking to. I thought the end with Marty was cute. The magazine crew were something else, they were a hodgepodge of characters. I had a hard time figuring out who did the murder although I thoug ...more
FangirlNation
May 27, 2017 FangirlNation rated it it was amazing
As Going, Going, Ganache by Jenn McKinlay opens, Mel and Angie, proprietors of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery, are posing in 1950s clothing and hairdo for a photo shoot for an article about their bakery in a major magazine focused on the Southwest. As the creative director unhappily tries to create a better scene, the women's archenemy, Olivia Puckett, arrives on the scene in her own 50s clothing and bearing her own cupcakes from her own bakery. She flings a cupcake at Angie, getting it stuck in ...more
Ellen Moore
Feb 20, 2017 Ellen Moore rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This is the first book by this author that I have read. It was an enjoyable cozy mystery. The main character, Melanie, and her best friend, Angie, operate Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. They end up hosting a weeklong corporate boot camp for a local magazine's staff to teach team building as they make cupcakes for charity. The magazine's features director is found murdered outside the bakery, and Mel and Angie get involved in solving the murder. Mel's uncle is one of the detectives on the case. Mel ...more
Amanda
Mar 29, 2017 Amanda rated it liked it
3.5 stars
If I was only rating the mystery, I would have given it 4 stars. I knocked 1/2 a star off because of Melanie and Joe's relationship drama and the hint of a love triangle. I have invested a lot of time in another cozy mystery series with a love triangle and I really appreciated when I thought this series was lacking one. I hope everything is straightened out in the next book.
Aaron
Feb 09, 2016 Aaron rated it it was amazing
Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura, owners of Fairy Tale Cupcakes, have what seems like the opportunity of a lifetime, when the staff of Southwest Style have decided to focus on that cupcake shop for their cover story. The local magazine focuses on everything that is "in" in Scottsdale, Arizona. When the photoshoot goes horribly wrong, largely due to bickering of the magazine's staff (though a bit of a food fight between the shop's staff and their main competition didn't help), Ian Hannigan, the m ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Apr 25, 2013 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it really liked it
In this fifth novel of the yummy series, A Cupcake Bakery Mystery, we find our resident sleuth's and bakers, Melanie Cooper and Angie Delaura busily baking and trying to look 'yummy' during a photo-shoot by Southwest Style Magazine. The shoot goes awry and the ladies end up in a cupcake fight with their nemesis, Olivia. How did she find out about the article? Well, that is just one of the minor mysteries this book covers.

In order to calm the loses the magazine has, the owner and Tate Harper (si
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Sharon
Apr 11, 2013 Sharon rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book more than the last one as it was not quite so over the top. I found the mystery itself rather lacking. Mel and Angie run a boot camp for the staff of SWS magazine. One of them ends up murdered. The primary plot is more about Angie and Tate's developing relationship and Mel's complicated one with Joe. I'm not loving the possibility of a love triangle. It doesn't seem to ring true. Mel has loved Joe since she was 12 and it is pointed out she is well into her 30's. Perhaps it wi ...more
Nicole
Feb 27, 2013 Nicole rated it it was ok
This installment of the series left me feeling a bit...bleh. In previous books, Mel got involved with solving the murders because someone close to her was in danger of being accused of the murder du jour. With this story, it seemed like the first two-thirds of the book were spent on either Angie and Tate's "relationship", or on Mel and dear Joe's relationship. There really was no good reason for Mel to get involved, she had no prior relationship with the victim or the rest of the victims colleag ...more
Kimberly
Nov 08, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Oh come ON! She's going to put Martinez in as a love interest now? I didn't see that coming because I thought Mel and Joe had a good thing going. And for some of Mel's circle to encourage the Martinez angle has thrown me for a loop. That phone call at the end was evil! Especially since I wasn't planning on reading the next book right away. Now I have to read Sugar and Iced just to satisfy my own curiosity.And then to top it all of, Olivia comes in with some sound advice for Mel that has left me ...more
Lynn
Apr 02, 2013 Lynn rated it it was amazing
This is the 5th entry in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series, and it was great! Cupcake bakers Mel and Angie are running a cupcake bootcamp to help the staff of a local magazine become a cohesive whole instead of a group of workers who hate one another. During the bootcamp, one of the magazine staff writers is murdered right at the back door of the bakery. Oh and btw, their good friend Tate seems to have disappeared. This is followed by Tate's reappearance, a "time out" between Mel and her boyfrie ...more
Angel
May 29, 2014 Angel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why? Why are these books so good?! I guess they're kinda' like cupcakes... fluffy, pretty nutritionally lacking... BUT SOOO GOOD!! Once you start you keep going back to these books over and over, and sometimes you feel a bit guilty. Just like when you're munching a cupcake next to your fitness obsessed friend whose eating tofu and veggies. But if you're really really honest- you dont care because the cupcake is REALLY what you want. Thats ok- because secretly your fitness friend does too, they j ...more
Amanda McGill
Jul 28, 2015 Amanda McGill rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
My favourite cozy mystery series! However, the 5th novel in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series was by far my least favourite novel.

I felt that the novel focused too much on the personal drama happening in the lives of Mel, Angie and Tate that it took away from the actual mystery. At the end of the novel, it felt like the solving of the mystery was just a side note and I hated that.

I'm still going to continue on with the series, but my love is slowly fading for the cupcake bakers.
Linda
Jun 04, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: bingo
4.5 Stars. You know it's a good book when just one more chapter turns into staying up and finishing the book. I couldn't give it 5 stars though since I don't agree with some of the characters life choices (and there was a lot going on in their personal lives in this book!). The mystery was good and I didn't fall for the red herring. I'm always left wanting a cupcake at the end of these books.
Cait
Mar 30, 2013 Cait rated it it was ok
THIS close to being 1 star.

Seriously, after 4 books of her being super into Joe and wanting to be with him - she suddenly doesn't want to get married? AND THAT STUPID CLIFFHANGER. AND A FUCKING LOVE TRIANGLE

And just... ugh. The mysteries are getting super lame as well.

in summary: no no no no no
Julia Wilson
Apr 13, 2013 Julia Wilson rated it really liked it
Reading this book made me hungry. The cupcakes - especially the corn one sound delicious. You really should have a cupcake and a glass of milk when reading this. The cliffhanger at the end keeps you wanting more.
Becky
Apr 30, 2013 Becky rated it it was amazing
Life is never simple for the cupcake women and their best male friend and Book 5 keeps it rolling along. I keep wishing for a cupcake bakery like Fairy Tale Cupcakes (no magical stuff in this series)--it reads deliciously!
KarenF
Dec 14, 2013 KarenF rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy, own
Quick, fun cozy with enough wackiness to keep the pages turning but no so much that I roll me eyes. I'm not sure I like the Mel/Joe relationship direction but I'm willing to see where it leads. As always, inventive and yummy cupcakes throughout the book as well.
Karen Desmond
Apr 07, 2013 Karen Desmond rated it liked it
Not the best in the series but still a worthy addition. The biggest downer for me was the potential of a love triangle - yawn....
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Jenn is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several mystery series and will be debuting a new women's fiction series in June 2017, starting with the title About a Dog. She lives in sunny Arizona in a house that is overrun with kids, pets and her husband's guitars.
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