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Dying for a Cupcake (Devereaux's Dime Store #4)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  355 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
When Devereaux “Dev” Sinclair hosts a cupcake contest at her five-and-dime store, she discovers that someone is just dying to win...

Kizzy Cutler finds it so delicious to be back in her hometown of Shadow Bend, Missouri, that she seems to have forgotten why she fled twenty years ago. For now, she’s excited to kick off her new line of cupcakes with a competition, which Dev
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by NAL
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Aug 21, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it
"Dev". Deveraux. Sinclair runs the dime store in Shadow Bend, Missouri and has agreed to host a cupcake competition in her store. Kizzy Cutler is the "cupcake queen" and will be running the competiton. However, before the event even starts, Kizzy's assistant dies from a mysterious illness. Poisoned?

Kizzy determines that the show must go on even after the death. Kizzy herself has several near misses of someone trying to do her in. Dev believes that someone in Shadow Bend has it in for Kizzy. But
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Denise reeled me right in, she has been posted cupcakes on her Facebook page for weeks and had me drooling to read this book.

In this 4th installment to this fun series Shadow Bend welcomes former resident, now the Cupcake Queen, Kizzy Cutler, and a weekend of fun as a contest is held to find her newest cupcake creation. The 10 contestants arrive along with Kizzy and her entourage. But before the first cupcake is baked Kizzy’s assistant dies and it doesn’t appear to be from nat
Debbie Lester
Mar 24, 2015 Debbie Lester rated it it was amazing
Denise Swanson is a pro when it comes to cozy mysteries. Her, latest book, Dying for a cupcake is the fourth book in her Devereaux's Dime Story Mystery series with features a strong female lead character that is looking for more than your average clue. Dev Sinclair has a keen eye when it comes to solving crime and in this latest installment of the series, it's all in the cupcakes. With a mouthwatering theme and a little bit of murder, this a great addition to the series!

Swanson never disappoints
I just couldn't resist picking up this book. Judging by the catchy title, Dying for A Cupcake was just what this cupcake murder mystery lover wanted to read. Kizzy Cutler is a "cupcake queen" a celebrity gourmet cupcake queen, she has after many years of being away from her hometown of Shadow Bend, Missouri. She is back for a cupcake competition to kick off her latest line of cupakes and is welcomed back to town with open arms and many sweet tooths.

Just when things are going well for the "Cupcak
Mar 29, 2015 Fred rated it really liked it
Dying for a Cupcake is the fourth book in the A Devereaux's Dime Store Mystery series.

A cupcake bake-off is coming to Shadow Bend to introduce the line of cupcakes of Kizzy Cutler. Kizzy grew up in Shadow Bend and was not, for the most part, really liked. But Dev is willing to put the past behind her and have a successful competition and introduction at her Five and Dime store.

But before anything really gets started, Kizzy assistant, Fallon, dies. It is determined that she was poisoned and it no
Shelley Giusti
Mar 23, 2015 Shelley Giusti rated it it was amazing
Head on over to Shadow Bend and catch up with Dev and her friends. They are busy preparing for the cupcake contest that is soon to take place. When Fallon, Kizzy's assistant is killed, it brings the preperations come to a stop. Kizzy is determined to win and doesn't want the death to put a hold on the events and that makes the others think she has something to do with it.

Dev and her friends have to do what they can to find out who killed Fallon and stop them before they strike again so the cupca
Dying for a Cupcake by Denise Swanson is the 4th book in a Devereaux Dime Store Mystery series. Cupcake queen Kizzy Cutler returns to Shadow Bend to host a cupcake baking competition. Unfortunately her assistant is poisoned and Kizzy becomes targeted by a killer. It is up to Devereaux and her friends to stop the killer before the competition is ruined. I loved this addition to the series and it was fun catching up with the characters. Dev's love triangle has now had another addition and has ...more
Linda Sizemore
Mar 08, 2015 Linda Sizemore rated it it was amazing
I have loved all the Devereaux's Dime Store Mysteries. But Dying for a Cupcake is my favorite. I enjoyed the storyline and with the new Fire Chief in town, I'm sure things will be heating up. I had absolutely no idea who the killer was until the end. It certainly wasn't who I thought it was. Absolutely recommend this series!
Jennifer Wilson
Apr 15, 2015 Jennifer Wilson rated it really liked it
Loved! This is a great cozy series!
Oct 21, 2016 Theresa rated it did not like it
Couldn't get past the first chapter. NOT a book for my liking.
Jun 04, 2015 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Three Stars: A cozy mystery with a believable storyline.

Dev Sinclair settles in for another meeting amongst the business owners of Shadow Bend. Everyone is looking for a way to put a little extra cash in their pockets. Luckily, there seems to be a lucrative event in the works. Former resident, Kizzy Cutler, the Cupcake Queen, is back in town with her latest cupcake creation. To kick off her new flavor, Kizzy has agreed to host a cupcake baking contest, which will be held in Dev's dime store. Ev
Oct 12, 2016 Sue rated it liked it
Cute cozy mystery with some romance.
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kayt

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Dying for a Cupcake is the 4th in this amusing cozy series and I think the best yet! This is the second series written by Denise Swanson. I absolutely love her first one Scumble River Mysteries and this series is becoming one of my favorites as well. Devereaux Sinclair owns an old fashioned five and dime store in her home town, Shadow Bend, Missouri. She returned home not only to start anew but also to care for her grandm
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Dying for a Cupcake

Who knew cupcakes could be so deadly?

When Dev is approached about using her shop for part of the cupcake judging festivities, she agrees because she knows it’ll be good for business. But after seeing Kizzy Cutler, the cupcake queen, in action- she has second thoughts.

But a deal is a deal- and Dev knows that an event like this will be good for the town (and for Dev’s wallet)
Mar 23, 2016 Joanne rated it it was amazing
Dying for a Cupcake is the fourth book in the A Devereaux's Dime Store Mystery series by Denise Swanson. Devereaux “Dev” Sinclair runs an old fashioned five and dime store in her home town, Shadow Bend, Missouri. Dev returned to Shadow Bend to care for her grandmother and rebuild her life. Her father has, also, returned home after imprisonment and he is working at the store with Dev. Business is doing extremely well with the changes and additions Dev has made to the store. She is always seeking ...more
Jun 01, 2016 Juanita rated it liked it
A pretty solid Dime Store read. This one takes place around the 4th of July, and Shadow Bend is playing host to Kizzy Cutler's Cupcake Weekend. Kizzy is a former Shadow Bender who has made it big in the cupcake world and has now returned home to launch a new flavor. Dev is about 28, I think, and Kizzy is about 10 years older, so Dev doesn't know the older woman from before, but she manages to be in the thick of all the action thanks to the local B&B owner, Ronni. Ronni has set up a committee ...more
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
This was another great installment to the Deveraux's Dime Store Mystery series. Kizzy Cutler, a past resident of Shadow Bend, has hit the big time with her cupcakes and returns to her hometown to host a contest to discover her new flavor. Along the way, it seems someone has different plans for Kizzy and the wrong person ends up killed.

I always enjoy this series by Swanson. The characters are interesting and amusing to say the least. Plus, Shadow Bend seems like such an interesting small town and
A Goodreads giveaway book for me, this author has an established coterie of fans for her 1st mystery series, Scumble River. This book is the 4th in the Devereaux's Dime Store Mysterys, and the 1st book I have read by this author.

Shades of Stephanie Plum, was my 1st impression, with two (2?!) understanding men vying for Dev's charms (and a decision), and an apparent nemesis. But the story moves along swiftly with plenty of things happening to keep the plot humming. Unfortunately, character develo
Kizzy Cutler is back in Shadow Bend after making her fortune in cupcakes. The hometown girl did well for herself and now she is sponsoring a cupcake bake-off to introduce her next big flavor. Of course, Dev Sinclair, Poppy Kincaid, Ronni, and Boone are both excited and worried about how it will affect the sleepy, little town...but, the business owners are hoping that the hoopla will drum up much needed business and it does! But, in the mix is the frightening attempts on Kizzy's life and the ...more
May 10, 2015 Laura rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Female lead (29yo woman) goes by the name Devereaux and her cohorts are Poppy, Winnie, Ronni, Harlee, and Kizzy.
Sorry, but no.
"We met to gripe about our problems, and although an occasional Hail Mary might be muttered under our breath, no one brought rosary beads or dropped to their knees - unless they fell off their stiletto heels."
The first paragraph in the book is a dead giveaway that poor grammar is ahead, because we don't collectively mutter under our breath.
Also, it's extraordinarily unl
Mar 04, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fun visit to Shadow Bend

If you are a fan of cozy mysteries, you should visit Dev and her friends in Shadow Bend. This is book four of a series that just gets stronger with each new addition to g the group. Denise Swanson is a skillful writer with a well crafted mystery, a strong female sleuth, and a diverse cast in the small town of Shadow Bend. In this book a former resident brings a fictionalized version of Cupcake Wars to town. Business owners are excited for daytrippers and additiona
Sep 22, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite series. I just love the heroine, Devereaux “Dev” Sinclair. I like the hot romances with her two (maybe three!) men. I enjoy the other characters and the town. What more does one need in a good series? Oh... The mysteries are good, too!

This entry has Dev hosting a cupcake contest at her five-and-dime for cupcake queen Kizzy Cutler, a hometown girl coming back to Shadow Bend, Missouri. Kizzy, who left town twenty years or so ago, has returned to host the contest as well
Mar 18, 2015 Edel rated it it was amazing

Dying for a Cupcake is book four in the Devereaux Dime mystery Series . In book four Dev has allowed her shop to be used as the location for a cupcake competition for a previous member of the Shadow bend community who left many years ago . Kizzy has returned to the community , and as she is celebrating a new line of cupcakes to her business she decides to run a competition to celebrate.
Quickly the small community is getting hazardous for people's health when there appears to be a lot more dange
May 31, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it

I received a free copy of this book through the GoodReads First Reads giveaways.

Dying for a Cupcake: A Deveraux's Dime Store Mystery by Denise Swanson was a fun read. I was looking forward to reading this book during the Memorial Day weekend and I was not disappointed. This is not a serious read if that’s what you are looking for. I felt this was a lighthearted cozy murder mystery that you could read in one sitting as long as you were in the right mind set or at the beach. I enjoyed the charact
Attendance at the Saturday Night Prayer Circle was at an all time high, and despite our group's nickname, it wasn't because any of us had suddenly gotten religion.

A former Shadow Bend resident is back 20 years after she left town to sponsor a cupcake competition. Kizzy has made her name in the business with her unique cupcakes. Kizzy's assistant dies suddenly and several attempts are made on Kizzy. Dev gets involved and puts her own life on the line.

Another good installment in the series. I enjo
Abby Fabian
May 10, 2016 Abby Fabian rated it liked it
One of the things i really liked about this book is the way that she looked around and tried to find the killer, but didn't "snoop" and make herself a target which I found refreshing. I also liked how her father is back but they aren't all chummy again. I loooved the firefighter coop! He's my favorite out of all the guys. But I think the author might be setting him up for someone else. Never the less I wish she would just make up her mind already! I thought Jake was a total jerk in this one, ...more
Pamela Bodine
Mar 08, 2015 Pamela Bodine rated it it was amazing
Just got back from Shadow Bend where a cupcake competition was held. I say this because I get so involved in Ms. Swanson's characters and she just makes you feel like you were really there. Dev and her friends help discover who is behind Kizzy Cutler's attacks, one of which killed her assistant. Kizzy turns out to have a secret from when she lived in Shadow Bend 20 years earlier. This book was written so well, it kept you on your toes until the very end. Throw in Dev's family and friends, and ...more
Linda Hurst
Mar 11, 2016 Linda Hurst rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Smashing Cozy

I read all four of the Dime Store mysteries in the last two days and they started well and each one managed to be even better than the ones before. This mystery was a nail-biter that kept me glued to my kindle.

Worst part about this binge read is that now I have to wait for the next one. Swanson has created characters that you really care about. Each of Dev's suitors are very different and I cannot decide between them and now a third gorgeous guy, lucky Dev.
While these books are writ
Julie Mink
Mar 14, 2015 Julie Mink rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book as a First Reads. Immediately after winning it I read the first three books in the series. I enjoyed all of them and this one was the best. Dev is still trying to juggle two boy friends and her Dime Store when Kizzy Cutler, the cupcake queen decides to hold a contest in Shadow Bend, her old hometown to launch her new cupcake line. Dev is involved in many of the preparations. When there are several attempts on Kizzy's life and one causing the death of her assistant, Dev is ...more
May 09, 2015 Cheryl rated it really liked it
This is the 4th book in the Dev Sinclair series. She owns a five and dime store and agrees to have a cupcake contest for a famous cupcake lady Kizzy. Kizzy had left town 20 years ago and did very well. Kizzy's assistant is killed before the contest has started. She insists the contest must go on and has several near misses on her life. Dev is convinced that someone in town has it in for Kizzy because of her past actions and she tries to find out who did it and why. I would've given this book 5 ...more
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