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Death by the Dozen

(Cupcake Bakery Mystery #3)

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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  3,595 ratings  ·  314 reviews
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 ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Berkley Prime Crime
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Luffy
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've been quite slow in trying this series. That was an understatement. The climate has changed a lot since I read book 2. The vegetation has crept more upwards on the planet since I read the last book.

This time around, I appreciated the humor, which was a weakness in other books that Jenn Mckinlay wrote. Here she is funny. I thought that she put in a lot of work in making book 3 in the series a hit.

I thought the murders in the book kept the momentum in Death by The Dozen going. There's
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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I had a good time with this cozy. I listened to the first two books in the series last year and I was really excited to spend a little more time in the cupcake bakery. I was entertained from the very start and ended up listening to the book for hours at a time. I was completely entertained and I worked to solve the mystery along with Mel and Angie.

I love a good mystery but I also love a good cupcake. I am not really sure which one I
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Kevin
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
3 ½ stars
Its been almost eight years since Id read the 2nd book in this series and reading this book felt like coming back to old friends. Mel and Angie are maybe even better bakers and the introduction of Oz as a new edition to the bakery, spiced up this book and promises more in books to come. As (view spoiler)
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Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
You know, I was going to put this aside and read something else. But then that adorable cover had to draw me back in.

And thus I read where I left off. This time around, you got Mel and Angie in a tough cooking competition, new character Oz who is just adorable, romance angst happening with two certain characters. Oh and a murder of course.

This sequel was just as good as the last one. I liked that we got to see more of Angie's brothers. Also Mel showed more of a backbone in this one. I mean in
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Peggy R
It is easy to see why this series is a favorite among cozy mystery fans. I am a late arrival to the series but have found it so charming that I am currently working my way through the entire series. Mel, Angie, and Tate have a great friendship that just draws me in as a reader and keeps me coming back. They are surrounded by a fun and charming secondary cast of characters that add to the appeal. The author set up the mystery very early and established a number of believable suspects. I can't ...more
Shelby  Bagby
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing like homemade cupcakes, competition and a murder.
Diane ~Firefly~
Nov 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, food
I was glad to see Mel and Angie veer back into likeable territory after their last outing.

What I enjoyed:
* Mel and Joe's relationship.
* Oz.
* Seeing a character remain affected by a death for more than a few pages.
* Angie's family.

What could have been better:
* It seemed unfair that Mel had a relationship with 3 of the 4 judges since it wasn't a blind tasting.
* Olivia is too over the top and needs to be made more realistic or given a good reason for acting like she does.
* The clues were pretty
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Jackie
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A little ridiculous at times and easy to guess the murderer but still fun read
Mark Baker
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2015
Mel and Angie have entered a pastry baking contest, hoping to beat their rival Olivia for the grand prize. The judges are mostly people Mel knew from culinary school, including her old mentor Vic Mazzotta. Vic can be a hard man to live, but Mel is still surprised when he is found dead inside an ice truck. Had he made a lethal enemy?

The book sets up the suspects and motives early on before Vics body is even found. I did feel the pacing sagged a bit in the middle, but for the most part, this was a
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Whitney
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is exactly like cupcakes! And it has the added bonus of a murder mystery.

The characters are all like cartoons. They argue like cartoons, they are enthusiastic like cartoons. For our main character Mel, and her friend Angie, they own a cupcake shop in Scottsdale Arizona, and the gals are described as "young, fun, and easy on the eyes." They have a best friend, a man, named Tate, and he and Angie are secretly in love with each other. He is sort of like a muppet, in my opinion. During a
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Sheri
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
First off I like the book covers to this series. 😊

Its time for the annual food festival in Scottsdale, and that includes the chefs challenges. This year, Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura, owners of Fairy Tale Cupcakes Bakery, have entered in the pastry division. Their competing against an ornery rival, Olivia Puckett, who has won for the past few years. Melanie knows several of the judges from when she was in culinary school and was the favorite pupil of one of them named Vic. Melanie says Vic
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Mayda
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy
Every book in this series is a tasty delight. Author Jenn McKinlay has developed some entertaining and likable characters in the personalities of Mel and Angie and the brothers as well as an exquisite antagonist who goes by the name of Olivia. In this third installment, a cooking contest is going on, and Mel and Angie are determined to beat the unsavory Olivia. But when one of the judges is discovered dead in a freezer, things definitely take a turn for the worse, and Mel and Angie are right in ...more
Dawn Michelle
THIS one was much better than the previous book in the series and I am so glad. Even though I had guess who did it AND why, the story was still good and it was interesting to see them come up with recipes with all the very weird ingredients they were given. This was a good read!
Michelle Randall
This is the third book in the Cupcake Bakery Series, and it was as well written andenjoyable as the first two!

I have enjoyed the characters, Tate, Mel, Angie, Uncle Stan, Joyce and all the DeLaura brothers! In this book, the Bakery gets an intern, Oz, that looks nothing like a baker, but turns out to have some mad skills!

The Scottsdale Food Festival is in town, and the Challenge to the Chefs is upon them. Mel and Angie entered the pastry division, and of course Olivia Puckett is entered and
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Marion
This is Book 3 of the Cupcake Bakery Series. Fairy Tale Cupcakes is in a food competition, and of course, Mel and Angie find another body. This time, it's a competition judge who happened to also be Mel's mentor in culinary school.

I'm liking the series more as we go further along and get to know the main characters better. It's also fun to learn more about "the brothers" LOL. The weak editing that bothered me in the first book has improved (at least on the kindle). Overall, these books are fun,
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Angel
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four murders in 6 months and all of them revolve in some way around one cupcake bakery..? No, it's not realistic but it sure is fun! Sometimes what you need is fun.
Mary Ann
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was another book that I borrowed for our trip in audio and Kindle format. As soon as a radio program my husband likes to listen to had ended, I was told to put the book on and then when we got home and the book wasn't finished, I was told that we had to listen to the rest as soon as we got in the car to run an errand (getting our dog from a family member).

In this story, Mel and Angie have entered a baking contest. The prize is $10,000 and they start getting up seriously early in the
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Dawn
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
After previously working my way through a nearly thousand-page epic, a quick, engaging cozy mystery was *exactly* what I needed. Stick me on a plane for a couple of hours, and I was easily over halfway through by the time we landed. I wasn't sure, at first, if the baking competition was going to feel trite as at least one other book in a series I read of this genre had already used this setting, but I didn't need to worry. Once I got going with this one, it wasn't long before I was wrapping this ...more
Connie N.
#3 in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series

This time Mel and Angie are competing in a cooking competition (sounding similar to Cupcake Wars) where there is a special surprise ingredient that must be used to make a dessert. Of course they are up against Olivia, and the animosity between them seems over-the-top to me, but it's typical of this series. I also was surprised that one of the judges was a special friend of Mel's, a former cooking school teacher. It seems like that wouldn't be allowed, or at
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Missy
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book #36 read in 2019

In the third entry of this series, Mel and Angie enter a baking competition. Of course, have to overcome many obstacles in the quest for the prize. Pesky things like Olivia, the rival baker, and murder. Thank goodness for Oz and Angie's brothers! There were many laugh out loud moments to make this a really enjoyable read!
Devi Nair
The sweetness of cupcakes and spiciness of a mystery makes this series a perfect recipe in cozy mystery. Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura along with Tate, Joe and other, especially Captain Jack Sparrow, the cat makes the stories believable along with being fun and interesting. Somewhere down the series, the story makes you start living their lives with them. Every dip in anyone mood makes the reader feels terribly sad and any happy moment makes it a teary moment while reading.
A cute cozy with a
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Elizabeth
I love Captain jack. I figured out the killer woot woot.
Teresa
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
~ 3.5 Stars ~
Hannah
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
FINALLY! The first mystery/murder book I have read where I actually guessed the killer right! Yay!



Maybe I should consider being a detective, eh?

.....
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Ah..well..


In this story, Mel and Angie are back and ready for a bake off! Olivia is also being as feisty as ever (Can't she just take a chill pill? It's not like Fairy Tale bakes anything beside cupcakes unlike Confections does...) ANYWAY Mel's college mentor, Vic Mazzotta, is one of the judges for the competition; much to Mel's delight. When Vic
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Kaye
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-challenge

In this year's Scottsdale's Food Festival, Angie DeLaura and Mel Cooper, owners of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery, are bound and determined to beat out their rival, Olivia Puckett. Olivia, not one to play nice, runs a rival bakery and has been a thorn in their side since they opened the doors to their own bakery.

Even though one of the judges, Vic Mazzotta, is an old mentor to Mel, the competition will still be a tough one. How can one prepare for the bake off when the mystery ingredient could
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Angela Holland
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What I liked: I liked how Melanie always seems to get herself tied up in solving the murder. I also liked the addition of Oz - I think I am going to like him. Jenn's writing style seems to flow to me and makes me not want to put the book down.
What I didn't Liked: I miss the old man from the second book, I hope he returns in the next book.
Overall Impression: Well Melanie and Angie seem to have found themselves mixed up in a murder again with finding Vic on ice. I enjoy the Melanie and Angie work
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This series is one I am so comfortable with that I know the next in the series will be equally as good. Yummy cupcake/dessert recipes are a bonus to an delectable murder mystery crime.

In "Death by the Dozen," we move to the streets of Old Town Scottsdale, where Melanie cooper and Angie DeLaura, enter a yearly competition for the Scottsdale Food Festival. It is one of those competitions by where a 'mystery ingredient' is introduced daily as the competitors dwindle down until there is the Best
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Jennifer Oberth
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love this series! Mel and Angie are at it again - making cupcakes and solving murders.
"FairyTale Cupcakes" enters a contest reminiscent of "Cupcake Wars," except while the bakers are coming up with recipes on the fly - using a mystery ingredient - someone starts murdering the judges.
It's a highly-entertaining read, despite some minor annoyances that in any other book might give me pause. For instance, Mel knows most of the judges and they even visit her shop or chat with her outside the
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