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Dark Chocolate Demise

(Cupcake Bakery Mystery #7)

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The New York Times bestselling Cupcake Bakery Mysteries bake up sweet surprises, but as the series continues, Mel and Angie are in for a fresh batch of trouble…

Scottsdale, Arizona, may not be the liveliest place on earth, but it’s never been as dead as this. Hundreds of fans have gathered together for the first annual Old Town Zombie Walk, and Mel, Angie, and the Fairy Ta
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Paperback, 284 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Berkley
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Moondance
"He looks really good in there," Angie DeLaura said.

This is the seventh book in A Cupcake Bakery Mystery. Mel, Angie, Tate and the crew from Fairy Tale Cupcakes are participating in a zombie walk. The group has rented a casket for photo opportunities beside the bakery's van. Everyone except Marty has gotten in the spirit of the day by dressing as zombies. Angie and Tate are a newly dead bride and groom while Mel and Oz are zombie bakers. The usual cupcakes have been revamped with new names and a
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Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well I'm loving the series so far. And like that the characters have grown a little, well a lot since the first book. But in this one wow was it a bit frustrating. Especially with Joe and Mel. But Angie and Tate have their share of frustrating moments as well.

Still love those two couples anyway.

You got cupcakes, Halloween theme or well zombie theme for this particular mystery. And that ending, I was like awww then it happened and I was like, oh great, now I got to wait for the next book.

Huh,
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Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Whenever a new book in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series comes out, I drop everything I’m doing to read it. And with this seventh book in the series, it was once again worth it!

DARK CHOCOLATE DEMISE is a yummy addition to this delicious series. Author Jenn McKenlay knows how to draw a reader in and keep them entertained. From the first line until the very last sentence, I was transfixed.

The characters in this series continue to delight me. The way they interact with one another is so very real.
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Peggy R
Another delicious entry in this series. This characters have really come to life and grabbed me with each new stories. This series is really one that is character driven more than mystery driven but I don't mind it because of how well written the characters are. The author has done a great job with crafting full, well-rounded, likable and relatable characters, both main and secondary. I love how she leaves each story with a little cliff hanger. Fortunately, I am binge reading my way through the ...more
LORI CASWELL
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015


Dollycas’s Thoughts

If you have read my reviews you know zombies are not my thing but A Zombie Walk with Mel, Angie, Tate, Oz and Marty, I will be there in New York Minute. These characters are a blast and wherever they go you know there is going to be CUPCAKES!! and probably a murder, but CUPCAKES!! How can you not want to go along on their wild ride?

Joe is working a big case and for the moment he and Mel are on the outs, but that is just because he wants to keep her safe. The gang from Fairy Ta
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Linda
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bingo
I love this series and it just keeps getting better. I find the characters to be likeable and relatable and the cupcakes sound great! This one continued with Joe's case from a previous book and continued on at a zombie walk. Some great scenes with the brothers doing bodyguard duty. These books are such fun and they are written in an easy to read style,
Melodie
Jul 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015
Jenn McKinlay has been a favorite of mine for some time, but lately this series and her Library Lovers series have not been up to par. In both, the sorry, worn out "love triangle" has been put into play. IMHO, that ploy is for lazy writers who have no idea how to deal with real relationships in good stories. Ms. McKinlay is very talented and should be SO above stooping to that. At least in the case of this series, it appears she might have resolved that. That was one good thing about this book. ...more
Amanda
This is more of a 2.5 book for me I'm sad to say. I just didn't care that much for this story and found myself skimming the last 50 pages. The constant "I'm not in danger when there is a possible hit man out there," got old real fast. I would believe, if you were dating a lawyer, who was trying to put a mob boss in jail, you and or possibly, the lawyers younger sister, would most definitely be on the hit list. The two main characters, Mel and Angie, really got on my nerves in this book. Their co ...more
❂ Jennifer
Jul 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Better than I expected it would be after being consistently disappointed with recent reads from this author, but still very average, especially compared to Ms. McKinlay's earlier books. Thankfully the stupid and worthless love triangles are over with, but the mystery was rather transparent.

Full review: http://jenn.booklikes.com/post/115155...
Dawn Frazier
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this series. Each one I read is like visiting friends. Mel and Angie are enjoying the Zombie Walk, when disaster strikes. Mel of course gets involved in trying to find out what happened, especially when it concerns Angie. Fun and fast paced, this book just makes me want the next one even quicker! Looking forward to finding out what happens next.
Pamela
Apr 18, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm starting to get annoyed with the main characters. Their decisions are too childish and headstrong, without thinking about those who care for them. I suppose if they don't grow up soon, I'll be stopping this series.

The redeeming part is that this book is fast paced and somewhat entertaining, but it's still difficult to read a book whose main characters you can't stand.
Suzanne
Apr 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This was 4 stars for awhile - I loved the cupcake descriptions, etc. But wow I hate the so common trope of sneaking off into dangerous situations -so dumb!
D
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lots of surprises! Mel definitely should be a police person; she has the instincts.
Debbie Lester
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jenn McKinlay fans are sure to love her latest book in the Cupcake Bakery series. Do you like zombies? Are you ready for the zombie apocalypse? In Dark Chocolate Demise, the zombies get a little out of control and one ends up really, really dead. Readers who love this series will find this mystery just as tasty as the recipes in the back of the book. McKinlay never disappoints with her well rounded characters and sinister plots. This involves everything from zombies to mobsters and then some... ...more
Fred
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
ark Chocolate Demise is the seventh book in the A Cupcake Bakery Mystery series.

This is another delicious read in the cupcake series and wonderful sounding recipes are included with the book.

Scottsdale's Old Town in holding it first annual Zombie Walk and everybody at Fairy Tale Cupcakes is getting into the spirit by dressing up as zombies. They have baked themed cupcakes for the gathering and have also secured a prop casket that they will position by their bakery truck in hopes of drawing even
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RebeccaS
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Some serious relationship drama and near death experiences in this one. Mel is again mixed up in a confusing semi-love triangle (two men vying for her attention, but pretending they aren't). Angie and Tate are fighting and trying to figure out how to love each other without being 1) controlling or 2) rebellious. The mystery was interesting and emotions were definitely running higher than normal. I loved the comic relief provided by the brothers and Marty and Oz in this one, to break from fact th ...more
Sarah
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My favorite cozy series. Hands down. Love it. I love the setting, the characters, everything about it. Dark Chocolate Demise didn't disappoint! Mel, Angie and the gang keep trucking along, this time heading to the Old Town Zombie Walk, where Mel has designed several zombie-themed cupcakes. Of course Tate and Angie have drama; when do they not but their story moves along nicely. In addition, Angie's other brothers make their amusing appearances (I wonder what it was like to grow up in a house wit ...more
Mark Baker
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2016
Fairy Tale Cupcakes are selling cupcakes at the end of the first annual Zombie walk in town, and Mel, Angie, and the rest of their staff are getting into the spirit of things. But the fun takes a dark turn when Mel finds a body stuffed into the coffin outside their cupcake truck – a body that hits very close to home. Who was the target and why?

This book is a little darker than others in the series based on the plot alone, but we are talking a shade darker – cozy fans will still love it. The myst
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Doward Wilson
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Murder, mobsters, cupcakes and love gone wrong! What more to you want in a fast paced mystery? Scottsdale, Arizona is hosting the first ever Old Town Zombie Walk and the crew at Fairy Tale Cupcakes is participating. Meet Mel, Angie, Tate, Oz and Marty as they wade thru zombies to find a real dead body in a coffin they are using. When the body is eerily similar to Angie in costume and looks everyone goes on the alert. Angie's brother, Joe, is prosecuting a vicious mobster and it appears that he i ...more
Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
I am hoping for a return to the old Mel & Angie in the next installment because the two women in this book were just plain silly. I still have hope that this series will return to it's roots because it used to be one of my top 3 cozy series.
Daniell
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
These have defiantly become one of my favorite series! It has all the right elements for a fabulous cozy. And this one adds the mob and zombies! Although I go to bed at night dreaming of decadent cupcakes the mystery is satisfying. The next one can't come out soon enough!
Stefanie
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was so much better than the others I've read. And that was a great ending. Can't wait to see where it leads to.
FangirlNation
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dark Chocolate Demise by Jenn McKinlay picks up where Sugar and Iced left off, with Mel's being estranged from the love of her life, Joe Delora, older brother of Mel's partner, Angie. Joe is taking on a huge mob boss, Frank Tucci, until now untouchable in his position as Assistant District Attorney, and he fears for Mel's safety if he is known to be still associated with her. Then one night Mel, Angie, and Tate, Angie's fiance and the women's partner in the Fairy Take Cupcake Shop, go to the Old ...more
Caitlin Copp
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: september-2018
This is a great series. I like the dynamic between Angie and Mel and all the other characters. In the seventh book Mel and Joe have broken up due to the fact that Joe is the prosecutor on a high profile mob case. He broke up with Mel to keep her safe and has distanced himelf from the family and the bakery. Angie and Tate and staring to plan their wedding, making Mel feel a little like a third wheel. In the midst of all this the team is working at a Zombie Walk and they are dressed to the nines. ...more
Patricia Romero
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
First this book contains more scrumptious recipes in the back. That alone makes it a good read for me!

Full of Zombies, Mobsters and even Rock Stars, this one had all the ingredients to make a good read!

I don’t think there is a character in this series that I don’t like. Except Olivia… They are all so relatable and funny. Especially all the DeLaura boys!

With Joe working a Mob case that puts his family in danger, Mel is going solo while Tate and Angie are blissfully in love. Even dressing as bride
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Mayda
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozies, mystery
Mel and her crew are selling cupcakes at the zombie walk-around. Marty even poses in a coffin for a while, and then gives the zombies their chance for a photo shoot in it, too. It’s all a lot of fun, until a real corpse shows up in the casket. The dead zombie was a dead ringer for Angie, lookalikes who were dressed alike. Joe is prosecuting a mobster, and now it looks like his family may be on the hit list. This series continues to be exciting and the intensity level is definitely on the upswing ...more
Beverly
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: af-mystery
I just finished Dark Chocolate Demise by Jenn McKinlay, and can't say that I was much impressed. Mel did a couple of things that made her TSTL. And her indecision between Joe and Manny reminded me too much of Stephanie Plum's indecision between her Joe and Ranger.
Which means, I like her Library Lover's mysteries much better. Maybe because I am also a librarian and can relate to those stories better.
Diana Turner
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Okay, I have to say that Mel doesn't always seem to have her best interests at heart. She also has difficulty determining when someone loves her romantically. Despite those things, I love her spunk, her loyalty to her friends, and her desire to help others. Her cupcakes all sound amazing too. Can't wait for the next installment.
Amanda
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking, cozy, mystery
Such a fun and tasty series! I love the characters and the Scottsdale cupcake shop setting. The mystery in Dark Chocolate Demise is layered and a bit surprising at the end. Mal and Angie's love lives take a few unexpected twists and turns throughout the book, and Marty and Oz add humor to the whole thing. Can't wait to read the next one!
Ana
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There were some sad parts and some very exciting moments. Life is not easy for cupcake bakers Mel and Angie and their assorted family and friends. They are selling cupcakes at a charity Zombie walk where a Zombie bride is shot. Was she the target, or was Angie --also dressed as a Zombie bride-- the target? Does it have anything to do with brother Joe's case against mobster Frank Tucci, or, as the organizer claims, a government conspiracy? With Roach back in town and Tate uber jealous, the list o ...more
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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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