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Dying for a Cupcake

(Devereaux's Dime Store #4)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  488 ratings  ·  81 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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Jan 14, 2015 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
Mar 09, 2015 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
Kaitlin G
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can’t tell you how much I love this series. I wish I was Dev. The author wrote the characters so well. In this book, it kept you guessing until the end. You would not guess the killer until the very end. Again, amazing and I’m on to the next book in this series today.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Probably my favorite of the Dime Store cozy mysteries so far. A really well done mystery with fun characters and a good resolution. I felt like I learned something about some of the characters, and Swanson introduced a few new characters that have potential. Plus, the ending sets up plenty additional conflict to come.

I tend to rate these a bit higher, perhaps, because of Swanson's Scumble River series, which is set basically in my home town. But this series has proven with this one that it can s
Debbie Lester
Mar 24, 2015 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
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 07, 2014 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 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 beco ...more
Linda Sizemore
Mar 06, 2015 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 rated it really liked it
Loved! This is a great cozy series!
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely love this series. I've been reading them nonstop and I can't wait to dive into the next one. The characters are wonderful and the murders are so fun/silly that these have me begging for more.
Sara Smith
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I do like that this series is focusing more on the mysteries now and less on the romance aspect although the introduction of a third guy into the mix doesn't make the decision any more settled for Dev.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
A guilty pleasure
Teri Griffis
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Denise Swanson writes a hell of a mystery!!!!! Love Dev and friends and can picture the dime store in my mind every time something is mentioned about it.
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoy the characters. Fun read.
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I think that I was expecting more from this book.I found it boorish and quite juevenile at times.It did have a surprise ending though,but with not much leading up to it.
Jamie Tedford
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it
too bad nothing happened to Kizzy....I hate bullies with a passion
Delores Alger
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Nice cozi. Its fun to follow her characters from book to book.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the addition of Coop!
Mar 20, 2015 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
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kayt

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt

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
Review originally posted:Traveling With T

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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)
Feb 25, 2015 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
Mar 04, 2015 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)
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
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 unfo ...more
May 09, 2015 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 02, 2015 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
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Denise Swanson lives in rural Illinois with her husband, classical composer David Stybr.

After 22 years as a practicing school psychologist, she's happiest sitting in her scree porch reading. However, when the weather turns too cold, she's willing to leave the Midwest to cruise the sunny Caribbean.

Denise is an animal lover, but her home is currently furless, since her kitty of 20 years passed awa

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