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Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker

(Death by Cupcake #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  155 ratings  ·  48 reviews
A murder suspect? Her?

Callie's dreams are threatened when the police accuse her of murdering her pole dancing instructor. She didn't even want to take those stupid pole dancing classes!

No way is Callie letting anything get between her and her dream. Together with best baker bud Anna, she embarks on a journey to uncover the real killer.

Nothing is stopping them - not even a
Kindle Edition, 183 pages
Published April 11th 2016
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Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
A cupcake + a pole dance instructor = murder.

A baker + death threats = mystery.

One hot detective + One year courtship = one big decision.

Callie whips up that tastiest cupcakes this side of town, and Detective Hottie sure loves being around her, especially after Callie and her ex broke up. Despite the attention she gets, she still feels insecure about her body. So she signs up for a pole dancing class and meets terror instructor, Dolly.

Dolly and Callie never gets along. The slim pole dancer often
N.N. Light
Callie is the best thing since Bridget Jones. She’s a cupcake baker/bakery owner by day and a part time German literature professor in her spare time. She runs the bakery with her best friend, Anna, and tries not to drool every time Detective Hottie (Ben) asks her out. See, Callie doesn’t believe Ben when he says she’s the woman of his dreams because she has trouble seeing her body in a healthy way (totally can relate).

Anna, in her role as pixie best friend, enrolls the two of them for pole-dan
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Laugh-Out-Loud Fun!"

How much did I love this??? This read was simply too much fun!

Someone is trying to frame bakery owner and part-time college professor, Callie Muller, for murder. With two detectives who are more like badly played TV cops than real professionals, Callie realizes that to avoid jail and save her job, she’ll need to do a lil investigating on her own. Okay, Callie doesn’t realize it in the beginning, it’s actually her pink-haired, diminutive bestie, Anna. And trust me here – ANNA
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May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
DE Haggerty has hit it out of the park again. This is so funny and entertaining. You will not stop smiling and laughing even though we are in a murder mystery. You will even embroil yourself in the whodunit and play clue along with Ben, Callie and Ana.

Ben-the sweet tenacious cop who has been trying for a year to get Callie to go out with him. He is sweet, kind, caring and protective. Watching him show Callie that she is all that he wants and more is sexy and heartwarming. Example the scene in th
Mike Billington
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Callie Muller is a curvy woman with a doctorate in German literature who just happens to own a cupcake bakery.
She is unattached because her last boyfriend walked out one day after telling her she had to lose weight.
Her dream is to become a full-time professor at the local university, where she currently teaches a couple of classes as an adjunct, but until that happens she's running the bakery she inherited when the previous owner died. Her life isn't bad, it's just not great even though the
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty

Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker
By DE Haggerty
4-4.5 Stars

Haggerty whips up the perfect recipe for a cozy with a heap of laughs, a sweet and sexy romance, scrumptious characters, and a mystery to die for.

Bakery owner and college professor, Callie, isn't the most self assured woman. She can't even believe Detective Hottie could have any genuine interest in her, despite the fact that he's been trying to go out with her for the last year! Having a boyfriend who was jerk and always criticizing he

Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker is a charming cozy mystery, a perfect read to snuggle up on the sofa with on a Sunday afternoon.

Callie is such an endearing and relatable character- she's intelligent, successful, and fiesty; she has an awesome friend and business partner, and a sexy cop who is quite determined to finally make her his. But like a lot of women she's not comfortable with her body and has a hard time accepting that hot cop Ben could be really interested in her, because of course
Lustful Literature
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it

Debbie's Review

4 Suspensefully Funny Stars!

This is the first book I have read from this author but it certainly will not be the last. I loved the humor and funny back and forth banter between all the characters.

“Stressed spelled backwards in desserts. Coincidence? I think not.”

This is the story of Callie who owns Callie’s Cakes. Her best friend happens to be the baker at her shop. I loved the chemistry and relationship she had with her BFF, Anna. Callie has been crushing on Detective Hottie,
Ashley  Hayes
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Callie is a fluffy girl, bakery owner and part time professor who gets accused of murdering her pole dancing class instructor. LOL That alone would have drawn me in without all the additional awesomeness included in this book. There are so many good parts in this book that I can't even list them all and some of them would be spoilers so you'll just have to take my word for it. You won't be sorry.

Now for some of the other characters: Anna is Callie's best friend and a pink-haired spitfire who pu
Olga Miret
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cupcakes, pole dancing, murder and amusement I am reviewing this book as part of Rosie’s Book Review Team and I received a free copy of the novel in exchange for an unbiased review.
From the description I thought this book sounded like a fun and light read, and indeed it is. We have the adventures of Callie, a woman who had to work hard to get her doctorate and now teaches at university, although only on a part-time basis, whilst also running a bakery with her friend, Anna. She’s just come out of
Eating Between
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Who doesn’t love cupcakes? No one that is who and if you don’t loe cupcakes we can;t be friends cause honestly I don;t need that kind of negativity in my life…. Just kidding! Seriously though this book was everything I was craving! Not only are the characters full of snark and sarcasm which is everything for me but they are hilarious and realistic. Callie herself as a chip one her shoulder but I loved watching the relationship that blooms between her and Ben fill that chip.

You can find the rest
Teresa Kander
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
One of my favorite authors, cupcakes, and cozy mystery--it's a trifecta of perfection!! This is the fifth book I've read by this author, and I have yet to be disappointed. From chick-lit to cozy mysteries, she is a winner!

This series features Callie, a curvy woman who owns a bakery and is a professor of German literature at the local university. She has very low self-esteem and self-confidence, in spite of being chased for the past year by Detective Hottie, as Anna, her pink-haired pixie of a ba
Christy Wilson
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another fun cozy mystery from DE Haggerty!

Callie is the curvy beauty who owns a bakery. She has caught the eye of Detective Hottie, and with some strong encouragement from her bestie Anna, she finally finds herself dating him. She also finds herself in a pole dancing class.

Callie is the immediate target of the teacher, Dolly, who isn't a fan of "curvy" women in her class, which doesn't sit well with Callie. Callie burns Dolly fairly well in front of the class.

A few days later, Dolly is found mur
DJ Sakata
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Favorite Quotes:

Anna’s not even five feet tall and, with her bright pink spiky hair, easily confused with a pixie. The girl doesn’t even weigh enough to donate blood – let alone drag a heifer like me across my kitchen.

I debate leaving my glasses in my locker but decide I’d rather look like the nerd I am than be the idiot that knocks herself out when she walks into a door. It wouldn’t be the first time.

My Review:

D.E. Haggerty is a sure thing – she has never failed to put a smirk on my face. Her l
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, romance, series
Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker (Death by cupcake #1) by D. E. Haggerty
This book was such a fun book to read. This cozy mystery is about Callie, she owns a successful bakery and teaches at the local university. She has a baker who is awesome named Anna, and Anna has decided that Callie needs some help in the exercise department and signs them up for a pole dancing class. I personally have never done a pole dancing class and neither has Callie. Well poor Callie, she doesn’t hit it off well wit
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one pinch mystery and a whole bunch of fun! I enjoyed this book so much and I think part of it was I had no idea what to expect. This was the first time reading this author and I found myself smiling throughout the story. Callie is perfect and I would love to hang out with her! She is a character that almost everyone will be able to relate to. She isn't a tall, thin, Barbie doll type and isn't ashamed of it, in fact, she embraces it! Callie goes to a pole dancing class with her friend an ...more
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker, is D. E. Haggerty's first novel in the Death by Cupcake Series. As an opener, it's wonderful.

I loved Callie, and her everyday, every woman issues. Her "Detective Hottie" sounds hot as well. If I have any complaint, I didn't feel like I knew him well enough.This cost me 1/2 a star, for a total of 4 1/2 stars rounded to 5. I'm very hopeful we learn a great deal more about him in
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Callie has a cupcake bakery, which she runs with best friend Anna. Every day, detective Ben visits the bakery to ask Callie out, but she won't budge as she thinks he is out of her league. Anna enrolls them in a pole dancing class to boost Callie's confidence, but the teacher named Dolly is a real bitch. She constantly remarks on Callie's size.

When Dolly is murdered Callie is arrested. Her being a suspect leads to her being suspended from her new job as a university professor in German lit. Anna
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A funny, sexy, sweet, even a bit suspenseful read!! I loved this book from start to finish. Callie is a curvaceous and down to earth woman that has no clue how gorgeous she is, especially to certain detective that is smitten with her. One day her friend drags her to a pole dancing class where she encounters the most evil human being that tries to make her feel less of person because she isn't a size 2. Callie doesn't let it bring her down nor stop her from attending the class which pushes this i ...more
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Callie is accused of murder which gives Ben the perfect opportunity to get closer to her. Callie's friend Anna tries to help her clear her name and find the killer. This is a fun and fast read. Once I started it was hard to put down. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.
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Sandra Lopez
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Callie is a bakery owner with a size 14 body and the hots for the local detective. To make her see her sexy side, her friend enlists her for pole dancing classes. Yikes! Well, it wouldn’t be so bad if the skinny pole dancing instructor would stop picking on her and calling her fat. In short, Calling was short, overweight, and a total nerd, so, therefore, there is no way that hunky Ben would want her. But he does. In fact, the first part of the book concentrates on Ben and Callie starting off, wh ...more
Evelyn Grabas
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was a cute read - Would have been better without the grammatical errors. When are these writers going to take enough pride in their work and hire a COMPETENT proofreader before submitting it for publication.
The characters and storyline were good, although I picked the dr.'s wife as the perp as soon as her name came up at the dr.'s office. Not for the reason she actually did it, (the clue to that was very vague) but her whole demeanor and actions simply cried "see me" "see me".
Would love to r
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Babes on poles

Loved it. An average woman who feels unloved due to being dumped due to her size, a bakery, a meddling friend, pole dancing, murder and attempted murder make this a terrific read. She is completely out of her depth when she starts investigating but grows in confidence as the book progresses. In part due to the handsome detective who won't take no for an answer. Great read that really pulls you in.
Carol Baker
This is a cute story with likeable characters. The dialogue and interactions seemed to be targeted for my gen x children rather than "granny" me, however I enjoyed the book. I liked that each chaper started with a cute saying about cupcakes. If you are looking for a fun, light, summer read, I would recommend this as an entertaining choice.
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick, fun read!

This is an enjoyable and lighthearted cozy. It’s a bit on the shorter side. I would have liked to see more of a developed relationship between Callie and Ben. It’s a bit rushed. The mystery was interesting and I can say I was guessing til the end which is always fun. Definitely worth a read!
Jay Williams
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a clone of many other cozy mysteries. The characters should be familiar to regular readers. Nonetheless it is well-written and has a number of fun moments. It probes some interesting areas for a cozy. Anna, the skinny cupcake baker, creates worthwhile activities that add to the fun.
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun Who-done it

A cute thriller about a gal who owns a cupcake bakery and hopes to become a professor. She is framed for a murder she didn't commit. A detective who is sweet on her along with her good friend and baker work to prove her innocence
Tarra Davis
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing start to the series

Omg!! I couldn't get enough of this book, I read it in on sitting and didn't want it to end!! I am so glad it continues with Anna's story!! I can't wait to read the next one in the series!!
E. Myer
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lively pace and a really fun protagonist - what a great read!
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