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Fireworks, A Firecracker & Foul Play

(Death by Cupcake #5)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  20 reviews
How do you plan the perfect July 4th wedding with the groom in jail for murder?

Anna is not about to find out. And no way is she getting married in the jail house. Not happening. Instead, she’s off to uncover the actual murderer, because there’s no way her fiancé Logan would hurt anyone. Yeah, sure, he looks kind of intimidating, but he’s a cop. He fights crime. He doesn’t
Kindle Edition, 125 pages
Published May 1st 2020 by D.E. Haggerty
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DJ Sakata
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Favorite Quotes:

He’s a hot fireman. If I didn’t have Logan, I’d drool all over him. Who am I kidding? I still drool over the man.

My pink hair might have been a dead giveaway. For some reason, gangbangers don’t usually have colorful hair. Their loss.

My Review:

This was a fun and lively read that was shot through with snarky humor and smirk-worthy wit. And clocking in at 110 pages it was a quick and satisfying treat that left me jonesing for sugar and eager to dive into the next installment.
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fireworks, a Firecracker and Foul Play by D.E. Haggerty is a straightforward mystery involving the killing of a criminal, a drug distributor. It is an OK Mystery. What makes it special is the leading lady, the solver of the mystery, the heroine, if you will. Her name is Anna. Her nicknames include Pixie and Pinkie. Pinkie because her hair is often dyed pink...Pixie based on her stature. Quirky seems too simple a word for her personality. It is difficult to write a quirky character and do it well ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
If you are looking for a mystery series that is a quick read (say over lunch) then check this series out. Not only is their a mystery to be solved, but the quick pace and humor will also keep you entertained. I know I was chuckling throughout the book.

Anna is quite the character. At 5' nothing and hair that changes color with her moods, she is a force to be reckoned with especially when it comes to her man, Logan. It doesn't matter that he is a police officer and better equipped to handle findin
Rosemary K
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Anna is busy putting the finishing touches on her 4th of July wedding. It's going to be perfect. She's baking scrumptious treats. Unfortunately fate throws her a curve ball. Her soon to be husband is the prime suspect in the murder of a gang banger. Is she going to let Logan serve time for a crime he didn't do? No way! Anna and her friends will find who the real murderer is. Anna is a master baker but there is so much more to this feisty lady. No stone will be left unturned as she investigates. ...more
Dawn Halverson
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The latest and fifth entry in D. E. Haggerty’s Death By Cupcake series, “Fireworks, A Firecracker, & Foul Play,” is a fabulous addition to this already wonderful cozy series! In this newest book, Anna is baking up a storm and getting ready for her July 4th wedding which is only one short week away. Anna, a feisty pixie of a firecracker, getting married on the day of fireworks and firecrackers galore is just too ironically perfect! Before Anna and her police officer groom, Logan, can get to the a ...more
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fireworks, A Firecracker & Foul Play is the fifth book in D.E. Haggerty’s Death By Cupcake series. This book is a fast-paced wild ride of a story that follows Anna and her two friends along as they race against the clock to prove that Anna’s fiancé Logan isn’t the guilty party in the murder of the gang leader before her big wedding happening on the 4th of July.
Fireworks, A Firecracker & Foul Play is the first book that I have read by D.E. Haggerty, but this book can easily be read as a stand-al
Andrea Jackson
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fireworks, A Firecracker & Foul Play by D.E. Haggerty is the first book that I've read in what seems like is going to be at least a 6 book series.This is book 5, and no matter if it's late in the series the characters are so likeable they quickly draw you in. Anna, or "pixie" as she is described, is a firecracker. She's short, dyes he hair unusual colors, bakes up a dessert storm, and is a bridezilla when it comes to saving her detective fiance (Logan) from a crime he is accused of right before ...more
Renee Collins
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Intriguing, fast paced, humor, and just plain fun! Throughly enjoyed this book. With all that is happening in this world, taking time out to read this book, lifted my mood! I highly reccomend it for anyone who loves cozy mysteries! Looking forward in anticipation to next book!
Melanie Mckinney
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is about Anna, Callie, and Kristie. Anna herself is a bit of a firecracker. She is very upset to find out that her fiancé Logan (a detective) is mistakenly accused of a crime that he did not commit and is placed in jail just weeks before their 4th of July wedding. Anna, Callie, and Kristie are ready to go and investigate why he was placed in jail for a crime he did not commit (especially since he is a detective). They are committed to solving this crime before it is too late, and Anna’ ...more
Roxx Tarantini
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Anna is working on her wedding cupcake cake when Ben - Callie's cop fiancé - arrives at the cake shop to tell her Logan - her fiancé - is IN jail, for the alleged murder of a gang member.  The gang he was investigating under cover.  Doesn't matter how many people tell her not to, Anna is determined to investigate and figure out who actually did it.  After all, she's supposed to be getting married in fourteen days!

“It’s not like the homicide detectives in this town are always the most competent.
Vicki May
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The latest installment of Death by Cupcake is not only a race to the alter but also to solve a murder before there is a jailhouse groom. Anna, Callie and Kristie are quirky and hilarious, as always, while they bake and investigate the killing of a gang leader. The friendship and fun only increases with each book. Fireworks, A Firecracker and Foul Play kept me guessing whodunnit until the end. A great mystery that is a quick read with great recipes. I look forward to the next book in this series.
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cupcake baker Anna is so excited about her up and coming 4th of July wedding, that nothing is standing in her way, even if the groom is in jail for murder! Logan, her police detective fiancé, is accused of murdering a local thug and it's landed him in jail. Anna is determined to prove his innocence and make sure her wedding is going as planned. Between baking cupcakes for the shop and samples for her wedding, Anna and Callie set off to find the real murderer. Who wanted Drake, the local gangbang ...more
Alicia Kozak
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
As if planning a wedding isn't enough, Anna must prove her fiance's innocence to ensure he's not spending the honeymoon in jail.
As always, this is a fun, fast read with some delicious recipes at the end to try. Anna, Callie, and Kristie are a great group of friends, fun and funny. The killer was unexpected, as the character kind of came out of nowhere. But definitely worth a read.
Marsha Giese
May 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I found it really hard to read this book. I just couldn't connect with the characters or the story line. It was just all round unappealing.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, own, rmrn
With her July 4th wedding just a week away, Anna is getting everything ready and baking non-stop. I love all the girls from Callie's Cakes and Anna is adorable. She is a bold, fun-loving woman. I love how she changes her hair colour with her mood. The wedding plans are moving along as scheduled. Until Callie's fiancé, Logan, is the prime suspect in the murder of a local gang leader. Callie is not letting him go to jail for a crime he didn't commit or let this mess-up her wedding. So she and her ...more
N.N. Light
What a tasty treat this book is for the reader! The book reads like you are indulging in the guilty pleasure of using your finger to get every last bit of frosting out of the cupcake box. Anna is a firecracker, who may only be five feet tall, but she lives and bakes at about eight feet tall.

When her soon to be hunky hubby is considered a suspect in a murder, there is no one who can stop her from putting down a spatula and picking up the investigation.

Living with the admirable mantra 'there is n
Oct 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2020
Anna, Callie and Kristie rush to solve the mystery of who killed a gang member to keep Anna’s fiancé, Logan out of jail for their upcoming wedding. I loved all the descriptions of the cupcakes and would love to try all of them. The mystery itself was ok but I found it hard to connect to any of the characters. I did appreciate the main character's quirkiness. There was an over abundance of idioms used in this short story that could have used more spacing out. ...more
Kara Marks
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the 5th book in a series, but works fine as a standalone. It’s a quick read and fast-paced. I didn’t connect a lot with the characters, but I think I would more if I read the series from the beginning; I’d be interested in reading more in this series or by this author. The mystery was intriguing and the resolution satisfying. I think that most cozy readers would like this light read. I was provided a copy of this book, but these opinions are my own.
Nov 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked this book, but not as well as the first 4. It just seemed too rushed, although since it took place in the 2 weeks before July 4th, Anna’s wedding day, I guess it would be a little rushed. But Anna, Callie and Kristie’s investigations this time just don’t click for me. Of course, the murder does get solved, partly with their help. One more book in the series, can’t wait to read it.
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very good. Anna is getting married on the fourth of July...or is she?? Great series.
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