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Christmas Cupcakes and a Caper

(Death by Cupcake #4)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  36 reviews
It’s all candy cane cupcakes and peppermint coffee until you find a dead elf on your doorstep.

Only the elf wasn’t a real elf, because elves don’t actually exist – not even at Christmas time. A college student dressed like an elf decided taking a nap on the stoop of Callie's Cakes in sub-zero winter temps was a good idea. It wasn’t. Anna, the pink-haired baker extraordinair
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Published November 1st 2019
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DJ Sakata
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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“An elf died on our doorstep,” Anna repeats. He does a slow blink before shaking his head. “You know, a few months ago, I would have been shocked by those words coming out of anyone’s mouth. Now?” He shrugs.

He chuckles and waves as he walks out the door. I may be annoyed with him, but nothing can stop me from watching him walk away. The view is too fantastic to pass up.

I could easily push her out of the way. I’m a half a foot taller than her and weigh substantially more than her.
N.N. Light
Callie, Anna and Kristie are back for a yummy holiday cozy mystery. When the ladies discover a dead man dressed as an elf on the front stoop of Callie’s Cakes, Anna’s ready to dive into the sleuthing. Callie, not so much. Between teaching and running her own business, she’s spent. Add the mysterious actions of her boyfriend and Callie is ready to throw in the towel. But Anna’s enthusiasm won’t be quenched, no matter how much booze she sneaks into her cupcakes, so Callie and Kristie tag along. So ...more
Alicia Kozak
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Three friends investigate a murder after finding a dead elf on the doorstep to their bakery. The "elf" turns out to be a student they all know, and his reputation may have led to his murder.
The women of Callie's Cakes have been friends a long time and it shows in their interactions. The humor and dialogue between Callie, Kristie, and Anna is believable and genuine. You want to hang out with this fun bunch. I also enjoyed the expressions used by them ("flaming candy canes", "holy chocolate snowme
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If your looking for a super sweet, funny, Christmas story....look no further, you’ve found it!!! This is one of the cutest, funniest and loving stories that I’ve read in a long time. This story is so good that I swear I’ve got the “book hangover” from a cute cozy. I’m having the hardest time trying to find my next read because I’m still hooked on how great this story was. You’ll laugh and fall in love with the awesome characters, Anna is my absolute favorite, well I love all 3 women, but Anna’s ...more

It's always so fun to revisit the cupcake crew, you never know what these gals will be getting mixed up in next! Well, other than murder and mayhem! And that's definitely what we got with Christmas Cupcakes and a Caper. When the ladies find a dead college student on the doorstep of their bakery, they can't help but want to find out why- why he was murdered and why he was left there.

Okay, it might be Anna who really wants to figure out the whys, but as usual, she's able to rope Callie and Kristy
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fun Christmas murder mystery! I very much enjoyed Christmas Cupcakes and a Caper (Death by Cupcake, #4) by D.E. Haggerty. Since it is a novella, it was a quick read and a great story. While I’ve not read any other books in this series, I quickly got acquainted with the characters. Callie, Kristie, and Anna run a cupcake bakery by day and can’t help investigating murders, especially when the murder victim (an Elf who was also one of Callie’s students) shows up on their doorstep!

The invest
An Elf in the doorway of Callie’s Cakes....a
dead Elf none the less....What a way to start
the day!!!
Turns out the murdered Elf was actually one
of Callie’s students. He volunteered at the
community center that Kristie funds plus he
was a regular buyer of Anna’s cupcakes.
The murdered Elf was placed in the doorway
on purpose. Why was he placed at Callie’s
Cakes? Why and where was he murdered?
Will this murder ruin the Christmas holiday
and Christmas spirit?
The three girls from Callie’s Cakes....Anna,
Cathy Ryan
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Christmas Cupcakes & a Caper is another humorous adventure in the cozy mystery series starring Callie, Anna and Kristie from Callie’s Cakes. As Kristie went to open the shop she found an elf sat on the floor, leaning against the door. As the door opened the elf fell inside. Assuming he was drunk, Callie tried to wake him up, but to no avail. There was no pulse, so Callie called 911. It turns out the three ladies recognised the man. He was a student at the university where Callie teaches and they ...more
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a cozy mystery then this book is for you. It has a wonderful set of characters, whom interact well with one another. I love how Kristie, Anna and Callie have such a strong friendship. Kristie and Anna fight like crazy and Callie is their referee. It is hilarious.

This book starts off when the girls' discover a dead elf on the front steps of their bakery Callie's Cakes. With a new murder mystery thrown on their doorsteps, the girls have no choice but to investigate. But tha
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
I don't think I have read anything by this author that I didn't enjoy! This book is humorous and kept me engaged from the first page to the last.  I liked that it was a shorter read, it was just the right length to read before I went to sleep.

This series centers around three women that are good friends, they have hunky men that adore them and there is a cupcake shop involved with mouth-watering sweet treats.  All is going well until an elf shows up dead on the shop's doorsteps.  It is then off t
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-food
It is always fun to revisit with Callie and her friends, and as an additional bonus these a quick reads that are ideal for a commute or whilst waiting for an appointment!

Callie is in need of comfort in the form of Cupcakes, her boyfriend Ben (the Detective) has become secretive and seems to be withdrawing, Callie is scared that he is bored with her and about to dump her (and just before Christmas!) so her friends and co-workers, Anna the Cupcake Baker and Kristie the Barista (and founder of a lo
Rosemary K
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The festive holiday spirit came to a halt when a dead elf is found in front of Callie's Cakes. This is a serious problem! Callie and her friends need to find the killer and learn why the body was placed at the bakery. I knew they would get to the truth. These ladies are resourceful. They know how to follow the clues. Callie is a professor at the college so she can keep track of all the gossip. Anna, the baker, uses her scrumptious cupcakes as a bribe to get information. Kristie is passionate abo ...more
Teresa Kander
Anna, Callie, and Kristie are back in their fourth adventure, and they are still as entertaining as ever. While the first three books each focused on one of the three women, giving us a deeper insight into her personality and backstory, this one showcases each of them throughout, using their individual skills and talents to the fullest, proving once again what a great team they make.

The easy rapport between the three women is very well written, drawing us into their inner circle of friendship a
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the fourth book in the Death by Cupcake series and is a holiday novella. A very quick read! I have not read any of the others in the series and while you can read this on its own, a bit more background information would have been helpful. The characters are quirky but the murder was wrapped up very hastily, even for a novella. Great for getting into a holiday mood, though. I was craving a peppermint coffee!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review. The opinions are my own.
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by this author and I really enjoyed this short read. Callie, Anna and Kristie are a fun trio amateur detectives. Especially Anna, she is like a little elf energizer bunny. She is small in height and uses it to her advantage. Running,jumping and bouncing, it's so cute.
The girls run a cupcake shop which Callie and Anna are partners. Anna claims everyone loves her cupcake. And with the favors described I can see why. I'm glad the author gives us recipes at the end. I will ce
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This year, one elf won’t be celebrating the holiday season… Callie seems to have it all. Well, except for time. With owning a busy bakery and having a demanding adjunct professor schedule at the local university, Callie just doesn’t have any extra time available during the Christmas season, but when she and her employees find a dead elf leaning on the bakery’s door, her friends convince her to do a little sleuthing.

D.E. Haggerty's Christmas Cupcakes and a Caper is the 4th installment of the Deat
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Christmas Cupcakes and a Caper is the fourth book in the Death by Cupcake series. I enjoyed this light-hearted and fun Christmas cozy culinary mystery that takes place in Wisconsin. The story begins with the body of a student dressed as an elf left in front of Callie’s Cakes. When it turns out he was murdered, Callie, along with her two friends and coworkers, Anna and Kristie, once again play the part of amateur detectives.

I like the entertaining epigraphs D.E. Haggerty has included at the start
Robbie Cheadle
Nov 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Christmas Cupcakes and a Caper is a short murder mystery starring three friends Anna, Callie and Kristie who discover a dead body on the doorstep of the bakery Callie and Anna co-own one evening in the run-up to Christmas. The ladies call the police and all three of the ladies boyfriends, two of whom are involved in law enforcement and one of whom is a firefighter, arrive on the scene to assist their girlfriends in dealing with the situation.

Callie, a lecturer at the local university, as well a
Andra Weis
Oct 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Christmas Cupcakes & A Caper is the fourth book in the Death By Cupcake series written by D. E. Haggerty. This is also the first book by this author that I have read. This is a fun, quick read (a novella).

Right on the first page my interest was grabbed:

“I moan as the taste of chocolate and fluffy cream combine to create heaven in my mouth but then the heavenly cream melts and a burn replaces it. My eyes water and I start to cough. “What the heck did you put in these? I somehow manage to ask.”

I w
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Christmas Cupcakes and a Caper is part of the “Death by Cupcake” series by D.E. Haggerty. Listed as a novella in the series, it is a short story following the women of Callie’s Cakes and their investigation into the murder of an elf on the shop’s doorstep.

I have not read the other books in this series, but it was easy to pick up the story without the background knowledge of the characters. However, as a novella/short story, it felt very rushed and not a lot of depth to the story. Sometimes it w
Vicki May
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book. My review is entirely voluntary. I had not read the other books in the Death by Cupcake series but will now eagerly start from the beginning because I enjoyed book 4, Christmas Cupcakes and a Caper so much. I did not feel lost having started on book 4 at all so anyone should feel free to jump into this series with any book available. Callie and her business partners are in the middle of the Holiday rush at Callie's Cakes when a very dead elf is left on their ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Christmas Cupcakes and A Caper is the 4th installment of the Death by Cupcake series. This is the first in the series that I have read yet I was able to follow along and read as a stand alone, however I do plan to go back and read the first three in the series. The story follows Callie and Anna who co-owners of Callie’s Cakes and their friend and employee Kristie. A college student dressed as an elf is found dead on the doorstep of their business. They call the police and all of the ladies love ...more
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fun addition to the Death by Cupcakes Series. I loved getting to spend some more time with Callie, Anna, Kristie and their guys. Those three are always up to something. They just can’t manage to keep their noses out of a mystery. We got a taste of the witty humor and interesting mystery that we love from Haggerty. I hadn’t realized that this was more of a novella so I was disappointed to miss out on other aspects I love from her writing but this was definitely a cute and light read, i ...more
Kara Marks
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a cute Christmas cozy mystery, the 4th in the Death by Cupcake series. It works well as a stand-alone and it certainly got me in the mood for Christmas! I haven’t read previous books in this book, but I wasn’t lost at all. It’s a quick, easy read and quite humorous. The main characters are likable, the mystery is intriguing and the resolution satisfying. I recommend this book. I was provided a free copy of this book, but these opinions are my own.
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Christmas Cupcakes and a Caper is the fourth book in the Death by Cupcake series by D.E. Haggerty.

This book reminded me a lot of the Not So Reluctant Detective series by the same author.

I like the friendship between the main characters. The recipes look so good! It is a little hard to believe that the three would go off on their own especially with the professions of their boyfriends. I didn’t guess the ending.

I received this book as a gift and I am voluntarily reviewing it.
Oct 31, 2019 rated it liked it
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Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Like the first 3, I loved this book. And I hope the author doesn't stop here! The girls are such great friends, and have all found amazing guys; I want to read about more of their adventures. They have a lot of fun, both at work and away from it, and their shenanigans while trying to solve a murder are hilarious. And their guys: whew!
Sara Gordon
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Christmas Cupcakes and a Caper is book four in the Death by Cupcake series by D.E. Haggerty and follows three friends who run and work in Callie's Cakes where they sell bake goodies and coffee. Callie is the main character, and it seems like the story is told by her and less by a narrator, this makes it hard to have any activity with other characters without Callie involved. Anna is a firecracker, really high energy and a little bit too much, I'm personally not a huge fan of characters like her. ...more
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having previously being involved in investigating crimes together, and now all dating men who run towards danger in the course of their professions, it is no surprise that when a body is literally delivered to their doorstep these three curious and adventurous women are not going to sit idly on the sidelines.
Each chapter begins with an appeal to Santa for help or understanding and includes a delicious (if not intoxicating) cupcake. Having a cupcake shop not far from campus, it is no surprise tha
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, arc, rmrn
I was overjoyed to see Dena had written a new Christmas book and I couldn't wait to read it! Especially when it was with the ladies from Callie's Cakes. I love them! A dead elf on the shop's doorstep was not good for business. Turned out, they all knew the young man and he had been murdered! Even though the police were investigating the murder, the women just had to figure out who killed the elf and not only why, but why he was left on their doorstep. As they investigated, they learned the man w ...more
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