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Trick or Thief

(Death by Cupcake #6)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  33 reviews
A little haunting sounds like innocent fun until a ghost plunders your stockroom.

Kristie is convinced ghosts don’t exist until food starts disappearing without a trace from the Youth Center storage. There are zero clues as to who’s been inside the building. The security guard hasn’t seen a thing, and the security tapes are mysteriously blank. When the ghost widens his hocu
Kindle Edition, 120 pages
Published August 22nd 2020 by D.E. Haggerty
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DJ Sakata
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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So, here I am, placing a cupcake laced with laxatives on the kitchen counter in the Youth Center in the hopes the thief – who is most definitely not a ghost despite what Anna believes – takes the bait.

Anna is basically the only baker at Callie’s Cakes… Although Callie will claim she helps with the baking, don’t believe her. She mostly licks the frosting off of spoons and annoys the daylights out of Anna.

Logan grunts in response. I guess that’s manspeak for okay, I understand.

Spending time with the gang from the Death by Cupcake series is always entertaining, and Trick or Thief was no different. I always get such a kick out of the shenanigans that Anna, Callie, and Kristie find themselves in- it makes me wish I was their friend and could join in on the fun!
This time they're intent on tracking down the person/s, (or spirit!), causing havoc at the youth center.
Like Anna, I was kind of hoping there was something supernatural involved in what was happening at the youth
Spooky business is a foot or should I be
saying afloat!! Bread and peanut butter
have been missing from the Youth Center
storage that is run by Kristie. The security
tapes are blank for an early morning time
period and the security guards are off duty
during that time.
Kristie starts to really worry when her office
is broken into and ransacked. Her friend’s:
Callie, owner of Callie’s Cakes and Anna,
co-owner and baker extraordinaire decide
to help Kristie investigate. The three together
present a humorous
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Trick or Thief is book #6 in the Death by Cupcake series by D.E. Haggerty.

This is a nice, quick read. There are 3 friends and this story is told from Kristie’s point of view. This series doesn’t have a protagonist and 2 sidekicks. Depending on the book, the lead rotates among the friends.

I like that a lot of the book focused on the Youth Center and the Halloween activities that were held for the kids. There are a lot of recipes in the back that I plan to try.

I found the way Kristie spoke about
N.N. Light
Kristie doesn’t know what to make of her current dilemma. It’s a couple of weeks before Halloween and she has someone breaking into the Youth Center’s pantry in the middle of the night stealing bread and peanut butter. It can’t be a ghost because, well, ghosts aren’t real. When she confesses to her friends from Callie’s Cakes (Callie and Anna) what’s troubling her, they’re convinced it’s a ghost. Armed with spooky cupcakes, the three friends try to nab the culprit, much to the chagrin of their n ...more
Shelle Perry
It is always a good time visiting with the ladies from Callie’s Cakes. Kristie is still trying to be the sane one, while Anna dives headfirst into adventure dragging Callie along for the ride.

It is Halloween and Kristie has opened her youth center and on the surface things are great. She is helping kids who would have nowhere else to go. Still, she has a mystery on her hands when the security cameras stop recording and food begins to go missing from the center’s pantry in the early hours of the
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Haggerty delivers a quick, fun read with Trick or Thief. Our crew is back to its usual antics in this Halloween inspired novella. Callie and Anna insert themselves into a mystery At Kristie’s youth center and of course hilarity follows. The light mystery, humor, hint of romance, and the fabulous characters kept me entertained and engaged.
Sherry Lynn
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this yummy Cozy series. This is the 3rd book I've read in this series. I missed a couple and they are on my TBR pile.
Trick Or Thief is a little different than the other two that I read because it centers around Kristie and the mystery going on at the
Youth Center she manages.
I love all the characters in this series. The series is about the shannaigans of three friends. Kristie, Callie and Anna. Anna
is the baker and the one that can't stand not sleuthing when there is a good mystery and
Stanley McShane
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: author-request
My first short read by the author and this the sixth of the series. Callie and Anna and co-owners of Callie’s Cakes. They specialize in beautiful and very tasty cupcakes and are the two best friends of Kristie who took over management of the local youth center.

Kristie likes to think she is the more sane of the three, but Callie is a also a bit on the reticent side, following Anna who tends to leap into whatever situation is confronting them at the moment and at the moment that would be the myst
Dec 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Reading this author's book after a long time, and I could sink into the story. It was cute and the girls got into some fun mischief.
This was a standalone and my first book in the series. Someone was stealing bread and peanut butter from the Youth Center. And Kristie was all set to investigate with friends Callie and Anna, things get a lot messier but quite delicious with all those themed cupcakes.
What I liked
The air of Halloween
A good mystery
Friendship and camaraderie

What I didn't like
Donna Page
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it

Are “ghost” real or not, depends on who you ask. Kristie believes the strange haunting of her security system is caused by a human but Callie and Anna aren’t so sure. This delightful mystery takes you on a journey to find the truth, at least for this case. You can’t help but get caught up in this story and you will have your own opinion that will be proven to be right or wrong.
Following the three friend and their three fellows is great. They get into and out of situations using humor and cupcake
Andrea Jackson
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Trick or Thief

Trick or Thief by D.E. Haggerty was an amazing ride. This is my second book of hers that I've read in her Death by Cupcake series, and I have loved both. It really makes me want to go back and read the others. I love the three friends different personalities so much. They are such a compliment to each other. I also love how each book focuses on one of the girls, but takes time out to bring the other girls in on the mystery too. This time the book focuses on Kristie's youth center b
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pros: Even tho this was the first book that I have read in the series, I figured out who's who pretty quickly.
It is a quick read that had me smiling if not chuckling through out most of the story.
I couldn't put down. I read it in one sitting.
Cons: I couldn't put it down!
If you are looking for a quick Halloween themed read this if for you.
Aug 09, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Teaser #2:

“But food is going missing.”

“What do you mean going missing? Like oops! Where did it go?” Anna asks.


Anna claps her hands. “Oh my cupcake. You’ve got a ghost. How exciting!”
Mary Baker
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great story

New receipies and good story. The youth center is at the center of a crime spree and they need to figure out why.
Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2020
Though I’ve not read the previous books in the Death by Cupcake series, I really enjoyed this Halloween short story and felt like I already knew the characters despite it being my first time meeting them!

Halloween is my favourite holiday so I really enjoyed this holiday short story, it was quirky, funny and though there is no murder but instead a thief at the youth centre you soon realise there is more afoot than just stealing food from the pantry and something more sinister!

This was a quick hol
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Trick or Thief by DE Haggerty is fun, witty, and laughing out loud at some of the things that Kristie, Anna, and Callie get themselves into in this installment.
Can Kristie figure out what is happening without involving Anna and Callie too much?
Kristie, Anna, and Callie
Kristie is our main point of view character with her best friends Anna and
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Trick or Thief is told from the perspective of Kristie Larson, who is the owner-manager of a Youth Center, and someone is targeting the center for unknown reasons. Burglary, petty theft, egging, graffiti, and ransacking at the center leave Kristie mystified as to why someone is trying to ruin her chances of getting her grant renewed. Anna Allen and Callie Muller, who are Kristie’s close friends inject themselves into finding out who is behind these escapades by pooling together with Kristie in t ...more
Aug 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Cute short novella. This was my first time reading this series and I wasn't totally lost, but I also wasn't immersed in the world of Callie's Cupcakes. First, I feel like they never mentioned the main character's name. I realized it was Kristie when I read the description of the book. The other characters are referred to my name so often, that I kept wondering who was this main character that that they never call by name. I also had trouble understanding the relationships between everyone beyond ...more
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This novella is the 6th book in D.E. Haggerty’s Death by Cupcake series and is the second book I have read in the series. I really enjoyed the fourth book last year and this new installment did not disappoint!

It is Halloween season and Callie and Anna are fully in the spirit with their Halloween-themed cupcakes while Kristie is planning a Halloween event at her Youth Center. It seems as if Kristie has a ghost visiting her Youth Center during the night and taking food from the pantry. Callie and
Merry Chapman
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Once again, D.E. Haggerty creates a laugh out loud, fun mystery with the three best friends, Callie, Anna and Kristie. When Kristie who opened a youth center and has lots of great plans for Halloween for the kids finds things missing from her pantry every day when the guard isn't around and the cameras fail to pick up the thief she is baffled. Who is getting in and why isn't it recorded on the security cameras? When the mischief escalates to a break in into her office, she can't keep it a secret ...more
Kara Marks
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the 6th book in the series, but it stands alone well. I haven’t read any of the rest of the series, but it wasn’t hard to follow what was happening. I love reading “in season,” so this very much got me in the mood for fall and Halloween. I must admit that I thought at first by the dialogue that this book would be too juvenile for me—the main characters are in their early 20s (and they speak that way) and I’m 59. In some books and writing styles, that’s inconsequential, but I was a little ...more
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was a very quick and simple read that I finished in one sitting.

This was my first cozy mystery that didn’t involve a death of some sort. Instead, there was a theft and a whodunnit. I enjoyed the premise and the atmosphere but overall, I found the story to be very lackluster and unexciting.

Additionally, I found the dialogue to be rather simple and juvenile at best. I thought for a brief moment that I was reading YA due to the flow of the dialogue, choppy sentences, and rather immature prota
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Trick or Thief” is a VERY AWESOME book, super, super funny too. :) it will be your loss if you don’t read this. The 3 main characters are the VERY BEST. If you don’t just love all 3 of them, Anna most, then we can not be friends. :) There’s been someone, or something, stealing from the youth groups pantry. Anna is on a mission to see this “ghost” that’s stealing. :) seriously people, the 3 young ladies that are the stars are the ABSOLUTE BEST!!!! I love all 3 of them, they are serious and funny ...more
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I found this to be a fun and fast read. I found this to be well-written and there was enough to keep me guessing. I have not read the other books in this series yet, but will be looking for them as I enjoyed this story. I found the story easy to follow, so this reads well as a stand alone.
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, arc, rmrn
I love the women at Callie's Cakes. When Kristie notices food missing from the youth center, Anna and Callie immediately start investigating. They were sure a ghost was taking the food. Kristie is wasting her time trying to get them to back off, so she joins in the hunt. They have their work cut out for them though. The thefts happened in the middle of the night when there wasn't a guard on duty. Then they found out the security cameras were off at the time. I liked watching these ladies investi ...more
Nada Sobhi
Aug 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
I've wanted to read for D. E. Haggerty for some time. She writes cozy mystery and I've been unable to get on her book tours. Until now.

Trick or Thief is the sixth installment in The Death by Cupcake series and it's my first read for Haggerty and the series.

I was excited by this book but sadly it put me off reading Haggerty's other books.

Trick or Thief is narrated in the first person perspective of Kristie, a woman who keeps mentioning how her age is an obstacle against society but who only menti
Janice E. Ryberg
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.6 stars for Trick or Thief definitely cute and with recipes!!

Of course if I could bake, I wouldn't need to get my jollies reading cute cozy mysteries just to drool over the recipes.
Cute cozy mystery with Halloween a week away!! This story has cute costumes, haunted house and pumpkin shopping. Don't miss it!!
Ilene G>
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A nice Hallowe'en mystery.

I like Kristie and her friends. They search for the culprit who is stealing food from the Youth Center Kristie runs. Kristie also discovers files missing from the center. This is a light and humorous mystery, and a fun read. Recipes for all the cupcakes in the story are included ar the end.
Aug 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoy reading holiday themed cozy mystery books, and Trick or Thief helped me get in the mood for Halloween. Though I’ve not read the other books in the Death by Cupcake series, I enjoyed this short Halloween story. Since it’s a quick read, there’s not a lot of insight into the characters, but you can quickly figure out the dynamics of the relationships. If you’ve read the series, I’m sure you already know a lot about the characters!

The mystery isn’t a murder…in this case, it’s burglary! But t
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