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For Batter or Worse

(Cupcake Bakery Mystery #13)

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The Fairy Tale Cupcake crew must discover the truth behind a death sprinkled with suspicion before Mel and Joe can say I do", in the thirteenth Cupcake Bakery Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay.

Life is sweet and business is booming at the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery--and the fact that Mel and Joe are getting married is the icing on the cake. Their
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 4th 2021 by Berkley Books
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Mark Baker
May 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021, mystery
Mel and Joe’s wedding day is fast approaching. For their reception, they’ve picked the resort where Oz has landed the job of head pastry chef. However, things are not going well for Oz there as the head chef is proving to be an egomaniac. One day, Mel and Angie witness a very public fight between Oz and the head chef. Then, a couple of days later, Mel and Joe find Oz bending over the dead body of the chef. Mel doesn’t need anything else on her to do list, but can she figure out who the killer is ...more
Annie


I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve read a book in this series but maybe that’s because I’ve been missing it. So when FOR BATTER OR WORSE fell into my hands, I gobbled it up right away!

If you’re new to the series, I would suggest starting from the beginning only because the romance and the friendship of the main characters in this series do develop over time. That being said, the actual mystery plots are standalone and are always solved at the end of the book. But if you’d like to see
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Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Jun 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Cupcake Bakery Mystery series is in the top 3 of my all-time favorite cozy mystery series, and just happen to be the first I ever read. I went through them like I had been starving for reading (and I was at that point in my life). And here we are at book 13!

Some may say that a series that runs too long will get stale. Those people have never read the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries by Jenn McKinlay. The very opposite of stale, FOR BATTER OR WORSE, is fresh and fabulous, and the perfect addition to
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K.A. Davis
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
FOR BATTER OR WORSE, the thirteenth book in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series by Jenn McKinlay, is another scrumptious addition to a yummy series! For fans, this is a much-awaited book as it looks like Mel will finally make her way down the aisle to wed Joe. However, as you might suspect, there are all sorts of hurdles to overcome to get it done and no one creates those hurdles better than Ms. McKinlay. First and foremost, is the imminent birth of Mel’s best friend’s baby. The soon-to-be mother, ...more
Christine
May 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozies
Thirteen books in the making and we finally have Joe and Mel's wedding. Did I cry while reading this book? Yes, yes I did. I have so much love for this series and these characters. I will never get tired of this series. Mel's former employee, Oz, is accused of murdering the chef at his new employment.
With their wedding approaching, Mel and Joe are determined to prove Oz's innocence. I loved all the Mel and OZ scenes. The DeLaura brothers are the best group of brothers ever. I need more in this
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Micky Cox
Jun 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Laughter and a few sniffles wrapped around a wedding, a impending birth, friendship, family and a murder! One of those doesn't fit with the rest, but in this book it fits perfectly!!! A well plotted mystery is just what the bride didn't order in the days leading up to her wedding, but it is exactly what she got and that is good for us as the readers! Great characters, wonderful and engaging plot that hits you right in the feels to activate both your funny bone and your heart! I absolutely can't ...more
Heidi Prockish
Jun 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
I really liked this one! It was fun to see more of Oz and how different Angie is while pregnant. && of course Mel and Joe ❤
While it would be okay to read as a stand alone, I recommend you read this series in order to really get the back story on the characters.
Kristina
For Batter or Worse by Jenn McKinlay is the 13th A Cupcake Bakery Mystery. This is a sweet addition to a scrumptious series. It is finally time for Joe and Mel’s wedding (hooray), but a murder may put a crimp in the big day. I thought For Batter or Worse was well-written with developed characters and it moved along at quick pace. I love the snappy dialogue between the characters. I find the movie quotes (the game they play) delightful. I have enjoyed following Mel and Angie since the beginning o ...more
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May 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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For Batter or Worse
Cupcake Bakery Mystery
By Jenn McKinlay
ISBN 9780593333372
jennmckinlay.com
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie

Synopsis:

The Fairy Tale Cupcake crew must discover the truth behind a death sprinkled with suspicion before Mel and Joe can say I do”, in the thirteenth Cupcake Bakery Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay.

Life is sweet and business is booming at the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery–and the fact that Mel and Joe a
...more
Lisa | Lady_Logomancer
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Lucky number 13 in the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries comes in as a real winner! I’ve read this entire series and I can’t tell you how nice it is to slip back in with the Fairytale Cupcake’s crew for another murder mystery.

Mel and Joe are finally getting married. Oh, we’ve had some challenges getting these two to the altar, but hell of it isn’t happening this time! Well, you know, unless there’s maybe a murder or something.

Of course there’s a murder! At the reception site, no less. When one of their
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Jennifer Brown
Jun 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this one! It's finally time for Mel and dear Joe to get married! The cupcake tasting was so descriptive and yummy sounding. I wish I was there for that! I enjoyed seeing a different side of a few characters. We get more of Oz and learn some new stuff about him. Then Angie is extremely pregnant and has changed her views on life so not to pass on bad vibes to her little. The murder at Oz's new job had a ton of suspects. I actually thought the murderer was going to be someone else! I loved ...more
Melissa
Jun 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved the mystery of this one as well as catching up with characters that feel like friends. Great narration by one of my favorite narrators. Perfect Sunday read.
Jasi
Jun 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
So many emotions! I just love this series and all the characters. This one brought the series full circle for me. 💗
meghann
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love all the books in this series, but this was a really special one. So many amazing things happened for the characters I love, and I am so happy with where everyone was at by the end. Can't wait for the next one. ...more
QNPoohBear
May 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Mel and Joe are FINALLY getting married! Hopefully this time it will go off without murder getting in the way. Mel has asked Oz to make their wedding cupcakes and he has outdone himself. While visiting with Oz at the Sun Dial Resort, Mel gets the sense that all is not well when she spies the executive chef bullying the saucier. When Oz stands up for the young woman, Mel has a bad feeling that Oz will be the man's next target. Mel soon realizes her young protege is going places fast but she still ...more
Jeanie
May 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life is topsy-turvy at Fairy Tale Cupcakes as time goes fast-forward, hurtling Mel and Joe to their wedding day, the arrival of Angie and Tate’s baby, and now (gulp) replacing their amazing baker, Oz. And what doozies the folks who answer the help wanted ad are! It is early spring, the perfect time for a wedding in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mel and her best friend, Angie, and her husband Tate, have been successfully in the cupcake business long enough to have franchise bakeries. Who would have though ...more
Kathleen
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: completed-2021
For Batter or Worse Earns 5/5 Cupcake Designs...Engaging & Clever Fun!

“For Batter or Worse” has got nothing on Hell’s Kitchen when the ego-inflated, abusive, credit-stealing head chef ends up murdered...watch out, Gordon Ramsey! But, this is a cozy mystery and Jenn McKinlay is the best at putting homicide in the background and focusing on a clever puzzle, rich characters, realistic predicaments, humor galore, a satisfying conclusion, and mouthwatering food talk and recipes! Mel’s wedding is arou
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Moondance
"Wow, I just realized you're going to be a DeLaura and I'm not," Angie Harper said.

Finally! We get to the wedding of Mel and Joe. Of course with Mel involved you know it will not go smoothly. Former Fairy Take Cupcake employee, Oz, is now the pastry chef at the resort where Mel and Joe will be married. An encounter with the head chef leaves Oz as the prime suspect when the chef if found murdered.

I love so much about this series! The characters speak to me and I feel like I am a part of the famil
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Toni
May 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This is the 13th book in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series by Jenn McKinlay.

Oz has been snagged to work at the Sundial restaurant and the main cook has a problem with Oz and his inventiveness. When Oz fills in for the eccentric chef Miles after a tantrum in the kitchen, the head cook gets angry. Then when they turn to Oz to do a cooking segment on a TV morning show when Miles is a no show, Miles is in a huff. Not long later, Mel finds Oz hovering over the dead body of Miles with blood o
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Laura
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
For Batter or Worse is the 13th enter in Jenn McKinlay's oh so bingeable cozy Cupcake Bakery Mystery series. The cupcake crew has a lot on their plate - Angie and Tate have a baby on the way, Mel and Joe are just days away from getting married, and Oz is settling into his job as the pastry chef at an exclusive resort while planning the cupcakes for Mel and Joe's wedding reception.

Mel, along with several others, witnesses Oz and the head chef have a very public argument which unsurprisingly makes
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Lisa
May 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really like this series!! The adventures that Melanie, Angie, and the gang get into, and the brothers bring a sense of comic relief. This one was lucky 13 AND there was a wedding...Very awesome!!!
Anna
Jun 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite book in the series so far (I say that with each one I read!)! These characters have grown so much and it’s wonderful to see them get their happily ever afters. However, I don’t want to see this series end anytime soon! I look forward to reading many more adventures of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes crew!
Stephanie
Jun 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Well, it only took 13 books, but our main character, Mel, is finally marrying the man of her dreams – Joe DeLaura. Of course, true love never runs smoothly for our cozy mystery sleuths and Mel is no exception. While Mel and Joe try to make it down the aisle, they have to deal with clearing Oz’s name and the antics of Joe’s many brothers, as well as keep an eye on a very pregnant Angie, Joe’s sister and Mel’s matron of honour. Whew! Talk about busy brides!

At the end of the last book ***spoiler al
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Denise Zendel
May 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Scottsdale cupcake baker extraordinaire Melanie Cooper and her district attorney sweetheart are days away from their wedding when one of her former employees is found kneeling over the bloody body of a particularly unpleasant chef at the hotel where they work and where Mel & Joe’s wedding is to take place. Sure, just about everyone who knew the chef wanted him dead, and Oz did have a fight with him in front of witnesses, but Mel knows, just knows Oz couldn’t have done it. So in addition to havin ...more
Eileen
Apr 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful cozy mystery, For Batter or Worse by Jenn McKinlay, book thirteen in her Cupcake Bakery Mystery series, was a fun read as the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew once again find themselves involved with a murder, with one of them being the suspect.

Business is booming and life is sweet at the Fairy Tale Cupcake bakery as Mel and Joe are finally getting married. They decided to have the reception at a fancy resort where Oz, Mel’s former employee, is now working as the pastry chef. Meeting with Oz
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Peggy R
For Batter or Worse is the 13th book in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series and my favorite in the series to date. The fact that we are thirteen books into the series and fans are still delighted with each new book is a testament to the talented Ms. McKinlay and the charming, enchanting world she has created with this series. These characters are some of my favorite cozy mystery characters. They are fun, engaging, and well written. As a reader, I have been privileged to watch them grow, develop, a ...more
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May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it



“When FOR BATTER OR WORSE fell into my hands, I gobbled it up right away!”

~ Under the Covers
Recommended Read!
I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve read a book in this series but maybe that’s because I’ve been missing it. So when FOR BATTER OR WORSE fell into my hands, I gobbled it up right away!

If you’re new to the series, I would suggest starting from the beginning only because the romance and the friendship of the main characters in this series do develop over time. That being said, the
...more
Marcia
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Kris
May 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
“A decadent cupcake was always the right answer no matter the question.”

The Fairy Tale Cupcake crew must uncover the truth behind a suspicious death before Mel and Joe can say “I Do.”

Whelp I see now that this is the 13th book in a series . Here’s to hoping it is good as a stand alone. I’m going in...

**Update: IT IS! This was the sweetest *see what I did there* cozy murder mystery. I have not read even one of the prior twelve books in this series, and yet I still fell in love with these characte
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