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Sprinkle with Murder (Cupcake Bakery Mystery #1)

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  5,408 Ratings  ·  563 Reviews
Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are finally living out their dream as the proud owners of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. But their first big client is a nightmare. She's a bridezilla who wants 500 custom cupcakes for her wedding.
When Mel stumbles upon the bride-to-be dead-by-cupcake, she becomes the prime suspect. To save themselves and their business, the ladies need
ebook, 240 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Berkley Books
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3+ stars to Jenn McKinlay's Sprinkle with Murder, the first book in the "Cupcake Bakery" cozy mystery series. I'm a fan of Ms. McKinlay, as I enjoy both her "Hat Shop" and "Library Lovers" mystery series, which pushed me to try this one. It was a fun read that took me about two hours on a train to/from Long Island to see family for the day, and I will continue to read the series.

Mel and Angie have been best friends since an incident with a chocolate bar and a bully in the sixth grade. Alm
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I enjoyed this fun cozy mystery. I recently read Jenn McKinlay's contemporary romance, About a Dog, and loved it so I started looking at some of her other works. When I saw this series set in a cupcake shop, I knew I wanted to give it a try. Who doesn't like a little mystery with their cupcakes? This audiobook ended up being a really quick listen for me because I found myself wanting to listen to it for hours at a time.

Mel and Angie
Mar 03, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because I liked the theme (yummy cupcakes!), the cover (so fun looking!) and the idea that the book revolves around the death of a bridezilla to be. Sadly, reading the book wasn't as fun as looking at its cover.

The book definitely has its moments, and there is some good writing in here. But, with that being said, I could have filled most pages with red ink correcting editing mistakes and ridiculously awkward and confusing sentences (ex: "If everyone was looking at her, then
ᴥ Irena ᴥ

Melanie Cooper and Angela DeLaura own a cupcake bakery, Fairy Tale Cupcakes. Their third best friend, Tate, is a partner there and he is getting married soon.
His fiancée is a caricature of bridezilla. She is not just obsessed with the wedding. She wants to own everything connected to it: photographs, special flavour of cupcakes and probably many other things as well. And she ends up dead. The prime suspect is Mel.
The rest follows the well known cozy mystery pattern. Mel investigates Christie an
Lisa Kay
★★★★ Just loved it - and I've dived into the next one right away. I just discovered this author this month and I love her writing. ...more
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Huh, surprised I finished this already. I like that while a quick read, it was kind of enjoyable in a way. Maybe it had to do with the number of pages or the writing style. Either way, this was a good start. Didn't love it but still like it. Near the end couldn't help but smile.

Throughout, I been thinking, hmm, suddenly I want a cupcake. Anyway, this was good, the characters I kind of like, at first anyway. Then as the story went along and you get to know them, I like them a little bit more. Esp
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
My first ever experience with cozy mysteries and I must say that I quite enjoyed the ride. Was it the perfect mystery book? Well not really but then you can’t expect cozy mysteries to have the hard core elements that define a mystery and a thriller right?

Melanie Cooper and Angela DeLaura are the proud owners of a cupcake bakery, Fairy Tale Cupcakes and are quite happy with their business. Their other partner, major investor and best friend Tate is getting married to Christie, who is proving to b
Mel Cooper and Anglie DeLaura have been best friends since middle school. They recently left their traditional jobs to open Fairy Tale Cupcakes, the cupcake bakery of their dreams with their best friend Tate Harper as an investor. The trio have been happy as friends sharing a passion for old movies and junk food. Now things are about to change because Tate is marrying star fashion designer Stevens and Christie wants Mel and Angie to make the cupcakes. Christie turns out to be a bridezilla but Me ...more
Diane ~Firefly~
May 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, food
A fun, quick read. I liked the characters and see lots of room for growth. There doesn't seem to be a love triangle which makes me very happy. The cupcakes sound amazing during the story, I was a bit disappointed not all the ones mentioned had a recipe, but maybe they will show up in future books. I'm looking forward to the sequel.
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
One of my absolute favorite things to bake is cupcakes, so when I saw that there was a mystery series focused around a cupcake baker, I naturally had to read it.
From the start, I really liked the pacing of the story--it was just right. I also liked the fact that I was able to connect with, or at least engage with the characters and story right away. I've found that, at least for me, reading cozy mysteries can be hard as I sometimes have trouble connecting with the charact
Jun 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery, 2011
I waffled between giving this book two or three stars, and I finally settled on three, for story alone. Or maybe we should fudge and say 2.5.

The story is cute and clever. Mel and Angie have just opened a cupcake bakery, Fairy Tale Cupcakes. Their business partner is their longtime best friend, Tate. The three of them are inseparable, having the kind of friendship only lifelong friends can have. They quote old movie lines at each other and get together regularly for classic movie nights.

Other cha
Michelle Robinson
so far, Mel is weak and indecisive. she won't act to protect her business or her freedom.
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have completely and utterly found a new favorite genre of books. The "cozy murder mystery." Why didn't anyone tell me these books existed?!?!
I randomly found this book on listopia while perusing a list of books with cupcakes on the cover, don't ask me how I got there. The cover caught my eye and the description made me laugh out loud. "…the ladies need to find the real murderer - before the cupcake killer ices someone else…" LOL

Mystery books have always appealed to me, but sometimes they get t
Jun 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sprinkle With Murder is a delicious addition to the food themed cozy mystery genre. Melanie Cooper, along with her two best friends, Angie DeLaura and Tate Harper has just opened up Fairy Tale Cupcakes. All is sweet until Tate’s egomaniac fiancée, fashion designer Christie Stevens; demands Melanie create five unique cupcake flavors for the wedding. Did I mention that she also demands the sole rights to Melanie’s creation? Of course, it’s no surprise when Christie ends up dead with one of Melanie ...more
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
A cute light cozy mystery featuring Mel Cooper, a small business owner of Fairy Tale Cupcakes. Along with her childhood best friends Tate and Angie (Tate is a partner, Angie is a co-manager), Mel is happy with their movie nights and steady stream of customers.

Until Tate decides to ask Mel to make the cupcakes for his wedding with snobby bitchy Christie Stevens, a designer with a cold-hearted manipulative streak. Then, because she doesn't want to hurt her friend she decides to sign a contract tha
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read SPRINKLE WITH MURDER as part of a readalong with the Cozy Mysteries group on Goodreads. I hadn't heard of this series or author before, but I'm always keen to read more cozy mysteries so I thought I'd give it a go.

SPRINKLE WITH MURDER centers around the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery, run by best friends Melanie and Angie. The third muskateer (so to speak), is their best friend, Tate, who is also the financial backer of their business. Tate's fiancee is found dead and all fingers point to Mel
Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ooooooo....the recipes in the back of the book...Mojito, Death by Chocolate, Tinkerbells, and, my favorite, Blonde Bombshell....if only for the recipes, get the book! What's even better is that it's a fab-ly written mystery with splendiferous characters. I love feisty Mel and even feistier Angie. The surrounding characters are nifty, too, especially the cupcake girls' best friend Tate, fiance (sorry, can't figure out the accent thingee for fiance) of the bridezilla fashion designer biotch Christ ...more
Linda Langford at Chatting About Cozies
Enjoyable start to the Cupcake Bakery series! Angie and Melanie run a cupcake bakery, in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. A rival baker has it in for them; believing they're ruining her business. When Mel and Angie's best friend, Tate, asks them to design and make the cupcakes for his wedding to snobby, control freak, fashion designer, Christie; relationships are tested, especially when Mel finds Christie as stiff as the stiletto on the heel of her Louboutin's!! Can handsome Joe DeLaura, one of ...more
Michelle Gilmore
I really enjoyed it. I haven't read many cozy mysteries, but this one would be a great intro for anyone new to the genre. It was hard to put it down once I started reading. It was a great start for a series. The characters were in depth and enjoyable, yet the author still has lots of room to expand on them in the coming books. I loved all the cupcake talk, and really appreciate that some of the recipes were included at the end of the book. I'll definitely be continuing on with this series, and e ...more
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I started off really enjoying it, but I guess, ultimately, the things that annoyed me outweighed the things I enjoyed. I mean, it's fun! But it's also pretty over-the-top, which, really, I should know to expect with the genre.

But what I really didn't like was the shallow and petty portrayal of women.
Dec 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010
I really enjoyed this one! The characters were likeable and even though I figured out who the murderer was pretty quickly, the story was enjoyable from beginning to end. I found myself craving cupcakes like crazy and I intend to try a couple of the recipes that are at the end of the book. I'll definitely be reading the next one, THE BUTTERCREAM BUMP OFF.
Very good. I'll be looking for the next one.
Jan 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great start to an awesome series! Can't wait to read the rest!!
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Cute and funny cozy that is a quick read. Pacing is good, but the constant movie lines the main characters said to one another slightly got on my nerves.
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crime + Cupcakes = A Captivating Combo!

I don't usually know how to introduce myself but if I'm ever asked to, gun to my head, I would probably include the facts that I love reading and I love desserts. And this book, right here, gave me a bit of both!

The story is relatively simple. Melanie Cooper and Angela DeLaura live in Scottsdale and own a cozy, little cupcake store called Fairy Tale Cupcakes. They spend most of their time, baking or eating cupcakes and watching movies and I realised while
Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura have been friends since grade school. Back then, a boy called Mel fat, and Angie pretty much made him regret the day he ever even had the thought. Mel isn’t heavy any longer, but that friendship forged in a classroom blossomed into a partnership in which the two women and a mutual male friend, Tate Harper, own a cupcake bakery in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The business is ultra-new as this book opens, and there are no guarantees that it will flourish. A competitor is ou
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Sprinkle with Murder by Jenn McKinlay, Angie, Melanie, and Tate have been best friends since childhood. So when the two women decide to open a cupcake shop a few years after Melanie has finished culinary school, Tate, who comes from an insanely wealthy family and has made even more money as a successful stock trader, happily invests in the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. He then brings them their first catering order, for 500 cupcakes for his upcoming wedding to the fashion designer Christie Stev ...more
Ruth Ellen
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Melanie opens a cupcake shop. Her rival is stalking the shop. Her two best friends are helping her with the shop. Tate tells them he is getting married and wants Melanie to supply the cupcake as wedding cake. The problem is the girls don't like the bride to be. When she turns up dead by supposedly eating one of the wedding cupcakes, Melanie is a prime suspect. She decides to find out who really killed the fiancee. Read and see who really did it and why?
Ruth Ferguson
Likeable cozy that has me driving to a bakery as we speak....looking for a cookie not a murder victim just for the record
Jessica (Lovin' Los Libros)
This was such a fun read! I loved the characters, their friendships, and I ship Joe and Mel so hard already.
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Jenn is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several mystery series and will be debuting a new women's fiction series in June 2017, starting with the title About a Dog. She lives in sunny Arizona in a house that is overrun with kids, pets and her husband's guitars.
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