In Death by the Dozen, the third in the Cupcake series by Jenn McKinlay, Mel and Angie are preparing for a baking competition in which they will have to prepare a unique dessert using a secret ingredient. Mel’s culinary school mentor, who kept her from dropping out of school at the death of her father, will be one of the judges. But as the first day of the competition arrives, Vic fails to show up. After the first round is over, Mel and Angie go to get margheritas at a nearby stand at the food festival when the man in charge opens the freezer, and with the ice, out tumbles the body of Vic.
Upon hearing rumors that Vic committed suicide, Mel becomes determined to prove that her friend was murdered and to get to the bottom of the crime. So the next morning, she drags Angie to the hotel where all the judges are staying, and as Angie eats breakfast, Mel tries to find a judge to discuss the case with, returning just in time to find Angie slumping to the floor and losing consciousness. Racing to the ER to be by Angie’s side, Mel is panicked to learn that her dearest friend may be at death’s door. Soon Angie’s seven brothers, including Mel’s boyfriend, Joe, as well as Tate, Angie and Mel’s other best friend who is in love with Angie, have sped to Mel’s side. Eventually, the doctor determines that Angie has been poisoned deliberately. This makes the case personal!
This book really moves fast and is a great delight! The plot kept my interest going the whole way, making me determined to keep listening until it was over. The characters in this book seem so real that I feel I know them, as if I could just open my door and step into their world. The writing is truly excellent.
Susan Boyce narrates this book’s audio version and does an amazing job of bringing the world of Angie and Mel to life. She brings real energy and joy to the listening experience, impressing me a lot.
I recommend Death by the Dozen to all who appreciate a good cozy mystery. Even if you have not read the first two books in the series, you will have no trouble jumping into it with this book. I found it so enjoyable that I’m eager to pass it in to everyone I know. I give this book five stars!
DISCLAIMER: I received this audiobook free from the publisher, but that had no influence on my review.
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