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Top 5 Reasons: Wedding Cake Crumble by Jen McKinlay

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

Wedding Cake Crumble

Top 5 Reasons: Wedding Cake Crumble by Jen McKinlay
by Jenn McKinlay
Series: Cupcake Baking Mystery #10
Published by Berkley
on April 3rd, 2018
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 288
Format: e-book
Source: First to Read
Rating: 5 Stars



With Angie and Tate's wedding just around the corner, it's a happy time for Melanie Cooper and the bakery crew. Not only are they finessing the last minute details of the big day, but their bakery, Fairy Tale Cupcakes, has just been hired to bake cupcakes for the blockbuster book signing of a controversial author who wrote a steamy bestseller filled with juicy local gossip.

But one by one, the people Angie has hired to work at the wedding begin turning up dead. As the body count rises, the bestselling author is the next to bite the dust. Mel quickly realizes she needs to figure out how the murders are connected and why--before the killer brings the entire cupcake crew crumbling down. After all, Angie and Tate deserve their sweet happily ever after.

Cozy Mystery Romance Series

Cozy Mystery at it’s finest, Wedding Cake Crumble by Jenn McKinlay, pushed all the right buttons for me and made me crave cupcakes too!

Top 5 reasons why I enjoyed Wedding Cake Crumble, in no particular order:
1. The cupcakes

Okay well, maybe this shouldn’t be a reason to like the book, but seriously I love a story that can incorporate goodies. Baked goods being my favorite, I was excited to find out that there were recipes for the cupcakes at the end of the book.

2. The “couldn’t put it down” -ness

I knew when I started reading this that I would become invested in all of the characters. Major and minor ones. Also, the mystery of it all was dare I say it? Cute. Yeah, sure you’re thinking: But there were murders, how can that be cute!? Well… it’s kind of hard to explain. Simply put, the humor and the main characters uplifted the story in what would have otherwise been just a normal murder mystery.

3. The range of character personalities.

All of the characters are distinct and have a certain charm about them. My favorite being Marty. The grandpa type character who wants to fit in and uses slang like, “Obvy.” It’s super cute. Oh and the constant quoting from movies made it super fun to read. Partly because that’s what I do ALL.THE.TIME.

4. Made me seriously want to read the The Palms.

What is “The Palms” you ask? The fictional book that is the main reason why certain murders are happening. A super gossipy book with thinly veiled characterizations of people in the town that Mel lives in.

5. The romance

The romance aspect was sweet. Although nothing earth shattering, it did not detract from the mystery. It focused on it when it was appropriate and it wasn’t over the top.

A little note:

I jumped into this series with this book. While there was a lot of backstory that I could have missed, it really didn’t hinder the reading experience. Each book is a new mystery. The only thing that’s continuous are the stories of the characters, but really one can get the gist of what happened. I felt like I didn’t miss anything and I was able to enjoy the story as is.

The mystery wasn’t all that difficult to solve. I basically knew who did it as soon as s/he was introduced. No biggie, I still enjoyed it.

Are you a Cozy Mystery fan? If so, tell me your favorite series!

About Jenn McKinlay

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Jenn is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of several mystery and romantic comedy series. She lives in sunny Arizona in a house that is overrun with kids, pets, and her husband's guitars.


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Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

I love it that one of the reasons you enjoyed this books is cupcakes. I am similar. I’ll read anything with Paris in it. Fascinating.

Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

I’m glad you were able to jump in with no issue. I’ve read the first 2 but none of the others and am about to start this one. It sounds like a fun read! And yes the cupcakes are probably what makes me so eager to read this one though it does make me want to head to the nearest cupcake bakery and stock up!

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I listened to the audiobooks for the first two books in the series and really enjoyed them. You have made me want to go back and get caught up with the series. Jenn McKinlay is an author that I really do enjoy. Glad you loved this one, Aleen!

Mary Kirkland

That sounds like a book that I could enjoy.


The cover makes me drool. And just like you, I also love to read books with goodies once in a while. And wow, it’s a 5-star rating!


The cover is so adorable and your post has convinced me to check this book out on NG soon. Looks like somehting I wil like.

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