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Buttercream Bump Off: 07/05/21

Buttercream Bump Off by Jenn McKinlay

Buttercream Bump Off by Jenn McKinlay is the second of the Cupcake Bakery mystery series. Mel's mother is accused of killing her date, Baxter Malloy. Mel and Angie decide to investigate but Angie gets sidelined by Malloy's bad boy rock star son.

Baxter Malloy ends up having more enemies than I can count. They're mostly associated with a particular country club, giving Mel a way in through her catering. The way she investigates is similar to Clare Cosi but with the awkward eagerness of Krissy Hancock.

My favorite part, though, is Marty, an elderly man who wants to win the raffle the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery is holding. As he's constantly hanging out with Mel, he ends up helping both at the store and during her amateur sleuthing. He reminds me of an ornery Mr. Everett.

The third book is Death by the Dozen (2011).

Five stars

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