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Going, Going, Ganache: 11/01/21

Going, Going, Ganache

Going, Going, Ganache by Jenn McKinlay is the fourth of the Cupcake Bakery mystery series. Angie and Mel end up having to host a cupcake bootcamp after a photoshoot is sabotaged by their rival. The second day into the boot camp, one of their participants is found murdered outside the store.

As the people in the bootcamp work for a huge media concern, the dynamics of the different campers reminds me of a mix of Ugly Betty and Supergirl (specifically Catco) characters. Collectively, then, Angie and Mel take the roles of being Betty and Cara. They have to learn over the course of the book how to push back against the toxicity of the others.

I liked the barebones murder mystery. The suspect pool is interesting enough. There are plenty of motives without there being too many to be confusing. Also the recipes they develop sound good!

But there's this whole other unnecessary B plot involving a love triangle. Mel is engaged and yet the detective investigating the murder has the audacity to flirt with her. She ends up doubting her engagement and things get messy. There is so much filler spent on her relationship and so many awkward times. If I had been reading the book in print I would have skimmed through all these stupid scenes.

Four stars

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