Review: Sprinkle with Murder by Jenn McKinlay

Review: Sprinkle with Murder by Jenn McKinlay

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 to find the real murderer, before the cupcake killer ices someone else. (Goodreads)

What a delight to read this cosy mystery set in a newly opened cupcake bakery run by three best friends of twenty-two years. It’s charming, delectable, and so much fun to read!
This is a brilliant start to a new series, I wish I had picked this one up much sooner.

Set in a bakery, this book ticks all the right boxes for a culinary cosy mystery. A bit of a rivalry against a competition followed by finding a dead body and then gets embroiled in a murder investigation not to mention becoming the prime suspect. If you are a hardcore cosy mystery fan, you know the drill.

What makes this book really shine is the strong and vibrant writing. The dialogues are witty and wicked, sprinkled with a healthy dose of sharp humour.
Although the frequent mentions of movie quotes sometimes threw me off (because I am not a big movie buff) and left me wondering it was a tad exclusive for non-movie goers, I still massively enjoyed following the strong friendship among the three main characters.

The mystery plot had me guessing the entire time. For readers with keen eyes that miss nothing might find it otherwise, but as a reader who doesn’t play detective, it was entertaining enough. It had enough back and forth and red herrings to throw me off the trail.
In fact, I was more interested in their friendship as well as Mel’s budding romance than in the mystery itself, I didn’t have anything to fault in. The mystery plot was nicely structured and woven in the main story, I also liked to point out that there was hardly anything far-fetched or over-sensationalized about this book. Even comedic brouhaha was treated with moderation, I could finish the book without feeling put off at all, which is quite rare for me.
The flow from the culprit reveal to the confrontation was exciting and thrilling, I liked how it developed into such a fun and exhilarating climax. I literally giggled out loud. It was classic!

In a nutshell, this book, Sprinkle with Murder kept me engaged from beginning to end with its strong writing and vibrant drama of friendship and a bit of romance. It was a quick, fun, and deliciously written cosy mystery and I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys culinary cosy mysteries. I cannot wait to read the next book!

12 thoughts on “Review: Sprinkle with Murder by Jenn McKinlay

  1. Wonderful review Noriko. I have looked at this series several times, but the number of books already published scared me off. Maybe I need to just give it a go. I have read other Jenn McKinlay books and agree that her writing is very good.

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    1. Thanks, Carla! This is my first book from Jenn McKinlay and I’m already a fan! (at least for this series.) As you said, this book has already got so many books 🤣 But I liked the first book, so I’m going to give it a go anyway 🙂

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    1. Thank you!! I really enjoyed this book and I have always loved culinary cozy mysteries. Thay hardly contains any gory descriptions and overall fun and delightful with some thrills, of course!

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