Review: Buttercream Bump Off (Cupcake Bakery Mystery #2) by Jenn McKinlay: 6 of my #20BooksofSummer21

Review: Buttercream Bump Off (Cupcake Bakery Mystery #2) by Jenn McKinlay: 6 of my #20BooksofSummer21

Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura’s Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery is gearing up for Valentine’s Day.

Unfortunately someone has iced Baxter Malloy on his first date with Mel’s mother. Now Mom’s a suspect, and Mel and Angie need to find time around frosting to dig into the man’s shady past and discover who served him his just desserts. (Goodreads)

I don’t know what it is that got me so invested in this cosy mystery series. I had so much reading this book and I am now determined to follow this series through and through.

While this is a culinary cosy mystery, I would say the focus of this series is friendship and romance.
In this second book, Buttercream Bump Off, we follow two romances involving the three main characters – Mel, Angie, and Tate – and I cannot stress how much fun I had while reading this book.

The characters are well-fleshed out and I enjoyed how vividly portrayed they all are. The dialogues and banter are witty and humorous, they are such a delight to follow.
Although I did feel the movie quotes could be laid off a bit, this is me (who doesn’t watch a lot of movies) speaking. I still appreciated the fun story.

I might be the only one who feels this way, but I got an impression that the mystery plot was kind of set aside, and took the backseat with this one.
Granted, the plot is interesting with Mel’s mother, Joyce pinned as one of the prime suspects, but I enjoyed following the character dynamics and love triangles much more than following the murder case itself. The way Detective Martinez feels annoyed by Mel’s snooping and interference was priceless and the rivalry between Mel and Olivia also stole the show despite it being quite brief. There were so many fun factors on top of the mystery plot, I even thought this book could perfectly work without the mystery. It was that strong as far as I am concerned.

That said, I do admit the face-off with the killer was exciting. The shift from fun to intense was portrayed very well, and the fast-developing execution lent tension and thrills to what was already an exciting culprit reveal. With so many suspects and motives, I failed to guess the villain once again, but I enjoyed the “penny-has-dropped” moment and I could totally feel the cogs in my brain working to piece together the information. Overall, I immensely enjoyed this book.

Honestly, I can’t get enough of the romance development between Mel and Joe. I must admit I seem to have developed a bit of a crush on Joe myself (oh, my), and I really, really want to see them happy together. I love both of them in an equal measure, and I am intrigued to see what would become of Angie and Tate as well.

On the whole, this book cemented my positive impression toward this series. I am super stoked to read the next book and see what stories and mysteries await Mel, Angie, and Tate.
Entertaining, short and sweet yet quite a crunchy delicious read. Highly recommended.

This is the 6th book of my 20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge.

8 thoughts on “Review: Buttercream Bump Off (Cupcake Bakery Mystery #2) by Jenn McKinlay: 6 of my #20BooksofSummer21

  1. This sounds like it has a good mix of everything, Noriko. I love that youā€™re enjoying the series so much. You have me intrigued on the movie quotes too! ā¤ļø Enjoy your weekend, friend!

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  2. I have not read this series, but have always heard great things about Jenn McKinlay’s books. This one sounds great, I love when friendship is a main theme. Great review, Noriko.

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    1. Thanks Yesha! Yes, it’s got so many things in the mix and the mystery doesn’t seem to be the center of it at all, but you know what, I don’t really mind! As long as it’s fun to read, I will welcome it with open arms.

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