Release Date: 2 Mar 2010
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
Summary: 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.
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Review: It took me quite a while to warm up to Mel, Angie and Tate. I love the silly lighthearted nature of cozy mysteries but it can be harder to connect to their characters. My life certainly isn't velvet cupcakes, pink frosting and murder. That said, I typically enjoy cozy mystery characters from the outside. In the case of Sprinkle with Murder's trio though, I warmed up to them only after they took on a more fleshed out feeling than I was expecting. Christie, Tate's horrific fiance, tore into him during their friends' movie night and he takes back that the girls are his best friends and says she is. Mel is left feeling like soon what they’ve had for years really will be over. I'm glad that serious interlude was included. I can definitely appreciate the characters and their story more.
Stereotypes and cozy mysteries... I expect them and honestly don't mind them since often times they're used for humor. Christie, for instance, has blonde extensions, carries a dog in her purse, is vapid, designs clothes and cares too much about her nails. She was amusing to watch in action. For the most part I enjoyed McKinlay's use of them (Alma the gothic assistant was great) but was a little disappointed that the main characters seemed to be bordering on the stereotype edge too. I would rather the characters that stick with me be unique.
I thought the mystery was well done after the initial internet can solve anything phase. I'm still looking for that hidden gem cozy where the main character's involvement in solving the mystery is believable though.
Overall Sprinkle with Murder was a cute story with a satisfying, surprising conclusion. Rating: 3½ Bites (Really enjoyed it -- Good)
What is your favorite kind of cupcake? Link me a recipe if you can, I love 'em! Anything with chocolate is a winner to me.
Mel, Angie and Tate love classic films, any recommendations? To be honest I can't say that I'd seen any they quoted in Sprinkle with Murder.