A newer favorite of mine is the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries by Jenn McKinlay. I posted about the first one, Sprinkle with Murder, read the second one, Buttercream Bump Off but forgot to share. So I'll just say that with a title like Buttercream Bump Off, what's stopping you from reading it!
The latest book in the series, Death by the Dozen was fun, fun, fun!
From the back:
Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are determined to wind the challenge to the chefs at this year's Scottsdale Food Festival. Taking home first prize will be great publicity for their Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery - and beating rival Olivia Puckett will be the cherry on top.
Mel's mentor from culinary school, Vic Mazzotta - now a Food Channel celebrity chef - is one of the judges, but Mel and Angie will have to win fair and square by whipping up delicious cupcakes with a mystery ingredient.
Though the real mystery is who put Vic Mazzotta on ice, literally - when his dead body is found inside a freezer truck. Mel and Angie will need to use their best judgement to find the cold-blooded killer who iced Vic, or they may lose more than the contest - they may lose their lives...
This is a really fun series, and each book continues to entertain. The cupcakes sound delicious and the characters are all likable and downright hilarious at times. One of the girls has a temper and I find myself laughing out loud when she goes at it with their rival, Olivia Puckett. Of course a baking contest with mystery ingredients just isn't enough without a murder or two to add a little more spice. This one will have you guessing "whodunit" and then re-guessing yourself until the very end. Looking forward to the next one, Red Velvet Revenge!