A California Magazine with Local Focus and Global Appeal:
Community - Entertainment - Human Interest


Weekly issues every Saturday morning and other special articles throughout the week — there's something for everyone. Check out our sister site KRL News & Reviews for even more articles every week.

Previous post:

Next post:


Dying for a Cupcake: A Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery By Denise Swanson

IN THE March 21 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze
SECTIONS

by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this review on how to enter to win a copy of Dying for a Cupcake. There is also a link to purchase the book where a portion goes to help support KRL & indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy, and a link to KRL’s fun food column How I Met My Dinner, for more food related fun.

They may call their meetings the Saturday Night Prayer Circle, but in actuality the women of Shadow Bend, Missouri gather in the Gossip Club nightclub to down margaritas and vent about their lives. Their latest confab has an actual goal: new bed-and-breakfast owner Ronni Ksiazak has a plan to attract tourists to their tiny town. The famed owner of Kizzy Cutler’s Cupcakes was once a local resident, and Ronni has convinced Kizzy to hold a baking competition in Shadow Bend to coincide with the debut of her new cupcake line. The competition will tie in local businesses with a fashion show, nightly entertainment, and a reception held in Devereaux’s Dime Store upper floor. book

Kizzy’s assistant is found dead before the competition even begins, but the self-centered cupcake maven barely misses a step in her plans to promote her latest creations. Dev is far more worried that the death was nefarious, and she begins to conduct her own investigation into the many secrets of both local and visiting bakers. Dev has a smart mouth that matches her sharp wit, and she will do all she can to protect the town she has always loved.

The investigation provides a welcome distraction for Dev from her own personal situation. For a woman ostensibly dating two very available men, Dev is spending most of her evenings alone. Smoking-hot Deputy U.S. Marshall Jake Del Vecchio is off attempting to rescue his ex-wife from a serial killer, while Dr. Noah Underwood is nobly working with Disasters Doctors in Haiti. Dev may have loving feelings and electric attractions for both men, but their continued unavailability has her open to yet another appealing suitor—this time in the form of an investigating fire chief. Narratives showing their viewpoints will have readers just as confused as Dev over whom to choose. Dev also has to face her feelings of guilt over the release of her father (who was in prison for 12 years) and his return home; technically guilty of one crime, he was falsely accused of another, and Dev doubted his innocence.

This third in the series perfectly captures the small-town atmosphere where cooking skills are a matter of pride, grudges endure for years, and change comes slowly but inevitably. The tiny population of blue-collar workers and farmers is often at odds with newer, wealthier residents, and there is a struggle for the local businesses to survive. Humor always takes the forefront in prolific Denise Swanson’s mysteries, and she continues to incorporate her one-liners and funny aphorisms into her stories. Quirky characters drive this fast-paced novel, and its unpredictable conclusion will have readers anxiously looking forward to the next in this entertaining series.

To enter to win a copy of Dying for a Cupcake, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “Cupcake,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen March 28, 2015. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

And for more food related fun and recipes check out our How I Met My Dinner column, which includes recipes!

Click on this link to purchase this book and you will be supporting an indie bookstore & a portion goes to help support KRL.

Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Teri Fish March 21, 2015 at 10:39am

Love it. Cute cover.

Reply

2 Lynn March 21, 2015 at 11:11am

Sounds like a wonderful read and the cover is fantastic!

Reply

3 peggy clayton March 21, 2015 at 12:13pm

i have been reading all about this book everywhere and trying to win i love the cover and the writer! I am from Calif and moved to iowa 12 years ago and i am now on a Calif site trying to win the book i have wanted since it came out!

Reply

4 Shannon Molloy
Twitter: @SMU51992
March 21, 2015 at 1:32pm

Thanks for the giveaway! I love this series!

Reply

5 Cyn209 March 21, 2015 at 2:08pm

just started the 2nd book of this series……….
thank you for the giveaway!!!

Reply

6 Marsha C
Twitter: @MarshaC74
March 21, 2015 at 2:11pm

You had me at Cupcake, sounds like a great series. Thanks for the chance to win

Reply

7 Judy Weaver March 21, 2015 at 3:05pm

Sounds like a great book!! Thanks for the contest!

Reply

8 Cece
Twitter: @CeceliaKelsey
March 21, 2015 at 4:00pm

Looks like a good book! Love this series.

Reply

9 Amy Medeiros March 21, 2015 at 7:11pm

Love this series 🙂 can’t wait to read this one.

Reply

10 Angelia Johnson March 21, 2015 at 7:31pm

I loved the book. In fact I like her other books as well…

Reply

11 Jeanie Dannheim
Twitter: @Jeanie Dannheim
March 21, 2015 at 9:13pm

Sounds like a fun read! I would enjoy this, and probably have to hunt up some cupcakes to help. The cover art is appealing – cupcakes and kitty. What’s not to like? Thanks for the chance to win!

Reply

12 Lynn March 22, 2015 at 1:31am

Sounds like a good read! Thanks for introduction to it!

Reply

13 Annette N March 22, 2015 at 7:59am

Good Cover and even better idea for a story.

Reply

14 Tony March 22, 2015 at 9:20am

Looks like a clever read. Agree cover is a great lure.

Reply

15 Jeanetta S. March 22, 2015 at 11:53am

What could be better than a cozy mystery? A delicious cupcake cozy! Sounds like an excellent book. Thank you for the chance to win.
myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com
Thank you.

Reply

16 Laurie
Twitter: @LibraryLaur
March 22, 2015 at 12:58pm

Sounds like a fun cozy!

Reply

17 KarenM March 22, 2015 at 2:02pm

Denise is a terrific writer, and I love this series. I will buy a copy ASAP. I encourage you all to do the same if you do not win a copy here.

Reply

18 Valerie Hoynacki March 22, 2015 at 3:40pm

Yes! Yes! Would love to read one more Swanson book!!

Reply

19 Jill March 22, 2015 at 6:33pm

I just finished the latest Scumble River book (Murder of a Needled Knitter) and am ready for a new Denise Swanson fix!

Reply

20 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
April 13, 2015 at 12:03pm

We have a winner
Lorie Ham, KRL Publisher

Reply

Leave a Comment

Twitter ID
(ID only; No links or "@" symbols)

CommentLuv badge

Previous post:

Next post:

  • Arts & Entertainment

  • Books & Tales

  • Community

  • Education

  • Food Fun

  • Helping Hands

  • Hometown History

  • Pets

  • Teens

  • Terrific Tales