by Cynthia Chow
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Until shots are fired at Fairy Tales Cupcake Bakery co-owner Melanie Cooper DeLaura, Mel thought her biggest headache would be refrosting hundreds of cupcakes to match the ever-changing mind of her bridezilla client. Honestly, after thirteen previous murder investigations, it’s a miracle that it’s taken this long for Mel to appear on someone’s hit list, be it from an unhappy client, envious rival baker, or the dozens of killers she and her assistant district attorney husband Joe have helped to put behind bars. While Mel is bunkered into a safehouse and saddled with unwanted bodyguard/cyber investigator Dwight Pickard, another local businesswoman closely resembling Mel is shot and taken out. As much as Joe would prefer to keep his new bride protected and out of danger, he knows that with her business and her friends in jeopardy, nothing will prevent Mel from investigating. A series of escalating attacks and deaths have the mayor and neighboring businesses directing blame towards Mel, and as a result, she and Fairy Tales Cupcake Bakery are canceled by their clients and customers.
Mel is fortunately never alone in her investigations, with her business partners and besties Angie and Tate now married themselves and more than enthusiastic about helping track down a killer. Angie’s seven older brothers, one of whom happens to be Mel’s own new hubby, toe the line on both sides of the law while protectively circling around their sister and sister-in-law. It doesn’t take long to discover that financial shenanigans are ensuing as struggling businesses fall deeper in debt to escalating payments they will never be able to make.
This fourteenth in the buoyantly fun series continues to make the lifetime friendships between Mel, Joe, Angie, and Tate feel so real and alive. They have been shown to grow as individuals, but the humorous banter, movie-related trivia competitions, and good-natured teasing have remained throughout into adulthood. Even Mel’s mother and her Uncle Stan have found love together, rounding out the couples who have discovered happiness in their Scottsdale, Arizona town. While Mel and her team expend a considerable amount of effort eliminating suspects and questioning victims’ friends, they still have enough time to craft unique pastry confections, including the title-inspired Strawberry Surprise Cupcake. The witty dialogue balances perfectly with the genuine threats facing Mel and her business, and a gather-up-the-suspects finale is surprising, thrilling, and very satisfying. Come for the delicious cupcakes and descriptions of mouth-watering baking, stay for the heartwarming moments and tangled web of a plot.
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