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

by Cynthia Chow

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.