Thursday, July 27, 2017

Audiobook Review - Sprinkle with Murder by Jenn McKinlay @JennMcKinlay

Sprinkle with Murder by Jenn McKinlay 
Narrated by Susan Boyce
Series: Cupcake Bakery Mystery #1
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Publication Date: November 29, 2016 (audio)
Date Read: July 21, 2017
Length:  6 hours 24 minutes
Source: Publisher via Audiobook Jukebox
★★★★☆
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 - Mel 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.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

I enjoyed this fun cozy mystery.  I recently read Jenn McKinlay's contemporary romance, About a Dog, and loved it so I started looking at some of her other works.  When I saw this series set in a cupcake shop, I knew I wanted to give it a try.  Who doesn't like a little mystery with their cupcakes?  This audiobook ended up being a really quick listen for me because I found myself wanting to listen to it for hours at a time.

Mel and Angie have been best friends for a very long time and are now working together at the cupcake shop.  They are also best friends with Tate who is soon to be married.  Tate's fiance is rather difficult and when she shows up to the shop to decide on cupcakes for the wedding, she proves how difficult she can really be.  They also have a rival bakery owner hanging outside of their store at all hours.  It was obvious early on that Mel and Angie would have a few challenges.

When I read a cozy mystery, I like to try to figure out who is going to be the one to die before it is revealed so I didn't really read the summary before jumping in to the book.  Once Mel discovers the body, I had a guess about who the murderer was right away but I really had no idea how things would play out.  This story did take a few turns that I never expected and did me guessing and entertained to the end.

This was the first time that I have ever listed to a book narrated by Susan Boyce but I thought she did a fantastic job.  She handled a large number of characters very well in this story and used a very distinct voice for each one.  I always knew who was speaking during conversations.  I thought she also did a great job of portraying the character's emotions.  I always felts like I knew how the character was feeling.

I would recommend this book to cozy mystery fans.  It was a really entertaining story filled with wonderful characters.  I look forward to continuing with this series very soon.

I received a review copy of this audiobook from Dreamscape Media, LLC via Audiobook Jukebox.
About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jenn McKinlay is the author of About a Dog, the Library Lover’s mysteries, the Cupcake Bakery mysteries, and the Hat Shop mysteries.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

20 comments:

  1. Who doesn't want to read a mystery set in a cupcake shop? :) Though, I think I might run the risk of being hungry. Lol.

    Great review, Carole.

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    1. I kind of wanted to make cupcakes the whole time I was reading this one.

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  2. That is so neat - when I first saw the cover I thought, chick lit? Women's fiction? But it is a mystery novel! And now I want cupcakes. :D I'm glad you enjoyed this book, Carole!

    Have a great day. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. Cozy mysteries always have the best covers :)

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  3. I am back from a lovely 2 week vacation and this sounds like the perfect listen to get back into the swing of things. I enjoy cozy mysteries on audio.

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    1. I am finding that cozy mysteries are really great audio reads. I am happy to hear you had a nice vacation :)

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  4. If you enjoy this cozy mystery series, give her Library Lover's series a try. It's one of my favorites and it has books, a great cast and even an adorable dog. Glad you enjoyed this one too.

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    1. I will have to give it a try. I do enjoy her writing...plus books and a dog! I am so there :)

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  5. Mystery and cupcakes,yum.😊 I never read the author before, I definitely need to check out her books.

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  6. Lately I have been in the mood for a good cozy mystery and I definitely am wanting to grab this one after reading your thoughts on it!! Lovely review hun.

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    1. Thanks! I hope you enjoy it if you do get the chance to read it.

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  7. I've not tried Boyce. I'll have to look these up. Def a fan of cupcakes :)

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    1. This was my first time listening to Boyce and I really liked her style from the very beginning.

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  8. Oh a cupcake shop - how fun!! I keep meaning to read more cozies. Great review!

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    1. It was fun! I went a long time without reading a cozy but have started to pick them up again.

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  9. I've really enjoyed what I've read of this series though it gives me serious cravings for cupcakes! She has a series set in a library that I really love and one in a hat shop which I haven't read yet despite owning most of it!

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    1. I do want to read that series as well. It sounds so good!

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