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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING LIBRARY LOVER'S MYSTERY FROM THE AUTHOR OF DUE OR DIE
and#147;Avastand#8221; in pirate speak means what?*
Answering tricky reference questions like this one provides plenty of excitement for library director Lindsey Norris.and#160;But when a shocking murder is committed in her cozy coastal town of Briar Creek, Connecticut, the question of who did it must be answered before an innocent man gets the book thrown at him...
Lindsey is enjoying her second year in Briar Creek as the library director, meeting with the crafternoon club, and happily dating tour boat captain Mike Sullivan. But when a salvage company arrives in town to dig up treasure buried on Pirate Island over three hundred years ago, the locals are torn between protecting the island and welcoming the publicity.and#160;
In spite of the squabbling, Charlie Peyton, Lindseyand#8217;s downstairs neighbor, takes a job with the salvage company. But when Trudi Hargrave, the local tourism director who hired the company, is found murdered at the excavation site, Charlie becomes the chief suspect.and#160;To help him, Lindsey must do some digging of her own before the real killer buries the truth for goodand#133;
"McKinlay (who writes decoupage mysteries as Lucy Lawrence) pens a tender cozy full of warm and likable characters and a refreshingly sympathetic murder victim. Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura have just opened their cupcake bakery, Fairy Tale Cupcakes, with financial help from their best friend, Tate Harper. It seems like a dream come true, with the exception of their resentful competition and the excessive demands of Tate's vapid fiance, fashion designer Christie Stevens. When Christie is found dead in her studio holding a sample wedding cupcake, the bakers become suspects. Melanie has faith the police will solve the case, but she's less sure about the motives of Angie's handsome DA brother, Joe, and concern for Tate and Christie's family drives her to launch her own investigation. Readers will look forward to more of McKinlay's tasty concoctions." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are living out their dream as the owners of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. But their first big client, a bridezilla, is a nightmare. When Mel stumbles upon the bride-to-be dead-by-cupcake, she becomes the prime suspect. Includes recipes. Original.
Theand#160;New York Timesand#160;bestselling Cupcake Bakery Mysteries bake up sweet surprises, but as the series continues,and#160;Mel and Angie are in for a fresh batch of troubleand#133;
Scottsdale, Arizona, may not be the liveliest place on earth, but itand#8217;s never been as dead as this. Hundreds of fans have gathered together for the first annual Old Town Zombie Walk, and Mel, Angie, and the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew are donning their best undead attire to sell some horror-themed desserts to the hungry hordes.
But the fun turns to fright when Mel finds a real dead body in a prop casket outside of the bakeryand#8217;s truckand#151;and the corpse looks alarmingly like a zombie of their own. Knowing that Joe, Angieand#8217;s brother and Meland#8217;s former flame, has been working on a dangerous mob case, Mel worries that the murder is a hit gone wrong and that someone near and dear was the real target. To keep any of her friends from winding up six feet under, Mel will do whatever it takes to find a killerand#151;no matter how scary things get...
Sugar and spice and murderous vice.
Thats what pageants are made of
Normally Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura wouldnt be caught dead at a beauty pageant, but when Mels mom asks them to provide cupcakes for the seventy-fifth annual Sweet Tiara contest as a favor for her best friend, they cant say no. Plus, between cooking up a daily display for the three-day event and sponsoring a cupcake creation challenge for the participants, Fairy Tale Cupcakes will get great publicity.
But the world of pageants is even hotter than Mels kitchen. A high-strung judge and a pushy stage mom target Lupe, a young friend of Mel and Angies, at the competition and aim to take her out—by any means necessary. When the same judge shows up dead underneath Mel and Angies cupcake display, Lupe is crowned the lead suspect. Now Mel and Angie will have to find the real killer quickly or Lupe may be strutting the catwalk in prison pinstripes
About the Author
Jenn McKinlay has baked and frosted cupcakes into the shapes of cats, mice, and outerspace aliens, to name a few. Writing a mystery series based on one of her favorite food groups (dessert) is as enjoyable as licking the beater and she can't wait to whip up the next one. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her family.
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