Caramel Crush (Cupcake Bakery Mystery #9) by Jenn McKinlay


“Love is in the air at Fairy Tale Cupcakes as Angie prepares for her wedding, but co-owner, Mel, is preparing for a breakup. Her old friend, Diane Earnest, is dumping her fiance after discovering he’s only marrying her for her money. She wants Mel to personally deliver a batch of caramel breakup cupcakes to the louse and give her a play-by-play of his reaction. When Mel finally tracks the man down, the look on his face isn’t the reaction she was expecting: he’s dead. After the police arrive and see the incriminating cupcakes, Diane becomes their prime suspects. If she hopes to tase freedom again, Mel and Angie must make sure the real killer gets their just desserts.”

-Synopsis from back cover


Cover image from StoryGraph

Caramel Crush is book nine in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series. Finally, we have a book in which Mel, Angie, and Tate seem to have their personal lives more or less on track! In this book, Mel and Joe are finally on the same page, dating and possibly moving in together. Nothing gets in the way of their relationship in this story which made me so happy. Angie and Tate are struggling with wedding planning, more so Angie than Tate, and Angie has to learn to rely on others to help her come to terms with what the wedding will and won’t look like.

Mel gets roped into solving the murder of Diane’s fiancé on the premise of owing Diane for a favor she did for Mel back in college. We don’t learn immediately what Diane did for Mel, but when we do I felt so bad for Mel. I won’t reveal what it was, but it made sense that Mel would be willing to go out of her way to repay Diane. However, whether or not Diane is truthful about what actually happened comes into question.

This time, the cliffhanger ending has to do with one of Fairy Tale Cupcake’s employees that is not Mel, Angie or Tate. It caught me by surprise and now I’m looking forward to the next book even more!

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