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Dying For A Cupcake

Dying For A Cupcake, March 2015
Devereaux's Dime Store
by Denise Swanson

Featuring: Devereaux "Dev" Sinclair
264 pages
ISBN: 0451418891
EAN: 9780451418890
Kindle: B00MNN7HVC
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"Cupcakes will bring death to Shadow Bend."

Fresh Fiction Review

Dying For A Cupcake
Denise Swanson

Reviewed by Leanne Davis
Posted May 30, 2015

Mystery Culinary | Mystery Cozy

Dev Sinclair is so excited to be hosting a cupcake contest in her five-and-dime store. Kizzy Cutler is a well known chef who returns to her hometown to launch a new line cupcakes. With everyone doing their best, this launch could bring a lot of tourism dollars to Shadow Bend and bring Dev closer to being in the black.

When Kizzy breezes into town she manages to offend just about everyone immediately but the show must go on. When her assistant dies, Dev will have to step in and use her investigative talents to prevent another death. There have been several attempts on Kizzy's life.

Kizzy's return to Shadow Bend has stirred up some deep resentments from the years before she left town. It seems there are many reasons for people to hate her.

Ms. Swanson's latest entry in the Deveraux's Dime Store Mysteries is packed with secrets. DYING FOR A CUPCAKE tells the tale of a group of popular girls who rule with an iron hand. Anyone who is different is immediately shunned. Kizzy's return stirs up buried memories which muddy the waters as the investigation keeps hitting dead ends until the final reveal. Ms. Swanson is an author who can always be counted on to deliver a quality story and DYING FOR A CUPCAKE hits the mark.

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When Devereaux “Dev” Sinclair hosts a cupcake contest at her five-and-dime store, she discovers that someone is just dying to win...

Kizzy Cutler finds it so delicious to be back in her hometown of Shadow Bend, Missouri, that she seems to have forgotten why she fled twenty years ago. For now, she’s excited to kick off her new line of cupcakes with a competition, which Dev has agreed to host in her shop. But before the first yummy cupcake is even baked, Kizzy's assistant Fallon dies from a mysterious ailment.

While the medical examiner attempts to discover what killed Fallon, Kizzy declares that the show must go on. However after Kizzy escapes several near misses, Dev is convinced that someone in Shadow Bend has it in for the Cupcake Queen. Is the secret from her past so dark someone still wants to kill her for it?

With a list of not-so-sweet suspects, Dev’s in a race against the timer to solve the murder before someone else gets iced…

Includes a sneak peak of the next Scumble River Mystery! 

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