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For Batter or Worse

For Batter or Worse, May 2021
Cupcake Bakery #13
by Jenn McKinlay

Berkley Prime Crime
288 pages
ISBN: 0593333373
EAN: 9780593333372
Kindle: B08M9KFYTP
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
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"FOR BATTER OR WORSE couldn’t be any more irresistible!"

Fresh Fiction Review

For Batter or Worse
Jenn McKinlay

Reviewed by Annie Tegelan
Posted April 21, 2021

Mystery Cozy | Mystery Culinary

I can’t believe that there are already thirteen books in the Cupcake Bakery series. Jenn McKinlay has a fun-loving and light mystery series that entertains and charms readers. If you’re new to cozy mystery, or just prefer to read something lighter in tone, then I always recommend this series. It’s got a good, solid mystery but the characters tend to keep things light and funny, which can be a nice change of pace for the genre.

Since this is the thirteenth book in the series, a lot has happened for the girls in this series. They’re getting married and having kids. So I think it’s wonderful to see that kind of development over the course of the series. The subtle romance plot will also appeal to Romance fans who may want to dip their toes into cozy mysteries.

But of course, the core of the plot is devoted to a mystery. In this case, a chef is murdered and Oz and Mel find themselves in a compromising position. The culinary focus has always been a favorite of mine and we get to see it quite often in this series, so I’m happy about that.

FOR BATTER OR WORSE couldn’t be any more irresistible! If you’re pining for something mysterious with a hint of charm, then you don’t want to miss this one.

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The Fairy Tale Cupcake crew must discover the truth behind a death sprinkled with suspicion before Mel and Joe can say "I do”, in the thirteenth Cupcake Bakery Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay.

Life is sweet and business is booming at the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery--and the fact that Mel and Joe are getting married is the icing on the cake. Their reception will be held at the swanky resort where Oz works as the pastry chef. The wedding planning is all fun-fetti and games until Mel and Joe meet the head chef at the resort who has been making Oz's life miserable. When the eccentric chef insults Mel's bakery, Oz gets into a blowout argument with the culinary prima donna. 

Things turn extra sour when the chef is murdered, and Oz is the police's main suspect. As the countdown to the wedding day begins, Mel, Joe, and the rest of the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew must sift through clues to catch the real killer and clear Oz's name before their wedding plans are totally battered and baked.

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