ARC Review: Dying for Devil’s Food Cake by Jenn McKinlay

Posted May 6, 2019 by Annie in Reviews / 3 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Dying for Devil’s Food Cake by Jenn McKinlay
Dying for Devil's Food
by Jenn McKinlay

3.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: May 7, 2019
Series: Cupcake Bakery Mystery #11
Published by Berkley Books
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
 

“I enjoy this series because I think it’s a great one for readers who might be interested in trying out the Cozy Mystery genre but aren’t really sure if it’s a good match for them.”
~ Under the Covers

I read quite a lot of Cozy Mysteries and have found that this series remains special because of its lighthearted nature and almost Contemporary Romance feel to it. The Cupcake Bakery series is more fun and free-flowing than some of the more tightly written mysteries you’ll encounter in the genre so I do think that’s something to note that makes this series special.

DYING FOR DEVIL’S FOOD CAKE explores the struggle of a reunion. While there are some like Angie who are excited to revisit past friends, Melanie is much more reserved. Since he was bullied during high school, the last thing she wants is to revisit those painful memories and people.

Disaster strikes when a death occurs, and this is were I think the mystery aspect really comes alive. Since a lot of the book has banter and dialogue, it can feel more light. But then McKinlay jumps into the stuff that really matters in a way that makes the book much more enjoyable.

I enjoy this series because I think it’s a great one for readers who might be interested in trying out the Cozy Mystery genre but aren’t really sure if it’s a good match for them. If you are into Contemporaries, I think this could be a good introduction for a new obsession.

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About Jenn McKinlay

Jenn is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several mystery series and will be debuting a new women's fiction series in June 2017, starting with the title About a Dog. She lives in sunny Arizona in a house that is overrun with kids, pets and her husband's guitars.

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I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene (http://www.anajolene.com). I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for FreshFiction.com.

When it comes to books I’m pretty adventurous. I read everything from Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy, New Adult, BDSM, LGBT fiction, Cozy Mysteries and even YA. If it’s got the littlest trace of romance in it, then I’ll probably read it. That being said, my all-time favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning.

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I’ve read the first 3 books in this series but found her other series nore enjoyable.

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it Annie

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Thanks for the review.