4/5 Frosted Cupcakes
On The Back:
Revenge is sweet… Sophie Winston and her BFF, Nina Reid Norwood, share a sweet spot for animals. So Sophie is delighted to help when Nina cooks up Cupcakes and Pupcakes—a fundraising event for animal shelters. All the local bakeries will be selling treats, with the profits going to pups and kitties in need. But Old Town is in for a whole batch of trouble when a cupcake war erupts between two bakeries… Tongues wag and tempers rise when a partner leaves Sugar Baby Bakery and unveils her competing cupcakery, Sugar Mama, precisely as the fundraiser gets under way. Just as it seems nothing else can go wrong, Sugar Baby’s sole remaining employee is found dead. Suspicion falls on the feuding owners, but the scrumptious new guy in town is also raising some eyebrows. Now Sophie and Nina have to sift through the clues and discover who isn’t as sweet as they seem…
I was a bit nervous when I decided to read this book because I had heard from a few reviewers that I follow that it was the worst book in the series, I am happy to say, however, that I found this book to be very entertaining with only a few small problems.
With the risk of sounding like a broken record I again want to say that these characters are amazing. These are some of the most complex and vivid characters I have read in a cozy mystery series and the way the author portrays them makes them all seem like a big happy family, but not in an obnoxious way.
However, you never see Wolf in this book. I was honestly very surprised because he had taken a role as one of the forefront characters in the couple of books before this, but after what happened in the last book you never see him, I really hoped to see him and I hoped that Ms. Davis would wrap up some loose ends between him and Sophie. But that doesn’t happen.
The mystery was very good, as always. It had a nice number of clues and misleading facts that put you on the right track then derailed you and vice-versa. I didn’t guess the killer or any of the reasons until the end.
Overall a very good book. I highly recommend this series for anyone who likes a cozy mystery or simply a regular whodunit!