Strawberried Alive book review

Strawberried
Strawberried Alive by Jenn McKinlay
288 pages
published May 3rd, 2022

The crew from the Fairy Tale Cupcakes shop risks getting burned when they set out to find a murderer who is terrorizing their town

Life is smooth as buttercream at the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery, and newlyweds Mel and Joe are stopping to smell the flours. But things start to crumble one night when an unknown gunman takes a shot at Mel. Though the bullets miss their mark, the cupcake crew goes on high alert to figure out who would want to kill a small-town baker, and why.

When more business owners are attacked, things turn fatal, and locals begin to wonder if the killer could be one of their own. Every shop owner in town starts to fear it’s only a matter of time before they too become victims of the mystery murderer. Despite the cupcake crew’s superb baking skills, it will be anything but a piece of cake to catch the killer, as they try to prevent anyone else from being berried.

Once again! This is a book in a series I haven’t read but I don’t care and it was fine, actually. Lots more action here right out of the gate than I usually expect from a cozy mystery, which did make the entire book feel kind of rushed – where is the underpinning of silly red herring drama that make a cozy mystery so cozy? The bonus in the back of the book are cupcake recipes, and overall it’s a very cupcake-centered book. I didn’t catch on to who the killer is, but I had a pretty bad headache while going through most of it. Three stars, and also I want cupcakes.

Bookshop link here.

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