Review of Strawberried Alive

Strawberries Alive

Cupcake Bakery Mystery, Book #14

Jenn McKinlay

5 Stars


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.


The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Mel and Angie are still the best of friends, and along with their significant others, they are all besties.  Mel is shot at when she is leaving the bakery and she does not know why.  When more business owners are also targets, Mel and the gang will have to figure out who is behind the shootings and why.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words.  The mystery is well plotted and there are enough clues to soft through and suspects to consider.  

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  This series just keeps getting better and it is one of my favorites.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Berkley Publishing Group, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

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