Review of Dark Chocolate Demise

Dark Chocolate Demise

Cupcake Bakery Mystery Book #7

Jenn McKinlay

5 Stars


The New York Times bestselling Cupcake Bakery Mysteries bake up sweet surprises, but as the series continues, Mel and Angie are in for a fresh batch of trouble…

Scottsdale, Arizona, may not be the liveliest place on earth, but it’s never been as dead as this. Hundreds of fans have gathered together for the first annual Old Town Zombie Walk, and Mel, Angie, and the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew are donning their best undead attire to sell some horror-themed desserts to the hungry hordes.

But the fun turns to fright when Mel finds a real dead body in a prop casket outside of the bakery’s truck—and the corpse looks alarmingly like a zombie of their own. Knowing that Joe, Angie’s brother and Mel’s former flame, has been working on a dangerous mob case, Mel worries that the murder is a hit gone wrong and that someone near and dear was the real target. To keep any of her friends from winding up six feet under, Mel will do whatever it takes to find a killer—no matter how scary things get…



The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Mel and Angie are involved in the first annual Old Time Zombie Walk. They are supplying horror-themed desserts for the event.  When someone is killed at their display, Mel and Angie have to figure out who the killer is and why they did the dirty deed.  

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 the book is an easy read.  The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider and was not easily solved. 

I would highly recommend this book (and series) to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  Be sure you give this series a try, you will be glad you did.