Review Of Vanilla Bean

Vanilla Beaned

Cupcake Bakery Mystery, Book #8

Jenn McKinlay

5 Stars


In the eighth in the New York Times bestselling series by the author of Dark Chocolate Demise, the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew goes double or nothing in Vegas…

Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are taking a gamble by opening their first franchise of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes Bakery, so where better to hit the jackpot than in Vegas? Business manager Tate Harper has lined up a meeting with Holly Hartzmark, a former showgirl who’s looking to bring Mel and Angie’s sweet treats to Sin City, but Mel isn’t so sure she’s ready to hand her recipes over to a complete stranger—especially one as brash as Holly.

But after the potential bakery location gets blown up, Mel begins seeing another side to Holly—one that reminds her very much of herself. Determined to help a kindred spirit, Mel sets out to discover who is trying to keep the bakery from cashing in. But with a murderous mischief maker on the loose, the odds are stacking up against a happy ending for Mel and her friends…(Amazon)


Mel, Angie and Tate have gone to Las Vegas to start franchising their Fairy Tale Cupcake business.  But before they really get started the site they picked has a bomb go off.  After a few more catastrophes happen and a body is found they have another mystery to solve.  They better buckle down and solve this mystery.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing writing and it allowed me to see in my mind’s eye all the destruction that was

happening at the franchise site.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The mystery is well plotted and not easily solved.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  Once you start reading you will not want to put the book down.