Review Of Vanilla Beaned

Vanilla Beaned

Cupcake Bakery Mystery, # 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…  (Goodreads)


Mel and Angie are going to franchise their Fairy Tale Cupcakes Bakery, and they are doing it in Las Vegas.  But when they are going to meet the person to discuss the deal, someone blows up the bakery they are looking at. When more problems keep happening to delay the franchising, Mel and  Angie wonder if someone does not want the franchise to take place.  They will have to figure it out before they are grounded in Vegas.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning and took me for a fantastic ride.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The mystery was well plotted and there were enough suspects to consider and clues to uncover and it was not easily solved. 

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  The books just seem to get better and better.