Review/Giveaway – Dark Chocolate Demise by Jenn McKinlay

dark chocolate demiseDark Chocolate Demise
(Cupcake Bakery Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Setting – Arizona
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (April 7, 2015)
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425258934


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…


Dollycas’s Thoughts

If you have read my reviews you know zombies are not my thing but A Zombie Walk with Mel, Angie, Tate, Oz and Marty, I will be there in New York Minute. These characters are a blast and wherever they go you know there is going to be CUPCAKES!! and probably a murder, but CUPCAKES!! How can you not want to go along on their wild ride?

Joe is working a big case and for the moment he and Mel are on the outs, but that is just because he wants to keep her safe. The gang from Fairy Tale Cupcakes tries to keep her mind off him by trying to sell cupcakes at the First Annual Zombie Walk. They are even all dressed up as undead and have added a casket to their display for some unique selfie pics. All is going well until someone very much dead is found in the casket and their death may be connected to Joe’s big case. Everyone thinks the murder may have been a mob hit and someone very, very, close to Joe was the real target.  All the DeLaura brothers go on high alert to keep Mel and Angie safe but Mel is determined to dig up the clues needed to catch the killer before anyone else ends up in a casket buried six feet under.

Jenn McKinlay has baked us up a scrumptious mystery that I had me from the first page until the last. First she scared the frosting right out me when the body was discovered and I wasn’t the only one. This one hits a little too close for comfort and several characters are deeply affected. We learn cupcakes and movie quotes don’t lighten anyone’s mood this time or at least not too much. This case needed to be solved as fast as possible.

Don’t get me wrong though there was plenty of humor and romantic tension. Even Manny, the hunky detective, caused some fun moments that had Mel feeling the heat. 🙂

I was surprised by how fast I read this book. My reading speed has been too fast the last few weeks but before I knew it I was at the end. The story is excellent and I was sad to see it wrap up because then I realized I have to wait a year to get to the next chapter and cure my cupcake craving with the Mel and Angie.

This series makes the bestseller’s list for several reasons. These are fabulous stories with fabulous characters and readers have a fabulous time reading them. I encourage you to take a huge bite out of Dark Chocolate Demise. You will thank me and definitely want more!!

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22 thoughts on “Review/Giveaway – Dark Chocolate Demise by Jenn McKinlay

  1. I love this giveaway, I follow and liked on FB , liked/follow on Pinterest. and get emails . I hope that qualifies me as a entry. Thank you.

  2. Thank you for sharing this giveaway! I love your review and can’t wait to read this book! I totally agree Cupcakes will make anything better!

  3. Thanks for the giveaway! I love this series and can’t wait to read the latest! The fact that I like cupcakes helps a little, too!

  4. This is one of my favorite long running series. It’s set in Arizona where I live and its fun to know what she is describing and a lot of the events described in the books I attend. Plus I LOVE CUPCAKES!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for a wonderful GIVEAWAY!!!!

  5. Love this series, but really looking forward to this one because of the zombies. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. I love this series, oh heck I love all of Ms. McKinlay’s series. A zombie walk with this cast of characters would have to be a blast, I can’t wait to read it.

  7. I have read all of the books in this series except for this current one – I plan to read this soon. Great review , I love cozy mysteries.

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