Buttercream Betrayal (Cupcake Catering Mystery Series)
by Kim Davis
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About Buttercream Betrayal
Buttercream Betrayal (Cupcake Catering Mystery Series)
5th in Series
Setting – California
Cinnamon & Sugar Press (September 13, 2022)
Paperback : 320 pages
ISBN-13 : 979-8985360110
Digital ASIN : B0B8BTDZ1H
Intent on getting their two mischievous dogs under control, Emory Martinez and her half sister, Vannie, join a group dog training program led by Shawn Parker. With a graduation certificate just within grasp and a party to celebrate their hard-won achievements, what could go wrong? For starters, their two dogs have decided to wreak havoc during the party and tempers flare. It turns out not everyone is pleased with the dog trainer and his mother, the condo association president. Whispers of the mother and son’s misbehavior, or worse, fly amongst the barks, whines, and growls of the canines.
Cupcake baker extraordinaire Emory Martinez keeps herself busy with her own clients, helps her sister with her catering business, is a companion to her landlord Tillie, and works for Tillie’s son to keep affairs in order when he is out of town. She is also becoming quite the amateur sleuth usually with Tillie by her side.
In this fifth installment, Emory and her half-sister Vannie enroll Emory’s dogs, Piper and Missy in a dog training class. They made it through all the sessions and are ready to celebrate with the entire group when the dog’s mischievous nature cannot be contained and they cause a bit of ruckus. The instructor gets so upset he declares Piper and Missy had failed the class and his mother, condo association president is livid and asks Emory, Vannie, and the naughty pups to leave.
It is then Emory learns of the questionable behavior of the dog trainer and his mother, but she is still surprised when she returns and finds one of them dead.
So with Tillie by her side and help from family and friends, she tries to find the depth of their misdeeds while trying to corner the killer.
I love this series so much!
It is the extraordinary cast of characters that Ms. Davis has created that keeps me coming back for each new story. The relationships are realistic, and genuine, and continue to grow. New characters are introduced and are accepted in the group that truly is one big family. I love the big family dinners and the way everyone pulls together in some pretty stressful situations. Tillie continues to be my favorite character and I firmly believe everyone needs a Tillie in their lives.
The mystery is complex with a plethora of suspects. It is so well written and plotted. With subplots dealing with puppy mills, money laundering, and blackmail the story goes off in many directions as Emory, Tillie and the rest of the group try to make everything they are learning go together to make sense to lead them to a killer without getting themselves killed in the process. I was glued to the pages each step along the way. It was definitely not a clear-cut path. Ms. Davis set everything up perfectly to keep her readers on their toes. She also has an expert hand with humor because this cast is fun-loving and sometimes just plain funny.
Of course, there are cupcakes and other delicious food mentioned/described throughout the book and the author includes many recipes at the end of the story to tickle our taste buds. I would love to get together with the characters in this story just for the desserts and dinners.
You will find Buttercream Betrayal on my Best Reads List for 2022. The author continues to top herself. I am invested in these characters and each visit ends too soon. Just one more cupcake, please.
Every story in this series is wonderful. I recommend reading them in order but each can be read on its own. This is a series that should not be missed. Cozy mystery lovers will be delighted with each and every story!
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About Kim Davis
Kim Davis lives in Southern California with her husband. When she’s not chasing her puppy or spending time with her granddaughters she can be found either writing stories or working on her blog, Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder or in the kitchen baking up yummy treats. She has published the suspense novel, A GAME OF DECEIT, the Cupcake Catering Mystery series, and the Aromatherapy Mystery series. She also has had several children’s articles published in Cricket, Nature Friend, Skipping Stones, and the Seed of Truth magazines. Kim Davis is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.
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Comments on “Buttercream Betrayal (Cupcake Catering Mystery Series) by Kim Davis #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @Kookiesandbooks”
Sounds like a book I will enjoy reading.
Thanks for stopping by, Rita! And good luck in the contest!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for such a glowing review, Lori! I am beyond thrilled to be awarded the coveted “Trip to Paradise” rating!!! I so appreciate your hard work in introducing my book to your followers and setting up the tour for me.
Thanks for the review. I love this series.
Thanks so much! I truly appreciate hearing that and wish you luck in the contest!
I so enjoy reading Kim’s blog and learning about so many great mysteries and delicious recipes. I have yet to begin this series but it is most definitely part of my TBR pile, which is so large it is threatening to topple on me lol. I love dogs and the plot in this book sounds very good. So many books and just not enough time to read.
Thanks so much, Sue! I have the same TBR problem too but yet I keep adding to it, lol. Good luck in the contest
This is one of my favorite series and I am really excited for this installment!
I’m so happy to hear that! Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the contest!
You have the distinction of her highest rating! Well done.
Thank you, Libby, I am absolutely thrilled with the honor! and good luck in the contest too 🙂
This is a great series. I’ve enjoyed the books I’ve already read. Looking forward to catching up on the series.
Thanks so much, Dianne! And good luck in the contest!
I am a fan of this author and would love to win this book!
I appreciate hearing that Linda, and wish you good luck in the contest!
Just love those cute dogs n the cover.
Thanks so much, Jan! And good luck in the contest!
What an intriguing mystery! Great cover too.
Thanks so much, Bonnie! And good luck in the contest!
I’ve loved the books I’ve read so far in the series, and this title alone makes me crave frosting for one & want to read the book for two!
The cover is adorable! It sets the stage for the book.
Thanks so much, Jeanna! I just adore my cover designer — she’s the best. Good luck in the contest!
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