I have declared all Thursdays for the time being TBR Thursdays! This is when I review a book that's been sitting on my TBR shelf for way too long! Today's is:
Buttercream Bump Off by Jenn McKinlay
Rating: 3 Stars
Description: Mel and her business partners Angie and Tate are forced to stop focusing on their cupcake bakery and start focusing on solving murders when Mel's mother becomes the main suspect in one. Turns out that Baxter Malloy, Mel's mom's now deceased date, managed to make a lot of enemies. Now the cupcake bakers have to figure out which one was the angriest before Mel's mom, Joyce, ends up in trouble.
My Impression: This is the 2nd Cupcake Bakery mystery and is an enjoyable light read. The mystery was pretty well done though I did guess the murderer about 3/4 of the way through just because the character was so prominent. A lot of the behavior is very childish which gets annoying. Angie's brothers were ridiculously over-protective and Tate spent most of the time acting like a sulking 5 year old. The competitor Olivia played a tiny role but her actions seemed silly and Mel and her assistant taking over an event seemed almost criminal. The way the murderer and motive were revealed fit naturally into the story and Mel had a legitimate reason to get involved in this mystery.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: I will be definitely reading more of her librarian series which seems much stronger than this one. I will probably keep going with the series. Partly because they're fun reads and I love cupcakes but also because I already have the next 3.
Would I Recommend this Book?: If you read murder mysteries and are interested in cupcakes and baking this is definitely a fun read. If you have no interest in baking you may want to find another series.