Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Fondant Fumble - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads: Fondant Fumble (A Cupcake Bakery Mystery #16) by Jenn McKinlay

Rating: Liked It! (3.5 Stars)
Source:   Publisher

Description:  Professional football players Keogh Graham and Tyler Matthews want to open a Fairy Tale Cupcakes franchise. They’re spending the off-season in Scottsdale working in Mel’s bakery, learning about the business and how to bake show-stopping cupcakes. The popular athletes bring a boom of customers to the store as football fans flock to see the friends mixing batter and piping icing.

Everyone’s excited the athletes are pursuing their dream of owning a bakery—except for those who fear the players will ditch football for fondant and retire early from professional sports. The angry naysayers include their team owner and Keogh's sports agent, along with some very vocal fans.

When the owner of their team, the Arizona Scorpions, is found dead on the floor of their new bakery following an argument with Keogh, the pros become prime suspects. As the investigation heats up, Mel and the rest of the cupcake bakery crew must step up and prove their franchise owners are innocent before it’s game-over for the new bakers.

Genre:  Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  I enjoy this series and McKinlay is one of my favorite authors.

My Impression: Football meets cozy mystery and chaos ensues.  I really enjoyed this cozy mystery involving the cupcake baker characters that I enjoy catching up with - Mel, Angie, Tate, Joe and the rest of the DeLara family - with the addition of an NFL team and their shenanigans.  

Keogh and Tyler were interesting characters.  They're close friends and Keogh has a life long love of baking.  I thought it was interesting that the fact that professional athletes have a time limit of how long they are able to perform was discussed frequently as was the downsides of fame and fortune.

The mystery was a godo one and while this was a super easy fast read things didn't always go the way I expected them to go.  I really enjoyed the wrapup of the mystery and seeing changes in the main characters personal life.  I do prefer this author's Library Lovers series but this was a fun, fast read that I enjoyed from beginning to end - and now I need to go get cupcakes.  

Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Absolutely!  I have really enjoyed everything I've read by this author and am looking forward to new books and catching up on books I've missed.  

Would I Recommend this Book? If you enjoy cozy mysteries this is a fun series and this was a fun read.  

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. Football players opening up a bakery? And then having to solve a mystery? That's hilarious. :D

  2. I've liked some of her books but haven't read this series.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  3. I would try some of their cupcakes. :-) This sounds like a fun series. Thank you for sharing!

  4. I have not tried this series, but it sounds like a lot of fun.

  5. I really want to read this series but there are so many books in it. I'll never catch up, but it looks great.