Each Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea shares the first part of a book that she is reading or thinking about reading. This week I'm sharing the first few paragraphs of Buttercream Bump Off by Jenn McKinlay. In honor of Valentine's Day, please note the lovely cover of this book, the 2nd in McKinlay's Cupcake Bakery mystery series. I defy you not to wish for a luscious cupcake after looking at the covers on the books in this series. Yum! Oh, and don't forget to scroll down. I've included a few 'real' pictures of cupcakes made by my daughter, who is a master cupcake baker, though she's never had to deal with murder. See what you think about this one:
'You need to get to the corner of Fifth Avenue and Scottsdale Road. Now.'
'Angie?' Melanie Cooper barely recognized her business partner's voice through her sleep-induced haze. 'What's going on?'
'Fifth and Scottsdale,' Angie DeLaura repeated. The phone went dead.
Mel glanced at the cell phone in her hand then at her alarm clock, which read 6:57. A phone call this early in the morning had better mean Angie's car had been stolen or was on fire.
She heaved off her comforter and rolled out of bed. Mel didn't like mornings on the best of days, but in January, even in Scottsdale, Arizona, it surely was a crime to be dragged out of bed before the sun, especially without a cup of coffee to chase away the morning chill. Still, Angie had been her best friend for more than twenty years. She wouldn't have called if it wasn't important.
That thought got Mel moving. She grabbed a thick-hooded sweatshirt and tugged it on over her flannel pajamas. She could feel the static raise her short blonde hair up, and she imagined she looked like a troll doll on a bad-hair day, without the cute belly button. She jammed her feet into her slip-on sneakers and grabbed her keys.
Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura's Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery is gearing up for Valentine's Day with a couples cooking class.
Meanwhile Mel's mother has her first date in forever. Unfortunately someone ices Baxter Malloy on their first date.
Now Mom's a suspect, and Mel and Angie need to find time around frosting to dig into the man's shady past and discover who served him his just desserts.
Happy Valentine's Day! I read this book several years ago and enjoyed it thoroughly. It includes humor, murder, family drama, cupcakes and recipes. What recipes you might ask? Well, how about 'Kiss Me Cupcakes' (mint chocolate chip), 'Orange Dreamsicle Cupcakes', 'Cupid's Bliss Cupcakes' (white chocolate and raspberries), plus frostings to match each. And to tempt you, here's some of my daughter's creations. Sorry I can't send them to everyone! I bet there's a cupcake bakery in your area. What are you waiting for?
|Chocolate Cupcake with Vanilla Buttercream|
Frosting and Fondant Flower
|Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes|
|Peppermint Hot Cocoa Cupcake|
|Butter Pecan Praline Cupcakes|