Title- Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker
Author- D.E. Haggerty
Genre- Cozy Mystery/ RomCom
Purchase Link- Amazon
A mystery with a heap of laughs, a generous portion of romance, and just a smidgeon of suspense.
Callie’s life is rather awesome. She owns a successful bakery and teaches German literature at the local university. There’s just one tiny problem. She has no self-confidence when it comes to her body. And then there’s the little matter of her being accused of murdering her pole dancing instructor. There’s no way Callie’s going to risk losing her teaching position and thus she embarks, with her best baker bud Anna, on a journey to discover the real killer. Between stripper auditions and a detective who insists Callie is the woman of his dreams, it’s a roller coaster adventure. Cupcakes not included.
Callie Muller loves her life- She as not one but two dream jobs- she teaches at the local university and she owns her very own bakery Callie’s Cakes. She has everything she tinks she needs.That is until one of her regulars a local Detective by the name of Ben finally talks her into going out with him.
Callie’s past relationships have given her a low self esteem and given her a complex about her curvy body. When her assistant Annie talks her into a pole dancing class Callie is hesitant but seriously what could go wrong beside landing on her face?
When her instructor is murdered and the cause of death is death by cupcake Callie becomes the number one suspect and could lose everything is the true killer isn’t found. The Detective in charge of her case is adamant that Cassie has done it so she has no choice but to solve the murder herself.
Who doesn’t love cupcakes? No one that is who and if you don’t loe cupcakes we can;t be friends cause honestly I don;t need that kind of negativity in my life…. Just kidding! Seriously though this book was everything I was craving! Not only are the characters full of snark and sarcasm which is everything for me but they are hilarious and realistic. Callie herself as a chip one her shoulder but I loved watching the relationship that blooms between her and Ben fill that chip.
Callie is smart and independant which I really enjoyed. Not only does she own her own business but she has a PHd! I wish more female characters were made to be intelligent and not made out to be klutz or ditsy.
The mystery aspect of the book was brilliant in my opinion and wasn’t predictable which can easily happen in the genre. The author is able to build the story with perfectly timed twist and turns and funny when needed.
Ok so we all have days when we feel less than- less than perfect or even less than deserving however I wish the characer Callie’s chip was quite so large. I understand where the author was going with it however after the 13th time she thought herself fat or less than it angered me. I wish the character embraced her curviness like the bad ass sexy smart woman she is sooner rather than later in the book.
I honestly dislike when we have female characters who think the hot guy wouldn’t be interested in them because of the shape of their body or because in her eyes she is again less than.
With that being said I truly enjoyed reading this book and have already purchased the next two books in the series to read just as soon as my TBR thins out a bit (HA!) I strongly recommend this for anyone with a sweet tooth and a love of snarky cozy mysteries!
4 out of 5 cupcakes!
I grew up reading everything I could get my hands on from my mom’s Harlequin romances to Nancy Drew to Little Women. When I wasn’t flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although I did manage, every once in a while, to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. After surviving the army experience, I went back to school and got my law degree. I jumped ship and joined the hubby in the Netherlands before the graduation ceremony could even begin. A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic after returning to the law. But being a lawyer really wasn’t my thing, so I quit (again!) and went off to Germany to start a B&B. Turns out being a B&B owner wasn’t my thing either. I decided to follow the husband to Istanbul for a few years where I managed to churn out book after book. But ten years was too many to stay away from ‘home’. I packed up again and moved to The Hague where I’m currently working on my next book. I hope I’ll always be working on my next book.