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It may be summertime, but sales at Fairy Tale Cupcakes are below zero--and owners Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are willing to try anything to heat things up. So when local legend Slim Hazard offers them the chance to sell cupcakes at the annual Juniper Pass rodeo, they're determined to rope in a pretty payday! But not everyone at the Juniper Pass is as sweet for Fairy T It may be summertime, but sales at Fairy Tale Cupcakes are below zero--and owners Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are willing to try anything to heat things up. So when local legend Slim Hazard offers them the chance to sell cupcakes at the annual Juniper Pass rodeo, they're determined to rope in a pretty payday! But not everyone at the Juniper Pass is as sweet for Fairy Tale Cupcakes as Slim--including star bull-rider Ty Stokes. Mel and Angie try to steer clear of the cowboy's short fuse, but when his dead body is found face down in the hay, it's a whole different rodeo. With a vengeful murderer on the loose, the ladies are quickly realizing that while they came to save their business, they may have to save themselves--and that's no bull.


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It may be summertime, but sales at Fairy Tale Cupcakes are below zero--and owners Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are willing to try anything to heat things up. So when local legend Slim Hazard offers them the chance to sell cupcakes at the annual Juniper Pass rodeo, they're determined to rope in a pretty payday! But not everyone at the Juniper Pass is as sweet for Fairy T It may be summertime, but sales at Fairy Tale Cupcakes are below zero--and owners Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are willing to try anything to heat things up. So when local legend Slim Hazard offers them the chance to sell cupcakes at the annual Juniper Pass rodeo, they're determined to rope in a pretty payday! But not everyone at the Juniper Pass is as sweet for Fairy Tale Cupcakes as Slim--including star bull-rider Ty Stokes. Mel and Angie try to steer clear of the cowboy's short fuse, but when his dead body is found face down in the hay, it's a whole different rodeo. With a vengeful murderer on the loose, the ladies are quickly realizing that while they came to save their business, they may have to save themselves--and that's no bull.

30 review for Red Velvet Revenge (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #4)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Luffy

    My first review of the year. This was as usual a different book from its predecessors. It looked liked I would be bored senseless by reading about the rodeo in the story, but things took a different turn. Mel's resourcefulness was tested to the max here. She is the POV from which we view the events unfolding in the book. It's an advantage here, since everything worth telling is witnessed by Mel. The denouement was surprising. The murder seemed almost like an act of benevolence. Whether the reader My first review of the year. This was as usual a different book from its predecessors. It looked liked I would be bored senseless by reading about the rodeo in the story, but things took a different turn. Mel's resourcefulness was tested to the max here. She is the POV from which we view the events unfolding in the book. It's an advantage here, since everything worth telling is witnessed by Mel. The denouement was surprising. The murder seemed almost like an act of benevolence. Whether the reader buys it or not is up to the preference of each reader. I loved this book, though personally I wanted more. So 4 stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Hamda

    I should stop binge reading this series. It's making me crave sugar something terrible!!! In this installment Mel is invited to sell her cupcakes in a rodeo with 25 thousand people attending. Needless to say she has dollar signs in her eyes. There's a murder and our scrappy gang need to solve it while trying to out sell their competition. I really do like the amount of research that was put into this book. Be it about rodeos, animal cruelty, old and current practices. The author has a good head I should stop binge reading this series. It's making me crave sugar something terrible!!! In this installment Mel is invited to sell her cupcakes in a rodeo with 25 thousand people attending. Needless to say she has dollar signs in her eyes. There's a murder and our scrappy gang need to solve it while trying to out sell their competition. I really do like the amount of research that was put into this book. Be it about rodeos, animal cruelty, old and current practices. The author has a good head on her shoulders. For those like me that felt that Olivia was turning into a shoe horned joke rejoice! She only cameos in this one. Sadly you get two walking stereotypes in her place and they're mustache twirling villains as well. Thankfully they don't over stay their welcome. I'm taking away one star from this book because to me it felt sexist. The clearest example of this is when Mel sees a group of activists. According to Mel they all looked like *insert name here* with blank faces and enhanced breasts... and one guy that's well groomed. Everytime they run into that group Mel ignores every single person in it except the guy and gives him guilt trip of a look. There are other examples through out the book of this. The women always seem to have their flaws highlighted and used as character markers while the MC actively searches for something good to say about the man. The more I read the less I liked Mel and she was on thin ice since book two when she stole someone else's catering gig just to spite them. For this one I had to power through. I hope it doesn't keep going in this direction, I really liked this series...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life)

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. I had a great time listening to this cozy mystery! I have been slowly working my way through this series after picking up the first book in the series not quite a year ago. This is the fourth book in the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries and while it can be read as a stand alone readers of the series will appreciate checking in with the cast of characters. I found myself quickly caught up in this mystery and I may have developed a mild cravin This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. I had a great time listening to this cozy mystery! I have been slowly working my way through this series after picking up the first book in the series not quite a year ago. This is the fourth book in the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries and while it can be read as a stand alone readers of the series will appreciate checking in with the cast of characters. I found myself quickly caught up in this mystery and I may have developed a mild craving for cupcakes before reaching the end of the story. This installment takes the cupcake crew to the rodeo. I have to tell you that this development worried me a bit since sometimes when a series hits the road it looses some of its charm. There was no need to worry since the key characters went on this trip together so I didn't find myself missing anyone. The Juniper Pass rodeo had its own quirky group of characters including the man who runs the operation, the unpleasant rodeo star, and the owners of the food truck serving Barbecue right next to the Fairy Tale Bakery's cupcake truck. Of course, there were a few problems for the crew to work out. There was a shooting at the rodeo's parade injuring Slim, then the rodeo star is murdered, and to top things off someone has sabotaged the cupcake bakery's food truck. Nobody knows if these events are connected but Melanie and her friends are in the middle of it all especially since they were the ones to discover the bull rider's body. There are some developments between Tate and Angie that kept the story interesting on the romantic front. Susan Boyce continues to do a fabulous job with this series. I love the voices that she uses for this quirky group of characters. She really does a great job in bringing the story to life and is able to add a lot of excitement to the reading. Ms. Boyce has a very pleasant reading voice and I had no problem listening to her narration for hours at a time. I look forward to listening to more of her work in the future. I would recommend this series to others. This book is filled with great characters and a mystery that kept me guessing. I also love the fact that we get to see enough of the dessert making process to make the cupcake bakery seem real (and to make me crave a few desserts). I can't wait to start the next book in the series very soon! Initial Thoughts The group goes to the rodeo in this installment to sell some cupcakes. Of course, all kinds of things go wrong and they find themselves in the middle of a mystery before long. It was nice to spend some time with this group of characters again. The narration was excellent. Book source: Library via Hoopla

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melodie

    This is absolutely one of my top 5 cozy series, and they never disappoint me! They get better as the series goes. I love the relationships and they're quite believable, though I do believe the Angie/Tate thing would have resolved itself early on. I like the little "movie quote" thing that goes on between Angie, Mel & Tate as it's something that goes on with me and some of my family members and friends. Will be impatiently waiting the 5th book in the series! RECOMMEND!! This is absolutely one of my top 5 cozy series, and they never disappoint me! They get better as the series goes. I love the relationships and they're quite believable, though I do believe the Angie/Tate thing would have resolved itself early on. I like the little "movie quote" thing that goes on between Angie, Mel & Tate as it's something that goes on with me and some of my family members and friends. Will be impatiently waiting the 5th book in the series! RECOMMEND!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    A bit silly but pleasant read

  6. 5 out of 5

    ❂ Murder by Death

    Another great book in a great series! I love all the characters, and I think this one was probably my favourite due to a combination of great romantic tension, an excellent murder plot and the fact that the nemesis in the series, Olivia Pucket, was mostly absent (she's just a little over-the-top for me). Red Velvet Revenge takes place at a rodeo in northern Arizona and Ms, McKinlay did an excellent job with the suspects, clues and denouement. I really had no idea who the murderer was until the re Another great book in a great series! I love all the characters, and I think this one was probably my favourite due to a combination of great romantic tension, an excellent murder plot and the fact that the nemesis in the series, Olivia Pucket, was mostly absent (she's just a little over-the-top for me). Red Velvet Revenge takes place at a rodeo in northern Arizona and Ms, McKinlay did an excellent job with the suspects, clues and denouement. I really had no idea who the murderer was until the reveal. The dialogue throughout the book is witty, fast-paced and humorous, especially within the main cast of characters. In previous books, I found that the movie quotes felt over-done, but they were beautifully woven in throughout this story and I felt them to be a perfect addition to every scene. While there weren't any real cliffhangers, there were a couple of unresolved questions hanging out there that I can't wait to read more about in the next book. A really excellent read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)

    I think this is my other favorite book in the series so far. This was just too good. And I want to see more of backbone Mel Cooper because I loved how she talked some sense into her two friends and their romance angst. And I like how protective Mel is of Oz, that's just adorable. And we get more Marty as well, which is nice, since he along with Oz are a good addition to the series. Anyway, this time around, the cupcake gang head to the rodeo. I like how in the series you have some characters you l I think this is my other favorite book in the series so far. This was just too good. And I want to see more of backbone Mel Cooper because I loved how she talked some sense into her two friends and their romance angst. And I like how protective Mel is of Oz, that's just adorable. And we get more Marty as well, which is nice, since he along with Oz are a good addition to the series. Anyway, this time around, the cupcake gang head to the rodeo. I like how in the series you have some characters you like and some you don't. But at the same time, you're guessing along with Mel and co on whose the killer. It makes it all the more fun to read that way. That's what I like about these cozy mysteries, along with the characters as well. Also that cover there looks delicious. Plus, the ending, how could you end it there and leave me smiling. Well now I want the next book already. Looking forward to the next one.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mayda

    Mel and Angie may not be ready to ride in a rodeo, but they are more than willing to sell cupcakes there. When a chance meeting with a rodeo owner results in a offer to come to his rodeo and sell cupcakes, they are ready to leave the heat of the city and head up the mountain. Luckily, their intern Oz has inherited an ice cream van, which they clean up and outfit for cupcakes. It’s all good, right up to the point where their new friend gets shot. Much happens in this well-written and delightful c Mel and Angie may not be ready to ride in a rodeo, but they are more than willing to sell cupcakes there. When a chance meeting with a rodeo owner results in a offer to come to his rodeo and sell cupcakes, they are ready to leave the heat of the city and head up the mountain. Luckily, their intern Oz has inherited an ice cream van, which they clean up and outfit for cupcakes. It’s all good, right up to the point where their new friend gets shot. Much happens in this well-written and delightful cozy. Besides attempted murder, outright murder, sabotage, challenges to outsell another vendor, there is romance is in the air. Author Jean McKinlay never fails to give her readers a story that is entertaining as well as enticing.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    There were moments of pure MEH in this book and then there were moments of laughter and fun. I find that these are sometimes hit or miss and even with the misses, I find I like them. I like the characters [though I am extremely tired of how bratty Angie is. GROW THE F UP ALREADY] and I love the idea of cupcakes. And I like how resourceful Mel is, especially in this one and I love her relationship with Joe AND with her darling cat! So I will keep reading and keep recommending them - there is enou There were moments of pure MEH in this book and then there were moments of laughter and fun. I find that these are sometimes hit or miss and even with the misses, I find I like them. I like the characters [though I am extremely tired of how bratty Angie is. GROW THE F UP ALREADY] and I love the idea of cupcakes. And I like how resourceful Mel is, especially in this one and I love her relationship with Joe AND with her darling cat! So I will keep reading and keep recommending them - there is enough enjoyment to keep going.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    This is the 4Th book in the A Cupcake Bakery Mystery series. It just might be the best one, too. Angie and Melanie, owners of the Fairy tale Cupcakes bakery, are riding with Oz and Marty in a recycled Good Humor van that Oz has recently purchased. They are discussing how it can become the bakery delivery van when the van breaks down. Shortly after Slim Hazard. who heads the Juniper Pass Rodeo, stops to help. Once Slim learns of their bakery, he talks them into becoming a vendor at the upcoming r This is the 4Th book in the A Cupcake Bakery Mystery series. It just might be the best one, too. Angie and Melanie, owners of the Fairy tale Cupcakes bakery, are riding with Oz and Marty in a recycled Good Humor van that Oz has recently purchased. They are discussing how it can become the bakery delivery van when the van breaks down. Shortly after Slim Hazard. who heads the Juniper Pass Rodeo, stops to help. Once Slim learns of their bakery, he talks them into becoming a vendor at the upcoming rodeo. Angie and Mel set out baking cupcakes for the event, while some favors are called in to make the van road worthy. They arrive in their decked out cupcake van, to find themselves assigned a spot next to Billy Bobs BBQ. Much to there displeasure Billy Bob's busy smoking the meat for tomorrows opening. Billy Bob's BBQ owners Billy and Bob are beside themselves at being next to cupcake vendor. Angie, who can have a bit of a temper, agrees to put their total sale against Billy Bob's, and the loser needs to work the others site. Now that they set up for tomorrow's opening they head into town to check in at their hotel, that is over the local saloon. As they are watching the parade for the opening of the rodeo, from there balcony, Slim Hazard is shot in the shoulder. It turns out to be just a minor injury and is back the next day for the opening on the rodeo. It is thought that some cowboy in the audience had just gotten carried away and shot his gun in the air, but Melanie and her coworkers just couldn't see that happening. Then later Mel bumps into the star of the rodeo, Ty Stokes. Stokes who is three sheets to the wind and when he realizes who she is wants a dozen cupcakes delivered to his room. As Mel and Angie are looking for Ty to deliver his cupcakes, they find Ty in a bull's pen, apparently gored to death. Granted their encounter hadn't been the best, but because of that they don't want suspicion to fall upon them. In addition to wanting to investigate the death of Ty, they have another problem. It seems that the electricity hook-up hook up to their van had been unplugged and most if not all of the cupcakes have thawed. Mel comes up with a recipe for cake pops to save the day and cupcakes. Of course there is an update of the love interests of Mel and Angie. this a very enjoyable series and an interesting cast of characters. For the movie buffs, there is a selection of lines movies to guess what movie they came from. Looking forward to the next in the series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    The summer heat is killing business for Fairy Tale Cupcakes, so when Mel and Angie get an offer to sell cupcakes at a rodeo in the mountains, it seems like a great idea. However, when someone is shot at the opening parade, they begin to wonder what they’ve landed in the middle of this time. I found the first quarter of this book very slow since it sets up several things that could have been handled in a few pages or a couple of chapters max. Once the story does get started, it moves along at a gr The summer heat is killing business for Fairy Tale Cupcakes, so when Mel and Angie get an offer to sell cupcakes at a rodeo in the mountains, it seems like a great idea. However, when someone is shot at the opening parade, they begin to wonder what they’ve landed in the middle of this time. I found the first quarter of this book very slow since it sets up several things that could have been handled in a few pages or a couple of chapters max. Once the story does get started, it moves along at a great clip, however. The characters, both old and new, are wonderful, and the climax actually made me tear up. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    This is the fourth book in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series, which I am currently bingeing. This is such a cute series that I can't believe it has taken me this long to start reading. I love the characters. The are very appealing and the friendships and relationship feel genuine. So far the series had been quick fun reads that keep me coming back for more. This book seemed to take a bit longer to set up and get to the murder, but once it did Mel was back in rare form. I'm on to the next. This is the fourth book in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series, which I am currently bingeing. This is such a cute series that I can't believe it has taken me this long to start reading. I love the characters. The are very appealing and the friendships and relationship feel genuine. So far the series had been quick fun reads that keep me coming back for more. This book seemed to take a bit longer to set up and get to the murder, but once it did Mel was back in rare form. I'm on to the next.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Ok, for real, I am now completely hooked on this series. This has been my favorite book yet of the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries. When I tell you that I could not put it down (it says I started February 8 but I had a houseguest for the first two days and my reading time was limited, so I mostly read the whole thing over the final four days), I am not kidding. I reached for it during breaks at work and relaxing in the evening, in addition to my typical reading in bed. The pages practically turned them Ok, for real, I am now completely hooked on this series. This has been my favorite book yet of the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries. When I tell you that I could not put it down (it says I started February 8 but I had a houseguest for the first two days and my reading time was limited, so I mostly read the whole thing over the final four days), I am not kidding. I reached for it during breaks at work and relaxing in the evening, in addition to my typical reading in bed. The pages practically turned themselves. What I liked about Red Velvet Revenge: The banter between the characters - While I wasn't sure, during the first couple of books, that these characters were going to be developed much, I have been surprisingly inaccurate in that assessment. They are growing in depth and dimension, reaching the point where I have grown to care about their overall story arcs. Part of that is evident by -- or possibly the result of? chicken or egg, anyone? -- the way they interact with one another. A little bit sharp wit, a little bit sibling-style teasing, the trademark movie quotes. The whole package is one that just works so well. Location, location, location - I immediately fell for the gang's field trip (which felt organic and believable), soaking up the atmosphere which was painted to perfection in my mind's eye. The case, itself - I will admit that while there was one detail that I figured out before the reveal, I didn't put together its connection to the murder until it was all spelled out. Not one but TWO cliffhangers!! - Not only that, but I love both of them. Well-played, Ms McKinlay! I am dying to know what happens next! What I didn't care for: Olivia Puckett - Honestly, her very existence in the series annoys me. I'd be just fine if she found herself the victim...soon. (Ahem.) All in all, this has become one of my favorite cozy mystery series. The cases are starting to become more unique, there is a definite personality emerging, the recurring characters are likable, there's enough humor and romance mixed in to keep the tone light and fun, and the last two books have left me entirely invested in the future of the series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melissapalmer404

    #55 Book Read in 2012 Red Velvet Revenge by Jenn McKinlay This book is the fourth installment in one of my favorite cozy mystery series. In this book, Mel and Angie decide to bring their cupcake van to a rodeo to sell their cupcakes. As always when they are involved, there is drama at the rodeo and someone turns up dead. Mel begins to investigate the death and of course gets herself in trouble. Along with the murder mystery, the romance of Mel and Joe moves forward. Angie and Tate's unspoken love #55 Book Read in 2012 Red Velvet Revenge by Jenn McKinlay This book is the fourth installment in one of my favorite cozy mystery series. In this book, Mel and Angie decide to bring their cupcake van to a rodeo to sell their cupcakes. As always when they are involved, there is drama at the rodeo and someone turns up dead. Mel begins to investigate the death and of course gets herself in trouble. Along with the murder mystery, the romance of Mel and Joe moves forward. Angie and Tate's unspoken love for each other moves forward in its own way as well. Along for the ride are Oz and Marty. I enjoy this series. The characters are interesting and I love how they all care for each other. There is a good balance between mystery and romance, with humor thrown in for good measure. I did miss Captain Jack's antics in this book. Hopefully in the next one, he gets more page time. I highly recommend this series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Frazier

    Loved it! I wasn't sure about this one with the Rodeo theme, but the characters are so great, that it didn't even make a difference. I devoured this book in about 2 days, glad I have the others waiting for me! Loved it! I wasn't sure about this one with the Rodeo theme, but the characters are so great, that it didn't even make a difference. I devoured this book in about 2 days, glad I have the others waiting for me!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    Such a fun book to listen to while in the car. Yesterday was my middle child's birthday and my youngest had chosen this book to be listened to in the car while we were traveling. My husband and children laughed out loud at many moments in the book. It is a very hot summer in AZ and Gina and Mel are discussing what they should do about their dwindling clientele (too hot to come out and enjoy a cupcake). When Oz and Marty show up with an old ice cream truck to go out and find the business. They co Such a fun book to listen to while in the car. Yesterday was my middle child's birthday and my youngest had chosen this book to be listened to in the car while we were traveling. My husband and children laughed out loud at many moments in the book. It is a very hot summer in AZ and Gina and Mel are discussing what they should do about their dwindling clientele (too hot to come out and enjoy a cupcake). When Oz and Marty show up with an old ice cream truck to go out and find the business. They convince the girls to come out for a test drive and the van dies. While they are discussing what they should do about the broken van, Slim and his wife Tammy show up and help the crew out by giving them a ride back to the shop. As a reward for his help, they give Slim a package of cupcakes and he loves the cupcakes so much he gets the girls to commit to coming to the rodeo and selling cupcakes there. While they are there, Slim gets shot and then the "star" of the rodeo is found dead in a bullpen. Who really tried to shoot Slim and who really murdered Ty are the questions that they try to answer to save Oz from being charged with the murder.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin Copp

    It is hot in Phoenix where Mel and Angie run their bakery, Fairy Tale Cupcakes. The temperature may be rising quickly but business at the bakery has slowed down to a trickle and they are willing to do whatever they can to drum up business. Then walks in local rodeo legend Slim Hazard and Marty convinces the girls to try selling the cupcakes at the Juniper Pass Rodeo, 6 hours away. At first Mel is hesitant, they don't have a food truck after all...then Oz shows up with a tricked out cupcake selli It is hot in Phoenix where Mel and Angie run their bakery, Fairy Tale Cupcakes. The temperature may be rising quickly but business at the bakery has slowed down to a trickle and they are willing to do whatever they can to drum up business. Then walks in local rodeo legend Slim Hazard and Marty convinces the girls to try selling the cupcakes at the Juniper Pass Rodeo, 6 hours away. At first Mel is hesitant, they don't have a food truck after all...then Oz shows up with a tricked out cupcake selling van and they all pile in and head for the rodeo. Of course, nothing can go as planned and they stumble across the body of the mean spirited cowboy, Ty Stokes. The local sheriff directs his attention toward Oz and Mel and Angie put on their crime solving boots to prove his innocence.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I really like this series, but this book in particular was very satisfying. The solutions to problems that popped up, the back stories, the culprit reveal, and the very end. The story moved at a good pace, without any boring, slow parts. Some likeable, new characters are introduced in this book and I hope some of them might pop up again in future books. This story takes place in a different Arizona town than the others, so Mel and the rest of the cupcake gang are out of their element, and our fa I really like this series, but this book in particular was very satisfying. The solutions to problems that popped up, the back stories, the culprit reveal, and the very end. The story moved at a good pace, without any boring, slow parts. Some likeable, new characters are introduced in this book and I hope some of them might pop up again in future books. This story takes place in a different Arizona town than the others, so Mel and the rest of the cupcake gang are out of their element, and our favorite rival Olivia appears like a bad penny. This might be my favorite Cupcake Bakery book so far!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Devi Nair

    The sweetness of cupcakes and spiciness of a mystery makes this series a perfect recipe in cozy mystery. Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura along with Tate, Joe and other, especially Captain Jack Sparrow, the cat makes the stories believable along with being fun and interesting. Somewhere down the series, the story makes you start living their lives with them. Every dip in anyone mood makes the reader feels terribly sad and any happy moment makes it a teary moment while reading. A cute cozy with a The sweetness of cupcakes and spiciness of a mystery makes this series a perfect recipe in cozy mystery. Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura along with Tate, Joe and other, especially Captain Jack Sparrow, the cat makes the stories believable along with being fun and interesting. Somewhere down the series, the story makes you start living their lives with them. Every dip in anyone mood makes the reader feels terribly sad and any happy moment makes it a teary moment while reading. A cute cozy with a lot of cupcakes, this one is a perfect read for a Sunday afternoon by the beach. It is quick, nice, feel-good novel with enough drama to keep the reader enthralled but not too much to go overboard. There is never a dull moment in this series. I would recommend it to all. A must read series, waiting to welcome you into their fun family.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tricia

    I love trying to guess "whodunit," even though I'm usually wrong. This one left me wondering what's going to happen with some of the characters with in this story - not the main characters, but the ones introduced. I love getting to know the BBQ guys and the Hazard family. There's other things I'd like to say, but I don't want to spoil anything for anyone. I love trying to guess "whodunit," even though I'm usually wrong. This one left me wondering what's going to happen with some of the characters with in this story - not the main characters, but the ones introduced. I love getting to know the BBQ guys and the Hazard family. There's other things I'd like to say, but I don't want to spoil anything for anyone.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Bezrutczyk

    I just love this series. I can't wait to see if she accepts Joe's question and how Tate and Angie make out. I just love this series. I can't wait to see if she accepts Joe's question and how Tate and Angie make out.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Still fresh and fun after the 4th book. Love this series! Can't wait to start on the next one since she left us on a cliffhanger for the first time!! Still fresh and fun after the 4th book. Love this series! Can't wait to start on the next one since she left us on a cliffhanger for the first time!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Fairy Tale Cupcakes has a new cupcake van and a new friend. Slim Hazard, the owner of the biggest rodeo show, invites the shop to come and sell cupcakes at the rodeo in northern Arizona. Since it's hotter than hot in Scottsdale and business is dead, Mel readily agrees. Tate, Marty and Oz all want to tag along but Angie has been invited to LA to see Roach. Angie insists on going to the rodeo. The rodeo gets off to a rough start when Slim is shot at the opening parade. He's wounded and the sheriff Fairy Tale Cupcakes has a new cupcake van and a new friend. Slim Hazard, the owner of the biggest rodeo show, invites the shop to come and sell cupcakes at the rodeo in northern Arizona. Since it's hotter than hot in Scottsdale and business is dead, Mel readily agrees. Tate, Marty and Oz all want to tag along but Angie has been invited to LA to see Roach. Angie insists on going to the rodeo. The rodeo gets off to a rough start when Slim is shot at the opening parade. He's wounded and the sheriff insists it was a wild shot from some over-excited person in the crowd, but Mel isn't so sure. Then the Barbecue boys next to them ridicule the cupcake business, so Mel and Angie make a friendly wager- whoever has the least sales has to don the other business's embarrassing uniform. When the biggest rodeo star, Ty Stokes winds up dead, Mel is convinced there is a link between Slim being shot and the rodeo star's death and thinks Slim's vegan, Hollywood star-wannabe daughter Shelby is involved. Shelby throws Oz under the bus and Mel goes into Mama bear mode to protect her protégé. Though Mel's loved ones tell her to stay out of trouble, she wants to solve the mystery. Can she do it before anyone else gets hurt? I didn't really care for the rodeo setting. Though it was different and made the story more unique, I found the setting too masculine and too chauvinistic for me. I think I would end up wanting to fight like Angie. I could not figure out who the murderer was. I wasn't entirely surprised though and I wasn't entirely surprised by the revelation, but I had guessed wrong a few times before that. It's different and adds some more depth to the story. I hated the love triangle plot. It was unnecessary and I wish the three could just be friends and prove Harry wrong - men and women CAN be friends without sex getting in the way. I think they need to quote that movie more often! I also disliked that the story ends in kind of a cliffhanger. Mel continues to be an appealing character. So often in these mysteries, the heroine never learns anything and the stories follow the same formula. Mel is able to think on her feet and get creative when the going gets tough. I really enjoyed that and seeing her try something new. Her young protégé, Oz, is growing on me. He's a fabulous baker and moving beyond protégé to becoming nearly as good a baker as Me. I think he'll be ready for his own business in a few years. He's creative and has a kind heart. Marty appears again here, searching for a new lady love and providing comic relief. I really liked the new characters, with the exception of arrogant, rude Ty and Shelby. Slim is a nice man and a good father. He's built his business avoiding animal cruelty, which I appreciate. His wife Tammy seems nice and his daughter Lily is strong enough and brave enough to compete in the male-dominated sport. I admire her a lot. It's hard to believe Shelby is related. She's so obnoxious and spoiled. I especially loved Ruth at the diner and how Mel was able to appreciate Ruth's baking without jealousy or rivalry. Her relationship with her husband is wonderful and very sweet. All those characters felt very realistic. This book includes recipes for Mel's French Toast cupcake, cake pops and vegan cupcakes. Another great entry in this series and I can't wait to read the 5th mystery on it's way to my library for me.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    ~ 3.5 Stars ~

  25. 5 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Fairy Tale Cupcakes is hitting the road and headed for a rodeo! Off to sell their cupcakes to some cowpokes sounds like fun, but this is not the getaway any of them had in mind. Hang on tight the ride is wild! Dollycas's Thoughts I have warned you before and it is still true. You will crave cupcakes while reading this marvelous mystery so be sure to have some handy. That was the case with every book in this series! Jenn has whipped up another delectable treat for our reading pleasure. The Arizona h Fairy Tale Cupcakes is hitting the road and headed for a rodeo! Off to sell their cupcakes to some cowpokes sounds like fun, but this is not the getaway any of them had in mind. Hang on tight the ride is wild! Dollycas's Thoughts I have warned you before and it is still true. You will crave cupcakes while reading this marvelous mystery so be sure to have some handy. That was the case with every book in this series! Jenn has whipped up another delectable treat for our reading pleasure. The Arizona heat has hit the midwest this summer though we never hit the 114 degrees the characters suffered in this story. My grandma always said that our heat is worse because we have high humidity and Arizona has dry heat :) I enjoyed this story comforted but nonstop air conditioning but I am glad their heat drove them north for the rodeo. All the characters shined in the new setting. You can't go wrong when you match cowboys and cupcakes with murder and mayhem. Oz again was my favorite character. You won't believe what he does with his new cupcake creations. There were also a few unexpected surprises with a couple of other characters. Jenn adds the perfect amount of humor and romance to her mysteries. I do think this is the best book in this series. I was sad when it ended. The author has included some wonderful recipes to help us bide our time. Again she gives us just a tasty tidbit of the next book in the series. I can't wait to take a big bite of Going, Going, Ganache coming April 2, 2013 from Berkley Prime Crime. It is already available to pre-order from Amazon.com.

  26. 5 out of 5

    ˜”*°•.˜”*°• Sheri •°*”˜.•°*”˜

    I just love these little cozies. A little excitement, a little romance, a lot of cake batter, and more than enough icing. What's not to love. These stories won't win a Noble Prize or The National Book Award but they're such fun to read. I just love these little cozies. A little excitement, a little romance, a lot of cake batter, and more than enough icing. What's not to love. These stories won't win a Noble Prize or The National Book Award but they're such fun to read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Angela Holland

    What I liked: I continue to like how close the girls are and how they have become close with Oz and Marty as well. I kind of like the Rodeo theme to this book. What I didn't Liked: Even though I liked the Rodeo theme, I was not sure I liked it for this book. I like when they are in their town and the murder happens. Overall Impression: I overall enjoyed this book, but still am not sure what I think of a Rodeo owner just happening by them and asking them to sell cupcakes at the rodeo when he just m What I liked: I continue to like how close the girls are and how they have become close with Oz and Marty as well. I kind of like the Rodeo theme to this book. What I didn't Liked: Even though I liked the Rodeo theme, I was not sure I liked it for this book. I like when they are in their town and the murder happens. Overall Impression: I overall enjoyed this book, but still am not sure what I think of a Rodeo owner just happening by them and asking them to sell cupcakes at the rodeo when he just met them and how close they became so fast. I still love the whole cupcake theme and loved how they added the cupcake pops into this story since they are the new rage in cupcakes. I don't want to give away any spoilers but I loved the end of the book and what a way to end it and make us wait for the next one. I thought I had the killer pegged but ended up being totally wrong and never saw real killer coming. This was a fast read for me and glad I read it. I am going to give this one 4 stars.

  28. 4 out of 5

    bella

    Red Velvet Revenge is the fourth book in the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries. I've read the previous three books and I loved each one, and I have been very anxious for book four. This time Mel, Angie, Tate, Marty and Oz are off to the rodeo at Juniper Pass where they are selling cupcakes! Not long before they get there the owner of the Rodeo gets shot (not fatally) and then the rodeo star is killed. Mel can't help but get involved and try and solve the murder. I love this series. Angie being the only gir Red Velvet Revenge is the fourth book in the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries. I've read the previous three books and I loved each one, and I have been very anxious for book four. This time Mel, Angie, Tate, Marty and Oz are off to the rodeo at Juniper Pass where they are selling cupcakes! Not long before they get there the owner of the Rodeo gets shot (not fatally) and then the rodeo star is killed. Mel can't help but get involved and try and solve the murder. I love this series. Angie being the only girl with seven brothers, one who dates Mel. The cupcakes... oh the cupcakes are heavenly. This time they make Cake Pops (and yes I'm going to be trying that recipe soon!). The mystery was good, and even though I did guess the murderer it was still a awesome read. I recommend this series to every cozy mystery fan. Go out and buy it. It's awesome!!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kelley

    I loved this book! It was by far the best in the series (which I already thought was one of the best series out there!) and Jenn McKinlay outdid herself with this one. The dialogue ( which is a big pet peeve of mine if it doesn't ring true) was excellent. The chemistry between Mel and Angie is great and rings true. I love all of the characters and I was really glad Oz and Marty got to shine in this one. I also like that Mel is getting fed up with the will they/won't they of Angie and Tate. I kne I loved this book! It was by far the best in the series (which I already thought was one of the best series out there!) and Jenn McKinlay outdid herself with this one. The dialogue ( which is a big pet peeve of mine if it doesn't ring true) was excellent. The chemistry between Mel and Angie is great and rings true. I love all of the characters and I was really glad Oz and Marty got to shine in this one. I also like that Mel is getting fed up with the will they/won't they of Angie and Tate. I knew who the killer was, but I was rooting for a way to resolve the issue w/o there being too many destroyed people and I think Jenn nailed it with her ending! Jenn McKinlay is a great writer and as long as she keeps writing these mysteries, I will be there to read them. Great book!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    I really enjoyed this recent novel in the series "A Cupcake Bakery Mystery." Not only did the bakery go off campus, to a rodeo, but the characters were more complete and we got to know them better. I also enjoyed that Angie DeLaura finally made up her mind as to her future romantically. There were laugh out loud scenes with bulls and cupcakes. There were surprises like new cake treats, such as 'Cake Pops' and Vegan cupcakes, which we are so fortunate to have recipes for now. They were well woven I really enjoyed this recent novel in the series "A Cupcake Bakery Mystery." Not only did the bakery go off campus, to a rodeo, but the characters were more complete and we got to know them better. I also enjoyed that Angie DeLaura finally made up her mind as to her future romantically. There were laugh out loud scenes with bulls and cupcakes. There were surprises like new cake treats, such as 'Cake Pops' and Vegan cupcakes, which we are so fortunate to have recipes for now. They were well woven into the story plots as well. We made new friends, The Hazards, that I hope reappear in future novels. All in all I really enjoyed this book, it felt like a vacation.

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