In Cake Popped Off!, Emory has a cupcake catering company that specializes in cupcakes flavored like cocktails. She is also a companion to octogenarian Tillie.
When Tillie has a costumed Halloween party, Emory provides Fireball cupcakes and “poisoned apple” cake pops. Emory’s twin sister Carrie provides the catered food.
Both Carrie and her husband, Thomas, are party attendees too. Thomas is seen arguing with the one of the catering staff, a sexy waitress named Mandy.
Soon after, Emory finds Mandy dead in the pool house’s bathtub. She was killed by a handful of cake pops shoved in her mouth.
Emory, with Tillie’s help, must clear Thomas’ name. After all, her poor sister Carrie is pregnant with their third child.
In the meantime, Tillie’s son, David, and grandson, Teddy, are waiting for Tillie to die so they can inherit her substantial fortune. However, when David comes to the party, he introduces a new wife, number four, the duplicitous Barbara. It seems David and Barbara were having an affair before his previous wife’s still unsolved death by hit and run vehicle. Could one of them have been her murderer? Or was it just an unrelated tragic accident?
With loads of family drama, charismatic and genuine characters, and a delectable mystery (or two) to solve, Cake Popped Off! is a wonderful cozy mystery with a Halloween theme.
With twelve Halloween-themed recipes, you can make enough food for two Halloween parties. My only disappointment was there was no recipe for Fireball cupcakes. I even perused the author’s website. Tons of other recipes but no Fireball. Maybe in the next book?
Overall, Cake Popped Off! is highly recommended for cozy mystery fans! 4.5 stars!
Thanks to the author, Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
About Cake Popped Off
Cake Popped Off (Cupcake Catering Mystery Series)
2nd in the Series
Publisher: Cinnamon & Sugar Press (September 22, 2020)
Print Length: 295 pages
Digital ASIN: B08DZ7Z96H
Cupcake caterer Emory Martinez is hosting a Halloween bash alongside her octogenarian employer, Tillie. With guests dressed in elaborate costumes, the band is rocking, the cocktails are flowing, and tempers are flaring when the hired Bavarian Barmaid tries to hook a rich, hapless husband. Except one of her targets happens to be Emory’s brother-in-law, which bodes ill for his pregnant wife. When Emory tracks down the distraught barmaid, instead of finding the young woman in tears, she finds her dead. Can she explain to the new detective on the scene why the Bavarian Barmaid was murdered in Emory’s bathtub with Emory’s Poison Apple Cake Pops stuffed into her mouth?
With an angry pregnant sister to contend with, she promises to clear her brother-in-law’s name. As Emory starts asking questions and tracking down the identity of the costumed guests, she finds reasons to suspect her brother-in-law has been hiding a guilty secret. Her search leads her to a web of blackmail and betrayal amongst the posh setting of the local country club crowd. Can Emory sift through the lies she’s being told and find the killer? She’ll need to step up her investigation before another victim is sent to the great pumpkin patch in the sky.
Includes spooky Halloween recipes!
About Kim Davis
Kim Davis lives in Southern California with her husband. When she’s not spending time with her granddaughters she can be found either writing stories or working on her blog, Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder or in the kitchen baking up yummy treats. She has published the suspense novel, A GAME OF DECEIT, and cozy mystery, SPRINKLES OF SUSPICION. She also has had several children’s articles published in Cricket, Nature Friend, Skipping Stones, and the Seed of Truth magazines. Kim Davis is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.
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