Book Notes: Strawberried Alive by Jenn McKinlay

Strawberried Alive Book 14 in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery

Summary of Strawberried Alive

It’s April in South Scottsdale, AZ, and Melanie DeLaura is locking up her bakery, Fairy Tale Cupcakes. The bakery’s rear door opens onto an alley, which is now dark and deserted. While she’s locking the door, she hears footsteps. A figure dressed in black is lurking behind her. Before she can unlock the door and escape back into the bakery and safety, the figure fires a gun. The bullet the misses. The figure moves closer and fires again. Oscar Ruiz, living above the bakery, scares off the shooter before he or she can take a third shot. Instead of support from the business community, Mel’s involvement with past murder cases as well as resentment over her successful business become reasons for her fellow business owners to blame her for increased crime in the area. Numerous people have reason to want Mel gone, and one of them is a murderer.

Thoughts on Strawberried Alive

I enjoyed this book. The mystery wasn’t easy to solve, always a plus. There were plenty of solid suspects to choose from, another plus. But the best part of Strawberried Alive was the characters and their relationships to one another. Angie DeLaura Harper, one of Mel’s best friends and a partner in Fairy Tale Cupcakes, has seven brothers. Mel married the middle brother, Joe (an assistant district attorney), but also inherited the rest of the over-protective DeLaura brothers. To further complicate things, Mel’s Uncle Stan is a detective. Somewhere in all of this testosterone, the decision is made to hire Mel a bodyguard, who turns out to be her old high school nemesis Dwight Pickard. Not only does Mel have to deal with a potential killer, but also all the males in her life making decisions concerning her without her input. It’s a lot to deal with and adds the humor to the novel. Another solid read from Jenn McKinley.

Author and publishing info

Author: Jenn McKinlay

Berkley Publishing House/Penguin Random House
Mass Market Paperback

Pub date: May 03, 2022

ISBN 9780593333396

Thanks to #Netgalley for providing a copy of #StrawberriedAlive.