June 7, 2021

For Batter or Worse by Jenn McKinlay

For Batter or Worse

by Jenn McKinlay

Published April 27, 2021
by Berkley

Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Mystery

About For Batter or Worse

For Batter or Worse is the 13th enter in Jenn McKinlay’s oh so bingeable cozy Cupcake Bakery Mystery series. The cupcake crew has a lot on their plate – Angie and Tate have a baby on the way, Mel and Joe are just days away from getting married, and Oz is settling into his job as the pastry chef at an exclusive resort while planning the cupcakes for Mel and Joe’s wedding reception.

Mel, along with several others, witnesses Oz and the head chef have a very public argument which unsurprisingly makes Oz the prime suspect when the chef turns up murdered in the kitchen. Mel has to clear her protege, find the real killer, and find a replacement for Oz at her bakery all before her wedding that’s just days away.

My thoughts about For Batter or Worse

As always, the relationships between the characters are the stars. Mel and Angie’s friendship is enviable as it’s grown over the series, expanding to include significant others, spouses and now an almost here baby. Definitely friendship goals

Mel and Angie’s extended family is large, boisterous, teasing, sometimes eccentric but you can always feel the love and care they feel for each other. No matter how serious the problem or dangerous an investigation gets, you know they’re there for one another. I’ve loved watching those bonds develop over the 13 books in the series.

Jenn McKinlay describes the cupcakes in such rich, enticing detail that I absolutely understand why friends and family members are constantly dropping by to mooch cupcakes.

In conclusion

Make sure that you read the entire Cupcake Bakery series, starting with Sprinkle with Murder. Read my review of Pumpkin Spice Peril by Jenn McKinlay.

The Cupcake Bakery Mysteries are perfect bingeable, gentle reads.

Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley for the ARC.

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