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#Bookreview #RBRT Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Maker by D. E. Haggerty (@denaehaggerty) Cupcakes, pole dancing, murder and amusement #TuesdayBookBlog

Hi all:

It’s Tuesday and as I did a bit of travelling over the bank holiday weekend (yes, for the Llandeilo Book Fair. I promise to tell you all about it as soon as I can, but in case you want to catch up with the brain behind everything, fantasic author and organiser extraordinaire, Christoph Fischer, here you have his post about itI read (or rather listened in the car) a fair bit, and here comes a review of a fun book, in case you want a light (but with not some fattening recipes added at the end) read.

Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Maker by D.E. Haggerty
Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Maker by D.E. Haggerty


Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker (Death by Cupcake Book 1) Cupcakes, pole dancing, murder and amusement

byD.E. Haggerty

I am reviewing this book as part of Rosie’s Book Review Team and I received a free copy of the novel in exchange for an unbiased review.

From the description I thought this book sounded like a fun and light read, and indeed it is. We have the adventures of Callie, a woman who had to work hard to get her doctorate and now teaches at university, although only on a part-time basis, whilst also running a bakery with her friend, Anna. She’s just come out of a disastrous relationship that hasn’t done her self-esteem any good. She’s being pursued by a police detective, who according to all women who meet him is a Mr Hottie, but she can’t believe he’s serious as she feels she not in his league because she’s overweight and does not feel sexy. In an attempt at changing her perspective, her friend enrols both of them in a pole dancing class. Unfortunately this ends up quite badly, not because of lack of skill (that too) but because their instructor is killed and Callie becomes the main suspect. Not only that, but her position teaching at university is put in jeopardy because of this and she decides (with Anna by her side) that if the police won’t do anything to investigate and clear her name, she will.

Each chapter in the novel starts with an amusing quote related to cupcakes and the book moves at a good pace, with twists, turns, new clues and threats at every turn.

As is to be expected in cozy mysteries, the protagonist is quirky (she describes herself as a nerd and when nervous she tends to quote facts as if she were Wikipedia), self-deprecating and with a sense of humour. The male in the story is gorgeous and insistently pursues the protagonist no matter what (he seems too good to be true, perhaps a bit on the overprotective side, but that’s usual when the genre involves big doses of romance). I liked Anna, with her pink hair and her no-nonsense attitude. She is all up and go and drags her friend into action, like it or not. I hope we’ll get to know more about her as the series progresses, as in this one we don’t know much about her personal life other than that she gets propositioned by Dolly, the pole-dancing instructor (who although attractive, isn’t at all nice. Not by a long shot).

Perhaps because I read more straight thrillers than cozy ones, the investigation part of the novel for me stretched the imagination and required more suspension of disbelief than I’m used to. There aren’t that many clues but the few ones available keep being dismissed by the police (than other than Ben, the hottie detective, seem utterly useless) and the ending is satisfying, although seems to be brought on more by the guilty party than by the investigative skills of the police and the main characters. But there are enough twists and turns to keep everybody guessing, and quite a few characters you’d love to hate.

Overall it’s an amusing and light read, includes a delicious recipe, and it is a good start to a series that I hope will develop further the characters and the stories.


Thank so much to Rosie for creating this fantastic team for authors and reviewers, thanks to D. E. Haggerty for her fun book, and thanks to all of you for reading. And if you’ve enjoyed it, don’t forget to like, share, comment and CLICK!

By OlgaNunez

I was born in Barcelona and after living in the UK for many years have now returned home. I teach English, volunteer at Sants 3 Ràdio, a local radio station, I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often.
I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links.
My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

28 replies on “#Bookreview #RBRT Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Maker by D. E. Haggerty (@denaehaggerty) Cupcakes, pole dancing, murder and amusement #TuesdayBookBlog”

Hi Olga. I don’t read thrillers or anything even slightly scary, so this one seems like my type of book. I will definitely be checking it out. Thanks for the thorough review. Hugs.

Thanks, Michelle. It’s intriguing at times for sure although no gore and not scary/scary. Funny for sure. And of course, plenty of cupcakes!

Thanks for taking the time to read and review Callie’s book. I loved the review!

Your bio is so fascinating. It’s nice to ‘meet’ other people who are just as crazy about education as I am. I’m fascinated in so many things it’s hard not to just keep learning new stuff. I’ll definitely be following the blog and you on social media.

Thanks so much! I’m pleased you like the review. Your novel kept me going through a long and rather boring trip (and I didn’t get stressed at all, all nine hours of it!). I love to learn, although I must admit my brain is getting slower, but I keep going. I agree it’s great to be able to connect with so many people and to be able to learn so many things in such flexible ways. Looking forward to keeping track of your work!

Hi Olga. It sounds like a fun book. Cute title. Thanks for another mindful review.
I hope you don’t think I don’t “like” your posts any more… the Like button usually does not load. I blame my Verizon Internet. They want to sell their most expensive service. Late for work, must run. Mega hugs!

To be honest today I didn’t see the button myself and my website looks different in different browsers. I changed my router yesterday, so it’s all a bit unstable at the moment (but it’s supposed to be better). Not to worry…:)

Checking-in from work — and I got the Like button this time. But sometimes with your 2 posts (when you do one in Spanish) I’ll get the like button at one but not the other. That’s why I blame my provider… The book really does sound delightful.
I must try to catch up (maybe an email Friday). I’ve finally had a couple of small but good things to tell you about. I hope you are feeling happy and sassy! Hugs.

I’m very curious now! After much investigating yesterday it seems that the preview feature from Amazon messes with the like buttons in this theme (not in the previous one, although it doesn’t seem to work at all with others) so I’ve removed that. It’s a shame. I did find quite a few instructions about things to try, but the little coding I’ve learned doesn’t get me there. Looking forward to your e-mail (I have radio tomorrow. I guess I should check I have enough material prepared. I’m planning on talking about books…)

(Also not getting a ‘like’ button)
I like the title of this book, as I often think how slim the contestants are in ‘Bake Off.’ Perhaps they spend so long making the cakes, they can’t face eating them. Seems like an ideal book for a ‘certain market’, and I have no doubt it will do well.
Best wishes, Pete.

Well, I’ll assume people like the post rather than not. I guess I shouldn’t reveal the plot but the skinniest and nastiest character’s death has something to do with baking… I’m intrigued by cozy mysteries at the moment, Pete, but I’m not sure it they’ll become a major part of my reading list, although I was recently talking to some authors and readers about them and I’m going to be exploring more. I’m reading something quite different at the moment. We’ve had lovely days so far but today it’s raining (it’s my fault. I decided to water the plants this morning…)

You can naturally assume I ‘like’ all your posts, Olga. x

Thanks for the review. Definitely worth checking out
And thanks for the mention <3

I’m looking forward to your own cozy mystery, Christoph! And I have some interesting recommendations, including those from your mystery author yesterday…:)

Sounds cute and, as you said, like a good light read. I don’t like anything too gory, either. I just finished a series of wonderfully written crime thrillers by Chelsea Cain–the Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series. Six in all. They were so well done, but a bit gruesome. I could use a little “fluff!” Thanks!

Thanks, Lorna! I must admit I love horror and don’t mind gruesome thrillers either, but I like to alternate (otherwise sometimes it’s a bit much). You’re not the first one to mention Chelsea Cain although I haven’t read any of the stories. I take note!

Since she lives in Portland, I really love that I recognize places she mentions in her scenes!

It tends to happen to me with books about Barcelona. It does make a difference, Lorna. I’ve never been there but I’ve heard great things about it.

I loved this cozy mystery, too! It’s light, fun and quirky. 🙂

Indeed! Thanks for the comment. I was reading a blog by an author talking about soft-boiled mystery novels and it made me wonder, not about this one, but about some others I’ve read (and the one I’m working on at the moment…)

I think I read the same blog as it’s the first time I’ve heard the term soft-boiled. An image of eggs comes to mind. lol!

Yes, that’s exactly the same thing I thought about!

Sounds like a very light cozy and with summer coming up, a good beach read. Nice review, Olga!

Thanks, Noelle! Yes, I think we might have had our summer already. There were 4 nice days and now back to rain again. 🙂

That title is hilarious! I always enjoy your thoughtful reviews. This book reads like a fun beach read. 😉

I agree. I think cozy mysteries have the best titles ever. I must make a post with the most hilarious ones when I have a chance. Have a lovely day!

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