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Caramel Crush: 08/21/22
Caramel Crush by Jenn McKinlay and Susan Boyce (narrator) is the ninth book in the Cupcake Bakery mystery series. Mel's former college roommate calls in a favor. She's to deliver breakup cupcakes to her fiancé. After a fruitless day of searching, Mel finally finds him — dead at his place of business.
First of all, let me sing from the rooftops my joy at there being no mob plot in this volume! Let me further add at my relief that Mel and her boyfriend are back together and engaged again. Let's hope this means the relationship melodrama is at an end. But this mystery continues to delve into Mel's body and food issues. There's also more unfortunate hard edged beliefs in gender binaries. Put in the context of wedding planning the gender nonsense does get tiresome.
Fortunately there's still the matter of who killed the party store owner. The clues are interesting enough even if the solution is predictable. I enjoyed the process of solving the murder and waiting for Mel and Angie to catch up.
The tenth book is Wedding Cake Crumble (2018).