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Wedding Cake Crumble: 11/08/22
Wedding Cake Crumble by Jenn McKinlay and Susan Boyce (narrator) (2018) is the tenth book in the Cupcake Bakery mystery series. Angie and Tate's wedding is coming up but someone is killing the people they've hired. But then an infamous author is killed and it turns out she had hired the same people.
If the killer had been targeting Angie and Tate, I would have quit both the book and the series. I sighed the hugest sigh of relief when their association with the dead was just coincidence.
While I'm thrilled to see the wedding ultimately go off without a hitch, I'm weirded out by how old fashioned the characters' views are on marriage. Both Angie and Mel relish their upcoming status as being Mrs. husband's name. I can remember the older women in my life railing against being called Mrs. husband's name. They hated how systematically their own identities were erased by becoming their husband's wife, no matter how happily they otherwise were with their marriage.
The mystery revolves around the book the author wrote. It was a fictionalized tell all that's barely fictionalized. Anyone who knows the author and her neighbors will recognize everyone mentioned in the book. The observant reader will spot the murderer when they are introduced.
The eleventh book is Dying for Devil's Food (2019).