Genres: Cosy Mystery, Paranormal Mystery, Murder Mystery | Release Date: 21 July 2020 | Series: Cursed Candy Mysteries | Series Book: #1 | Pages: 262 | Indie Author | Review
In Cutthroat Cupcakes, life had been so straightforward for Sophia, until the day she was arrested in her shop (Sticky Tricky Treats) for her cursed candy. This news comes out of the blue for Sophia, because she hadn’t even realised that it could be cursed! It turns out, Sophia’s a witch. Who knew? She sure didn’t! And Sophia’s cupcake toppers and candy sticks are the reason someone died.
Bastian (the wizard detective) gives her two options: be charged as an accessory to murder, or help him find the person who used a cursed cupcake topper to kill a man. Choosing Option B, Sophia is thrown in the deep end with Bastian and his two cohorts: Sabrina (a witch) and Miles (a warlock). Luckily, there’s caffeine aplenty on the way to solving this mystery, as Bastian owns a coffee store, Magic Beans. And while Bastian interviews suspects, it’s up to Sophia to determine the emotions behind their facades…
I wanted a super cosy murder mystery, one which would make me feel lighter after reading it. Cutthroat Cupcakes more than delivered on that wish. I didn’t get an elongated explanation about the magic of this world, and I think that’s a good thing! Instead, I got to sit back and enjoy figuring out who could have used cursed candy to murder someone.
I absolutely adored the dry humour of Bastien, as well as the battle of wits that he and Sophia engage in. Apparently culinary cosy mysteries are a thing, and I think this was the perfect introduction to a fun sub-genre. Even better, I have the other two books (Twisted Treats and Fatal Fudge) in this Cursed Candy Mysteries series ready to go on my Kindle app! Once you find something good, it’s a no brainer to get the other books, right?
Fair warning, there is not (at least for me) a true downside to Cutthroat Cupcakes. My only downside was that I had a very big craving for cupcakes! Obviously not cursed ones, but who wouldn’t feel like a delicious cupcake after reading a story of candies and treats?
I have been so delighted with Cutthroat Cupcakes and Cate Lawley’s writing. It was a perfect blend of cosiness, murder, and a whole bunch of paranormal and candy goodness. I fell in love with the quirky characters, the setting, and the entire premise of a candy topper (of all things) being a murder weapon. If you love cosy mysteries, or paranormal mysteries? Get this book, you won’t regret it!
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