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Jenn McKinlay Books In Order

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Publication Order of Bluff Point Romance Books

About a Dog (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Barking Up the Wrong Tree (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Every Dog Has His Day (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Cupcake Bakery Mystery Books

Sprinkle with Murder (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Buttercream Bump Off (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death by the Dozen (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Red Velvet Revenge (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Going, Going, Ganache (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sugar and Iced (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Chocolate Demise (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vanilla Beaned (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Caramel Crush (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wedding Cake Crumble (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dying for Devil's Food (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pumpkin Spice Peril (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
For Batter or Worse (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Strawberried Alive (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sugar Plum Poisoned (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Cupcake Bakery Mystery Non-Fiction Books

Fairy Tale Cupcakes: Recipes from the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries (With: ) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Decoupage Mystery Books

Stuck on Murder (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cut to the Corpse (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sealed with a Kill (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Good Buy Girls Mystery Books

as Josie Belle
50% Off Murder (As: Josie Belle) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Deal to Die For (As: Josie Belle) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Buried in Bargains (As: Josie Belle) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Marked Down for Murder (As: Josie Belle) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All Sales Final (As: Josie Belle) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Happy Ever After Books

The Good Ones (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Christmas Keeper (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Hat Shop Mystery Books

Cloche and Dagger (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death of a Mad Hatter (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
At the Drop of a Hat (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Copy Cap Murder (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Assault & Beret (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Buried to the Brim (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fatal Fascinator (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Library Lover's Mystery Books

Books Can Be Deceiving (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Due or Die (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Book, Line and Sinker (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Read It and Weep (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
On Borrowed Time (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An Unlikely Meeting (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Likely Story (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Better Late Than Never (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death in the Stacks (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hitting the Books (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Word to the Wise (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
One for the Books (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Killer Research (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Plot and the Pendulum (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Museum of Literature Romance Books

Royal Valentine (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Attraction Distraction (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
It Happened One Christmas Eve (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Keeping up Appearances (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
To Catch a Latte (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Paris is Always a Good Idea (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wait for It (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Summer Reading (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Perk Avenue / To Catch a Latte (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Real Work of Art / Thick as Thieves (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Cozy Cookbook(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Jenn McKinlay is a pen name of the famous author Lucy Lawrence. She is the New York Times bestselling author, who got name and fame through her mystery series ‘Cupcake Bakery Mysteries’. Jenn has written three of the most successful mystery series of all time along with some other stand-alone novels. She uses other names such as Lucy Lawrence and Josie Belle as well for writing novels. Thriller and mystery genre books and novels are her specialty. The other well known novel series’ written by Jenn include the ‘Library Lover’s Mystery’ and the ‘Hat Shop Mystery’. Apart from writing, Jenn is also very fond of making doodles and fun crafts along with her children. She took her first class of decoupage when she was around twelve years old. She has a local craft store to her name as well owned by the name Michael’s Craft Store. Jenn is married to musician Chris and has a couple of sons. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona along with her husband, sons and number of pet animals comprising of a dog, two cats and a fish.

Jenn’s father was a glider pilot and because of that she has flown a lot with him. She has taken lessons for flying a glider aircraft from her father. She featured on the TV show called ‘Moloney’ as an extra along with actor Peter Strauss. Although she did not like to be part of the show, she worked for 18 hours and considers it to be the most boring 18 hours of her life. Another reason for which she hated acting was that the actors were not paid well at that time. Jenn is of the belief that daydreaming is the most underrated skill of life. When she was a kid, she wanted to become a jockey and was helped by her mother, who took her for riding lessons. She was very tall considering her age at that time and hence had to give up the training. Jenn attended the Southern Conn State University, where she studied Library Science and English Literature. After coming out of college, she worked at a bar named Toad’s Place and took a full time job in Cromwell, C.T as a librarian. Although she had decided to become a writer after watching the movie ‘Romancing the Stone’, she would not get time to write anything because of her job. So she moved to Arizona and began writing romantic novels. They did not prove to be any good to her so she decided to take up some part time jobs. She fell in love with Chris during this course and became the mother of a boy. After this, life took a strange turn when she received a call from Harlequin. She signed a contract with them and continued writing romantic stories, but was not gaining anything out of it.

Jenn decided to switch from romance to mystery novels. So, in 2008 she gave the best work of her life which was the Cupcake Mystery series. With this series, she began tasting some success and two of novel series’ were listed on the New York Times best sellers’ list. She still continues to write mostly in her kitchen as her apartment is always full of pets, kids and guitars. The Cupcake Mystery series written by Jenn McKinlay is a six novel series, The first novel of the series was titled ‘Sprinkle with murder’ and was published in March, 2010. The series on the whole was a turning point in the life of Jenn, which also helped her to establish herself as a highly acclaimed author. The first novel was a tender offering from Jenn which was full of likeable characters and a refreshing plot. It revolved around the life of two friends named Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura. The plot shows that they had just opened a cupcake bakery under the name of ‘Fairy Tale Cupcakes’. Their best friend Tate Harper had helped them financially to open the bakery. Even though it was a dream come true for them, they were always under threat from Christie Stevens, the fiancee of Tate Harper and a fashion designer by profession. She would always threaten them and place excessive demands before them, which they had to fulfil as they were under a debt of her fiancee.

One day, Christie is found dead holding a sample of wedding cupcake in her studio. As a result, Melanie and Angie are held as suspects for the murder of Christie Stevens. Melanie keeps faith in the police that they will be able to solve the case and find the true killer. She is also very much worried about the safety of Christie and Tat’s family and the motives of Angie’s DA brother Joe. So she steps out on her own to do the investigation and find the culprit. The novel was very well reviewed by the major reviewers and Jenn got much acclaim for her efforts. Other established authors described her debut mystery to be flowing as a smooth buttercream frosting mentioned in the bakery of Melanie Cooper. They have praised the characters of the novel to be pretty delicious and the romantic segment of the novel to be an icing on the cake. Sheila Connolly has appreciated it as sweet read. The sequel to the first novel was published in January 2011 and was titled ‘Buttercream Bump Off’. It was a continuation of the mysterious life of Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura who had somehow managed to get out clean from the murder trial of Christie Stevens in the first part.

In the second novel of the series, Melanie and Angie are shown to be busy preparing delicious cupcakes in their Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery for the upcoming Valentine’s Day. But they again land into trouble when Melanie’s mother is held suspect for the murder of Baxter Malloy. Someone had poisoned Baxter on his first date with Melane’s mother and she got framed with the murder charges. Melanie and Angie gear up to do the investigations themselves and put the true culprit under trial in order to save Melanie’s mother. They manage their time selling cupcakes and studying the past life of Baxter to come up with some clue. With their hard work and determination, they become successful in getting their hands on the murderer and saving Melanie’s mother from the murder charges. This novel debuted as #31 on the New York Times best sellers’ list. It was well appreciated by the audience for its smooth narrations and mysterious plot. Author Cleo Coyle termed it as a ‘winning read’ and praised Jenn McKinlay for her writings.

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9 Responses to “Jenn McKinlay”

  1. Shannon: 2 months ago

    I would love some more Hat Shop Mysteries. I have also read nearly all of the Library Lover’s mysteries.

  2. Irene Mann: 3 months ago

    Love “A Happily Ever After romance” What about Sawyer? Isn’t there a story for him? Really couldn’t put the books down and would like the series to continue. Please.

  3. Beckie Olson: 4 months ago

    I have read the Cupcake mysteries as well as the Library series. Want more!

  4. Stephanie E Young: 8 months ago

    I just love your cupcake mysteries. Does Detective Manny ever get a love interest besides Mel? I just love him, but I also love Mel and Joe.


  5. Marcia Staehle: 10 months ago

    Are you not continuing the Bluff Point series? So sad! I’ve read the Cupcake series 2x!!

  6. Carol johnson: 1 year ago

    Please continue to write. I began with the Hat series, then read the cupcake series and will start the library series. Took a break to read one of your stand alone. Keep up the good work. Keep writing.

  7. Suzanne Revisore: 1 year ago

    Why haven’t you written any more Hat Shop mysteries. I love the Cupcake and Library series, but I miss the Hat Shop books.

  8. Joyce: 1 year ago

    I just love your library mystery series, I am a newcomer to your writing, and I will keep reading you!!

  9. Lori: 1 year ago

    I love your books. I’ve read three series now and want more. They are delightful, clean language, and funny. Good work! More, more, more please!


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