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Jenn McKinlay attended the renowned Southern Conn State University, where she studied Library Science and English Literature. While attending the University, she worked at one of the local bar’s known as Todd’s place. After completing her University education, McKinlay took a full-time job as a Librarian. However, it did not take long before she realized that full-time job was not conducive for her since she also needed to write as well. She knew she needed a place where she could afford to live while working part-time. Thus, she packed her bags and traveled more than 3,000 miles to Arizona, where she began penning down romance novels. In the beginning, all her drafts were not that good. However along the way she got to learn more about POV, plotting and character development. She took a wide array of jobs, convinced that all this was quite temporary because one day she was going to be a published writer.
Order of Bluff Point Romance Series
|1||About a Dog||2017||Description / Buy|
|2||Barking Up the Wrong Tree||2017||Description / Buy|
|3||Every Dog Has His Day||2018||Description / Buy|
Order of Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series
|1||Sprinkle with Murder||2010||Description / Buy|
|2||Buttercream Bump Off||2011||Description / Buy|
|3||Death by the Dozen||2011||Description / Buy|
|4||Red Velvet Revenge||2012||Description / Buy|
|5||Going, Going, Ganache||2013||Description / Buy|
|6||Sugar and Iced||2014||Description / Buy|
|7||Dark Chocolate Demise||2015||Description / Buy|
|8||Vanilla Beaned||2016||Description / Buy|
|9||Caramel Crush||2017||Description / Buy|
|10||Wedding Cake Crumble||2018||Description / Buy|
|11||Dying for Devil's Food||2019||Description / Buy|
|12||Pumpkin Spice Peril||2020||Description / Buy|
|13||For Batter or Worse||2021||Description / Buy|
|14||Strawberried Alive||2022||Description / Buy|
Order of Cupcake Bakery Mystery Non-Fiction Series
|1||Fairy Tale Cupcakes: Recipes from the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries (Short Story)||2022||Description / Buy|
Order of Decoupage Mystery Series
|1||Stuck on Murder||2009||Description / Buy|
|2||Cut to the Corpse||2010||Description / Buy|
|3||Sealed with a Kill||2011||Description / Buy|
Order of Good Buy Girls Mystery Series as Josie Belle
|1||50% Off Murder||2012||Description / Buy|
|2||A Deal to Die For||2012||Description / Buy|
|3||Buried in Bargains||2013||Description / Buy|
|4||Marked Down for Murder||2014||Description / Buy|
|5||All Sales Final||2015||Description / Buy|
Order of Happy Ever After Series
|1||The Good Ones||2019||Description / Buy|
|2||The Christmas Keeper||2019||Description / Buy|
Order of Hat Shop Mystery Series
|1||Cloche and Dagger||2013||Description / Buy|
|2||Death of a Mad Hatter||2014||Description / Buy|
|3||At the Drop of a Hat||2015||Description / Buy|
|4||Copy Cap Murder||2016||Description / Buy|
|5||Assault & Beret||2017||Description / Buy|
|6||Buried to the Brim||2020||Description / Buy|
|7||Fatal Fascinator||2023||Description / Buy|
Order of Library Lover's Mystery Series
|1||Books Can Be Deceiving||2011||Description / Buy|
|2||Due or Die||2012||Description / Buy|
|3||Book, Line and Sinker||2012||Description / Buy|
|4||Read It and Weep||2013||Description / Buy|
|5||On Borrowed Time||2014||Description / Buy|
|6||An Unlikely Meeting||2015||Description / Buy|
|7||A Likely Story||2015||Description / Buy|
|8||Better Late Than Never||2016||Description / Buy|
|9||Death in the Stacks||2017||Description / Buy|
|10||Hitting the Books||2018||Description / Buy|
|11||Word to the Wise||2019||Description / Buy|
|12||One for the Books||2020||Description / Buy|
|13||Killer Research||2021||Description / Buy|
|14||The Plot and the Pendulum||2022||Description / Buy|
Order of Museum of Literature Romance Series
|1||Royal Valentine (Short Story)||2022||Description / Buy|
|2||The Attraction Distraction (Short Story)||2022||Description / Buy|
|3||It Happened One Christmas Eve||2022||Description / Buy|
Order of Jenn McKinlay Standalone Novels
|1||Keeping up Appearances||2005||Description / Buy|
|2||To Catch a Latte||2018||Description / Buy|
|3||Paris is Always a Good Idea||2020||Description / Buy|
|4||Wait for It||2021||Description / Buy|
|5||Summer Reading||2023||Description / Buy|
Order of Jenn McKinlay Short Story Collections
|1||Perk Avenue / To Catch a Latte||2002||Description / Buy|
|2||A Real Work of Art / Thick as Thieves||2003||Description / Buy|
Jenn McKinlay Anthologies
|1||The Cozy Cookbook||2015||Description / Buy|
Jenn McKinlay Awards
Jenn Mckinlay has not received any major literary award.
Jenn Mckinley Books into Movies
None of her books have been adapted for a screenplay.
Best Jenn McKinlay Books
Sprinkle With Murder: McKinley who has also pens down decoupage mysteries under the pen name of Lucy Lawrence brings forth this cozy mystery series that is full of warm and highly likable characters. The first book in this series is Sprinkle with murder, which introduces the reader to Angie Delaura and Melanie Cooper. Melanie and Cooper have just launched their very own Bakery shop, the Fairy Tale Cupcakes with financial assistance from one of their closest friends, Tate Harper. From the word go, this seems like a dream come true with the exception of Christie Steve’s Tate’s vapid fiancée’s demand, their resentful competition.
One day Christie is found dead inside her studio while holding a cupcake in her hand. The bakers become the prime suspect in the murder investigation. Melanie, on the other hand, belives that the police are going to get to the bottom of the case. However, she is still uncertain about Joe, Angie’s exceedingly handsome DA brother. Concern for Tate and Christie’s family drive’s Melanie towards the launch of her very own series of investigations. With that being said, Jenn McKinlay’s writing is not only funny but also direct and charming. She is not only consistent with the story but also with the tone as well. She also creates strong interest in the story and cast as well. All her characters are not only likable but also have some longevity. The rivalry eventually turns out be a fun one to follow as well as the different love interests.
Buttercream Bumpoff: The second book in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series. In this installment, Melanie’s mother is placed in the spotlight, as she becomes the main suspect in a murder investigation. Valentine’s day was approaching fast, and Mel was busier than she has ever been, teaching couples cooking classes and also baking for the shop. Mel thinks that this is going to be the perfect time for Angie to come clean about her feeling for Tate. However, Angie insists that he is deeply in love with Mel. Mel’s relationship with her boyfriend has been stagnant mainly because he has been working on one of the biggest cases in his life. When Joyce selects a brand new dress for her upcoming date, an elderly man in the shop has an angina attack.
When on her very first date, after very many years, Joyce’s date dies mysteriously. Thus, Joyce calls Mel to inform her that the dress had killed someone else. From the word go, Mel thinks that her mother is joking. However, Mel soon enough finds that her mother had been telling the truth when a dead body is found floating in a swimming pool. It is up to Tate, Mel, and Angie to get to the bottom of this case while staying out of trouble as well. Apart from Joyce, the author also introduces the reader to Baxter Mallory who was responsible for running a Ponzi scheme, which had ruined the lives of so many people. There were numerous people who had wished that Baxter died. One of these people includes his estranged son who was a rock star known as Roach.
With that being said, you are going to love this book. The murder did not only happen so quickly, but it was also exceedingly hard to guess who was responsible for the killing. The dynamics of the relationship between Mel and her mother changes, since this time around Mel, has to be the protector.
When Does The Next Jenn McKinlay book come out?
The next book by Jenn McKinlay is Summer Reading and will be released on May, 16th 2023.
1 thought on “Jenn McKinlay”
There’s no denying Jenn Mckinlay has the market corned on cozy mysteries. We read a few from the Cupcake Bakery series in my book club and they were all right. Not the books I normally reach for but it was a nice change of pace. The books are easy to read and dare I say, enjoyable. Not sure if I’ll reach for them in the future but it was fun to read.