Jenn McKinlay Books

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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.

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Order of Bluff Point Romance Series

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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

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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
15 Sugar Plum Poisoned 2023 Description / Buy
16 Fondant Fumble 2024 Description / Buy

Order of Cupcake Bakery Mystery Non-Fiction Series

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1 Fairy Tale Cupcakes: Recipes from the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries (Short Story) ( With: Christie Conlee) 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Decoupage Mystery Series

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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

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1 50% Off Murder (As: Josie Belle) 2012 Description / Buy
2 A Deal to Die For (As: Josie Belle) 2012 Description / Buy
3 Buried in Bargains (As: Josie Belle) 2013 Description / Buy
4 Marked Down for Murder (As: Josie Belle) 2014 Description / Buy
5 All Sales Final (As: Josie Belle) 2015 Description / Buy

Order of Happy Ever After Series

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1 The Good Ones 2019 Description / Buy
2 The Christmas Keeper 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Hat Shop Mystery Series

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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

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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
15 Fatal First Edition 2024 Description / Buy
16 A Merry Little Murder Plot 2024 Description / Buy

Order of Museum of Literature Romance Series

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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

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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
6 Love at First Book 2024 Description / Buy

Order of Jenn McKinlay Short Story Collections

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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

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1 The Cozy Cookbook 2015 Description / Buy
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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 A Merry Little Murder Plot and will be released on October, 8th 2024. It is the newest book in the Library Lover's Mystery Series.

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  1. 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.

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