Yep, just like the first one, Sprinkle with Murder, the author telegraphs the killer right from the beginning, the story is formulaic at best, and those involved with Fairy Tale Cupcakes (the name of the bakery), are starting to have the Jessica Fletcher effect in Cabot Cove. Remember her? She was the mystery writer in Murder She Wrote who always ended up solving murders. I'll tell you, Cabot Cove had a higher mortality rate than Alphabet City in NY back in the 70s and 80s and if I ever saw Jessica Fletcher walking down the street, I'd run away. Well, Scottsdale AZ is turning into the same thing - not only that but it's basically those within two degrees of the trio that run the shop. I think it's the believability problem you have when your main characters in a mystery series aren't in a related profession (e.g., bounty hunter, cop, lawyer, medical examiner, private eye) that might "normally" have dead bodies appearing.
Basically, I won't pay for these books, but since I'm getting them free from the Library (via Kindle), they're absolutely the lightest reading I need to break up the suspense of Tess Gerritsen's books plus they have cupcake recipes! Oh, and Bites by Becky made the Blonde Bombshells from the first book (tweaking the buttercream to our liking), and I think these are my new favorite cupcakes!