As promised, my CL&DG review:
I bought Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys a while ago, but somehow never had a chance to sit down and read it. Poor book has been languishing on my little iPod Touch for ages now.
Stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid.
I started reading finally and keep kicking myself for not reading it sooner. Because this book is such a hoot, from start to finish.
Annie Graceland is a Wisconsin girl living in L.A., and making a living baking killer uh... baked goods. She's married to pretty aspiring actor who wants to make babies with her.
But her happy existence is turned on its ear when photos pop up of her husband in a compromising position with one of those oily self-help gurus, Dr. Derrick Fuller.
Annie doesn't handle the revelation well. And things get a little sticky when Dr. Fuller winds up dead.
Thing is, Annie has a touch of empath in her. Which makes things even stickier when dead Dr. Fuller decides she is the one who will help him find his killer. And so Annie sets out to avenge his death. Okay, maybe not. Mostly she sets out to do what she has to do to shake the half-naked loon that's haunting her.
Without spoiling you on the story, I gotta say this one is SO worth the read. If you like Toni McGee Causey's Bobbie Faye series, or Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books, you're going to adore Annie Graceland.
Consider that a frame-of-reference, not a comparison, because Annie is her own person. Err, character.
The snark in this book is fabulous. Annie's friends will make you laugh your ass off, you'll want to kick her hubby in the teeth, Dr. Fuller's speedo-clad ghostie will simultaneously drive you nuts while making you kinda sorta love the whack-job, and then....
Detective Raphael Campillio.
This leads me to my biggest 'complaint' in the story. Not enough naked Rafe. Not enough smutty Rafe. Not enough thrusting Rafe.
Sorry. It's so rare that I meet a character in a book that makes me crave endless smutty smut.
Cupcakes is a great set-up for what appears to be a series of Annie Graceland stories. God, I hope it is. Because I wasn't ready to end the story when it ended, and I want more Annie, more Rafe, and *gasp* I'm thinking I even want more good ole Dr. Fuller.
Bottom line: Loved it. Want more of it. Insert giant squee *here*.
Buy it on Amazon here. I insist!