Book Review: Self-Serve Murder by D.E. Haggerty 1


Book 3 in the Death by Cupcake series.

by D.E. Haggerty

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  Can be read as a standalone.

Kristie is kind with a capital K, so it’s quite the surprise when she wakes up next to a dead man with no recollection of the previous night. Even worse? She’s naked. Kristie may be a sweetheart out to save the world, but sticking her nose into an investigation of rapes across campus makes her the target of a murderer. Before she knows it, Callie is smack dab in the middle of a murder investigation with her colleagues Callie and Anna. If that’s not enough to drive a sane person up the wall, a friend has decided he’s going to keep her safe whether she wants him to or not. And, oh yeah, he’s her man and that’s that.

Come join us at Callie’s Cakes, where murder investigations are on the menu. You are most welcome, but you may need to serve yourself as our barista Kristie is busy trying to save the world.

Warning: Although there are plenty of moments that will make you shake your head and laugh at the antics of the ladies of Callie’s Cakes, the subject matter – rape on college campuses – is very real and somewhat darker than your usual cozy mystery.

My Rating:

4 hearts


Favorite Quotes:


Not only is there a man in my bed I don’t know, but he’s passed out. And he’s naked. I’ve never even seen a naked man before. Well, not up close and personal. And he’s lying on his back with his junk hanging out. Not that I’m looking. Okay, I’m looking. Is that what a man’s junk looks like? That’s not attractive at all.   It’s wrinkly and small. Way smaller than I expected. I shake my head and look away.


That’s completely cowardly lion territory. I am not a cowardly lion. I am the fierce lioness. I can do this.


Anna’s voice is now all business. These ladies sure take their crime solving seriously.


Not another one! How does this happen? We’re strong independent women. How do we keep ending up with these alpha men?


My Review:


Kristie is a twenty-three-year-old virgin, good girl, and social work major who awakens with no memory of the previous evening to a naked man in her bed, oh, and he also appears to be dead. Not at all how she expected her first time ogling a naked man was going to go. Yikes.   So it’s a good thing she knows a super smart random fact spouting nerd and a pink haired baking pixie with law enforcement connections. I had no idea that a bakery was such a tough and cutthroat industry as everyone connected to this shop seems to be a magnet for murder and odd corpses. It appears that running a bakery is far more difficult that I ever imagined. Written from a first person POV, this cozy mystery was amusing, easy to follow, and pleasantly entertaining, as were all of Ms. Haggerty’s previous works. I don’t think I could ever tire of them.

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About the Author
I grew up reading everything I could get my hands on from my mom’s Harlequin romances to Nancy Drew to Little Women. When I wasn’t flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although I did manage, every once in a while, to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. After surviving the army experience, I went back to school and got my law degree. I jumped ship and joined the hubby in the Netherlands before the graduation ceremony could even begin. A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic after returning to the law. But being a lawyer really wasn’t my thing, so I quit (again!) and went off to Germany to start a B&B. Turns out being a B&B owner wasn’t my thing either. I decided to follow the husband to Istanbul for a few years where I managed to churn out book after book. But ten years was too many to stay away from ‘home’. I packed up again and moved to The Hague where I’m currently working on my next book. I hope I’ll always be working on my next book.
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One comment on “Book Review: Self-Serve Murder by D.E. Haggerty

  1. Reply D.E.Haggerty (@denaehaggerty) Dec 5,2016 4:46 am

    Thanks for taking the time to read and review and then share on your blog. You are an absolute star!!!

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