Monday, March 9, 2015

Cupcakes Flambé

Cooper McCall from Denise Swanson's Devereaux's Dime Store Mysteries shares his thoughts about his new hometown

Hey y’all! My name is Cooper McCall. Coop to my friends. I’m the new fire chief in Shadow Bend, Missouri. I’m originally from a small town in Georgia, but I joined the Marines right out of high school, which is where I got my fire protection training, and I’ve been working in Kansas City since I separated from the corps.

I was expecting to be a little bored with the slower pace and the more sedate lifestyle, but boy howdy was I wrong. My first month on the job, the town decides to host this Cupcake Weekend, and someone tried to burn down the dime store. Although, I’m not a fan of arson, whoever set the fire was such an amateur that the business owner was able to put it out herself and as a result of the alarm, I got to meet the lovely Miss Devereaux Sinclair.  

And even though Dev seemed a might icy, by doing her a favor, I was able to get her to promise me a home cooked dinner at my place. I purely love competition, so doing battle for a girl’s affections didn’t scare me one little bit.

On the other hand, if Dev truly isn’t interested, Shadow Bend is just chock-full of beautiful women. There’s Poppy Kincaid the gorgeous owner of Gossip Central. She looked like fairy princess, but dressed like she might enjoy inflicting some serious pain, and no way, no how am I into that kind of kinky stuff. I have to admit, she scared me a mite.

At least the pretty owner of the local B&B, Ronni Ksiazak seemed friendly and Poppy had said that Ronni wasn’t presently seeing anyone.

Yep, life in Shadow Bend might turn out to be just what I’ve been looking for—beautiful women, friendly town folks, and a great job.

You can read more about Coop’s adventures, in Dying for a Cupcake, the 4th book in the Devereaux’s Dime Store series, published by Penguin. The first book in the series is Little Shop of Homicide. Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

About the author: A former school psychologist, New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson spent twenty-two years working in the public school system. She realized her experiences were actually excellent research for mysteries. Denise also writes the Scumble River mysteries and the Change of Heart romance series. The first book in that series, Good Girl Overboard is available at Amazon

Find Denise at,
Facebook at!/DeniseSwansonAuthor
Twitter at DeniseSwansonAu.


  1. I love this series! I just started this book and I can't wait to see what happens!

  2. Wow love the series and also really love the recipe i haven't made this before but am going to .