The 39 Cupcakes is the fourth book in the Movie Mysteries Series by Zara Keane. The story continues focusing on Maggie Doyle the ex-cop turned P.I. as she helps her cousin by chaperoning a group of children on summer camp and finds something very unexpected at the archaeological dig site.
The 39 Cupcakes is set after How to Murder a Millionaire and Maggie is now settling into her new life. She is leaving her old life behind slowly, with divorce proceedings still going on but establishing a new life with her new business that seems to be gaining cases left right and centre. When Maggie stumbles on a cold case she can’t let it go and when Reynolds kid Hannah comes to town, he hires her to officially investigate. In true Maggie style though it doesn’t always go to plan.
Hannah and Caoimhe for me were the stand out characters in this book. I am not sure how I feel about Maggie exploiting 8-year olds but it seemed for the right reason, but the pair of characters really bought the case to life. Up until this point Maggie has been all about the cases, she is involved stern and matter of fact because she was dealing with adults. Now we Hannah and Caoimhe in the story it brought an extra dynamic to the story along with some pure comedy along with it. Not taking anything away from Lenny in that aspect because he still gives pure gem moments where you think it could only happen to that guy.
I gave The 39 Cupcakes a 5/5 because although it didn’t give me the shout allowed moments that How to Murder a Millionaire, it gave something else. It added depth to the series and had me wanting to read more to see how the different relationships was going to work out. All the partners and different characters had moments where it could of gone either way in my opinion except for Lenny of cause he was always going to have Maggie’s back.