This installment of Gertrude Warner’s Boxcar Children, very much focuses on Benny’s love to eat–especially cupcakes! Who doesn’t? Mama Tova’s cupcakes are so good and so unique, she opens up her own store and sells nothing but cupcakes. They are so popular, people wait in line outside an hour before she opens in order to get one of the limited morsels. The owner of a local bread company is interested in expanding and wants to buy Mama Tova’s secret recipe, but she won’t sell. He decides to hold a cupcake competition to determine the best baker in town. When Mama Tova mischievously whispers that her secret recipe is under a flower, her store is ransacked. The Alden children make their requisite list of suspects and methodically go through each one. This storyline is cohesive and interesting and will make a great mystery novel for young readers.