Maddison McQueen and the Cupcake Mystery

What would you do if someone upset your grandma?

Maddie and Grandma are all set to enter the baking competition at the town’s annual show when someone steals Grandma’s cupcakes!

Maddie knows how much winning the competition means to Grandma. With the help of her loyal collie Ruby, Maddie has to find the thief.

Ruby finds the first clue: a cupcake dropped on the street. Talking to the neighbours offers another. Maddie’s friends Josh and Rose help her put together a list of suspects.

But when Maddie encourages them to climb into the showgrounds after dark, she gets them all into trouble…

Can Maddie find out who took the cupcakes and why?

Join dog-loving, ten-year-old Maddison McQueen in the first, fun and fast-paced Red Collie Mystery!

Written by Kate Gordon-Smith

This book is available on pre-order until stock arrives from the printer late February (although it says ‘available on back-order’ below, you can still purchase it now). All orders for this book will be sent soon after publication date.

$20.00 incl. GST

96 in stock

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Maddison McQueen and the Cupcake Mystery is the first book in the exciting Red Collie Mysteries for readers aged 7 to 10. It’s set in the author’s hometown of Wānaka and features the iconic Wānaka A&P Show.

The paperback edition has dyslexia friendly font and layout.


Bailey, age 9 ~ Your story was absolutely amazing!!! I love the way the characters had amazing personalities, had a huge love for dogs and were adventurous people. I loved the characters’ names, the way you described them, everything. While I was reading it, I felt… cool and adventurous on the inside. The story felt AMAZINGLY REAL. (although I would NEVER do something like that in real life. 😂)

NZ author Kate Gordon-Smith Kate Gordon

Find out more about Wānaka author Kate Gordon-Smith on her author profile.

Additional information

Dimensions 20.3 × 12.7 cm
First published



Paperback edition



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Published by

Relish Books


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