by: Nancy Coco
Series: A Candy-Coated Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Source: Kensington Books via NetGalley
Allie McMurphy is busy making yummy fudge for the summer holiday–until murder gives her something else to chew on. . .
Red, White, And Boom
It’s not Fourth of July on Mackinac Island without fireworks and fudge. The Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop is supplying the treats–and Allie has hired Rodney Rivers, the biggest name in aerial displays, to create an unforgettable spectacle. Unfortunately, Allie finds him dead, covered with screaming chicken fireworks, just before the entire warehouse of pyrotechnics goes up in smoke. Is it arson or is it murder? Allie and her bichonpoo, Mal, must sift through the suspects until the killer is caught and the island can enjoy a star-spangled celebration.
If you are a fan of cozy mysteries and fudge and have always wanted to try your hand at making some of your own, Oh Say Can You Fudge is a great book to read. It’s filled with delicious sounding recipes. I love and admire the fact that Nancy Coco just put it out there that protagonist Allie McMurphy has the unlucky ability of stumbling upon dead bodies. “That’s one a month since you got there. I don’t like that kind of trend.” I know as a reader I always wondered how one person could find dead body after dead body all the time.
In this installment of the Candy-Coated Series, Allie is trying to come up with fudge recipes to celebrate Independence Day and she is excited about being in charge of putting together the fireworks shows for the Mackinac Island Star Spangled Fourth celebration. Going against tradition, she hires someone new, who doesn’t store the fireworks off the island. Allie ultimately finds the technician she hired dead in the warehouse storing the fireworks. Within minutes, the whole warehouse explodes, almost taking Allie with it. Now Allie is faced with wondering who would want to kill Rodney Rivers and why. Plus, she has to find someone to replace him and the fireworks in less than a week. But things aren’t going to be easy for Allie. It seems the fireworks explosion wasn’t an accident and there just may be an arsonist on the island, one who wants to make Allie and those close to her their next target.
Told in first person,Oh Say Can You Fudge is a fun and enjoyable story. It’s the third book in the series, but is easily a standalone read. I will say it was easy to figure out who the murder was, but I was surprised when it came time for the arrest to be made. While I can’t say this was my favorite cozy mystery ever, I can say that I enjoyed the book and would read more from this author and series.
**Received a copy from Kensington Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
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Nancy J Parra AKA Nancy Coco is the author of 19 published novels which include three mystery series: The Gluten-free Baker’s Treat Mysteries (Berkley Prime Crime), The Candy Coated Mysteries (Kensington), and The Perfect Proposal Mysteries (Berkley Prime Crime). Her writing has been called witty and her protagonists plucky by reviewers around the world. Nancy is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America and writes for the Killer Character Blog on the 8th of every month. Nancy loves to hear from readers.
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