Oh Say Can You Fudge
by Nancy Coco
Oh Say Can You Fudge
(A Candy-coated Mystery)
3rd in Series
Setting – Michigan
Publisher: Kensington (April 28, 2015)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
E-Book ASIN: B00ONTR4U8
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.
I love big fireworks celebrations because the 4th of July is just 3 days after my birthday. We usually take in 3 or more shows around that time. Of course attending 3 on Mackinac Island with FUDGE would be perfect sans the dead bodies of course.
This time Nancy Coco has really given protag Allie McMurphy a lot to do. She is not only running the McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop and trying to come up with the perfect Red, White and Blue fudge recipe, but she is also in charge of making the 3 fireworks shows go off without a hitch. Her plan goes horribly awry when the pyro – technician she hired is found dead and the whole batch of fireworks explodes in the warehouse. Of course, the celebration committee hold her responsible and expects her to find more fireworks and someone to set them off with only a few days until the 4th. She also is hot on trail trying to catch the person that blew up her whole part of the celebration. Independence Day takes on a whole new meaning as everything she loves could be in danger due to her sticking her nose into the investigation.
I really enjoy my virtual trips to Mackinac Island and visiting Allie, Jenn, Frances, Mr. Devaney, Trent and all the rest of its residents. Allie’s puppy Mal always makes me smile. Coco puts several of them in danger this time and that made my heart beat just a little faster. There is also a dash of humor and bit of romance to round of this entertaining story.
This series and the Fudge Shop Mysteries by Christine DeSmet are very similar with fudge shops located in tourist attraction spots. They both have great characters and fine mysteries. If you like one be sure to try the other.
About This Author
Best known for writing plucky heroines Nancy Coco AKA Nancy J. Parra has 15 books published-
Most recently Nancy has three cozy mystery book series going.
Gluten for Punishment and Murder Gone A-Rye are both part of the Gluten Free Baker’s Treat Mystery series. (Berkley Prime Crime)
All Fudge Up and To Fudge or Not To Fudge are part of the Candy Coated Mystery series (Kensington) -which Nancy writes as Nancy Coco
Then there is Engaged in Murder- the first in the Perfect Proposal series from Berkley Prime Crime.
All Fudged Up was Nancy’s first National Best seller.
More Praise For Oh Say Can You Fudge
Very fast paced with lots of clues to keep the reader guessing. I was eager to turn each page to see what happened next. The reveal brought with it a total surprise.
~Lisa K’s Book Reviews
I love this series, it is fun, well written and the characters make it a smashing hit.
~Shelley’s Book Case
If you enjoy cozy mysteries – all the elements are here. Somehow our heroine is in the middle of discovering a dead body, she has a cute dog, lots of friends, and some cantankerous folks that blame her for things out of her control.
With fireworks and Mal Allie’s wonderful dog you will be kept guessing until the end of who done it in this great mystery.
~Bab’s Book Bistro
I am a sucker for foodie cozies. (And cute animals) This series has both, so I am totally in my element. Recipes in the story always make me happy.
~A Chick Who Reads
Oh Say Can You Fudge is the 3rd book in Coco’s (aka Parra’s) ‘Candy-Coated Mysteries’ and reads quite well as a standalone. How does an author write such a book, that works well on its own, but makes people want to read the rest of the series. Well, I don’t know. But whatever the process is, Coco has that recipe memorized, because this book has whetted my appetite for some more of her sweet reads!
April 28 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – Review, Guest Post
April 29 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Guest Post
April 30 – Lilac Reviews – Review
May 1 – Babs Book Bistro – Review
May 2 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – Spotlight
May 3 – A Chick Who Reads – Review
May 4 – Back Porchervations – Review
May 5 – Brooke Blogs – Review
May 5 – Read Your Writes Book Reviews – Review
May 6 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review
May 7 – fuonlyknew – Review
May 8 – Laura’s Interests – Review
May 9 – Griperang’s Bookmarks – Review
May 10 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview
May 11 – View from the Birdhouse – Review
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