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Monday, September 21, 2020

Have Yourself A Fudgy Little Christmas by Nancy Coco (Candy-Coated mysteries #8)



Have Yourself a Fudgy Little Christmas

(Candy-Coated Mysteries #8)

by Nancy CoCo


Paperback, 352 pages

Expected publication: October 27th 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corporation






Goodreads synopsis: 

In Nancy Coco's eighth Candy-Coated Mystery, Christmas on Mackinac Island brings a flurry of festive activity for fudge shop owner Allie McMurphy--but also a body in a snowbank. With fun recipes, cute pets, quirky characters, and an endearing young protagonist, the Candy-Coated Mysteries have the perfect ingredients for cozy mystery fans!


All Allie wants for Christmas is for renovations to be finished on the Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop so she can move back home for the holidays. But for now she's staying in her friend Frances' apartment, busily baking batches of holiday fudge. After someone leaves a mysterious note on the door to meet up, the curious fudge maker goes to the rendezvous with her Bichonpoo, Mal--only to discover a woman facedown in a snowdrift. With her dying breath, the woman gasps, "Frances." The police suspect she named her killer, but Allie knows that's impossible. She needs to wrap up this case before the trail runs cold--and give her friend the gift of freedom this Christmas season...



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4.5 stars


This is the eighth book in the Candy-Coated mystery series by Nancy CoCo.


While Allie is still dealing with repercussions from the last book, she comes across a woman in a snowbank right where a mysterious note asked her to meet someone. This book was easy to follow and you get quickly invested in the action due to what is impacting Allie and her friends right from the start of the book. I enjoyed the mystery. It was well-plotted and kept our interest all the way through.


Allie is living in her friend, Frances’s apartment while waiting for the renovations of the Historic Murphy Hotel to be completed due to the explosion in the previous book. She is also still dealing with Rex’s ex-wife who has suddenly decided she wants Rex back and wants Allie out of the picture. I wish Trent would come back now just to make everything just a little more interesting


I couldn’t decide if I liked the ladies book club or just found it irritating. They sort of burst in on Allie at a time when I think she just wanted to be alone. Frances’s apartment used to be the place where they all met and I guess they figured they could come and go as they pleased even though Allie was staying there currently. Like I said, annoying.


Overall, great story. Love the cast and the mystery never disappoints.


If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.


I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.


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