Friday, May 8, 2015

OH SAY CAN YOU FUDGE



Oh Say Can You Fudge
by Nancy Coco



Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Kensington (April 28, 2015)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0758287144
E-Book ASIN: B00ONTR4U8
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Synopsis
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 loved it! I enjoyed this so much that I did BUY an additional book in this series and have the others on my wish list awaiting purchase. I even talked to the family about visiting Mackinac Island this summer. 
It has been decades since we last visited and I still remember how wonderful it was.
This series is a great boon to tourism for them, which is saying a lot as murder is involved.

What else is wonderful is a cozy mystery where I like the characters and the setting.
This book was read as a stand alone and I did not feel I was missing information or lost.

Allie McMurphy inherited the family fudge business and is also running a hotel. It does not help that she is considered an "outsider" (or Fudgie) since she did not grow up on the Island. I can relate to that too!
She has managed to surround herself with some wonderful friends and is trying to become a valued part of the local committees and traditions. Fourth of July is the main touristy event of the year and things have ALWAYS been done a certain way. When Allie gets a chance to try something new and her plans go up in SMOKE - thick black acrimonious smoke, can Allie survive on the island? Physically as well as socially!! 
There is some romantic tension during the story but it adds to it, and does not overshadow.
Of course I love the adorable dog who also has a talent for getting her owner into sticky situations!

If you start one new cozy series this year, I would strongly suggest you consider Nancy Coco's writing.
I was gifted a copy of this one book ine xchange for my honest review but I am buying the others because I know I will not be disappointed. I can't wait for the series to continue.


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 CocoThen 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.
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