A Christmas Candy Killing
About A Christmas Candy Killing
1st in Series
The book is set in a fictional town, Harriston, Montana.
Crooked Lane Books (October 11, 2022)
Hardcover : 304 pages
Their chocolates are to die for—but things aren’t so sweet when a real killer comes to town, in this debut mystery perfect for fans of Joanne Fluke and Laura Childs.
Identical twin sisters Alex and Hannah are the owners of Murder and Mayhem, a mystery bookshop that sells their famous poison-themed Killer Chocolates. But now, there’s a real killer in their midst. Shortly before Christmas, their septuagenarian neighbor, Jane, confides to Alex that a murderer from a true-crime show has taken up residence in the village. Unfortunately, she’s also shared her suspicions with town gossip Netta. The next morning, Alex shows up at Jane’s house to watch the show, but instead discovers Jane's body, with a box of Killer Chocolates nearby.
The sheriff quickly zeroes in on two suspects: Alex, a beneficiary in Jane’s will, and Zack, a handyman who was seen leaving the crime scene. But Alex maintains her innocence and sets out to draft a list of other potential suspects—townsfolk who’d recently been seen arguing with Jane.
When Alex gets hold of Jane’s journal, she begins to understand the truth. But a bearer of ill tidings is arriving early this year—and Alex just might not make it to Christmas.
About Christina Romeril
Christina Romeril loves to plot murders, especially by poisoning. When she’s not plotting how to kill one of her characters she’s coming up with ways to dispose of the body. Since writing her debut novel her husband’s friends have been regularly checking on his well-being.
A Christmas Candy Killing by Christina Romeril is the debut of A Killer Chocolate Mysteries. I enjoyed this fun cozy mystery. We get to meet Alex and Hanna Wright. They are twins who own Murders and Mayhem which is a shop that sells books (mostly mysteries) and killer chocolates. I love that they name the chocolates after different poisons (very clever). I enjoyed getting to know the twins. There is a good cast of secondary characters. The story moved along at a steady pace. Alex finds herself at the top of the suspect list for the murder of a dear friend. Unfortunately, it is an election year, and the sheriff wants to make a quick arrest. Alex who has been reading mysteries since she was a child and belongs to the Sleuth Book Club is eager to solve the case.
Alex gets assistance from her twin along with other Sleuth members (plus the ruggedly handsome next-door neighbor). They make a list of suspects and Alex sets up a murder board. One by one she works through her list until there is one person with no alibi. I enjoyed following the clues and solving the whodunit. There was a surprise or two along the way to the reveal. I did feel there was a little too much repetition of case details as well as information regarding Alex’s life (I got it the first time that she did not like banking). There are wonderful descriptions of the handmade chocolates (had me heading to local chocolate shop). I loved Alex and Hanna’s dog, Miss Marple. This was a good debut and I look forward to the next A Killer Chocolate Mystery. A Christmas Candy Killing is a mouthwatering tale with winter weather, delectable chocolates, a mysterious murder, a stubborn sheriff, rampant rumors, a cold case, and Christmas cheer.
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