Fans of the perennially popular Candy-Coated Mystery series featuring Allie McMurphy are treated to a holiday e-novella in which Allie’s frequent sleuthing partner Carol Tunisian gets mixed up in a holiday homicide.
’TIS THE SEASON FOR FUDGE—AND SLEUTHING
Carol is looking forward to finishing plans for the Mackinac Island Senior Center Christmas Ball. But when she arrives at the center, she finds the door jimmied open and a dead man inside. The victim is a local senior who seems to have been sleeping in the center at night—but why? Although she promises Officer Rex Manning not to involve her book club in solving the mystery, Carol finds a way to fudge around that. Rallying her troop of silver-haired sleuths—and with some support from Ally in between her batches of Christmas fudge -- Carol sets out to discover which grinch tried to steal this Christmas. All she wants from Santa is to get this case wrapped up with a bow!
Having a Fudgy Christmas Time by Nancy Coco is a cute story. The story is
told from Carol Tunisian’s point of view instead of Allie McMurphy’s. It did take me a beat to adjust. Carol is amusing. I love her attitude. It is winter on Mackinac Island, and I could
feel Jack Frost nipping at my nose thanks to the author’s vivid
descriptions. I like the author's
writing style. It is friendly, which
makes the story easy to read. Carol is
quick to rally the troops (aka the book club) when a local man is found
murdered inside the senior center. Rex
Manning may have “requested” (aka told) Carol to keep her nose out of the case
and to not involve the senior sleuths.
Carol had no intention of listening to Rex (I believe her fingers were
crossed behind her back).
The mystery is
not complex, but it is fun to follow. There are some incidents along the way
and the seniors learn sleuthing can be dangerous. I thought it was amusing when Carol would stop
a moment during the investigation and wonder what Allie would do (Allie has
created a monster). I love the members
of the book club. They are a lively,
quirky group of seniors. I would be
honored to be a part of this book club. There
is plenty of holiday cheer as well as tasty treats. The ending was not what I expected. Having a Fudgy Christmas Time is A Candy-Coated Mystery Novella. Fans of the series will enjoy this enjoyable
novella and it can be read by those who are new to the series. Having a Fudgy Christmas Time is happy
holiday tale with a murdered man, senior sleuths, a cold climate, flavorful
fudge, Christmas cookies enticements, menacing calls, and a scheme to catch a