Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Having a Fudgy Christmas Time by Nancy Coco

 Having a Fudgy Christmas Time
Book Summary

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.

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!
My Thoughts

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 killer.  

Having a Fudgy Christmas Time is available from Amazon*.  You can find the other A Candy-Coated Mysteries here.  You can follow Nancy Coco on Amazon and receive an email when she has a new book release.  Here are some of the other books that were published today:  Hunted at Christmas by Dana R. Lynn, Lost and Found by Suzanne Woods Fisher, Tracked through the Woods by Laura Scott, Down to the Wire by Patricia Sargeant, On Moonberry Lake by Holly Varni, The Teacher's Christmas Secret by Emma Miller, Now You See It by Carol J. Perry, Bright Lights Big Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews, An Amish Cinderella by Shelley Shepard Gray, Hanging by a Thread by Dorothy Howell, Murder in an Italian Village by Michael Falco, A Furry Little Christmas by Laurien Berenson, and Christmas Mittens Murder by Lee Hollis, Lynn Cahoon, and Maddie Day.  There is something for everyone.  Thank you for stopping by today.  Tomorrow I am featuring Hunted at Christmas by Dana R. Lynn.  It is the latest book in the Amish Country Justice series.  I hope that you have a cheerful day.  Take care and Happy Reading!


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