Author Nancy Coco / Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 288 Pages
If you enjoy cozy mysteries – all the elements are here. Somehow our heroine is in the middle of discovering a dead body, she has a cute dog, lots of friends, and some cantankerous folks that blame her for things out of her control. Of course there is a little bit going on with a new boyfriend and she has more conversations with the cop in town, than with the boyfriend.
The setting is a nice tourist island where everyone gets around by horse drawn carriage, bikes or they walk. Can you just image that? But if Mackinac Island is known as the fudge capital of the world, I suppose they have to exercise off the fudge somehow! There are several recipes in the book. I am looking forward to making some of the ones where there’s no cooking involved.
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There was a weakness in the work that the author felt the need to tell us what everyone was wearing. Many times when the main character went from place to place and encountered other characters the dialogue was repeating information we either saw or heard, or that Allie McMurphy had gathered. These factors, along with stopping for the recipes, impacted the strength of the mystery portion of the story. But some cozy readers are just as interested in the setting and character as the puzzle portion of the plot, so that may not bother other readers. Allie has a good heart, a love for the people around her and her fudge business. Sweet reading.
About the Author
Nancy Coco is the pseudonym for the critically acclaimed author Nancy J. Parra. In her day job Nancy is marketing communications manager for a forensic laboratory, which gives her an insider’s view of key evidence in a variety of cases. With degrees in engineering, journalism and a MA in Writing Popular Fiction, Nancy has published in cozy mystery, romantic suspense, and sweet western historical romances. Her book, The Counterfeit Bride was named one of the top ten romances of the year by American Library Association’s Booklist Magazine.