Title: To Fudge or Not To Fudge Author: Nancy Coco Published: ebook; Paperback, 352 pages Genre: Cozy Mystery Series: Candy Coated #2
I cannot quite put my finger on why I like this series, but I do.
In book number two of the Candy Coated series by Nancy Coco, Allie McMurphy is trying to get her hotel and fudge shop ready for the upcoming Lilac Festival. As she is taking her ever-present dog on a walk, the young pup is distracted and when Mal pops her head out of the bushes, she has part of a foot and shoe in her mouth.
Just want Allie needs, to be part of yet another murder mystery on Mackinac Island. Add to this her favorite instructor from culinary school is on island filming a cooking reality show and with a spot that has opened for another contestant he cajoles Allie to audition.
Of course, you know that this is not going to work out when yet another body is discovered and Allie’s Chef friend is found unconscious and the hotel camera shows Allie being the last to leave the area.
There is a lot of wild goings on especially when the local crazy lady stages a sit in because her dog is being held in the county jail until he passes a bone from one of the deceased. Two eligible bachelors are courting Allie and the reality show and cast are not all what they seem to be. Two high teas need to be organized, fudge demonstrations need to be performed and unexpectedly, Allie’s mother makes an appearance.
I would say that this is just another week in the life of an hotelier, but there is nothing normal in Allie’s life.
Not to say that there are not issue with this book. For instance, if Allie is wearing an ankle bracelet for home detention, how is she able to roam around the island? Also, with an island of less than 500 year around residents, how do they manage to have their own crime scene investigator? One final thought, if Allie is running a hotel, I do not recall her ever having guests. That part seems secondary to what is going on in her private life.