Title: All I Want for Christmas is Fudge Author: Nancy Coco Published: September 29th 2015 by Kensington Format: ebook only, approx. 50 pages Genre: Short Story; Cozy Mystery Series: Candy Coated Mystery
Told in the perspective of Jenn Christensen, Allie McMurphy’s best friend, who has recently returned from Chicago, where she had spent a couple of months on a job only to realize that she misses her EMT beau Shane. She is back for Christmas week and while participating in the Santa Fun Run on Mackinac Island, where she stumbled across a dead body in a snow bank dressed as Santa.
Following his usual trend, police chief Rex Manning jumps to the conclusion that Jenn is responsible for the murder and has used it as a ruse to recapture Shane’s attention. Turns out that was not the case. Apparently, not only did dead Santa aka Tim Slater have a stalker, there was trouble much closer to home.
Writing a novella or short story is an art. The author must get to the point quickly without repetition and being able to tie the ending up with all the questions answered. This did not happen with "All I Want for Christmas is Fudge". The conclusion was reached with no substantiation. The sudden blurting of “I know who did it”, just does not work.
With stilted writing and downright ridiculousness – what company would change their toll free number because of a stalker, would not a new number be easily found on their website? Nancy Coco made an error in putting out this book. The series was gaining traction, but this novella was a waste.