Saturday, July 23, 2016

All You Need Is Fudge

Title: All You Need Is Fudge
Author: Nancy Coco
Expected Publication Date: July 26th 2016 by Kensington
Format: eBook, Paperback, 352 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: My thanks to Netgalley and Kensington for an opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.
Series: Candy Coated #4

Interspersed with fudge and other culinary recipes, the reader is subjected to the repeated rehashing of the same storyline. Two wealthy beautiful girls, from the same small island, who completed their whole lives – even though one claims that there was no competition, homecoming queen, lilac queen, went to the same college, the same sorority, dated the same man, may or may not have had an argument the day prior and now one is dead and the other is charged. There may have been a witness, or was that a bit of diversion, but with Allie McMurphy on the case, there is no doubt that this long winded book with a convoluted ending that has your head spinning only to remember that there was once a small, almost forgettable clue, in the very beginning.

Nancy Coco’s books are on the superficial side. The conversations between characters have no depth and read more like a high school creative writing project. There are a couple of side stories going on, but they do take a backseat to the main murder. I am not sure if the author was trying to distract or to give some characters more meaning, but they are thrown in there never the less. Unnecessary aspects are overly described – doe a reader really need to know what type of lock the key fit in? Characters are cardboard cutouts that can easily be transplanted from one book to the next. Unless you are looking for a mindless read, I suggest that you pass on this book and for that matter this series by Nancy Coco.

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