by Nancy CoCo
Expected publication: July 26th 2016 by Kensington
Synopsis: The annual yacht race off the coast of Mackinac Island, Michigan, is a highlight of the summer season, and Allie is pulling out all the stops making chocolate centerpieces for the occasion. Unfortunately, she and her bichonpoo, Mal, also pull a dead body from the murky waters of the marina. When Allie’s boyfriend’s sister becomes the prime suspect, Allie dives into investigating the murder herself. Amid bitter feuds and hushed-up scandals, the courageous candymaker quickly gets in over her head. Someone is trying to fudge the facts to keep a secret worth killing for. . .
My Review: All You Need is Fudge is the fourth book in Nancy Coco’s Candy-Coated mystery series and I have enjoyed them all. You do not have to read the previous three books to enjoy this one as there is enough background on the characters to bring you right up to date without it being boring to those who have read the other books. I rounded this up to 5 stars from 4.5.
Allie McMurphy is running the Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop on Mackinac Island, Michigan. The town is preparing for the annual Yacht Race off the coast of Mackinac Island. Allie is walking Mal, her adorable Bichon-Poo puppy, through the marina early one morning when Mal leads her to the water’s edge. Allie spots a girl in the lake and dives in hoping to save her life. Unfortunately, the girl is already dead. No one is surprised that Allie and Mal have found a deat body as it is becoming a habit for them. The victim is identified as the daughter of one of the rich families, Carin Moore. After the autopsy, it is determined that she was murdered and was dead before she entered the water. When Paige Jessop, the sister of Allie’s boyfriend Trent, is arrested for the murder, Allie’s investigative mode kicks in. Allie is hurt that the family, including Trent, will not speak with her and shut her out, but she refuses to believe Paige is guilty of murder and ramps up her own investigation. She soon discovers that Carin was one of the least liked people in the Mackinac social set and that she had a volatile history with Paige. As her investigation continues, she puts herself and her animals in danger. When some of the clubs and groups start cancelling their contracts with the McMurphy Fudge Shop, Allie really gets upset and goes after the person she thinks is responsible. Frances and Jenn continue to provide her with timely information about the residents of the community that help in her investigation.
Of course, the whole book is not about the murder. Douglas Devaney (the McMurphy’s handyman) wants to propose to Frances Wentworth (the McMurphy’s reception manager) and Allie and her best friend, Jenn Christensen, help him plan a special and romantic evening. There are also lots of recipes included in this book like in the others that I really want to try.
The storyline is well plotted with a cast of relatable characters. The story has enough twists, turns, and suspects to keep the reader involved. I did not have any idea who the murderer turned out to be or what the motive could have been until it was revealed at the end. I highly recommend this book to readers of cozy mysteries, those who want a nice clean mystery and of course those who love books that incorporate food into the story and provide great and easy recipes.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.