by Nancy CoCo
Published April 28th 2015 by Kensington
Synopsis: It’s not Fourth of July on Mackinac Island without fireworks and fudge. The Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop is supplying the treats–and Allie has hired Rodney Rivers, the biggest name in aerial displays, to create an unforgettable spectacle. Unfortunately, Allie finds him dead, covered with screaming chicken fireworks, just before the entire warehouse of pyrotechnics goes up in smoke. Is it arson or is it murder? Allie and her bichonpoo, Mal, must sift through the suspects until the killer is caught and the island can enjoy a star-spangled celebration.
My Review: This is the third book in the Candy Coated series and the second one that I have read. I enjoyed the second book in the series a little more than this one, but it was still a good story.
Allie McMurphy runs the Historic McMurphy hotel that her family owns. She is a wonderful fudge maker and a relative newbie to the island. Trying to get in with the locals and not be considered a “fudgie” anymore, she becomes a member of the Fourth of July committee and is tasked with organizing the Fireworks Displays. When the pyrotechnician she hires turns up dead and all the fireworks are destroyed she has to find replacement fireworks and a new technician. Not only that, but Mal, her bichon-frise, finds fires that have been set on the island and now Allie herself is a target of the arsonist. With the help of Jenn, Liz, her boyfriend Trent and others, they find the arsonist and the celebrations are saved.
I love the interactions between the characters in these stories, but I do figure out who the culprit is before the characters in the book which is why it is a little lower in the star rating. If you are handy in the kitchen and would like to try your hand at making fudge, there are a lot of great recipes included.
Overall, this is a fun, light read that cozy mystery readers should enjoy.