Oh Say Can You Fudge–review

Hold onto your hats, I’ve actually finished a third book in a row! And no there really isn’t anything that stays unsolved to keep me reading other than wanting to see how things progress up to the 5th book since I have already read that one as an advanced copy when it came out last year.

This is the third book in the Candy Coated series by Nancy Coco. To be totally honest, I still think I like book 2 a little better but this one was still exciting and it had some really nice family and couple moments.

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Oh Say Can You Fudge (Candy-Coated, #3)Oh Say Can You Fudge by Nancy CoCo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series is so much fun! There always seemed to be a dog and something chase. In this book, Mal chases a cat around the McMurphy hotel that was let in accidentally and of course it’s like a little comedy during that scene. And Allie may just have another new pet on her hands that she’s not sure if she can even keep at the hotel due to health regs for her fudge shop.

I’m really enjoying this series from the awesome Mackinac Island setting to the adventures in mystery that Allie and her team of friends are having. This time it’s close to the Fourth of July and Allie has volunteered to head up the fireworks committee. Only one minor problem…someone blew up the fireworks and Allie, who was coming to the warehouse to talk to the guy in charge of the fireworks show, had spotted a body in the building just prior to that. The big question is, are they looking for one perp or two different ones?

I love how Allie and her friends investigate. The hotel team along with Trent gets together and discusses the crime much like they do on TV shows and everyone decides on something they can do to help investigate (with or without Rex’s blessing). This time they made an arson board (as opposed to a murder board even though there was a murder involved) Hopefully Allie won’t get so close to the truth that she ends up the next one toasted, literally!

I liked the new character introduced, Sophie, who is the official island pilot. She actually works for the Grand Hotel but if someone can pay the fare, she takes just about anyone off and onto the island who may not want to bother with the ferry. Allie’s parents came for the celebration and it was fun to see them wanting to protect their girl and just be parents. I could tell her dad really missed being on the island.

I’ll be moving to the next book soon!

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To Fudge or Not to Fudge–review

This is the second book in the Candy-Coated series by Nancy Coco. I couldn’t bring myself to leave Mackinac Island so fast so I started right into the second book. I think I may have liked it even more than the first! Let’s just say I would love to see the Lilac Festival in person someday!

My Goodreads review:

To Fudge or Not to Fudge  (Candy-Coated, #2)To Fudge or Not to Fudge by Nancy CoCo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series just keeps getting better! What an exciting and fun read! Mal got to sniff out bodies again and now Allie had two interested men in her life.

It was Lilac Festival time in June and the entire island was getting ready for the festivities. While walking with Allie to the newspaper, Allie’s furry little friend Mal dug up a bone that had once belonged to a foot. Meanwhile Allie’s cooking school teacher and mentor was on island and wanted her to fill in on a reality series he was doing with a fudge competition. Toss in a couple of bodies and you have another grand adventure for Allie, Mal, Jenn and the gang at the McMurphy.

I think I liked this one even better than the first one. There was so much going on but it wasn’t a confusing type of going on, just lots of fun activities and wondering if some bones and a couple other murders could all be related. We got to meet Sandy, an intern Allie hired for the summer whose chocolate creations sounded amazing! Jenn had really gotten her chance to shine at event planning and even Allie’s mom came to the island to hang out with them a little. I ended up liking her a lot more than I thought I would, probably after hearing her side of why Allie’s folks left the island.

The reality show angle was kind of fun. I’ve never been a fan of reality shows but since this one was centered around fudge making, it was pretty interesting and I liked meeting part of Allie’s educational past, Chef Peter who continued to be her mentor she admired.

The killer was definitely a surprise to me–I had been suspecting someone completely different.

Onward to the next book. Can’t wait to see what happens over July 4th!

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All Fudged Up–review

This is the first book in the Candy-Coated series by Nancy Coco. In the cozy world, she’s also known as Nancy Parra and Nell Hampton. I had read the fifth book in the series when it came out but I had been hoping to get back to beginning and I’m glad I did. I started the second book right after I finished this one!

My Goodreads review:

All Fudged Up (Candy-Coated, #1)All Fudged Up by Nancy CoCo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had read Oh, Fudge! already in this series so when one of the online book clubs I’m in decided on this for their April book, I was happy I was going to get to visit this series from the very beginning.

Allie McMurphy has inherited her grandfather’s historic hotel on scenic Mackinac Island and it came complete with one dead body in the utility closet who turned out to be her Papa Liam’s friend, Joe.

Allie of course was the main suspect due to the famous rivalry that had developed between the Jessops and the McMurphys. Even though she thought that down deep handsome policeman Rex didn’t suspect her, Allie was still determined to find Joe’s killer and prove her own innocence. With the help of her best friend Jenn who came to help for the season, her front desk clerk Frances and now her new handyman, Douglas, she has to figure it out.

I loved seeing how it all began! Even though book 5 was able to be read by itself, reading this book helped so much in knowing some of the people, getting to know Frances and how Douglas came into her life. I really enjoyed the character of Jenn too. She was an awesome and faithful friend to Allie. And sweet little Mal was such a cutie–she could turn even a tough guy into well, what she was named after, a marshmallow! Frances was such a good employee, almost like a mother to Allie since hers lived on the mainland. She was willing to give up her summer’s salary to help out the hotel.

I found the second book also on my iPad so I’ve started reading that. This is such a fun series. I would definitely love to visit Mackinac Island someday, but probably not during the winter. 😉

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