Tandem Demise-review

This is the long-awaited third book in the Cycle Path series by Duffy Brown, which takes place on Mackinac Island. This series along with another cozy set there were what inspired me and my family to visit Mackinac this fall. I love how Duffy uses real names of the places.

When I read this last week, I could just picture being back on the island. Having visited, it’s so much easier to picture places that are mentioned in the book now. Once I’m done with craft shows for the season and feel more caught up with the ARCs I need to read, I hope to get out the first two in this series since it has been over a year since I read them.

I did receive an e-copy of the book from the author (but when it released I also bought the Kindle version). My review was voluntary and my opinions are my own.

Here’s my Goodreads review:
Tandem Demise (A Cycle Path Mystery, #3)Tandem Demise by Duffy Brown

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my goodness, this was soooo good! It was well worth the wait! I’m not sure whether it was because I had recently been to Mackinac Island or just the fact that all of us fans were so starved for another book in this series that I tended to enjoy this book a lot more than I usually enjoy a book. I like to think it’s a little of both, and mainly that the author just does an amazing job of capturing funny, serious. a little romantic and sometimes downright slapstick moments in her characters, particularly Evie. Evie is definitely someone that I would want to be friends with! Except I probably ride a bike about as well as she does, which is not saying much! We would always have to take Fiona or Donna’s carriage on sleuthing missions.

In this new installment, it started right off the bat with Fiona and Evie finding a body on the dock. There was another murder later in the book. I’m sure by the time the person is killed, you’ll have guessed who was getting killed. 😉 I had a pretty good idea of who the killer was, but a couple of times I was nearly fooled into believing otherwise.

Some of my favorite characters got some featured time with Evie, like Irish Donna that has the shop Blarney Scones. She got to go sleuth with Evie. Evie’s mom’s boyfriend Angelo, a retired mob boss that I absolutely love, got to go on one of her lock-picking missions with her. Fiona was in rare form because she had fallen head over heels in love with Nate’s police friend, Finn, who came to the island to help investigate the first murder.

It’s not necessary to read these books in order, but I would highly recommend doing that before reading this one. That way, you’ll get the feel for the island and characters, learn about Nate and Evie’s history, see how Evie’s mom ended up there, just fun things like that. The author does a great job of catching readers up, but honestly, read the other books first, you’ll love them!

There were lots of secrets, red herrings and just plain fun times on Mackinac Island in this book. I didn’t want the book to end! After the exciting showdown as well as the sweetest ending though, I can’t wait for more! Hmm, maybe a book about the coming winter? 😉

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Forever Fudge–review

This is the sixth book in the Candy-Coated series by Nancy CoCo (aka Nancy J. Parra, Nell Hampton) and I absolutely loved it! It was even more special since I started it while we were still on Mackinac Island last week and I could picture the various places mentioned. This series and another cozy series (Cycle Path by Duffy Brown) are what inspired me to visit Mackinac Island. I’m so anxious now for the next book to come out. The official release date for this one is September 25. My Kindle copy I purchased will arrive tonight at midnight!

I won a paperback advance copy of the book from one of the author’s giveaways on Facebook, but that in no way influenced my decision to review or the review I gave–all that was voluntary.

My Goodreads review:

Forever Fudge (A Candy-coated Mystery)Forever Fudge by Nancy CoCo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had the pleasure of starting this paperback ARC that I won from the author while I was vacationing on Mackinac Island! It was seriously too fun to be able to read and picture some of the places that Allie goes while sleuthing or on her daily rounds. I even visited the bookstore there and talked to the woman in charge who told me she thought the McMurphy was based on one of the hotels (I won’t mention which one, not sure if I’m allowed to) and probably others along Main Street as well. I will say that I bought fudge from this particular hotel and it was amazing!

In this installment taking place on Labor Day weekend, Mal sniffs out another murder right away, then soon a TV crew follows since they are filming a mystery series pilot on the island. Rex gets to be shadowed by an actor named Dirk who is supposed to play the police chief in the series. The clues after the first murder occurs are given in the form of chess game clues, and the clues and another murder seem to follow Allie’s previous case locations. Someone had to know her history of helping solve murders on the island, and Allie had her suspicions after a writer for the show said he’d been on the island since May when Allie herself had first arrived.

There was no shortage of suspects and I was really surprised at who the killer turned out to be as it definitely wasn’t who I had in mind. I love how the characters have developed since the first book. Jenn, Allie’s bestie has been on the island all summer (which has me a little confused wondering where the two Christmas novellas are supposed to come in if Allie has only been there since May and this book is taking place in September–maybe parallel time?) helping her with the hotel and running her own events planning service. It’s still up and down as far as the Trent vs. Rex guy-Allie-will-pick decision goes, although I think Allie is realizing that Trent’s heart isn’t really in the island as Rex’s is. I’m personally Team Rex myself, lol.

Two of my favorite characters were on their honeymoon, so they were definitely missed. Jenn and Shane are still an item even though Jenn had to go off to another job for awhile. I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in this awesome series! Now that I’ve been to Mackinac, I want to read the series again (as well as another cozy series that inspired me to want to visit Mackinac) with a new set of eyeballs that’s seen this amazing and magical place. I have most of the series on Kindle or iBooks. Maybe on my next Mackinac trip, I’ll get those in paperback since the cover art is always so cute–and it would make for the perfect souvenir.

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