To Fudge or Not to Fudge

To Fudge or Not to Fudge

Paperback - 2014
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Random House, Inc.
"Fun characters, quaint setting, mouth-watering recipes." --RT Book Reviews

Life is sweet for Allie McMurphy, proud owner of Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop on Mackinac Island--until murder and deception leave a bitter taste. . .

Mulch Ado About Murder

With summer in bloom and tourists afoot, Allie is out walking her pup, Mal, when the curious canine digs up a bone from under a flowering lilac bush. The bone leads to a toe that's missing a body. For the successful confectionaire it's only the first in a series of sour events in the middle of the island's Lilac Fest. When her stint on a cooking reality show swirls up a trail of foul play, Allie will have to outwit a cunning killer if she wants to continue living la dolce vida. . .

Praise for All Fudged Up

"Fun, lively." --JoAnna Carl

"A sweet treat with memorable characters, a charming locale, and satisfying mystery." --Barbara Allan

"A sweet confection of a book." --Joanna Campbell Slan

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Baker & Taylor
When her stint on a cooking reality show stirs up murder, Allie McMurphy, the owner of Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop, must outwit a not-so-sweet killer before the island's Lilac Fest is completely ruined. Includes recipes. Original.

Publisher: New York : Kensington, 2014
ISBN: 9780758287120
Branch Call Number: PB Coco
Characteristics: 344 p. ; 18 cm


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I am really beginning to love this series. I love the location (Mackinac Island) and the characters. In this second novel Allie get recruited by her former mentor to take part in a reality tv cooking show. Meanwhile her lovable dog Mal keeps finding body parts in the flower gardens on the island. Fun and entertaining this is a great light read for people who enjoy cozy mysteries.

Aug 30, 2015

I found myself completely disconnected from the story. Nothing really pulled me in. Not the characters, the mystery, the story or the sub-stories. I was hoping the romance to be on steadier grounds but I can tell it will be dragged out throughout the series and I don't have the patience for that. The book is fast-paced but I didn't find it very smooth. The abrupt pauses with clothing descriptions made me lose focus and the dialogue at times felt like it would only work in writing and not during actual conversation. Overall, I'm not finding this series as something that I MUST continue so I think I'm going to skip it.

ChristineT_RPL Nov 23, 2014

To Fudge or not to Fudge

By Nancy Coco
From the “Candy-Coated” series of mysteries comes “To Fudge or Not to Fudge.” Do not be fooled by the playful title. This is a great little mystery. The characters are intelligent and relatable. The mystery is not dumbed down at all, there was two points that I was taken by surprise and did not see that coming. In today’s world where everyone is appearing on a reality show; myself included, the Island of Mackinac and our main character Allie are not safe from the cameras. Her mentor, Chef Peter Thomas comes to town to film a reality show and convinces Allie to appear. Things seem fine at first until the body count begins to rise and Allie finds herself working to solve the mystery. There is even a love triangle and fudge recipes included.
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LaughingOne Oct 24, 2014

I am enjoying the Candy-coated mystery series with Allie as the new owner of an inn and fudge shop on Mackinac Island. I've read about Mackinac Island and am intrigued by a whole island where motorized vehicles are not allowed. The stories are entertaining and include a bit of romance and mystery -- sometimes a lot of mystery. I'm looking forward to the next in this series.

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