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Sucker Punch (A Candy Shop Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – June 2, 2009

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Product Details

  • Series: A Candy Shop Mystery
  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (June 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425227065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425227060
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,658,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Sammi Carter is a pseudonym of award-winning, national bestselling author Sherry Lewis who writes across several genres. Along with her writing career, she has been teaching writing workshops for more than 20 years through Dancing on Coals Workshops for Fiction Writers.

Sammi writes the popular Candy Shop mystery series set in Paradise, Colorado and featuring Abby Shaw. As Jacklyn Brady she writes the Piece of Cake mystery series set in New Orleans, featuring cake artist Rita Lucero, and as Sherry Lewis, she writes the Fred Vickery mystery series, as well as numerous contemporary and time travel romance novels.

Originally from Montana, Sammi spent several years living at the base of Utah's Wasatch Mountains. She now lives a block from the beach along Florida's Emerald Coast. Yes, it's a rough gig, but Sammi is up to the challenge.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
With Valentine's Day coming, Abby is finding her candy shop, Divinity, swamped with orders. She's not complaining, but it does leave her little time for thinking about important things like her slowly building relationship with Jawarski and how she feels about him.

That's why she immediately says now when a friend asks her to be part of a play for the local playhouse. A couple of local boys made good are coming back to help direct it. As tempting as it sounds, Abby knows she needs to concentrate on her stop. Still, she can't help checking out the theater. And that's why she is present when a body is found on center stage. One of Abby's friends is immediately labeled a person of interest, but Abby is certain he's innocent. Can she clear his name while still fulfilling the orders at her candy store?

The latest entry in this series is another fun book. I could actually feel the cold air from the Colorado weather despite the fact that it is summer. The new characters were fun and lively even if most of the series regulars get relegated to the background. I did find the pacing of the plot off. In fact, it seemed to stall in the second half before revving back up for an exciting climax. And I can't leave out the three new tempting candy recipes.

If you like your murder on the light side, this is a good series for you.
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I really enjoyed this book. I was "suckered" into the plot at the first page.
A top notch mystery for me. Abby and her faithful dog, Max,
seem to always find trouble when they least expect it.
This plot centers around the town putting on a musical with celebrity directors, Lawrence Nichols, and Alexander Pastorelli. Most of the town is involved in the play except Abby. She is to busy with Valentine's Day coming. Candy orders are piling up, so she declines the offer for a part in the play.
Little does she know, that stopping by one day to check up the progress of the musical, would turn her world upside down. Murder! When one of her friends is high on the suspect list, Abby finds the time to figure out who the real killer is. There are plenty of suspects, so Abby has her work cut out for her. Never underestimate a woman's determination when a friend's life is on the line.
This "Who did it" cozy, kept me interested the whole time.
The characters and plot worked nicely for me.
Give this book a try.
The recipes sounded great to me too.
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By A Reader on July 28, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There's nothing more annoying in a cozy than a heroine who has no reason for being involved in a case, yet takes the entire thing over without a word of protest from the police or the suspects they run around questioning becuase they're either a) curious; b) nosy; or c) have a friend being accused of murder. Such was the case with this book.

What I also find unbearable in this series is the way Abby runs around town with Max, taking him everywhere to either leave him in the car or outside in sub-zero temperatures. It's unrealistic to even try to make the reader believe that no one in town minds her bringing her dog (a Doberman, no less) into their establishment and leaving him locked up alone in a theater box office or a restaurant vestibule when she constantly tells us how the dog destroys her apartment whenever he's left there alone.

Add all this to the murderer's identity being obvious from the start, and this book was really painful to read. I liked this series when it first came out, but the last few haven't impressed me. This one, however, turned me off completely.
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I did not enjoy it as much as the previous books, because it did not have as much storyline involving the candyshop.One of the main reasons I like the books is because of the candyshop storyline, and their was just not very much involvement in the candy shop. Jean
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I love the Candy Shop Mystery series by Sammi Carter. The main character, Abby, is very likeable and a capable woman who gave up a successful career in law to take over her late aunt's candy shop. The other regular characters are also very likeable and the fictional town, Paradise, in Colorado, is a wonderful setting for this series. If it were a real place, I would love to visit. The mysteries are well done. I always enjoy one of these mysteries to lighten my mood after finishing a heavy novel or something particularly dark.

An added bonus are the recipes for sweets included at the back of every book. I even found a recipe for a sweet that I made as a pre-teen and promptly lost. What a joy to find it again.
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