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  • Series: CANDY HOLLIDAY MYSTERY (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Dual Language edition (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425232654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425232651
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A winning combination of great characters, warm setting and mischievous locals will appeal to cozy lovers everywhere." ---RT Book Reviews --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

B. B. Haywood is a pseudonym of writing team Beth Feeman and Robert Feeman. They conceived the idea for the Candy Holliday Mystery series while driving around the Maine countryside, stopping at different small towns throughout the state.

Tavia Gilbert, a multiple Audie Award nominee and AudioFile Earphones and Parent's Choice Award-winning producer, narrator, and writer, has appeared on stage and in film. She has narrated over two hundred multicast and solo voice audiobooks.
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Plot really plods along and the ending came out of nowhere.
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I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good murder mystery.
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Very enjoyable cozy with good plotting and believable characters.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By S. Young on April 14, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was good.I enjoyed the fact that Candy's father was actively involved. I have not read a cozy that involved the heroine's father so that was different for me. Candy was spunky and fun. Her friend Maggie was hilarious and outspoken. I did not guess the killer at all. I was not aware of whom it was until it showed up in the book. Great first book in a seemingly promising series.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By B.Morgan on March 7, 2010
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I honestly was attracted to this book because of the cover....charming! I bought it, and LOVED IT! I am suffering the "blues" now that I finished it! I cannot wait until her next book comes out! I sent a copy to my sister, and she too loved it! It is a well-wriiten, interesting, quick-read.The characters are ones you can cheer for, straight-away! This is a very good debut cozy.....I hated to put it down at night, and as I said, feel bad to see it end! More Candy....Please!!!!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 4, 2010
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After her husband lost his job, emptied their savings, and dumped her for another woman; Candy Holliday returns to her hometown, the seaside village of Cape Willington, Maine; where she and her dad "Doc" manage Blueberry Acres. Local hero Olympic Gold medal winning swimmer Jock Larson falls off a cliff with his life flashing by including how he died. The townsfolk are unsure of whether it was an accident, suicide, or homicide. Candy is sad over his death, but happy that the Blueberry Festival will still occur with people coming from across the country to attend.

To the locals, the highlight of the gala is the Blueberry Queen Pageant. Five of the contestants are high school students while the other contender is gossip columnist thirty-seven years old Sapphire Vine, a flaky diva (obvious oxymoron). Everyone expects Haley Pruitt to win because of her poise; performance and responses to questions which are by far superior to that of her rivals. Thus when Sapphire wins, everybody is shocked. Soon after her stunning victory, Sapphire is found dead. The town's handyman Ray is arrested for the murder. Candy knows Ray is innocent and intends to find the real culprit with the help of her BFF Maggie. Their investigation uncovers scandals amongst the pageant judges and other residents, but as they get closer to identifying the perpetrator, the killer watches them in case two more corpses are needed.

This is a charming and amusing Pine Tree State cozy in which Cape Willington is vividly described so that the reader feels they are attending the Blueberry festival. The cast is solid as the residents bring out the ambience of the seaside village. Although the amateur sleuthing is similar in tone to many sub-genre entries, the irony of readers knowing a lot more than the cops or the BFF detectives and the Twitter sight provide a fresh spin to B.B. Haywood's first Candy Holliday whodunit.

Harriet Klausner
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Collier on April 5, 2010
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I picked up this cozy mystery novel because I'm a blueberry lover, and I always find mystery novels based in Maine (i.e. Karen MacInerny's Gray Whale Inn Series and the Sarah Deane series by J.S. Borthwick) to be fascinating. This first installment in the Candy Holliday series did not disappoint!

After going through a tough time in Boston, Candy, a former marketing executive, starts over on the coast of Maine and joins her father, a retired university professor, in running a blueberry farm. Things may seem quiet and cozy in this little town, but murder soon shatters the idyllic setting, when two high-profile residents are killed, and a good friend of Candy and her father is accused of one of the murders. Candy can't stand by and let an innocent man be punished for this crime, and begins picking up clues as to who the real culprit might be.

B.B. Haywood's description of the town and its residents makes the reader feel as if they are a part of the novel, it's Cabot Cove-esque personality will draw in fans of Murder She Wrote as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nancy VINE VOICE on September 22, 2011
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Ending my Cozy Mystery Challenge for 2011, I decided on Town in a Blueberry Jam by B. B. Haywood since this was a new author for me - I had no idea what I was getting into. Apparently, B. B. stands for the writing team of Beth and Robert (I assume Bob) Haywood - but then again - Haywood is not their real last name either. Ok, maybe that does not matter, but with the ever-ongoing use of pseudonyms in the writing world, I always want to know if a new author is actually new or an old author with a new name.

Hope I have not lost you yet.

This is the first book in a brand new series set in the seaside village of Cape Willington, Maine. Candy Holliday has returned home to her father, Doc, and has decided to help run the Blueberry farm until she can decide what it is that she wants s to do with her life. Having given up a demanding career in Boston, Candy has returned home to figure out what her next steps should be. That is until not one, but two unexplained deaths have occurred in this tiny hamlet and wanting to clear the name of a local handyman, Candy finds herself and her good friend in the middle of a jam (ok, I wanted to say pickle, but that wouldn't fit) and with the killer having them trapped on the roof of city hall all seems doomed, that is until an apparent invisible neighbor comes to their aid. OK, that last part was a bit of a stretch, but it does open up an interesting potential for future books.

The book has a couple stutter starts - feeling as if the writing team had put down their laptops and wanted to know "now what direction do we go in". What I did come away with was the hope that this series will take off. The first book spends a great deal of time introducing attention-grabbing characters and with any luck, they will be given their own center stage in the future.

This is fun brain candy and sometimes that is just what an afternoon calls for.
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