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Town in a Blueberry Jam: A Candy Holliday Murder Mystery Mass Market Paperback – February 2, 2010
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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this book some time ago. I wanted to read it sooner, but it always seemed that life got in the way. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Angels R Kids/Furkids
You know, I really enjoyed this little story. It's the first book I've read that's set in Maine (a place I so desperately want to visit -- Heard it's just gorgeous there! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Brittany
My genre is normally SciFi and Fantasy so this is an unusual review for me. I had not even known the term “cozy mystery” existed until I read this series. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Spirit Wandering
Town in a Blueberry Jam is the first book I have read in the Candy Holliday series. I like Candy and her best friend Maggie as well as many of the other characters in Cape... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Peppy PR Gal
the author keeps me guessing and the WRITING is descriptive.i have recommended this series to my daughters and friends. a great read!Published 22 months ago by Susan D Avy
Excellent story, great characters, interesting plot. Pretty setting on the coast of Maine. Looking forward to the next in the series.Published 22 months ago by Tigger
A great cozy mystery. Just the right combination of quaintness, suspense and intrigue. Makes one want to vacation in this fictitious town - never mind the murders!! Read morePublished 23 months ago by Diane Solan