- File Size: 626 KB
- Print Length: 232 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (September 6, 2005)
- Publication Date: September 6, 2005
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0023SDPN6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #767,693 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Candy Apple Dead (A Candy Shop Mystery) Kindle Edition
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Alright, so at first I thought it was pretty nifty that they killed off what you think will be the potential love interest of the book, in the second chapter. That peeked my interest. So I was on the look out for that from chapter two on but I had a sneaky suspicion it would be the character that she instantly disliked, the cop. (By no means original but hey that's why we like certain troops, it's a common occurrence in cozies.) It was also pretty obvious they were setting up Abby's brother as the bad guy. And I assumed his wife had been sleeping with Brandon (the victim) pretty early on, he just knew that Brandon was sleeping with married women and he was out and about getting his breakfast from his sister's shop...at 4am. Sort of red flag that something was off at home. However I wasn't expecting the bombshell that they throw at you in the end. I didn't much care for Wyatt's way of getting back at his wife and totally screwing up their twenty years of marriage. And then for him to let his wife take the fall in credibility with the whole town assuming she was the one doing the cheating. How loyal of a wife to take that kind of blame and even getting ridicule from their kids, full knowing he was the one doing the humping. And how much of a wuss does Wyatt have to be to let his wife take that blame and then have his friends risk going to jail to lie for him and hide him away from the cops? All it would have taken was for him to man up and admit it within the first two chapters and all would have been well, but he runs away and hides to protect his reputation, damned if his wife's gets dragged through the mud in the process. All to protect HIS reputation? I call BS. And I think Abby forgave her brother way too quickly considering how much she stewed over her sister-in-law hanging out with Brandon two years before she even got to town and calling that infidelity. Me thinks her issues weren't with infidelity between her brother and his wife but rather that she wasn't all that special to Brandon and he was after everything with boobs. But just saying....
I did appreciate the fact that she was a corporate attorney in her previous life, that meant she wasn't completely and entirely devoid of how the law works. That sort of urks me when the sleuth goes blindly into the action, when a regular person would have been thrown in jail for pulling the same stunt. (This happens a lot in cozies and it urks me... I try to overlook it though but sometimes it's hard to.) I'm also not the biggest fan of the surprise murderer, who you don't meet until the last few pages when they try to kill the slueth and then all is well, even though not everything gets explained. What's the fun in guessing who in town could have done it, if you don't see them? Or get a full explanation of who exactly this person saw, or who was the brother sleeping with that gave him his alibi, or I dunno, when did cop guy start to feel soft for Abby and give the impression he wanted to ask her out before the last paragraph? But meh, overall I would read it again. It was well written, the dialogue is good, and the romance is slow and steady, nothing wrong with that at all -although some hints would be nice.
I think it's a decent cozy and I loooooove the candy theme and recipes at the end. Although I had to stop and bake cookies all day, so maybe I should lay off the food themed cozies or space them out.
I have to say that the main character, Abby, reminded me a lot of Diane Mott Davidson's character, Goldy Schultz. They have that same determination that can often lead them into harm's way, and both Abby's and Goldy's attraction to law enforcement personnel makes for some interesting similarities between the two characters.
I very much enjoyed the setting of the novel in an up-and-coming tourist town in Colorado, as well as the interesting dynamics between the shop keepers and their acceptance, or lack thereof, for Abby. It shows that she has her work cut out for her merging back into the community she grew up in, but I can't wait to see what transpires in future novels. I hope that she finds the life she is looking for, without putting herself in too much danger!
I really liked the character development, and could even picture what Abby, her brother Wyatt, Brandon and others looked like, and how they acted. The dialog was excellent, and realistic, not exaggerated like in some mystery novels I have read. Clearly, this author does not need to create a lot of fluff to support her story line!
Also recommended: anything by Diane Mott Davidson.
"Candy Apple Dead" is a nice cozy mystery. Abby is a well-written, well-rounded character. Her struggles to prove herself capable of running the candy store and convince the town people of the same are very believable. Her struggle to reconcile the Brandon she knew with the person others said he was is heartbreaking. Her relationship with her brother is also very believable - anxious to clear his name, Abby realizes he is hiding something from her and her fear and frustration is well written. The candy store setting is a nice one and I loved the small details about candy making and how Abby decorated the store for the holidays. In fact, I wish there was more of that in the book. I liked the fact that Abby had a legitimate reason for investigating the murder - clearing her brother's name - instead of a manufactured one that happens so often in cozy mysteries. The mystery itself is well plotted, although only the most astute readers will note an important clue to the murderer.
"Candy Apple Dead" is a sweet read.