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- Publication Date: December 3, 2017
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- Language: English
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Along with her corgi, Watson, Fred moves to Estes Park to be closer to her mother, Phyllis and step-father, Barry, as she re-starts her life as the owner of an independent bookstore charmingly named The Cozy Corgi. As cozy mysteries demand, Fred finds herself in the middle of a lot more mystery and mayhem than she had bargained for.
This sweet, well-written mystery follows the basic formula of a cozy mystery: woman solves a mystery in short amount of time with the clues she discovers in her hometown while questioning the locals, and possibly encountering a simmering romance. In Cruel Candy, Fred tries to get her business off the ground while coming across a dead body, people who are obviously lying, several possible suspects, and an attractive man or two. But unlike Nancy Drew, Fred is doing her work in a town where marijuana sales are illegal though consumption and usage is, and she's getting a lot more heated looks from both a hot cop and a delicious park ranger.
Cruel Candy is a great start to the Cozy Corgi Mysteries. There are enough details to hint at future relationship possibilities. The character building was excellent, so coming back to this setting and the people we met in this book will feel like coming home. I'm sincerely looking forward to the next book in this installment.
CRUEL CANDY begins with Fred (Winifred Page) and Watson her four leg, furry companion arriving in the small mountain town of Estes Park, Colorado ready to push the Reset Button on her life. Before you begin the story, you realize how important Watson is to Fred and how closely she involves him in her internal dialogs and her verbal conversations with the smart and cute little guy.
Leaving a life of betrayal and disappointment behind in Kansas City, Fred plans to create a cozy bookstore filled with actual books, comfy chairs for reading and a warm and welcoming ambience. Not a stranger to the town, her mother and step father own a good portion of the downtown properties. Fred’s designated bookstore was the former Heads and Tails a taxidermy store. Sandwiched between Sinful Bites, offering delectable pastries, chocolates, and assorted candies; and the Healthy Delights bakery offering sugar-free, healthy treats. Meeting the two highly different sisters who own the bakeries was confusing and dismaying to Fred.
Finally, as evening falls, Fred and Watson navigate their way to Fred’s mother’s home. Pausing, Fred is reminded how vibrant the stars appear in the mountains, overlooking rocky peaks and massive forests. Reflecting on the calming beauty, the scent of pine, earth, and snow, Fred begins to feel that the abrupt move was right. This was good, so very good.
Unable to sleep, Fred wakes early the next morning to begin her new life. With Watson at her side she enters the premises of her store ready to explore and plot the layout of the bookstore. Despite Watson finding a feather and Fred bravely opening a deep freezer finding a large frozen owl, they climb the stairs to the second floor, a compact apartment. Watson is happy to find a selection of scattered cellophane wrapped candies. Fred quickly checks for chocolate and realizing they are licorice, allows him one as they push into the kitchen. The counter is covered with supplies and baking equipment. As Watson begins a low dangerous growl, shoulders drooped down, his back rigid, and rump in the air, showing his fangs, Fred cautiously follows him. She finds a rolling pin on the floor, one end stained dark red. A body lays behind the counter in a pool of blood. This is Fred’s welcome to her new bookstore and the beginning of a fascinating mystery.
With Watson as her steadfast companion, Fred meets the handsome police Sargent in charge of the case, an interesting edibles vendor and a curious and efficient park ranger, as she looks for clues. Fred uses her love of murder mysteries, instructions from her late police Detective father, as well as, common sense and courage to solve this murder mystery.
There is an engaging group of relatives, and townspeople to offer humor, decorating ideas, elbow grease, and recipes to make Fred and Watson feel at home even before her moving van arrives.
I found myself cheering for Fred, as she is so low key, adores Watson, has a little snark, and is convinced to push that Reset Button. One book into the series and I am eagerly looking forward to the next mystery.
If you like mystery, I highly recommend this novella by Mildred Abbott. Sweet, fast paced and just so much FUN. I have to admit that I've read so many mysteries, that it is hard to keep me in suspense. However, Cruel Candy kept me in suspense for quite a while. I was unfamiliar with the term "cozy mystery," but enjoyed this book so much, I've clearly discovered a new obsession. This is the first of, I believe, a 3-part series. I can't wait to read what happens next for Fred and Watson.
Most recent customer reviews
Never leaves Watson out of the plot. My dog
Is part Corgi and they are smart.
I'm looking forward to reading book #2