This is a typical cozy mystery, something I love, so I'm not complaining at all. Anyway, this is about Abby, an ex-attorney who inherits her great aunt's candy store back home. After going through a divorce, she decides that the new start in life would be good for her. But a few months after moving there, one of her friends turns up missing and his shop is set on fire. Everybody accuses him of trying to get the insurance money and many more unsavory rumors, indicating that she was probably the only person in town who liked the guy. But when her brother turns into the number one suspect, she decides to do some clue finding of her own.
Spoilery from this point on:
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.
- Mass Market Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Pub Group (1 September 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425205320
- ISBN-13: 978-0425205327
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.7 x 17.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 90.7 g
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