All Fudged Up-Nancy Coco

All Fudged Up
Nancy Coco
Kensington, Nov 5 2013, $7.99
ISBN: 9780758287106

Allie McMurphy and her nonagenarian grandfather Papa Liam planned to work together on renovating the Historic Register McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop on Mackinac Island, Michigan so that afterward he can mentor her in running the place. However, before she left Chicago for Mackinac Island, Papa died.

Allie continues the project until she finds the corpse of Papa’s long time enemy Joe Jessup in a closet. Because of her grandfather’s well known feud with the victim, the police look at Allie as the only suspect. Realizing she lacks an alibi and needing to open the landmark ASAP, Allie investigates the homicide.

The first Candy-Coated mystery is a fun cozy due to the wonderful location filled with eccentric characters. Although the overused premise of an amateur sleuth making inquiries to stay out of jail detracts and the murderer’s motive is poor, fans will root for awesome Allie as she works her case and her grand opening preparations while trying to stay alive and out of jail.

Harriet Klausner


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