Welcome to the Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop - where life is sweet, revenge is sweeter, and murder is here to to stay....
You can't fudge an alibi....
Allie McMurphy is up to her neck in renovations at the grand old hotel that's been in her family for generations. With its quaint Victorian charm - and world-famous fudge shop - the place is one of Mackinac Island's most beloved landmarks. Sure, every family has a skeleton or two in the closet. But Allie didn't expect to find an actual corpse inside hers, especially one Joe Jessup, who had a long-running feud with her dear departed grandfather. Which makes Allie the number-one suspect. Can she sniff out the culprit before another victim checks in?
©2013 Nancy J. Parra (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
ALL FUDGED UP is a book that would be great to take along to read on a vacation, or to read for a vicarious vacation in your own back yard flower garden. The setting is the tourist town on Mackinac Island in Michigan, which has hosted tourists for over a hundred years. Allie McMurphy has spent all her summers on Island, working with her grandparents in their McMurphy Hotel. Now, after graduating from culinary school and developing "adult" alcoholic fudge recipes for their famous fudge shop, Allie is returning to run the hotel since both grandparents are gone with the recent death of her grandfather.
Trouble comes when Allie begins some much needed renovations and finds the dead body of one of her grandfather's old friends in a closet. Since the hotel had been locked up, Allie becomes the main suspect. On this small island, everyone takes sides--green ribbons for Allie's innocence, purple ribbons for her guilt. Yep, lots of folks consider her a "fudggie" or a newcomer. So what can Allie do to prove her innocence and become one of the Islanders so her family's hotel will become a success under her ownership?
One of the best mysteries within a cozy that I've read recently. The "sides" taken by the characters seems very real. Allie is very personable, as is her new puppy, Mal ( marshmallow), who is one of the best dog characters ever! Histories develop within the town and the hotel, with secrets galore. The fudge recipes are definitely "adult" and come throughout the book. Excellent start to a new series. I listened to this on Audible, which added a lot to my enjoyment.
This was a great story to read listen to on Audible. I didn't want to stop listening. Twists and turns throughout the story kept my interest. This should be a fun series. I have already gotten her next book.
The story took uninteresting turns. Sometimes descriptions of peripheral characters can be interesting. The superfluous characters in this story seem to be for ambiance, and take away from the story. And they all seem to be nasty. These side trips away from the plot are made worse by the slow reading pace and frequent long pauses.
I'm not sure what my next listen will be. The Agatha Raisin series switched narrators, and the new narrator has gotten bad ratings. All of the sudden, it seems my favorite series only have a book available here or there on Audible.
The reading pace was uneven, very slow in spots. There were pauses that meant nothing and slowed the story even more. The tone was whiny.
Oh, the floor shop owner, the people in line at the electric company, any number of mean, whiny people.
I'll never go back to the island - made everybody there seem mean and petty. as far as I could tell, not a nice person
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