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.
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
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
Another enjoyable, forgettable cozy. A nice few hours, but nothing to stay with you. Maybe I'll try one of the recipes.
I liked the mystery and the plot. I really disliked the author's portrayal of the people of Mackinaw Island. I have never been there, but she made them sound very petty and mean spirited. It seemed unnecessary to the story. I almost stopped listening, but the plot was interesting and the tone changed somewhat about half-way through. I am going to try the second book, but if it still spends so much time on how awful the people on Mackinaw Island are, it will be my last. It is just hard to listen to. It almost sounded like Nancy Coco had something against the place she chose as the setting for her book.
I like a little bit of everything but I'm really into romance of most types, fantasy and sci fi.
Yes. It is a well thought out book. I appreciated the little details that helped paint a clearer picture.
I loved the scene when she threw the female cop out of her house.
At first Allie seemed a little whiny and weak but the more I listened the more I understood. How is someone supposed to act when they see a dead body, is starting a new business and trying to fit in at the same time? It made her a more believable character. As far as the island folk they are true to character. Very tight knit communities tend to be suspicious of outsiders.
I wanted a destination mystery if you will since I am a teacher and vacation is not in the cards this year. All Fudged Up fit the bill. Definitely a Cozy Mystery, Coco weaves a solid mystery filled with the spirit of the island. In this first story, she introduces a cast of characters who contribute to her "community" on the island. She also has a good grasp of the way small towns function as new people begin to merge into their fold. A nice read or "listen" if you will, leaving you refreshed with the experience of a destination.
I don't think it's a spoiler to say that there is a dog involved because she is on the cover, however, the process of naming the dog was cute. This is a talented pooch who seems to roll everything that is good about a dog into a small, furry package.
Vanessa does a great job of portraying the characters. Her performance is balanced in all 3 stories.
It was just what I was looking for!
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.
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