Cruel Candy

Cozy Corgi Mysteries, Book 1
Narrated by: Angie Hickman
Series: Cozy Corgi Mysteries, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
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Estes Park, Colorado: picturesque mountains, charming shops, delightful bakeries, a cozy bookstore...and murder.  \

Winifred Page and her corgi, Watson, move to Estes Park to hit the Reset button on life. Fred is about to open her dream bookshop, and the only challenges she anticipates are adjusting to small-town life, tourists, and living close to her lovable mother, Phyllis, and hippie stepfather, Barry. When Fred steps into her soon-to-be-bookshop for the first time, she expects dust bunnies and spiders...not the dead body in the upstairs kitchen. 

The local police have an easy suspect - Barry. Determined to prove quirky Barry innocent of murder, Fred puts on her detective hat, and with Watson by her side, she explores her new town and gets acquainted with her fellow shopkeepers. Could one of her friendly neighbors be the real culprit? And what would be the motive for killing the owner of the Sinful Bites candy store? The secrets Fred discovers put her at odds with the local police sergeant and threaten her cozy future in Estes.  

With snow falling outside, all Fred wants to do is curl up by the fire with a good book and Watson snuggled at her feet. But before she can begin her new life and put her plans for her bookshop into action, Fred and Watson have a mystery to solve....

©2017 Mildred Abbott (P)2018 Mildred Abbott

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Nice story

Story is good and wasn’t too long. Nice characters that are likable. Perfect light mystery to pass an afternoon. Overall I enjoyed it very much.

This audiobook was given to me at no charge. This review is my own and was not required.

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Cute mystery

I have only become a mystery fan in the last three years but I am a fan of this author's books under a different name. So I definitely wanted to check out Mildred's cozy mysteries. This is the first time I've listened to this narrator and I thought she did very well. She is good at providing different voices for the characters and has a pleasant voice.

I really like the character of Fred. First I love her name, I always thought girls with boys names (shortened from Winifred) were cool. She is your average woman. She has been through some tough times as well as good. She doesn't bemoan her life though. She just chalks it up to experience and moves on. Her description makes her sound like she's not particularly skinny while not being really overweight. She seems comfortable in her own skin and I like that. She is definitely someone I felt like I could relate to.

The secondary characters are great and well written too. Fred just moved to the town that her mother and stepfather live in. They are a little eccentric and absent minded but are supportive and loving, too. I thought they were likable as well as her two gay uncles who own a shop in town, too. There is a baker who seems like she might become friends with Fred, a police officer that hates her and another that seems a little interested in her. It is an interesting little town for sure.

Fred's dog, Watson, is also an important character in the series. The bookshop is going to be called The Cozy Corgi and the book series has the same name. I have never had a pet so I'm not a real big animal person. (I feel like I should be embarrassed about that.) I don't always think to mention pets in book reviews but in this series Watson is relevant. Fred talks to him and probably considers him a partner of sorts. Most people can't help but love the dog and if you have a treat in your hand, he might just like you back. I think as the story goes on he will remain pivotal.

The mystery in this book was interesting. After just about a day in her new home and business, Fred finds her shop neighbor murdered in the upper level of her own store. Immediately I had my suspicions of who did it, even though I had just met these characters, myself. Fred's late dad was a detective and with her stepfather being a suspect, she begins to investigate. There was a time or two where my original suspicion faltered and I wondered about what was happening especially when another murder takes place in a nearby town. And though, my original guess of whodunnit was correct, I liked seeing Fred work through the investigating and finding out the motive/reason for the murder. There seems to be a few persons of interest in terms of Fred's love life and I look forward to seeing her caring and quirky family again. It was an enjoyable story and a great beginning to the series. I can't wait to read or listen to more of them.

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An engaging, but still fun and light, mystery

What a *treat* of a story this was! Not only were there many red herrings to keep the listener guessing almost until the end, but the story was told from the perspective of a likable protagonist, who also happens to share her life with a pooch with lots of personality. Also, kudos for the top-notch narration by Angie Hickman!

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I’m going to love this series!

I’m going to love this series! Great story, great characters and it kept me on my toes! Love corgis:)

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Really Good Modern Cozy

I listen to a lot of cozy mysteries- and while this isn't the best I've ever heard it was really pretty good. I really liked the main character- she seemed real and young (sometimes main characters are written in a way that makes them feel like old people- this one is not). I also thought the premise was good- she's moving to a new town with her dog to set up a bookstore in a town that turns out to be fairly unwelcoming. I was kind of surprised by a non-cozy element in the story (I won't give it away here) and honestly I'm not sure how I feel about it being included. I normally listen to my cozies while doing dishes etc. while my kids are around- but I'm not sure I'd do that with this one. Anyway- overall it was a very good listen and I'll definitely be checking out the next one!
I received this title for free in exchange for an honest review.

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Good start to a new series

I kinda knew the characters a little after reading the sample from the kindle version of this book (which I also ended up buying anyway) but hearing them come to life under the voice of Angie Hickman was just delightful. Her tone is just nice to the hear with just enough diffentiation between characters to make it an easy and fun listen.

As for the story, I loved it. I’m an avid doggie story reader but kinda new to cozy mysteries. I know now that I will want to learn more about Fred and Watson and I will want to follow their future adventures. The interaction between Fred and her charming little furry man are simply great and should appeal to any dog lover...

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LOVED IT

Having listened to the second Cozy Corgi Mystery, “Traitorous toys” last year, I decided that it was probably about time that I did a rewind and listened to the first instalment, “Cruel Candy.” I loved it.In fact, I had trouble turning the story off at night in order to go to bed.

In terms of the characters, I believe any reader would be hard-pressed not to love Fred and Winston; they are just so likeable, and Winston sounds adorable. However, it isn’t just the main characters that are excellent, the secondary characters are also delightful - I especially liked the attractive sounding detective, Branson Wexler.

As for the actual mystery, I already kind of knew who the killer was as book two, 'Traitorous Toys' briefly mentioned this case. However, that fact didn't ruin the story for me, and I still loved following Fred and her investigation.

Finally, in terms of the narration, Angie Hickman did a decent job bringing the story to life. It took some time to get used to her style, but there was enough character differentiation in her voices to tell who was who.

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Entertaining Cozy

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I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

Let's start with the cover - how cute is that face? Absolutely adorable cover.

Fred is a likeable smart woman who is starting anew with a bookshop in her stepfather's building (a former taxidermy shop) when she finds the body of her surly neighbor in her bookshop's kitchen and the prime suspect is her stepfather. Fred tries to help by investigating the murder.

What a fun cozy! I love the quirky characters - from Winifred's (Fred) parents - tie dye and flamingo loving - to the rest of the town. The mystery is a good one with a major red herring - I figured it out at the same time as Fred. 

The narrator, Angie Hickman, was delightful. She has a light, pleasant voice which was very easy to listen to and she did various voices for the various characters. A real compliment to the written word.

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Don't miss!

pet, dogs, law-enforcement, amateur-sleuth, small-business, small-town, family, cozy-mystery, murder-investigation

Nothing like going into what will be your new store and new life before dawn and finding the dead body of someone you only met the day before. And topping that off are a patrol cop with a very negative attitude, the police discovery that not only is there a basement but that it is a marijuana grow house, and an attractive police detective who hauls inoffensive step father off to jail. All before being in town twenty four hours! Let the sleuthing begin!
A nice comfortable read narrated by Angie Hickman.
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Fred and Watson are on the case!

Who can resist a book that has a cute dog on the cover? I know I can't! I did end up having a very nice time with this story. It was a fun little cozy and I appreciated the fact that the cute dog on the cover had a strong presence throughout the story. I am so glad that the corgi on the cover got my attention because I really did enjoy this story.

Winifred, or Fred, has just moved to town along with her corgi, Watson. She has had a few problems in her life recently and is looking forward to starting over by opening a bookshop in town. Her mother and step-father live in town and actually own the building that she plans to open her bookshop in. When she introduces herself to the store owner next door, she doesn't get the reaction that she hopes for. That is just the start of her trouble since she will soon find a body inside the building she plans to open her store in.

I thought that the mystery in this cozy was very well done. I had no idea who the culprit was and I had a great time going along with Fred and Watson as they met the other shopowners. The story went in a couple of directions that I didn't see coming which added to the appeal. I loved the small-town setting and quirky characters. Fred and Watson made a great team!

This was the first time that I have had the chance to listen to Angie Hickman's narration and I was impressed. She did a great job with all of the character's voices and was able to bring the story to life. She used a very pleasant voice and I thought that the pacing was very well done. I would definitely listen to her narration work again in the future.

I would recommend this book to others. This was a fun little cozy that was able to keep me guessing. I definitely plan to read more this series very soon.

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the author/narrator via Audiobook Boom and have voluntarily left this review.

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Quirky, cozy mystery

I have seen many Facebook friends post about this series, and it has been a while since I have read a cozy mystery, so why the heck not dive in.

I dove right in to the audiobook.

This is a cute and quirky series that I will definitely be reading/listening to more of in the future.

At first, I found the narrator a little - I won't say annoying as that is not the word, but she sounded for a while like a young girl rather than the woman that Fred is. However about 1/4 in I got used to her and it didn't bother me after that.

I enjoyed the story, even though I figured out pretty quickly who the killer was, but was not sure of their motives.

Watson is my spirit animal -feed me snacks, pronto!

One thing that irked me - the constant talk of Fred's height - she is 5'10", not gigantor!