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When Nikki's husband of 20 years decides that he wanted a different life in Los Angeles it spawns a new life for her as well. Leaving behind Atlanta and her journalism career there, she and her college-bound son move to the small and tightknit town of Maple Hills, Vermont. With a bustling tourist season, the thriving community seems the perfect place to set up her new chocolate shop...yet opening day proves more deadly than profitable.

A hit and run right outside her shop door leaves a man dead and questions swirling. When the victim is identified as Steven Denforth, the most hated and reviled man in town, it resurrects the fissures that had recently torn Maple Hills apart. It seems that when Denforth first came to town, the quiet man bought the local paper, then proceeded to publish damning articles about some of the communities' most prominent members - secrets that no one should have known about.

Now he is dead and everyone is a suspect, including Nikki. As both a former reporter and an FBI consultant, Nikki instinctively knows the dirt in Maple Hills is piled high and if she doesn't get to the bottom of it, and to the murder, then her stay in the quaint Northern Town may very well be short lived.

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Another great listen!

This was the perfect short break from the daily grind. Starting a new business in a new town is always challenging but add a murder mystery and you have the beginning of a wonderful story.

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Great

Loved it! The narrator was good. It was a real good cozy mystery with suspense.

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A bit weak story, but not bad

I had a really hard time paying attention to the Audible version of this story. I actually listened to 1/2 of it and had no clue what was going on. I started the book over and found the same result. The story (or was it the narration) just couldn't keep my interest. The story seemed to jump around a bit and I couldn't figure out why Nikki felt the need to investigate the hit and run herself. Do I even dare mention there seems to be nothing about raspberry truffles in the story? Since this is the first book in a series, I'm hoping the writing improves with future stories.

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Great first of a series

Great first in a series...can’t wait to see where this series goes! I like all this authors other books and this one doesn’t disappoint

I received a free copy and left my honest review

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Nice mystery

I enjoyed listening to this short cozy mystery. I'm looking forward the next book. The characters are likeable. Becky Boyd was good at narrating the story.

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Murder seems to follow her, it seems.

A newly divorced woman sets up a chocolate and coffee shop in a small town. Her first day open, sees a horrific crime committed. In fear that her past history may be cause for her to be thought to be somehow involved, she sets to, investigating the crime.
An interesting new series, similar to other detective series, although there seems to be a great sense of humor lingering in the background, in this episode, at least.

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Good Cozy

She had been an investigator reporter, when a divorce and a move to a small town in Vermont, and a chocolate Shoppe seemed ideal. When a man not well liked as he published article that the people didn’t like. She is once more drawn to investigate when murdered.
A good cozy mystery to enjoy. The narration by Becky was enjoyable. Given audio for my voluntary review

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Light cozy mystery in a small Vermont town

After a painful divorce, Nikki has left her job as an investigative reporter, moved from Atlanta to Vermont, and opened a chocolate and coffee shop in the small town of Maple Hills, VT. Why Vermont? Well, she needed a change, and a small town in Vermont, in addition to being pretty, is certainly a change from Atlanta.

It's too bad that she's hardly opened her new shop for business when a man walks in, looks around and focuses on the older German couple she's speaking with, and walks out. No big deal, one might think. However, just moments later, Herb, husband of her assistant, Lydia, walks in with shocking news.There's been a hit-and-run, and the man who was just, briefly, in her shop, is dead.

He was also the former owner of the town newspaper, who had run poisonous articles about many of the well-off in the little community. Lots of people had reason to want him dead. And after some thought, Nikki thinks that perhaps they'd like a scapegoat not from their community. Or maybe, my theory, the ex-investigative reporter can't pass up the opportunity to do her thing. At any rate, she's soon investigating the dead man and his various targets. Along the way, she's soon meeting more of the locals, making both friends and enemies.

This is a light, quick, enjoyable story, without a lot of depth. For those looking for the "cozy plus food" the title suggests, might be disappointed to find there is no raspberry truffle, and certainly no recipes. I liked the characters--Nikki, Lydia, police detective Hawk Daley, and others along the way.

I bought this audiobook.

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A murder staright from the start

Nikki after moving on from her ex-husband moves to Vermont and opens a chocolate shop. As soon as it opens a murder happens and Nikki is right in the mix. She starts investigating the victim to find clues as to who might have wanted him dead. I enjoyed this mystery as a light read but did not care much for the narrator.

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Surprising Cozy Mystery

This was a relaxing audiobook cozy mystery that takes place in Vermont and I also live near Vermont so I can relate to the live style. Nikki's husband of 20 years decided that he needs a change from Los Angeles and they move to Maple Hills, Vermont. There is a surprising murder and the story behind it was also a surprise.

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  • 08-31-20

it was ok

The story itself was...well cozy. Nothing special, but ok to listen to kill time, when doing something. Nikki's reason for starting her investigation, had no sense though, Just because she was new in town, and used to be a reporter isn't a good enough reason to became a suspect in murder investigation, Also just because the victim came to her shop for quick look around doesn't make her a suspect either. But the overall story is quite cute.

Another problem is the narrator, When doing dialog/voices she sounded fairly ok, but definitely struggled with male parts. But all the rest sounded mostly like a robot, Could as well run the book through text-to-speech to get similar outcome.

Saying all that i did enjoy it quite a bit, probably would be better off just reading it though.