Three Fudges and a Baby By Nancy Coco: Review/Giveaway

May 4, 2024 | 2024 Articles, Cynthia Chow, Food Fun, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of the book and a link to purchase the book from Amazon.

It’s April on Mackinac Island, and the Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop’s owner Allie McMurphy is preparing for the spring tourist season to resume. Her best friend Jenn Carpenter is also very pregnant and ready to pop, and even though she is two weeks overdue she is relieved to have hired doula Hannah Riversbend to help her give birth. That relief ends when Allie and Jenn find Hannah standing over a body holding a gun, and having her doula suspected of murder sends Jenn into a spiral of panic and hysteria.

She demands that Allie once again delve into an investigation and prove that Hannah is innocent, as without her doula Jenn states that she will not give birth. It’s not the best time for Allie to meddle in an official investigation, as she’s questioning her relationship with the investigating Officer Rex Manning just as her mother arrives with Allie’s ex, Brett, for a visit. Allie’s mother is pushing for a reconciliation between the former couple, especially since the ambitious Brett is aiming to be the next governor and needs Allie’s help in smoothing the way for his development plans. At the risk of alienating Rex even more, Allie begins to look into the exes of the victim, several of whom were angry enough to have wanted him dead.

It’s easy to get frustrated with Allie as she is bulldozed over by her mother’s insistence on marrying a rich man and Jenn’s hormone-induced demands to investigate. So it’s a relief when Allie does stand up for herself and decide to pursue the path she wants. That doesn’t mean that she still doesn’t insert herself rather dangerously into the investigation though, or that she won’t have to juggle the attentions of multiple men.

Delicious recipes ranging from Easy Cappuccino Fudge to Raspberry Chocolate Bars will satisfy every sweet-toothed cook, and Allie still manages to fit in her fudge-making demonstrations with her witness interrogations. Longtime fans will be happy that this 12th in the series includes appearances by the adorable Bichonpoo Mal (for Marshmallow) and the similarly confection-inspired-named kitty Mella, along with many scenes featuring delicious fudge varieties.

Readers will be carried along with Allie and her investigations by the swift plot that leads to a reveal sure to surprise even the most experienced puzzle-solving mystery expert. Romance-loving readers who love to follow their favorite characters’ relationship challenges will find much to appreciate here as well, with a conclusion that is sure to warm up even the coldest of hearts. This is another entertaining and very tasty installment of a series filled with relatable family dramas as its lead heroine matures and gains confidence in her personal and professional life.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

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  1. Sounds interesting! Count me in!

  2. Great series, one of my favorites. Portrays Mackinac Island as a beautiful island and exactly as it is.

    • Sounds great. Thanks for the chance

      • Such a darling story, plus this incredibly Pawdorablly? Precious cover?.
        You need to have that on your Bookshelves just to look at – bonus fabulous story
        With fudgie recipes.
        Pleease thank Nancy Coco & King’s River for this fun?

  3. I love the cover and it sounds like such a fun read!

  4. I would have second thoughts if my
    doula was holding a gun. Sounds
    like a good read. thanks

  5. What a great and interesting sounding book! The cover is so cute! Thanks for the chance!

  6. I love this series and can’t wait to read this book!

  7. Love it!


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