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Fudge Bites By Nancy Coco: Review/Giveaway

IN THE October 19 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze

by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Fudge Bites. We also have a link to order it from Amazon, and from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to help support KRL.

As Halloween arrives on Mackinac Island, Michigan, residents are celebrating early with a “Night of the Walking Red” American Heart Association charity walk and costume contest. McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop owner Allie McMurphy has already donned her zombie pinup girl, but it is her cat Carmella who arrives covered in very real blood. For once it is the feline and not “Grim Reaper” Allie who has discovered a corpse, with the zombie-costumed victim definitely dead and not just walking dead. Allie’s sporadic suitor Officer Rex Manning warns her from investigating, but pressure from gossipy seniors and the victim’s own mother make that impossible. When the victim’s death appears to be a case of mistaken identity, helpful seniors with an eye for rear-view and rear-end identifications narrow the pool of suspects but make Allie the target for a criminal.mystery

On the tiny Mackinac Island, where motorized vehicles are prohibited, visitors are labeled as “Fudgies,” life seems to move slower, and crimes are usually limited to pranks and minor crimes. This murder, followed by a bomb explosion at the senior center, has Allie grateful for her hotel’s advanced security systems and high tech capabilities. It’s an added expense to her planned renovations, which are pricey but with the approval of the town’s historical committees will make the hotel an enviable tourist destination. If only Allie wasn’t feeling left behind by her newly formed family, as with the island businesses mostly shutting down for the winter most are leaving for the bigger – and warmer – eastern cities.

This is charming cozy mystery that lives up to its title as “A Candy-Coated Mystery with Recipes.” While Allie is appalled at the suggestion of an amateur confectioner invading her kitchen – a police officer was attempting to make a point regarding her own amateur involvement in official investigations – there are “downsized” fudge and brownie recipes that should have readers willing to break open a bag of cinnamon chips. Witnesses and suspects are rather forthright with their secrets, but perhaps that is due to Allie’s genialness and genuine likability. It helps that commerce on Mackinac Island includes a lot of friendly bartering, with Allie able to negotiate lower construction costs in exchange for her own delectable creations. Her vulnerability and sense of being alone is brought forth by her determination to fulfill her dream of being a year-round Mackinac Island resident, while the most sensible decision would probably be to close and leave for the winter.

Being in the “off” mode of her on-and-off relationships with Rex Manning and wealthy Islander Trent Jessop furthers her isolation, although a twist in the love triangle is as unexpected as it is delightful. Allie’s fur babies, Bichon poo Marshmallow and the feline Carmella, not only provide companionship and comfort, they play crucial roles in tracking down the wrongdoers. The author of numerous series written under the name Nancy J. Parra, she ensures that this long running series of seven novels and two e-novellas continues to make Mackinac Island an enviable place to live filled with characters one would want as best friends.

To enter to win a copy of Fudge Bites, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “fudge” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen October 26, 2019. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address (so if you win we can get the book sent right out to you), and if via comment please include your email address. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section. And join our mystery Facebook group to keep up with everything mystery we post, and have a chance at some extra giveaways. Also check our our new mystery podcast! The last 2 episodes are both perfect for Halloween listening!

Click on this link to purchase this book & a portion goes to help support KRL & an indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy:

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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).

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anne
Twitter: @anne
October 19, 2019 at 3:16pm

Fudge Bites is delightful for this season.


2 Alicia October 19, 2019 at 5:13pm

This is a great series.


3 Jeanne Kennedy
Twitter: @jeanneakr
October 25, 2019 at 8:49am

You had me with the book cover. I’d love to read this. Thank you


4 Jeanne Kennedy
Twitter: @jeanneakr
October 20, 2019 at 5:17am

Love the book cover and storyline. Thank you for the chance to read and review.


5 Nora-Adrienne Deret
Twitter: @NoraAdrienne
October 20, 2019 at 5:22am

I love the series and actually have the first two books in my home library. I’d love to start collecting again and adding more of her books to my library. Please enter me in the giveaway.
A recent post from Nora-Adrienne Deret: Late Again! Here are the new titles for November.My Profile


6 Carol Knudtson October 20, 2019 at 7:29am

This sounds like a wonderful series. Thanks for the contest. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com


7 Jaime Minter
Twitter: @schnappy2
October 20, 2019 at 12:06pm

Looks like a great read! JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com


8 Dianne Casey October 20, 2019 at 3:32pm

Great series! Can’t wait to read “Fudge Bites”.


9 Kara Marks October 23, 2019 at 5:44pm

Oh, I want to read this!



10 Mary Holshouser October 24, 2019 at 12:49pm

Been following this series and
thoroughly enjoy it. thanks
for the chance to get the
next installment.


11 Donamae October 27, 2019 at 7:06pm

I love reading books set at Mackinac Island
Thank you for the chance Marshmallow is irristable! What a fun series to read! ?


12 Melissa Basnight
Twitter: @Sylvester45
October 28, 2019 at 9:36am

The book looks fun, love holiday themed books.


13 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
October 28, 2019 at 10:13am

We have a winner!


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