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Town in a Blueberry Jam

Town in a Blueberry Jam

Scris de B. B. Haywood

Povestit de Tavia Gilbert


Town in a Blueberry Jam

Scris de B. B. Haywood

Povestit de Tavia Gilbert

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3.5/5 (10 evaluări)
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Lansat:
Jan 6, 2014
ISBN:
9781452689067
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In the seaside village of Cape Willington, Maine, Candy Holliday has an idyllic life tending to the Blueberry Acres farm she runs with her father. But when an aging playboy and the newly crowned Blueberry Queen are killed, Candy must investigate to clear the name of a local handyman. And as she sorts through the town's juicy secrets, things start to get sticky indeed . . .
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Jan 6, 2014
ISBN:
9781452689067
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  • (3/5)
    When Cape Willington's Lothario falls to his death from a cliff on the shore, some locals have their suspicions about the circumstances. Then the new Blueberry Queen and gossip columnist Sapphire Vine is found dead. Blueberry farmer Candy Holliday is distressed when she learns that the town handyman has been taken into custody as a suspect in Sapphire's murder. Ray is a gentle soul, and Candy is convinced he isn't capable of murder. Since the police aren't looking any farther for the killer, Candy undertakes her own investigation with a little help from her father and her best friend, Maggie.The small-town Maine setting may remind readers of Jessica Fletcher's Cabot Cove. However, the first book in the series leans a little more toward the Perils of Pauline than toward Murder, She Wrote. (Or maybe, as the characters themselves suggest, toward Lucy and Ethel in I Love Lucy.) I don't like it when characters put themselves in needless danger, when they withhold evidence from the police, or when they rationalize illegal behavior. Candy did all three in the course of her investigation. I did enjoy the setting and the charming cast of characters, so I'll probably make at least one more visit to Cape Willington.
  • (4/5)
    A fun cozy mystery with a seaside Maine setting, created by the writing team of Beth and Robert Feeman, writing as B. B. Haywood. From Cape Elizabeth, Maine, they live in the area they describe so well in this story. I found the happenings to be a bit far-fetched; not so far as to be slap-stick, but just so you know that it's all in fun. The characters were so likeable, and the seaside village just like the ones I remember from a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to the area, that I ended up loving it for that sake alone. Divorcee Candy Holliday, having come to stay with her widowed father on his newly acquired blueberry farm, finds herself in the middle of a mystery. If you like cozies, or Maine, or blueberries (for there are recipes, too!), or fun, fast reads, you'll enjoy this, too.
  • (4/5)
    Candy Holliday lives on Blueberry Acres in Cape Willington, Maine. The book opens when a Cape Willington man who is an excellent swimmer is found dead over a cliff near Bar Harbor. He was supposed to have been the grand marshal of the parade at the annual blueberry festival where each year a Blueberry Queen is crowned. When an older woman who is a newspaper reporter ends up winning the crown although she quite obviously did not excel in any of the competitions, Candy and her friend Maggie smell some sort of fraud. When the newly crowned Blueberry Queen turns up dead a couple of days later, and the town's handyman has been charged with the crime, Candy, like many others, know that the man could never have done such a thing. She sets out to prove his innocence and find the real killer. I found the beginning parts of the novel describing the festival and the events around it very tedious. I was fairly certain that the author was using the event to introduce us to the cast of characters, but it seemed rather drawn out. Once we got to the murder of the Blueberry Queen, things began to pick up, and I found myself really enjoying the novel, its setting, and its characters. There's a good bit of humor incorporated into the novel that most readers will appreciate. Although Candy really had very little reason to involve herself to the extent she did in the investigation, there were legitimate reasons behind most of them, although she probably should have gone through other channels to achieve her goals. Still, this is a quite enjoyable cozy mystery, and I look forward to the next installment.
  • (4/5)
    Candy and her father Doc own a blueberry farm on the coast of Maine. When the Blueberry Festival comes around Candy is busy cooking and decorating her booth and has big plans to attend the Miss Blueberry contest that evening. The day has a bit of a shadow over it because of the recent death of a local hero. But it ends in a bang when the title of Miss Blueberry goes to a 37 year old local reporter. When that reporter shows up murdered and a close friend of Candy's is arrested, she and her friend Maggie go into investigation mode.I enjoyed this book. It is the first in the sereis and they are often a little bit rough. I takes me a while to get used to the characters and relationships. I think I am going to really like the series though. I like the town and would like to learn more about it. I enjoyed the relationship between Candy and Maggie. They are true friends. I also liked Doc and his crew of friends who hang out at the local cafe. I think there is a lot of potential here.
  • (5/5)
    Another fine cozy mystery set on the East Coast...this one is even better with the main character, Candy, owning a blueberry farm. She is a busy chickie, prepping for the upcoming festival and taking care of the farm as well as the odd jobs around town to help bring in some extra cha-ching so she can keep living this life she's grown to love. There are some really well written characters, a good main character who is curious and wants to help her friend, there is her father who is helping in his way. There is a best friend to go on the capers with and a really off the wall character to make the eyebrows raise. And the ending to make the eyebrows go up even farther in the hairline. I am looking forward to another look-see at Cape Willington and see what else Candy Holliday can get into. Five (well there are four) blueberry recipes in back beans......
  • (3/5)
    After a divorce, Candy Holliday moves in with her dad at his small blueberry farm near a small seaside village in Maine. She is happily busy helping him run the farm and preparing a plethora of items for sale at a booth for the annual Blueberry festival. Then two deaths happen in quick succession... Jock Larson, the local Olympic swimming hero, falls off a cliff and the townspeople are unsure whether it is an accident, a murder, or a suicide. This is followed by the murder of the Blueberry Festival Queen. Candy gets involved in trying to figure out who the murderer is when the local handyman is arrested who she knows could not have done it. This is a well-written, fairly fast paced mystery with many interesting, well-drawn characters who add to the ambience of a quiet seaside farming village. As in many cozy mysteries, the sleuthing is somewhat amateurish and the police are so slow as to sometimes pass the line of believability.
  • (3/5)
    This didn’t excite me as much as I’d hoped or that I want in the first book in a new cozy mystery series but it was interesting enough for me to want to continue reading
  • (3/5)
    This was a light cozy mystery that didn't satisfy. It was okay, but it didn't make me want to read the next one.
  • (4/5)
    It’s mid-July in Cape Willington, Maine. The 41st Annual Blueberry Festival is about to begin and one of the local celebrities is dead. Jock Larson is an aging Olympic swimmer and gold-medal-winning womanizer. But the show must go on, and that means the Blueberry Festival Queen will be crowned. The grand-daughter of the local matriarch is the favorite, but she doesn’t win. The winner is a middle-aged woman, gossip-columnist Sapphire Vine, whose talent is a dramatic reading of a poem she wrote – delivered while dressed as a blueberry. Then she's murdered. Ray Hutchins, a quiet handyman everybody in town knows, is arrested and jailed. Our heroine Candy Holliday, who runs a blueberry farm with her father “Doc” Holliday, can’t believe Ray would commit such a crime and sets out to prove it. While investigating, Candy learns that just about everyone who had reason to want Sapphire dead, starting with the pageant judges, had something to hide. Having just read a cozy that was less than stellar, Town in a Blueberry Jam came as a pleasant change. The plot was straightforward but still intriguingly complex; the heroine is a no-nonsense investigator with a great second banana; the secondary characters are delightful. All-in-all, Town in a Blueberry Jam was, a quick and fun read. It’s definitely a new entry on my favorites’ list. There’s enough substance here to make for a long-lived series!