Author: B.B. Haywood
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: A Candy Holliday Mystery #1
First in the fabulous new Candy Holliday Murder mystery series.
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 investigates to clear the name of a local handyman. And as she sorts through the town's juicy secrets, things start to get sticky indeed...
In this book we are introduced to Candy Holliday and her father Doc who live together in a small seaside town of Cape Willington Maine. They run a farm together called Blueberry Acres. As they are getting ready for the blueberry festival and blueberry pageant to crown Queen Blueberry, not long into this book a murder occurs and the local hero Jock who commits suicide or that is the going story unfortunately some town folk find that hard to believe including Doc who is adamant that Jock was too cocky to die in that manner.
When Sapphire Vine winds up dead given that she was the local gossip so many people wonder who had cause to kill her? Could it be the German baker? Or is Cameron the young man who seemed very upset by her death? Or is it related to the pageant? Candy, her friend Maggie and Doc set out to clear the murder suspect who is too gentle to kill anyone. Ray who does handy work around town no one can believe he would kill anyone. So who is out to frame him? And what do they hope to gain by framing an unlikely suspect?
I enjoyed this seaside town with all it's characters and the quirkiness about them? I also liked how we did learn Candy's back story with out it being thrown in right in the beginning. I enjoyed the rapport between father and daughter and how he does get stern with Candy at times but it doesn't take away from the story.
I think people who enjoy Jessica Fletcher will enjoy Candy Holliday and what she has to offer readers! Next in the series: