Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Town in a Blueberry Jam - 1st in the Candy Holliday Mystery series
Author: B.B. Haywood
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: February 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Cape Willington Maine
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
B.B.'s Website/Blog: www.bbhaywood.com
This is a debut mystery for this author. The main character is Candy Holliday a former executive in a Marketing Firm but, now divorced and running a Blueberry Farm in the town of Cape Willington on the coast of Maine with her father. Dad is a retired college professor and he and Candy have a good life growing and selling blueberries and socializing with friends in this small Maine community. There is a festival coming up with all the bells and whistles and Candy is making blueberry pies to sell and putting up baskets of goodies for the townspeople and tourists.
But, there is mystery afoot. There are two murders that occur in the space of a couple of days that have set the residents of Cape Willington on the trail of a killer. The first is the town playboy, who falls off a cliff by the sea and the second is a gossip columnist on the local paper that actually no one in the town is all that fond of. She is smacked on the head with a hammer. It is proved that she met her demise by criminal means but, the playboy is a puzzle. Maybe he jumped or maybe he was pushed. Candy decides to investigate the crime when a local handyman is accused of the murder of the columnist. He is a good friend of Candy's and her dad and they are sure that he is innocent. Many solutions are put forth such as: Did the playboy play with the wrong person? or, Did the gossip columnist get ahold of some hot gossip and begin blackmailing someone? The town is hiding a lot of juicy secrets and things start to come to light regarding the two victims.
This was a fun book to read. The writing is first rate and the characters are very believable. You can picture yourself very easily in this tourist village on the coast of Maine. I've actually traveled along parts of the coast and it is beautiful. I highly recommend this book to all cozy mystery readers. It's very much "Jessica Fletcher".
Enjoy and I'll talk to you soon,
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