Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Town in a Lobster Stew - 2nd in the Candy Holliday Mystery series
Author: B.B. Haywood
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: February 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Cape Willington, Maine
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
B.B.'s Website/Blog: www.bbhaywood.com
The second book in the Candy Holliday Murder Mystery Series is a wonderful followup to her previous book called Town in a Blueberry Jam, which I also had the pleasure of reviewing. The cast of characters are very real and you want to get to know them. Candy, is the heroine who is a reporter for the local paper and also works with her father, nicknamed "DOC" on a farm that they own. They grow mostly fruits and Candy makes delicious pies to sell to the local Cafe.
It's getting close to Memorial Day and the citizens of Cape Willington are looking forward to the festivities. There will be a parade and, of course, the annual Lobster Stew Cook-off, which is now in its 29th year. This cook-off was won by the same people for at least 10 years in a row until they decided to retire and hand off to the next generation. So, competition is intense among the residents and they are really getting anxious. So much so, that the original recipe of the previous winners has been stolen from a secret compartment in a piece of furniture owned by the previous winner for many years, Wilma Mae Wendell. Mrs. Wendell and her neighbor Mr. Sedley had perfected the winning stew with a secret ingredient and when they decided to drop out of the contest, they hid the recipe. But, sadly Mr. Sedley has also come up missing. Candy, who is a very curious gal, guesses that something is going on and being a reporter she is naturally nosy. When she finally comes up with some kind of solution she runs into Wanda Boyle, who is the town rumor monger and will do anything to deter Candy from her quest to find the recipe and Mr. Sedley.
The book is a good read. The people in this small town on the coast of Maine are so true to life. Having lived in New England for many years, I recognized them and their likes and dislikes. This little town's population grows to double its size in the summer and then back to the locals in the winter. I can't stay that I miss that type of life but, sometimes it sure was fascinating.
Also, in the back of the book there are a few recipes for Lobster Stews and Chowders that seem extremely mouth watering to this former New Englander. So, enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.
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