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Reading for Fun – Cruel Candy

Cruel Candy

The Cozy Corgi Mysteries #1

by Mildred Abbott

I’m taking a break from doing blog tours and book reviews, and am indulging in a few cosy mysteries to lighten the load. and, this one has a corgi in it. It’s a win-win before I even start to read it. If that wasn’t enough, there’s a whole series of these to come too.

#excitedmuch #corgiaddict #cosymysteryheaven

Estes Park, Colorado: picturesque mountains, charming shops, delightful bakeries, a cozy bookstore… and murder.

Winifred Page and her corgi, Watson, move to Estes Park to hit the reset button on life. Fred is about to open her dream bookshop, and the only challenges she anticipates are adjusting to small town life, tourists, and living close to her loveable mother, Phyllis, and hippy stepfather, Barry.

When Fred steps into her soon-to-be-bookshop for the first time, she expects dust bunnies and spiders… not the dead body in the upstairs kitchen. The local police have an easy suspect—Barry.

Determined to prove quirky Barry innocent of murder, Fred puts on her detective hat, and with Watson by her side, she explores her new town and gets acquainted with her fellow shopkeepers. Could one of her friendly neighbors be the real culprit? And what would be the motive for killing the owner of the Sinful Bites candy store? The secrets Fred discover put her at odds with the local police sergeant and threaten her cozy future in Estes.

With snow falling outside, all Fred wants to do is curl up by the fire with a good book and Watson snuggled at her feet. But before she can begin her new life and put her plans for her bookshop into action, Fred and Watson have a mystery to solve…

My Review:

Not that I’m obsessed by everything corgi-related, but … (Okay, so I might be!) Anyway, this was a gem of a story. Great characters with real individuality (not just Watson, who is wonderful), and a super mystery within (plus a recipe that sounds easy enough even for me). A modern-day cosy mystery with lots of humour, fun family hijinks and a corgi with personality and a penchant for treats.
I totally felt a part of Estes Park, and I look forward to reading the rest of this series. How will Fred’s bookstore fare? Who will take over the bakery? And who will be the victor in the romance stakes – Branson or Leo? Book 2 is already on my TBR, awaiting a rainy day of indulgence.

Thanks for reading 😉

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