This week at the library I spied To Fudge Or Not To Fudge on the “New” table. This second in a series by Nancy Coco (byline of Nancy J. Parra) caught my eye with the colorful lilacs on the cover. They brought back memories of last June’s trip to Mackinac Island.
Picking up the paperback, a quick glance proved my instincts were right. The cozy mystery is set on the wonderful tourist haven of Mackinac Island. However, the book is not recently published-the copyright states 2014. So, this new library addition is new to the library. A quick internet search reveals the success of the “Candy-Coated” series with over a dozen books released.
Protagonist of To Fudge Or Not To Fudge
Allie McMurphy is the main character. She has recently moved full time to the island hoping to keep the family business inherited from her grandparents a going concern. The Inn/Fudge Shop keeps her busy, but things become more hectic when a former instructor and mentor convinces her to fill in on a reality cooking show.
Additionally, Allie is slowly moving toward a lover’s triangle. Both Trent Jessup, the owner of one of the island’s stables and mulching companies and Officer Rex Manning, head of the island police force are interested in pursuing a relationship with the young fudge maker. However, the men take a back seat to Allie’s precocious pup Marshmallow. Mal, as the fluffy white dog is called, keeps finding human bones in various gardens.
There are plenty of plot twists in To Fudge Or Not To Fudge. Most apply to the current story, but Allie’s mom makes an appearance which shores up the backstory of the series. Numerous sidekicks are included with each character adding to the plot line. Although a few characters are much more developed than others.
Even though the novel hums along like most cozy mysteries, a few surprises pop up. Enough to keep the reader interested in this fun read. Following the escapades of Allie throughout the series is something to look forward to. Look in your local library or area bookstore for this delightful book and series from Nancy Coco.