Candy Apple Dead (Candy Shop Series #1) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Abby Shaw has returned to her hometown of Paradise, Colorado--leaving behind a career in corporate law and a cheating husband--to take over her aunt's candy shop, Divinity. But her sweet new life quickly turns sour when a fellow merchant dies in a fire. With all clues pointing to arson--and Abby's brother as the number one suspect--she must sink her teeth into finding the killer.
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Overview

Abby Shaw has returned to her hometown of Paradise, Colorado--leaving behind a career in corporate law and a cheating husband--to take over her aunt's candy shop, Divinity. But her sweet new life quickly turns sour when a fellow merchant dies in a fire. With all clues pointing to arson--and Abby's brother as the number one suspect--she must sink her teeth into finding the killer.
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Candy Apple Dead, the first novel in the Candy Shop mystery series by Sammi Carter (the pseudonym of a popular mystery and romance author), features Abby Shaw, a 39-year-old attorney turned small-business owner trying to start over in Paradise, Colorado, after a messy divorce in California.

It's only been six months since Abby inherited the Divinity Candy Shop from her late aunt, and she's been working diligently to continue the confectionery company's success. She's also working hard to begin a new life -- without the unwanted complications of dishonest men. But when Brandon Mills, the "tall, dark and incredibly handsome" owner of a men's clothing store down the street, starts putting the moves on Abby, she agrees to have dinner with him. When he misses the date and is later found dead inside the smoking remains of his store, Abby vows to get to the bottom of the mystery -- especially after her ill-tempered older brother becomes the prime suspect!

Fans of amateur-sleuth series like Nancy Fairbanks's Culinary Mystery sequence and Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse mysteries -- sagas that highlight recipes from plot-relevant dishes and beverages -- will enjoy the numerous candy recipes within. But the recipes are just the icing on the cake; Candy Apple Dead is powered by its endearing central character, Abby Shaw, a complex, realistic middle-aged woman dealing with complex, realistic middle-aged issues. A combination of Willy Wonka and Sara Paretsky's V. I. Warshawski, Abby Shaw is definitely a character to watch, one with plenty of room for growth -- and new mysteries to solve. Paul Goat Allen

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101043615
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/6/2005
  • Series: A Candy Shop Mystery , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 170,986
  • File size: 342 KB

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  • Posted June 26, 2009

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    Savory Goodness!

    What could be more delish than a mystery series that takes place in a candy shop? Adding pizza, cheese & baked goods is the only thing that comes to mine. Oh, talk about sheer deliciousness.

    Sammi Carter's Abby Shaw is the latest amateur sleuth to join the ranks in the cozy mystery genre.

    Candy Apple Dead is a luscious read.

    I enjoyed getting to know Abby in this tempting debut. I loved the small town feel of life in Paradise, Colorado.

    Carter created a likable heroine who has chutzpah. Abby seems to have no fear & thrusts herself right into the thick of things.

    While Abby does stick herself into the midst of some precarious situations & you often wonder,"what the heck is she doing?" it makes sense.

    Granted, it is a bit frustrating but you can't help but root for her as she tries to get to the bottom of the murder. Which is what makes her a believable & endearing protagonist. You just want Abby to persevere.


    The characters are interesting & not all syrupy sweet. Love that!

    The family dynamics between Abby & her brother are intriguing. You want to know more about what lies beneath all of their tension. You want to know what makes Wyatt behave the way he does. Why two children growing up under the same roof veer off into two very different paths.

    Carter pens Wyatt in a way where you want to know what makes him tick ~ you just want to know more about him, his wife & children.

    As for Abby, you want her to have it all. She is charming, sassy & smart.

    Candy Apple Dead is an entertaining mystery. The clues are drizzled about evenly & it is a fast, fun read.

    Carter's Candy Apple Dead kicks off the Candy Shop Mystery series & this series shows bright promise.


    My only gripe was the ending. It seemed to end a tad too abruptly. For me, the big reveal was more like, "Huh?" it just didn't click well enough for me.


    Perhaps, a few more pages would of done the trick?!


    So, grab a copy of Candy Apple Dead & enjoy the savory goodness.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    Amazing

    Love the whole serries

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    Posted April 27, 2009

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    Fun!

    Fun and easy read when you need a break!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    HELP ME IM SoStupid

    What is nook sex

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2006

    fun summer reading

    Yummy chocolate recipes, a great main character, fun book all around. Highly recommened quick read, and looking forward to her upcoming books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2006

    sweet sweet time

    So much fun and gret story, if your the person who likes a good mystery with out all the gore this is the book for you

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    sweet who-done-it

    After her marriage ended because she caught her husband in their bed with his pregnant girlfriend, corporate lawyer Abby Shaw returned home to Paradise, Colorado to help her Aunt Grace run Divinity Candy shop. When Grace died, Abby inherited the shop and is busy trying to carry on her aunt¿s legacy. She is totally off men until Brandon Mills, owner of Man about Town, asks her out. He stands her up but also misses an important business meeting Abby walks over to his store to check on him but the building is dark. A car pulls out of the lot and she sees it is an auto owned by her brother Wyatt. The next day she learns Brandon¿s store burned down with him in it. Her brother becomes the number one murder suspect because he was seen arguing with Brandon over his relationship with Wyatt¿s wife. Abby doesn¿t mention seeing her brother¿s vehicle at the crime scene but gossip about the spat between Wyatt and Brandon add to her sibling appearing guilty. In an effort to clear Wyatt from a murder charge, Abby starts asking a lot of questions which comes to the attention of someone who is not afraid to kill again if she gets too close to learning the truth. --- CANDY APPLE DEAD is a sweet who-done-it that will appeal to readers of amateur sleuth and cozy mysteries. The heroine learns some shocking truths about her brother, his wife and Brandon and comes away from the investigation wiser about people. Readers will adore Abby whose loyalty to family is admirable but it is Brandon¿s dog Max who she adopts to save from the pound who steals the show. --- Harriet Klausner

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