First-Degree Fudge (Fudge Shop Mystery Series #1)

First-Degree Fudge (Fudge Shop Mystery Series #1)

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by Christine DeSmet
     
 

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First in a new mystery series—includes fudge recipes!

New candy store owner Ava Oosterling specializes in making heavenly homemade fudge and fresh starts. But she’s just found out that her newest flavor is to die for….
 
Between getting her store up and running and uneasily settling back into her charming Lake Michigan

Overview

First in a new mystery series—includes fudge recipes!

New candy store owner Ava Oosterling specializes in making heavenly homemade fudge and fresh starts. But she’s just found out that her newest flavor is to die for….
 
Between getting her store up and running and uneasily settling back into her charming Lake Michigan hometown, Ava Oosterling has her plate full. She hopes using local fresh dairy and her own flavorful imagination to cook up one-of-a-kind fudge will also create a brand-new start for her. And if she can tempt wealthy ex–film star Rainetta Johnson to try her newest creation, Cinderella Pink, at a local fund-raiser, maybe her road to big-time success will be short and sweet.
 
But when Rainetta chokes to death on a stolen diamond hidden in the fudge’s fluffy depths, Ava is pegged as the prime suspect. Now saving her business and reputation means investigating a batch of townspeople who had numerous reasons to hate disdainful, hard-bargaining Rainetta. With Ava’s best friend and her former flame in the suspect mix, she must figure out who the real culprit is fast or face a very bitter end.…

Includes Delicious Fudge Recipes and Fudge-Making Tips!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for First-Degree Fudge:

“An action-filled story with a likeable heroine and a fun setting. And, oh, that fudge! I’m swooning. I hope Ava Oosterling and her family and friends take me back to Door County, Wisconsin, for another nibble soon.” —JoAnna Carl, national bestselling author of the Chocoholic Mysteries

“The first in a new series set in the 'Cape Cod of the Midwest', First-Degree Fudge is a lighthearted confection that cozy mystery readers will devour.” —Lucy Burdette, author of Topped Chef

“As palatable as a fresh pan of Belgian fudge, this debut will delight candy aficionados and mystery lovers with its fast pace, quirky cast and twist after twist. A must-read!” —Liz Mugavero, author of Kneading to Die

“Christine DeSmet has whipped up a melt-in-your mouth gem of a tale. One is definitely not going to be enough!” —Hannah Reed, national bestselling author of Beeline to Trouble

First-Degree Fudge will tingle your sweet tooth at the first mention of Cinderella Pink Fudge, even if this pastel treat may be a murder weapon.”—The Washington Post

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451416476
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/03/2013
Series:
Fudge Shop Mystery Series, #1
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
617,639
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Praise for First-Degree Fudge:

“An action-filled story with a likeable heroine and a fun setting. And, oh, that fudge! I’m swooning. I hope Ava Oosterling and her family and friends take me back to Door County, Wisconsin, for another nibble soon.” —JoAnna Carl, national bestselling author of the Chocoholic Mysteries

“The first in a new series set in the 'Cape Cod of the Midwest', First-Degree Fudge is a lighthearted confection that cozy mystery readers will devour.” —Lucy Burdette, author of Topped Chef

“As palatable as a fresh pan of Belgian fudge, this debut will delight candy aficionados and mystery lovers with its fast pace, quirky cast and twist after twist. A must-read!” —Liz Mugavero, author of Kneading to Die

“Christine DeSmet has whipped up a melt-in-your mouth gem of a tale. One is definitely not going to be enough!” —Hannah Reed, national bestselling author of Beeline to Trouble

Meet the Author

Christine DeSmet is a winner of the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart as well as a three-time finalist. She is also a winner of the Slamdance Film Festival writing contest. A member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and Romance Writers of America, Christine teaches fiction and screenwriting at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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First Degree Fudge 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
WendyB More than 1 year ago
This is a promising start to a new cozy series. It has that unique small town charm with an intriquing mystery. I look forward to  the next one.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Oosterling’s Live Bait, Bobbers, & Belgian Fudge is where Ava Oosterling sells her fudge right across the store where her grandfather sells bait, bobbers, beer and other things a fisherman may need. Located on the pier in Fisher’s Harbor, Wisconsin, in the heart of Door County. Door County is a place we have vacationed at several times over the years and Fisher’s Harbor depicts clearly the life of the towns along the peninsula protruding into Lake Michigan. I enjoyed all the local references included those outside of Door County. Heck the town we are living in now even gets a mention. Door County is known for its lighthouses, fish boils and cherry orchards. Wisconsin is also home to the Green Bay Packers and fans just love their beer and brats. The author gives us a great overview of the entire area. She introduces us to Ava who has returned to the area after short stints in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. One bad decision pulled her life off course and she has come back home to start over. Her parents own a farm that can supply some of the fudge ingredients and her grandfather (Gilpa) has some room in his store. Together they decided to add a few special things and make half of the shop a place for Eva to make and sell her fudge. She has a chance to really get her product off to a good start at an event ex–film star Rainetta Johnson will be attending but things go awry when the actress is found dead with a piece of Ava’s fudge in her mouth. An author faces an uphill battle when debuting a new cozy series. They not only need to introduce to the characters and the setting but they also have to wrap it all in a mystery that keeps readers engaged while at the same time leaving room for the characters to grow in future installments. I think Christine DeSmet did this very well. The premise of the mystery was a little bit out there but I could see the possibilities. One major clue helped me to figure out who the killer was a bit before Ava but I did enjoy her following the breadcrumbs and catch the culprit. The story has just the right amount of humor and romantic tension you could cut with a knife. The characters are charming and I want to know more about them. DeSmet has laid a good foundation for the series. I hope to read Hot Fudge Frame-Up soon. Five-Alarm Fudge. the 3rd book in the story will be out April 7, 2015.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the likeable characters to the fudge(who doesn't like fudge?) to the beautiful Door County setting -- I truly enjoyed this book. Looking forward to many more!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was really hoping this would turn out to be a good book and series....but it was ALL OVER THE PLACE!! and not in a good way! :( could have had a lot of potential. Love murder mysteries with food...but this was just too much....too may characters to keep track of, too many things going on that had nothing to do with anything...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
J-H More than 1 year ago
Christine DeSmet’s debut cozy mystery, First Degree Fudge, is an enjoyable tour of a quaint little harbor town in Door County, WI. The main character, Ava Oosterling, is a fudge artist trying to make her talent into a business. Problem is, every bright opportunity seems to have a dark side, and the death of a Hollywood legend, complete with a piece of Ava’s fudge in her mouth, could be the very thing that buries Ava’s dream of having a successful fudge shop. As Ava struggles to clear her name, she runs into obstacles that keep the reader guessing ‘whodunit’ until the very end. I found this book to be fun to read, with quirky characters set in a small town complete with tourists, a meddling busybody, and church ladies out to lend a hand. DeSmet brings the atmosphere of a small town to life, and reminds me of growing up in such a community. This is a taste (pun intended) of Door County, a picture of one of the Midwest’s premier tourist destinations, and an enjoyable journey with Ava and her friends. Loved it!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1.5 stars. Disorganized.