Town in a Lobster Stew (Candy Holliday Series #2)

Town in a Lobster Stew (Candy Holliday Series #2)

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by B. B. Haywood
     
 

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Things start to boil over at the annual Lobster Stew Cook-Off when an award-winning recipe is stolen and a seven-time contest champion mysteriously disappears-leaving Candy no choice but to find out who in Cape Willington, Maine, would get steamed enough to break the law.

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Things start to boil over at the annual Lobster Stew Cook-Off when an award-winning recipe is stolen and a seven-time contest champion mysteriously disappears-leaving Candy no choice but to find out who in Cape Willington, Maine, would get steamed enough to break the law.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101477199
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Series:
Candy Holliday Series , #2
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
72,636
File size:
511 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Town in a Lobster Stew (Candy Holliday Series #2) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
In the second trip to Cape Willington, we arrive just in time for the Lobster Stew Cook-off. Competition has always been stiff and for years the very same recipe always won the cook-off, but both those residents, that shared that recipe, have retired from the contest and become judges for the contest. That is until one of them, Mr. Sedley, disappears and can't be found, the guest judge can't make it, and the other judge, Wilma Mae Wendell, faints at the start of the judging. Candy is asked to step in for the judge who disappeared, a friend of the newspaper editor is asked to fill in for the guest judge. Oh I forgot to mention, that recipe that won for so many years, the recipe that was hidden away in a secret place at Wilma Mae Wendell's house, has been stolen. So now there are only 2 judges deciding the winner. The judge that would have recognized her stolen recipe is out of commission, lying down recovering from whatever shock made her faint just before the judging started. Candy is sure something fishy is going on, especially when the guest judge disagrees so vehemently about the actual winners. Candy who took over the Gossip Column vacated in the last book when that reporter was murdered, has learned quite a bit about reporting the news. Those instincts seem to kick in. Candy may end up in some hot water but she is going to boil down the clues to figure out who stole that Lobster Stew recipe and where in the devil is Mr. Sedley. I LIKED IT!!!! I enjoyed both of this books from the first page to the last. It took awhile to learn Candy's back story but she really has turned out to be feisty and fun. I felt for her Dad with his issues have how hard farming is and that he admitted to his daughter that he needed her help. Candy's friend Maggie definitely brings in the comic relief needed in this genre. The most important part to this reviewer was that the mysteries in both books were plausible and were well thought out. These books are very well written with flawless continuity which I always worry about when two writers are writing one book. I seem to read a lot of books set in the state of Maine, it seems to be a popular spot for cozy mystery writers to set their stories. The Candy Holiday Mysteries do take on a unique idea focused around yearly events taking place is the fictional town of Cape Willington. It will be interesting to see what major town event the authors draw upon for the next book in this entertaining series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the second book free from Berkley Prime Crime, a Division of Penguin Publishing. The first book was from my own collection. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
NoraAdrienne More than 1 year ago
Town in a Lobster Stew By: Julie Hyzy Copyright February 2011 Publisher Berkeley Prime Crime Candy Holliday has a mostly idyllic life in her seaside village of Cape Winnington, Maine. She helps her father on their blueberry farm, works part time for the local bakery, and handles the Community Activities column of the local weekly newspaper. She also occasionally gets to play Nancy Drew and helps solve a murder or two. With the crowds of tourists beginning to flood the town for the beginning of the Memorial Day Weekend, Candy and her friends are looking forward to attending the Lobster Stew Cook-Off. Candy gets a call from elderly Wilma Mae to please come to her home to discuss a problem. Wilma Mae explains that she had been the caretaker of Mr. Sedley's seven time award winning recipe for Lobster Stew. He had actually made it for her as a gift when they were younger. The other problem is that Mr. Sedley also seems to be missing. It appears that Candy, and her BFF Melissa are off and running on another mystery which leads to murder and lobster mayhem. This is the second book in the Candy Holliday Mystery Series and Ms. Haywood has given us a tasty treat to enjoy. Candy Holliday is a well planned and fun character to hang out with. Her father and his crew add lots of color and senior humor to the mix. FTC Full Disclosure: I borrowed this book from my local library with the full intent of reviewing it.
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I really enjoyed this book. I have also read the first one in the series and enjoyed it also. A nice change not having an ex-husband in the wings instead her father is there for interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun Candy Holliday mystery.
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Gran6 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this second in the series just as much as the first. Definite recommendation for a nice "cozy" read.
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