All Fudged Up (Candy-Coated Mystery Series #1)

All Fudged Up (Candy-Coated Mystery Series #1)

by Nancy Coco
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All Fudged Up (Candy-Coated Mystery Series #1) by Nancy Coco

Welcome to the Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop--where life is sweet, revenge is sweeter, and murder is here to to stay. . .

You Can't Fudge An Alibi

Allie McMurphy is up to her neck in renovations at the grand old hotel that's been in her family for generations. With its quaint Victorian charm--and world-famous fudge shop--the place is one of Mackinac Island's most beloved landmarks.

Sure, every family has a skeleton or two in the closet. But Allie didn't expect to find an actual corpse inside hers, especially one Joe Jessup, who had a long-running feud with her dear departed grandfather. Which makes Allie the number-one suspect.

Can she sniff out the culprit before another victim checks in?

"A sweet treat with memorable characters, a charming locale, and satisfying mystery." --Barbara Allan, author of the Trash ‘n' Treasures mysteries

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758287113
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Series: Candy-Coated Mystery Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 20,046
File size: 941 KB

About the Author

Nancy Coco is the byline chosen by popular author Nancy J. Parra for use exclusively with the Candy-Coated Mysteries series. With degrees in engineering, journalism and a MA in Writing Popular Fiction, Nancy has published in cozy mystery, romantic suspense, and sweet western historical romances genres.
An Air Force veteran who rose to the rank of sergeant, Nancy is a member of an on-line group of female veterans who are authors—“Military Women Who Have Turned Sword to Pen.” The group’s website is
Nancy is also a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She has given workshops on a number of writing topics and enjoys doing author panels at fan conferences such as Malice Domestic and Bouchercon. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her dog—a bichonpoo affectionately known as Little Dog on Nancy’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Check out Nancy’s website at

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All Fudged Up 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
If you have a mouth full of sweet teeth, then ALL FUDGED UP might just be a novel you should bump into at some point in your life. With no less than ten fudge recipes, this book could kick start any hypoglycemic heart in 30 seconds flat. Sure, you could overdose and still end up comatose in the backseat of your mom’s station wagon and find yourself with a one-way ticket to the big house, but that’s a chance any sugar lovin’ fiend should take. If you’re going to end up dead someday anyway, you might as well do it in style and enjoy the ride out of town. Even the dog Marshmallow aka Mal enjoys her prance around the fudge station and will just as surely lick your face as she’ll smile at you or bark her head off. She’s tiny, but she’s ferocious tiny with a big heart and a penchant for fire hydrants and spinning in circles. Despite her youth, she’s trainable as well, if given the proper time and devotion. While I’ve never been to Mackinac Island, I feel as though I have this small town figured out where roots run as deep as radishes and if you’re not a third-generation native, you might as well have grown up in Seattle, WA or Austin, TX. The kooky-eyed locals added a level of interest to this particular tale that might not have otherwise been there. The voice proved entertaining and quirky and even a bit starry-eyed at times, but I still found myself turning my head to the side at some of the dialogue and a few of the phrases. While I realize cozies aren’t exactly known for their detective endeavors and crimes-solving expertise, I would have preferred a few more criminal elements, as the climax and ending felt a tad rushed. Instead of meandering along and enjoying the ride to the top, the train sped up and jerked me to the side as we reached the top of the hill. With a sequel TO FUDGE OR NOT TO FUDGE already planned and slated for 2014, Allie McMurphy has more tales to tell, and if my teeth can face the onslaught, I may just come back to find out what happens next. I received this ARC for free at Bouchercon. Robert Downs Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
jbrooxd More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this mystery. I liked the characters and the way things came together in the end. I did think one part of the mystery was pretty obvious, but the rest of it made up for that one part. I will check out the next book in this series. (I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.)
shelleyg More than 1 year ago
I had a great time reading this book!!Nancy did an amazing job at pulling you in to the story. Allie is back home to take care of the McMurphy. She knew that there was much to be done to get the hotel and fudge shop up and running. But she had to do it for her grandfather.  So when she finds the body of Joe Jessup dead in her utility closet and can't explain how it happened ,she becomes the prime suspect. Allie knew she didn't kill anyone, all she had to do was prove it and before the Hotel was ready to open for business.  I enjoyed getting to know the characters in this book and am eagerly awaiting the release of the next adventure to Mackinac island!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointing. Every cliche found in every cozy mystery. The pet, the two good looking guys, the protagonist being considered the outsider. Add an improbable ending and you have this book. I won't be buying the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable, quick cozy read.
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
This is one fun read, it never slows down and it gave me quite a few laugh out loud moments. I love the realistic reactions of the main character, she finds a dead body and gets lightheaded, something scares her she jumps behind the cop, I found it refreshing. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was that I'm not sure if there were enough clues to lead me to the killer, it could be that I just missed them. There were plenty of twists from murder to past history. All in all I really enjoyed it and I will be moving on to the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good cozy mystery. Liked the characters. Good fudge recipes
Jennifer_L_Thompson More than 1 year ago
I found this to be a very enjoyable read. I liked the setting, and the way it helped to form the characters. I enjoyed the lack of drama, with the interpersonal relationships being on more of a mature level. There was, for me, a transitional point in the book. Initially, the main character, Allie, was quite alone with her struggles. Sure, there were people who knew her there, and who knew the island and had been with the family business for years, yet, there was a simple truth. Allie was still quite alone. I felt for her. The depiction of life in a "closed" community, where anyone who hasn't been there forever is considered an outsider, rang true. The difficulties of trying to establish one's self, in this type of community, were a challenge for Allie. Hence, when her good friend, Jenn, came into the story, it made me feel better, too. It changed the whole air of the scene. The mystery was quite a mystery. The secrets that slowly came out kept my interest piqued, and the suspense was just enough. I could not have guessed the ending. The story was fun, the dog was as likeable as the other characters (and quite cute), and I can't wait to try some of the fudge recipes it contained!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Set on Mackinak Island, MI, a place where cars are not allowed (this is a real place folks), Allie keeps finding dead people in or near her hotel. As an outsider, people blame her for the deaths. Wonderfully funny, highly recommended for a quick, fun read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this from page one
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this little cozy very much! The dog is just as sweet as the breed is in real life. Was an easy read that kept my attention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to see a story based on Mackinac Island, one of my very favorite places. I know the island well, and I love their famous fudge, esp. Ryba's fudge. I was so disappointed in most of this book, esp. the beginning. It was so dull, and did not "grab" me like other well written books. It's possible that my expectations were too high, but I can't recommend this book. I do highly recommend visiting Mackinac Island and eating the fudge!
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RonnaL More than 1 year ago
ALL FUDGED UP is a book that would be great to take along to read on a vacation, or to read for a vicarious vacation in your own back yard flower garden. The setting is the tourist town on Mackinac Island in Michigan, which has hosted tourists for over a hundred years.  Allie McMurphy has spent all her summers on Island, working with her grandparents in their McMurphy Hotel.  Now, after graduating from culinary school and developing "adult" alcoholic fudge recipes for their famous fudge shop, Allie is returning to run the hotel since both grandparents are gone with the recent death of her grandfather.   Trouble comes when Allie begins some much needed renovations and finds the dead body of one of her grandfather's old friends in a closet.  Since the hotel had been locked up, Allie becomes the main suspect. On this small island, everyone takes sides--green ribbons for Allie's innocence, purple ribbons for her guilt.  Yep, lots of folks consider her a "fudggie" or a newcomer.  So what can Allie do to prove her innocence and become one of the Islanders so her family's hotel will become a success under her ownership?  One of the best mysteries within a cozy that I've read recently.  The "sides" taken by the characters seems very real.  Allie is very personable, as is her new puppy, Mal ( marshmallow), who is one of the best dog characters ever!  Histories develop within the town and the hotel, with secrets galore.  The fudge recipes are definitely "adult" and come throughout the book.  Excellent start to a new series.  I listened to this on Audible, which added a lot to my enjoyment. 
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Allie McMurphy is taking over the family business but first she has to do some major renovations and make sure her plans for the grand Victorian meet the approval of the Historical Committee. You see this place is one of Mackinac Island’s most beloved landmarks. Before she barely get started she finds a dead body. The deceased is Joe Jessup, a man who had a feud going with Allie’s grandfather forever and everyone knew it. The police think this makes Allie a prime suspect and that fudges up all of her plans. Instead of getting ready for the grand reopening she has to clear her name and catch the real killer. Dollycas’s Thoughts Wow, what an awesome debut!! Allie is a terrific protagonist and a very determined woman. She is focused on her task and no one is going to stop her. Even those on the island that call her a “fudgie”, meaning she isn’t one of them because she only spent summers there growing up. She needs to earn everyone’s trust and respect so they know she is there for the long haul to bring the McMurphy back to the way is was in its heyday. The author adds a great supporting cast starting with Charlene, the crazy emergency dispatcher, to Frances Wentworth, who worked for Allie’s grandfather for years and came along with the business, to a fluffy white puppy named Mal. There are also a group of local that are the most unwelcoming group I people I have ever read about. Thankfully I have been to Mackinac Island and know that is just for the story or maybe there are only super nice to tourists. :) We will see as the series continues if Allie can continue to win them over. As I said the story takes place on Mackinac Island, a truly beautiful place. It is also a place rich in history and the perfect setting for a cozy mystery series. The mystery plot was very interesting with a plethora of suspects in addition to Allie. I suspected the whole cranky bunch. Warning: Yummy fudge recipes are interspersed throughout the book. I hope Nancy puts them all up on her webpage. That’s the problem with foodie cozies. I don’t know if I should keep them on my regular bookshelf or in the kitchen with the cookbooks.
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MaicaKid More than 1 year ago
A very promising debut for a new series! Allie McMurphy has taken over the family B&B and Fudge Shop after the death of her grandfather. She's in the throes of renovation when she discovers a dead man in a closet...and it turns out to be someone who reportedly had a long-running feud with her grandfather, which makes her a "person of interest". And so the adventure begins! Having visited Mackinac Island, I found this book especially enjoyable. Several very interesting characters and an adorable dog make me look forward to the next book in the series.
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I love the suspence and adding more details that throw you off. Its unexpecting and i loved it soooo much!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring & dumb. The writing was juvenile & I am surprised that it got published. Buyer beware.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful light read. I look forward to Nancy Coco's second installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not bad. A fun cozy read. AD