Candy Apple Dead (Candy Shop Series #1)

Candy Apple Dead (Candy Shop Series #1)

by Sammi Carter

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Candy Apple Dead (Candy Shop Series #1) by Sammi Carter

No visit to Paradise, Colorado, is complete without a stop at Divinity Candy Shop for a little taste of heaven. For owner Abby Shaw, it’s a sweet deal too. When her Aunt Grace passed away, Abby Shaw inherited Divinity—and with it the opportunity to leave her career as a corporate lawyer and dump her cheating husband.  Now she spends her time serving up delectable treats—and performing the occasional deductive feat…
 
Making and selling sweets eases Abby’s heartache, but having Brandon Mills sweet on her eases it even more. The owner of a men’s clothing store, he invites Abby to the local merchants’ meeting where he’ll plead his case to extend the city’s annual arts festival. And then he wants to cap off the night with a romantic dinner for two.
 
But Brandon never shows. His store is destroyed by fire and his body discovered in the rubble—and Abby is shocked to find that few people in town mourn his death. Paradise’s business owners were threatened by Brandon’s ambitious nature—and several men felt threatened by the attention he showered on their wives. And when her brother becomes the number one suspect, Abby holds her own investigation to find out who really killed Brandon—for love or money…
 
Includes Candy Recipes

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101043615
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/06/2005
Series: A Candy Shop Mystery , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 450,348
File size: 350 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sherry Lewis is an award-winning, national bestselling author who writes across several genres. Along with her writing career, she has been teaching writing workshops for more than 20 years through Dancing on Coals Workshops for Fiction Writers. 

In 1993 Sherry launched her mystery-writing career with the sale of her first three books in the Fred Vickery mystery series to Berkley Prime Crime. In early 1994 she sold her first romance to Harlequin Superromance, launching her career as a romance writer.

As Sammi Carter, she wrote the Candy Shop mystery series set in Paradise, Colorado. The series features candy maker Abby Shaw.
 
As Jacklyn Brady she writes the Piece of Cake mystery series set in New Orleans, featuring cake artist Rita Lucero. 

Originally from Montana, Sherry spent several years living at the base of Utah's Wasatch Mountains. She now lives a block from the beach along Florida's Emerald Coast. Yes, it’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it!

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Candy Apple Dead (Candy Shop Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
TheBookResort More than 1 year ago
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.
Rachel Carosiello More than 1 year ago
Love the whole serries
Jebbie74 on LibraryThing 4 days ago
I found this msytery to be long and drawn out (and there weren't that many pages!) I also found myself wanting some of the whining to stop. I don't think I'll continue with this series.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
The idea of moving the Arts Festival downtown stirs up trouble, including arson and murder. Can Abby get her feet under her running a new business and solve the crime? I liked the characters and setting, but the plot was a little rough.
kayek1 More than 1 year ago
Candy, I love candy, and I loved this book. Recipes too. This was a well written, fun cozy. I did want to eat candy while reading it, because Abby's candy sounded so good.
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Fun and easy read when you need a break!
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