Sunday, June 22, 2014

Review: Hot Fudge Frame-Up (A Fudge Shop Mystery #2) by Christine DeSmet

Candy shop owner Ava Oosterling mixes it up with a fudge judge with a grudge—who loses his life before he can pick a winner....

Ava is gearing up for the First Annual Arts Festival—a huge celebration that could draw national attention to her old-fashioned fudge shop in Door County, Wisconsin. She’s invited two celebrity chefs to go head-to-head with her in a fudge contest. Everyone is having a tasty time…until a judge for the festival is found dead.

To her shock, he’d been complaining around town that her Fairy Tale fudge flavors were…well, fudged. Now the sheriff is wondering if Ava fits the mold for a murder suspect. As Ava tries to square her reputation and find the real killer, she’s in for a whole batch of trouble….

Includes Delicious Recipes and Fudge-Making Tips!

*~*~*~*~* Review *~*~*~*~*

This fantastic mystery has all of the elements I love in a cozy.  But the one thing that truly drew me in and kept my attention was the characters.  Ava and her grandfather, Gil, were wonderful!  I loved Ava's tenacity and ambition, and Gil provided the comic relief.  It was a great pairing with great chemistry and I very much enjoyed them. 

The mystery itself was clever and kept me guessing, and the setting was perfect!  And of course, who doesn't love anything and everything FUDGE?! :)  What a great theme!  My mouth was watering the entire time I read the book! 

I really like this young series.  Being only the second book in the series, it's a great place for readers to pick up both books.  They'll be so glad they did :)

Rating:  5 stars

I received a paperback copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All conclusions reached are my own. 


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