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Town in a Strawberry Swirl (CANDY HOLLIDAY MYSTERY) [Kindle Edition]

B.B. Haywood

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Book Description

In the quaint seaside village of Cape Willington, Maine, Candy Holliday has a mostly idyllic life, tending to the Blueberry Acres farm she runs with her father and occasionally stepping in to solve a murder or two…

Summer has arrived! But as the community gears up for another festive strawberry-picking season, the villagers are shocked when local berry farmer Miles Crawford is found dead in a hoophouse near his strawberry fields. Rumors have been swirling around about a secret real estate deal between Miles and Lydia St. Graves. And now Lydia is missing after she was seen fleeing the scene of the crime…

When Henry “Doc” Holliday becomes involved in the mystery, his daughter Candy finds herself caught in the jam as well. But things turn very sticky when Lydia suddenly reappears and asks for Candy’s help in finding the true murderer…


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2432 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (4 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #500,754 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Town in a Strawberry Swirl by B.B. Haywood 4 Feb. 2014
By Deb@Debbie's Book Bag - Published on
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B.B. Haywood delivers readers another story in Candy Holliday series. Town in a Strawberry Swirl is the fifth book in the series and finds the town of Cape Willington once again preparing for a festival. This time it's the Strawberry festival and readers are treated to some scrumptious recipes to go along with their clues. Haywood's knack for writing small town hi-jinx is one of the charms of this series and her engaging characters will soon seem like old friends to new readers, and neighbors to the rest of us. A great addition to a wonderful series!

What I liked:

I have really enjoyed the themes and festivals that B.B. Haywood comes up with for this series from the git go. Being a Type 1 Diabetic, I eat a lot of fruits that have natural sugars and strawberries are among my favorites. So the theme of this books festival was right up my alley. I liked the fact that recipes are also included in the back of the book. Let me just say you've got to try the Pasta with Strawberry, Leeks and Fennel, very tasty.

This is the fifth book in this series and Haywood is starting to have quite a following. Her characters are so well written that fans of the series often consider each book like a visit from old friends or neighbors. I think readers feel that way because the author has a way with characterization. Each character whether it be a lead or a secondary character has an integral part in the story. If they are in there, it isn't for show, they have a part to play. Haywood creates a lot of backstory for each character and that makes a reader feel like they know these people and care what happens to them.

I also think a really strong point for each of the books in this series is the town of Cape Willington itself. I want to live in a town where there is a festival or celebration just about every season or perhaps every month. I think that would be great fun. Haywood instills camaraderie and community spirit into the townsfolk, and the small town charm is simply overflowing.

Town in a Strawberry Swirl is among my favorites of the series. The mystery itself was very entertaining and held my interest well. It is a clue based mystery and Haywood leads readers on a merry chase to be sure. Though there are hints about who the real killer is throughout the book, it does't become abundantly clear until near the end. I didn't get stumped on this one and the end is very satisfying.

What I didn't like:

Lydia kind of grated on my nerves a bit as a suspect. I could see why the author would want to have her involved, and how that added to the overall plot of the novel, but the scenes with her in them were a bit too dominated by her character. Probably just a pet peeve, so don't take my word for it. Read the book!

Bottom Line:

This was a great addition to the series. I look forward to each one of the titles in this series coming out and the preview of Town in a Sweet Pickle only whetted my appetite for all things B.B. Haywood. Town in a Strawberry Swirl features another interesting festival and all of the great characters readers have come to love. Can't wait to read more from Candy, Doc and the rest of the gang!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strawberries and murder 20 Feb. 2014
By S. Schreiber - Published on
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Love this book and the series....Can hardly wait until the next B.B. Haywood's," Town in a Sweet Pickle" book is released.
The characters and plot run smoothly and just enough suspense without getting plot mixed up . Characters are well defined
and work off each other...
This is really a who did it and why mystery..
Author made me feel like I was right there in the middle of this story... like any small town you
have your drama between residents but it doesn't take away from plot...actually added to the story.
I am sure you wont be disappointed....
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great continuation of the series 4 Mar. 2014
By Lorelai Graham - Published on
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This is a great series, set in Maine, and revolving around a towns many festivals (which all involve food). I love Doc Holliday and the characters of the town. The characters and lives continue to develop with each new book. My only complaint with the series is the continuing back story of the Sykes Family. I am reminded of TV shows who drag out story lines over years and seasons, taking over the real mystery. I hope the author wraps it up as it is beginning to annoy me, which is the reason I only gave it four stars. Overall, great mystery.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Candy Holliday Good Book 8 Jun. 2014
By jean - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I always enjoy Candy Holliday and her group of family and friends. Town in a Strawberry Swirl is not an exception. It held my attention until the end. The story was easy to follow and fun to read. I look forward to B. B. Haywood's next book. I hope she continues with Candy stories for a long time to come.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised Again! 17 Feb. 2014
By Melda Young - Published on
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BB Haywood always surprises me with the murderer I least suspect and all the intertwining reasons behind it. I like Candy and Doc and imagine myself in Maine at their blueberry farm. Can't wait for her next book. Fun reading that is not too intense but keeps your interest.
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