March 29, 2021

Murder at the Taffy Shop by Maddie Day

Murder at the Taffy Shop by Maddie DayMurder at the Taffy Shop by Maddie Day
Series: Cozy Capers Book Group Mystery #2
Published by Kensington Publishing on March 30, 2021
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Goodreads
three-half-stars
Reading Challenges: Cruisin through the Cozies 2021, GoodReads, NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2021

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Blurb:

When your mother is an astrologist and your dad is a minister, you learn to keep an open mind. This is just what Mac loves to do—exercise her mind by puzzling out fictional clues in the mystery novels she reads and discusses with her Cozy Capers Book Group.


About Murder at the Taffy Shop

Murder at the Taffy Shop is the second book in Maddie Day’s Cozy Capers Book Group Mystery series. What a fun series! It has all of the elements of a good cozy mystery series.

Our amateur sleuth, Mac, owns a bike shop in the small Cape Cod town where she grew up. Her astrologer mother and pastor father live in town as does her half brother who also works in her bike shop. We also get Mac’s unstoppable grandmother and her adorable niece, Cokey.

Mac’s boyfriend, Tim, owns a nearby bakery. And her friend, Gin, owns a candy shop. Plus Mac and Gin belong to a book group that reads and discusses a new cozy every week. I love that Maddie Day gives shoutouts to real books and authors.

Instead of a dog or a cat, Mac owns the hilarious Belle, a very chatty and smart parrot.

Mac and Gin walk on the beach every weekday before opening their businesses. Until Gin discovers a dead body near her store. The corpse is Beverly Ruchart, wealthy genealogist, bike enthusiast, and disliker of puppies (I knew she was getting murdered when she complained about Cokey’s puppy ruining her expensive landscaping).

Unfortunately, Gin is a suspect so it’s up to Mac and the other members of the book group to find the real killer.

My thoughts about Murder at the Taffy Shop

Even if you haven’t read the first book, this is a great entry point into the series.

Maddie Day’s created a charming tourist town and peopled it with interesting, likable characters. I enjoyed that Mac and Tim had real-world relationship issues. I loved Mac’s family and look forward to seeing more of them in future books. Especially Mac’s spunky grandmother.

The mystery of who the killer was kept me engaged. It’s always a letdown when I figure it out long before the ending of the book.

While there’s humor in the book, the ending actually hadme giggling. Hooray for parrots is all I’ll say!

Other books

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Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop by Darci Hannah
and then there were crumbs
And Then There Were Crumbs
by Eve Calder

If you’d like another cozy series featuring a woman starting over as a small business owner, try Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop by Darci Hannah.

Eve Calder’s And Then There Were Crumbs is another woman starting over in a small tourist town with beaches. Read my review of Sugar and Vice, the second book in the series.

In conclusion

Murder at the Taffy Shop is a fast-paced cozy with a determined amateur sleuth supported by a quirky group of secondary characters as they solve a puzzler of a murder.

Thank you NetGalley and Kensington for the ARC.

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About Maddie Day

Maddie Day is a pseudonym for Agatha-nominated mystery author Edith Maxwell.

As Maddie Day, Edith writes the Country Store Mysteries, from Kensington, set in southern Indiana. Maddie lived in the area some years ago and loves writing the adventures of Robbie Jordan, a country store owner and chef in South Lick, Indiana.

She also writes the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries, with bike shop owner Mackenzie Almeida and her cozy mystery book group solving murders in a fictional Cape Cod village.

Please see Edith Maxwell’s author page for more information about her other mystery series and her award-winning short stories.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • Cruisin through the Cozies 2021
  • GoodReads
  • NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2021
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