Now 2022 Previous Articles Road Essays Road Reviews Author Black Authors Title Source Age Genre Series Format Inclusivity LGBTA Portfolio Artwork WIP

Recent posts


Month in review

Reviews
Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 2: The Victim Syndicate by James Tynion IV, et. al.
Bird & Squirrel All or Nothing by James Burks
Blanche on the Lam by Barbara Neely and Lisa Reneé Pitts (Narrator)
The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman and George Guidall (Narrator) (re-read)
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman and Emily Rankin (Narrator)
Candy Slain Murder by Maddie Day and Laural Merlington (Narrator)
The Dachshund Wears Prada by Stefanie London
Ellen Outside the Lines by A.J. Sass
Endangered Species by Nevada Barr and Cindy Williams (Narrator)
Final Sentence by Daryl Wood Gerber
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Harlem Sunset by Nekesa Afia and Shayna Small (Narrator)
Heartstopper: Volume Four by Alice Oseman
Hollow Fires by Samira Ahmed
Huda F Are You? by Huda Fahmy
Into the Woods by J. Torres and Faith Erin Hicks (Illustrator)
The Marvelous by Claire Kann
Murder Is No Picnic by Amy Pershing and Patti Murin (Narrator)
My Dress-Up Darling, Volume 3 by Shinichi Fukuda
Noragami: Stray God, Volume 14 by Adachitoka
Osmo Unknown and the Eightpenny Woods by Catherynne M. Valente
Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas
Pint of No Return by Dana Mentink and Stephanie Nemeth-Parker (narrator)
Poultrygeist by Eric Geron and Pete Oswald (Illustrator)
The Sacred Bridge by Anne Hillerman
The Secret Staircase by Sheila Connolly and Emily Durante (Narrator)
Spy x Family, Volume 6 by Tatsuya Endo
The Suite Spot by Trish Doller
This Is a Book for People Who Love Birds by Danielle Belleny and Stephanie D Singleton (Illustrator)
Yokohama Station SF National by Yuba Isukari, Tatsuyuki Tanaka (Illustrator), and Stephen Paul (Translator)

Miscellaneous
September 2022 Sources

September 2022 Summary

Previous month



Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

Canadian Book Challenge: 2022-2023

Beat the Backlist 2022



Privacy policy

This blog does not collect personal data. It doesn't set cookies. Email addresses are used to respond to comments or "contact us" messages and then deleted.


Candy Slain Murder: 10/28/22

Candy Slain Murder

Candy Slain Murder by Maddie Day and Laural Merlington (Narrator) (2020) is the eighth book in the Country Store mystery series. Robbie is looking forward to the Christmas season but things get weird when a man claims to be the long lost brother of her café assistant. Then skeletal remains after a fire force Robbie back into amateur sleuth mode.

I like how Maddie Day keeps South Lick and its surrounds fairly consistent. Even when the author doesn't need a new location for plot reasons, she includes enough extra geography and places it in relation to established and real world places to make Robbie's world seem real and consistent. Likewise, when she adds in new characters for plot reasons, they tend to stick around, meaning everything progresses, rather than each mystery feeling episodic.

This mystery is a cold case tied to a modern day mystery. While the newly discovered half brother serves as a possible suspect, he's clearly going to be more than that as the series continues. After having read two other long lost relatives where they were included to be temporary plot devices (and then fridged), I'm grateful to see genuine character construction here.

I also like that as Robbie's understanding of the diversity of South Lick and surrounds, that this enriched culture stays. Characters introduced continue to be customers, friends, employees, and so forth. With this new half brother, acknowledged by his birth mother, we have a man who is forging his own way with his Quaker upbringing and his conversion to Islam.

The mystery itself is a fun one involving a cold case, twins, and an obvious bad guy who is protected by privilege. In terms of the logistics of the mystery, I'm reminded of The Secret Staircase by Sheila Connolly and Emily Durante (Narrator) (2021) or Crowned and Moldering by Kate Carlisle (2015).

The ninth book in the series is No Grater Crime (2021).

Five stars

Comments (0)


Lab puppy
Name:
Email (won't be posted):
Blog URL:
Comment:

Twitter Tumblr Mastadon Flickr Facebook Facebook Contact me

1997-2022 Sarah Sammis