The Cozy Corgi Mysteries series by Mildred Abbott is full of great characters who are both charming and fun. It is equal parts drama and mystery with the proper touch of light-hearted wit, and delectable recipes. If your pet pooch is a bit grumpy and doesn’t quite realize he is a pet, then it is safe to say that you will probably enjoy this series.
About The Books:
Cruel Candy (Cozy Corgi Mysteries)
Estes Park, Colorado: picturesque mountains, charming shops, delightful bakeries, a cozy bookstore… and murder.
Winifred Page and her corgi, Watson, move to Estes Park to hit the Reset button on life. Fred is about to open her dream bookshop, and the only challenges she anticipates are adjusting to small-town life, tourists, and living close to her loveable mother, Phyllis, and hippy stepfather, Barry.
When Fred steps into her soon-to-be-bookshop for the first time, she expects dust bunnies and spiders… not the dead body in the upstairs kitchen. The local police have an easy suspect—Barry.
Determined to prove quirky Barry innocent of murder, Fred puts on her detective hat, and with Watson by her side, she explores her new town and gets acquainted with her fellow shopkeepers. Could one of her friendly neighbors be the real culprit? And what would be the motive for killing the owner of the Sinful Bites candy store? The secrets Fred discover put her at odds with the local police sergeant and threaten her cozy future in Estes.
With snow falling outside, all Fred wants to do is curl up by the fire with a good book and Watson snuggled at her feet. But before she can begin her new life and put her plans for her bookshop into action, Fred and Watson have a mystery to solve…
(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for delectable lemon bars.)
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With so many great books in the series and another due out soon, it made sense to me to revisit book one, “Cruel Candy”. The book is an amazing introduction to Fred and Watson. It picks up as Winifred Page rolls into town, a fresh start after a divorce and sour business deal. She is looking to open a book store in a vacant retail property her parents own. Her first day doesn’t go so well. It turns out her storefront in a hot property and her candy store neighbors, sisters Opal and Lois were looking to expand their businesses and she is in the way. When Fred finds the dead body of one of the sisters trespassing in her own store she tumbles into a full-blown mystery in which the clues are candy, munchies inducing ‘edibles,’ and illegal pot growing her basement. Town gossip paints a tawdry picture of the dead woman, but are any of the rumors surrounding her enough to kill for?
Fred is feisty, but her sidekick corgy, Watson steals the show. He has a nose for the best treats on Main Street and seems to know who of Fred’s fellow store owners will give up the juiciest gossip. Investigating a murder may not be the most polite way to meet your neighbors, but it is a wonderful way to introduce the reader to the backdrop of storefronts and the rich vibrant “characters” that inhabit Estes Park, Colorado. Fred’s family is quirky and colorful and adds just the right amount of seasoning to her character, both grounding her and motivating her. This is a classic small-town cozy that sets the tone for the series of books to come.
I received complimentary evaluation copies of these books from the author. All opinions and insights are my own.
About The Author:
Reading the Cozy Corgi series is pretty much all you need to know about Mildred. In real life, she’s obsessed with everything she writes about: Corgis, Books, Cozy Mountain Towns, and Baked Goods. She’s not obsessed with murder, however. At least not at her own hands (nor paid for… no contract killing here). But since childhood, starting with Nancy Drew, trying to figure out who-dun-it has played a formative role in her personality. Having Fred and Watson stroll into her mind was a touch of kismet
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