Town in a Blueberry Jam (Candy Holliday Series #1)

Town in a Blueberry Jam (Candy Holliday Series #1)

by B. B. Haywood

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Overview

First in the fabulous new Candy Holliday Murder mystery series.

In the seaside village of Cape Willington, Maine, Candy Holliday has an idyllic life tending to the Blueberry Acres farm she runs with her father. But, when an aging playboy and the newly crowned Blueberry Queen are killed, Candy investigates to clear the name of a local handyman. And as she sorts through the town's juicy secrets, things start to get sticky indeed...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425232651
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/02/2010
Series: Candy Holliday Series , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 141,014
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

B. B. Haywood is a pseudonym of writing team Beth Feeman and Robert Feeman. They conceived the idea for the Candy Holliday Mystery series while driving around the Maine countryside, stopping at different small towns throughout the state.

Audie Award finalist Tavia Gilbert is a classical theater and public radio-trained actress who has earned AudioFile Earphones and Parents' Choice awards for her audiobook narrations. Tavia has narrated more than 250 multicast and single-voice audiobooks.

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Town in a Blueberry Jam 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Welcome to the wonderful coast of Maine and to Cape Willington. Candy Holliday has left the rat race of the big city of Boston to come to Maine to work with her Dad on his Blueberry Farm. But even in the small town of Cape Willington, bad things happen. Bad things like murder and not just one murder but two murders back-to back. An aging local hero takes a plunge off a cliff and the just crowned Blueberry Queen/Gossip Columnist is killed right in her own home. When a local handyman, Candy's friend, and local town resident who treats his tools better than some people treat their children is accused of the murders, Candy can't help herself from getting involved and starts to investigate to clear her friend's name. The more clues she uncovers, the more secrets that come out, the more people she talks to, the stickier things become. Can Candy get this town out of it's "blueberry jam"? I LIKED IT!!!! I enjoyed both of this books from the first page to the last. It took awhile to learn Candy's back story but she really has turned out to be feisty and fun. I felt for her Dad with his issues have how hard farming is and that he admitted to his daughter that he needed her help. Candy's friend Maggie definitely brings in the comic relief needed in this genre. The most important part to this reviewer was that the mysteries in both books were plausible and were well thought out. These books are very well written with flawless continuity which I always worry about when two writers are writing one book. I seem to read a lot of books set in the state of Maine, it seems to be a popular spot for cozy mystery writers to set their stories. The Candy Holiday Mysteries do take on a unique idea focused around yearly events taking place is the fictional town of Cape Willington. It will be interesting to see what major town event the authors draw upon for the next book in this entertaining series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the second book free from Berkley Prime Crime, a Division of Penguin Publishing. The first book was from my own collection. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the mystery itself kept you guessing the main character wasn't likeable. I thought the setting had possibilities but since the regular characters didn't draw me in I wouldn't bother reading the next in the series.
TheBookResortNY More than 1 year ago
I love mysteries and have since I became addicted to Nancy Drew as a little girl w/ braids and Town in a Blueberry Jam is a reminder of what a solid mystery is all about. Cozy mysteries are one of my favorite genres and it is a guilty pleasure I treasure and don't keep secret. In a genre that is saturated by one hit wonders, Haywood knocks it out of Yankee stadium from the first page & lands that ball in Jersey. Really. I was so impressed, I read it again & did something I DO NOT do - highlighted favorite passages. To my own horror, the sticky notes and flags weren't good enough to capture the essence collected within the pages of Haywood's stellar debut outing. Town in a Blueberry Jam is what a cozy mystery is supposed to be about. Town in a Blueberry Jam knocked this diva's Sketchers flip-flops off!
harstan More than 1 year ago
After her husband lost his job, emptied their savings, and dumped her for another woman; Candy Holliday returns to her hometown, the seaside village of Cape Willington, Maine; where she and her dad "Doc" manage Blueberry Acres. Local hero Olympic Gold medal winning swimmer Jock Larson falls off a cliff with his life flashing by including how he died. The townsfolk are unsure of whether it was an accident, suicide, or homicide. Candy is sad over his death, but happy that the Blueberry Festival will still occur with people coming from across the country to attend. To the locals, the highlight of the gala is the Blueberry Queen Pageant. Five of the contestants are high school students while the other contender is gossip columnist thirty-seven years old Sapphire Vine, a flaky diva (obvious oxymoron). Everyone expects Haley Pruitt to win because of her poise; performance and responses to questions which are by far superior to that of her rivals. Thus when Sapphire wins, everybody is shocked. Soon after her stunning victory, Sapphire is found dead. The town's handyman Ray is arrested for the murder. Candy knows Ray is innocent and intends to find the real culprit with the help of her BFF Maggie. Their investigation uncovers scandals amongst the pageant judges and other residents, but as they get closer to identifying the perpetrator, the killer watches them in case two more corpses are needed. This is a charming and amusing Pine Tree State cozy in which Cape Willington is vividly described so that the reader feels they are attending the Blueberry festival. The cast is solid as the residents bring out the ambience of the seaside village. Although the amateur sleuthing is similar in tone to many sub-genre entries, the irony of readers knowing a lot more than the cops or the BFF detectives and the Twitter sight provide a fresh spin to B.B. Haywood's first Candy Holliday whodunit. Harriet Klausner
navylady57037 More than 1 year ago
If you are looking forward to a fun read this is the book for you. I couldn't put it down. The characters are believeable from page one right through to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the better cozy series I have read. Simple and sweet and yet with a bite. A good mystery... likeable characters and a wonderful setting. I enjoyed it and will continue to read this series.
atlongster More than 1 year ago
I love cozy books that takes place in Maine and was hoping to find a new series. The book starts off strong but starts to lack about 2/3 through. All of the character devlopment stalls and the authors seem to be putting in a lot lf filler-pointless side trips and dialogue-that adds nothing to the characters or the story. The book starts with promise but that is quickly squandered. I would not suggest this book, its not worth the price.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was good read. i felt at first it started off little slow but than i got really into the book. the characters were easy to get into.They seem very believeable. The cover of the book was neat in fact it was what caught my eye first.I like the recipes it gave. I may try several of them - my husband loves blueberrys.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Candy Holliday lives on Blueberry Acres in Cape Willington, Maine. The book opens when a Cape Willington man who is an excellent swimmer is found dead over a cliff near Bar Harbor. He was supposed to have been the grand marshal of the parade at the annual blueberry festival where each year a Blueberry Queen is crowned. When an older woman who is a newspaper reporter ends up winning the crown although she quite obviously did not excel in any of the competitions, Candy and her friend Maggie smell some sort of fraud. When the newly crowned Blueberry Queen turns up dead a couple of days later, and the town's handyman has been charged with the crime, Candy, like many others, know that the man could never have done such a thing. She sets out to prove his innocence and find the real killer. I found the beginning parts of the novel describing the festival and the events around it very tedious. I was fairly certain that the author was using the event to introduce us to the cast of characters, but it seemed rather drawn out. Once we got to the murder of the Blueberry Queen, things began to pick up, and I found myself really enjoying the novel, its setting, and its characters. There's a good bit of humor incorporated into the novel that most readers will appreciate. Although Candy really had very little reason to involve herself to the extent she did in the investigation, there were legitimate reasons behind most of them, although she probably should have gone through other channels to achieve her goals. Still, this is a quite enjoyable cozy mystery, and I look forward to the next installment.
chinquapin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After a divorce, Candy Holliday moves in with her dad at his small blueberry farm near a small seaside village in Maine. She is happily busy helping him run the farm and preparing a plethora of items for sale at a booth for the annual Blueberry festival. Then two deaths happen in quick succession... Jock Larson, the local Olympic swimming hero, falls off a cliff and the townspeople are unsure whether it is an accident, a murder, or a suicide. This is followed by the murder of the Blueberry Festival Queen. Candy gets involved in trying to figure out who the murderer is when the local handyman is arrested who she knows could not have done it. This is a well-written, fairly fast paced mystery with many interesting, well-drawn characters who add to the ambience of a quiet seaside farming village. As in many cozy mysteries, the sleuthing is somewhat amateurish and the police are so slow as to sometimes pass the line of believability.
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Candy and her father Doc own a blueberry farm on the coast of Maine. When the Blueberry Festival comes around Candy is busy cooking and decorating her booth and has big plans to attend the Miss Blueberry contest that evening. The day has a bit of a shadow over it because of the recent death of a local hero. But it ends in a bang when the title of Miss Blueberry goes to a 37 year old local reporter. When that reporter shows up murdered and a close friend of Candy's is arrested, she and her friend Maggie go into investigation mode.I enjoyed this book. It is the first in the sereis and they are often a little bit rough. I takes me a while to get used to the characters and relationships. I think I am going to really like the series though. I like the town and would like to learn more about it. I enjoyed the relationship between Candy and Maggie. They are true friends. I also liked Doc and his crew of friends who hang out at the local cafe. I think there is a lot of potential here.
Squeex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another fine cozy mystery set on the East Coast...this one is even better with the main character, Candy, owning a blueberry farm. She is a busy chickie, prepping for the upcoming festival and taking care of the farm as well as the odd jobs around town to help bring in some extra cha-ching so she can keep living this life she's grown to love. There are some really well written characters, a good main character who is curious and wants to help her friend, there is her father who is helping in his way. There is a best friend to go on the capers with and a really off the wall character to make the eyebrows raise. And the ending to make the eyebrows go up even farther in the hairline. I am looking forward to another look-see at Cape Willington and see what else Candy Holliday can get into. Five (well there are four) blueberry recipes in back beans......
countrylife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun cozy mystery with a seaside Maine setting, created by the writing team of Beth and Robert Feeman, writing as B. B. Haywood. From Cape Elizabeth, Maine, they live in the area they describe so well in this story. I found the happenings to be a bit far-fetched; not so far as to be slap-stick, but just so you know that it's all in fun. The characters were so likeable, and the seaside village just like the ones I remember from a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to the area, that I ended up loving it for that sake alone. Divorcee Candy Holliday, having come to stay with her widowed father on his newly acquired blueberry farm, finds herself in the middle of a mystery. If you like cozies, or Maine, or blueberries (for there are recipes, too!), or fun, fast reads, you'll enjoy this, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun for to read great summer read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a fun read. Had me guessing the entire book!
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Look forward to reading all of series. Good mystery
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R u on?
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Great series cant wait for the next book
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A non interesting story with underdeveloping characters.