Book Reviews of Candy Apple Dead (Candy Shop, Bk 1)

Candy Apple Dead (Candy Shop, Bk 1)
Candy Apple Dead - Candy Shop, Bk 1
Author: Sammi Carter
ISBN-13: 9780425205327
ISBN-10: 0425205320
Publication Date: 9/6/2005
Pages: 217
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 186 ratings
Publisher: Berkley
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Candy Apple Dead (Candy Shop, Bk 1) on + 99 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 19
This is a quick, fast mystery. I liked the lead character and the fact she doesn't take any guff. I thought the ending was tied up a little too loosely, but it worked for me anyway. The picture Sammi Carter paints of Divinity's Candy Shop is wonderful. You can almost smell the chocolate and sugar and see the jars full of candy treats. Can't wait to read her next one. Also comes with candy recipes at the back of the book. By the end of this one,I couldn't wait to try out the toffee recipe!
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Helpful Score: 12
I wanted to like this book, but found it only just ok. It's the typical cozy scenario - a single woman in a cute job finds herself in the middle of a murder that she feels compelled to solve herself. It felt too predictable, too similar to many other small town women sleuth cozies. Plus, all the talk about candy made me so hungry!! I'm hoping this series develops a little more depth and personality. I'd like to see more of the small town characters fleshed out a bit more too.
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Helpful Score: 7
First in a new cozy series Abby inherits a Candy Shoppe in Colorado and leaves the Corporate world as well as her cheating husband.....good mystery with the right touch of humor
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Helpful Score: 5
Promising start to an interesting new series. Author needs to make the heroine less emotional and as intelligent as expected of someone who's been an attorney for 10 years before it will be as appealing as it ought to be.
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Helpful Score: 4
Quick and easy read. Keeps you guessing till the very end. Interesting characters. The only complaint I could have is that the ending was a little too easy. But then again it is a cozy so I guess I'm just being picky. This is the first in this series and I will definitely be reading the rest!!!
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Helpful Score: 3
Really good new series taking place in a candy store. Main character is Abby who has inherited the candy store and just moved to town. This is the first in the series.
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Helpful Score: 3
Nice cozy, good setting, interesting characters. Protagonist a little too stupid when it comes to personal risk, but that's a problem with many otherwise good mysteries, and it doesn't ruin the story.
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Helpful Score: 2
Altho they promise candy recipes - they hide them in the back of the book so you are salivating as you are reading! One way to keep the book in good condition. This is about a person who has had some rough spots in her life - returns to her home and inherits her aunt's candy store. And then she spends more time hunting down a killer than running the candy store - even tho there appear to be some income issues. Run of the mill - not outstanding - but enjoyable for a quickie mindless read!
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a nice Colorado "cozy" and there are candy recipes!
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Helpful Score: 2
Wonderful book, had a hard time finding this in the bookstore though, was the last copy. =) I really enjoyed it, and have since put the rest of her series on my TBR list on PBS.
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Helpful Score: 1
I really had no clue about this book when i ordered it. I had read it was about a candy shop and a murder. After just a few pages i knew it was one that i had to automatically buy every book in the series for. It is an extremly quick read *Its only 217 pages* and the writer makes it fluent for just a casual weekend *possibly sooner if you don't have distractions* read. I really liked this one, only problem is the candy descriptions made me want to raid the local grocery store =).
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Helpful Score: 1
this book is very good I love the town and the characters.
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Helpful Score: 1
Quick Easy Read
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Helpful Score: 1
A nice, quick cozy.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is the first in the Candy Shop Mystery series. I'm surprised at how good this series is despite the off-putting titles of the three I've read so far. Abby Shaw has given up her job as a corporate lawyer to take on the candy shop, Divinity, that her Aunt Grace willed to her. The setting is in a lovely little town in Colorado. Abby finds herself caught up in the mystery of who set her friend's, and almost her date's, store on fire, where his body is later found. Abby's brother is a suspect. Abby's character is very believable and so down to earth that I felt like I'd met her a lot of times before. The dialogue is great between characters and there is just enough mystery mixed with a bit of comedy here and there to make it a light, cozy mystery. My only complaint is that since Abby was a corporate lawyer, I think she might be a bit more savvy about how she goes about doing her own sleuthing and keeping herself out of trouble and harm's way. I read this in about a day or two, so it's a quick and very pleasant read.
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Helpful Score: 1
I enjoyed this book a lot. The author writes well and her books just seem to flow for me. I like Abby's character a lot! She seems fisty, set in her ways and loving all at the same time. If you enjoy a cute mystery then this is the book for you!
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Great first story! Can't wait to read more
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I really liked this book and can't wait to read the second one. It is a quick read with a very likable heroine.

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Fast and fun read. I love the small town candy shop setting. Solving murder mysteries in between making sweets sounds like a dream job to me, and I just love the idea of including candy recipes in the back of the book.
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Good read.
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this is an easy read and fun too!! very enjoyable
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Great beginning to a new sereis, I am going to read the rest.
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Good first book, enjoyed the characters, hoping they continue to develop. Look forward to the next one.
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I liked this book. It's a small town setting in Colorodo where Abby, the main character and heroine,inherits a candy store from her aunt.She's trying to be involved in the community when another shop owner dies in a fire and her brother is the number one suspect. You have to read it for the rest but it's a fun mystery with some candy recipes. The drawback is that this feels like it's been done before (I'm thinking Goldy from Diane Mott Davidson's series) so when you're done reading it, you feel like you've already read it before and just forgot some of the detail.

Overall, a fun mystery though and Abby Shaw is so likeable!
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The mystery was decent enough and I might read more in this series. Not too deep or involving, but okay.
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Wow! Candy and murder! Yum!
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includes candy recipes
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No visit to Paradise, Colorado is complete without a visit to the Divinity Candy Shop for a little taste of Heaven. For owner Abby Shaw, it's a sweet deal too. When her Aunt Grace passed away. Abby inherited Divinity - and with it the opportunity to leave her career as a corporate lawyer and dump her cheating husband. Now she spends her time serving up delectible treats - and performing the occasional deductive feat...
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Great book.
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First in a new series I plan to continue reading. A good mystery; a good read.
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GREAT BOOK!!!
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This is the first book in the Candy Shop Series.

Abby has moved back to her small home town of Paradise, Colorado after being gone for 20 years. Some of the townsfolk accept her right away, and some feel she has to prove herself. Even her brother, Wyatt is upset that she left. She has inherited her aunt's candy shop business and she is getting over the divorce from her cheating husband, and is so hurt by his betrayal that she wants nothing more to do with relationships. However, when the smooth talking, good looking, Brandon asks her to dinner, she finally takes a chance. When she is stood-up, she is hurt, but when Brandon's place of business, Man About Town, goes up in flames, she knows in her heart that something is wrong.

When Abby's brother is made the prime suspect by the police, she can't just sit around and let him take the fall.

A nice little cozy.
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Pretty interesting. Will try the second one.
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Great book. Very engaging.
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great first in a series. Likable heroine.
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Includes candy recipes. No visit to Paradise, Colorado is complete without a stop at Divinity Candy Shop for a little taste of heaven. For owner Abby Shaw, it's a sweet deal too. When her Aunt Grace passed away, Abby inherited Divinity - and with it the opportunity to leave her career as a corporate lawyer and dump her cheating husband. Now she spends her time serving up delectable treats - and performing the occasional deductive feat...
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Mystery. Making and selling sweets eases Abby's heartache, but having Brandon Mills sweet on her eases it even more. The owner of a men's clothing store, he invites Abby to the local merchant's meeting where he'll plead his case to extend the city's annual arts festival. And then he wants to cap off the evening with a romantic dinner for two. But Brandon never show; his store destroyed by fire and his body discovered in the rubble.
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1st in the Candy Shop series.
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Great read
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First in Candy Shop series; Book Description: "Abby Shaw has returned to her hometown of Paradise, Colorado--leaving behind a career in corporate law and a cheating husband--to take over her aunt's candy shop, Divinity. But her sweet new life quickly turns sour when a fellow merchant dies in a fire. With all clues pointing to arson--and Abby's brother as the number one suspect--she must sink her teeth into finding the killer."