I really enjoyed this book. It is simple, easy to read, mildly amusing, moderately clever, and extremely comfortable. Hmmm. I guess that what a good cozy should be, eh? It's short and pleasant. I look forward to the rest of the series and I guess I'll have to try his other series, as well. Recommended for cozy lovers everywhere.
DreamSE22 reviewed At Wick's End (Candlemaking, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 3
This was an excellent book! I really liked Tim Myers' style of writing and appreciated how he can effectively write a cozy mystery from a man's point of view. I had hoped the murderer would be a different character because I wanted them to be out of the series, lol...
I also liked the effect Myers used to cause the reader to trust and like Harrison, by ending most of his dialogue with "I admitted". It just made me love Harrison and his honesty! :)
This is the first book of Tim Meyers' candle making mysteries. Harrison Black has inherited a candle shop from his Great Aunt Belle who has died due to an accident in the shop. Unfortunately, Harrison comes to realize that Aunt Belle's accident was not an accident at all. It is up to Harrison to figure out 'who done it' since the local law is unwilling to help him.
This was a quick read and written well enough to keep my interest. I found, for me, that the author spent more time developing relationships amongst the characters especially between Harrison and Eve who was Aunt Belle's employee than the murder. No, Eve is much older so there is no romance! However, Eve is not happy with the appearance of Harrison, but he needs her to stick around because he knows nothing about candles!!
Enjoyed this first in the series very much. Good story, cozy, clean, clean and clean. He continues to please, a fast paced story and a real pleasure to read. With all of the names he writes under and his own, I hope he continues in this same breath of fresh air style. Delightful characters included.
Candlemaking, I've only briefly tried my hand at the simple poured candles, but a cozy mystery set in a candle shop, well that is right up my alley.
The book starts with a phone call, telling Harrison that his great0aunt has passed away and that he has inherited her candlemaking shop, along with the whole building that houses the shop, including some other craft type stores and an apartment upstairs.
The more Harrison gets to know the people and how things work, he is not so sure that his aunts death was actually an accident. Of course no one wants to believe that so it is up to Harrison to figure out what really happened. All the while learning the candle making craft and how to be a shop owner and a landlord.
This was a short book, quick read and the characters were fairly well written, enough so that i wanted to read the next book. I am still finding a few of the characters hard to read and understand, they are being revealed slowly, but i am interested enough to keep reading.