Snuffed Out - Candlemaking, Bk 2 Author:Tim Myers When the power goes out in Harrison Black's candle shop, he finds his tenant electrocuted. Now Harrison will burn the candle at both ends to catch a killer as the tenant's death starts to look shockingly like murder.
This is the first Tim Myers book I've read, but it won't be the last! I really liked having a man as the main character. The book was well thought out, and the characters stand out as individuals, not just fluff in the background. The setting is nice, and the information about candlemaking is the right amount without being over or underwhelming. I'll be looking for other books by Myers in the future.
In this second story in Tim Myers'Candlemaking mystery series, young Harrison Black is enjoying his new life in Micah's Ridge, North Carolina, running the candle shop which he inherited from his great-aunt Belle. Tragedy strikes the River's Edge community again when there is a power outage one evening, and Harrison discovers that the power outage is caused by the electrocution of one of the other tenants in the building, the potter Aaron Gaston. Harrison can't help but wonder whether or not Aaron's death is really an accident when he learns that the potter always did his work on a manual potter's wheel, and didn't use the electric wheel in his store.
Harrison Black is a wonderful character, and in this second story we get to know him much better. After inheriting At Wick's End, Harrison finds himself a very busy young man, with "a business to run, a complex to watch over, and, if time permitted, a murder to solve." Not to mention trying to find a date in Micah's Ridge. As far as I'm concerned, the story line of "Snuffed Out" dealt a little too much with Harrison's every day schedule of running the business, and didn't spend enough time on solving the mystery. Poof! In the last ten pages he suddenly solves the mystery. However, the book was fun and enjoyable. I hope the next book in this series will spend a bit more time on developing the mystery and giving the reader some clues as well.
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This is the second book in the Candlemaking series and it was just as good as the first! The book was a quick, short read at 180 pages. Despite that, it was enough time for more character development of the tenants at River's Edge. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
Harrison Black is busy learning the ins and outs of being a candle shop owner and landlord. It is the landlord part that causes him to find the body of Aaron Gaston the owner of the pottery shop. Unfortunately, what appears to be a tragic accident isn't. Because he can't afford to have any vacancies in his building, Harrison rents the pottery shop to the ex-wife of the previous owner. However, no one bothers to fill him in about the bad blood between the rest of the shop owners and her which causes Harrison even more headaches. Thus he finds himself dealing with two problems...a murder and a group of angry tenants, one of whom is threatening to leave.
I had a bit of a problem with how the shop owners turned against Harrison because of his decision to rent to the ex-wife even when he assured them it was on a trial basis only. Of course, I suppose it could be part of human nature of that ignorance is not an excuse.
This was a quick read. If you liked the first book in the series, I don't think you are going to be disappointed with this next book.
In the first book, Harrison Black inherited a Candle Making shop and an old factory turned into shops, he also solved his aunt's murder.
The second book begins with a power outage in River's Edge, the building Harrison owns and that houses a number of craft shops, including his own candle shop. As Harrison and his handy man, Pearly investigate, they find one of the tenets, the one who owes a pottery shop, dead. It looks to be an accident, except that there was an electric pottery wheel involved, and anyone who knew Aaron knew that he never used the electric pottery wheel.
The flu has hit this small-town police department, and the sheriff is sure it was just an accident, but Harrison just isn't so sure and starts nosing around.
We learn more about some of the tenets, getting to know their history and general traits. we met some new people, but more we learn more about the characters. They are starting to grow on me, although there are still some I don't know or understand yet, but there is enough going on that keeps me wanting to read more.