Monday, July 1, 2019

Book 1 in the Nantucket Candle Maker Mysteries
by Christin Breecher

Nantucket candle store owner Stella Wright specializes in creating unique candles for every occasion. But someone sets the stage for murder when a Memorial Day celebration becomes a wedding to die for . . . 
Jessica Sterling’s candlelight-themed nuptials promises to be the perfect kick-off to the summer’s first official holiday weekend. Stella’s thrilled to have been chosen to provide the decorative centerpiece for the wedding ceremony: a two-foot-tall scented unity candle—a symbol of the happy couple’s love. But it looks like the bride-to-be’s uncle won’t be walking his niece down the aisle after he’s found dead. The murder weapon is Stella’s seemingly indestructible candle, now split in two. 
When a beloved local bartender is arrested, Stella’s sure a visiting police captain running the case made a rush to justice. With superstitious brides-to-be canceling orders and sales waxing and waning at her store, the Wick & Flame owner decides to do some sleuthing of her own. Abetted by a charming reporter and challenged by the town’s sexiest cop, Stella’s determined to shine a light on the truth and uncover a killer who’s snuffing out her own flame.


A new cozy mystery set in Nantucket and featuring a candle shop? Yes, please!

MURDER’S NO VOTIVE CONFIDENCE is a good start to a new series. It was easy to get into the flow of the story. However, I would have liked more time getting to know series lead, Stella Wright, and some of the other main characters in this series, as well as Stella’s store, WICK & FLAME, before getting into the murder.

With the above being said, the mystery element of the story was well plotted and surprising in the reveal. I also enjoyed author Christin Brecher’s crisp and clear style of writing.

If you’re looking to start a new cozy mystery series, I’d say give MURDER’S NO VOTIVE CONFIDENCE a try. It has some wonderful attributes that will have many readers burning the candle at both ends to finish.

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