Mackinac Island is an idyllic place to live or vacation. There are numerous motels and bed and breakfast places to stay while you visit the shops and soak in the history of the area. There are no cars allowed on the island, except for emergency vehicles. There are fudge shops everywhere, so many that Willy Wonka would be impressed. As in most small towns, everyone knows everyone else and most times that is a great thing. The island is quiet, calm and peaceful. That is until an explosion occurs at a factory full of fireworks. The very same fireworks that Allie McMurphy had arranged to entertain the small town with for the Fourth of July celebration. Will she be able to deliver the goods for the event or will it turn out to be a dud?
Besides the explosion of the fireworks, there are a series of fires occurring on the island. At first it is believed that these fires are just random happenings, but soon arson is suspected. Allie and her friends are perplexed at what is happening to their tranquil island and are determined to figure out the mystery.
Characters introduced in the first two books in the series return and there are a couple of new people we meet. It appears as though Allie has made her decision as to who she is more attracted to (she has two possible suitors in the first two books) and we see the relationship begin to grow and develop. All of the characters are realistic and well rounded and I enjoy reading about all their antics. Mal, Allie’s puppy, is again very active, nosing out trouble on the island. And dancing around everyone hoping for dog treats. She is adorable and has quite the personality. I just wish people would hold on tighter to her leash when they take her for walks!
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is descriptive with her writing and I felt like I was right there on the Island watching all the action going on. It seemed like I could smell the smoke and hear the explosions when I was reading about them. The mystery is well plotted and there are enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. I had an idea who the culprit was and this time I was right. But that is alright because I did not know the why.
At the end of some chapters there are recipes for fudge. Who knew there are so many things you can do to fudge to create exotic flavors. I enjoyed reading about all the different flavors that Allie made and with the recipes included in the book, anyone can try to make them for themselves.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy. I usually do not read the same author consecutively, but I read all three books in this series within a week. That should tell you how much I enjoyed them all. Now I have to read for the fourth book to be written and released.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.