Monday, May 22, 2023

Christmas Candy Corpse

 Food Network meets Hallmark Movies and Mysteries is what the Courtney Archer series feels like.   The 3rd book by Rosemarie Ross, Christmas Candy Corpse, is once again centered around a baking contest.  Crazy that yet another murder occurs on the set at the resort in the Poconos.  But once again murder happens and a member of the cast is at the center of the suspicion.  Shannon's strange and erratic behavior does not help the believability of her innocence proclamation.  Courtney is determined to stand by her friend and prove she isn't guilty.  Once again the set is a scary and dangerous place and Erik, her manager/new boyfriend, wants her to be more cautious.  Unfortunately,  Courtney's nature leads her to ask questions that hopefully will not upset the killer and make her a target.   This book is well written and the ending is quite a surprise.  I did figure out some of the sub-mysteries in the plot but I was caught off guard by the guilty party.  I wonder if they will continue to produce this series or if a spin-off type setting will occur.  I do hope they continue as I enjoy the mix of the cooking/baking show and the mystery.  

Christmas Candy CorpseChristmas Candy Corpse by Rosemarie Ross
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Enjoyable cozy with plenty of suspicious behavior leading to many potential suspects. This series is like Food Network meets Murder She wrote. Courtney Archer keeps finding herself embroiled in murders. Her inquisitive nature gets her on the radar of the killers and danger ensues. Unfortunately she just can’t seem to help herself and focus on filming her cooking shows. Lucky for us readers or we wouldn’t get more books

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Challenge Prompts

The Challenge Prompts I will use this for are:  

  1. Goodreads and Reading by the Numbers #ReadingByNumbers2023 Book #  63
  2. Library Love  #LibraryLoveChallenge  Book #   51
  3. Literary Escapes  #LiteraryEscapes  GA 
  4. Finishing the Series   #FinishingTheSeries2023  Series:9  Book #1
  5. Stacking the Series  #stackingseries2023 3
  6. Series Catchup #seriescatchup2023 3
  7. Virtual Mount TBR #VirtualMountTBR2023   Book #56
  8. Cruisin thru Cozies  Free choice #27
  9. Cloak & Dagger  #CloakDaggerChal  Book #49
  10. Craving for Cozies  Book #43
  11. Medical Examiner Challenge 2 Toe Tags
  12. Pick your Poison  #59   A book set in winter
  13. Beyond the Bookends  May Detective

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