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Town in A Strawberry Swirl
Candy Holiday Murder Mystery # 5
B B Haywood

Berkley Prime Crime
February 4, 2014/ ISBN 0425252469
Mystery – cozy

Reviewed by Cheryl Green


Cape Willington, ME was looking forward to holding the first annual Strawberry Fair. Really they just wanted to eat the luscious berries produced by Crawford Berry Farm. Henry “Doc” Holiday was going to see Miles Crawford to pick his brain for ideas to expand his crops. Doc and his daughter Candy run Blueberry Acres Farm. When Doc arrives, he could not find Miles. , So he started searching the hoop houses. After checking one hoop house, he comes out and calls 911. Miles Crawford will not be attending the Strawberry Fair. Someone has murdered him.

Candy Holliday, now interim editor of the Cape Crier goes to the Crawford Berry Farm to get the story. What she finds is that Chief Durr thinks her dad is a person of interest. The murder weapon is a shovel. They have found one with BA on the handle; BA for Blueberry Acres. Candy had better be very careful solving this murder. She could end up being short-caked.

Things to ponder: Who was seen leaving the scene of the crime? Who wanted to buy the Crawford Berry Farm? Who put up the no berry picking sign? Who almost ran Candy off the road?

Another great read from B.B. Haywood. Love the characters and how they interact. The pieces of the puzzle come together in the end like a well baked pie. The plotting is well paced and there are enough red herrings to make you hungry. The author has included some tasty recipes for you to try. So if you like your mystery filled with a small town feel, then you should be reading Town in a Strawberry Swirl.

Reviewed 2014