Town In a Lobster Stew (Candy Holliday Mystery)
by B.B. Haywood
Cover Artist: Teresa Fasolino
Review by Gayle Surrette
Berkley Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425240014
Date: 01 February 2011 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
The second book in the Candy Holliday series, Town in a Lobster Stew takes us back to Cape Willington, Maine for the events leading up to and following the Twenty-Ninth Annual Cape Willington Lobster Stew Cook-off. Competition can be fierce and someone just may have been willing to commit murder to win.
Candy Holliday and her father moved to Maine to run a blueberry farm. Of course, she needed another income source which is how she ended up writing the community news column in the local paper, The Cape Crier. It's through her job on the paper that she ended up visiting Wilma Mae Wendell to hear about the missing prize-winning recipe for lobster stew that has disappeared from her hiding space as well as to learn about her collection of ketchup bottles. Then there's the matter of her missing neighbor, Mr. Sedley, who Wilma Mae would like Candy to find.
Since her last mystery nearly cost her life, Candy really would rather not get involved. But as is the usual way with curiosity, one thing leads to another and Candy finds herself string together clues. Meanwhile, her life is getting a bit complicated as her father talks of retiring which would leave her running the blueberry farm alone.
Haywood keeps the tension up even though many readers will be several steps ahead of Candy in pulling the clues together. There's a large cast of characters but each is unique enough not to be confused and with backstories that give them dimension and interest.
I have to admit that having lived in Maine for a good part of my life, that Haywood sets this series in a small coastal town in Maine just adds to my enjoyment. That some interesting lobster recipes are included just adds additional interest.
So, if you enjoy a cozy mystery with interesting characters and a flavor of Down East, pick up Town in a Lobster Stew by B.B. Haywood.