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Town in a Strawberry Swirl (Candy Holliday) by B.B. Haywood
Cover Artist: Teresa Fasolino
Review by Gayle Surrette
Berkley Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425252468
Date: 04 February 2014 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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More by B.B. Haywood:
Candy Holliday Mysteries:
* Town In a Blueberry Jam
* Town In a Lobster Stew
* Town in a Wild Moose Chase
* Town in a Pumpkin Bash
* Town in a Strawberry Swirl

Candy Holliday is now editor of The Cape Crier -- or rather the interim editor. She's made some changes that have pulled the Crier back into the black, but it's a lot of work on top of helping her dad run Blueberry Acres. The farm is also having problems with less black ink than they're comfortable with, so they're considering putting in some hoop houses.

Cape Willington is going to have its first annual Strawberry Festival this year. Candy has the news coverage set up and assigned. Miles Crawford is supplying most of the berries. The event is being sponsored by the Cape Willington Heritage Protection League.

Everything seems to be in hand and running smoothly until Candy's father finds Miles Crawford dead in one of Crawford's hoop houses. Of course, Doc Holliday is the prime suspect since he was on the scene and called it in. Candy has been trying to stay away from police cases but she needs to make sure her father cleared.

B.B. Haywood has managed to keep the series fresh and, while each book stands alone, there's also a thread of menace and revenge that runs through the series as it stands. With Town in a Strawberry Swirl, it seems that readers and Candy are coming closer to figuring out how all these threads will pull together.

The writing creates a consistent picture of a medium sized coastal Maine town with high summer vacation traffic and visitors along with a diverse cast of year-round town folk. So, enjoy Maine with less cold and far fewer black flies and a dash of intrigue and danger by picking up a copy of Town in a Strawberry Swirl.

As usual the book has a few recipes after the story. I actually made the one for Maggie Tremont's German Strawberry Apple Pancakes and I can truthfully say the recipe was easy to follow and the results made for a great brunch. It's going to be one I save to use whenever I have strawberries on hand.

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