Town in a Maple Madness (Candy Holliday)
by B.B. Haywood
Cover Artist: Teresa Fasolino
Review by Gayle Surrette
Berkley Mass Market Paperback / e ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425278642
Date: 04 April 2017 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Cape Willington, Maine, is celebrating its first annual Maple Madness Weekend. Adding another annual event to the town's calendar is an effort to increase the tourist season. The event coincides with the opening of the new English River Community Center. Planned events include tours of two local maple shacks to learn how the syrup is made, a pancake breakfast, and maple themed food served by local restaurants (several recipes are included).
Of course, Candy Holliday is scheduled to help out several friends during the weekend as well as writing up the event for her column in the local paper. She's beginning to feel like she just might be a tad over-committed. However, when Hutch and Ginny Milbright inform her that someone is stealing the sap from their maple trees and they believe the culprit is Neil Crawford, Candy's friend and neighbor, she can't turn down their request that she solve the crime.
Meanwhile, the body of Mick Rilke has been found floating down the river and it is fairly evident it is murder. Candy has no intention of getting involved, but she finds herself believing that the murder is related to the sap theft, no matter how unlikely that may seem to be.
Over the series, Candy has learned a lot about the danger of getting involved with police investigations. She now makes an effort to get any information she learns to the proper authorities, but she takes the time to verify her information before involving the police so innocent people don't get hurt. Verifying information before involving the police often means she gets into very dangerous as well as deadly situations.
The reader is given the clues as Candy discovers them so that the reader can try to solve the crime or problem as the story unfolds. There's a lot of misdirection, confusion, and possible suspects as well as enough tension and danger to beloved characters to keep the pages turning until the final paragraph.
Hopefully, there will continue to be more stories set in Cape Willington, Maine, so readers can spend more time with the Candy Holliday and her family and friends.