Murder’s No Votive Confidence (Nantucket Candle Maker #1)

Murder’s No Votive Confidence (Nantucket Candle Maker #1)
by Christin Brecher

42118422This is the first book in this series and only the second one I’ve read and I have to say, this author excels at keeping the reader in the dark about whodunit until the final pages. Obfuscation is the word of the day with this author! It’s rare that I find a book where I have no idea, not even a suspicion, whodunit. So this book ranks high just for that.

Stella is helping her heavily pregnant best friend Emily with the high society wedding and her role is to create a unity candle for the bride and groom. But when the bride’s uncle is found dead, bludgeoned with the unity candle, and the hotel’s bartender is arrested, Stella smells a rat and sets out to find the real killer.

There was so much to love about this book, from unrequited love to murder to candle scents to cats. Although the quick pace kept the plot moving, it was neither rushed nor confusing. I found myself reading late into the evening because I just had to keep going to find out more. So easy to get lost in this book! By the time I got through the exciting ending, I was at the edge of my seat and the subterfuge continued right up to the end with many surprise twists and turns.

I’m not sure why I didn’t hear about this series when it came out, but I’m glad I found it. This will definitely be a must read series for me and I look forward to many more.

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