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During the Midsummer Night’s Festival, Allie decides to take her bichonpoo, Mal, home to spare her furry little ears from the sounds of fireworks. But on her way back, Allie spots a body in the lake. Just minutes ago, Winona Higer was crowning the event’s Queen—could the competition have really been that deadly? While she ponders the mystery the next morning, Allie prepare During the Midsummer Night’s Festival, Allie decides to take her bichonpoo, Mal, home to spare her furry little ears from the sounds of fireworks. But on her way back, Allie spots a body in the lake. Just minutes ago, Winona Higer was crowning the event’s Queen—could the competition have really been that deadly? While she ponders the mystery the next morning, Allie prepares her favorite dark chocolate cherry fudge recipe. But she’s soon recruited to sub for the late Winona and serve as parade float judge, among other duties. As she hears rumors and gossip, and learns of mean pranks and threatening notes, her instincts kick in—despite her boyfriend the cop’s disapproval. Now, between managing a new hire and keeping the tourists filled with fudge, she’s dealing with a case that’s boiling over . . .


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During the Midsummer Night’s Festival, Allie decides to take her bichonpoo, Mal, home to spare her furry little ears from the sounds of fireworks. But on her way back, Allie spots a body in the lake. Just minutes ago, Winona Higer was crowning the event’s Queen—could the competition have really been that deadly? While she ponders the mystery the next morning, Allie prepare During the Midsummer Night’s Festival, Allie decides to take her bichonpoo, Mal, home to spare her furry little ears from the sounds of fireworks. But on her way back, Allie spots a body in the lake. Just minutes ago, Winona Higer was crowning the event’s Queen—could the competition have really been that deadly? While she ponders the mystery the next morning, Allie prepares her favorite dark chocolate cherry fudge recipe. But she’s soon recruited to sub for the late Winona and serve as parade float judge, among other duties. As she hears rumors and gossip, and learns of mean pranks and threatening notes, her instincts kick in—despite her boyfriend the cop’s disapproval. Now, between managing a new hire and keeping the tourists filled with fudge, she’s dealing with a case that’s boiling over . . .

30 review for A Midsummer Night's Fudge

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chatting About Cozies

    Great cozy mystery! Full of emotion, love, and some laughs, plus…that yummy fudge! This is the tenth story in one of my all-time favorite cozy series and it was worth the wait! A brazen killer is on the loose on Mackinac Island where the first Midsummer Night’s Festival is celebrating the opening of the summer season! A masquerade ball on the beach becomes a murder scene when Allie McMurphy finds a woman’s body floating near the beach. Rex Manning, Allie’s boyfriend and a local police officer, is Great cozy mystery! Full of emotion, love, and some laughs, plus…that yummy fudge! This is the tenth story in one of my all-time favorite cozy series and it was worth the wait! A brazen killer is on the loose on Mackinac Island where the first Midsummer Night’s Festival is celebrating the opening of the summer season! A masquerade ball on the beach becomes a murder scene when Allie McMurphy finds a woman’s body floating near the beach. Rex Manning, Allie’s boyfriend and a local police officer, is very concerned when bodies start to pile up and they feel pressured to find the critical connection between the victims. Action packed, humor, a great cast of characters including the pets, and several surprises in the plot make for a roller coaster of a read! The killer took me by surprise. I highly recommend this book and cozy series. I honestly reviewed an unedited digital arc provided by NetGalley and Kensington Publishing. All opinions are my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Baker

    The Midsummer Night's Festival was a big hit until it got to naming the pageant queen and then it went downhill quickly. It ended with a floating body. Allie feels the need to help find the perpetrator by doing a little investigating much to the displeasure of Rex, her boyfriend/police officer. I have enjoyed all of the books in A Candy-Coated Mystery series. There are likeable characters, a cute dog and a good mystery. Nonetheless, I have reservations about labeling Allie's somewhat impulsive an The Midsummer Night's Festival was a big hit until it got to naming the pageant queen and then it went downhill quickly. It ended with a floating body. Allie feels the need to help find the perpetrator by doing a little investigating much to the displeasure of Rex, her boyfriend/police officer. I have enjoyed all of the books in A Candy-Coated Mystery series. There are likeable characters, a cute dog and a good mystery. Nonetheless, I have reservations about labeling Allie's somewhat impulsive and unsafe decisions as being a strong woman. Thanks to Kensington and NetGalley for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts We are back on Mackinac Island just in time for the Midsummer Night’s Festival. There is a variety of events including an outside masquerade ball, a beauty pageant, a bonfire on the beach, plenty of food and drink plus a pig roast, with a fireworks finale. Like most dogs, Mal is not a fan of fireworks so after the queen has been crowned with a bit of drama Allie takes her pup home. On her way back she sees a body floating in the lake, a woman wearing a white dress with rainbow Dollycas’s Thoughts We are back on Mackinac Island just in time for the Midsummer Night’s Festival. There is a variety of events including an outside masquerade ball, a beauty pageant, a bonfire on the beach, plenty of food and drink plus a pig roast, with a fireworks finale. Like most dogs, Mal is not a fan of fireworks so after the queen has been crowned with a bit of drama Allie takes her pup home. On her way back she sees a body floating in the lake, a woman wearing a white dress with rainbow hair. Allie dives in to save her but it is too late. Winona Higer, the woman in charge of the festival is dead. Allie can’t get the woman’s death off her mind and is very surprised to be asked to fill Winona’s position on several committees. She realizes by taking her place she may get some information on who could have killed Winona so she accepts. Rex is not happy with her decision especially when he learns of some pranks and threatening notes. He doesn’t want Allie fudging up his investigation and he sure doesn’t want her to be a target for the killer. It is always a pleasure to visit Mackinac Island and all the wonderful characters Nancy Coco has created. They are some of my cozy mystery favorites. Allie is a very strong protagonist, confident, smart, with a huge heart but this time she made took some super risky moves. She just wasn’t listening at all to Rex’s warnings or at least not taking them seriously. It would have been a terrible shame to have her die so close to home because she ventured out when she shouldn’t have. It did make for some exciting moments though. Ms. Coco gave Allie and readers a nice selection of suspects to sort through with some twists trying to misdirect everyone’s thinking. I found myself focused on one individual quite early in the story. Something just felt off. There were clues that should have pulled me away from the person but I stuck with them and the story played out in a fantastic way that confirmed every element of my theory. That is something that rarely happens but it is so much fun when it does. Again, the setting of Mackinac Island and all its uniqueness make the story special. The island is a place where the horse is king, and where the streets have been car-free for over 100 years. Sadly, I have never been there but have seen plenty of pictures. Those along with the author’s descriptions bring each shop, hotel, restaurant, pier, and horse-drawn carriage alive in my mind’s eye. A trip there is on my bucket list but until then I have to settle for the virtual trips the books in this series allow me to take. A Midsummer’s Night Fudge is a delicious cozy mystery set in an idyllic place filled with delightful characters, an interesting mystery, and recipes too. I really enjoyed my visit and can’t wait to return.

  4. 5 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Allie McMurphy is enjoying the first Midsummer Night's Festival but not the drama over a pageant contestant being disqualified at the last minute. Little Mal, Allie's Bichonpoo puppy does not enjoy the fireworks so Allie brings Mal home and returns for the fireworks. She's just about to join up with Jenn and Rex back at the beach when she finds a body floating at water's edge. The body belongs to Winona Higer who has been shot in the forehead. Whoever did this did it deliberately, timed so the s Allie McMurphy is enjoying the first Midsummer Night's Festival but not the drama over a pageant contestant being disqualified at the last minute. Little Mal, Allie's Bichonpoo puppy does not enjoy the fireworks so Allie brings Mal home and returns for the fireworks. She's just about to join up with Jenn and Rex back at the beach when she finds a body floating at water's edge. The body belongs to Winona Higer who has been shot in the forehead. Whoever did this did it deliberately, timed so the sound of the shot was covered by the fireworks. With Winona gone, Allie is asked to step in and help judge the pageant and other duties around town. She readily agrees. After some break-ins and other scary incidents, Allie becomes suspicious that the killer was after members of the pageant committee and that puts some of her friends in danger. She'll do anything to help her friends. Carol Tunisian begs Allie to investigate even though Allie promised Rex she wouldn't. Determined to be safe, Allie sets out to question the suspects and protect her friends from becoming the next victims. This mystery was dark. I didn't like that the victim was shot and in one scene they have an active shooter scene. It's not the author's fault that her book launched days after a mass shooting in Texas followed by other mass shootings. She didn't know that would happen and it is a murder mystery. I would have preferred to read something different at this time had I known. The body count is a little high for a cozy too. The mystery wasn't super hard to figure out. I guessed pretty early on. I had a hunch, got distracted by red herrings, alibis and other deaths. I wasn't super sure until towards the end when I had a bad feeling about that character. The fudge making sounds amazing as usual but the recipes are disconnected from the story. They don't match what Allie is making at that moment so why include them in the body of the story and not afterwards? I like the Midsummer Night's festival and all the costumes people came up with. That sounds fun, aside from the pageant part, and murder of course. Allie, Allie, Allie! I have never really liked her much. NOW she's willing to be a part of the community and go all out when it puts her in danger. Her investigation is haphazard and really stupid. She barges in on people, suggests they be friends even when the other person is reluctant and questions people after they've spoken with Rex. Allie also gets stubborn on Rex. He's a trained professional and she's a nosy fudge maker. She's been in trouble before and he has every right to be worried. He's not being all Tarzan, he's being professional and caring! Shut up Allie and let Rex handle this one. Allie is egged on by Mrs. Carol Tunisian who doesn't feel safe even with police patrol. Even so, she still goes out walking and snoops with Allie. She feels safety in numbers will prevent her from being held prisoner at home. I think Carol is a bad influence on Allie. The seniors are funny usually but not this time. Rex is a good cop. He needs to have Allie be safe so he can focus on his job. Wanting her to butt out of the investigation means BUTT OUT NOSY CIVILLIAN! Wanting her to be safe is caring about her. He does care about her a lot and he also cares about the people on the island. It's his job to keep them safe and he can't do that with Allie running around. Jenn has her own very obvious subplot. Allie is extremely obtuse. Jenn is busier than ever but is good at handling many balls at once. As always, Mal is the most adorable puppy! She doesn't find the first body but she does continue her spree with sniffing out another victim and uncovers the murder weapon. It's highly unlikely but it's cute so I roll with it. Mal is also on hand to provide kisses and comfort for anyone who needs it. Madison Gimble is Allie's new assistant. They hire her without much fanfare and she's super efficient. I'd be concerned if I were Allie LOL! She doesn't have much personality yet. The first victim, Winona Higer, sounds like she was a tough lady. She was probably Type A and enjoyed planning and running the pageant to the very last period in the last rule. The way she announced Natasha Alpine's disqualification was really terrible. That should have been discovered sooner and announced privately. Instead the runners up were named, the winner named and the last one standing was the DQ. Natasha was furious and I don't blame her. Was she mad enough to kill? Her family was angry too and they seem close-knit. Natasha knows how to shoot a rifle. Did she kill Winona? Well for one thing the murder weapon is wrong but could it have been someone in her circle? Maybe. The killer goes after someone else next. That person knew something about the first murder. Allie and the seniors must rule out suicide, and murder suicide. Those theories are so totally dumb. Allie should let Rex handle this! Carol and Irma do find evidence the police didn't catch though. Was it Elias Sumner, Winona's gardener? She accused him of killing her roses just before a big contest. He claims he loves plants and would never do that but maybe he knows how to fix things easily too. Maybe he wanted to see Winona lose for a change. Maybe he wanted revenge on her for some other reason. Winona's assistant Michelle is mourning her boss. She claims Winona was the best boss ever and she was great to work for. Michelle certainly worked for Winona for a long time. Michelle seems very reserved. She loves gardening and is not much for idle chit-chat. Allie tries to pump Mary Emry, a clerk at Doud's market, even knowing Mary is also quiet like Michelle. Mary makes Michelle look chatty. Mary is quiet, introverted and not prone to gossip. Allie is rude and pushy in her dealings with Mary. That was really out of line and dumb even for Allie. Meanwhile, in a completely random subplot, a woman named Amy comes to Allie to investigate her husband whom she believes to be cheating on her. Um what? When did Allie become a licensed P.I.? Never? I thought so. Why ask Allie? Amy is the nervous sort. She can't even manage a confrontation with her own husband, let alone a supposed other woman. During their investigation, Amy is shot! NOW what? is it the same killer? The same person who broke into Carol's home? What is the motive? Amy seemed too nice for anyone to want to kill other than being on the committee! The third victim was also a suspect. None of these events seem to be connected! Is there a random killer running around? Leave to Allie NOT to figure it out!

  5. 5 out of 5

    June Price

    Mackinac Island, where the story is set, is rather a magical, unique place. It was rather telling to read about the police being called out for murder and rolling up not in cars with lights and sirens flashing but on bikes, I must admit. I guess Rex putting down his kickstand is the equivalent of turning off the sirens and getting to business? In any case, although Rex isn't alone, he'd just as rather not have girlfriend Allie putting herself in danger by asking questions. Even worse, she's rath Mackinac Island, where the story is set, is rather a magical, unique place. It was rather telling to read about the police being called out for murder and rolling up not in cars with lights and sirens flashing but on bikes, I must admit. I guess Rex putting down his kickstand is the equivalent of turning off the sirens and getting to business? In any case, although Rex isn't alone, he'd just as rather not have girlfriend Allie putting herself in danger by asking questions. Even worse, she's rather open about letting others know she's looking into Winona's murder, even when questioning seems to put not just her but friends in danger. These supporting characters are well-rounded and courageous, however, and aren't detoured. Who killed Winona? Why? Did it have something to do with the pageant committee? Or was it connected to her sewing circle? Why is Allie so sure the murder took place at the pier, not elsewhere? Would someone really murder someone because their daughter didn't win the event Queen title? Who is writing all those threatening notes? Why is a home vandalized? How does Allie balance her sleuthing and community service with running her business and doing fudge making demos? Is Mal the best dog ever? Are Allie and Rex really "just dating"? Not telling. The chapters are short, often interspersed with recipes, and it's an entertaining, relatively quick read. I should also admit here that I had no clue who did it until the big reveal. Interesting mystery, well-rounded characters, fun side-stories, a smart, cute dog, and a hint of romance. What's not to like? Give it a read. Thanks to #NetGalley and #KensingtonBooks for inviting me to spend some time with Allie and friends at picturesque Mackinac Island. Just wish I'd gotten a carriage ride while I was there.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    A Midsummer Night’s Fudge by Nancy Coco takes us back to Mackinac Island, Michigan in time for the first Midsummer Night’s Festival which celebrates the beginning of the summer season. The fireworks are scaring Mal, Allie McMurphy’s bichenpoo so she takes take him back to the McMurphy. On her way back to the festivities, Allie sees someone floating in the water. Allie dives into the water to bring the person back to shore. It turns out to be Winona Higer who had just crowned the Queen of the fes A Midsummer Night’s Fudge by Nancy Coco takes us back to Mackinac Island, Michigan in time for the first Midsummer Night’s Festival which celebrates the beginning of the summer season. The fireworks are scaring Mal, Allie McMurphy’s bichenpoo so she takes take him back to the McMurphy. On her way back to the festivities, Allie sees someone floating in the water. Allie dives into the water to bring the person back to shore. It turns out to be Winona Higer who had just crowned the Queen of the festival before the fireworks began. Winona has crowned her last queen. The next day as the parade is beginning, Allie is recruited to take Winona’s place on the festival committee. It has Allie in the right place to hear all the juicy gossip about the victim. Allie with help from Mal begins digging into the case when the killer strikes again. Allie works to sift through the clues, but she will need to be careful so that she does not get burned. A Midsummer Night’s Fudge is the tenth A Candy-Coated Mystery. It can be read as a standalone. I like reading the series in order because it allows me to get to know the characters and the setting. I thought A Midsummer Night’s Fudge was well-written with developed characters. Allie, Rex, Jenn, Frances, and, of course, Mal are back for another adventure. I just love Mal who has a nose for crime. He is good at sniffing at bodies and clues. I enjoy the vivid descriptions of Mackinac Island with its charming shops, lovely hotels, and delectable fudge. Allie is busy at the hotel since she lost her assistant. She must get up early to make the various flavors of fudge and take care of the hotel guests. Plus, she does fudge demonstrations during the day with free samples (yum). Of course, no matter how busy Allie is, she cannot resist a mystery. The whodunit was fun to follow. There are various suspects along with a red herring or two. The clues are there if you pay close attention. I enjoyed the dramatic reveal. The only thing that I did not like was Rex constantly discouraging Allie from investigating. One or two mentions I could live with, but it seemed like every time Rex saw Allie, he gave her a warning. I was sorry to see my visit to Mackinac Island come to end. There are recipes included for the fudge Allie made for the McMurphy Fudge Shop. A Midsummer Night’s Fudge is a tasty tale with a contentious contest, fabulous fudge, fatal fireworks, a clever killer, a fun festival, and an inquisitive fudge maker.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anita (Hearts and Whodunits)

    During the Midsummer Night’s Festival, Allie watches as Winona Higer crowns the festival’s queen. Then, when the fireworks get too much, she decides to take her dog, Mal, home to spare her little ears. On her way back, Allie spots Winona Higer’s dead body in the lake. After Allie’s recruited to sub for the late Winona and serve as parade float judge, she hears rumors and gossip, and learns that threatening notes have been sent to some of the other judges. Her instincts kick in and Allie starts a During the Midsummer Night’s Festival, Allie watches as Winona Higer crowns the festival’s queen. Then, when the fireworks get too much, she decides to take her dog, Mal, home to spare her little ears. On her way back, Allie spots Winona Higer’s dead body in the lake. After Allie’s recruited to sub for the late Winona and serve as parade float judge, she hears rumors and gossip, and learns that threatening notes have been sent to some of the other judges. Her instincts kick in and Allie starts an investigation that becomes way too deadly. Will she find out whodunit before she’s in the killer’s crosshairs. In my opinion, this was a great cozy mystery because it consists of enjoyable characters, a puzzling plot, a wonderful seaside town that embodies the word “cozy,” and chocolate. The main character is a strong woman who doesn’t let anyone push her around, and she always informs the police about the clues she discovers. The mystery is full of interesting plot twists that made me rethink the solution and surprised me in the end. And I love mysteries that take place in a seaside town because it reminds me of my childhood living near the shore. But, fair warning, all the fudge recipes will make you hungry. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the advanced reader’s copy of this story. This review is my unbiased opinion.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    Although I haven’t read all the books in this series, I really enjoyed the first few in the series. However, for A Midsummer’s Night’s Fudge, I was extremely surprised at the situations the sleuth, Allie was putting herself in. I read a lot of cozies and I know not all the circumstances are realistic. But Allie inserted herself in such extreme and unrealistic scenarios such as coming across three bodies herself within a short amount of time. And to be allowed to interrogate the suspect in the in Although I haven’t read all the books in this series, I really enjoyed the first few in the series. However, for A Midsummer’s Night’s Fudge, I was extremely surprised at the situations the sleuth, Allie was putting herself in. I read a lot of cozies and I know not all the circumstances are realistic. But Allie inserted herself in such extreme and unrealistic scenarios such as coming across three bodies herself within a short amount of time. And to be allowed to interrogate the suspect in the interrogation room is so outlandish that it turned me off from the story. There are smart ways to have the amateur sleuth within a cozy to be in the midst of a crime investigation without having it come across as reaching. And Allie in this book was certainly reaching. What I did enjoy about the book were all the recipes included and I love that Mal, Allie’s adorable dog gets involved. I won’t let this book detract me from reading the other stories, but I hope that the future books in this series scale back on the extremities of situations. Thank you Kensington Books for the arc. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Whenever I get a book in this series, I know I need to set aside a big block of time because I will not want to put it down. Nancy Coco’s writing just flows so smoothly for me that I read right through the night. I love how the series has evolved over the years and how the characters have grown. The mystery was good but I figured out the killer early on, which rarely happens, so it’s puzzling to me why Allie didn’t figure it out and got herself in trouble yet again. That’s my only complaint abou Whenever I get a book in this series, I know I need to set aside a big block of time because I will not want to put it down. Nancy Coco’s writing just flows so smoothly for me that I read right through the night. I love how the series has evolved over the years and how the characters have grown. The mystery was good but I figured out the killer early on, which rarely happens, so it’s puzzling to me why Allie didn’t figure it out and got herself in trouble yet again. That’s my only complaint about this book: I get that Rex has to keep discouraging her from investigating but does the conversating have to happen every time? It gets repetitive. Otherwise, another solid entry into the series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Residents of Mackinac Island are celebrating Midsummer’s Night. After leaving the masquerade ball Allie finds a body floating in the water near the beach. The body was one of the committee members of the festival. Soon someone seems to be targeting all the other committee members. Can Allie figure out who is behind these terrible acts before someone else dies? This is an enjoyable cozy. The characters are intriguing and relatable. The mystery is well plotted with plenty of interesting twists. The Residents of Mackinac Island are celebrating Midsummer’s Night. After leaving the masquerade ball Allie finds a body floating in the water near the beach. The body was one of the committee members of the festival. Soon someone seems to be targeting all the other committee members. Can Allie figure out who is behind these terrible acts before someone else dies? This is an enjoyable cozy. The characters are intriguing and relatable. The mystery is well plotted with plenty of interesting twists. There is no shortage of well placed red herrings to keep the readers on their toes. I recommend this book to cozy mystery fans. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and in no way have I been influenced by anyone.

  11. 4 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FUDGE by Nancy Coco is the tenth book in the Candy-Coated Mystery series. This newest release is another fun return to Mackinac Island where summer is in full swing with the Midsummer Night’s Festival. The author does a marvelous job of bringing the unique island setting to life, with its shops, tourists, and no motorized vehicles (aside from emergency vehicles). Instead, the sound of birds, lakeside waves, and the clomping of horses pulling carriages can be heard, and the ar A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FUDGE by Nancy Coco is the tenth book in the Candy-Coated Mystery series. This newest release is another fun return to Mackinac Island where summer is in full swing with the Midsummer Night’s Festival. The author does a marvelous job of bringing the unique island setting to life, with its shops, tourists, and no motorized vehicles (aside from emergency vehicles). Instead, the sound of birds, lakeside waves, and the clomping of horses pulling carriages can be heard, and the aroma of chocolate fudge fills the air. The protagonist Allie McMurphy owns the McMurphy hotel and fudge shop and is elbow deep in fudge as she caters to the tourists pouring in. Another strength of Ms. Coco is the development of her characters over the course of the series. Allie is genuinely likeable and you can’t help but adore her bichonpoo pup, Mal. The entire cast of core characters, including Jenn, her best friend, and Officer Rex Manning, her boyfriend, have shown growth and change over the years, making them relatable. It’s like catching up with old friends whenever you pick up the newest book. Unfortunately, Mal has a penchant for sniffing out dead bodies. However, this time around, Allie is the one to find the first victim floating in the lake right after the festival’s fireworks show. Who could have wanted the festival’s chairwoman dead? Thrown into the list of suspects is a disqualified beauty pageant contender. As Rex investigates, Allie is determined to let him do his job without interfering… except Mal sniffs out another victim and another committee member is threatened. Allie can’t stand by and risk becoming a victim herself, having joined the committee. There are plenty of suspects to question and regrettably, despite Rex’s admonishment to not put herself in danger, Allie seems to put herself at risk by constantly taking Mal for a walk. She even strays from the “safer” populated areas of downtown. As she susses out secrets and digs to find the truth, the list of suspects grows. At the hair-raising reveal, I was shocked by the culprit… which always makes me happy when I’m fooled by misdirection and a well-plotted story! Allie spends a lot of time in her fudge shop, making a multitude of flavors. On top of that, she gives two fudge-making demonstrations a day. All I can say is yum! I loved reading all the descriptions and couldn’t wait to try several of the recipes included in the book. I was provided with an advance copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    Allie and her senior friends (yep, she's got her own posse much to Rex's dismay lol) had a tough case and as the bodies started piling up with no answers in sight, even Rex and crew might've been willing to admit they needed help. Well, never out loud. ;) I loved how Allie had to ride herd on Carol and Irma, her senior center friends, and it was so funny to hear her telling them the exact same things Rex was always trying to drill into her brain: don't go out alone when there's a killer loose! I Allie and her senior friends (yep, she's got her own posse much to Rex's dismay lol) had a tough case and as the bodies started piling up with no answers in sight, even Rex and crew might've been willing to admit they needed help. Well, never out loud. ;) I loved how Allie had to ride herd on Carol and Irma, her senior center friends, and it was so funny to hear her telling them the exact same things Rex was always trying to drill into her brain: don't go out alone when there's a killer loose! I've always liked Carol's character ever since she became more of a constant in the story line and sleuthing helper along with Irma, her power walking buddy. Allie figured by keeping an eye on the seniors, it was the perfect excuse to go snooping! I actually had the killer picked out pretty early, stuck with my choice, and I was happy to find out I was right for once! There wasn't anything in particular early on that made me choose this person, kinda a sheer dumb luck thing, lol. At least Rex and Allie were at a stage now where he wasn't always getting on her case, and when he did he was gentler about it--and she didn't get all defensive like she did in the past. She's always gonna be Allie and do impulsive and uh yeah sometimes stupid things, but she seems to have more lives than a cat right now since this is the tenth book. Gotta love her for who she is and how much she loves her friends that're really her adopted island family. Being the tenth book, there's been an ongoing theme about where Allie usually ends up tossed by the killer, and I had to giggle when she commented on it in the narrative because I'd just had that same idea! I haven't read the teaser chapter at the end, but I'm always eager to do that and keep it as a little treat for when I'm completely done. Even sight unseen, I'm always ready for the next book! Mackinac Island is one of my fave places to visit and I can't wait to go back both physically and via this series! I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by Kensington Cozies via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own. Don't miss this book when it releases next Tuesday, May 24, 2022!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    This was my 3rd in this series. Although it was book ten, I had no difficulties keeping up with characters and events and it worked for me as an individual story. The first Midsummer Night’s Festival on Mackinac Island, Upper Michigan is celebrating the opening of the summer season. A masquerade ball becomes a murder scene when Allie McMurphy finds a dead woman wearing a white dress with rainbow hair, floating in the waters of the lake. Protagonist and Historic McMurphy Hotel And Fudge Shop owne This was my 3rd in this series. Although it was book ten, I had no difficulties keeping up with characters and events and it worked for me as an individual story. The first Midsummer Night’s Festival on Mackinac Island, Upper Michigan is celebrating the opening of the summer season. A masquerade ball becomes a murder scene when Allie McMurphy finds a dead woman wearing a white dress with rainbow hair, floating in the waters of the lake. Protagonist and Historic McMurphy Hotel And Fudge Shop owner, Allie is a great character who I like immensely. She is smart and focussed though sometimes inclined towards recklessness. There was no shortage of engaging chapters so I was thoroughly invested in finding out what would happen next. The great cast of characters, including Allie's best friend, Jenn helped to zhoosh up this summer cozy. The author really impresses me with her fluid writing; the details of the plot are very well-executed, and the story is amusing and easy to follow. I was kept guessing until the very end and really enjoyed this intriguing yarn. There are quite a few instalments to catch up on and I can’t wait to visit Allie and her Bichonpoo, Mal (short for Marshmallow) on Mackinac Island again. If you adore a solid cozy whodunit with lots of yummy fudgy references, don't miss out on A Midsummer Night's Fudge. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Kensington Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jerri Cachero

    While Mackinac Island is beginning to rival Cabot Cove for murders, Allie McMurphy, local inn keeper, fudge maker and amateur sleuth is up to the challenge of discovering who is murdering committee members of the island's Midsummer's Night Festival. Problem is, Allie finds herself a committee member too - which may put her on a murder "hit list"! Allie is a fun character and I have enjoyed seeing her grow into a savvy businesswoman and a talented sleuth. I love that the island, in a way, becomes While Mackinac Island is beginning to rival Cabot Cove for murders, Allie McMurphy, local inn keeper, fudge maker and amateur sleuth is up to the challenge of discovering who is murdering committee members of the island's Midsummer's Night Festival. Problem is, Allie finds herself a committee member too - which may put her on a murder "hit list"! Allie is a fun character and I have enjoyed seeing her grow into a savvy businesswoman and a talented sleuth. I love that the island, in a way, becomes another "character" with its secrets and history. The supporting characters are well-written and relatable and make for a well-rounded mystery. I can almost taste the fudge that Allie makes - word of warning, you'll crave fudge as you read! One day, I hope to visit the Island and I'll grab some fudge and try to imagine Allie and friends solving mysteries. For now, I'll wait, impatiently for the next book! I received an ARC from NetGalley and the opinions in this review are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    Another awesome book to the series. So happy I figured out who the killer was long before the end of the story. I loved every minute of the story and hated to see it end.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    It's time to join Allie McMurphy and her friends at the Grand hotel, located on Mackinac Island. I love catching up with this cast of colorful characters. I let my mind whisk me away to the island, where I can hear the horses clip-clopping on the road, and catch a scent of chocolate, as I approach The McMurphy, to watch a fudge making demonstration. For Allie, living on the island is a dream come true, until there's a murder that shocks their little town. Allie loves the intrigue of a mystery, but It's time to join Allie McMurphy and her friends at the Grand hotel, located on Mackinac Island. I love catching up with this cast of colorful characters. I let my mind whisk me away to the island, where I can hear the horses clip-clopping on the road, and catch a scent of chocolate, as I approach The McMurphy, to watch a fudge making demonstration. For Allie, living on the island is a dream come true, until there's a murder that shocks their little town. Allie loves the intrigue of a mystery, but not when the safety of her friends is at risk. Rex, resident law enforcer and Allie's boyfriend, knows that he can't stop her from being a little nosey, but when her life is in danger once again, he wishes she wouldn't get involved. This was a great story, I had no clue who the villain was until the reveal. I love it when I'm stumped. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for selecting me to read an advanced copy of this book. #AMidsummerNightsFudge #NetGalley

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cozy Reviews

    It is always a fun read to return to Mackinac Island with Allie and friends. I enjoyed this `10th in series and look forward to the next book. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. Allie is attending a town festival when she decides to take her dog home before the fireworks Of course on her way she cannot help but find a body in the lake. Allie has a way of attracting murder victims. The body is the chairman of the event . Allile wants to solve this murder to put away It is always a fun read to return to Mackinac Island with Allie and friends. I enjoyed this `10th in series and look forward to the next book. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. Allie is attending a town festival when she decides to take her dog home before the fireworks Of course on her way she cannot help but find a body in the lake. Allie has a way of attracting murder victims. The body is the chairman of the event . Allile wants to solve this murder to put away the murderer and bring peace back to her small town. The sleuth was enjoyable, the food references are always fun and I love the long time supporting charcters. The series is always fun escape reading and fast paced.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Karen Hollins

    “A Midsummer Night's Fudge“ the 10th instalment in the Candy-Coated Mystery series by Nancy Coco. I really love this series and visiting Mackinac Island! After a summer celebration on Michigan’s Mackinac Island ends in murder, hotel and fudge shop owner Allie McMurphy puts on her sleuthing hat . . . THERE’S NO SUGARCOATING A KILLER’S SCHEME I found myself engrossed in the story and reading in a couple days. The mystery is interesting and well plotted, and I loved the characters which are well de “A Midsummer Night's Fudge“ the 10th instalment in the Candy-Coated Mystery series by Nancy Coco. I really love this series and visiting Mackinac Island! After a summer celebration on Michigan’s Mackinac Island ends in murder, hotel and fudge shop owner Allie McMurphy puts on her sleuthing hat . . . THERE’S NO SUGARCOATING A KILLER’S SCHEME I found myself engrossed in the story and reading in a couple days. The mystery is interesting and well plotted, and I loved the characters which are well developed. I especially love little Mal which reminds me of my little Lindi. I think this might be my favourite book in the series but I say that every time. I kept guessing and second-guessing myself on whodunnit right to the very end. I did figure out who the villain was shortly before Allie did. I recommend this book to all my cozy lover friends. I requested and received an advance reader copy of this book from Kensington Books and Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    J.

    Allie, owner of McPhersons Hotel and Fudge Shop on Mackinac Island, is enjoying the Midsummer Night’s Festival with her friends. The enjoyable evening ends abruptly when Allie finds a body. Is the murder related to the Festival committee or was the motive more personal? Allie and her friends begin sleuthing, despite the police chief’s (Allie’s boyfriend) wish that she would stay out of it and stay safe. This continues to be a fun series with a good mystery in a picturesque and unique setting. Tha Allie, owner of McPhersons Hotel and Fudge Shop on Mackinac Island, is enjoying the Midsummer Night’s Festival with her friends. The enjoyable evening ends abruptly when Allie finds a body. Is the murder related to the Festival committee or was the motive more personal? Allie and her friends begin sleuthing, despite the police chief’s (Allie’s boyfriend) wish that she would stay out of it and stay safe. This continues to be a fun series with a good mystery in a picturesque and unique setting. Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for this ARC.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    Allie McMurphy owns and operates the hotel and fudge shop on Historic Mackinac Island where her more than a friend is the chief local law. It starts out with the end of the local pageant and the discovery of the first body. Let the sleuthing begin! The clues are confusing, the characters nice but realistic, the twists surprising, and the sleuthing well done. The book is punctuated with delicious chocolate dessert recipes every few chapters. Good read! I requested and received a free temporary e-b Allie McMurphy owns and operates the hotel and fudge shop on Historic Mackinac Island where her more than a friend is the chief local law. It starts out with the end of the local pageant and the discovery of the first body. Let the sleuthing begin! The clues are confusing, the characters nice but realistic, the twists surprising, and the sleuthing well done. The book is punctuated with delicious chocolate dessert recipes every few chapters. Good read! I requested and received a free temporary e-book from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I have read most, perhaps all, of the previous books in this series. For the most part I’ve enjoyed them. I like catching up with the characters and their lives. Mal is a super cute dog. And the recipes all sound tasty. But Allie was a bit of an annoying brat in this book and almost TSTL. Plus. How many bodies and murders can there be on one little island? It’s starting to remind me of Cabot Cove and Jessica Fletcher! Definitely worth a read if you enjoy the series. I don’t recommend starting wi I have read most, perhaps all, of the previous books in this series. For the most part I’ve enjoyed them. I like catching up with the characters and their lives. Mal is a super cute dog. And the recipes all sound tasty. But Allie was a bit of an annoying brat in this book and almost TSTL. Plus. How many bodies and murders can there be on one little island? It’s starting to remind me of Cabot Cove and Jessica Fletcher! Definitely worth a read if you enjoy the series. I don’t recommend starting with this one, though. Thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    A fun cozy mystery and a great continuation to the series, can't wait to read the next book! A fun cozy mystery and a great continuation to the series, can't wait to read the next book!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    Really fun mystery! I love the fudge recipes...they are always so mouthwatering. I love how Allie uses all the residents on the island to help solve her mysteries. Fun story that kept me guessing till the end.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    A Midsummer Night's Fudge by Nancy Coco takes us to Upper Michigan and a town that is full of fudge shops. It is fireworks time at the Midsummer Fight's Festival to celebrate summer. This is a new festival for the area and looks to have been very successful. There was one little kerfuffle with one of the Queen of the Festival contestants, when one of them was disqualified based on her community service hours. This was a prominent family and no one wanted to mess with them, but the rules were the A Midsummer Night's Fudge by Nancy Coco takes us to Upper Michigan and a town that is full of fudge shops. It is fireworks time at the Midsummer Fight's Festival to celebrate summer. This is a new festival for the area and looks to have been very successful. There was one little kerfuffle with one of the Queen of the Festival contestants, when one of them was disqualified based on her community service hours. This was a prominent family and no one wanted to mess with them, but the rules were the rules, until the chairman of the festival committee turned up dead, floating in the water. Of course, Allie discovered the body. Then the next day, Mal, her dog, discovered another body hidden in some bushes. This could not be happening. This was a good mystery and Allie is a natural sleuth, but she is also a busy body, and involves people who would better be left to their gardening. It gets her a roommate, twice, for several days each, in an attempt to keep them safe. It was an experience she was not eager to repeat. Rex, her boyfriend and a police officer, begged her stay out of it: to stay home and be safe. Did she listen? No. Jenn is pregnant and that fact causes a lot of joy for a lot of people. Allie keeps investigating until there is no turning back. What a terrific, character, business, town, and mystery! I was invited to read A Midsummer Night's Fudge by Kensington, through Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine. #netgalley #Kensington #amidsummernightsfudge #nancycoco

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Woodhouse

    What a wonderful addition to this series! As usual, Allie and the rest of the gang, bring a huge smile to my face in their care and love for one another. I love that every mystery is unique and well thought out. I always have to think to figure out who the killer is. This one was no different. It wasn't until three fourths of the book that I really started to out the pieces together and was proved right at the end. This book came filled with lots of surprises and funny moments. I love how Allie What a wonderful addition to this series! As usual, Allie and the rest of the gang, bring a huge smile to my face in their care and love for one another. I love that every mystery is unique and well thought out. I always have to think to figure out who the killer is. This one was no different. It wasn't until three fourths of the book that I really started to out the pieces together and was proved right at the end. This book came filled with lots of surprises and funny moments. I love how Allie can laugh at herself. All of these characters are well thought out, and someone you can relate to. I wasn't too fond of Rex at first but he has definitely grown on me and now I can definitely see the appeal. I definitely recommend this book. This book is just like the rest of the series. They're all as sweet as candy and I've loved every one that I've read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Darcy Mohr

    I enjoy a cozy mystery every now and then. They’re typically light and fun and are usually set in quint towns that are as much a part of the story as the characters. When I rate them, I do so based on other cozy mysteries that I have read. I don’t expect them to measure up to great literary fiction. Even so, I do expect some decent character development, a somewhat plausible plot, realistic dialogue, and good descriptions of the setting. This book lacked all of those things. I won this book in a I enjoy a cozy mystery every now and then. They’re typically light and fun and are usually set in quint towns that are as much a part of the story as the characters. When I rate them, I do so based on other cozy mysteries that I have read. I don’t expect them to measure up to great literary fiction. Even so, I do expect some decent character development, a somewhat plausible plot, realistic dialogue, and good descriptions of the setting. This book lacked all of those things. I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway, so I have not read any other books in this series. Perhaps by the 10th book the author expects the reader to know the characters and have a sense for the setting. Fair enough. But I’ve been to Mackinac Island and this book does not do it justice. There is so much potential for a book in this setting that the author does not take advantage of. Even though the characters have been introduced in previous books, there should have been some attempt to bring new readers up to speed. There was not. The relationships between the characters was given cursory treatment, at best. I didn’t get a sense for how the characters related to each other, and the author gave me no reason to care. The plot was meh. Bodies kept showing up and the characters barely reacted. Oh i found another body. That’s not good. I guess I’ll go make some fudge. Okay, I can forgive a lot of that. Cozy mysteries are formulaic. I get that. But the dialog! Oh the dialog! Who talks like that? “Allie, thank goodness you’re here” “What’s going on.” “I just got back from my power walk and someone has broken into my house.” “Oh, that’s not good.” It was all just so boring and pedestrian. Oh well, at least it was a quick read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    A Midsummer’s Night Fudge is the tenth book in the A Candy-coated Mystery series by Nancy Coco. I always enjoy visiting the beautiful Mackinac Island, and this book was no exception. The summer season has begun, and the island’s first Midsummer Night’s Festival has started. Winona Higer, chair of the festival, starts to name the queen of the festival but first announces that one of the contestants has been disqualified and continues to announce the winner. After the queen is crowned, the disqualif A Midsummer’s Night Fudge is the tenth book in the A Candy-coated Mystery series by Nancy Coco. I always enjoy visiting the beautiful Mackinac Island, and this book was no exception. The summer season has begun, and the island’s first Midsummer Night’s Festival has started. Winona Higer, chair of the festival, starts to name the queen of the festival but first announces that one of the contestants has been disqualified and continues to announce the winner. After the queen is crowned, the disqualified contestant creates a terrible scene, stating that she was wrongfully removed and would have won. Shortly after, the fireworks began, and Allie decided to take her adorable pup home as the fireworks were scaring her. As Allie returns to the festival, she notices a body floating a few feet offshore. Allie enters the water, pulls the body ashore, and sees that Winona Higer was shot dead. The next day, Allie is surprised when she is asked to join the festival planning committee. Allie decides to accept the offer, not that she will get involved in an investigation, but she might be able to learn something that she can pass along to her boyfriend, Police Chief Rex Manning. But when Mal finds another murder victim, pranks and threatening messages are directed at some committee members, and Allie decides that she needs to get more involved. She soon discovers that several suspects would like to see Winona’s life ended. I love this series. The book is well-written and plotted and reads at a good pace. Most of the regular characters are back to help Allie search out the killer. The characters are well-developed, engaging, and believable. There are delicious recipes also included in the story. I am awaiting the next book in this exciting series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lena H.

    Allie is happy to pitch in to help with the Midsummer Night's Festival on Mackinac Island, but the festival takes a quick turn when Winona Higer, the festival's committee chair, is found dead shortly after disqualifying one of the festival queen contestants. Is it a case of sour grapes? Or is there something deeper and more sinister happening? Mackinac Island has been on my list of places I'd like to visit for many years. I love the idea of an island with no cars, people riding bikes and taking h Allie is happy to pitch in to help with the Midsummer Night's Festival on Mackinac Island, but the festival takes a quick turn when Winona Higer, the festival's committee chair, is found dead shortly after disqualifying one of the festival queen contestants. Is it a case of sour grapes? Or is there something deeper and more sinister happening? Mackinac Island has been on my list of places I'd like to visit for many years. I love the idea of an island with no cars, people riding bikes and taking hikes and the clip clop of horses hooves on the pavement. Allie has the fun job of making fudge in the front window of her family's historic hotel, which she's spent the last few years renovating to its former glory. When she's not busy with that she's walking her little dog Mal, who sniffs out corpses like most dogs sniff out a squirrel. This book felt a little rushed. There were parts of it that were a bit of a whirlwind. I thought more time could have been spent on some of the things that were happening, particularly when the first body was found. I also thought Allie, who's had quite a bit of experience with this whole murder thing by now, was surprisingly irresponsible when it came to the crime scenes. She touched and moved evidence on several occasions, which any devoted cozy reader knows is a big no no. Allie also took a lot of unnecessary chances. In this book there was a sniper on the island, picking off festival committee members in random locations throughout the island, but Allie never heeded anyone's advice to stay in where she would be safe (and their silly suggestions that she would be safe if she wasn't alone) and she was convinced that as long as she was on Main street she would be fine. Taking risks is one thing but the way she reacted to Rex's repeated pleas that she protect herself seemed quite childish. Overall I enjoyed this book. This is a series that I always keep up with. A Midsummer Night's Fudge was not one of the best in the series, but definitely worth reading. Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Let's start with the positive. The story and setting sounded very interesting. I'm sorry. But that's the end of my positivity. I may have gone in to this with my hopes too high. I'm an avid cozy book reader and I know that there's a basic outline to all the stories. (If you read cozy mysteries, then none of this is a spoiler.) A midsummer Night's Fudge synopsis followed the typical cozy candy shop murder mystery. Single woman, hot boyfriend, close friends, owns her own business, small community, a Let's start with the positive. The story and setting sounded very interesting. I'm sorry. But that's the end of my positivity. I may have gone in to this with my hopes too high. I'm an avid cozy book reader and I know that there's a basic outline to all the stories. (If you read cozy mysteries, then none of this is a spoiler.) A midsummer Night's Fudge synopsis followed the typical cozy candy shop murder mystery. Single woman, hot boyfriend, close friends, owns her own business, small community, a surprise murder of a local, sleuths to find the murderer, endangers herself, boyfriend upset and wants her to stop investigating, murder solved by the end. What makes each book different is the writing. The settings. Descriptions of each character, their surroundings, and their relationships with each other. A basic plot can become imaginative and unique with twists, turns, and the use of a thesaurus. I found the dialogue to be blunt, plain, curt and a little too frank. The characters reactions to anything where stiff and bland. They reacted the same to finding a dead body as they did to buying a cup of coffee. I've heard of Mackinack island. I knew it to be a unique place to visit. This book did not make me want to vacation there. It made it sound like any small town in America. Small. Quaint. Nice place to live. I looked up the island after I finished reading the book. The pictures confirmed that story does not do the setting any justice. The main character, Allie, was flat. Her interactions with other characters, flat. Her boyfriend, flat. Her dog was the most animated character of them all. It reaches a point where every other page, someone mentions about her sleuthing and her investigating. How good she is at it and how she's solves murders. Then her boyfriend Rex, the cop, is constantly reminding her to leave it to the pros and then shrugs his shoulders and lets her investigate. In case you couldn't tell, I did not like this book. The writing is gruff and lack luster. I struggled to finish it, though I still consider it a quick read. It was honestly like reading a story I may have written when I was 12. Underdeveloped characters. Very basic writing style. Not something I was expecting from the 10th book in a series with so many readers already rating it with 4 or 5 stars and reviews with nothing but praise. But it is just my opinion. And I truly hate to be so negative. But I will not be reading any more of this series. Even so, thank you to #NetGalley and #Kensington Books for this eARC title. Free read for an overly honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    A Midsummer Night's Fudge by Nancy Coco is an excellent culinary cozy mystery that is the 10th book in the equally wonderful: Candy-Coated Mystery series. I just love this series! I really feel as if this series has truly come into its own. The last several books have been the best few, and this adds to those as well. This one focusses around the Island during the peak of summer and Allie is at it again…sleuthing it up after she stumbles into a murder scene. When some of her friends are targeted A Midsummer Night's Fudge by Nancy Coco is an excellent culinary cozy mystery that is the 10th book in the equally wonderful: Candy-Coated Mystery series. I just love this series! I really feel as if this series has truly come into its own. The last several books have been the best few, and this adds to those as well. This one focusses around the Island during the peak of summer and Allie is at it again…sleuthing it up after she stumbles into a murder scene. When some of her friends are targeted by a potential serial killer, she makes it her business to help solve the mystery right along with the police. Frustrating her bf, and officer, she and Mal work with friends and locals to help save the day. I really enjoyed the inclusion of some new characters, and hope that a lot of these locals will continue to take part in future books. I kinda figured out the culprit about halfway through, but the story, surprises, characters, and enjoyment that I had while reading easily made up for that. I really, really love this series and can’t wait for the next one. I also plan to try out the Chocolate Swirl Coffeecake recipe. It sounds quite doable and tasty. 5/5 stars Thank you NG and Kensington for this wonderful arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication on 5/24/22.

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