Thursday, April 16, 2009
Review of Candy Coated Secrets by Cynthia Hickey
Who would have thought leading an elephant down Highway 64 could lead to murder?
When a carnival train crashes in front of Summer Meadows' house, she does what comes naturally—she acts without thinking and volunteers to lead an elephant a mile down the road to the fairground. The animal's trainer follows close behind but disappears when they reach their destination. When Summer goes looking for her, she finds something altogether different. A woman hanging dead in the shower of one of the trailers.
Despite her boyfriend, Ethan Banning's's advise, Summer sets out to solve this murder, resulting in a carnival slew of mishaps and adventure. Not only for herself, but for Ethan too. Not wanting her out of his sight, Ethan tags along on nighttime stakeouts, almost making Summer forget why they spied in the first place. When his life is in danger, Summer faces a life-long fear to rescue the man she loves.
If you enjoy reading a cozy mystery you may enjoy reading this one. the unique setting and crazy characters make for an entertaining read. the novel is a really quick read and the carnival characters keep you guessing who the bad guy really is since they all seem so out of the ordinary. Of course what else would you expect with that line up of characters. What I love about the Hearsong Presents Mysteries is that they are sweet mysteries not written to scare the reader but present an interest mystery with some pretty quirky characters and plot lines.