Candy Apple Dead (A Candy Shop Mystery, #1)
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Candy Apple Dead (A Candy Shop Mystery #1)

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Abby Shaw has returned to her hometown of Paradise, Colorado--leaving behind a career in corporate law and a cheating husband--to take over her aunt's candy shop, Divinity. But her sweet new life quickly turns sour when a fellow merchant dies in a fire. With all clues pointing to arson--and Abby's brother as the number one suspect--she must sink her teeth into finding the...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published September 6th 2005 by Berkley Prime Crime
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I read quite a few of the themed cozy mysteries. For the life of me I can't remember why I didn't enjoy this one at all, but I do remember stating a few times during this book that I really hated it. I think it may have been the characters who drove me crazy.
Really only partly finished this. Skimmed mostly. Character pissed me off with her waffling.
Diane  Morasco
What could be more delish than a mystery series that takes place in a candy shop? Adding pizza, cheese & baked goods is the only thing that comes to mine. Oh, talk about sheer deliciousness.

Sammi Carter's Abby Shaw is the latest amateur sleuth to join the ranks in the cozy mystery genre.

Candy Apple Dead is a luscious read.

I enjoyed getting to know Abby in this tempting debut. I loved the small town feel of life in Paradise, Colorado.

Carter created a likable heroine who has chutzpah. Abby see...more
Chrissy Daydreamer
I thought this book was going to a cute and quirky mystery, based on the reviews I read. It was just meh. Story of a woman who comes back to her hometown after years of being away and a failed marriage(her husband cheated on her and she is pretty bitter about it) and inherits a candy shop from her aunt. There is a mystery, too, but it didn't hold my interest that much. Her character development was just OK, and it seemed she spent more time making up interesting names for them and for the shops...more
Candy Apple Dead is the first book in Sammi Carter's "Candy Shop Mysteries" and I absolutely love it! I read the whole book in about 2 1/2 days! I probably could have read the whole thing from start to finish in one afternoon but... ya know... pesky priorities get in the way lol. Seriously though, I couldn't put it down. It was such a page turner and Sammi kept me guessing and in suspense with every character!... soon everyone became a suspect and I was just itching to find out who did it! I als...more
Versel Rush
Apr 11, 2012 Versel Rush rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Versel by: Amazon
I finally gave in after seeing this pop up every time I opened my Amazon recommendations (and, lately, on my Goodread recommendations as well). I hope that this is the last I will see of this series on any recommendations list.

The book was boring--no other way to put it. Abby, the new owner of Divinity Candy Shop, was wishy washy and, frankly, not too bright. By the end of the book I was seriously tired of hearing about her cheating ex-husband and the dysfunctional relationship she has with her...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Abby Shaw now owns Divinity candy shop when her aunt passed away she left it to Abby. Making sweets and selling them eases her heartache, but having Brandon MIlls sweett on her helps it even more. Brandon invites Abby to go to dinner with him after they attend the town meeting . But when he fails to show up for the meeting or the dinner date , and his store burns down. Abby fears something has happened to him and when she see,s her brothers truck near the scene before the fire and a body is fou...more
My first cozy mystery and first mystery in a very long time with a short history. I loved the idea of combining candy with murder (I'm a bit of a sweet tooth), but this book was bad. The title had nothing to do with the plot. The main character is an idiot and is constantly doing things a former corporate lawyer or anyone who studies law should know not to do. So much of it was her sheer stupidity in ticking everyone off asking stupid questions and saying stupid things. I found her character not...more
Maria (Ri)
I wanted to like this book, but found it only just ok. It's the typical cozy scenario - a single woman in a cute job finds herself in the middle of a murder that she feels compelled to solve herself. It felt too predictable, too similar to many other small town women sleuth cozies. Plus, all the talk about candy made me so hungry!! I'm hoping this series develops a little more depth and personality. I'd like to see more of te small town characters fleshed out a bit more too.
I first read this in fifth grade. I loved it! I was, and still somewhat, a mystery freak. I liked reading of suspense, still do, that makes my heart pound and this book did the treat. Although since I was in 5th grade the first time i read it, i didn't know why they were talking so much about monkeys... (but now I do... (^-^)-ew!) ReReading it for good times during the summer.
Re read it and i still love it!
I was surprised by this book. The writing was more detailed and the story more interesting than I had expected. I am looking forward to seeing if the next book in the series will prove to be as entertaining.
Mar 19, 2014 Anjula marked it as couldn-t-finish
What's the point in "investigating" if you ignore everything that people tell you? Or assume that you know better?
Connie N.
This is a very good start to a cozy mystery series about a candy shop owner, Abby Shaw, who returns to her hometown in Colorado after her divorce and when Abby inherits the store after the death of her Aunt Grace. Abby has hopes that she and handsome Brandon might be a couple until his store burns down, with him in it. Abby's brother Wyatt becomes Suspect #1, so it's natural for Abby to start looking for answers. She does this in a very believable way, talking to friends and neighbors to follow...more
Recently divorced Abby Shaw returns to Paradise, Colorado to run the Divinity Candy Shop, which she inherited from her Aunt Grace. Though some of the people living in Paradise are a bit cool towards Abby until she proves herself; men's clothing storeowner Brandon Mills seems attracted to her. Since he has quite the reputation as a ladies man, Abby's not sure about his true feelings but never has a chance to find out when he is murdered. Brandon's death is a shock for Abby in many ways - she disc...more
The title had absolutely nothing to do with what happened in the story. No one choked on a candy apple, no one was given a poison apple a' la Snow White. I get that Abby Shaw owns a candy shop and this is the Candy Shop Mystery series but come on! Yeah, someone dies in the book and yeah, at one point I think candy apples are made but how the two have anything to do with each other is beyond me. Moving on.

At first I didn't get it. In the beginning there are references to a town council meeting ab...more
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Dec 03, 2009 Rebecca rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
Recommended to Rebecca by: my mother
Shelves: rmr-project
Candy Apple Dead by Sammi Carter revolves around Abby, a corporate lawyer who returned to her hometown after her marriage failed and took over her great aunt's candy shop. When a friend's store burns down and his body is found in the rubble, her brother is the townspeople's main suspect. Assuming, of course, that the man didn't burn the shop down himself and get caught in the blaze. Abby can't believe either could be thought guilty, but soon finds out many things about both of them that she didn...more
Tabby Kat
Abby Shaw is trying to readjust to life in Paradise, Colorado after years away. Part of that adjustment is running Divinity Candy Shop, which she just inherited from her aunt.

But adjusting to life in a small town also means adjusting to local politics. The Downtown Merchants Alliance is currently debating the merits of moving the local Arts Festival to the downtown area. The issue is hotly contested. Brandon Mills is spearheading the effort to move it, so when he doesn't show up at a meeting ab...more
I enjoyed most of this "first in a series" book. The Abby, main character, is very likable and has strong passions for her family, friends and neighbors. When a fellow businessman is found dead in a fire and her brother Wyatt is the prime suspect she can't leave it to the police. So, she is off investigating, despite repeated warnings from the police and from family to leave it to the police. It is this behavior that bothered me, she repeatedly puts herself in danger and just seemed to ignore th...more
Mark Baker
The idea of moving the Arts Festival downtown stirs up trouble, including arson and murder. Can Abby get her feet under her running a new business and solve the crime? I liked the characters and setting, but the plot was a little rough.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
This is the first book in the Candy Shop Series.

Abby has moved back to her small home town of Paradise, Colorado after being gone for 20 years. Some of the townsfolk accept her right away, and some feel she has to prove herself. Even her brother, Wyatt is upset that she left. She has inherited her aunt's candy shop business and she is getting over the divorce from her cheating husband, and is so hurt by his betrayal that she wants nothing more to do with relationships. However, when the smooth...more
#19 02/12/06 CANDY APPLE DEAD by Sammi Carter
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Mystery, 2005, 217 pgs
TIME/PLACE: Present, Paradise, Colorado
CHARACTERS: Abby Shaw/candy shop owner
COMMENTS: 1st in the Candy Shop cozy mystery series. Abby was a corporate attorney who inherits her Aunt Grace's Candy Shop Divinity. She's recovering from a divorce and is set to go out w/ Brandon another local shop owner. Brandon doesn't show up for the date because he dies in the fire that burns his store down. Abby...more
This is set in Paradise, Colorado, when Abby Shaw returns back to her home state after a failed marriage, and gets embroiled into a murder, when a friend of hers gets killed. Like all cozies, she decides to go investigating on her own, when Detective Pine Jawarski gets on her case, and believes her brother Wyatt is involved. Abby finds out new secrets on her friend, Brandon Mills, and what really happened behind the scenes before he entered her town, before she ends up the next suspect herself....more
This was ok. The mystery was interesting enough to want to keep reading, but Abby didn't interest me enough to care about her. I know amateur detectives are supposed to be nosey by nature to solve cases on their own, but I found Abby a bit too nosey for my taste. Then there was her brother Wyatt who is just down right mean spirited to the point where I really hope he gets what's coming to him.
I have a feeling I'm going to read the next book in the series just to see what happens with the small...more
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. At first, the characters kind of annoyed me (especially Abby), but with a little time I grew to really like her. She's nosy, but it's understandable in this context and where would the story be if she wasn't. I found myself wanted to learn more about her and the other people in her little town. I think this was a really good 1st mystery in the series, even though it sort of threw a bunch of characters as you at once. I was quickly hooked into the...more
Interesting and fun start to a new mystery series. Abby's involvement in the murder investigation seemed realistic. Feeling the police were focusing on her brother as the perpetrator, she began questioning townspeople in order to clear his name. Abby herself was likable. There weren't any clues that would lead a reader to the identity of the killer on his/her own, so the mystery resolution only came about by reading it as events happened rather than putting together hidden significant events. St...more
This is the first in the candy shop mystery series, and despite the sugary title, I found I really enjoyed this book. Abby Shaw has survived a recent divorce and has moved to a small town in Colorado to run her Aunt’s candy shop. Small town politics become the center of the novel as many shop owners oppose a new proposal. Soon the instigator of the new proposal, an acquaintance of Abby’s, is found dead in his shop. Abby knows that he was murdered and sets out to prove it—in between making batche...more
Jun 09, 2011 Angela rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: cozy mystery lovers
Recommended to Angela by: goodreads
This was pretty good. It is the first in the series. It was good but not great. I liked the main character and the town and of course the sweets descriptions but the mystery dragged on a little long. However, that being said, I will read the next one in the series because of the setting and the fact that it is the first in the series and sometimes the author needs a little longer to find the voice. Plus, the candy descriptions!!!
Irene J.
This mystery book about a woman who owned a candy shop is a good enjoyable book to read during my short vacation. Strong characters, good research for setting and other background elements. The plot is efficient, but somehow I couldn't help but wondering about the ending. Seemed to me the decision to put the character as the murderer doesn't fit the whole story. It's like something that pop in out of the blue.
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Sammi Carter is the multi-published, award-winning author of the popular Candy Shop mystery series featuring amateur sleuth Abby Shaw. Sammi Carter is the pseudonym of Sherry Lewis.
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