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Zombie Candy (Annie Ogden #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  85 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
From her gorgeous husband to her acclaimed cooking classes, Candace Roach's life looks nearly perfect from the outside. Well, appearances can be deceiving. Her husband, Larry, has three unruly addictions that drive her to the brink--zombie movies, cilantro, and having sex with other women. Luckily, her best friend Annie Ogden is back from Iraq and armed with a private inve ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published May 21st 2012 by Frederick Lee Brooke (first published May 6th 2012)
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May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Zombie Candy makes for fun summertime reading but be warned this is not a typical zombie novel by any means. It features zombies, sort of, but there isn’t any brain gobbling and to say more would ruin it. It’s also not an amateur sleuthing novel even though the cover says “An Annie Ogden Mystery”and “Cheating Husband? Feed Him To The Zombies”. Because of this I was sort of expecting something along the lines of Stephanie Plum tussles with zombies. It’s an eye-catching cover and an amusing story ...more
Joann Buchanan
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This story starts off with a well defined character in Candace who has major insecurity issues about the weight she has gained since leaving college. She is married to Larry, a zombie movie freak who is a sex addict. The hilarious scene with the black bra is one I'll never forget.It's obvious right from the start that the two of them are having serious issues in their marriage.

Enter her best friend who recently returned from Iraq, Annie. She has taken a class to become a PI. After being asked t
Emma Calin
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know early on, from the color of the inappropriate bra in the opening scenes, that this is going to be a black comedy. In a world where focus and individuality are the agents of success, the line between obsession and personal expression may be blurred. In one of the whackiest stories that I have ever read, I found my own my own moral judgement challenged as I laughed out loud at the evermore unfortunate 'hero'. Most people could sympathize with those obsessed by sex and Zombie movies, but w ...more
I know what you are thinking, of course I am reviewing this book, it has Zombie’s in the title, well before we go on, I want to make something clear, this is not a zombie book in the sense of what many of my blog readers expect. Yet, as I sit here and type that this is not a post apocalyptic tale of survival, I realize this is a story of survival just not one after a zombie apocalypse. Then I start typing, this is not a tale about the crazed undead running around obsessed with eating brains and ...more
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Those who know me, are well aware that I hate horror stories and stay well away from books written by Edgar Alan Poe or Stephen King. But I knew this book was not just a mindless book on Zombies. The theme did run across the book and how, but the book was about human emotions and interplay between people - be it Larry (the splitting image of Russel Crowe) who cheats on his wife Candace, or that between Candace and her best friend Annie, who after being a war veteran in Iraq has just got her priv ...more
Jill Cooper
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
There's alot at work here in this book. When Candace finds a black bra in her husband, Larry's suitcase after a trip she chooses her dinner party to reveal his skeletons. And what's a guy to do but deny, deny, deny?

What evolves from that is more than a plot for revenge. You follow Candace on her journey of grief, anger, weight loss, and final acceptance as her revenge is unfolded. She also has regrets about the past and Larry's infidelity opens up old wounds that Candace has long buried.

As a zom
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first, when I read the title I thought that this was a book for zombies, a zombie mystery that Annie Ogden had to solve. OMG, I was very wrong. This book was much more than that. At the centre of the plot is Candace, human, (who doesn’t want to be called Candy) and her husband Larry, also human, who looks like Russell Crow and his favorite entertainment are zombie movies. Candace cooks well, so she is giving cooking classes in her kitchen. Larry is a traveling salesman and most of the weekday ...more
Deborah Court
May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whenever I read one of Frederick Lee Brooke's books, I have one problem with them - they simply can't be assigned to a certain category. There's so much in this story - tons of humor (most of it black as the deepest night, so beware, ye faint of heart readers), multi-layered characters, a bit of romance, cooking, dieting, zombies, action, sex and an ironic, profound insight on human nature and how a primal, reckless creature - a zombie, one might say in this case - still lurks behind our civiliz ...more
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
Zombie Candy by Frederick Lee Brooke is a fast past action filled work that is more than just solidly exciting escapist fiction. It is not another post apocalypse work but a very well developed account of matrimonial angst and revenge in which zombies play a big part. The lead character in the story is Candace, married to Larry, a serial adulterer who rationalizes his actions by telling himself it is kind of his wife's fault as she has gained a lot of weight. He has seriously damaged her self es ...more
Devan Sagliani
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book wasn't what I expected at all – not by a long shot. I had no idea how bizarre and surprisingly unexpected it would be when I downloaded a copy off Kindle. I just wanted something fun and easy to read over the summer, and I liked the fact that it was a zombie book that wasn't really about zombies themselves so much as zombie culture. It's bizarre – arguably – but it's also extremely well written! The author has such a masterful handle on the story that he easily lures you deeper into th ...more
Juliette Hill
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frederick Lee Brooke, in the second book of his Annie Ogden series, "Zombie Candy," masterfully weaves a tale of sex, lies, love, secrets, betrayal, revenge and, yes, zombies too! This dark, humorous story illustrates how we are all prisoners of our own minds and choices, whether on the battlefield of war or the battlefield of love!

Annie is an army veteran, back from war and trying her hand at a new career as a private investigator. Her best friend from college, Candace, a gourmet cook, treats A
Melissa Storm
Zombie Candy sneaks up and takes you by surprise. “Zombie” is a prominent word in the title, and the book is also dubbed a mystery, then you start reading, and it’s really quite funny. So what is it, already?! Zombie Candy is genre-bending done right. Not a fan of mystery myself, I expected to think “eh, not so much” (even after approving it for tour based on Fred’s stellar quality of writing). But then I started reading, and I saw myself in these characters–especially Candace… Then I saw Candac ...more
Nicole Henke
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun and very fast read, perfect for some light reading by the pool, or beach this Summer. For those looking for a traditional Zombie story, this is NOT it! Instead it is sorta Chick Lit meets current fad meets girl done wrong/gets boy back in spades. Which may sound off, but it had some truly laugh out loud moments, that any woman who has ever wanted payback will relate to!

The recipes included in the back of the book are an extra bonus- I can't wait to try the Pasta with Sage and Appl
Lynn Messina
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Candace Roach is willing to put up with a lot in her marriage, including her husband's obsession with zombies and his habit of putting cilantro on every gourmet meal she cooks. But when he returns home from a business trip with another woman's bra in his suitcase, she snaps (and even tries to put on the ridiculously small item of clothing in a scene that's equal parts hilarious and mortifying). With her best friend, Annie Ogden, a newbie private detective, she cooks up a plan of revenge so outra ...more
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very very interesting! I really liked this book, I really loved the twists and turns. An author to look for in the future.
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Also the epic fail of scheduling posts before writing them

"my own zombie review"

That was it. My entire review. I'm beginning to thinkI'vebecome the zombie. In actuality I neglected to change the scheduled time of my post to later on.

Later on you say? Why later on?

First (and I kid you not) I had to deal with the cilantro...

nom nom zombie nom and also, screw you absentmindedness.

You see, I have a cilantro problem. My pallet garden escapade, and the subsequent forgetting to take the seed packet
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not a mystery fan; at least, not the standard mystery as we’ve come to know it: someone is murdered, clues clues clues, plot twist plot twist, big reveal. Yes, I know this isn’t every mystery plot, but the genre does have a formula and there’s a good reason for that formula that I can respect while not enjoying it. Hell, I get why people love them, as I enjoy a good “fantasy” mystery (for lack of a better word) in my stories.

As a result, I went into this novel with some trepidation. In addi
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First impressions can make or break a book, and in 17 chapters zombies were only mentioned a handful of times. I patted myself on the back for getting that far in a zombie book without any zombies to speak of. So many times I wanted to stop reading Zombie Candy because it wasn’t turning out to be nearly as funny as other reviewers had made it seem. I had hoped that by the time I had reached chapter 17 I would be laughing so hard my stomach would hurt. Instead I was so bored I could barely keep m ...more
Roxanne Kade
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Anyone who has ever been scorned by their significant other needs to read this book. If not for a good laugh, then perhaps to show them that getting even doesn't always have the desired effect. Sometimes it's better to cut your losses and walk away with your head held high.

I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when I first started reading this book. The opening scene sets up the rest of the story perfectly, and I have to applaud Candace for her gutsy show. I would never have the nerve to do what
Tyler-rose (The Reading Pile)
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: enjoyed, for-review
Originally on:

This is the first novel I've read that's made me want to go to Italy. Die For Me made me want to go to Paris, The Hunger Games made me want to go to Panem, and now Zombie Candy has joined the gang by making me want to go to Italy. But if there are Zombies there... I might stay away.

Frederick Lee Brooke is an amazing writer, who has come up with some amazing characters. Candace and her husband Larry never failed to make me laugh with their fastly en
Marilou George
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a story of love, sex, revenge and the ultimate payback. Frederick Lee Brooke has once again written an intelligent, thoughtful and intricate story that will pull you in and keep you invested in the characters and the drama.

Annie Ogden is back and this time it’s personal. She has made a new career choice as a Private Detective and her first client is her best friend and College roommate Candace and her lying, cheating, zombie movie and cilantro loving husband Larry. Candace has her own bu
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, fantastic novel, very funny on how elaborate she made it, with the zombies, and such, very funny! Really enjoyable book!

*Full Review first posted on Words I Write Crazy on 15/06

So this is an awesome book, simply from the characters, and the unique ways they go about things, like Candace, and her husband's cheating, to Annie and her partner on ways to get evidence about said husband's cheating, and the way that they teach him a lesson, it was very elaborate, and inventive, and tailor fit to L
Charlotte Lynn
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
When Candace finds a black bra in her husband, Larry’s, suitcase her eyes are wide open. Candace decides to get more proof of his infidelities and teach her husband a lesson.

Candace, never Candy, hires her best friend since college, Annie, to get her proof of Larry’s infidelities. Recently returning from Iraq, Annie is reluctant to accept the case, her first PI case ever. She teams with her PI class instructor and sets out to get Candace the proof she wants, just not in the usual ways.

Larry is C
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book was brilliant, bizarre, totally creative, and thoroughly entertaining. It is not a horror book about zombies. It is not a book about candy, either. But the title is clever and makes sense once you get closer to the end.

Candace discovers her husband Larry’s infidelity and hires her friend Annie, a private investigator, to gather more evidence. Candace struggles with her weight and goes through the stages of
This is one of the most entertaining books I've every read. Candace is a married woman who has put on a little weight since her college years and soon becomes suspicious that her husband Larry is cheating. She hires her best friend Annie and her partner Salvatore to trail him to see if he is cheating. It is soon discovered that Larry is not only obsessed with Zombie movies but is a total horndog. When Candace finds out about the cheating she flips out and what person wouldn't.

I truly hate Larry
Paranormal Reads
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most entertaining books I've every read. Candace is a married woman who has put on a little weight since her college years and soon becomes suspicious that her husband Larry is cheating. She hires her best friend Annie and her partner Salvatore to trail him to see if he is cheating. It is soon discovered that Larry is not only obsessed with Zombie movies but is a total horndog. When Candace finds out about the cheating she flips out and what person wouldn't.

I truly hate Larry
May 12, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Kay Glass
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Candace's husband, Larry, has been treating her poorly for some time now. He's been hiding something from her, and she finally knows what it is- he's been having an affair. She hires her friend, Annie, to track down more information, only to find out he's been cheating on her for a lot longer than she knew. Like, years- since before they were married. Even as far back as when she fell in love in Italy while he was still a drunken frat boy.

So she plans revenge- for starters, she works to make he
Jaylyn Styles
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Witty and Masterfully crafted! I've never read a book like this one, it may sound cliche but it's just one hell of a read. I've been through and through the same situation as the character and with a predicament like you can't help admire the characters. It's a perfect read with a touch of well written characters with an awesome plot what is there to loose? I can't help but admire the author because he wrote this wonderful book. It's fast paced which I really liked, I didn't really expect that I ...more
Anna Tan
This totally zany story starts with Candace Roach, Annie Ogden’s best friend, finding an unknown woman’s bra in her husband’s luggage. Candace hires Annie, freshly armed with a Private Investigator’s licence, to find out exactly what her husband is up to. But the truth is hard to swallow, and when Candace finally realises the true extent of Larry Roach’s infidelity, she devices a way to send him a message in the only way he can understand - through his obsession with zombies.

Zombie Candy is fun
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