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Cruel Candy

(Cozy Corgi Mysteries #1)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  1,084 ratings  ·  212 reviews
Estes Park, Colorado: picturesque mountains, charming shops, delightful bakeries, a cozy bookstore… and murder.

Winifred Page and her corgi, Watson, move to Estes Park to hit the reset button on life. Fred is about to open her dream bookshop, and the only challenges she anticipates are adjusting to small town life, tourists, and living close to her loveable mother,
Paperback, 280 pages
Published December 5th 2017 (first published December 3rd 2017)
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Melissa Rose
Having listened to the second Cozy Corgi Mystery, “Traitorous toys” last year,I decided that it was probably about time that I did a rewind and listened to the first instalment, “Cruel Candy.” I loved it.In fact, I had trouble turning the story off at night in order to go to bed.

In terms of the characters, I believe any reader would be hard-pressed not to love Fred and Winston; they are just so likeable, and Winston sounds adorable. However, it isn’t just the main characters that are excellent,
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

Who can resist a book that has a cute dog on the cover? I know I can't! I did end up having a very nice time with this story. It was a fun little cozy and I appreciated the fact that the cute dog on the cover had a strong presence throughout the story. I am so glad that the corgi on the cover got my attention because I really did enjoy this story.

Winifred, or Fred, has just moved to town along with her corgi, Watson. She has had a
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dogs, e-books, cozy, own
First book in a new series and a new author for me. The covers caught my attention and said READ ME!, I was not disappointed as I found a variation of a cozy and an entertaining story about Winifred (Fred) Blake creating a new life for herself and her Corgi, Watson. The MC's is developed and the descriptions of the area are good. There is romance starting with the detective, yet the police interaction is not great. I am looking forward to the next book.
She has returned to her childhood home to
Nat ReadingAllNite
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-read
I can’t even remember the last time I read a cozy mystery but this book made me wonder, why haven’t I? It was so enjoyable getting pulled into this clever little mystery and was quite pleased with the way it unfolded. Fred is a woman easy to be drawn to, having been through heartbreak and betrayal, she’s resilient and confident of her own strengths. Truly strong, independent women aren’t always easy to find in literature. There is just a hint of romantic interest but Fred is no pushover for any ...more
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Cruel Candy" is a cozy sweet little gem of a mystery. Winifred ("Fred") Page and her corgi Watson have returned home to Estes Park, after a divorce and a big business setback, to open the Cozy Corgi bookstore. In looking around her new building, she finds a dead body... and the fun begins.

This is the first book in what I hope will be a long series and we are introduced to all sorts of quirky characters in town, we learn more about Fred's family, and there is perhaps the beginning of a romance
A complimentary audio was provided in exchange for an honest review.

This is different from my usual reads and I had fun listening to it. I'm all for cute and entertaining, and this certainly fit the bill. The murder mystery was a little bizarre. Why would the killer wait till now to do what they did? They had all those years to kill, and then decided to do it where the murder would be discovered. I liked the characters though. They were well done and, aside from Fred (and others) focusing on her
Sherry Fundin

I love how the book starts out, a murder in a book store and I am hooked.

I saw the covers for the series and that brought to mind, Daphne, my in laws dog. She was such a treasure and loved taking long walks, with her short legs, on the flats at Cape Cod. A story that has those extra elements that I can relate to, like a familiar critter, taking place in a book store or a small town, makes it even more interesting.

Cozies seem to have an equal measure of humor and mystery, with some quirky
John Amory
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was seriously just what I needed to read right now. I just came off a really heavy, very literary book, and the world just feels like it's currently designed to make us all anxious and in need of medication, so an easygoing, charming little mystery really hit the spot. My only previous experience with cozy mysteries is through the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel (usually starring someone who was famous 20+ years ago, like Lori Laughlin or Brooke Burns or Jewel), which tend to not ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Colorado is where it is happening with new beginnings, Edibles, and murder.

This is the first in this series and it won't be the last that I read. This book was chock full of interesting characters, curious scenarios, dogs, and a mystery. Fred (Winifred) is moving back to Estes Park after a divorce (6 years ago so not recent) and a falling out with her business partner in a publishing house. Her first day in town she manages to make an enemy from the sweets shop next door all because of who she
Christina/ The Blog for Teachers, Readers, & Life!
I have fallen in love with this charming series! :) This book was filled with loveable characters, mystery, humor, an adorable dog named Watson, and the prospect of romance on the horizon. When Fred comes back to her cozy hometown to open a bookstore, she is shocked to discover one of the locals has been murdered in her shop. Fred's father was a respected police officer before he was killed in the line of duty.
As Fred tries to track down the killer herself, she realizes that she must straddle
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Cruel Candy" is the first cozy mystery that have read in years and I was so pleased with how much I enjoyed it. Winifred (Fred) Page and her corgi Watson have moved back to Fred's home to Estes Park, after a divorce and a business partnership gone wrong, to open the Cozy Corgi bookstore. The bookstore is being opened in town's old taxidermy shop, and not all of the residents of the town are happy to see Fred come back to open her store. In an early morning stop to look around the new space, she ...more
Helen Oakes
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
*received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

I'm a newbie to the whole cozy mystery genre and I'm going to be brutally honest and admit I was starting to fall out of love with them as well because of how similar they all were as if they all followed the same formula (could crack a pun about recipe seeing as most of them are based around a baker!) so I went into this not expecting very much. However, Mildred Abbott has shaken things up a little and I thoroughly enjoyed Cruel Candy. I read it
Diane ~Firefly~
Ok, the cover is absolutely adorable. I was a little disappointed that the Corgi in the story, Watson, was kind of standoffish. Fred (Winifred) definitely was a people person, but had a major TSTL moment (view spoiler) Her whole I want to solve this so my dead cop daddy will be proud was kind of weird, as she had been a teacher and a book publisher previously. Plus the don't tell me what to do attitude was ...more
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story.
Winifred Page, known as Fred, moves back home to take over what was a taxidermist shop and turn it into a bookshop. However the first thing she finds when she goes inside is a dead body. As the daughter of a police officer, as well as having an ex-husband in the force, obviously she is going to want to track down the killer and solve the mystery, especially after her step-father is arrested. But can she do it without annoying the local police sergeant.
If you love cozy
Rachel Benoit
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rachel by: John Amory
Shelves: favorites
I loved this! Fred is an awesome protagonist. She's witty, in her 30s, book-obsessed, and has a super close relationship with her dog, so I can definitely relate to her in many ways.

"Probably a sad commentary that police interrogations were easier to handle than possible flirting."

Preach, girl. Also, I'm never into cops, but Branson Wexler is my new book boyfriend.

I read this on the plane to and from a Florida vacation, and it was the perfect cozy mystery for the occasion! I will most
Gabbi Grey
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Who Knew Corgis Could Be So Much Fun

Mildred Abbott’s debut is a delightful cozy novel. I’ll be honest and say I don’t read many cozies. Mysteries are interesting to me, but I prefer grittier stories. This book has me rethinking that notion.

First off, I am a doggie mommy. I have entire conversations with my dog and, as a single woman, I feel that I’m not alone when my little one when my little one is around.

So, needless to say, Watson the Corgi was my favourite character. Not that I didn’t love
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I chose this book more on the cute corgi covers for the series than anything else as I'm not really a fan of cozy mysteries. However I wanted a change of pace for the Puppy Love Challenge this year so I took a chance on it and actually found it to be a decent light read in spite of a few issues.

Fred is moving to the town that her mother Phyllis and eccentric stepfather Barry live, where her mother owns property that Fred intends to use to open a new bookshop. Along with her faithful Corgi
Denise Zendel
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Winifred “Fred” Page and her corgi, Watson, move to Estes Park, CO, to open a mystery book store after a tumultuous break-up with her business partner, who slyly wedged her out of a lucrative mystery publishing business. She’s trying not to hold a grudge, especially since the settlement allows her to pursue her dreams. She doesn’t expect much when she sees the inside of her shop, a former taxidermy, but stumbling across a body in the upstairs kitchen puts a damper on things. Her hippy stepfather ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
4**** Stars
Book: Cruel Candy Bk #!
Series: Cozy Corgi Mysteries
Author: Mildred Abbott
Publisher: Amazon Digital
Genre: Mystery
Rated: all ages
Page Count 189
Release: Dec 3, 2017

With a note to self to check this out…..I was pleasantly surprised to wonder, why haven’t I read a Cozy Mystery in a long time? Maybe it’s the time of year, maybe it’s my need to curl up and take time for me…..but certainly it is the right time for Cruel Candy.

The scene is set in Estes Park, a small town, where everyone knows
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This novel was a quick read due to it's length, however, more due to the great characters, story line, and dialog.

We have a woman who moves to Estes Park, Colorado to be near her Mom and Step-Father. Meanwhile starting her life in a new direction. Ok. We may have read similar premises before, but...we never met a family like Fred's. Winifred (Fred) is delighted when she was offered a building owned by her parents to open her bookstore dream in.

There is the added tension of not knowing if the
Heather Martin
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Audio review:

If you enjoy cozy mysteries this is a set you must check out! I’ve read every book in the series and was really excited for this audio to release. It’s funny when a series you’re familiar with becomes audio, you already have these characters in your head and you have to rethink characters.

It took me a little while of this audio to get used to Fred’s character voice. I had to adjust to it but I think it gave me a different view of her. This series has a lot of voices so the narrator
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When Winifred "Fred" and her Corgi, Watson, move to Estes Park, their welcome gift of a dead body was definitely unexpected. Between frustrating local hot cops, meeting the neighbors and discovering that maybe solving mysteries IS her thing, Fred's intro to small town life is anything but boring.
If you like mystery, I highly recommend this novella by Mildred Abbott. Sweet, fast paced and just so much FUN. I have to admit that I've read so many mysteries, that it is hard to keep me in suspense.
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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Winifred "Fred" Page has just arrived in the small Colorado town of Estes Park looking to start over after a failed marriage and broken career. She intends to start a bookshop "The Cozy Corgi" after her beloved Corgi sidekick, Watson. Before she can even move in, Fred makes two friends and an enemy. Local sweet baker, Opal Garble is furious when she learns Fred's mom and stepdad have given Fred the coveted lease on the old taxidermy shop next to her bakery. It seems Opal has wanted
Cathy Brockman

Fred, Winifred has come home to start her life over. She is moving into her Grandmothers old cabin and opening a bookstore in the old taxidermy shop, when she finds a body in the apartment upstairs and her stepfather is accused of the murder.

I love a good Cozy and this one ticked off all the boxes.
Nosy sleuth (interested heroine)
Cute sidekick (Watson is the cutest)
lots of charismatic characters that at one time or other seem suspicious. Several of them.
Twists and turns. There were some ( I would
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful Surprise

This is a delightful tale that brought back fond memories of reading Nancy Drew mysteries as a child.
I loved the quick wit and snarky commentary from Fred, the new bookstore owner in town. Her exchanges with her corgi Watson were priceless. The book takes us on a winding journey through the town shops as Fred tries to solve the murder of a local resident. I came away smiling and thoroughly satisfied with Mildred Abbott's handling of the characters, the authenticity of the
Bright start to a new series

Before I read mostly romance, my favorite genres were forensic crime novels and cozy mysteries. While those may not be what I read most often these days, I still love the occasional mystery. So when I heard about this new series and that it was available via KU, I decided to give it a try and I wasn't disappointed in the least. Cruel Candy was a fast paced mystery with a great group of fun characters, catchy banter, and a couple good twists. I'll definitely be back to
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is so much fun! Fred and her Corgi Watson are my new favorite crime fighters, and the fact that they live in beautiful Estes Park is just icing on an already wonderful cake. I love Fred's perseverance, her willingness to fight for what is right, her love of her crazy family, and her snark. I don't think Branson will be able to solve a murder without Fred and Watson's assistance ever again, and I love that he likely has lots of frustration in his future. I can't wait for the next book ...more
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’ve never considered myself a fan of the cozy genre but for various reasons I ended up with an ARC for this book.

Expensive! Because now I know I’ll be buying every release by this author in this series.

We meet Fred, and her grumpily delightful corgi, Watson, as they move across country to open a bookstore. And then there is a murder.

And this story is just wonderful. Lots of side characters, about whom I can’t wait to learn more, a possible love interest - or two - and the action whips along at
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delighted to find this book

A mystery that has a Corgi, bookstore, and one of my favorite towns - Estes Park, CO ... I’m in story heaven. It’s a cozy that really is ... cozy. Fred and her Corgi Watson move to small town Estes Park and introduce us to a list of family and new friends - who are all characters. From a true tie dyed step-dad, a hunky police detective, a cute park ranger, to a baker with lemon bars I really want to try, this group is one you’ll have fun getting to know.
Sue Paulsen
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED Cruel Candy! I am new to cozy mysteries and, honestly, wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I am completely hooked! Cruel Candy is a well-written, fun whodunit! I loved that it was set in a charming, small town and all the town’s quirky residents; especially the treat loving Watson!
Cruel Candy was a fun change from the usual stories that I read. I can’t wait to see what Mildred Abbott brings us next.
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Reading the Cozy Corgi series is pretty much all you need to know about Mildred. In real life, she’s obsessed with everything she writes about: Corgis, Books, Cozy Mountain Towns, and Baked Goods. She’s not obsessed with murder, however. At least not at her own hands (nor paid for… no contract killing here). But since childhood, starting with Nancy Drew, trying to figure out who-dun-it has played ...more

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