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Murder's No Votive Confidence

(Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  254 ratings  ·  117 reviews
Nantucket candle store owner Stella Wright specializes in creating unique candles for every occasion. But someone sets the stage for murder when a Memorial Day celebration becomes a wedding to die for . . .

Jessica Sterling’s candlelight-themed nuptial promises to be the perfect kick-off to the summer’s first official holiday weekend. Stella’s thrilled to have been chosen
Mass Market Paperback, 285 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Murder’s No Votive Confidence by Christin Brecher is the first book in the new cozy Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery series. As with most cozy mystery series each book will have it’s own mystery to be solved so a reader doesn’t need to worry about cliffhangers and will get a full story in one book.

Stella Wright owns a candle store on the charming small island of Nantucket. With Memorial Day quickly approaching islanders know business will soon be picking up and Stella already has a big wedding
Linda 📚
I relaxed with this delightful debut of the Nantucket Candlemaker Mystery. Protagonist Stella Wright opens Wick & Flame, a candle shop where she designs custom scented candles. When one of her specialty candles is used for a murder weapon, Stella and her best friend, Emily, an event planner, are swept up in the deceit surrounding a wedding fiasco. The author cleverly mixes candles and clues into this enjoyable cozy mystery. I also liked the beach setting in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Stella Wright owns Wick & Flame and has become the go-to person for wedding unity candles. She has created a two-foot-tall unity candle for Jessica Sterling and Joe Handler’s wedding, along with candles for the church, reception, and for the guests to take home all with an original scent approved by the bride. The family and bridal party have checked into the hotel including Simon Sterling, the bride’s uncle who has been asked to walk her down the aisle. New plans must be
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous first in series! The author sets the scene perfectly and the fun occupation of the main character makes this cozy mystery a definite page turner. The mystery is well planned and fast paced and contains enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very end! I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series!
Mark Baker
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2019
This Memorial Day Weekend is going to be busy for Stella Wright. Not only is it the start of tourist season for her native Nantucket Island, but, thanks to her best friend, she has landed a job providing candles for a wedding taking place over the weekend. This job includes a large and elaborate unity candle, but before the couple can walk down the aisle, Stella finds the candle broken next to the body of the bride’s estranged uncle. When the police are quick to arrest a local bartender, Stella ...more
Peggy R
This is the first book in the debut cozy mystery series by Ms. Brecher, who is a new to me author. I enjoyed this book and thought it was a solid start to the series. Stella Wright is an amiable character who I think reader will enjoy. It was fun to read about her first sleuthing adventure and I think the series has potential. I thought the secondary cast of characters could have been a bit more developed. There is a lot of potential with Stella's family and her best friend so I am hopeful the ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

If you can't tell, I'mdoing a clean sweep of all my Netgalley books this week since I'm on holidays. This was a fun andyet interesting cozy with multiple leads and layers. Everyone was keeping secrets, but the most important one, murder, is the only secret Stella wants to know! She knows the wrong man has fallen under suspicion, and she'll use all her local knowledge to help her catch the crook.

Fair warning on the romance
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s Memorial Day in Nantucket and candle store owner Stella Wright is hired to create candles for a huge wedding. It’s a dream come true for Stella, but things take a nasty turn when the bride’s uncle is murdered before he can walk her down the aisle. Oddly enough, the murder weapon is one of Stella’s candles.

Stella is stunned when a local bartender is arrested for the murder. She’s sure he would never kill anyone and she intends to prove it. She’s even more motivated when her customers start
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The debut book for this author and the first book in the Nantucket Candle Maker mystery. Stella Wright owns a candle store, Wick and Fame on the island and is an expert on making unique candles for special occasions. Stella grew up on the island and a relationship with the island 's officer, Andy Southerland. Jessica Sterling is planning a wedding on the island. Stella has created a unity candle for the wedding party. What is a Unity Candle? The special scented candles will be everywhere in the ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Candles, an Island, and Murder - oh my!

I love reading cozies that have the protagonist in a career that is crafty and one that is intriguing. Enter Stella and her candlemaking business. She makes unique candles with handcrafted scents and seems to know what sort of scent would be best for various people. I'd love to know what she would suggest for me. She even teaches classes on candlemaking and I would have liked the book to have explored that just a little bit more, or added more details
Karen Hollins-Stallman
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Murder's No Votive Confidence" by Christin Brecher felt like it was very familiar and I wondered if it was a republishing but not that I could find, either way I really enjoyed it.

Nantucket candle store owner Stella Wright specializes in creating unique candles for every occasion. But someone sets the stage for murder when a Memorial Day celebration becomes a wedding to die for . . .

Jessica Sterling’s candlelight-themed nuptials promises to be the perfect kick-off to the summer’s first
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
I love scented candles, and the art of mixing different scents into something pleasing that makes you think of your favorite season or memory or book, etc. fascinates me. So when Murder’s No Votive Confidence came across my radar, it was a no-brainer for my TBR pile.

The Nantucket setting complements the candle-making hobby nicely – there’s something about a seaside island town that seems to just encourage you to make candles. Stella’s keen nose for scents – and her ability to match people with
Murder’s No Votive Confidence by Christin Becher is the first A Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery. Stella Wright owns Wick & Flame on Nantucket Island. She has been commissioned by bride-to-be, Jessica Sterling to create candles for her wedding including a one-of-a-kind unity candle. On the day before the wedding, the unity candle is found broken on the floor next to Jessica’s uncle, Simon Sterling. Someone took the candle and bashed in the man’s head (talk about crime of passion). When family ...more
Oct 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall it was OK there was a few annoyances like stuff about the candles ! I just don’t think candles could make a wedding it was all unbelievable ;( I would try one more book though...
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I picked this book because it is the first in a new series, something that always has potential even before reading it solely because it heralds an entry of new and possibly interesting characters. This book lived up to its role and puts us right in the middle of a very 'happening' wedding. Stella Wright is the local Candle Lady. It is a reputation she has built on her mother's beginnings from travels far and wide. This wedding is a golden opportunity to ensure that she gets more orders since ...more
I thought this was a really fun start for a new series, and what a unique job for a main character being a candle maker who specializes in wedding candles. I loved the assortment of characters, and it was great that they weren't really your typical stereotype characters. The bride wasn't a bridezilla, the wedding planner aka Stella's best friend was pregnant with her first baby, and there was even a movie star visiting town. It was funny in several places too, especially the dogs chasing Peter ...more
M. E. Gustafson
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Stella and her best friend Emily have occupations that compliment each other with Emily being and event planner and Stella, creating the candles for a specific event. This time the event is a wedding in which the bride decides to have a unity candle, as well as tapers for added ambiance, and votives as the wedding favors. The uniqueness of Stella’s shop is, she creates personal scents for her customers. The wedding weekend has arrived, guests are starting to check in to the designated inn, ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, giveaways
I wanted to like this book SO badly. Everything about it’s premise seemed perfect - a cozy mystery with a fantastic pun in the title, a small-town New England setting, an entrepreneurial protagonist who is drawn into the mystery because her handcrafts are used the murder weapon. These are all among my favorite tropes and I was ready for a round of fun sleuthing in Nantucket.

However, the actual mechanics of the prose did not appeal to me at all. The author seemed to ascribe to the “tell, not show
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Murder's No Votive Confidence by Christin Brecher is the 1st book in the Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery, and it's off to a great start. Stella Wright owns a candle store, Wick & Flame, that specializes in unique design and scented candles. Stella is very excited because she just landed a wedding, where she is making the unity candle and other candles for the event. When the unity candle goes missing, and is later found to be the murder weapon, Stella is determined to find the real killer. ...more
Angela Holland
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a good start to a new series. I like how Stella and Andy worked together to solve the crime even if at first Andy did not want the help. Tinker is one of my favorites how he just keeps escaping and turning up in places where Stella is. He is meant to be her's. Loved the book and a quick read.
May 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Murder’s No Votive Confidence is a good start to the Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery series. It revolves around Stella, a candle maker, and the wedding she’s currently involved in providing her candles for. It was interesting for me to read about Stella’s candle-making as it’s not something I know much about. I’d have liked it if we’d seen a little more of that rather than focusing on the wedding guest so much.

I liked Stella as a character and a narrator. She really seems dedicated to her
This was so much fun! My favorite thing about cozy mysteries is the focus on character and the characters in this one were great. Stella was such an enjoyable narrator and the secondary characters added so much to the story . I'm even cool with the love triangle that's being setup? Which is a new experience. I'm definitely #TeamAndy but Peter is also very cute, so he's a good choice to spend time with while Stella and Andy figure their stuff out.

I thought the mystery was fairly well developed,
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
I will confess when I first started this I was a little bit meh but then POW!!! it took off running and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough!

Stella has taken over her mother's perfume shop and is creating candles with fascinating scents (and/or colours), she has been commissioned to provide all the candles for a candle themed wedding and she has come up with a custom scent for the happy couple. So far so good, until one of the wedding party is killed, and the weapon is the large Unity candle
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author-provided
It is always exciting to open the first book of a new cozy mystery series, some more than others. This is one that I almost thoroughly enjoyed, from the setting of Nantucket Island during Memorial Day Weekend, to Stella’s custom shop, Wick and Candles, to the variety of characters, and the cat. The mystery is beautifully executed and kept me guessing – and chuckling – throughout.

Stella is helping her best friend Ellen, the best event planner on Nantucket, prepare the luxurious Melville Inn and
RO G'ma
3.5 Stars
Murder's No Votive Confidence is the debut book in Christin Brecher’s Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery series. This quick and enjoyable read is steadily paced, but the adult language that slipped into this cozy was disappointing, as were several glaring inconsistencies. Since I read an ARC of this book, those issues may have been addressed prior to publication. The mystery is complex and well plotted. The cast of characters are likable but need more development.

Stella Wright is the owner
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Do you ever read a book and halfway through you're already thinking that this will be a new favorite series? I will admit this actually doesn't happen to me that often, but this time I truly loved it from the first chapter.

Stella Wright, also known as "The Candle Lady" on Nantucket owns a candle shop and lands a job creating candles for Jessica and Joe's wedding weekend. Very much the perfectionist, she has an idea for a last minute change and as she's visiting the happy couple staying at the
Carole Jarvis
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-cozy
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

Murder’s No Votive Confidence has a lot going for it up front because it incorporates two of my very favorite things – Nantucket and candles. On top of that, Christin Brecher has created an entertaining and clean cozy mystery, steeped in small-island atmosphere. This is a fun traditional cozy read, a story that I can easily recommend.

With its cobblestone streets, quaint shops, whaling history, and beauty, the island of Nantucket is the
Missi Martin (Stockwell)
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Murder's No Votive Confidence by Christin Brecher is the first book in her Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery series and after reading it I am HOOKED !!! Her main character Stella Wright lives on the island of Nantucket, owns her own business, Wick & Flame, is surrounded by family and friends and is doing what she loves.....creating candles with special scents.

In Murder's No Votive Confidence Stella and her friend Emily are preparing for a wedding ..... a celebration worthy of a celebrity.
The Cozy Review
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Series: Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery - Book 1
Author: Christin Brecher
Publisher: Kensington Books

Murder’s No Votive Confidence, the first cozy book in a new series by Christin Brecher, Kensington Books is a thrilling adventure through the candle and wedding business, which on their own is difficult at best. Now, throw in a murder, and you have a recipe for disaster.

Stella is struggling to keep her business on a paying basis. She loves her work, and her creations are sought after by the public
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Stella Wright, candle store owner, is excited to have an opportunity making candles for an upcoming wedding. But, the impending nuptials take a bad turn when Stella’s unity candle is found broken next to the dead body of the bride-to-be’s uncle. When a local bartender is arrested, can Stella find out the truth before it’s too late?
I really wanted to love this novel, but it never kept my interest. I would put down the book, and pick up something else. Then, when I wanted to return to finish this
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