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Murder Makes Scents

(Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery #2)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  419 ratings  ·  134 reviews
Stella Wright loves creating candles at her Nantucket store—and she also has a burning passion for justice. Now, after visiting a perfume conference, she must solve a vial crime...

Stella and her globe-trotting mom, Millie, have come home from a perfume industry conference in Paris, where their trip was marred by witnessing the stabbing death of a young man. It’s a relief
Kindle Edition, 221 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Kensington
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Natalia  R
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stella Wright and her mother, Millie, are attending a perfume conference in Paris. Unfortunately, their fun trip turns into a nightmare when Stella witnesses the stabbing death of a young man. When they arrive home hours later, Stella is relieved and wants to put the murder behind her. But when her candle store, Wick and Flame, is broken into, she starts feeling paranoid. Then she receives an anonymous note claiming that her mother smuggled a mysterious vial out of Paris. The vial contains an in ...more
Chatting About
Excellent cozy! It starts off in another country where a murder takes place then moves to the U.S. where plenty of exciting ‘spy type’ action takes place. The story held my attention from beginning to end, and I thought the plot was quite original! I’m looking forward to the third book in the series.
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Review coming soon.
Mark Baker
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2020
Stella Wright is taking a break from the Wick & Flame, her candle shop on Nantucket, to attend a perfume conference in Paris with her mother, Millie, who is one of the speakers. The conference ends abruptly, however, when Stella and Millie are part of a crowd that witnesses a man being stabbed right in front of them. After being questioned by the police, they return home to the island, assuming their only connection to the crime is behind them. Stella quickly begins to think that trouble has fol ...more
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Stella Wright met up with her mom, Millie in Paris for a perfume conference. Right before Millie was supposed to speak a young man was stabbed right in front of them. After waiting to give the authorities the statements they just make their flight back to the states. Stella, happy to be home on Nantucket. Peter meets the ferry and he brought her cat Tinker along. Millie is allergic to cats so while she is staying with Stella, Tinker will be hanging out at her store, The Wick &
Peggy R
This is the second book in the Nantucket Candle Maker series and I found it to be as enjoyable as the first. Ms. Brecher takes Stella and her mother from Paris to Nantucket on an adventure that inadvertently involves international espionage. For the second book in a series, I can see how some may find the storyline too fantastical, but I thought that given Stella's mom's over-the-top personality and adventures that it did fit the characters. With a lot of new people in Nantucket, there were plen ...more
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed learning about the history and development of candle scents and candlemaking methods. I've also always wanted to travel to Nantucket and the book did a wonderful job of transporting me there. The descriptions were so detailed, especially of the houses, and I felt like I was right "on island" with the characters. The anticipation of landing with the ferry reminded me of the times I've spent on Ocracoke Island, NC.

The plot, however, was just too unrealistic for me. Yes, I was waiting for
Lisa Morin
Stella and her mother Millie are on a whirlwind adventure in Paris, but when Stella sees a man die in front of her, she can't wait to get back to her quaint Nantucket Island.

Stella and her mother have a lot in common, which includes their love of scents. Stella perfects her prized scents in the Wick & Flame, her candle shop located on Nantucket Island, and her mother is a well known perfumer, who travels to the Amazon to find unique scents.
It is their love of scents that have them in Paris, Mill
Ann Lou
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This second installment starts with Stella in Paris with her Mom to attend The World Perfumery Conference. On their last day, they saw a man collapsed with a knife in his back. Never expecting that this murder will follow them to Nantucket.

There were some unbelievable scenes like when the secret agent just easily spilled the beans about the operation. I was like, do they really do that? But I still enjoyed it. And hey! I guess who the bad guy is this time. There were a lot of suspects but I had
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Upon finishing this book, my very first impression was ‘Wow, that was WILD!’ that pretty much sums up my thoughts.

Murder Makes Scents is the second book in the Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery and although I haven’t read the previous book, I never felt missing out anything. The story was easy and clear-cut enough to follow without getting lost, and there’s not much of a complexity in the character dynamics. You can totally dive right into this book as a standalone.

When I picked up this cozy-myster
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book. I was hooked from the very beginning. It's a rollercoaster ride, from Paris to Nantucket a spy follows the main characters looking for a formula of scents. Anything and everything happens. You'll love it. #MurderMakesScents #NetGalley ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
I thoroughly enjoyed book 1 in this series – Murder’s No Votive Confidence – but I think Murder Makes Scents is even better! I loved everything about this cozy mystery. The way the Nantucket setting was almost another character. The myriad of likely suspects. The elements of intrigue. The comedic moments. The plot itself.

Let’s start with Stella who I really love as a character. She and her mom have an interesting dynamic between them, due mainly to her mom’s somewhat outlandish and impetuous per
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feb-2020-tbr
5 Stars

This is the second book in the Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery Series by Christin Breacher.

What a fun ride this was! Who knew you could take a candle maker and a mother who is a perfumer at heart and make them into international spies.

Stella and her mom are in Paris at a conference where her mother is going to give a talk on detecting fragrances when a man is stabbed practically in front of them. Without them noticing before he died the man shoved a perfumers bottle into Millie’s bag. This
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder Makes Scents by Christin Brecher is the 2nd book in the Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery, and another great addition. Stella Wright owns a candle store, Wick & Flame, that specializes in unique design and scented candles. Stella and her mother Millie are attending a perfume conference in Paris, when Stella sees a man die right in front of her. Luckily Stella and her mom are able to return to Nantucket, and her store. When someone breaks into Stella store, they realize that danger has follow ...more
Angela Holland
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I loved that this book started in Paris then followed Stella and her mom home to Nantucket. It is nice to watch Parker and Stella's relationship progress and that Andy and her are staying close friends. This book was packed with even more adventure than the first one. I had a hard time putting this book down. I did not see the ending of who the killer was. I would not have thought it was that person so the author did a good job of throwing me off. I know he was a suspect of Stella's but not mine ...more
Denice Langley
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When they witness a murder at a perfume convention in Paris, the scene is set for our hometown candle store owner to find her mother and herself in the middle of an attempt on their lives. The mystery continues as Christin Brecher drops clues that bring the killer closer and closer to home. Cozy mystery lovers will recognize a fellow genre lover in Ms Brecher. A really good excuse to not to do the dinner dishes.
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This second in series is fabulous, and it is a delight to be back on Nantucket Island! The setting, especially Stella's Wick and Flame candle shop, sounds beautiful, and I appreciated getting to know her friends and family better through their conversations and actions. And what pet can be better than Tinker, her beautiful cat, who seems to know what Stella looks for and helps her find it?

Stella and her mother Millie, a master perfumer, are in Paris for Millie's presentation at the world perfume
Barbara Sousa
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Murder Makes Scents, the second book in Christin Brecher’s Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery series, is a fun cozy mystery with international flair. From the streets of Paris to the cobblestones of Nantucket, we follow protagonist Stella Wright on the scent of a killer.

Stella Wright, proprietress of the Wick & Flame candle shop is in Paris, attending a perfume conference where her mother, Millie, is a featured speaker. Before Millie can deliver her presentation, however, a man is murdered, and the
Murder Makes Sense by Christin Brecher has Stella Wright with her mother, Millie in Paris for The World Perfumery Conference. Before Millie gives her talk, they stop so she can check her materials one more time. A commotion breaks out and Stella sees a man with a knife in his back. Stella later learns that the killer was after sensitive information, but he eluded the gendarme. Millie and Stella return to Nantucket Island where Stella notices a woman on a yacht watching them through binoculars as ...more
The Cozy Review
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
On Sale February 25th, 2020

The second book in Christin Brecher’s “Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery” cozy series, Murder Makes Scents, arrives on February 25th from Kensington Books.

I will start by saying that I feel this was a fun cozy to read. There is plenty of action, loads of suspects and some very outlandish scenes that readers will either smile and laugh over or will frown and shake their heads in dismay. The characters are original, the story even more so. The writing is fluid and easy to
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Stella Wright and her mother return from a perfume conference in Paris. It wasn’t the perfect trip, though. A man is murdered and they are present for the stabbing. They are more than happy to leave Paris and return to their home in Nantucket where Stella runs her Wick & Flame candle store.

Things start to get a bit crazy when Stella’s mom is hit on the head and Stella receives threatening notes. The notes say that Stella’s mom smuggled a secret formula out of France. Now both of their lives are
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow this was good! What did a murder in Paris and international secrets and spies have in common? Stella's mom Millie, who was unwittingly involved in having something top secret. This got really exciting, and I couldn't put it down. I can't say a whole lot for fear of giving away the good stuff, but Stella once again was on the trail of a killer after witnessing a man dying in Paris before she and her mom left. They thought they'd left those troubles behind...

I like where Stella and Peter are i
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder Makes Scents is a fun cozy romp from Paris all the way to Nantucket. But it asks a lot of its reader. I mean in terms of books and suspending reality this books asks readers to have a lot suspended. But I still liked it. Stella is a fantastic character and someone I would love to have a coffee with. Her mother Millie is what I want to be when I’m older. Over all great book! I bought the other two in the series right after finishing this one.

I received a free review copy from the publisher
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must say that Christin Brecher wrote a wonderful, refreshing mystery that I totally enjoyed reading. The characters were quirky but true to life and the writing took me to Paris and Nantucket in my mind. This book is a bit of a different type for me as I usually go for more horror or dark mysteries but it was a good break for my mind and was easy to read. Sometimes you just need a good get away tale. I am not the type to do a review and go into details which I feel can ruin it for other reader ...more
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Murder Makes Scents earns 5/5 Fragrant Spies...Entertaining Fun!

Enter the Wick and Flame, a Nantucket candle maker shop, and enjoy the artistry, the fragrance, and...murder? I am new to Christin Brecher’s series, but starting with the second book didn’t put me at a disadvantage; there were enough references in background and character connections to keep me engaged. Stella Wright is in Paris attending a perfume conference with her mother, Millie, a well-known perfumer, who regales the attendees
Printed Pages and Coffee
It took me a while to get into this one, and I have to admit it isn't my favourite cozy mystery ever. One of the crucial plot points, which is how a particular code is hidden (don't worry, no spoilers) is just a bit beyond the believable for me. Like, I know that books like these aren't generally beholden to maintaining utmost believability, but....this one stretched it for me, it really did. 

It doesn't help that espionage and intelligence as sorta my wheelhouse as an academic, so there was just
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As one of my new favorite series, I was excited to return to Nantucket Island and Stella’s candle shop, the Wick & Flame. As the story opens, Stella, and her mother Millie, are in Paris attending a perfume industry conference where her mother is a guest speaker. While Stella has a talent for creating unique candle scents, Millie creates unique perfume scents.
They are enjoying Paris, eating, shopping, and making a new friend from the conference. All is going well until Stella witnesses a stabbin
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stella is Nantucket's local Candle lady, but as the story begins, she is in France with her mother, and they are play-acting the concept of the fancy Parisian ladies. On a side note, the city wasn't for me, but I could still empathize with Stella's excitement. She rarely got to spend quality time with her mother, who has a severe case of wanderlust. There was the sly mention of the unknown father again in this, and I smell a future book focusing on the revelations that might go with that back st ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Be it the character portrayal or storytelling, Christin Brecher knows how to keep her fans hooked on to the story. I waited for six months to read the second instalment of Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery and it was surely worth the wait.
Stella, our favourite adventure seeker is back! This time, she entangles herself in a super mess involving a criminal mastermind named Rex Laruam and he's got something to do with Millie's secret scent from Amazon and a murder.
The story starts slow but picks up p
This was a fast paced mystery and a wild fun ride. I loved the characters especially the relationship between mother and daughter but there were a few moments that just seemed ...I'm not sure but just kinda unreal. It didn't take away my enjoyment of the story at all though. I loved Tinker the kitty! Animals are just over the top in mystery stories for me.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Christin Brecher was born and raised in New York City, where her family and many childhood friends still reside. As such, she feels she is as much of a small-town girl as any. The idea to write the Nantucket Candle Maker series sprang from her life-lo

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