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15 Minutes of Flame

(Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery #3)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  620 ratings  ·  165 reviews
As Stella Wright's Nantucket candle store thrives, her knack for solving mysteries burns equally bright--especially when a Halloween haunted house uncovers evidence of a centuries-old murder...

When Stella's friend inherits a creaky, abandoned home in Nantucket, she knows it's the perfect setting for the town's annual Halloween fundraiser. A deserted, boarded-up building on
Paperback, 298 pages
Published August 25th 2020 by Kensington
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Dani No you do not have to read the first two to understand this one! While the Island setting and the main cast of characters don’t change much - the thre…moreNo you do not have to read the first two to understand this one! While the Island setting and the main cast of characters don’t change much - the three story lines are stand alone. Loved all 3! (less)

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Miranda Reads
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Natalia  R
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stella Wright owns a candle store, Wick and Flame, on the island of Nantucket. It's almost Halloween and Stella has volunteered to help the girls scouts prepare for their haunted house fundraiser for the island's neediest. The creeky, abandoned house is owned by Stella's friend and he has kindly given them permission to use it. While exploring an old chandlery behind the house, she finds a skeleton hidden in the wall. She starts an investigation to learn more about the hundred-year-old skeleton ...more
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Dollycas’s Thoughts

We arrive in Nantucket just before Halloween and Wick and Flame owner Stella Wright is helping the Girl Scouts set up a haunted house for a fundraiser. When Stella checks out a shack on the property she finds it used to be a candlemaking shop. With the owner’s approval, she is taking down a sign from the mantle to display in her shop. But she finds more than she bargained for. She finds a skeleton. From the clothing, it looks to be a Quaker woman and she has been there a while
Chatting About
Brimming with uniqueness, cozy mystery fans will find this well-plotted story absorbing. I was surprised, time after time, at the plot twists, and found the characters and events quite interesting. I do recommend the Nantucket Candle Maker series to fellow cozy lovers’. The Nantucket setting, as well as the craft of candle making are fascinating. I learn something new in each story I read! Enjoy this Halloween time cozy mystery.
Kate Baxter
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 / 4.0 Stars

Such a fun cozy mystery...and just in the nick of time for the festive Hallowe'en season. There's a haunted house on Nantucket Island, ghostly apparitions, creaky nightly noises, a mystery within a mystery and a fair number of red herrings. What's more for a cozy mystery reader to love?!

I was charmed by author Christin Brecher's world building of current day Nantucket Island - a story with which she is personally familiar. She has cleverly drawn on the island's historic whaling in
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you love Halloween and haunted houses you will love this book.

Stella and her friends are helping the less needy of the Island by putting on a haunted house tour in the old Morton house that some believe is really haunted. On Saturday morning Stella is checking out the back of the mansion in the old shack where was to believe a meat cooker. What Stella finds surprises her, above the fireplace is a sign Coppers Candles. She has heard that candles where made on this street centuries ago. She cal
Cozy Reads
This book was just ok for me. Sadly I wasn’t interested in the mystery and I still don’t feel connected to the characters.
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: preordered, netgalley
This was an awesome Halloween story! Sometimes in books it's hard for me to really get into the historical mystery that exists, but I found myself really intrigued and interested to find the outcome. Stella and Peter were in a good place, but he seemed distracted during the case and didn't help quite as much as Stella would have hoped. He had a good reason which was revealed at the end, but Stella was able to help Andy even more than usual which I think may have gotten Andy a little more interes ...more
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While setting up a Girl Scouts haunted house, Stella stumbles across an old skeleton entombed in the chimney of an old chandlery behind the house. Soon, police discover the bones are very old and call in an expert named Solder and his assistant Leigh to determine the age and origin of the remains. It comes to light that the victim is one Patience Cooper, who, as legend has it, was robbed of a collection of money raised to invest in merchant ships and then disappeared.

While researching the unfor
This series gets better and better! I really enjoyed October on Nantucket Island and visiting Stella Wright and her candle shop again. Wick & Flame is a sensory delight, with colors, scents, and designs that sound stunning! A treat this time is learning a bit of history on the island as it relates to candle making, including clock candles and some of the island families. I also liked seeing Stella’s cat, Tinker, who has become a huge part of her life in a short time with his unique cat-sonality. ...more
15 Minutes of Flame is the 3rd novel in A Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery series. It can be read as a standalone for those new to the series. Christin Brecher upped her game with 15 Minutes of Flame. Stella Wright owns Wick & Flame on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. It is interesting learning about unique candles and how to make them in each book. This time Stella teaches the Candleers how to make clock candles. I enjoyed the word imagery describing Nantucket Island especially the Morton house. ...more
Anna Fox
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A really good addition to the series. The mystery kept me guessing and the characters are interesting. I was very sorry to reach the end of this book.

Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
I’m not sure what happened ! maybe it was my mood but this book did not hold my interest :( the first two I enjoyed , In fact I skipped half the book and went to the end and I still wasn’t impressed.....
Peggy R
I've been a fan of this series since the first book, but I think book #3 is my favorite so far. Stella is a wonderful character. I like that she is settling into Nantucket with her store and her family. She has a good mind for puzzling out mysteries, but sometimes can be a bit hasty in her sleuthing and it can get her into trouble. I see some changes coming for Stella in future installments and I am looking forward to seeing where the author takes the characters.

I enjoyed the mystery in this ins
Nancy Baker
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
All Stella wanted was an antique sign but what she got was so much more. Now there are multiple murders and a mysterious map that has disappeared.

An enjoyable blend of two time periods when an innocent find turns into a deadly discovery. A diverse cast of characters adds to the story set in charming Nantucket Island.

I have not read the first two books in the series but had no trouble following this story. Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.
Megan W. (pnwbookworm)
Aug 18, 2020 marked it as to-read
Although this is the third book in the series I went ahead and started with it. I do think I would have enjoyed it more had I started with book one so I will be going back to read the first two books. I still very much enjoyed this one I just felt like I missed some nuances. I loved the start of the story and how the skeleton was found. I thought the mystery was fascinating and I loved all the information about candles! If you love candles and cozy mysteries then this is a good one to check out!
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
4.5 stars

I really enjoy the Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery series from Christin Brecher. I love the setting. I love the plots. I love the protagonist Stella, her family, her friends, and her boyfriend Peter (although, true confession: I’m still pulling for her childhood best friend Andy. Sorry, Peter. It’s nothing personal). And this latest release, 15 Minutes of Flame, is my favorite so far because of the historical mystery woven into the modern day murder to solve.

The mood of the story, of th
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
15 Minutes of Flame by Christin Brecher is the third book in the Nantucket Candle Making Mystery series, and Brecher does such a fantastic job with character development that you won’t be lost if you haven’t read the previous two books. The characters are really where the story came alive for me. There are lots of quirky characters that I can’t wait to read more of their adventures in future books and it always pleases me when the romantic relationship in a cozy mystery series doesn’t take over ...more
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

Oh I did like this one! Combining the much older mystery with what was happening in present day worked really well, because ultimately we wanted to know what happened in both, and how they were tied together. So many people had secrets or seemed to be up to dodgy things that there was no shortage of red herrings and suspects in the case. Putting it all together really was hard work but we got there in the end for a satisfy
Lisa Morin
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
15 Minutes of Flame is the second book in this new cozy series.
Stella lives on the island of Nantucket, where she runs her candle shop, The Flame and Wick.
While preparing for a Halloween Haunt, Stella stumbles upon the remains of a body, at least 100 years old.
The investigation takes an ugly twist when another murder takes place, and everyone seems to have a motive.

I really want to like this series, but for some reason I can’t connect to the characters. I get a weird vibe with Stella & Pete’s r
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it
A big step up from the last book. Flame is a solid cozy mystery that has a timely Fall/Halloween theme. Stella does one bit of daredevil activity, but it's more realistic than what happened in the last.

The many secondary characters get mentioned and a few sentences, but it's hard to get connected to them since the action is so Stella focused. A new character, Clemmie, would make a great side kick.
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read by Christin Brecher and I will definitely be going back to the beginning of the Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery series! I have always been a fan of cozy mysteries and Christin Brecher gave me exactly what I was looking for when it came to a cozy. I loved that this particular book incorporated elements of fall/halloween by having a skeletons, ghosts, a haunted house, and a murder! I would highly recommend to pick this up during the fall or whenever you are itchin ...more
Jessica Robbins
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-tour, own-kindle
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

Stella certainly gets more then she bargained for this time. We start with the island gearing up for Halloween. The girl scouts are planning an event an old home in the area. Things are going great until Stella goes to check on an old out building that should have been locked tight. Once inside she finds an old candle maker sign that the owner says she can have but when she removes it stones fall from th
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another entertaining installment in the Nantucket Candle Maker Mysteries. I continue to be pleased by this series overall, even if it took me a while to get through the book due to the busier season of Christmas preparations.

What I liked about 15 Minutes of Flame:
The circumstances of the murder case
- Sometimes, with all the foul play that occurs around a series protagonist in a relatively short period of time, I question a) why someone would stay friends with the main character and b) why they
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
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‘15 Minutes of Flame‘ is the third title in the ‘Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery‘ series. I have not yet read the two earlier books (that’s on the schedule to get caught up on) and I didn’t feel the least bit lost. So, although I’ll try my best to read a series in order, sometimes it’s just not possible – I’d call this one standalone material, but I imagine I’d have enjoyed it more with the background from the earlier stories… that’s just the type of reader I am.

Missi Martin (Stockwell)
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery series by Christin Brecher is such a fun read !! The main character, Stella Wright, is a candle maker and has such a strong sense of smell that it helps her when she gets into tough places.

15 Minutes of Flame, the third book in this series, really tests Stella when she gets permission to use a friend's empty house to use as a haunted house for the Girl Scouts to raise money and in a boarded up shack in the back she finds a skeleton hidden in the wall...... oh
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
15 MINUTES OF FLAME by Christin Brecher
The Third Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery

Stella Wright has arranged for the girl scouts to use the old Morton House as the site of their haunted house fundraiser. Stella is excited upon discovering its outbuilding was once a chandlery, but as she pries the candle sign off the wall she makes a more gruesome discovery-a skeleton. Her friend, Agnes, identifies the skeleton and tells the scandalous tale from her family's past, a story of best friends, a robbery,
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked the first two adventures of the series, the first one better than the second. Although I am going to be rating this the same on the websites ( because of a woeful lack of .5 stars being available on Goodreads and other apps), I liked this best.
I highly recommend reading the previous ones before getting here just to keep the feel of the community alive, but even if you start the series here, you will not go amiss. We have our Nantucket candle maker, Stella gearing up for Halloween season.
Third in a series and I had not read the first two. True rating about 3.7. There is much to like in this one: a strong mystery, solid likable characters, good writing. The heroine is a bit impulsive in some cases but overall she is sensible and intelligent. I like Tinker the cat. Well developed characters, too, and a better plot line than most. I enjoy a good historical mystery and liked the bits of historical info.

I admit I was dubious at first when by chapter 3 it appeared that the solution to
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This is the third book in the Nantucket Candle Maker mystery series by Christin Brecher.

There was a little bit of candle stuff in this book but really not enough to satisfy me. Don’t get my wrong, the mystery in this was compelling but I love everything candle related and I just wanted more.

I did have a bit of a niggle since I wasn’t sure all that happened in the seconds around the murder could have happened in such a short amount of time. But this is just me. Not like I had a stop watc
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