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Revenge Is Sweet

(Vintage Sweets Mysteries #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  42 reviews
In the picturesque tourist town of Fredericksburg, Texas, Tally Holt has opened a new candy store with a vintage twist . . .but theres no sugar-coating a nasty case of murder . . .
Tally Holt has poured her heart, soul, and bank account into Tallys Olde Tyme Sweets, specializing in her grandmothers delicious recipes. Tallys homemade Mallomars, Twinkies, fudges, and taffy
Kindle Edition, 205 pages
Published March 10th 2020 by Lyrical Press
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Natalia  R
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the lovely little tourist town of Fredericksburg, Texas, Tally Holt has opened a vintage candy store, Tally's Olde Tyme Sweets next door to Bella's Baskets owned by her best friend, Yolanda Bella. When Gene Faust, the mayor's adopted son and notorious womanizer, is found murdered in Tally's shop with Yolanda's scissors, the two friends immediately become suspects. Can they find the killer before one of them is arrested for the crime?

I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a promising
Linda 📚
A good start to a sweet new cozy series taking place in the cozy tourist town of Fredericksburg, Texas. Two friends split the role of protagonist (IMO)Tally Holt, owner of Olde Tyme Sweets, and Yolanda Bella, owner of Bellas Baskets. Both are hard workers intent on operating successful businesses on their own. Missing money from the cash drawer and a murder in Tallys kitchen create unwanted havoc in their shops and on their nerves.

I enjoyed the charming setting, and the Maine coon cat, Nigel.
Mark Baker
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2020
Tally Holt has just opened a vintage sweets shop next to the basket shop operated by her best friend, Yolanda Bella, in the town of Fredericksburg, Texas. Tallys opened in time for tourist season, and shes hoping that will give her new business a boost. However, things get derailed when she finds a body in her kitchen. The victim was Gene Faust, the mayors adopted son. Gene didnt have a good reputation, dating multiple women and borrowing money from all of them. Yolanda was one of his victims, ...more
Peggy R
This is the first book in a new series by Author Kaye George, who is an author I have not previously read. I was looking forward to this debut in the series as it sounded intriguing. The setting was charming and the mystery unfolded at a nice pace throughout the book. However, where it fell flat for me was with the characters. I found it difficult to have the story told from the dual point of view of both protagonists. I found it a bit confusing at some points in the book. I also didn't really ...more
Revenge is Sweet by Kaye George is the debut novel in The Vintage Sweets Mysteries. Tally Holt has opened Old Tyme Sweets next door to Bellas Baskets owned by Tallys best friend, Yolanda Bella. When the local Romeo handyman, Gene ends up dead in her kitchen, Yolanda finds herself the prime suspect. Tally searches for the killer so she can clear Yolanda from suspicion. I enjoyed the descriptions of Fredericksburg, Texas and the charming shops in the tourist town. I also liked the delectable ...more
beachbum bookworm
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited when I heard I was getting the chance to visit Texas! Fredericksburg, Texas to be exact, and I was going to be meeting Tally Holt and her best friend Yolanda Bell. They own shops right next door to each other...Tallys Olde Tyme Sweets and Bellas Baskets.sounds like so much fun! Well upon arriving it was until... Tallys fridge broke down, and she had to bring in Gene Faust. Gene is Fredericksburgs bad boy.and adopted son of the mayor. It seems Gene has been dating well.everybody, ...more
Nancy Baker
Rich descriptions really help the reader become comfortable with Tally's Olde Tyme Sweets set in Fredericksburg, Texas in this first in a series mystery. Unfortunately, I did not find the characters very likable. The protagonist Tally Holt was surrounded by a number of flawed individuals which caused her to be irritated a lot of the time. I would have preferred more cozy and less negative.
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, netgalley, kindle
I wasn't sure how to pinpoint what I liked/didn't like so, the easiest way to do that was to make a list.

What I Liked:
-NIGEL (Main Coon cozy companion)
-Setting has great potential. ( cute shop/small town - the staple of fun cozies)
-Sister/sister relationship between Yolanda and Violetta. I feel like this is one you don't see in too many cozies so it was really fun to see that representation in here.
-The chase scene at the end. This is a very detailed scene that definitely stood our from the
The Cozy Review
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
A new culinary/candy cozy series "Vintage Sweets Mysteries" from Kensington Books, Revenge Is Sweet by author Kaye George hits stores this week.

It is always thrilling to read the first book in a series, and culinary or candy cozy's are among my favorites. They usually have great recipes and mouth-watering descriptions. I understand that new series need time to develop, and character growth is spread out over several books. I know this going in but I do expect when a new series is being written
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook-arc
My favorite part of this book was Nigel, the Maine Coon cat. He was a great fur character. I also really enjoyed the Fredericksburg, Texas setting, a place I've enjoyed visiting. The author did a good job of making the setting authentic.

The main character, Tally Holt, was mostly likable, and I enjoyed the backdrop of her shop, Old Thyme Sweets. At one point, Tally ran off and did something that only the worst of TSTL heroines would do, and that left me feeling very annoyed. Other than that, she
Feb 08, 2020 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
I DNF'd this at 20%. I probably could've finished it and it might still get a 3 star barely. But after wading through the first few chapters I had to conclude it just wasn't gripping me. Something about the dialogue and writing style felt off to me. The conversation felt stilted and unnatural. The writing style wasn't working for me and the way the events where described didn't pull me in.

Very quickly and in what I thought was a forced way we get introduced to a bunch of possible suspects. I
K.A. Davis
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 out of 5
REVENGE IS SWEET is the first book in brand new Vintage Sweets Mystery series by Kaye George. The reader is introduced to Tally Holt and her delectable shop, Tallys Olde Tyme Sweets, and her best friend Yolanda Bella, owner of Bellas Baskets. This is one of the very few cozy mysteries in which there are two protagonists with alternating points of view. I found that it was an effective way to impart information that wouldnt appear from a single point of view. That said, I wasnt
Jerri Cachero
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tally Holt is a candy shop owner who finds herself in the middle of a double murder investigation. If Tally doesn't do some quick sleuthing, she may be the next victim.

What a fun cozy mystery setting - Fredericksburg, Texas - a real life tourist destination. I loved the descriptions of the town and it's citizens. Tally is a likable character who is smart, kind and loyal to her friends. When a young heartbreaker targets her best friend Yolanda as his next "target" and then is murdered, Tally has
Kathleen Gray
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A nice start to a new series! Unusually for a cozy, it's told from two points of view- that of Tally who owns a sweet shop (yum) and Yolanda who owns a basket store in the touristy town of Fredericksburg, Texas. Yolanda was dating Gene, a rat of a man who is found murdered. There's lots of suspects for his killer, especially among the various women he's more or less scammed out of money (including Yolanda who lent him dough). It's the classic cozy situation- Yolanda is a suspect and together ...more
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Revenge Is Sweet by Kaye George, who also writes as Janet Cantrell, is the first book in the Vintage Sweets Mysteries series, and it's off to a great start. Tally Holt has recently opened Tally's Olde Tyme Sweets shop in Fredericksburg, Texas. Next door, her best friend Yolanda Bella owns Bella's Baskets. Trouble comes in the form of Gene Faust, the mayors adopted son, local handyman, and notorious lady's man who dies in Tally's shop. When Yolanda becomes a prime suspect, Tally is determined to ...more
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Revenge is Sweet is the debut of the Vintage Sweets Mystery series set in Fredericksburg, Texas and featuring Tally Holt, owner of Tally's Olde Tyme Sweets and her friend Yolanda Bella, owner of Bella's Baskets. The two are best friends who have set up shops next to each other on the main street and work together with Tally supplying delicious desserts to include in the extravagant baskets that Yolanda makes for all occasions.

Yolanda has been seeing the mayor's adopted son, Gene Faust. Gene has
Barbara Tobey
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good start to a new series. Lots of potential for further adventures for the two ladies. Switching between the two was fine and kept the story moving along. Nice setting. I am eager to learn more about several of the secondary characters. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Revenge is Sweet by Kaye George is the first in the Vintage Sweets Mysteries. This was the first book by this author for me.
I was excited to read this from the description, as the vintage candy theme caught my attention. I did enjoy that part of the story. I also liked Nigel, the Maine coon cat.
The downfall for me was the story has two main characters and the story jumped back and forth without a warning.
I enjoyed the setting and the additional characters are promising for the next book. I had
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
Dollycass Thoughts

Newly opened Tallys Olde Tyme Sweets in Fredericksburg, Texas is a popular place. The vintage shop uses Tallys grandmothers recipes to make treats from the past like Mallomars, Clark Bars, and Twinkies along with taffy and fudges. Her friend Yolanda Bella owns Bellas Baskets right next door. They are in and out of each others shops several times each day. Tally has two part-time workers Mart and Andrea who tend to customers while Tally creates her delicious goodies. When the
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first in a new series Vintage Sweet Mysteries. Tally Holt is the owner of newly opened Tallys Olde Tyme Sweets and she is best friends with Yolanda Bella the owner of Bellas Baskets and their shops are next to each other in Fredericksburg Texas. Yolanda was seen arguing with town casanova Gene Faust and the adopted son of the towns mayor. He is currently working as a handyman and has been working in Bellas shop but Tallys refrigerator goes out and she asks Gene to fix it. Tally does ...more
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

This is the first book in the Vintage Sweets mystery series by Kaye George.

I enjoyed the complete mystery in this book as well as the theme of vintage chocolates. It never occurred to me that we could make our own versions of older treats. This would have been the perfect book for a recipe since I think the older readers among us would love to taste a bit of our own history.

Tally has started a vintage chocolate shop. Her shop next door neighbor is Yolanda at Bellas Baskets. When Tallys
This new series from Kaye George is off to a great start. The setting is the small tourist town of Fredericksburg, Texas and the main characters are best friends Tally Holt and Yolanda Bella. Each runs her own business - Tally has a candy shop named Tally's Olde Tyme Sweets were she sells candy from her grandmother's recipes. Yolanda had a basket shop named Bella's Baskets. Together they are trying to find a killer before one of the ends up in jail for murder.
Gene was famous for being a lady's
Sally Boyington
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gift baskets for every occasion and delicious candies that harken back to childhood: the tourist town of Fredericksburg, Texas, seems an idyllic place to start a business. But nothing is ever as simple as it seems.

When a dead body is discovered in Tally Holts Olde Tyme Sweets, her problems of finding reliable employees, keeping her business afloat, and dealing with the many women left brokenhearted by her brother dont seem as important anymore. Shes more concerned about her best friend, Yolanda,
Alicia Kozak
Revenge is Sweet features a pair of friends, a Maine Coon cat, and a host of other acquaintances. The relationship between families is a big theme here. The victim, main characters, and the killer all are affected or motivated by their family connections.

POV changes frequently between the two main characters, takes some getting used to. I found myself having to go back and check who's perspective it is because in the beginning the two aren't distinct enough yet to distinguish otherwise. As the
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a really fun setting and idea for a main character's job, making vintage candies and sweets from scratch. I did get a little bit confused with the switching back and forth of third person narrating about Tally then Yolanda. (I have no problem with third person though). Sometimes I'd get the information mixed up and wonder why one person didn't already know this, but I think the idea was for their actions to be very close or nearly simultaneous results. It was better as I got into the ...more
The rating is 3,5 stars.
I don't know how to start this review as I found the story enjoyable and think there's a lot of potential but there's also a lot of issues, more than the usual series debut.
The pro:
- The setting is lovely and vivid
- Nigel the cat was one of my favorite characters
- The mystery, even if some parts were over my suspension of belief, was solid and kept me guessing
- Some characters were faulted and this was a refreshing change
The cons:
- The style of writing seemed "strange"
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Tally has opened a sweet shop in Fredericksburg Texas. Things seem to be going well until she walks into the kitchen one evening to find Gene, a local handyman dead. Gene was popular with the ladies but not a very nice guy. There are quite a few possible murderers. Then one of Tallys assistants is found dead in the employee restroom.
Tally is on tenterhooks trying to figure out who might be responsible. Its the last person she suspects and it nearly gets her killed.
I enjoyed this first in series
Kathleen Chrisman
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tally Holt has moved back to Fredricksburg, Texas to open a sweets store featuring her grandmother's recipes and to once again live near her friend Yolanda. Tally is intent on growing her business when she discovers the body of the handyman with a lot of enemies in her shop kitchen. She needs to follow the clues to help the police find the killer before her business is ruined and either her brother or her friend get arrested.
I enjoyed this first book in a new series. I was rooting for Tally
Amary Chapman
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Candy maker Tally Holt is thrilled with her new venture, Tally's Olde Tyme Sweets and is starting to build up her business until the handyman is stabbed to death in her kitchen. She needs to find out what happened to clear her name, but is stunned when a worker of hers is killed shortly after ...again in her store. Her best friend Yolanda is a suspect, as well as the handyman's assistant, her workers...well before the second death was one of them and she herself.
Her snooping finds many more,
Ryan Hoffman
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great cozy!

Revenge is sweet is the first book in a new cozy mystery series. This cozy setin Texas and follows Tally Holt, the owner of a sweet shop Tally Old Tyme Sweets, using her grandmother's old fashioned recipes. For the tourists that come to tiny Fredericksburg, Texas. When local handyman, Casanova and the Mayprs adopted son, Gene Faust, is found dead in Cali shop and her neighbor, Yolanda is arrested for the crime she decides looking to put herself in typical amateur sleuth fashion. Is
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Kaye George, an Agatha nominated short story and novel writer, is the author of the Imogene Duckworthy Mystery series (Agatha nomination for best first novel), EINE KLEINE MURDER by Barking Rain Press (Silver Falchion Award finalist), DEATH IN THE TIME OF ICE (A Neanderthal Mystery) (Agatha nominee and Silver Falchion finalist) and the Fat Cat Mystery series by Berkley Prime Crime (as Janet ...more

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