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Town in a Blueberry Jam

(A Candy Holliday Mystery #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  2,024 ratings  ·  211 reviews
First in the fabulous new Candy Holliday Murder mystery series.

In the seaside village of Cape Willington, Maine, Candy Holliday has an idyllic life tending to the Blueberry Acres farm she runs with her father. But, when an aging playboy and the newly crowned Blueberry Queen are killed, Candy investigates to clear the name of a local handyman. And as she sorts through th
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Published February 2nd 2010 by Berkley
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Jul 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy, mystery
There's a blueberry festival in Candy's small town and along comes blackmail and murder.

There are several big problems with the book. One is that I really disliked the catty behavior of Candy and her best friend. The snide comments they made about different townspeople made them come off as obnoxious and rude. Two, the writing was very slow and uneven especially at the beginning. It did get better as the story progressed, but there were still too many parts that just didn't blend together. Thre
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bingo, challenge
Great first book in the series! I really liked Candy, Maggie, Doc and the rest of the gang and I hope to see more of Ben in future books. The blueberry festival was fun and I enjoyed the aftermath. The mystery was well done and the ending was exciting. I look forward to reading more!
Julie  Durnell
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This was a cute cozy-very light and fluffy!
May 11, 2010 rated it liked it
A month or so ago I was lucky enough to win Sharon's Garden of Book Review's Spring Cozy Give-Away. One beautiful spring day I received a box with over 10 titles-HOORAY! Thanks again Sharon!

Now, it should be said that I am fairly new to the cozy mystery sub-genre. Last year I was browsing on the Books-A-Million website, and I discovered a couple new mystery series with female protagonists. I assumed they would be like Sharon McCone or Kay Scarpetta. Instead, they were more like Jessica Fletcher.
Dawn Michelle
This was okay - I didn't like it enough to read the second one though. ...more
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Just finished this book which was recommended to me by my friend Lisa A Kelley. I really enjoyed it. I think this will be a great series and I look forward to reading the next ones! I liked the characters, setting and outcome of the story, I had not seen it coming!
You will enjoy this one too, grab a cup of tea a blueberry scone and the book!
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is nothing as handy as belonging to a bunch of online book clubs! I'm always getting to start books that I wondered when I would ever get around to starting. I'm so glad the club chose this book! I really enjoyed reading about the small fictional town of Cape Willington, Maine and getting to know Candy Holliday, her dad Doc and Candy's best friend, Maggie Tremont.

In the prologue, it described a man falling to his rocky death off a cliff in Cape Willington. As the book started, it was July
Brittany S.
Initial Impressions 5/19/12: This was a cute first book to the series! I really liked Candy's character - Although I have to say, what's with all the cozy mystery series and their wacky names? This one has Candy Holliday, Sapphire Vine, Jock Larson, and Candy's dad "Doc" Holliday. Really? But regardless of silly names, I had a lot of fun with this one. Some of the smaller puzzles/mysteries, I did have a solid (and correct) guess at before they were revealed, but as to who the real killer was, I ...more
Mary Brown
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Town In A Blueberry Jam
A Candy Holliday Mystery, Book #1
B. B. Haywood
5 Stars


First in the fabulous new Candy Holliday Murder mystery series.

In the seaside vi
llage of Cape Willington, Maine, Candy Holliday has an idyllic life tending to the Blueberry Acres farm she runs with her father. But, when an aging playboy and the newly crowned Blueberry Queen are killed, Candy investigates to clear the name of a local handyman. And as she sorts through the town's juicy secrets, things start to g
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
This was okay. This is a cozy mystery that at times was entertaining, but for the most part, it was just okay. I find the cozy mystery genre fun sometimes; they are good entertainment to listen to audibly while I'm cleaning my house, easy reads on a weekend, fun to pack into a bag for a day at the beach, good filler when you're waiting in a doctor's office. So for that reason, I pick them up occasionally.

I do enjoy that many cozy mysteries follow a theme that could be attractive to knitters, or
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Town in a Blueberry Jam by B.B. Haywood starts a new cozy mystery series set in a contemporary coastal village in Maine. Candy Holliday lives with her father on his blueberry farm, which he purchased at retirement. Candy delights in the hard, simple work and the easily visible results.

Cape Wilmington holds an annual blueberry festival, complete with parade, booths and beauty contest. Candy volunteered to provide blueberry pies and work a booth. The town is shocked at the sudden death of a reside
We are going to Cape Willington, Maine which is a quaint
seaside village to visit with Candy Holliday on her Dad’s
Blueberry Farm.
Candy had been living in Boston when her big city world fell
apart leaving her divorced and jobless. How will she adapt
to farm living now???
Every year the Cape Wilmington blueberry festival is held
with booths of vendors selling blueberry products. There is
a parade and beauty contest. Candy has volunteered to host
a booth selling blueberry pies, blueberry preserves, b
This is the first in the Town in a.......... series as I will call them. Just like the Cat who........series.
This introduces Doc and Candy Halliday to the readers.
Doc (Henry) is a retired professor from the University of Maine Who bought a Blueberry farm in Cape Willington, Maine after the death of his wife. Candy is his daughter, who he brought home after her life as a high powered ad executive and wife imploded when her husband left her after what she thought was a great marriage. She now help
Sep 01, 2010 rated it liked it
This book was an Easy-going cozy mystery with a tight plot and a few good twists.

Candy Holliday and her gal-pal Maggie Tremane team up to discover who murdered the town gossip. Her seemingly harmless handyman was seen leaving the crime scene and his brand new hammer (the murder weapon) was found at the scene of the crime. The entire town is in an uproar and Candy is determined to find out the killer.

I did have a few beefs with this book. The names of some of the characters were just a bit far
Oct 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Another fine cozy mystery set on the East Coast...this one is even better with the main character, Candy, owning a blueberry farm. She is a busy chickie, prepping for the upcoming festival and taking care of the farm as well as the odd jobs around town to help bring in some extra cha-ching so she can keep living this life she's grown to love.
There are some really well written characters, a good main character who is curious and wants to help her friend, there is her father who is helping in his
Aug 09, 2011 rated it liked it
It was a cute cozy, even if it did have a bit of a slow start - it wasn't until a third of the way though the novel that the second victim is killed and Candy starts her investigation. I did enjoy reading about the festival goings-on, particularly the pageant itself, which had some humorous moments. I did see one major plot twist coming a mile away, but I didn't know who the murderer was until the end, though it didn't really surprise me to read it.

The character development was about nil and the
Westminster Library
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: debbra, mystery
A new to me mystery series with interesting characters in this small Maine town. Candy Holliday moves to Cape Willington to help her father on his blueberry farm. When a friend is accused of murder, Candy steps up to clear his name.

Find Town in a Blueberry Jam at the Westminster Public Library.
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an entertaining "who done it" mystery. After two murders happen in a small town, protagonist Candy and her buddy Maggie go searching for the murderer. Their friend, the town handyman, was jailed for the murder and they knew he was innocent. There are quite a few of these cozy mysteries that are mindless and silly but this one was written well and it was not easy to guess the ending. You will get to meet a lot of strange and fun characters in this story. This is the first in a series by B ...more
Not a spectacular mystery book, but still a nice reading.
As it's the first book in a series, lots of people were introduced but they have truly different personality, without falling into "clichés" either.
For instance, I'm pretty sure that Candy's father, Doc, and his bunch of friends will me more present in the next book, because, considering their former activities (cop, attorney....), they will be good sidekicks to the heroine :)
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozies
Candy Holliday runs the blueberry farm with her father. Candy investigates when a friend is accused of two murdrrs. I had a hard time with this book. I couldn't connect with the characters or the story. It took me forever to read as I kept putting it down in favor of a book that I enjoyed . This was a reread for me as I wanted to give this book another try. Same result. I won't be continuing with this series. ...more
Joy Gerbode
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a delightful cozy mystery, with a believable protagonist sleuth and a good friend who will follow her anywhere. There are several possibilities for the murderer, and I enjoy the way each one is explored until it seems ... no, that's not the one. In the end I was surprised at who committed the crime ... kind of came out of nowhere. Lots of likable characters, a few you love to hate, and all in all a good read. ...more
Mar 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2010
This was a pretty good first outing in this new series. I like Candy and her dad, Doc. And the setting is great. I sometimes think I'd like to live in a little Maine town just like Cape Willington. Was easy to dislike both murder victims, tho the first one you only get to know in his thoughts. Some nice recipes, too. I'll be looking for the next one, TOWN IN A LOBSTER STEW. ...more
Apr 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Oh goody another mystery series! I liked the main character alot and always enjoy a mystery that takes place in Maine. Looking forward to the next!
Apr 23, 2010 rated it liked it
I have to admit I picked up this book because i love blueberries and was looking for a mystery. Well i was pleasantly surprised, with a nice lite read.
Apr 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Probably the best cozy I've read lately. It was cute without being cutesy and the mystery wasn't overly easy to solve. I'm anxious for the next title! ...more
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
Unlike a weekend in Maine, couldn't wait for it to be over. ...more
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Town in Blueberry Jam is the first in a series set in Cape Willington, Maine. Candy Holliday has joined her father here to help him run his blueberry farm. When the local handyman finds himself arrested for murder, Candy is determined to prove his innocence. A fun introduction to a new-to-me cozy series.
Carole Hardinge
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Good mystery with lots of suspects and red herrings. A little heavy with the small town cliches but a promising start to a cozy series.
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Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I got this book some time ago. I wanted to read it sooner, but it always seemed that life got in the way. I just love the title of this book, it sounds so cheery and like summer.

All Candy wants to do is try to get her life back in some sort of order after going through an extremely bad time. Seemed for so long like anything that was bad and could happen, did for her. She lost a husband to another woman, her mother to illness, a best friend to suicide, and a job to depression all in a very short
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B. B. Haywood is a pseudonym of writing team Beth Feeman and Robert Feeman. They conceived the idea for the Candy Holliday mysteries while driving around the Maine countryside, stopping at different small towns throughout the state.

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