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Town in a Wild Moose Chase by B.B. Haywood
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Town in a Wild Moose Chase by B.B. Haywood is the 3rd book of the Candy Holliday mystery series set in contemporary Maine. As seaside Cape Willington holds its annual Moose Fest, complete with ice-carving competition, parade and fancy-dress Moose Ball, newspaper reporter Candy Holliday once again gets involved in a murder investigation.

Although cozy mysteries are typically light entertainment, this story has too many silly premises. First silly plot device: the rare white moose in the woods. I am willing to believe there could be a rare white moose in Maine. However it's not believable for a hermit to send such a moose to fetch Candy, so the hermit can give her critical evidence in a murder investigation (while remaining hidden from police and search & rescue teams). Another silly premise: in order for Candy to attend a semi-formal ball at short notice, she needs a ball gown. It's believable that she would borrow one from her best friend. However, since Candy always scolds Maggie for wearing customers' garments (Maggie works at the dry cleaners), it's not at all believable for Candy to wear a stunning sexy gown borrowed from Maggie, and never suspect it belongs to a dry cleaning customer. More silliness: Candy is aided in solving crimes by a "vision" that comes to an elderly woman known for supernatural gifts: in a dream, she sees"28". (Oh, please.)

Candy solves the mysteries, as usual barely escaping with her life. However, the heavy foreshadowing of future crimes in a scene with a boring villain (from the previous mystery) saps my interest in the series (besides, the main and supporting characters don't have interesting personalities).

Recipes: Sandy's Favorite Whoopie Pies, Melody's Chocolate Mousse, Marjorie Coffin's White Moose Hot Cocoa, Nanna Tibbett's Moose Mincemeat, Nanna Tibbett's Moose Mincemeat Cookies

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March 31, 2019 – Shelved

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