Five-Alarm Fudge

Five-Alarm Fudge Fudge maker Ava Oosterling and her Grandpa co own Oosterling s Live Bait, Bobbers Belgian Fudge and Beer in Fisher s Harbor, Wisconsin Ava is busy looking for a famous divinity fudge recipe her Grandpa says is hidden in the historic local church A dead body gets in her way Several fires break out around Ava s business and she s convinced someone wants to stop her from finding the recipe When a friend is put in jail for the murder, she is determined to find the real killer.I love fudge and the fudges named after fairy tales certainly sounded luscious The back of the book contains several recipes.I received a free copy of this book from an author giveaway My opinion is my own and not influenced by anyone. The summary sounded great, but unfortunately the writing just didn t live up to it. Too frenetic for my tastes, this book would definitely benefit from having been read as part of the series There are many characters, many conflicts and a lot of baggage dragging down our heroine One of those that most annoyed me was her family s objection to Dillon, her former and renewed boyfriend It felt forced to have an adult woman be treated like a teenager at the same time she s running a business delicious fudge and investigating crimes There were other juvenile level character conflicts like her close but prickly friendship with Pauline or her pricklier conflict with Fontana that put me off the story I also felt as if the mystery s solution was much parachuted in than naturally unfolding All in all, a mighty meh. A fun read that kept me turning the pages I learned a lot about making fudge which was neat Royalty is coming to Fishers Harbor, Wisconsin for the kermis, a summer fair, It is home of Oosterlings Live Bait,Bobbers, Beligan Fudge and Beer and Fudge Shop owner, Ave Oosterling and her family The royalty happens to be relations to Ava s grandmother, Sophie, Prince Arnaud Van Damme and his mother Princess Amandine but Ava s grandmother is harboring a deep dark secret that she does not wish to reveal.Ava s Grandfather, who she affectionately calls,Gilpa knows there s a recipe for divinity fudge hidden inside a church A recipe made by a nun for school children in the 1860 s and he wants to find it so Ava can make it for the Prince and Princess s arrival.When a local man, a scientist, nicknamed Cherry is discovered lying face down and bleeding in the back of the head and after a fire in the church by Ava s mother something that Ava cannot reveal to the police Cherry was concerned about everyone s farmland in Fisher s Harbor.When the medical examiner finds that Cherry was murdered It looks like someone wants to find the valuable divinity fudge recipe and is willing to kill to get it Ava steps in the try to find the killer and the recipe before her business and her life are chewed up and spit out.I find myself craving Ava s fairy tale fudge, with it s delicious flavors and I m a lucky foodie when the recipes are in the back of the book Ava is a spunky, determined and willing to do anything for the good of her family and her fudge Five Alarm fudge is a sweet edition to this series Always wondering what Ava will do next and along with a cast of charming and down to Earth characters My favorite place to read culinary mysteries is the kitchen in case I get an urge to make some of these mouth watering treats It is also chalked full of suspense and action for mystery lovers I can t wait to go on another adventure with Ava in the next book in this delectable series. to you by OBS Reviewer DanieleAva and her grandfather, affectionately called Gilpa, run Oosterlings Live Bait, Bobbers and Belgian Fudge and Beer in Door County, Wisconsin The area has a long Belgian history, and its residents are busy preparing for the annual kermis fall festival and the arrival of some very special guests, Prince Arnaud Van Damme and his mother Princess Amandine from Belgium In an effort to mutually boost tourism, Gilpa has invited the royals, who are distant relatives of his wife Sophie Gilpa is sure that there is a divinity fudge recipe hidden in a local church by a famous nun in the late nineteenth century, and he has promised a sampling of the fudge and the physical recipe to the prince when he visits So Ava is busy searching high and low for said recipe and not having any luck Also, Sophie is acting strangely and is vocally opposed to her relatives visit but will not explain herself.As if the all of this was not enough to keep everyone busy, a university professor, nicknamed Cherry, has been doing research for the University of Wisconsin Green Bay He has become increasingly vocal about pollution and allegations of chemical violations in organic practices with the area farms and vineyards These charges do not sit well with Ava s friends, family and neighbors, and he has even taken samples of Ava s fudge for testing Ava s mother finds Cherry s body in the basement of the church one Sunday morning and insists that Ava make the call to the sheriff claiming that she, not mom, made the discovery Not surprisingly, Sheriff Jordy feels that all is not as it seems, and Ava, because she is now involved whether she wants to be or not, takes it upon herself to unearth Cherry s killer But Ava must watch her back because it seems that the killer has set his sights set on her to be his next victim.Five Alarm Fudge is the enjoyable, action packed third installment in the Fudge Shop Mystery series I have not read the previous two entries, but after perusing this one they are definitely going on my to read list Because I was unfamiliar with the characters and location featured in the series, I found the story a bit slow going at first until I got it all straightened out Readers familiar with the books should have no trouble following the story The idea of Belgian royalty coming to a small Wisconsin tourist town seemed quite unlikely at first, but I became invested in the idea as I turned the pages I was pleasantly surprised to find that the nun, church, and surrounding towns are all based on fact the village where the fudge shop is located is fiction I also did not realize this area of Wisconsin has such a rich Belgian history I found all of these interesting tidbits fascinating And, boy, am I hungry for my grandmother s divinity and a piece of Ava s cherry vanilla fudge right about now.To be honest, I was not sure how I felt about Ava in the beginning She obviously has an impulse control problem and is stubborn, but she is also devoted to her family and friends and is delightfully sarcastic Her antics and banter with her best friend Pauline are reminiscent of Lucy and Ethel, and they made me laugh out loud than once By the end of the book I found her almost endearing My favorite parts of the story were Lucky Harbor s appearances I am a sucker for a friendly, loveable dog.I enjoyed my time in Wisconsin, hanging with the Oosterlings, and look forward to seeing what other trouble they can stir up in the future I recommend Five Alarm Fudge to current readers of the series and those who enjoy culinary cozies with plenty of hijinks. This wasn t my favorite cozy It s the only book I ve read in this series, so I may have missed things in previous books The protagonist came off as a horrible person she wrecked her best friend s car throughout the story after causing mechanical damage, the author repeatedly mocks the vehicles sound, apparently thinking this is funny and was constantly making fun of women outside her family and tiny circle of friends assuming a new attorney to the area was a stripper, mocking a woman s underpants when picking up a friend who had passed out in this woman s yard, calling someone her nemesis for no apparent reason Additionally she lets her and her boyfriend s dog run around off leash in what appears to be an area where lots of tourists drive Every time the protagonist s own vehicle got mentioned, we were told it was a yellow pick up truck Due to the phrasing, I wonder if the author needed to increase her word count Once or twice mentioning the color is fine Alternatively, artistic license could allow her to joke about losing it at a school bus lot or in a taxi stand That said, there must be about 25 references to the fudge maker s vehicle and in every single one, we learn the truck is yellow.The mysteries within the book were both interesting the professor slaughtered in a church and mundane lost fudge recipe I found the lost fudge recipe to be a ridiculous resolution The police chief came across as completely inept Based on this book, I m not going to read any of this author s others. Ava is, and probably will remain, my absolute favorite part of this series, she is so unique and refreshing I know if I knew someone like her we would be fast and forever friends She has such a sweet and yet daring personality My husband has not read the series, but his favorite part is the fudge He always wants to know what the new flavors are in each part As you can see from my pictures, he made a shopping list and I made fudge All of the characters are fabulous and the setting is charming I have never been anywhere near the Great Lakes area but I certainly would love to visit this area with it s rich Belgian history The mystery is well written and I found the pace a perfect page turner I also loved the further development of the relationships Dillon is really growing on me but I still want to see of Jordy.If you are looking for a great series I recommend to grab this beautiful written mystery by Christine DeSmet. FIVE ALARM FUDGE had my taste buds tingling and the amateur sleuth raring to investigate The series had me at the word fudge I couldn t wait to get my hands on FIRST DEGREE FUDGE, book 1 in the Fudge Shop Mysteries Now here I am, just finished the third book and I m already looking forward to the next Author Christine DeSmet has once again created a tempting concoction of mystery, great characters, and mouthwatering delights This was a fast paced read with twists and turns, and a strong mystery that kept me guessing The only negative thing I can say about this book is it didn t come with samples of all the yummy sounding fudge But there are recipes for it If you re looking for a good cozy mystery, FIVE ALARM FUDGE is a tasty treat you re sure to love. In The Newest Fudge Shop Mystery From The National Bestselling Author Of Hot Fudge Frame Up, Ava Oosterling Is After A Recipe To Kill ForIt S Autumn In Fishers Harbor, Wisconsin, And Fudge Shop Owner Ava Oosterling Is Busy Preparing For The Harvest Festival And A Visit From Some Royal Relatives Who Live In Belgium According To Ava S Grandpa, A Famous Divinity Fudge Recipe From The S Is Hidden Somewhere In A Local Historical Church A Treat Fit For A PrinceBut When A Fire In The Church Reveals The Body Of A Murdered Man, It Looks Like Someone Is Willing To Go To Any Length To Possess The Valuable Secret To The Divinity Fudge As Ava Searches For The Killer And The Recipe She Could Use A Little Divine Intervention, Because She May Have Bitten Off Than She Can Chew

Christine is a novelist, screenwriter, short story writer, and playwright.She teaches writing in the Continuing Studies division of University of Wisconsin Madison She s the director of the annual June Write by the Lake Writer s Workshop Retreat and the fall Weekend with Your Novel She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America, and Jewels of

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  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • Five-Alarm Fudge
  • Christine DeSmet
  • 21 November 2017
  • 9780451416490

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