The Candy Cane Cupcake Killer

A Fresh-Baked Mystery

What a great story! This is light entertainment at its' best! Ms. Washburn allows the characters to constantly change and tighten their murder theories. And for every misstep they make, enlightenment occurs. These characters think and act like real people, they have foibles just as humans do.

It started in Weatherford, Texas at the beginning of the annual holiday parade and tree-lighting ceremony. Phyllis Newsom brought her popular candy cane cupcakes. Barney McCrory wheedles a cupcake out of her while atop of a stagecoach. After he finishes the cupcake, so is he. Barney is shot and killed on the coach. The horses bolt and had to be captured.

At that point, it seemed logical to think Barney's daughter (Allyson) and son-in-law (Nate) had something to do with the murder as Nate had a serious argument with Barney, and Allyson was left with a profitable farm. It seems it got worse when evidence started stacking up on Nate. But Phyllis and her network of family and friends were willing and able to lend a hand. So, if Nate didn't do it, who did?

There is a lot of action in this novel. Developments are fast, and the decisions the characters make are even faster. It was an easy, delightful read, and the author put a lot of thought into the plot dynamics to aid the reader in understanding how the characters reached their conclusions. Also, I loved how the characters resolve the holiday issues. And the recipes at the back of the book make for a tasty ending. While this is a series book, it also works well as a standalone novel. If you enjoy this novel and haven't read any of the other novels, start off with A Peach of a Murder, so you get the full background of the characters.

Book Blurb for The Candy Cane Cupcake Killer

In the latest from the national bestselling author of Trick or Deadly Treat, Phyllis Newsom returns with a festive Christmas recipe that’s to die for…

‘Tis the season in Weatherford, Texas, and everyone in town is gearing up for the annual holiday parade and tree-lighting ceremony in the town square, where Phyllis Newsom will be serving her much-anticipated candy cane cupcakes. Local rancher Barney McCrory manages to charm one away from her before the ceremony begins. But unfortunately, when the minty confection is finished, so is he.

This isn’t the first time someone has dropped dead after eating one of Phyllis’s treats. But when the paramedics determine the rancher was shot, suspicion swiftly falls on McCrory’s daughter and her husband—who both stand to reap some sweet rewards from his death. Though Phyllis doesn’t want to get mixed up in another murder investigation, something about this case doesn’t sit right with her. With a little help from a tabloid TV news crew, Phyllis must unwrap the truth and restore good cheer to Weatherford before it’s too late…

Includes recipes!

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2015 4.00