Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Review and Giveaway: Town in a Cinnamon Toast

Town in a Cinnamon Toast (Candy Holliday Mystery - Book 7) by B. B. Haywood

Publication Date: 02/02/2016
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Berkley Prime Crime
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 320

(Received for an honest review from Berkley Prime Crime)

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Books in the series:

Candy Holliday Mystery

1. Town in a Blueberry Jam
2. Town in a Lobster Stew
3. Town in a Wild Moose Chase
4. Town in a Pumpkin Bash
5. Town in a Strawberry Swirl
6. Town in a Sweet Pickle
7. Town in a Cinnamon Toast

Coverart: Click the image for a larger, clearer view of the covers in this series.


The author of Town in a Sweet Pickle brings back Candy Holliday, a blueberry farmer with a green thumb for sleuthing...

The much-anticipated wedding of local resident Maggie Tremont and popular baker Herr Georg has stirred up the usually quiet coastal town of Cape Willington. To make sure the wedding of the year goes off without a hitch, the participants gather at a pre-wedding dinner—everyone, that is, except the best man...
Worried, Candy, the maid of honor, goes looking for him, finally tracking him down to the upstairs archive rooms at the English Point Lighthouse and Museum. There’s only one problem: he’s dead, struck over the head with a bottle of champagne, the same exclusive brand that was ordered for the dinner. Before the wedding plans fall flat, Candy rushes to find the murderer, unearthing a conspiracy that could spill over into the whole town...


Cape Willington, Maine is gearing up for a wedding! Herr Georg Wolfsburger and Maggie Tremont will finally tie the knot in the latest Candy Holliday mystery by B.B. Haywood. Town in a Cinnamon Toast, follows in the tradition of the series. It's charming, it's a little quirky, and it's full of surprises. Readers who haven't tried this series, will be wishing they hadn't waited so long when they get a hold of this one. A great addition to this clever mystery series.

What I liked:

A lot of things come to mind when I think about what I love about this series. The setting, in a small Maine coastal town is perfect for the series. It may put you mind of Cabot Cove, but Candy Holliday is nothing like Jessica Fletcher. The town itself has taken on all the characteristics of a character of it's own. I love coming back to Cape Willington with each new installment because I want to know more about these people and what they have been up to while I've been away. Haywood always seems to know how to draw the reader back in and make them a part of the landscape of the town. A hallmark of a good author.

Candy once again finds herself in the middle of a murder. She may be a blueberry farmer, which I find both comical and believable, but she's a darn good amateur sleuth. She takes a few things a little too far and she is more curious than any cat I've ever known but she often surprises me and that's hard to do when you read tons of cozies every month. As a heroine she rocks. As a person in the real world, I'm not so sure she would get away with her sleuthing ways...lol!

I'm glad we are finally getting to see Herr Georg find love. He is one of my favorites in this series and his wedding to Maggie is a celebration that Cape Willington and readers will never forget. I'm glad Haywood decided to center the mystery around the wedding. When the best man doesn't make it to the ceremony that can cause problems. Candy is on the case and readers will enjoy the clues, red herrings and delectable suspect list. Not to mention Haywood's knack for writing about food. My taste buds were watering with this one and those recipes in the back are going to hit the spot.

What I didn't like:

Not too much to dislike about this one. One thing about most cozies that bugs me is that the main suspect is never really the killer. Readers who read a lot of cozies know that, but wouldn't it be cool if you spent the whole book trying to pin it on somebody else and it really was the main suspect? Maybe it's just me but too much predictability is never a good thing. Haywood's books are not your average cozies and tend to have interesting plots and great mysteries. So honestly, there isn't much I don't like about this one. 

Town in a Cinnamon Toast is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!

About the Author:

B. B. Haywood is the author of the New York Times bestselling Candy Holliday murder mystery series, including Town in a Sweet PickleTown in a Strawberry SwirlTown in a Pumpkin Bash,Town
in a Wild Moose ChaseTown in a Lobster Stew, and Town in a Blueberry Jam.

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Linda Kish said...

The perfect French toast is Brioche, dipped in a nice egg batter and lightly browned with maple pecan syrup.

Anonymous said...

The perfect french toast is the original one I used to make.

skkorman said...

Cinnamon toast requires a golden brown toast, a bit of butter, a sprinkle of sugar, and a generous toss of cinnamon!

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Wendy Newcomb said...

Lightly toasted bread, the whole slice, just dark enough to MELT the butter (no oleo, margarine, etc.) as you spread it. Then sprinkle just the right mixture of cinnamon-sugar (about 2 parts sugar to 1 part cinnamon) until it quits 'melting' into the butter. You can tell because the cinnamon-sugar quits turning to a darker butter. OH YUMMY!!!!!

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Sue Farrell said...

The perfect cinnamon toast is the kind that my mom made in the oven---a big batch of it all at one time. Sadly, I never watched her make it so I don't know how to make it now.

traveler said...

Cinnamon Toast has to be made with Challah and is dipped in egg mixed with milk, then lightly browned in a pan, dusted lightly with cinnamon and a delightful experience awaits you. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

NoraA said...

We make our French Toast using leftover Egg Challah from the Sabbath. I use 3 eggs, vanilla and a bit of milk. I dip the bread in and let it soak for a few seconds on each side and then fry it in a neutral oil like canola.

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Rita Wray said...

The perfect French toast is made with French bread. Lots of butter, syrup and powdered sugar.


Karen B said...

I'm not too picky but I love to put syrup on the plate, then the French toast, and top it with butter and a sprinkling of powdered sugar. YUM!


Unknown said...

I like Texas Toast with a light batter that has cinnamon and nutmeg that's well cooked with a light coating of traditional maple syrup. My other favorite had berries and orange flavored syrup, but was still very light tasting.

Unknown said...

I like Texas Toast with a light batter that has cinnamon and nutmeg that's well cooked with a light coating of traditional maple syrup. My other favorite had berries and orange flavored syrup, but was still very light tasting.

Grandma Cootie said...

The perfect French toast is a bit eggy, soft, not too crisp, with grape jam.

Nancy said...

The best French Toast is the one your family loves. For instance my DH likes his a little darker and I a little lighter. So for me, the best is what I normally do. So eggs, milk, cinnamon, and a tiny bit of sugar, grilled with cannola oil.

Unknown said...

My family loves when I make French toast. I love to use Texas toast bread soaked in an egg batter that has nutmeg and vanilla in it. Browned in butter and topped with strawberry freezer jam. It's very delicious. robeader53@yahoo.com

Carol N Wong said...

My favorite cinnamon toast requires mixing the sugar and cinnamon to taste and applying it to heavily buttered golden brown toast. But the only one that I have ever eaten cinnamon toast with is my mother. That was before sugar got a bad reputation. We also had some tea with it, sat down and talked and talked. I miss those times!


holdenj said...

Nutmeg!! It just adds that little something with the cinnamon-y deliciousness!!
I can even get by with sub par bread, if I have too! Thanks!

bn100 said...

thick slices

Theresa N. said...

I love french toast with a hint of cinnamon and lots of butter.
Theresa N

Linda Kish said...

A nice brioche, thickly sliced, dipped in egg batter, fried to a light brown and covered in a warn syrup.

Elizabeth Schroedle said...

I have never had cinnamon toast.

Monniehamilton5 said...

Bread dipped in egg sprinkled with brown sugar and cinn.amon

Brooke Showalter said...

I love stuffed french toast. Something about that creamy filling and the decadent french toast ~ mmm. I could eat that every day!

Anonymous said...

A Good white bread, topped with melted butter, syrup and fresh strawberries.
Karen T.