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  • A wonderful series!

    Stella Wright owns a candle store, Wick and Flame, on the island of Nantucket. It's almost Halloween and Stella has volunteered to help the girls scouts prepare for their haunted house fundraiser for the island's neediest. The creeky, abandoned house is owned by Stella's friend and he has kindly given them permission to use it. While exploring an old chandlery behind the house, she finds a skeleton hidden in the wall. She starts an investigation to learn more about the hundred-year-old skeleton and uncovers a dark mystery, involving robbery, betrayal, murder, and buried treasure. When one of the people called in to investigate is found dead and the treasure map goes missing, Stella becomes determined to solve the mystery. 15 Minutes of Flame by Christin Brecher is the third book in the Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery series. This is my favorite of the series so far. The characters were engaging and the descriptions of Nantucket were lovely and rich with detail. I particularly loved reading about the island's whaling history and the role women played during that time. Stella is a very likable character, and I feel like she's someone I would be friends with in real life. She's smart, funny, brave, and has a penchant for solving problems and mysteries. The author has done a wonderful job of developing her character, and I can't wait to see what's in store for her in the upcoming books. I'm excited to explore her new house and see which direction her love life will take. The mystery kept me on my toes until the dramatic reveal. The historical mystery is weaved effortlessly with the present-day murder. I enjoyed the conclusion of both mysteries. I thought this was a great addition to the series, and I eagerly await the next one. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • I ADORE THIS SERIES!

    Halloween is descending upon Nantucket and the ghosts are ready to tell their tales as Stella helps the local Girl Scout troop prepare a haunted house to raise money for those in need. What she doesn’t count on is finding a real connection to the old house nor finding a real skeleton in one of the outbuildings. But the find leads to another ghost from the past that haunts Stella and an archaeologist is called in to assist. As the archaeologists lead the efforts to uncover a second skeleton from the 1800s, it seems everyone wants in on the discovery, including the local historian and a Netflix spirit hunter. Little did they realize that what they discover in the well would lead to yet another body to be discovered. Stella seeks justice for the three departed and turns to her sleuthing and deduction skills to find the killer before their history is exploited and the body count rises. I adore this series and get lost in history and Nantucket when I read one of the books. I cannot get enough of both. The story is well written and the characters show you a side of Nantucket you don’t get to see as a tourist to the island. I may never live on the island, but I sure do enjoy day dreaming about owning an old home with history on the island. I will have to settle for enjoying the books and day dreaming bout it though.

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  • A delightful cozy mystery!

    15 Minutes of Flame is the 3rd novel in A Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery series. It can be read as a standalone for those new to the series. Christin Brecher upped her game with 15 Minutes of Flame. Stella Wright owns Wick & Flame on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. It is interesting learning about unique candles and how to make them in each book. This time Stella teaches the Candleers how to make clock candles. I enjoyed the word imagery describing Nantucket Island especially the Morton house. I can understand why Stella loves the beautiful old home. Stella is a likeable and relatable protagonist. She is a clever, friendly, kind, and brave. Stella stands up for herself and her friends. She is quick to notice details and discern clues. Stella also has a knack for getting people to talk which is helpful in her investigations. There are a variety of quirky characters including Old Holly, Agnes, Jameson Bellows, and Brenda Worthington. The mystery was fascinating. I like how the modern mystery weaves effortlessly with the historical one. There were a variety of suspicious suspects. There are some great twists as well. It was fun following Stella as she worked to solve the two whodunits. Who does not love a mystery that involves a treasure map? There was a good wrap up of both mysteries with the exception of one little detail (I cannot say because it would be a spoiler). The ending was satisfying and just what I had hoped would happen. 15 Minutes of Flame is my favorite book so far in this series. I am eager for Stella’s next adventure. 15 Minutes of Flame is a delightful whodunit with clock candles, scary skeletons, a tumbling tree, a missing map, creepy cobwebs, and a curious candlemaker.

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  • Lots of wonderful characters.

    15 Minutes of Flame by Christin Brecher is the third book in the Nantucket Candle Making Mystery series, and Brecher does such a fantastic job with character development that you won’t be lost if you haven’t read the previous two books. The characters are really where the story came alive for me. There are lots of quirky characters that I can’t wait to read more of their adventures in future books and it always pleases me when the romantic relationship in a cozy mystery series doesn’t take over the story, which is the case in 15 Minutes of Flame. It was also very interesting to learn more about Nantucket during the 1800’s and more about candles. The candle clock is such a simple and cool thing that I had never heard of before. That is just one of the many reasons why I love reading books, learning new things and being able to explore new towns. I did know the whodunnit early on, but Brecher had so many red herrings and different things in motion that the reveal was still fun. There were a couple of things that I had to let slide a little on, like Stella and friends being able to come into the crime scene and the police not coming in to do a thorough investigation first, but it is fiction, so… :) And I did like that Stella took initiative in trying to find the killer even at her own peril. I’m looking forward to solving more mysteries with Stella and hope to see more of Agnes and the rest of the candeliers in future books.

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