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  • A great start to a new series!

    In the lovely little tourist town of Fredericksburg, Texas, Tally Holt has opened a vintage candy store, Tally's Olde Tyme Sweets next door to Bella's Baskets owned by her best friend, Yolanda Bella. When Gene Faust, the mayor's adopted son and notorious womanizer, is found murdered in Tally's shop with Yolanda's scissors, the two friends immediately become suspects. Can they find the killer before one of them is arrested for the crime? I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a promising start to a new series. With the author's vivid description, I instantly fell in love with the charming little town of Fredericksburg, and the candy shop setting with all its delectable sweets. I found Tally and Yolanda to be likable and relatable characters and their friendship felt realistic to me. The murder mystery was intriguing and had plenty of suspects to choose from. It wasn't too difficult to figure out the identity of the culprit and their motive for the murders, but I still enjoyed watching the mystery unravel. This was a fun and delightful cozy that drew me in right from the start and kept me hooked until the last page. I will definitely be reading the second book. A delicious recipe for homemade twinkies is included at the end. I received an ARC from Kensington Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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  • Debut of A Vintage Sweets Mysteries

    Revenge is Sweet by Kaye George is the debut novel in The Vintage Sweets Mysteries. Tally Holt has opened Old Tyme Sweets next door to Bella’s Baskets owned by Tally’s best friend, Yolanda Bella. When the local Romeo handyman, Gene ends up dead in her kitchen, Yolanda finds herself the prime suspect. Tally searches for the killer so she can clear Yolanda from suspicion. I enjoyed the descriptions of Fredericksburg, Texas and the charming shops in the tourist town. I also liked the delectable descriptions of Tally’s sweet confections. I was put off, though, by the point-of-view being split between Tally and Yolanda. It was confusing because both characters seemed similar. Plus, it took me out of the story as I adjusted to the new speaker. The characters felt flat and lacked development. They never came to life for me. I thought the mystery was too simple. I was able to identify the guilty party immediately (there might as well have been a giant neon arrow over the killer’s head). Tally questions people as does Yolanda. They are both obvious and abrupt when talking to people (the way they questioned people made it sound like accusations). There is a lot of personal drama happening for various characters in Revenge is Sweet. Tally has her brother visiting town and he brought his ex-girlfriend’s cat, Nigel (my favorite character in the book). Nigel is a large Maine Coon cat with a sweet personality. You can tell the brother is trying to unload Nigel on Tally. Yolanda has financial trouble and issues with her father. She also has terrible taste in men and lacks business acumen. This is just the tip of the iceberg. I also found some conflicting details. I also thought it was gross when Tally failed to hire a crime scene clean up crew for her kitchen after the first body was removed. I do not believe the local health inspector would be happy with the do-it-yourself job. I know it is fiction, but little details are important for a believable story. Romance is in the air for our two main characters. There are two potential suitors for Tally (unfortunately). Revenge is Sweet needed another round of rewrites and editing in my opinion. There is a recipe for twinkies at the end (homemade version) and a preview of Deadly Sweet Tooth which is the second book in the series. Revenge is Sweet is a new cozy mystery with tempting treats, sharp scissors, money misfortunes, fridge on the fritz, proof of pilfering and multiple murders.

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  • I loved it!

    This was a delightful first in a new series. I enjoyed the characters and the premise of a vintage candy shop. The friendships rang true and the whodunit was well written and kept me guessing. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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