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15 Minutes of Flame: 3 Mass Market Paperback – 17 November 2020
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- Publisher : KENSINGTON (17 November 2020)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1496721438
- ISBN-13 : 978-1496721433
- Dimensions : 10.59 x 1.93 x 17.04 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 499,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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15 Minutes of Flame, the third book in this series, really tests Stella when she gets permission to use a friend's empty house to use as a haunted house for the Girl Scouts to raise money and in a boarded up shack in the back she finds a skeleton hidden in the wall...... oh the smells that are there !!
When Stella goes to research the skeleton she finds out that one of the ladies that is in her candle making class, Agnes, is a distant relative to the skeleton, Patience Cooper. After further digging they find out that Patience was murdered and her best friend Nancy committed suicide after some cash went missing and Patience and her husband disappeared. Nancy committed suicide by jumping down into a well that her family has left alone and consider it her burial site. In order to solve Patience's murder and be sure that Nancy did indeed jump down into the well, local police, Andy, invites 2 forensic anthropologists to come to Nantucket to go down the well. And the owner of the property where the well is located calls in a filmmaker who specializes in this kind of story......
Stella will do anything to solve a murder.....even move into the abandoned house where the first skeleton was found. Even though she is a candle maker and has to put that first and foremost, she cannot help but want to make her town as safe as possible.
Readers will love this unique way that Stella is able to use her craft for more than making tantalizing smelling candles....and her town and friends don't hurt the appeal !!! I highly recommend getting lost in this series and maybe light your favorite candle while you get lost in Nantucket with Stella......
While I did enjoy this book, I gave it 4 rather than 3 stars because I really love Halloween-themed cozy mysteries.
There were a few times that I really questioned Stella's access to certain information and especially to crime scenes. However, I appreciated that her character actively investigates the crimes instead of accidentally bumbling into the murderer. Brecher includes a lot of fall and Halloween fun in the book along with local Nantucket flavor.
I feel the characters can use a little more development in order for readers to really invest in them, but I do think this is a vast improvement over the last installment of the series (Murder Makes Scents).
Overall, it's a solid cozy mystery - especially for fans of Halloween and Nantucket.
This series is set around a charming candle shop and candle maker on the island of Nantucket. Stella is a smart savvy protagonist who has a talent for solving crimes and running her very successful business. She makes candles and scents for different themes and holiday events. Her unique sense of smell gives her the opportunity to create scents that everyone loves.
This Halloween she has been asked to provide candles for her friends Halloween theme party in her
spooky historic house she has just purchased. This is a Girl Scout fund raiser that is near and dear to Stella's heart. Stella is thrilled to learn a candle shop is on the property left abandon for many years. As she explores the old shop she finds a body of a women who appears to be Quaker. The body dates back to the 18th century after forensics are called in. Stella is fascinated to try to solve the mystery of who this women was and why she was murdered and her body left in a wall. The murder investigation proves to be multi layered and soon Stella is finding she is close to solving the case.
I loved this next in series. The charcters are well drawn to the setting and all likable. Stella is a great protagnist and very talented candle maker. The island of Nantucket is the perfect setting for this fun cozy series. Well done to the author. Review cross posted.