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Stella and her best friend Emily have occupations that compliment each other with Emily being and event planner and Stella, creating the candles for a specific event. This time the event is a wedding in which the bride decides to have a unity candle, as well as tapers for added ambiance, and votives as the wedding favors. The uniqueness of Stella’s shop is, she creates personal scents for her customers. The wedding weekend has arrived, guests are starting to check in to the designated inn, everything is as planned, until a murder happens! Since the crime was committed with one of Stella’s unity candles, she is bound and determined to find the criminal! With the help of friends, old and new, she begins to search through the clues, finding suspects throughout the wedding party!
As a first in a new series, I found this an enjoyable read. Set in Nantucket, a charming location, and the fact that it’s a candle shop mystery is what intrigued me. This was a new addition to the cozy craft mysteries for me. I enjoyed meeting Stella, and her shop the Wick & Flame, where she conducts candle making classes. I found the students, a group of older ladies, quite entertaining and hope to see more of the characters in a subsequent series. As things heat up between a couple love interests, I am curious to see how that may turn out. Definitely looking forward to the second book in the series to see how the characters develop, and the next mystery that needs to be solved!
I thought this was a really fun start for a new series, and what a unique job for a main character being a candle maker who specializes in wedding candles. I loved the assortment of characters, and it was great that they weren't really your typical stereotype characters. The bride wasn't a bridezilla, the wedding planner aka Stella's best friend was pregnant with her first baby, and there was even a movie star visiting town. It was funny in several places too, especially the dogs chasing Peter up that tree, and I could just picture Stella snooping around that hotel since she was delivering candle gifts to wedding guests anyway.
I hadn't guessed the killer but gotta say I was pleased with the outcome ;) That Tinker cat was something else! It was like he'd adopted Stella from the get-go (he had been the dead man's cat), because he tended to show up everywhere. I loved how he played a good part in the showdown! Looks like I've already preordered the second book. Now all I have to do is try to be patient until it comes out.
This was an entertaining new novel in the cozy mystery genre. I truly enjoyed it.
The reader follows the antics of a Nantucket candle maker as she readies for a wedding event. Stella Wright is also good friends with the very expectant wedding planner, Emily. The wedding family? Well let me say, they are an unusual bunch. Adding to the weekend, there is a festival for the weekend, FIGAWI (I'll let the reader figure this out,) and a movie star is staying in a local cottage.
As Stella becomes a sleuth, she aids the police, the local press, the wedding family, and more when the Bartender for the event comes up with a murder charge,
This book has a theme of light-hearted humor. All throughout this debut novel, we are introduced to the main character and her supporters. The locale is Nantucket and that is grand. The dialog drove the action and kept me turning the pages. All in all, a lovely read!
Stella Wright is a candle store owner on Nantucket Island. She is hired to make a unity candle and other decorative candles for an upcoming wedding which would be great advertising for her business. Stella is left scrambling when the candle is used as a murder weapon days before the nuptials. With the help of a new reporter in town Stella follows the clues to find the killer before all the brides who have hired her cancel their big wedding orders and she is forced to close the shop of her dreams. What a great start to this new series. I got hooked from the first page and had a hard time putting it down until I knew how it ended. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
Loving this series about Cranberry island, Maine I’m not on book 6 and each one leads to a new mystery on the island. I love how many of the characters remain in each book with a few news ones brought in with each new book. Love books on Maine. Visited the area last year and I’m enjoying reading about many of the places I visited and ate at. Hate to see the series come to and end work book 9. Would like to see another series set in Maine by the author she gives so many fun descriptions about the area a d people.
This was a good start to a series. I really love the setting, Nantucket, the candle shop, (I hope we actually get to spend some time there), and the characters. I think Stella has a lot of potential as do her friends, family and island mates. There was plenty of action and lots of potential situations for future exploration but I hope we get to slow down and get to know everyone a little better in the next volume. That said Murder's No Votive Confidence is a perfect summer beach read!!!
I enjoyed this new series. A cast of interesting characters and good mystery. Stella, Emily, Andy and Peter will make a good gang of friends to lead us on new stories. Adding the making of candles and their use is a new twist from the usual bookstores and bakery mysteries. Looking forward to the next one.
Great start to this series. Love the candle themed book and looking forward to learning more about the design and how to make candles. Stella is a strong heroine and Peter is a nice sidekick. Didn’t guess who did it. Liked the name of Emily’s baby. Visited Nantucket years ago. 👍👍👍
The storyline on this book was great. As a first in series book, it needs a little polishing up. Stella runs a candle shop that she spends no time in. She barely makes it home at all. I'm hoping her romance with Peter will be short lived. Andy is a much better choice for her.