First-Degree Fudge

First-Degree Fudge Christine DeSmet
  • Title: First-Degree Fudge
  • Author: Christine DeSmet
  • ISBN: 9780451416476
  • Page: 389
  • Format: Paperback
  • First-Degree Fudge Christine DeSmet First Degree Fudge New candy store owner Ava Oosterling specializes in making heavenly homemade fudge and fresh starts But she s just found out that her newest flavor is to die for Between getting her store up and runni
    New candy store owner Ava Oosterling specializes in making heavenly homemade fudge and fresh starts But she s just found out that her newest flavor is to die for.Between getting her store up and running and uneasily settling back into her charming Lake Michigan hometown, Ava Oosterling has her plate full She hopes using local fresh dairy and her own flavorful imaginatioNew candy store owner Ava Oosterling specializes in making heavenly homemade fudge and fresh starts But she s just found out that her newest flavor is to die for.Between getting her store up and running and uneasily settling back into her charming Lake Michigan hometown, Ava Oosterling has her plate full She hopes using local fresh dairy and her own flavorful imagination to cook up one of a kind fudge will also create a brand new start for her And if she can tempt wealthy ex film star Rainetta Johnson to try her newest creation, Cinderella Pink, at a local fund raiser, maybe her road to big time success will be short and sweet.But when Rainetta chokes to death on a stolen diamond hidden in the fudge s fluffy depths, Ava is pegged as the prime suspect Now saving her business and reputation means investigating a batch of townspeople who had numerous reasons to hate disdainful, hard bargaining Rainetta With Ava s best friend and her former flame in the suspect mix, she must figure out who the real culprit is fast or face a very bitter end Includes Delicious Fudge Recipes and Fudge Making Tips
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    About Christine DeSmet


    1. Christine is a novelist, screenwriter, short story writer, and playwright.She teaches writing in the Continuing Studies division of University of Wisconsin Madison She s the director of the annual June Write by the Lake Writer s Workshop Retreat and the fall Weekend with Your Novel She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America, and Jewels of the Quill She is a past Golden Heart winner and finalist three times in the contests sponsored by RWA Her romantic suspense novel, Spirit Lake, won RWA s Golden Pen Contest before the book was published by Hard Shell Word Factory Mundania Press.Christine also belongs to the Writers Guild of America A screenplay written with Peggy Williams and Bob Shill, Chinaware Fragile, earned first place in a Slamdance Film Festival writing contest and was optioned by New Line Cinema once upon a time She has optioned other projects as well and continues to write scripts and stage plays.Christine was raised on a dairy and hog farm in Wisconsin where she learned the value and joy of hard work in the out of doors, then graduated valedictorian in a high school class of 29 students She went on to get her academic degrees in journalism from UW Madison.


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    1. Since I enjoy cute mystery stories and love fudge, I thought this would be a great series to read The main character, Ava Oosterling, has returned home to her lakeside town in Door County Wisconsin after a failed marriage while living in California She left her job of writing for a TV series and opens a fudge shop in her grandfather s bait shop When an old movie star comes to town and stays at the local BB, Ava makes her famous pink fairy tale fudge in the hopes of getting some national press fo [...]

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    2. I liked the premise for this one than the actual book While it was an okay read and the mystery was okay some of it seemed unbelievable and there wasn t always a good flow I was surprised at the culprit I did enjoy the fudge making aspects of the book although if I was a tourist there I m not sure I d want to buy fudge from a place where live bait was sold on the other side of the store.

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    3. Dollycas s ThoughtsOosterling s Live Bait, Bobbers, Belgian Fudge is where Ava Oosterling sells her fudge right across the store where her grandfather sells bait, bobbers, beer and other things a fisherman may need Located on the pier in Fisher s Harbor, Wisconsin, in the heart of Door County.Door County is a place we have vacationed at several times over the years and Fisher s Harbor depicts clearly the life of the towns along the peninsula protruding into Lake Michigan I enjoyed all the local [...]

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    4. 3.25 3.5 starsAfter a failed marriage and failing stint as a Hollywood screenwriter, Ava Mathilde Oosterling has returned to her hometown of Fishers Harbor in Door County, Wisconsin Her grandfather has generously set aside half his live bait, bobbers and beer shop for Ava to make and sell gourmet Belgian fudge She is eager to launch her new Fairytale line of fudge with Cinderella pink fudge made with fresh local ingredients like cream from her parents dairy and cherries from a nearby orchard Whe [...]

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    5. I loved this story This cozy mystery takes place on a small peninsular in Wisconsin Ava opens up her fudge shop in her Grandpa s Bait Beer shop, which doesn t sound very appetizing but she s determined to give it a go Fixing her Cinderella Pink Fudge for a party for a retired, aging film star, Ava and her 18 year old assistant, Cody, just make it to The Blue Heron Inn, owned by Isabelle Boone, Izzy , in time to set up their table of fudge Ava hopes she has a chance to talk to Rainetta Johnson ab [...]

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    6. First in a new mystery series, this one is centered around Belgian fudge, Lake Michigan and door country Ava, the main character, has ditched her life as a TV script writer to come home and open up a fudge shop in half of her grandfather s bait, tackle and beer store When her pink fantasy fudge is found to have diamonds in them and an aging film star appears to have choked on it and died, Ava finds herself as a person of interest This is a fast paced story with some likeable characters You have [...]

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    7. I didn t dislike this book, but I found it tedious and boring Wasn t too enarmoured with the main character who seemed flaky and immature Ava s friend was about as juvenile as she was Same old tried and true formula of running home after a divorce and ending up with two guys wanting to date you Are there no happy people out there Not sure if I ll give the next one a try One can hope that the main character and her clan will grow and mature It was a first try after all.

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    8. I really did not like this book I m not sure if the author thought she was being funny, or if someone would really think the way that her main character thinks, but it seemed to jump around a little too much Usually, an author tries to get you to LIKE the main character I don t think I would even like to be acquaintances with her I kept wishing she would fall into Lake Michigan and let someone else take over She seemed to be overly dramatic and air headed And the recipes she hands out Bogus She [...]

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    9. The least enjoyable book I ve read in quite a long while The main character was unlikeable, the other characters were less than caricature, and the mystery was a bore The writing style began as spastic and veered into a guidebook featuring the best of small town Wisconsin The descriptions were boring to read and seemed like a lecture from a teacher that should have retired long ago Background information was repeated but changed ever so slightly almost as though two rough drafts were pieced tog [...]

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    10. A great read DeSmet introduces Ava Oosterling and her grandfather, along with her friend with a penchant for alliteration and a dog who loves fudge, but settles for goldfish crackers She returns home to restart her life, transitioning from a screenwriter to a fudge shop owner sharing floorspace with her grandfather s bait shop Off to a slow start, she gets her big break when a famous actress comes to town Ava provides the fudge for the grand celebration, but when the actress dies, Ava must prove [...]

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    11. This is a rarity for me a debut cozy that I only barely finished, due to lack of interest, uninteresting main characters, and a rather easily detectable ending I do feel disappointed when I can unravel the mystery fairly early on If the book can keep me entertained, of course, then it s worth reading, but I felt frustrated by Ava and the pace of the book in general None of the main characters provided much depth, and I found myself wondering how in the world a fudge shop can exist when it sells [...]

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    12. FATAL FUDGE FIASCO MURDER Ingredients 1 holstein painted van Several copper kettles 1 diamond pooping dog A handful of faerie wings 1 Steuben unicorn A few tight fisted BelgiansIf I revealed the rest of the ingredients that make up this delicious story I d have to kill you Yields a generous helping of laughter along the way

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    13. Where during some scenes I was confused as to which character was speaking, I enjoyed the book as a whole And though pink fudge would not be my favorite, it worked well in the book Overall, I enjoyed it.

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    14. didn t care for it.ly go thru a few chapters then decided there were better books out there to read and decided not to waste my time finishing itdisappointed

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    15. There were a few times when the logic seemed off or that the heroine was too naive or a bit clueless I do hope she matures because even those around her indicate that she needs to Overall, though, not bad for the first in a series I liked it well enough to try the next one.

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    16. Not a fan fairly predictable who dun it.

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    17. I have really been working on reading Putting down my phone and picking up a book I was in the mood for light and fun This fulfilled all my requests I enjoyed all the characters and was desperate for some fudge I had a hunch on the killer and ended up being right But I didn t mind at all Enjoyable light read.

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    18. I was cutting a pan of Cinderella Pink Fudge into twenty four bite sized squares on the white marble slab table near the window that fronted the docks when my friend Pauline Mertens burst through the door, rattling the cowbell hooked to the knob.Ava Oosterling has returned to Fishers Harbor, Wisconsin after a failed marriage to run a Belgian fudge shop She shares the space with her grandfather who has changed the family store sign to Oosterlings Live Bait, Bobbers and Belgian Fudge He had to dro [...]

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    19. Ava has returned to Door County, Wisconsin to set up her Fudge Shop and make a fresh start after a few years in Hollywood and some bad choices She has set her little shop up next to her Grandfather s bait shop and has dreams of making a success of her newest creation Cinderella Pink Fudge and having it placed in the gift bags at the Oscars Rainetta Johnson has passed her prime in the Hollywood spotlight but Ava is hoping to convince her to recommend the pink confection to the powers that be in T [...]

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    20. This one was a rough for me to get through I liked the quaint, bay setting and all of the talk about fudge making The mystery was okay, but I did figure out the culprit fairly early on which took away from the story quite a bit There were a ton of characters in this book to keep track of I liked the main character at times and then got really annoyed by her actions the rest of the time She s one of those protagonist that just happens upon the clues without much thinking She was also rude to her [...]

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    21. I confess, the book has been on my TBR pile for a while I bought it on a whim, but I ve been concentrating on traditional mysteries lately It wasn t until I realized it would fulfill the Wisconsin requirement for the 50 States challenge that I decided to curl up and read it Now I m hankering to read the second in the series and catch up This book was delightful I have never been to Door County, Wisconsin, but I do have a lot of friends from Wisconsin and a number of friends who are Belgian DeSm [...]

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    22. This book was equal parts irritating and entertaining Ava, the heroine was charming and annoying at the same time All in all, it was a fun read You will suspect the killer early on and you will be right, but you will probably still enjoy the book as I did Ava herself tells us numerous times that she is stupid and she is, but somehow despite the fact that she continues to do things that make no sense, you will want to keep reading and you will keep rooting for her There was way too much repetitio [...]

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    23. This story had everything I should could have wished for a nice Midwest setting Door, WI , a delectable treat fudge, and not your basic chocolate or peanut butter flavors, either, but real gourmet fudge , and unforgettable characters Here, is where things begin to fall apart There is such a thing as too many characters DeSmet really needed to include a Cast of Characters list By the time the story was finished, and the guilty party revealed, I had a hard time remembering how this person was tied [...]

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    24. Ava Oosterling is setting up a fudge shop in part of her grandfather s tackle store But when a visiting actress is found dead with a piece of Ava s fudge in her mouth, she s got to find the killer before she is arrested for murder.The book was going along okay, although Ava could be a bit annoying But then at the half way point, there was a twist that made no sense, and Ava went off the deep end I wanted to like this debut, but it was another disappointment.Read my full review at Carstairs Consi [...]

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    25. This is the first part of a two part review I couldn t believe that I found two different series, both cozy mysteries about women in tourist towns on Lake Michigan who run fudge shops This is the first one I happened to read Ava returns to her little home town after jilting her fiance and eloping with a bigamist she didn t know it at the time, of course Now she s trying to build her fudge business and make a new life, until she becomes a suspect in the murder of a once famous actress who dies af [...]

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    26. Ava has her plate full between moving back home to her charming Lake Michigan Hometown and getting her new Fudge business up and running She hopes using her imagination to make one of a kind Fudge will create a brand new start for her.Unfortunately Rainetta a former Movie star visiting town chokes to death on a Diamond hidden in the fudge Ava brought to the party Now saving her business and her reputation means investigating a bunch of townspeople who had their own reasons to want Rainetta dead [...]

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    27. I can t decide about this book I d like to give it 2.5 stars, but that s not an option, so I will be generous I like the setting and the town I do not like the main character s family much they seem to think she s wasting her life because she didn t settle down at 21, marry, move next door, and have babies It s why I don t watch Hallmark movies that isn t the solution for everything The plot was a bit chaotic, as though the author wasn t sure who the killer was until the end I think that with so [...]

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    28. I wasn t crazy about First Degree Fudge I didn t care much for the MC, Ava, or her best friend, Pauline Ava s grandparents were ok, I suppose, but that was really about it The mystery was kind of meandery and complicated, I felt, like with view spoiler all of the guests at Izzy s inn being implicated at one or another I knew it was Izzy, I just couldn t figure out what her motive was hide spoiler The descriptions of the fudge making process were sort of dull, and I did skip over those for the mo [...]

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    29. enjoyable mystery with fun characters and a great setting in a fudge bait tackle shop on a pier Ava comes back to take care of her grandmother and decides to open a fudge shop in the other half of her grandfather s bait shop And she s created a fun new flavor of fairy tale pink fudge that she hopes to make famous she almost makes it only the actress that she gives a piece to ends up murdered with a piece of pink fudge in her mouth

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    30. For a first book in this series it was not to bad I enjoyed it further into the story It was interesting learning about making fudge the old fashion way I always make mine the fast and easy way but I might just have to take some time to make it that way I was not sure about the main character but she got less stupid and interesting as the book progressed I will look forward to the next book when ever it comes out.

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