• Cruel Candy

  • The Cozy Corgi Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Mildred Abbott
  • Narrated by: Angie Hickman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (501 ratings)

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Cruel Candy

By: Mildred Abbott
Narrated by: Angie Hickman
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Estes Park, Colorado: picturesque mountains, charming shops, delightful bakeries, a cozy bookstore...and murder.

Winifred Page and her corgi, Watson, move to Estes Park to hit the reset button on life. Fred is about to open her dream bookshop, and the only challenges she anticipates are adjusting to small-town life, tourists, and living close to her loveable mother, Phyllis, and hippy stepfather, Barry.

When Fred steps into her soon-to-be-bookshop for the first time, she expects dust bunnies and spiders...not the dead body in the upstairs kitchen. The local police have an easy suspect - Barry.

Determined to prove quirky Barry innocent of murder, Fred puts on her detective hat, and with Watson by her side, she explores her new town and gets acquainted with her fellow shopkeepers. Could one of her friendly neighbors be the real culprit? And what would be the motive for killing the owner of the Sinful Bites candy store? The secrets Fred discover put her at odds with the local police sergeant and threaten her cozy future in Estes.

With snow falling outside, all Fred wants to do is curl up by the fire with a good book and Watson snuggled at her feet. But before she can begin her new life and put her plans for her bookshop into action, Fred and Watson have a mystery to solve....

©2017 Mildred Abbott (P)2018 Mildred Abbott

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Loved the story and Watson is adorable but Fred's voice is too young sounding for a woman 38 years old.

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A Bright and Fun Series

A sweet listen for a day at the Park or Beach. When your Life starts over with the discovery of a body, things can get a bit intriguing and Fred and Watson find themselves investigating a lot more than the body they find. Grab a glass of wine, kick back and relax as you follow along with the clues and connections this duo makes to the tragic and yet satisfactory end. It really is a Happy ending...Trust me.

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Very enjoyable!

What a great cozy mystery story. Lovely characters and a cute dog too.
Will definitely listen to the rest of the series.
Narration was okay but the voices of the other characters was very shrill and annoying.

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Fun and easy to enjoy!

I am happy I found this series! It was a short but sweet story. if you are a cozy mystery fan like me, you'll enjoy this!

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Meh

I really wanted to like this book. The story wasn't half bad. I just couldn't get past the narrator. If you like listening to what sounds like a 12 year old girl reading the book outloud, and a book where the voices are either childish or over 70, this is the book for you. If you prefer a narrator voice more in line with the age of the main character, and a narrator who has a good range of voices, this is not the book for you. I gave up on it and removed future books from my library.

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Too much body shaming for me.

I only got through chapter 4. As early as chapter 1, there were passages criticizing a fat candy shop owner who love to eat butter and sugar versus a skinny candy shop owner who makes all healthy candy. In chapter 4 the main character talked about feeling little next to a taller female character. I liked the setup, but feel that body shaming is not needed for a good cozy mystery.

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Predictable but good

Well written, plot well developed story line hit all the cozy checks. My only problem was the babyish voice reading the story. For a 28 year old according to the story she sounded 16 ish. It became a bit less irritating at the end,but still

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Cute 1st book in the series. Simply but I enjoyed

I was looking for a new series and this book provided what I was looking for it's a little bit of happy fluff with a tad bit of detective in it and I'm glad I read it.

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Write what you know

There is a lot in here of this author writing about something that they really don’t know about. It seems that there is an agenda to write incorrect or negative attitudes about marijuana. If the author does not like the legalization and use of marijuana they shouldn’t write about it.

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Really cute book!

I enjoyed the cozy mystery. Entertaining and light hearted. Love to listen to audiobooks that are fun and also keep you going wondering “who done it?!” Excited for the next listen.

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  • Yogacat
  • 05-19-22

Fun and entertaining!

I chose this as an audiobook likely to provide light-hearted and easy listening fun. It wasn't disappointing in this respect.
The story was not unusual for its genre but was nicely done.
The characters were fun and those with challenging or unlikeable traits made my knuckles itch, just as I feel the author wanted them to 😅.
I wasn't 100% sure who the killer was for a while but even when you know who the killer is, hearing their motive and how it happened can be surprising or at least interesting in books like these.
It was a little sad that all the Healthy cakes and treats were described as inedible apart from the liquorice. I myself bake loads of healthy alternatives to refined sugar and gluten containing cakes. If I don't tell anyone, they don't notice and ask for the recipe! I also make Raw Organic chocolate using Maple syrup rather than regular sugar, and without dairy, just the Cacao butter in the recipe providing creaminess. I haven't found any chocolate lovers who have disliked them as yet, and have even found some people who generally don't like chocolate who have said that they actually like mine 😯😁. I don't say these things to boast a out my own skills, but rather to illustrate that it is 100% possible to create healthy treats that are delicious! Many 'shop bought' treats are too sugary for my taste but even I can find cakes and treats in tea and coffee shops that offer delicious gluten free and vegan cakes/ bars/ treats. This said, Lois's character was meant to be unsuccessful in her business, and it is totally possible for people to make inedible or unpleasant food in their endeavours to be healthy.😅

Coming back to the story in general, the narration was very good.😁 Also, I absolutely love that the recipe and method for baking Lemon Bars - that Katie makes in the story - is given at the end of the book! I will certainly be having a go at making them - probably with coconut/Palm sugar 😜 !

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  • Linda Nicholls
  • 08-31-22

enjoyable

A bit twee but moved along nicely. Nice setting and one could picture the town and surroundings - I'd like to live there! Unusual storyline and villain - I'll probably listen to more in the series but not just yet.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-28-22

great story

I really liked this story, there was enough interest to keep up the story pace and although it's pretty obvious from the start who the killer was I still found it entertaining.
The narrator did a good job of getting the characters across
All in all a nice cozy mystery and I enjoyed it from start to finish, will definitely be listening to the rest in the series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-26-22

A Truly Lovely Mysterious Story

This Mysterious story with a hint of Romance, a Slice of Murder and the Perfect Narrator Angie Hickman was easy to listen too, and enjoyable.

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  • Maree Timchur
  • 02-23-22

Worst narrator ever!

I was looking forward to this audible book but the narrators voice is so incredibly grating and annoying I had to stop listening. Made my ears bleed.

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  • David Jones
  • 01-14-22

Really enjoyed this book

We really enjoyed this story great Characters good storyline But the narrators voice took me a couple of chapters to get used to it but saying that I’m deathly going to read the next book

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  • Christine
  • 10-30-21

Ideal for Corgi owners

Had to try this as a corgi owner. Light, easy read most enjoyable. The author definitely owns a corgi.