Review - Cruel Candy by Mildred Abbott

Cruel Candy by Mildred Abbott
Narrated by Angie Hickman
Series: Cozy Corgi Mysteries #1
Publisher: Wings of Ink Publications
Publication Date: May 31, 2018
Date Read: August 30, 2019
Length: 5 hours 28 minutes
Source: Audiobook Boom
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 lovable mother, Phyllis, and hippie 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 discovers 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....
My Review

Who can resist a book that has a cute dog on the cover?  I know I can't!  I did end up having a very nice time with this story.  It was a fun little cozy and I appreciated the fact that the cute dog on the cover had a strong presence throughout the story.  I am so glad that the corgi on the cover got my attention because I really did enjoy this story.

Winifred, or Fred, has just moved to town along with her corgi, Watson.  She has had a few problems in her life recently and is looking forward to starting over by opening a bookshop in town.  Her mother and step-father live in town and actually own the building that she plans to open her bookshop in.  When she introduces herself to the store owner next door, she doesn't get the reaction that she hopes for. That is just the start of her trouble since she will soon find a body inside the building she plans to open her store in.

I thought that the mystery in this cozy was very well done.  I had no idea who the culprit was and I had a great time going along with Fred and Watson as they met the other shopowners.  The story went in a couple of directions that I didn't see coming which added to the appeal.  I loved the small-town setting and quirky characters.  Fred and Watson made a great team!

This was the first time that I have had the chance to listen to Angie Hickman's narration and I was impressed.  She did a great job with all of the character's voices and was able to bring the story to life.  She used a very pleasant voice and I thought that the pacing was very well done.  I would definitely listen to her narration work again in the future.

I would recommend this book to others.  This was a fun little cozy that was able to keep me guessing.  I definitely plan to read more this series very soon.

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the author/narrator via Audiobook Boom and have voluntarily left this review.
About the Author

Reading the Cozy Corgi series is pretty much all you need to know about Mildred. In real life, she’s obsessed with everything she writes about: Corgis, Books, Cozy Mountain Towns, and Baked Goods. She’s not obsessed with murder, however. At least not at her own hands (nor paid for… no contract killing here). But since childhood, starting with Nancy Drew, trying to figure out who-dun-it has played a formative role in her personality. Having Fred and Watson stroll into her mind was a touch of kismet.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook 


  1. This sounds like a super cute cozy mystery. And it's always a bonus when a narrator can bring the story to life. Glad you enjoyed this one!

  2. I can't wait to listen to this one. Great review, Carole.

  3. cozy with chocolate at the side? SOunds like a great fun to listen to

  4. I can :) Haha, being a cat lover.
    SOunds like good one

  5. I have this one as a Kindle freebie and intend to get to it. I am kind of off cozies right now but I'll get to it. This has the added advantage of they are starting a business which gives my mind other things to puzzle. Wonderful review!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  6. This series is on the list to get to. I'm glad the Corgi got some spotlight in the mystery, too.

  7. That cover is cute. Sounds like a good book.

  8. I've been seeing this series everywhere! I really should try it. I also saw someone review something similar but with birds instead of corgis. :)

  9. The small town setting sounds like it would be nice and the mystery sounds like one that I'd enjoy trying to figure out too!

  10. I had so much fun with these characters. I still need to read the latest book in the series and hope to catch up soon.

  11. i have been reading the series and about half way through. glad to see you are enjoying it
    sherry @ fundinmental

  12. I'm not sure I've ever listened to Angie Hickman but it sounds like I need to keep an eye out for her. I've been loving cozies lately and this one looks fun!

  13. Watson was such a great canine character and I liked some of the quirky shop people including Fred herself. What put me off was that female cop with the attitude problem and the possible love triangle.

  14. I always wanted a Corgi. They are such adorable dogs. I am glad this mystery turned out well for you, Carole, and that the dog played a part in it. :-)


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