A Day in the Life of Allie McMurphy by Nancy Coco

Oh Say Can You FudgeHi, my name is Allie McMurphy. I’m the owner operator of the Historic McMurphy Inn and Fudge Shop on Mackinac Island Michigan. The McMurphy has been in my family for over one hundred years and I’m the next generation to run it. I love my job as fudge maker and inn keeper, but recently I’ve sort of branched out into amateur sleuthing. It all started with finding Joe Jessop toes up in the McMurphy’s second floor utility room. With his murder under my roof, I discovered I’m pretty good at following clues and figuring out who is behind the crimes.

Of course I have help from my trusty bichon-poodle mix, Marshmallow—Mal for short. My puppy gets me into and out of all kinds of trouble. Today is no different. We were out for a walk when Mal ran off. I chased after her only to discover a shed was on fire. I got Mal out of harm’s way and called 9-1-1 just before the shed exploded. It seems that the owners were storing lawnmowers and edge clippers and cans of gasoline to fuel them. I managed to turn and tuck Mal under me to shield her with my body from the flying debris. We are safe for the moment.

This explosion is just one in a string of arsons that have been occurring on the island this year. Mal and I have managed to be at the scene of the last few and that means the police are looking at us and the arsonist/killer has to know we are steps behind him. It’s not looking good for our safety.

Arsons aren’t the only troubles on my plate. It’s July on Mackinac and I’m on the Star Spangled Fourth committee. More specifically I’m in charge of the fireworks, which were lost in the most dramatic of the arsonists events. For the first time in over one hundred and fifty years Mackinac Island’s Star Spangled Fourth fireworks celebration might not happen. It seems it will take all my wits, Mal’s ability to find clues and my friends and family’s help to catch the killer and see that the Fourth of July celebration goes off without a hitch.


You can read more about Allie in Oh Say Can You Fudge, the third book in the “Candy-Coated” mystery series, published by Kensington. The first two books in the series are All Fudged Up and To Fudge or Not to Fudge.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on May 4 for the chance to win a copy of Oh Say Can You Fudge. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes and you will have three days to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected. Make sure to check your SPAM folder.

About the author
OH SAY CAN YOU FUDGE is the third book in Kensington’s Candy Coated Mystery series by Nancy Coco also known as Nancy J Parra. Inspired by the gentile Victorian feel of Mackinac Island, Nancy asked the people at The Island Bookstore if anyone had ever written a mystery series set on Mackinac Island. The answer was no. Nancy went to work with a poll of Island visitors and locals. If an amateur sleuth lived on Mackinac Island, what would she do for a living? The overwhelming answer was run a Fudge Shop, of course. Mackinac Island is known for its world famous fudge. The rest is history. Nancy’s alter ego, Nancy J Parra has an MA in Popular Fiction and a day doesn’t go by when she isn’t working on a new story or walking her own bichonpoo known affectionately on line as Little Dog. Visit Nancy at www.nancyjparra.com.

69 responses to “A Day in the Life of Allie McMurphy by Nancy Coco

  1. I really like this series. Can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  2. Oh Say Can You Fudge sounds exciting! I am looking forward to reading it.
    Thank you for the giveaway.
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  3. What a yummy series! Can’t wait to read this one.

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  4. Sounds like a yummy good book to read. Just the thoughts of fudge, summer on the island, and a good mystery…what more could one want? Thank you for the chance to win the giveaway.

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  5. I am excited to read this! Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

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  6. Brenda Handy

    Love this series! Thank you for the opportunity to enter your giveaway.

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  7. candace knight

    This book sounds awesome. I will definetly be checking this series out. Thank you for the chance

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  8. What a fun book, can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

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  9. Pamela Woodfield

    This series looks good. It’s not one I’ve read yet & I’d love to win a copy of this latest book.

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  10. Dotty Kelley

    Looking forward to reading this one.

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  11. What a GREAT cover!!!!!
    I need to start this series…..
    Thank you for the giveaway!!!!

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  12. Shawn Stevens

    I read the first two and cant wait to read this one as well. Oh Say Can you Fudge sounds like a great read!

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  13. Love the little dog on the cover. Sounds like a really great series to read. Thank you for the chance

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  14. Sharleen Wells

    This book sounds delicious. Can’t wait to read it.

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  15. Dawn Frazier

    Thanks for the chance to win! This sounds great.

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  16. Lisa Garrett

    I have always been interested in Mackinac Island. I would love to read this.

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  17. This looks like a fun book

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  18. Looks like a fun series, thanks for the chance

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  19. Love the cover!! Another want to read!!

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  20. Karlene Barger

    It would be sweet to win this book!

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  21. I love this series—thanks for the chance to win a copy of the latest offering!

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  22. I love this series and actually have the first two books. I’d love to win this one to enjoy and add to my home library.

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  23. Oh, I’m sure I would love any story with fudge in the title!
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  24. Thanks, Dru and Allie/Nancy. I’m ready for another visit to the inn, some fudge and, of course, precious, little Mal.

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  25. I love fudge and love Mackinac island so I would love a chance at a book surrounding both things.

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  26. Karen Candee

    Just like everyone else I love fudge – and I love mysteries! Would love to win this one!!

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  27. Love the series. The cover is great.

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  28. Sounds interesting. thanks.

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  29. Great series. Thanks.

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  30. Barbara Hackel

    This sounds like another winner! I have enjoyed the other books of the series so much! Between the island setting, the hotel, the fudge, and Marshmallow, it is a sure hit! Thanks Nancy and Dru for the opportunity to read about the newest book and a chance to win a copy! Much appreciated. 🙂

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  31. Fudge and a mystery sound like a delightful chance to read. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of this book.

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  32. I love fudge and adding a mystery is great.

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  33. Vivian Shane

    Yum, yum – fudge and an island setting – what’s not to like about this series? Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  34. I have been fascinated with Mackinac Island from the moment I saw the movie, “Somewhere in Time.” I was not aware of your series!

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  35. Nancy Roessner

    Now I’m craving fudge! I enjoyed the first two books in the series and I’m ready for the third.

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  36. Oh my goodness how I love the title of this new book! I love this series and can’t wait to read this book! Would really love to win a copy of this book…..please please please Dru and Nancy…please please please pick me….lol!!!! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win!!! God bless you both!!!!

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  37. I love Mackinac Island and this book sounds great.

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  38. MaryAnn Forbes

    Love fudge, love books– what could be better than
    Oh Can You Say Fudge? Would love to
    read. Thanks for the chance.📖📚

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  39. You have me hooked any time you mention candy or books. I go crazy at Christmas with the fudge and cookies, and love that you give us a chance to win this book.

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  40. I’ve really got to get started on this series, I’ve heard so many wonderful things about it, not to mention my mouth always starts to water when I read the titles, LOL. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  41. would love to start reading this one! clever title…cute cover…great storyline

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  42. I’ve loved the first 2 in the series and would love this new adventure. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  43. Fudge and mystery what a great combo!
    Would love to win!!

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  44. I enjoyed visiting Mackinac Island and would like to try a book set there. Thank you for a chance to win a copy of Oh Say Can You Fudge.

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  45. Jeanie Dannheim

    I loved the first two stories about Allie and Mal, and can’t wait for this one – and to see Allie set off fireworks LOL! Wish I were a “Fudgie” for the summer! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  46. Loved the first 2 & looking forward to reading this!!

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  47. Terri Crossley

    Thanks for the chance! This sounds like a great book!

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  48. Kaye Killgore

    Fudge, what can go wrong?

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  49. Sounds like another great book for this series. Love the animals on the cover. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  50. I’m now dreaming of maple fudge in honor of this book. Thanks for the contest.
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  51. Michelle Fidler

    I like fudge and animals in mysteries.

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  52. Fudge! Thanks for the great post and chance to win!

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  53. Love this series

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  54. Judy Weaver

    Love the cover. Would love to read this book!

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  55. Thank you for the opportunity to read this book!

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  56. Sorry that I missed Historic McMurphy Inn and Fudge Shop the last time I was on the Island. I will search it out next time 🙂

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  57. Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds great!

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  58. Rosemary Krejsa

    I love fudge and Mackinac Island. I’m looking forward to reading Oh Say Can You Fudge.

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  59. Sounds like a good story. I will have to add the author to my list. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

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  60. Love this series.

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  61. Christi King

    I love this series and would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance.

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  62. Donna Gantt

    I would love to read this book. Thank you for the chance to enter!

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  63. would love to win thanks for having the giveaway

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  64. Betty Jo English

    I love Mackinac Island and this series.

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  65. Great setting. I love those who honor history. Cute cover.

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  66. This looks like another great book for summer reading.

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  67. Yummy! This sounds like a fun book! I hope I win a copy. 🙂

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  68. contest is closed.

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  69. Darlene Peterson

    Sounds like a great summer read. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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