A Day in the Life of Allie McMurphy by Nancy Coco

Hi all, most of you know me by now. I’m happy to be sharing my newest adventure in “Oh, Fudge!” out the end of August.

This morning I had a meeting with Blake Gilmore, the manager of the Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House and Insect World. But Blake was not the first person I ran into.

I get up pretty early every morning to make fudge. This means nothing much gets by me, except my cousin Victoria. Unfortunately, today I found Victoria kneeling over a dead woman. Butterflies and rumors swirl as I spend most of my day trying to figure out why Tori is on the island, why everyone knows except me, and how Tori is connected to my boyfriend Trent.

I am shocked to learn she’s on Mackinac Island to plan an event. It turns out that Tori has hurt feelings over my inheriting the McMurphy-something that never occurred to me as my Papa Liam had groomed me to take over the family business from childhood. Those hurt feelings mean she didn’t contact me to let me know she was coming. In fact, she wouldn’t have talked to me at all if I hadn’t found her with her hand on the murder weapon.

To top it off, it seems I’m the only one in the dark about Tori. I soon discover the locals know Tori better than I do and it makes me feel like an outsider again. You see, Victoria grew up on the island and moved away to California. I grew up in Detroit and moved to the island. Islanders are a tight knit group. They don’t warm up easy to transplants- even ones with long family ties. This being my first season, I had yet to prove my staying power.

An even tougher truth to swallow is that Tori and Trent dated in high school. My complicated love life, gets even more troubled when Tori turns to Trent-not me- for help.

This is not my best day. It was an even worse day for the dead woman, Barbara Smart. But there’s no time for a bad day with a full hotel and busy fudge shop. Plus, Jenn and I have Frances’s wedding to plan.

At the end of the day, I’m left wondering what new surprises tomorrow will bring. Will I be able to help Victoria solve Barbara’s murder? Or will my cousin, my boyfriend and the rest of the island shut me out of this investigation? Only time will tell.

You can read more about Allie in Oh Fudge!, the sixth book in the “Candy-Coated” mystery series.

Life is always sweet in Allie McMurphy’s delectable fudge shop. But murder can make things unpleasantly sticky . . .


After Allie inherited her family’s McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop, cousin Tori moved off to California in a bitter huff, and the two haven’t spoken since. So to have her cousin reappear on Mackinac Island without warning is a big surprise—but not as surprising as finding her standing over a dead woman impaled with a garden spade in the Mackinac Butterfly House. Butterflies may be free, but Tori won’t be for much longer—unless the cousins can bury the hatchet and work together to catch a killer who’s taken flight. Because when it comes to family, blood is thicker than fudge . . .

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About the author
Nancy J Parra AKA Nancy Coco AKA Nell Hampton is the author of over 25 published novels which include five mystery series: The Candy-Coated Mysteries (Kensington), The Kensington Palace Mystery Series (Crooked Lane), The Wine Country Tours Mystery Series (Crooked Lane) The Gluten-free Baker’s Treat Mysteries (Berkley Prime Crime), and The Perfect Proposal Mysteries (Berkley Prime Crime). Her writing has been called witty and her protagonists plucky by reviewers around the world. Nancy is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America and writes for the Killer Character Blog on the 8th of every month. Nancy loves to hear from readers. Connect with Nancy at nancyjparra.com

All comments are welcomed.

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

  1. I heard about this book. It sounds really good. Thanks for sharing it with us.


  2. Christi King

    The Fudge Shop series has quickly become one of my favorites! I am looking forward to this latest installment.


  3. Barbara Hackel

    Another fun entry into the series! I enjoyed reading it.


  4. Love this series. Can’t wait to read.


  5. Marci Konecny

    I’m gaining weight just thinking about the fudge! Thank you for this caloric mystery!


  6. Looking forward to trying this series


  7. Jo Ann Hunter

    I love the fudge shop series!