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A CASE FOR THE CANDLE MAKER by Candace Havens

Play with candles and you might get burned…

Ainsley McGregor has her hands full preparing for Sweet River’s Valentine’s Day celebration and her bestie’s wedding. So when a mysterious woman pitches selling her candles in Ainsley’s shop, Bless Your Art, Ainsley nearly blows her off. But the candle’s fragrance is evocative, and she can’t resist placing an order.

The candles are a hit, quickly selling out, but when Ainsley calls the woman to buy more, she’s unreachable. Hoping to connect, Ainsley and her Great Dane, George Clooney, stop by the local bed and breakfast. When George whines outside her room, Ainsley is afraid to look. She soon discovers that the candle maker is dead—in a room that was locked from the inside.

Although her brother, the town sheriff, is on the case, Ainsley believes the prime suspect is innocent. Intent to prove it, Ainsley once again drops into sleuth mode, discovering some surprising truths about the mystery woman. But has she just put herself in the killer’s crosshairs?


A CASE FOR THE CANDLE MAKER by Candace Havens
Series: Ainsley MacGregor #4
Published by Tule Publishing on 9 February 2021

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A CASE FOR THE CANDLE MAKER by Candace Havens

Eileen's Thoughts

I enjoyed reading A Case for the Candle Maker by Candace Havens book four in her Ainsley McGregor mystery series. Ainsley McGregor, a former, and now part-time, English professor, followed her dream and opened an artisan market in Sweet River, Texas. The market, “Bless Your Art”, would be a central location for local artists to sell their merchandise and teach classes, as well as hopefully bring tourists to the town.

Ainsley is more than busy between her shop, Bless Your Art,  Sweet River’s Valentine Day celebration, and her best friend’s wedding. When an unknown artist asks to sell her candles in Ainsley shop, Ainsley almost turns her down; until the candle maker lights one. The candle’s fragrance is aromatic and pleasing; taking a chance, Ainsley can’t resist placing an order to sell them. With the candle sold out, Ainsley seeks out the woman to buy more but is unable to reach her.

Ainsley and her Great Dane, George Clooney, stop by the local bed and breakfast to see if she’s in. Once again, George sniffs out a dead body as he whines outside a door that was locked from the inside. Ainsley’s brother, the town sheriff, might be on the case, but she believes the prime suspect is innocent. Following all the twists and turns left by killer, all Ainsley needs to do is stay safe and alive, expose the killer, and be maid of honor at her best friend’s wedding.

 

I genuinely enjoyed reading this funny, sweet and intriguing book and had trouble putting this book down.  Ms. Havens kept me on my toes guessing who the killer was, throwing in some challenging red herrings, until I turned the last page. Her writing had me feeling as if I was there, watching the events unfold. I loved seeing how far Ainsley’s relationship with Jake had progressed. I highly recommend A Case for the Candle Maker to other readers.

 

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Reviewer: Eileen is a retired high school teacher who has loved reading all of her life and goes everywhere with a book. She enjoys reading Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense, Women’s Literature, YA, NA, Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Cozy Mysteries. She likes strong heroines, hot heroes and a story that draws her in, not letting go until the last page is turned. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, pup, and near her four adult children.

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