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Book Review: Town in a Strawberry Swirl by B.B. Haywood
As Rumors Swirl, Murder Takes Up Residence
For the fifth installment of the Candy Holliday Mysteries, author B.B. Haywood continues having a festival themed plot, but really, after four previous "festivals" it's getting kind of old.
In Town in a Strawberry Swirl the newly formed Heritage Protection League wants their own voice heard by sponsoring the first annual event. Unfortunately, there are rumors swirling around town that Miles Crawford is selling his strawberry farm and a resort is going to be built in its place.
But, his murder coincides with the festival and now everyone wonders if the murder does indeed have something to do with the sale of his farm.
It wouldn't be a Candy Holliday mystery if her father, Henry "Doc" Holliday wasn't the primary suspect since he discovers Miles' body in the hoophouse (I never knew what these were called so reading is both knowledgeable and good for the brain).
Since there is a connection here as well to another installment, I can't delve too much information regarding the story. Haywood does keep the multiple suspects alive and loves committing multiple homicides as in the past. All installments do keep you guessing and I think if the pacing picked up and the unnecessary information left out, I wouldn't still be on the fence.
I also think getting rid of the festival backdrop would be refreshing since each of the installments have revolved around some type of event.
It's a good series, not great, if you want to invest your time reading it, but remember to start with the first installment. And as usual at the end you'll find some good strawberry recipes at the end which you may want to try.
The next installment Town in a Sweet Pickle should be out early next year.