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An alternate title/cover edition can be found here. *** Coffee Break Cozies – Delicious Cozy Mysteries You Can Devour in One Sitting!*** Welcome to Cider Island – a town where anyone who’s anyone knows something about someone. It’s just that kind of place. And things get a whole lot stickier for the residents when a businessman visiting the island ends up smothered at An alternate title/cover edition can be found here. *** Coffee Break Cozies – Delicious Cozy Mysteries You Can Devour in One Sitting!*** Welcome to Cider Island – a town where anyone who’s anyone knows something about someone. It’s just that kind of place. And things get a whole lot stickier for the residents when a businessman visiting the island ends up smothered at the local sugar bush. With maple syrup season in full swing, Ida Noe’s fudge shop is busier than a centipede at a toe counting contest – especially when she’s invited to showcase her world famous Maple Bacon Fudge at Sweeney’s Sugar Bush. All is sweet until some poor sap kicks the bucket in the sugarhouse and all fingers point to Ida’s best friend Maura Sweeney. With the help of her lumpy black Lab and origami loving friend, Ida is determined to “tap” the real killer and prove that maple can indeed be murder. Previously published as Maple Can Be Murder.


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An alternate title/cover edition can be found here. *** Coffee Break Cozies – Delicious Cozy Mysteries You Can Devour in One Sitting!*** Welcome to Cider Island – a town where anyone who’s anyone knows something about someone. It’s just that kind of place. And things get a whole lot stickier for the residents when a businessman visiting the island ends up smothered at An alternate title/cover edition can be found here. *** Coffee Break Cozies – Delicious Cozy Mysteries You Can Devour in One Sitting!*** Welcome to Cider Island – a town where anyone who’s anyone knows something about someone. It’s just that kind of place. And things get a whole lot stickier for the residents when a businessman visiting the island ends up smothered at the local sugar bush. With maple syrup season in full swing, Ida Noe’s fudge shop is busier than a centipede at a toe counting contest – especially when she’s invited to showcase her world famous Maple Bacon Fudge at Sweeney’s Sugar Bush. All is sweet until some poor sap kicks the bucket in the sugarhouse and all fingers point to Ida’s best friend Maura Sweeney. With the help of her lumpy black Lab and origami loving friend, Ida is determined to “tap” the real killer and prove that maple can indeed be murder. Previously published as Maple Can Be Murder.

30 review for Maple Can Be Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Maple Syrup Murder by Grace Lemon was a lovely surprise, not only was it well written and easy to read it was also a free download for me last week on Amazon. I very much enjoyed this mystery set on a Maple farm. It reminded me of the time I was in Montreal during sugar shack season at Cabana Sucre, a wonderful experience if you ever get the chance to visit and sample Maple Syrup Celebrated and watch it in its purest form turn into liquid gold! This story was easy to picture and oddly plausible Maple Syrup Murder by Grace Lemon was a lovely surprise, not only was it well written and easy to read it was also a free download for me last week on Amazon. I very much enjoyed this mystery set on a Maple farm. It reminded me of the time I was in Montreal during sugar shack season at Cabana Sucre, a wonderful experience if you ever get the chance to visit and sample Maple Syrup Celebrated and watch it in its purest form turn into liquid gold! This story was easy to picture and oddly plausible as a cozy short. It is fun, fast and has a great leading lady as a character. I would not hesitate to read another in this series for sure. A quick cozy short that made me smile!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sally Whiteside

    Realistic character. I adored Ida and The rest of the characters in this book. They are realistic and so so likable. I have already downloaded more from Grace Lemon. I so enjoyed this book. Fabulous.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mahoghani 23

    Solved the mystery faster than Jessica Fletcher. Funny, witty and downright easy to read. The author never put anything into the story that would hinder the plot or bore the reader.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Irene Sauman

    A neat short cozy. I know more about maple syrup now than I did before too. Sounds like a complete overload of sugar and calories, but can't be any worse than the delicious salted caramel sauce my daughter in law gives out at Christmas :)

  5. 4 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Kindle Freebie The computer ate my review and I don't feel like retyping it. This book is too short to really get a feel for the small town and some of the secondary characters. The main character Ida Noe (yes she knows how her name sounds when you say it fast) is a nosy old lady. She's hyper critical of older people and younger people and constantly is an odds with her best friend. The mystery is a little odd. I figured out who the killer was but the motive was a surprise. It's rather far fetche Kindle Freebie The computer ate my review and I don't feel like retyping it. This book is too short to really get a feel for the small town and some of the secondary characters. The main character Ida Noe (yes she knows how her name sounds when you say it fast) is a nosy old lady. She's hyper critical of older people and younger people and constantly is an odds with her best friend. The mystery is a little odd. I figured out who the killer was but the motive was a surprise. It's rather far fetched. There's a secondary mystery that sounds just as improbable but is not. The included maple recipes sound really good and I'm not deleting this book until I copy some of them down. Maple caramel fudge sauce anyone?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    What a nice little novella it was short and too the point.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Frank Carver

    The first thing I’ll say about this book is that I’m glad I didn’t pay for it. I have read several cozy mystery books recently, and just about all of them had more to offer than this one. Now, I understand that not everyone can spell or fully understands grammar, and that the stressful process of e-book publishing can lead some people to rush the proofreading process, but fundamentally this book comes over as either lazy, cynical, or just badly written. The protagonist, astonishingly named “Ida No The first thing I’ll say about this book is that I’m glad I didn’t pay for it. I have read several cozy mystery books recently, and just about all of them had more to offer than this one. Now, I understand that not everyone can spell or fully understands grammar, and that the stressful process of e-book publishing can lead some people to rush the proofreading process, but fundamentally this book comes over as either lazy, cynical, or just badly written. The protagonist, astonishingly named “Ida Noe”, makes and sells maple syrup fudge somewhere in Canada, and so far EVERY SINGLE mention of this fudge has an over-the top adjective, such as “delicious”, “scrumptious”, “mouth-watering” or whatever. Potential perpetrators are set up by way of some very cliched clues, but none of this is enough for the reader to even try and figure out the mystery. That requires the protagonist to look up something from fifty years before in the local library, and then not reveal it until the end of the book. Sure, there are a lot of the the usual cozy tropes: pet sidekick, friend in trouble, dead two-dimensional character, clueless but good-looking cop and so on, but fundamentally it’s just not a very good book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    My thoughts: First, the disclaimer. "I purchased a copy of this book when it was offered free. All opinions are my own." That done, I was definitely intrigued by the premise of MAPLE SYRUP MYSTERY enough so that I took a chance on a new-t0-me author. Of course, it was free when I did so that sweetened the deal. The story could've benefited from some basic editing (and the author could use a crash course on comma-usage) but it was a quick read, rather hokey in spots, but funny. As the author no d My thoughts: First, the disclaimer. "I purchased a copy of this book when it was offered free. All opinions are my own." That done, I was definitely intrigued by the premise of MAPLE SYRUP MYSTERY enough so that I took a chance on a new-t0-me author. Of course, it was free when I did so that sweetened the deal. The story could've benefited from some basic editing (and the author could use a crash course on comma-usage) but it was a quick read, rather hokey in spots, but funny. As the author no doubt intended, I laughed out loud several places, so it is a great comedy cozy mystery. You know it will be funny when the main character has the name Ida Noe. (If you don't get it, say it fast.) And I will admit that even though I know the basic formula for cozies, I did NOT guess who the villain was, though it was so obvious when it was revealed. There was no faith message, but it was sweet, clean, and cozy, with nothing to complain about. And it was short, only 61 pages, so a quick read for a quiet hour. I would read more by this author and might check out the Candy Corn Crime mentioned at the top of the page. If you like cozy mysteries, check out MAPLE SYRUP MYSTERY

  9. 5 out of 5

    Susan Webb

    I liked the character of Ida Noe, even if she did get a lot of jokes about her name, and her friend, Eldon. This was an extremely short book and really didn't get into the investigation by the police and the usual antagonism between the law and the amateur detective. Still, it was a good, light read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ted Tayler

    "Entertaining, quick read" This is chock full of descriptive detail, and is a pleasure to read for the imaginative use of language and dialogue. I found it difficult though to see the 'wood for the trees'; I did finally manage to find the plot, hidden away in the undergrowth, and it was neatly resolved in the final pages. Is it a prerequisite for 'cozy' mysteries to have a few recipes tagged on to the end of the story? I do hope not. There's a time and a place, surely?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rachelle Kirby

    Short and sweet Quick cute cozy mystery. Loved the names of the characters (Ida Noe, the sassy fudge shop owner and amateur detective) (a town resident, someone with the last name Blunder) and the setting, a cute little fudge shop. Probably the most shocking twist (and funny) in this little mystery, is the way the little old librarian hustles Ida out of two pounds of fudge for after hours time at the library. This book got me in the mood for Fall and fudge.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Honeybee

    This is a delightful little book! Being a "cozy" mystery, it's something between a novella and a short story in length. With a mere ten chapters, plus an epilogue, a reluctant detective manages to put together the pieces of a small-town murder AND smuggling ring! I love that the heroine is anything but your typical sleuth. Ida Noe is a middle-aged, ordinary spinster, who is out of shape and overly plump, due to excessive indulgence in the homemade confections she makes to sell at her "Oh, Fudge!" This is a delightful little book! Being a "cozy" mystery, it's something between a novella and a short story in length. With a mere ten chapters, plus an epilogue, a reluctant detective manages to put together the pieces of a small-town murder AND smuggling ring! I love that the heroine is anything but your typical sleuth. Ida Noe is a middle-aged, ordinary spinster, who is out of shape and overly plump, due to excessive indulgence in the homemade confections she makes to sell at her "Oh, Fudge!" sweet shop. This single point-of-view character does some amateur investigating at the urging of a frequent customer and former cop (also a romantic interest), when her long-time friend is accused of murder. She huffs and puffs and bumbles her way through, but manages to uncover the clues that point to an utterly unexpected suspect before the local constabulary even has an inkling of what happened. On top of that, some inconsistencies in behavior and circumstances with another acquaintance tip Ida off to the linchpin of a maple syrup smuggling ring, too boot! If you are looking for good, clean fun, a bit of romance and a tad of suspense in an easy read, then this is the book for you. You could easily devour it (pun intended) in a single sitting, or nibble at the story during your lunch break or in the doctor's waiting room. With several delectable recipes at the end of the book, you may find yourself enjoying the sweet rewards of Maple Syrup Murder long after you've finished reading!

  13. 5 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    http://openbooksociety.com/article/ma... Maple Syrup Murder Oh Fudge! Cozy Mystery, Book #1 By Grace Lemon Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra Summary: Welcome to Cider Island – a town where anyone who’s anyone knows something about someone. It’s just that kind of place. And things get a whole lot stickier for the residents when a businessman visiting the island ends up smothered at the local sugar bush. With maple syrup season in full swing, Ida Noe’s fudge shop is busier than a centipede at a toe c http://openbooksociety.com/article/ma... Maple Syrup Murder Oh Fudge! Cozy Mystery, Book #1 By Grace Lemon Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra Summary: Welcome to Cider Island – a town where anyone who’s anyone knows something about someone. It’s just that kind of place. And things get a whole lot stickier for the residents when a businessman visiting the island ends up smothered at the local sugar bush. With maple syrup season in full swing, Ida Noe’s fudge shop is busier than a centipede at a toe counting contest – especially when she’s invited to showcase her world famous Maple Bacon Fudge at Sweeney’s Sugar Bush. All is sweet until some poor sap kicks the bucket in the sugarhouse and all fingers point to Ida’s best friend Maura Sweeney. With the help of her lumpy black Lab and origami loving friend, Ida is determined to “tap” the real killer and prove that maple can indeed be murder. Previously published as Maple Can Be Murder. Review: A delightful, quick cozy mystery read; the first I have read by author Grace Lemmon. Ida Noe is a unique amateur sleuth. At 62 years young, she runs her own fudge shop in town. She gets her maple syrup from Sweeney’s Sugar Bush. While at Sweeny’s Sugar Bush, the body of Mr. Snellbottom is discovered. All indications point to it being a murder and Maura, the of Sweeney’s Sugar Bush and longtime friend of Ida is the main suspect. All the characters are “unique” in their own way. And of course Smudge, her dog is a fun addition to the story. Ida goes nowhere without her trusty sidekick Smudge. Eldon is a retired 40-year veteran of the Cider Island police force and a budding romantic interest for Ida. Eldon is also a sounding board for Ida’s thoughts with respect to the murder. Ida must solve the murder as she is convinced that Maura is not the killer. I found the story contained humor (of course – with a protagonist named Ida Noe), a wee bit of romance, and the usual amateur sleuth activities involved in solving a murder. I was kept in the dark as to ‘whodunit’ until the end. Additionally, there was a side storyline which certainly muddied the waters… but it was what added to the mystery and mayhem. Maple Syrup Murder was an enjoyable, quick cozy mystery. Great when you have an hour to read and want something light and cute. I would definitely read more by this Canadian author.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Flowers

    I really enjoyed this book. First time author Grace Lemon has created a a community of likeable, well developed characters. Ida Noe, a 60 something fudge shop owner, her faithful black Lab Smudge, and origami aficionado Eldon Topper (who is the retired police chief) work together to clear Ida's best friend Maura of murder. The story is set on Cider Island in the heart of maple syrup country. The story moves quickly and includes enough twists to keep the reader interested. Also included are some I really enjoyed this book. First time author Grace Lemon has created a a community of likeable, well developed characters. Ida Noe, a 60 something fudge shop owner, her faithful black Lab Smudge, and origami aficionado Eldon Topper (who is the retired police chief) work together to clear Ida's best friend Maura of murder. The story is set on Cider Island in the heart of maple syrup country. The story moves quickly and includes enough twists to keep the reader interested. Also included are some unique fudge recipes. I'm looking forward to the next chapter in Ida's story.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Ida owns a fudge shop in a small town. When she visits her friend's maple syrup business to get some for her fudge a body of a maple syrup critic in the barn. He friend is arrested for the murder and Ina is sure her friend didn't do it so with encouragement from Eldon, a former police officer and friend; she solves the case. This book also comes with a recipe for Maple Bacon Fudge.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    It was okay. The definition of three stars. A cozy murder that was a super short read. I liked that the main character was older, I don't see that as often in the books I read. What annoyed me, and often does about cozies is the author's need to come up with creative, goofy sayings and force them into the dialogue. Super distracting. Otherwise, cute if you like quock, food based cozies.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Emmie

    A fast cosy-mystery read. This is the start of a new series which seems to have big potential. The ending was a bit of a surprise! Ida Noe and her dog are engaging charaters that I would like to visit again.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    The book needs editing, but I did finish it which is more than I can say for most books I download free on Kindle. When the librarian extorts fudge from Ida to let her into the library after closing, that's extortion, not bribery. She compelled Ida to bribe her; that's extortion not bribery.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Beam

    Easy read Good book for easy to read in one sitting. The elder brigade strikes again! Not one to sink your teeth into but sweet

  20. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    It is a quick, fun read - perfect for an afternoon coffee break.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Tiner

    Review coming soon. Review coming soon stephanietiner.weebly.com My reviews are both honest and straightforward. I'll update them on both Amazon and Goodreads when the time comes.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    This was a quick fun read. I only wish it had been a bit longer and little more complex, but all in all a thoroughly enjoyable read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tonia Williams

    Cute story The names of the characters were silly and fun. I love mysteries with the elderly solving them. It was a cute book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bill & Amy Smith

    Quick read Quick read. Good plot at the beginning but the end goes quickly. Would have liked for more story and trying to figure out who did it

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jonni Rich

    Cute mystery with older female sleuth. A quick read that won't disappoint.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jo-anne

    Entertaining and a very quick read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Denn

    Delightful cozy mystery!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Darcysmom

    Maple Can Be Murder is an absolute delight! It is a quick read at just over 60 pages - perfect for an afternoon coffee break. Ida Noe is a snappy main character - she is the owner of the local fudge shop, in her early 60s, and filled with vim and vinegar (vigor seems to have left her about 15 years ago). She and her overweight lab, Smudge, find themselves in the unwanted position of clearing her best friend of murder. Although she was wary of getting involved, once she decided to help, there was Maple Can Be Murder is an absolute delight! It is a quick read at just over 60 pages - perfect for an afternoon coffee break. Ida Noe is a snappy main character - she is the owner of the local fudge shop, in her early 60s, and filled with vim and vinegar (vigor seems to have left her about 15 years ago). She and her overweight lab, Smudge, find themselves in the unwanted position of clearing her best friend of murder. Although she was wary of getting involved, once she decided to help, there was no stopping Ida. She was clever and insightful and tons of fun. Adding to the fun are the tempting recipes at the end of the book. I definitely want to read more of the Oh Fudge cozy mystery series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Simcox

    It’s maple syrup time of year, and Ida Noe’s fudge shop is full of activity particularly at Sweeney’s Sugar Bush where she’s requested to highlight her incredible ‘Maple Bacon Fudge.’ Things are great up until an unfortunate person dies. The blame is focused on Maura Sweeney who is Ida's good pal. Cider Island is a place where the gossip flows freely. After an entrepreneur comes to town situations get really harry for the people. A sparkling, cozy read with an alluring protagonist and delightful It’s maple syrup time of year, and Ida Noe’s fudge shop is full of activity particularly at Sweeney’s Sugar Bush where she’s requested to highlight her incredible ‘Maple Bacon Fudge.’ Things are great up until an unfortunate person dies. The blame is focused on Maura Sweeney who is Ida's good pal. Cider Island is a place where the gossip flows freely. After an entrepreneur comes to town situations get really harry for the people. A sparkling, cozy read with an alluring protagonist and delightful town setting.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Denota

    Love fall, you'll love this book. I loved the characters, setting and plot to this story. Though I haven't read any other books by Grace !emon, I will look for them moving forwarded.. I love d the down to Earth characters with real issues of their own. Have fun and I hope you like it as much as I did.

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