Saturday, July 9, 2022

Review - 15 Minutes of Flame

Calling all cozy mystery lovers! 15 Minutes of Flame by Christin Brecher is the third Nantucket Candle Maker mystery set, naturally, on Nantucket Island. Like most all cozies, it features an amateur sleuth, Stella, who owns her own business. In her case, the business is a candle shop, hence earlier titles of No Votive Confidence and Murder Makes Scents. 

I seriously love punny titles! 

This is the best one to date, published in 2020. I don't see anything on the horizon with this series, but I hope it's brought back to life for additional books in the series. We need more than three!

From the back cover: 

As Stella Wright's Nantucket candle store thrives, her knack for solving mysteries burns equally bright--especially when a Halloween haunted house uncovers evidence of a centuries-old murder...

When Stella's friend inherits a creaky, abandoned home in Nantucket, she knows it's the perfect setting for the town's annual Halloween fundraiser. A deserted, boarded-up building on the property--once used as a candle-making shop--adds to the creepy ambiance. But as Stella explores the shack's dilapidated walls, she discovers a terrible secret: the skeleton of a Quaker woman, wrapped in blood-soaked clothing and hidden deep within a stone hearth...

While police investigate, Stella wastes no time asking for help from friends with long ties to Nantucket's intricate history. The key to the murder may lie within a scorching 18th century love triangle that pit two best friends against one another over a dubious man. But before the case is solved, another life will be claimed--leaving Stella to wonder who in Nantucket is friend, and who is foe.



From my Goodreads review

15 Minutes of Flame is the third Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery by Christin Brecher and it's most definitely my favorite. This book ran a duel murder mystery: one in the present day and one from the past that was currently being investigated, complete with archaeologists, historians, and many interested parties from within the island itself. 

Stella found herself in the middle of another mystery that left me turning the page for more. I thoroughly enjoyed reading a story that focused on the history of the island, even within a fictional setting. Brecher wove a terrific tale set in a wonderful place I would love to visit in real life: Nantucket Island. Someday I'll get there.

In the meantime, I'm left wondering what's going to happen when a certain someone runs off to Iceland. And what about Andy? I truly hope a follow-up book will be written. (Don't worry - it's not a cliffhanger, I promise!)

Read more about Christin Brecher and her books on her official website. Goodreads - Barnes & Noble - Amazon 


Take care and happy reading!

 - Heather 


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