Friday, September 18, 2020

Great Escapes Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway: 15 Minutes of Flame by Christin Brecher

Today I’m participating in the 15 Minutes of Flame Great Escapes Blog Tour.  In this post you’ll find information about the book and author along with my review.  And be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a print ARC copy of the book.


About the book . . .


15 Minutes of Flame, A Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery 

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Kensington (August 25, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496721438
ISBN-13: 978-1496721433
Digital ASIN: B082WR2LH6

Synopsis . . . 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 . . .


My review . . . The annual Halloween Haunt fundraiser to benefit Nantucket’s neediest will be held at a new venue this year—the creepy, abandoned Morton House. Candle maker extraordinaire Stella Wright has volunteered to help with the event, and while exploring the property, she uncovers the skeleton of a Quaker woman in a shack on the grounds.  The shocking discovery reignites interest in the long-ago mystery surrounding the relationship of two best friends, the charming rogue who came between them, and their subsequent deaths.

The discovery and ensuing police investigation draw people from on- and off-island who have special and/or personal interest in the case.  As they vie for a chance at their own fifteen minutes of fame, one of them is found dead, the victim of a strangling.  Does a centuries-old corpse hold valuable secrets worth killing for?  And who is motivated enough to stop at nothing to achieve personal gain?


15 Minutes of Flame is an engrossing cozy mystery steeped in Nantucket history and lore.  Its numerous red herrings and strong suspect list will keep readers guessing whodunit until all is revealed at a party Stella hosts in the story’s closing pages.  In author Christin Brecher's capable hands, protagonist and clever sleuth Stella becomes more deeply involved in the island community in this third Candle Marker Mysteryand carefully placed hints about future developments in Stella's personal life firmly cement further interest in the series.  With autumn and Halloween fast approaching, 15 Minutes of Flame is a particularly satisfying read—and one that will leave readers eager for the next installment.


Giveaway . . . Enter the 15 Minutes of Flame Giveaway for the chance to win one of five print ARC copies of the book (U.S. only) by clicking on this link.


About the author . . .  Christin Brecher was born and raised in NYC, where her family and many childhood friends still reside. As such, she feels she is as much of a small-town girl as any. The idea to write the Nantucket Candle Maker series sprang from her life-long connection to the small island off the coast of Massachusetts. Spending summers there as a child, Christin read from her family’s library of mystery novels, after which she began to imagine stories inspired by the island’s whaling heyday, its notoriously foggy nights, and during long bike rides to the beach. 

After many years in marketing for the publishing industry, followed by years raising her children, Christin's debut novel, Murder’s No Votive Confidence, first book in the Nantucket Candle Maker mystery series, was published. 15 Minutes of Flame is the third book of the series.

Author's links . . . 

Purchase links . . .  Amazon    B&N    Kobo    Google Play    IndieBound 
Tour Participants . . .

September 15 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT 

September 15 – I Read What You Write – SPOTLIGHT

September 15 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT

September 16 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE

September 16 – The Book Decoder – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

September 17 – Mysteries with Character – GUEST POST

September 17 – Reading Authors Network – SPOTLIGHT

September 17 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

September 18 – Book Club Librarian – REVIEW   

September 18 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT

September 18 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

September 19 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

September 19 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

September 19 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – GUEST POST  

September 20 – Literary Gold – CHARACTER GUEST POST

September 20 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW

September 20 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT

September 21 – eBook addicts – REVIEW

September 21 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW

September 21 – Baroness’ Book Trove – SPOTLIGHT

September 22 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

September 22 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – REVIEW

September 22 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT

September 23 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW

September 23 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – AUTHOR INTERVIEW






Note . . . I received a complimentary copy of 15 Minutes of Flame from the publisher via #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


This Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway post was originally composed and/or compiled and published by Catherine for the Book Club Librarian blog.  It cannot be republished without attribution.




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