Monday, October 19, 2020

15 Minutes of Flame - Cozy Mystery Review

 Goodreads:  15 Minutes of Flame (Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery #3) by Christin Brecher

Rating: Liked It!
Source: Publisher

Description:  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 d18th 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-eserted, 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 -leaving Stella to wonder who in Nantucket is friend, and who is foe . . .

Genre:  Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  I've been wanting to read this series since it started and I couldn't resist this premise!

My Impression:  I do love a good historical mystery so I went into this one with high expectations and for the most part it lived up to them.  While this is the third book in the series it is the first book I've picked up but I really had no problem keeping track of who is who and how they're connected.  I liked Stella and I always enjoy a cat companion in a cozy.  The candle making angle is something I haven't come across before and I really enjoyed it though it did make me want to do some candle shopping!

A mystery with deep historical ties will always pull at me and this was no different.  I was fully in when the skeleton was discovered and fascinated by the historical investigation.  My main issue with this book is that I felt like the pacing got a bit tripped up in the middle.  I was all in and flying through the pages and then it came a bit to a screeching halt.  It wasn't that I wasn't enjoying it but it just felt like I wasn't making progress.  It did get better and was an enjoyable story it just wasn't as consistently fast paced as I expected.  

This is a fun series with an usual setting and I'm really looking forward to reading more!

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Absolutely!  I'm really looking forward to going back and reading the first 2 books and will definitely pick up the next book.

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you enjoy cozies this is an entertaining read and definitely worth picking up!

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. I've read the previous books in this series and enjoyed them. This one is on my wishlist.

  2. I just started this and I am enjoying it too. It is a really fun seasonal read

  3. Well set in Nantucket would draw me to it. Love the title as well and it does sound good despite the uneven pacing.

  4. Great review! I love the cover to this one - and the historical aspect of this sounds like a real bonus. Glad to hear that the hitch in pacing wasn't a dealbreaker, Katherine.

  5. I read the first book in The Vampire Knitting Club series; it was pretty good. I had to buy it since the library didn't have it and I've been curious about it for so long. I'd really like to continue the Magical Bakery series; I read all that my library has; the series had grown on me.