A Day in the Life of Marshmallow McMurphy by Nancy Coco

All You Need Is FudgeHi, I’m Marshmallow, Mal for short, and I’m a bichon poodle mix. My day starts by waking my human, Allie McMurphy. I wake her with kisses and happy jumps. I get down and wait patiently while she gets dressed. Then it’s breakfast for me and coffee for her. She likes to get up very early to make fudge. I’m not all together sure what fudge is, because Allie tells me that chocolate isn’t good for me. But I do know Frances, the receptionist at the Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop, sometimes will let me taste the peanut butter fudge. It is yummy. Not as yummy as bacon, but yummy. Wait-is there such a thing as bacon fudge? If not, I think there should be.

After Allie makes fudge we go for our morning walk. I love walks. Mackinac Island is full of great smells in the morning. It is quiet and the big horses are not out yet. This morning we walk to the marina. Allie said something about seeing yachts. I don’t know what a yacht is, but I smell something in the water. It smells different. So I go over to the side of the dock to see. There is a girl in the water. She smells like dead things. I want Allie to get her so I can roll on her. I love to roll on dead things. So I bark.

I can always count on Allie to pay attention when I bark. What I didn’t expect was for the silly human to jump in the water with her clothes on and drag the girl to the shore. It seems like a lot of fun. There’s splashing and muttering and spitting. I wag my stub tail. I love to play! I bark and run up and down the dock then around to the Marina shore, which has a short wall. I give Allie instructions on how to get the girl up over the wall so I can rub against her and roll on her. Allie doesn’t look happy, but she finally gets the girl up on the grass.

I go to sniff, but Ally pulls me away. She is talking on the tiny box she calls a phone. I wiggle in her arms hoping she will let me loose so that I can get to the dead girl. Suddenly I hear sirens. I like sirens. That means my favorite people are coming. Yes! There’s Officer Rex. Right on time. I escape my bonds and run to him. He pats me on the head and goes to see the prize I found.

They still don’t let me near it. But that’s okay, I found it and they seem concerned. I helped. Next comes EMT George. I like George and the other officers. They all have serious expression so I jump up on them to get them to pat me and see that it’s okay. I found a prize for them. They get to play investigation now.

My work here is done. I’m pooped. Glad when I get taken back home and given a dog treat. I curl up in my bed and take a nap. I’ll help more later. Being a pup is hard work. Thank goodness for naps and treats.

Napping is my favorite thing to do besides walks. What is your favorite thing to do?


All You Need is Fudge is the fourth book in the Candy-Coated mystery series, published by Kensington, July 2016.

Fudge shop owner Allie McMurphy is making fudgie treats for the annual yacht race–but a killer’s stirring up a batch of trouble. . .

Sailing Into Murder

The annual yacht race off the coast of Mackinac Island, Michigan, is a highlight of the summer season, and Allie is pulling out all the stops making chocolate centerpieces for the occasion. Unfortunately, she and her bichonpoo, Mal, also pull a dead body from the murky waters of the marina. When Allie’s boyfriend’s sister becomes the prime suspect, Allie dives into investigating the murder herself. Amid bitter feuds and hushed-up scandals, the courageous candymaker quickly gets in over her head. Someone is trying to fudge the facts to keep a secret worth killing for. . .

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About the author
Nancy Coco is the author of over 20 published novels which include three mystery series: The Gluten-free Baker’s Treat Mysteries (Berkley Prime Crime), The Candy Coated Mysteries (Kensington), and The Perfect Proposal Mysteries (Berkley Prime Crime). Her writing has been called witty and her protagonists plucky by reviewers around the world. Nancy is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America and writes for the Killer Character Blog on the 8th of every month. Nancy loves to hear from readers. You can reach out to Nancy at www.nancyjparra.com, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of All You Need is Fudge. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end August 2, 2016 at 12 AM (midnight) EST. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.

43 responses to “A Day in the Life of Marshmallow McMurphy by Nancy Coco

  1. Barbara Hackel

    This is such a fun series even though I wonder how such a cute pup can find dead people! I love reading about Mackinac Island and the Fudgies! Thanks for telling me about the newest book, Dru Ann. Thanks to Nancy for the chance to win a copy of the book!

  2. Linda Herold

    Looks really good! Thanks so much for the chance to win and read it! lindaherold999@gmail.com

  3. Doward Wilson

    This was an entertaining post! Thanks for sharing it & having a giveaway. I have read all this series & can’t wait to read this one.

  4. I just recently started this series. I’ve enjoyed every one that I’ve read. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Big smile! I’m sure this book will bring on a big smile. I would love to have it.

  6. Linda Kuzminczuk

    Mal seems like such a cutie! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. Kuzlin at AOL.com

  7. Catherine Bogert

    Thanks for the chance. Looks like a great book!

  8. This looks like a great addition to this series. Thank you for the chance to win

  9. This a new author to me. Her books sound wonderful. I already went and liked her Facebook page LOL. Thanks for the chance

  10. Love the dog’s perspective.

  11. Sweet covers of the books in this series and this one doesn’t miss it too. I’m a sucker for books with great covers since they usually are a sign that what’s inside is going to be great too. Thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway. robeader53@yahoo.com

  12. Another author I’ve missed. Time to remedy that!

  13. I like this series. Thank you for the chance to win.

  14. I own the first two books in this series and truly enjoyed the read. I’d love to add this one to my home library. I’ll see if I can score a copy of book three while I’m travelling on vacation. I love book stores.

  15. Kathleen Costa

    Marshmallow (great name) is so cute! What a humorous look into Mal’s part in this fun series! Fudge? Yeah!

  16. Celia Fowler

    I enjoyed sharing a day in the life with Mal — what a cutie!

  17. Love the name Marshmallow. lol

  18. elainehroberson

    I would love to read the adventures of Marshmallow. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  19. Wonderful series. Thanks for this captivating feature and giveaway.

  20. Perfect for the beach.

  21. Amanda Wilcox

    I bought the first in this series for a friend’s birthday because it looked so fun. Now I’m just waiting my turn for a crack at it too. 🙂 She’s my cozy friend and we constantly swap books back and forth. Thanks for the chance to win!

  22. This is one of my favorite series! I’m from Michigan and have been to Mackinac Island many times and I can picture being on Mackinac Island and smelling the fudge when reading the books in this series. The Chicago to Mackinac Yacht race was just held this past weekend, it’s so beautiful seeing the yachts on the water. Can’t wait to read “All You Need Is Fudge”.

  23. Karolyn Yoakum

    I love this series…. I love Mackinac Island and have enjoyed reliving the wonderful places through this series. Thanks for the chance to win.
    karolyn.yoakum@gmail.com

  24. Yvonne Gilbert

    Man I love peanut butter fudge too. I happy that you found your favorite humans a mystery to investigate because I also like to read and investigate mystery. Thank you for the opportunity to win a book.

  25. This is a very good series.

  26. Donamae Kutska

    I really love this series! Please keep writing! I am excited to get the chance to win all you need is fudge!

  27. Connie Dellechiaie

    I love cozy mysteries. Thank you for the chance

  28. This is a very enjoyable series. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of All You Need is Fudge.

  29. Kay Bennett

    Love the post and would enjoy reading this series. Already on my tbr list. Thanks for the chance to win.

  30. Cynthia E. Blain

    I would absolutely love to become the recipient of this book. Not only have I loved this series with book 1 and 2 (yet to read 3) and the fact that it is about Mackinac Island, which Duffy Brown writes about now too in her newest series, this is a perfect book for me as it talks about sweets, Mackinac (one of the most charming places in the US) and has everything I love in life, dogs, candy, sailing, etc. etc. Can’t wait to read this.
    Thank you.
    Cynthia B

  31. Beverly Guy

    What can I say…..I absolutely love, love, love sweet adorable Marshmallow from this awesome series by Nancy Coco….such a cutey pie Mal is!!!! That being said…I just know this new book will be just as awesome and exciting as the first three in the series! And the cover is fantastic!!!! Can’t wait to read this new one!!! Thank you once again dearest Dru for the chance to win and thank you dearest Nancy for writing another great book!!!! You girls both ROCK…God bless you both!!!!

  32. I am really enjoying this series! And yes, both napping and walking are high on my list of favorite things to do, but reading and spending time with friends and family trumps both! Thanks for the chance to win!

  33. I’ve had fun with this series. Thanks for the chance, Dru!

  34. Oh I just LOVE your books!!! Especially the fudge shop mysteries, and MAL is a DOLL!!! My husband and I want to go to Mackinac Island for our upcoming 39th anniversary in September! I am going through chemotherapy for over 14 years, and am on a new drug, HOPING and PRAYING to get into remission once and for all!! I would LOVE to win this new one in the series!! Also love your Gluten Free mysteries! Thanks for the chance to win in your giveaway! Patricia pc1977@zoominternet.net

  35. Peggy Hyndman

    I recently started this series and am enjoying it. Thank you for the chance to win a print copy of All You Need is Fudge.

  36. Love the cover and the title.

  37. This sounds like an awesome book. I love finding new (to me) authors/books to read
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  38. This series is so fun. Oh, I adored this post from Mal’s point of view. 🙂

  39. Marilyn Watson

    Really interesting way to write the book…sounds good. Thank you for the summary and contest.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

  40. Lois Rotella

    This books looks like it would be a fun read.

  41. Love Mal! Looks like a great story. Allie should make some peanut butter fudge. Mal could have a little bit of that Though you have to be sure and read the label Many have switched to a cheaper artificial sweetener which is deadly to dogs. It took forever to find a really good PBF recipe that was simple and with a little tweaking, really peanutty. Without nuts. Except at Christmas Would really like to read this book. sooner. Rather than later

  42. what a fun sounding series. Can’t wait to try it….thank you for the chance!

  43. Love love the covers in this series….
    Thank you for the giveaway…..