Tuesday, July 9, 2019



Nantucket candle store owner Stella Wright specializes in creating unique candles for every occasion. But someone sets the stage for murder when a Memorial Day celebration becomes a wedding to die for . . .

Jessica Sterling’s candlelight-themed nuptials promises to be the perfect kick-off to the summer’s first official holiday weekend. Stella’s thrilled to have been chosen to provide the decorative centerpiece for the wedding ceremony: a two-foot-tall scented unity candle—a symbol of the happy couple’s love. But it looks like the bride-to-be’s uncle won’t be walking his niece down the aisle after he’s found dead. The murder weapon is Stella’s seemingly indestructible candle, now split in two.

When a beloved local bartender is arrested, Stella’s sure a visiting police captain running the case made a rush to justice. With superstitious brides-to-be canceling orders and sales waxing and waning at her store, the Wick & Flame owner decides to do some sleuthing of her own. Abetted by a charming reporter and challenged by the town’s sexiest cop, Stella’s determined to shine a light on the truth and uncover a killer who’s snuffing out her own flame.

Book Details:

Title: Murder’s No Votive Confidence 

Author: Christin Brecher

Genre: cozy mystery

Series: Nantucket Candle Maker Mysteries, book 1

Published: Kensington (June 25, 2019)

Print length: 400 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours


Love the Ocean!

After spending months at a desk, working hard on the Nantucket Candle Maker Mysteries, I’m taking some time to get my body moving with one of my favorite summer pastimes:  Swimming in the ocean.  For me, there’s nothing more exhilarating than running barefoot down the sandy beach to the surf ahead.  In those moments, I’m filled with both anticipation and dread for the first dive into the sea. I feel absolutely courageous as my body goes into shock from the cold, defiant waters for a brief moment, before surrendering to the waves.  Then, I wave to my husband who prefers to stand at the shore, arms folded, looking to the horizon for sharks before he joins me.  It’s one of the rare occasions where I’m the first to jump into something, as he’s usually the more impulsive of the two of us.

I’ve loved the ocean since I was a kid, and spent so much time in the waves off of Nantucket that I remember going to sleep at night feeling that I was still bobbing up and down in the water.  I’ve always loved that each swim is so different.  Sometimes, the waters hold me up and rock me peacefully as the sun sparkles against the water and warms my face.  Other times, I don’t know how quickly the next wave will come, if I’ll be to ride above the surface, or if I’ll have to dive below.  At the close of each summer, I think about how the waves are like a metaphor for the months to come.  Sometimes comforting, sometime challenging.  Sometimes they knock me out, but I still jump back in for more.  Sometimes I am peacefully alone in the sea, but the best times are those spent with friends and family. 

Wishing you a happy and healthy summer with great beach reads and maybe even a dip in the ocean!


Christin Brecher was born and raised in New York City, 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, Murder’s No Votive Confidence is Christin’s debut novel.

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