Nantucket Candle Maker Mysteries

Stella Wright loves creating candles at her Nantucket store. She also has a burning passion for justice. Whenever trouble strikes, Stella is determined to shine a light on the truth.

Book 1

Book 2

Book 3

Murder’s No Votive Confidence

Book One

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 Sterlingʼs candlelight-themed nuptial promises to be the perfect kick-off to the summerʼs first official holiday weekend. Stellaʼs 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 coupleʼs love. But it looks like the bride-to-beʼs uncle wonʼt be walking his niece down the aisle after heʼs found dead. The murder weapon is Stellaʼs seemingly indestructible candle, now split in two.

When a beloved local bartender is arrested, Stellaʼs sure a visiting police Captain running the case made a rush to justice. With superstitious brides-to-be cancelling 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 townʼs sexiest cop, Stellaʼs determined to shine a light on the truth and uncover a killer whoʼs snuffing out her own flame.

Don’t be surprised after reading Brecher’s mystery that you find yourself shopping for candles or perhaps planning a weekend on Nantucket.
Woman Around Town

Stella is a terrific heroine who’s smart, sassy and creative as she sleuths her way to the truth… The mystery itself is well-constructed and sophisticated, featuring a host of colorful characters with hidden motives… a very enjoyable take on the country house mystery.

This is a perfect summer cozy with a lush setting and a fun heroine.
The Parkersburg News and Sentinel
A cozy with candles, conspiring couples, and a cat—what could be a better combination? Christin Brecher’s debut mystery has all those and more.
—Kaitlyn Dunnett, author of Clause & Effect
A scentsational new series! Christin Brecher’s charming debut glows with a seaside location, a candle shop, and a kitty that will melt your heart. Interesting characters and a twisting plot will keep you intrigued to the very end.
—Krista Davis, author of The Diva Sweetens the Pie
A charmingly fun whodunnit with plenty of twists and turns and delightfully quirky characters. Murder’s No Votive Confidence had me hooked from the first pages.
—Kirsten Weiss, author of Bleeding Tarts
The first book in the Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery series burns bright with a delightful protagonist, realistic characters, and an intriguing plot—a breath of fresh Nantucket air!
—Barbara Allan, author of Antiques Ravin’

Murder Makes Scents

Book Two

Stella Wright loves creating candles at her Nantucket store—and she also has a burning passion for justice. Now, after visiting a perfume conference, she must solve a vial crime…

Stella and her globe-trotting mom, Millie, have come home from a perfume industry conference in Paris, where their trip was marred by witnessing the stabbing death of a young man. It’s a relief for Stella to be back on her picturesque island, with the comforting company of her cat, Tinker. But lingering danger may have followed them back across the ocean.

After someone breaks into her candle store, the Wick & Flame, Stella starts feeling spooked. And just as things threaten to ignite, Millie suffers a blow to the head. Stella receives an anonymous note claiming that her mother smuggled a secret formula out of France—and threatening her life if it isn’t returned. Now Stella’s picked up the scent of a cold-hearted criminal and an intriguing puzzle, and things are about to get wicked…

A fast, fun read that will have cozy mystery lovers (like me) begging for more!
Suspense Magazine
A fun one!
First for Women Magazine

15 Minutes of Flame

Book Three

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…

Amiable mayhem, Nantucket style.
Kirkus Reviews

Book Page “Private Eye July” 2020 pick

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