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Assaulted Caramel (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Rebecca Mitchell is a performance artist and classically trained vocalist, as well as a professional host, emcee, and personality. Her natural flare for the dramatic, coupled with her love of being in the studio, brought her to the world of narrating in 2013. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B01MQSAI6E
- Publisher : Kensington Cozies (August 29, 2017)
- Publication date : August 29, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1088 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 261 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #31,544 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I was drawn to this book because of my deep affection for the author’s other work (the Magical Bookshop Mysteries, the India Hayes two-book mystery series, and the Living History Museum Mysteries). Bailey is an attractive character – a keeper of secrets with a temper, and a tightly wound hyper focused on her career New Yorker who is dedicated to her Amish grandparents. I also liked her best friend, Cass, and Aiden, a deputy and potential love interest for Bailey.
But there were some technical problems that made me crazy. The author used some variation of “I bit my lip” at least 10 times (I gave up counting after that), and described a woman’s laugh as “tinkling like windchimes” multiple times. She also defined the location as “Harvest, Ohio,” more than once. I might have tolerated these from a brand new author, but not from an experienced writer with several series to her credit. This was a disappointment in that regard. I think the author could use a better editor, or at least a couple of sharp beta readers.
So I had a love/hate relationship with the book as I read. It’s a great premise – highly skilled chocolatier goes home to help her grandparents, gets involved in a murder, takes a good long look at herself, starts to figure out what she wants from life, and all hell breaks loose. The characters are well developed (that bff is a hoot, the grandmother is a keeper, and Aiden has great promise) and the settings well-described. (And there’s a recipe for salted caramel fudge at the end that looks easy and good.) But if I had to read one more time about someone biting/nibbling/worrying their lip/inside cheek, I might have been tempted to fling my Kindle across the room.
I’m mildly curious to see what happens next, so I will probably buy the next in the series (the first time someone bites their lip, I’m hitting the delete key).
I do highly recommend the Magical Bookshop Mysteries and the India Hayes Mysteries by this author.
While in Harvest, Bailey discovers the body of developer Tyson Colton in the kitchen of her grandparents' shop, her grandfather's candy carving knife embedded in his chest. But her fingerprints are the ones on the knife, not her grandfather's, thrusting Bailey into the role of prime suspect. When the sheriff orders Bailey not to leave town, her promotion at JP Chocolates is put at risk. Also, the stress of the investigation put more strain on her grandfather's already weakened heart, so Bailey takes it upon herself to help out the sheriff department's investigation, putting deputy Aiden Brody in an awkward position. Aiden is also close to Bailey's grandparents, but can't ignore the evidence that seems to convict Bailey. (He can't ignore Bailey either; nor she, him.)
All sorts of secrets are revealed as Bailey pursues her investigation; secrets about her grandparents, Bailey's personal life she's kept from her best friend, and her grandparents' fellow Amish shopkeepers. Plenty of red herrings keep the reader guessing as to the guilty party, while humor keeps things light and entertaining.
I'm not a big cozy mystery fan, unless it is one of Amanda Flower's books, then I can't get my hands on the latest book fast enough. I'm already looking forward to the second book in the series, Lethal Licorice.
Bailey has never been Amish because her dad left the community as a young man.
Bailey spent summers with her Amish grandparents in Harvest, Ohio, who own a chocolate and sweet shop. She grew up learning about chocolate and making chocolates. Bailey has become a chocolatier at JP Chocolates in New York
Her Daadi is ill and Bailey comes for a visit. Her Daadi collapses following an encounter with Tyson Colton. Around 1 am the next morning Bailey finds Tyson dead in the shop's kitchen.
The sheriff thinks she killed Tyson for causing her grandfather's collapse.
Bailey's friend Cass arrives and adds to the mix. Bailey is interested in Aiden, one of the deputies in the county.
The real murderer is a bit of a surprise. Bailey's life is a bit of a mess and I think the series will see her growth as a person.
This is well written and enjoyable. I like the characters and look forward to additional visits to Harvest, Ohio.
Top reviews from other countries
This is the 1st one of the series
I really enjoyed this book you was sure until the end who the murderer was even if there is people you dislike
Will be looking forward to the next book in the series
I really enjoyed the book and did not want to stop reading. The end came as a surprise which is good.
Now I can’t wait what’s gonna happen next to Bailey and Cass and Nutmeg