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Assaulted Caramel (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – August 29, 2017
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Amanda Flower, a three-time Agatha Award–nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. She also writes mysteries as national bestselling author Isabella Alan. In addition to being an author, Amanda is a librarian in Northeast Ohio. Readers can visit her online at www.amandaflower.com.
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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.
Bailey has fled NYC at the most critical point in her career to check on her Daadi (grandfather) after a phone call from her Maami (grandmother) stating he was not doing well. As Bailey arrives she sees her Daadi and another man exchanging words and her Daadi collapsing on the sidewalk. She learns that the other man is Tyson Colton and he wants to buy her Daadi's building where he owns and runs Swissmen Sweets. Later that night Bailey finds Tyson dead in the kitchen of Swissmen's with her Daadi's prized fudge knife through his chest. Can Bailey clear her and her grandparents of the murder before she has to return NYC and claim her job as head chocolatier for JP Chocolates?
I am so excited for this new series by one of my favorite cozy authors. Her knowledge and love of the Amish shine through her writing. I can always guarantee when I read one of her books I will gain new friends. Bailey and her grandparents warm their way into your heart by the end of chapter one. You want to jump into the story and help Bailey find the killer.
I an idea of the killer's identity but was completely taken by surprise when the killer was revealed. That right there makes it a great cozy. I will put this warning out there: grab some tissues as you will need them. I was not expecting to bawl like a baby.
The second book, Lethal Licorice, comes out on February 27,2018 and you can bet I will be reading at 12:01am when it downloads to my kindle.