Sunday, September 17, 2017
Assaulted Caramel by Amanda Flower is the first fantastic book in a new Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. It is fresh, emotional, fun and made up of strong characters that you love and others you despise. The story takes you on a roller coaster of emotions as you try to figure out who has murdered the despicable Tyson Colton and why. The way Amanda Flower weaves the Amish community in with the Englischers makes it the fabric of the mystery. I loved it and definately look forward to the next book in the series.
Bailey returns to Ohio to check on her Grandfather who is ill but finds the Amish community being targeted by Tyson Colton. When she arrives and Colton is badgering her Grandfather causing him to collapse it sets her up as a suspect when Tyson is found by Bailey dead in her grandparents kitchen in their Amish Candy Shop Swissmen Sweets. Bailey has to help her grandparents keep their business going, clear her name and figure out who really killed Tyson.
Bailey is a strong, confident, smart character that seems to be able to hold her own. I think how she handles the arrogant demanding Eileen mother of the bride is awesome. Her chocolate expertise keeps Eileen at bay and her Grandparents business from being maligned by the wicked Eileen. When she meets Juliet and Jethro her pet pig I HAD TO LAUGH. I think her reaction is so funny seeing a pig in a Church and you just have to love Jethro. Aiden the sheriff deputy is compassionate yet smart and doesn't hold a grudge against the Amish unlike his boss the sheriff. When Cass, Baileys best friend, shows up and her quirkiness as well as her smart mouth adds a fun element to the situation. Cass as Baileys side kick in the investigation has a comical relief element and yet her straight forwardness seems to get some results. All characters from Bailey right down to Jethro the pig makes the book work and keeps you engrossed in the story.
I laughed, got angry, cried and stewed right along with the story. This book is a great mixture of love, family, faith and friendship. If you like a good mystery, set in a small town with an Amish Community as part of the plot, strong unique characters, with twists and turns on an emotional roller coaster, and so many suspects that make you wonder whodunit to the end then you must read this book. The ending was a surprise but I won't spoil it for you. I couldn't put it down. I would give it 5 stars.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Benjamin Franklin and the Quaker Murders by John Harmon McElroy is a wonderful mixture of history and mystery.
I love history and a good mystery so with this book I have the best of both worlds. John Harmon McElroy weaves a story of murder into the fabric of post Revolutionary Philadelphia using Benjamin Franklin as the main investigator incognito who uses a Veteran of the War to do his leg work and investigating to prove Jacob Maul the father of John Maul who saved James life in the war, isn't the murderer of Mrs Coon or for that matter his wife either. James isn't so sure of Jacob's innocence but promises Benjamin Franklin that he would try to find the truth and help Jacob Maul.
I really found this book to be fascinating and the author goes into great detail to show the reader what post Revolutionary War America was like, the details of the place.and occupations as well as the life of the people at that time. It really adds to the story and makes it another added dimension to the book as well.as to the mystery.
I also like the fact that the author has Benjamin Franklin using his analytical mind when he and James discuss what information they are finding about the murders. The puzzle has so many interesting pieces that combine into a surprising but perfect ending.
This book is an unique mystery set in a historical place with interesting situations and twists in the puzzle that makes you think and puzzle out the mystery right along with Benjamin Franklin and his investigator James. If you like a good mystery, enjoy historical settings and like a good.puzzle that takes you to the end to figure out then you will like this book.
I would recommend this book to history buffs and mystery lovers as well as anyone else who enjoys a good read.
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Sunday, September 10, 2017
Sheriff Kenni Lowry has another murder on her hands when the assistant to the author Beryle Stone who has recently died is found dead. Beryle Stone left a tell all manuscript that has Cottonwood a buzz and gets Cecily her assistant murdered. With the ghost of Kenni' s Poppa and Deputy Finn Vincent helping her Kenni has to find the manuscript and the murderer before anyone else finds it or is hurt. Oh and if that isn't enough she has to deal with Momma who has taken it on herself to make sure Kenni is re-elected Sheriff.
I love this book. I could see myself right in the middle of all the hubbub in Cottonwood. Kenni is smart, strong-willed and yet has a good heart for others too. I have to say I laughed at all the ways Momma gets under Kenni' s skin with all her shenanigans. She is the typical Mother who will harp, meddle and argue but turns into a Mother Bear when she thinks someone is wronging her daughter, oh boy watch out.
Kenni's relationship with her Poppa touches my heart and is one of the things I like about this book and series. He, even as a ghost, is still ornery yet his mind for the investigation is as sharp as ever and I love when he does his ghosting places to see what is going on for Kenni. I laughed so hard when Kenni finds out that her Poppa is the inspiration for one of the people in Beryle's steamy books. I could just see Poppa's face and Kenni' s too when she found out.
This book is just plain fun wrapped up in a good mystery with such a surprise ending. The town, the characters, the mystery with unique twists, and the paranormal aspect adds up to a must read don't want to miss book.
The only ax I have to grind is that when I finished the book I wanted more and I have to wait for the next book to come out. I loved this book and I highly recommend it. is a top-notch, down-home, fun small town mystery that leaves you with a smile and wanting more.
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