January 3, 2018

Assaulted Caramel by Amanda Flower - Review

Book details
Series: An Amish Candy Shop Mystery (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington (August 29, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1496706390
ISBN-13: 978-1496706393

Book description
Sometimes you need a sweet tooth to take a bite out of crime . . .

Bailey King is living the sweet life as assistant chocolatier at world-famous JP Chocolates in New York City. But just when Bailey’s up for a life-changing promotion, her grandmother calls with news that her grandfather’s heart condition has worsened. Bailey rushes to Harvest, Ohio, where her grandparents still run Swissmen Sweets, the Amish candy shop where she was first introduced to delicious fudge, truffles, and other assorted delights.

She finds her grandfather is doing better than she feared. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for a local Englisch developer, whom Bailey finds dead in the candy shop kitchen—with Jebediah King’s chocolate knife buried in his chest. Now the police are sweet on her grandfather as the prime suspect. Despite the sincere efforts of a yummy deputy with chocolate-brown eyes, Bailey takes it on herself to clear Jebediah. But as a cunning killer tries to fudge the truth, Bailey may be headed straight into a whole batch of trouble . . .

Recipe Included!

Meet the author - Amanda Flower
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.
My thoughts
I both loved this book and was angry with the author. I can't tell you why I was angry because it will ruin the story for you but something happens at the end that made me chose up. Now for why I liked the book - Amish, candy, mystery, and a cute cat all good things to a story. I really liked the closeness that Bailey had with her Amish grandparents even though she is not Amish herself. I also liked all the references to chocolate and how Bailey would recite the names of chocolate when she got stressed. I was not happy that someone was threatening the Amish and making them sell their businesses just for their profit. Then when a dead man turns up in the candy shop - the same man who was buying all the property - I have to say that like the Amish said I know it is not right to be glad he was gone but I was glad. The two main people I had in mind for the murderer ended up not being the right person, but that is what makes the story a good one. I also like how Aiden and Bailey are kind of starting to maybe like each other. I hope their relationship continue to grow in the upcoming books. I am looking forward to continuing this series. 

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