Assaulted Caramel by Amanda Flower is the first book in the NEW “Amish Candy Shop” mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, August 2017
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 . . .
Amanda has done it again. She’s created a delectably enticing new whodunit that was engagingly entertaining. I love the comfortable tone and how well it paired with the pacing as the story moved to its conclusion. The mystery was nice done with suspects aplenty and clues that were strategically placed with a few twists and turns that added to my enjoyment of this drama. The narrative pulled me in making me feel like I was in the middle of all the action as Bailey’s investigation took her closer to a killer who would do anything to stay hidden. The author did a great job in keeping my interest high and when I thought I had a handle on the killer, the author changed direction all to enhanced the telling of this tale. With a lovable cast of characters that included Jethro, good conversations and a small-town feel, this was a great read and I look forward to the next foray with Bailey and her friends.