Title: Toxic Toffee
Author: Amanda Flower
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publication Date: June 25, 2019
Page Count: 512
My rating: 4 1/2 stars
About the book:
A sweet tooth for murder . . .
Bailey King’s in New York wrapping up a six-week shoot on her first cable TV show, Bailey’s Amish Sweets, when she gets a call from her Ohio town’s resident busybody. With Easter around the corner, Bailey’s been recruited to create a giant toffee bunny for the weeklong springtime festival that will also feature live white rabbits. But back home in Harvest, death becomes the main attraction when Stephen Raber keels over from an apparent heart attack—with Bailey and Raber’s pet bunny as witnesses.
Except it wasn’t Raber’s heart that suddenly gave out—a lethal dose of lily of the valley was mixed into a tasty piece of toffee. Who’d want to poison a jovial rabbit farmer who reminded Bailey of an Amish Santa Claus? To solve the murder, she and her sheriff deputy boyfriend Aiden must uncover a twenty-year-old secret. She’ll need to pull a rabbit out of a hat to keep a healthy distance from toxic people, including one venomous killer . . .
Toxic Toffee by Amanda Flower is the fourth full length novel in the cozy Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. Each of the four novels along with a companion novella feature the same characters and contain their own mystery solved within each. Ideally reading in order would be the best way to enjoy the overall series but it’s not needed as they can all be understood on their own or in any order.
The main character in this series, Bailey King, had been working in New York as a chocolatier before she decided to return to Harvest, Ohio and help her Amish grandmother run their family owned candy shop, Swissmen Sweets. While Bailey is not Amish herself she does find herself fitting into the community with her Amish roots and trusted more than other outsiders.
This time around in Toxic Toffee Bailey has just returned from a working trip to New York where she had begun filming a cooking show. As soon as Bailey was back she got roped in with helping out with the towns’ Easter celebration but as they are working out the details Stephen Raber collapses in the town square. Of course instead of Stephen’s death being natural causes it becomes clear he was murdered and Bailey again helps on the investigation.
Following this series from the beginning I’ve really enjoyed it overall as it has just that right mix of quirky fun and mystery. I loved how the author has taken a regular American and thrust her into the Amish world giving her the means to fit into both the regular community and Amish people. And as much as I like the characters there’s also plenty of cute critters stealing the show too. Two thumbs up and 4 1/2 stars for this latest adventure.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Amanda Flower, a USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning 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. Her debut mystery, Maid of Murder, was an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel and her children’s mysteries, Andi Unexpected and Andi Under Pressure, were an Agatha Award Nominees for Best Children’s/YA Novel. Andi Unstoppable won the Agatha Award for Best Children’s/YA Novel 2015. Amanda is a former librarian living in northeast Ohio. Visit her at http://www.amandaflower.com