Title: Candy Cane Crime
Author: Amanda Flower
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publication Date: October 27, 2020
Page Count: 84
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
A candy-striped caper . . .
Christmas is coming all too quickly for Harvest, Ohio’s famous chocolatier, Bailey King. Thanks to her new cable TV show, her shop has more candy orders than she can handle this holiday season. Fortunately, her beloved Cousin Charlotte is happy to take the Candy Cane Exchange off Bailey’s to-do list. After all, Charlotte has come to Harvest from her conservative home district to find her future outside of her family’s influence. What better way than by taking on the Englisch task of pairing the sweet notes everyone is exchanging with a peppermint treat, just in time for Christmas Eve delivery? But when Charlotte discovers some of those delicious missives are for her, suddenly she’s staking out the festive postbox, hoping to catch her secret admirer in his intriguing tracks . . .
When Charlotte sees something underhanded going on beneath the merrymaking, she enlists the help of Sheriff Deputy Luke Little to find out if her unknown correspondent is none other than the town’s biggest suspect. And the surprising truth about her suitor’s identity has her contemplating leaving her Amish roots behind forever . . .
Candy Cane Crime by Amanda Flower is the third novella length book in the cozy Amish Candy Shop Mystery series that also has six full length novels so far. Candy Cane Crime falls between books five and six of the series in chronological order but as with the other books of the series it has it’s own mystery solved within so it could also be read as a standalone if choosing to do so. For those that follow from the beginning in the series though there is character building carrying over from book to book to tie them altogether.
The majority of the books of the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series feature Bailey King who 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. However, Bailey has again dropped to the background of this novella to allow her assistant and cousin, Charlotte Weaver, to step up and take over the lead in this novella as she did in Criminally Cocoa. Charlotte has volunteered to help with the town’s candy cane fundraiser when a secret admirer sends Charlotte anonymous notes so of course Charlotte needs to find out who wrote them.
I have followed the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series from the beginning and it has become one of my favorite cozies to pick up with each book that comes along. I love the fact that you are mixing a regular person into the Amish community and how the author has continued to expand the characters along the way with having another lead step up in the novellas and also now has started a spin off series with an Amish community member in the Amish Matchmaker Mystery series. With each book a new fun mystery comes into play and you feel as if returning to family so I’ll definitely keep returning as long as the series continues!
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