Review of Lethal Licorice


Lethal Licorice

Amish Candy Shop mystery, Book #2

Amanda Flower

5 Stars


Too many sweets spoil the murder . . .

Harvest, Ohio, is a long way from New York City, where Bailey King left a coveted job as a head chocolatier to take over Swissmen Sweets, her Amish grandparents’ candy shop. Now, while caring for her recently widowed grandmother, she plans to honor her grandfather’s memory by entering the annual Amish Confectionery Competition. But between lavender blueberry fudge and chocolate cherry ganache truffles, Bailey may have bitten off more than she can chew when the search for a missing pot-bellied pig turns up a body suffering from sugar overload—the fatal kind . . .

A candy maker from a neighboring town who wanted Englischer Bailey disqualified for being an outsider, Josephine Weaver died from an allergy to an essential licorice ingredient. The suspects include: Josephine’s niece, a young woman going through her rumspringa, or running around time, and Bailey herself. Now it falls to Bailey, who’s sweet on the local sheriff’s deputy, to clear their names and entice a killer with a cast-iron stomach for cold-blooded murder . . .

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The characters are well rounded and well developed.  I really enjoy spending time with Bailey.  She is so genuine, honest and loyal.  She is a hard worker and a little nosey, which is perfect for solving mysteries.  I like the relationship between Bailey and her grandmother, Maami.  You can just feel how much love there is between them and how much they love Bailey recently deceased grandfather, Daadi.   I felt the secondary characters also added a lot to the story.  Bailey found out that she had relatives that she did not even know about, and there is a possible love interest for Bailey, if she is willing to take a chance.  I was a little disappointed that Bailey’s friend, Cass was not in the book more.  I will hope that she is in the next book more.

I thought that community that was created was absolutely charming and is a place I would like to visit.  I really enjoy reading about the Amish lifestyle and all of their traditions and beliefs.  This has always fascinated me and this book includes many of those things, which I think added another level to the story.  

The writing style flows smoothly and this book is a quick easy ready.  The mystery is well plotted had enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through.  The culprit surprised me, which was great.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I enjoyed both books in this series a lot and I am already looking forward to the next book already.  

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.