Review of Toxic Toffee

Toxic Toffee
Amish Candy Shop Mystery, Book #4
Amanda Flower
5 Stars

42112560. sy475 Synopsis:

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 . . . (Goodreads)




The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and this description pulled me into the story from the very beginning. She seems to know a lot about the Amish way of life and that shines through in her books. I really enjoy learning about the Amish.

The characters are well developed, well rounded and well developed. Any time that I get to spend time with Bailey, Charlotte and Bailey’s grandmother, you can tell how much they love each other. Aiden, her boyfriend and a sheriff deputy, is a great guy and I am enjoying how well their relationship is evolving. Jethro, Aiden’s mom’s pig, steals the show and I enjoy reading about all of his antics.

The mystery was well plotted and moved along at a nice pace. There were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider and it was not easily solved.

I would highly recommend this book (and series) to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I am already looking forward to reading the next one.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.