Review of Candy Cane Crime

Candy Cane Crime
Amish Candy Shop Mystery, Book#5.5
Amanda Flower
5 Stars

54496529Synopsis:

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 . . . (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed. Charlotte is still on her Rumspringa and has not made up her mind what she wants to do. When Margot needs help with the Candy Cane Exchange, Charlotte is happy to help. When she finds out that she has a secret admirer who is giving her candy cane. She does not know who is doing it and what it means. But she plans on finding out.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning. There were a couple of mysteries for Charlotte to solve, although none involved a dead body.

I would recommend this novella to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. Although it was short, it still had everything that I look for in a cozy mystery. And we even got to spend some time with Jethro, the pig.

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

New Releases For The Week OF September 27th, 2020–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of September 27th, 2020. I am going to divide the list into 5 days because there are so very very many of them for the week. Today is the third day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

Apple of My Eye: Tiger's Eye Mysteries by [Alyssa Day]A detective who turns into a tiger. A pawn shop owner who can see how you’ll die. The criminals never had a chance.


If you enjoyed Sookie Stackhouse and True Blood, you’ll love Tess Callahan and the Tiger’s Eye mysteries. Tess and sexy shapeshifter Jack solve mysteries with supernatural flair, and the laughs fly as fast as the clues.” — New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn.


When Tess starts receiving mysterious gifts from a stalker, addressed to “The Apple of My Eye,” she starts to worry. Because it’s Dead End, Florida, where dead bodies have been piling up faster than competitive pecan pies at the county fair. But when the gifts turn deadly, she and Jack know they have to solve the mystery and track down the stalker before they find another dead body … and this time it might be Tess!


Luckily, Tess has Jack to help her solve this case … because sometimes it takes a tiger’s eye to see the truth.


5 Stars: I laughed so hard I almost peed a little. (Amazon reviewer)
5 Stars: I fell out of bed laughing… (Amazon reviewer)
5 STARS: Fans of Charlaine Harris and Janet Evanovich will enjoy Dead Eye. Alyssa Day has done it again! She’s written a story that’s so much fun to read that you don’t want to put it down. (Reader review)  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Sew Deadly Cruise (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery Book 9) by [Lois Winston]Life is looking up for magazine crafts editor Anastasia Pollack. Newly engaged, she and photojournalist fiancé Zack Barnes are on a winter cruise with her family, compliments of a Christmas gift from her half-brother-in-law. Son Alex’s girlfriend and her father have also joined them. Shortly after boarding the ship, Anastasia is approached by a man with an unusual interest in her engagement ring. When she tells Zack of her encounter, he suggests the man might be a jewel thief scouting for his next mark. But before Anastasia can point the man out to Zack, the would-be thief approaches him, revealing his true motivation. Long-buried secrets now threaten the well-being of everyone Anastasia holds dear. And that’s before the first dead body turns up.

Craft projects included.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blood at the Bookies (A Fethering Mystery Book 9) by [Simon Brett]Welcome to Fethering! The race is on to find a killer when Jude stumbles across a body at the bookies in this quirky, cozy, British village mystery.

Jude has never been averse to a bit of a flutter; her friend Carole, on the other hand, thinks that the local betting shop is a den of iniquity. But when Jude stumbles upon the body of fellow customer Tadeusz Jankowski after placing a bet, the odds of finding his killer don’t look good. No one seems to know much about Polish immigrant Tadek, and even his sister doesn’t know why he moved to Fethering in the first place.

As they question the local residents, Carole finds an unexpected friend in an inveterate gambler, and Jude finds herself in potentially more trouble than she can handle with a lecherous and charming drama professor.

In this race there can only be one winner, but with no leads and several suspects in the running will the sleuthing friends be pipped at the post by a cold and calculating killer?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poisoning in the Pub, The (A Fethering Mystery Book 10) by [Simon Brett]Welcome to Fethering! Carole and Jude spring into amateur detective action when their favourite pub is targeted by a killer in this quirky, cozy, British village mystery.

Jude and Carole get more than they bargained for when a lunchtime meal in their local pub leaves everyone with food poisoning. The landlord is horrified, and when a series of disasters start to befall his business it looks like it could be the end of the road for the Crown and Anchor.

Left with a bad taste in their mouths – and not just from the food – the two amateur detectives wonder if it might just be more than a run of bad luck that’s forcing their favourite pub into bankruptcy.

When a young man is found in the kitchen of the pub, though, with a knife through his heart, Carole and Jude swing into action. There’s a killer on the loose in Fethering, and Carole and Jude need to uncover who it is before it’s last orders for the pub – and themselves.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover. Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scone with the Wind: Baker's Dozen Paranormal Cozy book 1 by [LE Gordon]

 

It’s not every day that you find a dead body, are outed as a witch, and find out your right hand woman is a creature from a fairy tale.

Kitty Anderson is just a run-of-the-mill kitchen witch living a quiet life running her bakery – until she finds her friend, dead, with one of her delicious scones in front of him. Realising there is something fishy about Malcolm’s death, Kitty sets out to discover who is responsible with the help of David, Malcolm’s handsome nephew, and Mrs Mac, her formidable right hand woman and Brownie familiar.
Will they track down the murderer before they can kill again, or has Kitty’s chance of finding out who did it ‘Scone with the Wind’?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deadly Past (Charlotte Dean Mysteries Book 4) by [Phillipa Nefri Clark]Her old life is in the past. At least that’s what she thought…

Charlotte Dean finally has the quiet life she’s longed for Kingfisher Falls. But when a fire breaks out, killing a local, Charlotte is concerned it wasn’t an accident. Could there be something more sinister at play in this peaceful town?

She discovers evidence that the council has been clearing bushland behind the bookshop in secret and suspects there might be a link between the fire and plans for a new shopping mall. Even more worrying is the possibility that a much-loved local might have had something to do with the tragedy.

Charlotte’s also convinced someone is watching her every move. When she catches sight of the stalker, her new life is thrown upside down. Is Charlotte’s dark past catching up with her? And does she stand to lose everything that’s important to her, including the bookshop and those she loves?

The Charlotte Dean Mysteries are small town whodunits with a unique Australian twist from the author of The Stationmaster’s Cottage.   (Amazon)

Editions Available:   Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Masked Murderer: A Violet Carlyle Historical Mystery (The Violet Carlyle Mysteries Book 25) by [Beth Byers]All Hallows 1926

Violet and Jack have been invited to a masquerade by someone who doesn’t name himself and gives no details other than all the guests are coming under the same circumstances.

They know something is afoot, so they aren’t even surprised when there’s been a murder. What surprises them is the invitation to all those in attendance to solve the crime.

Book TWENTY-FIVE in the Violet Carlyle Mysteries. Are you ready for the roaring twenties? You’ll love Vi, her patient husband Jack, her indulgent twin Vic, and their friends. For fans of Carola Dunn, Jacqueline Winspear, Georgette Heyer, and Lee Strauss. A light, cozy mystery with a fun peek into life in the life of a bright young thing. No swearing, graphic scenes, or cliffhangers.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Christmas Carol Murder (A Dickens of a Crime Book 3) by [Heather Redmond]The latest novel from Heather Redmond’s acclaimed mystery series finds young Charles Dickens suspecting a miser of pushing his partner out a window, but his fiancée Kate Hogarth takes a more charitable view of the old man’s innocence . . .
 
London, December 1835: Charles and Kate are out with friends and family for a chilly night of caroling and good cheer. But their blood truly runs cold when their singing is interrupted by a body plummeting from an upper window of a house. They soon learn the dead man at their feet, his neck strangely wrapped in chains, is Jacob Harley, the business partner of the resident of the house, an unpleasant codger who owns a counting house, one Emmanuel Screws.
 
Ever the journalist, Charles dedicates himself to discovering who’s behind the diabolical defenestration. But before he can investigate further, Harley’s corpse is stolen. Following that, Charles is visited in his quarters by what appears to be Harley’s ghost—or is it merely Charles’s overwrought imagination? He continues to suspect Emmanuel, the same penurious penny pincher who denied his father a loan years ago, but Kate insists the old man is too weak to heave a body out a window. Their mutual affection and admiration can accommodate a difference of opinion, but matters are complicated by the unexpected arrival of an infant orphan. Charles must find the child a home while solving a murder, to ensure that the next one in chains is the guilty party . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What begins as a prank ends in murder . . .
 
The campaign for the U.S. Congressional seat was referred to in the press as “Mr. Smith goes to Washington versus the carpetbagger.”The popular local candidate gets the majority of endorsements, but his opponent’s wealthy, out-of-state family is willing to do whatever it takes for him to win.
 
Penny-wise Investigations a discount detective agency located in a mall, is hired to find out who is stealing the local candidate’s political signs. Two of their investigators, Cameron Chandler and Yuri Webster, not only catch the thieves in the act, they find a body next to a pile of stolen signs, proving that . . . Campaigning Can Be Deadly.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daisy and the Dead (A Murder in Restless Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [Emmy Grace]What do a recovering romance writer, an ornery kitten, and a town full of ghosts have in common?

Unfortunately, until further notice, that would be me.

I was two months late on rent when my father called asking for my help. One of his old timer friends named Big Lou disappeared and, for reasons he refused to divulge, Dad didn’t want the cops involved. There also happened to be an opening at the local newspaper. He didn’t tell me what the job entailed, and I didn’t ask. I just needed to be able to pay my rent, so I packed up my cat and we headed to Restless, South Carolina.

Restless is a small town much like the one I grew up in, only with one not-so-small difference. Restless gets its name from all the restless spirits that haunt the place. In other words, it’s overrun by ghosts.

Yep, you read that right. Ghosts! As if that weren’t bad enough, my car keeps overheating, my neighbor has a penchant for gardening in the nude, and my boss is as suspicious as he is hot. But the real kicker is that the moment I arrive in town, I start hearing voices. Human voices. Only these are coming from my cat. If you think that sounds crazy, just wait until you hear what the dead are planning. It’s enough to keep a girl up at night.

Daisy and the Dead is book one in the Murder in Restless cozy mystery series. Book 2 is coming in November, 2020  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lethal Legacy: A Provincetown Mystery (Sydney Riley Series Book 7) by [Jeannette de Beauvoir]

 

Despite a slew of weddings to coordinate, Sydney Riley refuses to miss the Women’s Community Dinner—the high point of Women’s Week. During the festivities, she meets vocalist Jordan Bellefort, a direct descendant of a fugitive slave whose diaries suggest the Race Point Inn was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Then Jordan’s wife, Reggie, is murdered while Jordan performs onstage before a crowd of adoring fans. When Sydney probes Reggie’s death, she uncovers a tainted legacy that may provide a motive for the killing and place her own life at risk.

The Lethal Legacy explores the past’s influence on the present in a world-famous seaside resort with a rich history of diversity and acceptance. This seventh book in the Provincetown Mystery Series maintains the masterful blend of gripping suspense and unique characters Sydney Riley readers have come to expect.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

River Blues (A Jason Colefield Mystery Book 3) by [Doc Macomber]

 

River Patrol Deputy, Jason Colefield, returns to solve a different type of crime scene–a battered female body floating in a water feature in full view of a high-rise condo, yet no witnesses. Was it a gruesome murder or despondent suicide? Uncovering the fact that she was a PI, Colefield wonders if her death is somehow connected to a bitter union war and a missing ship’s captain. As leads turn into ghosts, he turns to his attractive new partner to gain her feminine perspective. He hopes collaborating with her will add clarity and not become a fatal distraction.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News and Nutmeg: A small town cozy mystery (Tri-Town Murders Book 3) by [Carly  Winter]Was it death by donut or something far more sinister?

Drama ensues when the president of the Oak Peak knitting club is found dead, a half-eaten donut at her side.

When the death is ruled a murder, reporter Tilly Bordeaux is tasked with writing the story. As she dives into the life of the deceased, she uncovers a woman who attempted to make a stand for herself, but instead, made enemies with everyone.

As the list of potential killers becomes longer, Tilly’s desire to find the murderer grows. When she confronts the killer, a shocking scandal is revealed that will set the Oak Peak gossip vine on fire and give Tilly the biggest story of her career… if she can survive.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Death at a Dinner Party: A Jennifer Temple Mystery Book 3 by [Daphne McLean]

A woman’s death is apparently from natural causes…

…but is something more sinister at play?

What was to be the grand finale of a neighborhood traveling dinner party ends in tragedy just as the evening’s final toast is given. Was the death actually caused by foul play?

Desperate to find the truth, the deceased woman’s husband reaches out to Jennifer Temple, a stay-at-home mother and private investigator in training, for help.

Jennifer encounters a cast of wicked characters as she seeks to find answers. If she doesn’t solve the case, her career may be dead before it even starts.

Death at a Dinner Party is book three in the Jennifer Temple Cozy Mystery series

Pre-order your copy today!

Book One: Red Picket Fences
Book Two: Body in the Begonias
Book Three: Death at a Dinner Party  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Claus and the Santaland Slayings by [Liz Ireland]It’s the first Christmas in Santaland for April Claus—but it may also be her last unless she can uncover a villain with a killer Christmas wish. . . .
 
Love is full of surprises—though few compare to realizing that you’re marrying the real-life Santa. April Claus dearly loves her new husband, Nick, but adjusting to life in the North Pole is not all sugarplums and candy canes. Especially when a cantankerous elf named Giblet Hollyberry is killed—felled by a black widow spider in his stocking—shortly after publicly arguing with Nick.
 
Christmastown is hardly a hotbed of crime, aside from mishaps caused by too much eggnog, but April disagrees with Constable Crinkle’s verdict of accidental death. As April sets out to find the culprit, it’ll mean putting the future of Christmas on the line—and hoping her own name isn’t on a lethal naughty list . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback