Lemon Drop Dead
Amish Candy Shop Mystery, Book # 6
Murder always leaves a sour taste . . .
Although baby showers aren’t an Amish tradition, Bailey King wants to celebrate Emily Keim’s forthcoming bundle of joy. It’s the least she can do for her hardworking assistant at Swissmen Sweets, especially with Emily being estranged from her siblings. Everyone in Harvest, Ohio has gathered at the town gazebo—decked out in lemon-themed décor to add some of Emily’s favorite flavor to the festivities—including Juliet Brook, Jethro the Pig, and in a last-minute invite, Emily’s sister Esther Esh.
But Esther isn’t the only surprise guest. A mysterious Amish woman confronts Emily claiming to know about her secret shame—the child she had as a teenager who was given up for adoption. The stranger vanishes before Bailey could find out who she was and if she knew what happened to Emily’s first baby. Later that evening, the woman reappears—dead in Esh Family Pretzels, with a threatening letter written by Esther found on her body.
Emily knows her sister is not a murderer and convinces Bailey to help clear Esther’s name and put the squeeze on the real killer . . . (Goodreads)
The characters are well rounded and well developed. All of the usual gang were involved in this book, but it was Emily that the mystery revolved around. She is about to have a baby, and even though it is not the normal practice, Bailey and all of her friends throw her a baby shower. An uninvited guest tells Emily that she knows about her first baby that was given up for adoption. Before Bailey or anyone else can figure out who the woman is, she is found dead in the pretzel shop that Esther, Emily’s sister, owns. Bailey will once again have to figure out the real killer, before Esther is arrested and put away for a long time.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.
The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and allowed me to visit Harvest, Ohio, and spend time withBailey and her friends. The mystery was well plotted and I was not completely sure of the culprit until it was revealed at the end.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I think the books are just getting better and I cannot wait to read the next one.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.