Review Of Candy Cane Crime

Candy Cane Crime

Amish Candy Shop Mystery, Book#5.5

Amanda Flower

5 Stars


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)


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.