Sometimes you need a sweet tooth to take a bite out of crime...
Bailey King is living the sweet life as assistant chocolatier at world-famous JP Chocolates in New York City. But just when Bailey's up for a life-changing promotion, her grandmother calls with news that her grandfather's heart condition has worsened. Bailey rushes to Harvest, Ohio, where her grandparents still run Swissmen Sweets, the Amish candy shop where she was first introduced to delicious fudge, truffles, and other assorted delights.
She finds her grandfather is doing better than she feared. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for a local Englisch developer, whom Bailey finds dead in the candy shop kitchen -- with Jebediah King's chocolate knife buried in his chest. Now the police are sweet on her grandfather as the prime suspect. Despite the sincere efforts of a yummy deputy with chocolate-brown eyes, Bailey takes it on herself to clear Jebediah. But as a cunning killer tries to fudge the truth, Bailey may be headed straight into a whole batch of trouble...
Nothing like combining the lure of chocolate with a great cozy mystery to get me drooling! Amanda Flower is my top go-to cozy mystery writer. I love her quirky humour and unconventional characters. Not to mention the unusual and opinionated critters that find their way into her stories. This time it's a polka-dotted pot-belly pig that shows up in the most unexpected places. :-)
Assaulted Caramel (clever title!) is the first book in a new series and there's a reason Amanda Flower is an Agatha Award-winning author. She knows how to spin a captivating mystery with plenty of surly suspects in a town full of secrets. I love the Amish connection. Bailey comes home to a town her father couldn't leave fast enough in his youth. She adores her Amish grandparents and is determined to help in any way she can -- even if that means tracking down a killer.
Which means she and a certain handsome deputy get off to a rocky start but I'm not fooled -- the potential for romance is definitely in the air based on how flustered Aiden makes Bailey and how amused that makes him. Can't wait to read further romantic developments in future books.
A winning combination of laughter, faith and intrigue make this a cozy mystery you don't want to miss.
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