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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Candy Cane Crime (Amish Candy Shop Mystery #5.5) by Amanda Flower

Candy Cane Crime

(Amish Candy Shop Mystery #5.5)

by Amanda Flower

Kindle Edition, 84 pages

Expected publication: October 27th 2020

Goodreads synopsis: 

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 . . .


4 stars

This is the 5.5 book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series by Amanda Flower.

It was sweet and had a great storyline. But I wish there had been more. More feelings on Charlotte’s part and more involvement in the Deputy’s part. This just didn’t feel complete to me and Charlotte’s acceptance of Deputy Luke in the end was just too quickly wrapped up in my opinion.

Great mystery aspects but not enough of a story to satisfy me. Plus, I was not a fan of the lady who was trying to force Bailey to take on added responsibilities during Christmas when she knew the candy shop was already slammed. Charlotte took on the Candy Cane Exchange to help out Bailey but even after that there was no appreciation for their involvement in the endeavor. Not very nice, if you ask me. I wish there had been more Christmas spirit too. I just felt bummed out by this story in the end.

I think this book had a lot of promise to be a much more involved story but the story stopped just as it was getting interesting. I wish they had added this section to a murder mystery. I feel like the missing murder aspect doesn’t really make this a cozy mystery. It is just a story set in this Amish world about a couple finding first love. The romance was excellent and sweet. The setting was well described during the snowy Christmas season. This had a lot of great qualities. But as novella go, you never get enough of what you want. 

If you like Amish cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. 

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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