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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Lemon Drop Dead (Amish Candy Shop Mystery #6) by Amanda Flower


Lemon Drop Dead

(Amish Candy Shop Mystery #6)

by Amanda Flower

Paperback, 320 pages

Published April 27th 2021 by Kensington Publishing Corporation


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 . .


4 stars

This is the sixth book in the Amish Candy Shop Mysteries by Amanda Flower.

Bailey King is back and has gotten herself into a bit of hot water. She is unabashedly investigating the death of a woman and discovers that her young child is not only deaf but the daughter of one of her good friends, Emily.

The best part of this book was the discovery of the little deaf girl, Hannah and that cute pig, Jethro. I was kind of abhorred by how the Amish treat adoption and no one is really documented when they are born. I couldn’t believe that anyone would call that cute girl dumb or stupid and it just angered me more. It was a great concept for a plot and would probably make a really good non-fiction read if they wanted to dig further into the whole Amish adoption angle of that religion.

The plot was a roller-coaster ride and you will have to pay attention to the clues. There is quite a plot twist before all is discovered. I didn’t know whodunit until nearly the end. 

Overall it was much better

Definitely pick this up if you are a cozy mystery lover.

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