The Final Tap by Amanda Flower (review by Kristi)

The Final Tap

About the book: March on Barton Farm can only mean one thing: maple sugar season. To combat the winter slump, resilient director Kelsey Cambridge organizes a Maple Sugar Festival, complete with school visits, pancake breakfasts, and tree tapping classes. Kelsey hires curmudgeonly maple sugar expert Dr. Conrad Beeson to teach the classes, despite misgivings over his unpleasant demeanor. It’s a decision she ends up regretting when, before the first tree can be tapped for sap, Dr. Beeson turns up dead.

The maple sugar expert’s death threatens to shut down not only the Maple Sugar Festival, but also Barton Farm itself. Kelsey must solve Dr. Beeson’s murder to escape the increasingly sticky situation.

Published May 8, 2016 by Midnight Ink

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My review: I wasn’t sure about this book when I received it. It sounded like a good read but I wasn’t totally sold on the Living History Museum aspect. After reading this book though I am a fan of the series and want to get the first book to see how it all started!

The main character in this book, Kelsey, is instantly likable and easy to relate to. She comes across as someone you could be friends with and want to know. I also liked the relationship between Kelsey and Chase. This was well-written and was a fun part of the story.

As always, the mystery aspect of the story is wonderful. Amanda Flower always keeps me guessing ’til the end who the killer is and then I’m always surprised when it’s revealed. I love this about her books! I also liked the way (and I hope I’m on the right track here) the storyline for the next book is hinted to towards the end of this one. I can’t wait to read it and find out if I’m right!

It was fun to read about the maple sugaring process. It was evident that the author did a lot of research on the subject and wrote it into the story in a way that made it fun and never boring or out of place.

I recommend this book to fans of the cozy mystery genre and to people who have never read the genre before. By the end of the book, you will be a fan of the author and looking for more of her books.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest opinion which I have given.


Amanda Flower
Amanda Flower

About the author: Amanda Flower, an Agatha-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth-grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. Her debut mystery, Maid of Murder, was an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel. Amanda is an adult services librarian for a public library near Cleveland. She also writes mysteries as USA Today bestselling author Isabella Alan.

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