Assulted Caramel

About the book:

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


My review (4-stars)

In Assaulted Caramel, the first book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series, Ms. Flowers reminded me once again why she’s my favorite cozy author.   I expected an endearing protagonist, a few oddballs, at least and animal or two that I’m bound to love  and a murder.   She delivered all of that and much more.

I love the humor that the author injects in her writing, and I love how she makes me care about her characters.  I loved the town of Harvest and could easily imagine people strolling along and visiting the shops.  I could even imagine, Jethro the polka-dotted pot belly pig being in church!  Jethro is adorable and I hope he’ll be in the next book.

I laughed a few times and I cried a few times.  The one thing I was unable to do, was figure out who the murderer was.  I was surprised to find out who he culprit was.

If you are already a cozy fan or if you’ve never read one, I highly recommend this book to you.

I received a copy from Netgalley and have given my honest opinion.