Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Premeditated Peppermint: An Amish Candy Shop Mystery

Premeditated Peppermint by Amanda Flower is the third tale in An Amish Candy Shop Mystery series.  Bailey King is looking forward to a peaceful Christmas in Harvest, Ohio with her grandmother, Clara and cousin, Charlotte.  They have been busy preparing a variety of peppermint candies for their Swissmen Sweets table at the Harvest Christmas Market.  Then a grinch arrives in the form of Bailey’s ex-boyfriend and baker, Eric Sharp along with a camera crew.  He wants to film the Christmas special of his show in Harvest with Bailey.  Bailey agrees to meet the producer, Rocky Rivers the next morning to discuss the proposal.  On her way to the meeting, Bailey notices a set of lights out on the gazebo.  When she enters the gazebo, Bailey finds Rocky dead with the lights wrapped around her neck and Eric standing over her body.  Deputy Aiden Brody quickly arrives on the scene and targets Eric as his prime suspect.  Eric asks Bailey to prove his innocence before he ends up as head baker at the local prison.  Linc Baggins (not a hobbit) arrives to take over production of the show and he has a surprising business proposition for Bailey.  Then Juliet Brody approaches Bailey with a special request for her almost daughter-in-law (Aiden and Bailey have yet to have a first date).  Juliet feels that Jethro has the face for television, and she wants Bailey’s help jumpstarting the pig’s career.  Then Margot needs Bailey’s help with the live nativity.  Bailey’s Christmas is quickly spiraling out of control. 

Premeditated Peppermint is an entertaining cozy mystery as you can tell from my summary.  You will be hooked from the very first page.  While Premeditated Peppermint can be read alone, I suggest reading the series in order.  It will provide you a better understanding of Bailey and how she came to live in Harvest.  I thought Premeditated Peppermint was well-written with a good pace.  It is just the right length at 306 pages.  I had been reading a different book that was dragging along (I fell asleep), so I switched to Premeditated Peppermint and quickly devoured it.  Harvest is a quaint small town that has a mixture of Amish and English citizens.  There are charming shops and events that attract tourists such as the Harvest Christmas Market.  Bailey is a smart and talented main character.  I was happy to see Bailey’s best friend, Cass pop up in Harvest to help Bailey.  Juliet Brody is quite a character.  She goes around town with her pig, Jethro on a leash.  I can see Jethro acting as the ring bearer if Aiden and Bailey ever marry (picture Jethro wearing a cute little tux).  There are many laugh out loud moments in Premeditated Peppermint courtesy of Juliet, Jethro, Eric, Margot Rawlings, and the camel, Melchior.  I enjoyed the descriptions of the delectable candies being prepared at Swissmen Sweets.  The mystery was interesting with a handful of suspects and misdirection.  The method of murder fit in with the book and the author provided good clues to aid the reader in solving the crime.  Master sleuths will have no problem identifying the killer.  There are recipes at the end of book and a preview of Toxic Toffee.  My rating for Premeditated Peppermint is 4 out of 5 stars. I recently introduced my mother to this series.   She just loves Jethro, the polka dotted pig and wants to know when Aiden and Bailey will get their first date.  The other two books in An Amish Candy Shop Mystery series are Assaulted Caramel (kindle version currently $.99) and Lethal Licorice

If you enjoy Amanda Flower's books, look for her upcoming Death and Daisies which comes out on November 13 or Murders and Metaphors which will be out on February 12, 2019.  I appreciate you checking out my review today.  I will feature A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson tomorrow.  Have a delightful day and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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