Millie’s decidedly not Amish best friend, Lois Henry, is outspoken, colorful, and so hopelessly romantic, she’s had four husbands. Millie doesn’t judge, and she also doesn’t expect to run into Lois’s most recent ex, gambler Gerome Moorhead, in small-town Harvest, Ohio. With him is the very young, new Mrs. Moorhead, aka “Honeybee.” Lois is outraged, but Millie is completely shocked to learn the next day that Gerome is already a widower . . .
Honeymoons Can Be Hazardous is a delight to read. I like Amanda Flower’s writing style. It is relaxed and engaging. I quickly found myself drawn into the story. I was quickly flipping the pages to find out what happened next. I love a book that makes me laugh. There are great characters in this series. They are fun and quirky. Millie has her goats who seem to understand her. She has added a cat to the household. Lois is a hoot. She is the opposite of Millie. Lois likes busy patterns and loud colors. She carries a purse that reminds me of Mary Poppins satchel. You never know what Lois will pull out of her purse (there is at least one rubber mallet in there—you never know when you are going to need one--and let us not forget the staple gun). Margot Rawlings is the village’s community organizer. This is one woman that you wish to avoid, or you will find yourself “volunteered” to help with an event. Let us not forget Juliet Brook, the pastor’s wife, and her pet pig, Jethro. Juliet plans to make Jethro a Hollywood star.
The whodunit was entertaining. Lois and Millie manage to get into a scrape or two (thanks to Lois). Millie asks questions and searches for clues. I like how the whodunit involved both the Amish and the English communities. The mystery delved into an issue that is prevalent in our country. No sect is immune as we see in this story. My only complaint is that the mystery was easy to solve. I easily picked out the guilty party early in the story. The antics of Millie’s goats had me laughing out loud. The author gave the goats great personalities. Honeymoons Can Be Hazardous can be read as a standalone, but you are missing out by not reading all the books in this delightful series. There is a preview of Blueberry Blunder at the end which is the eighth An Amish Candy Shop Mystery. Honeymoons Can Be Hazardous is a witty whodunit with a polka dotted pig, a clobbered bride, a bulging bag, rampageous goats, a caring community, and the Amish Marple.
The Avid Reader
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