Lethal Licorice

An Amish Candy Shop Mystery

"Lethal Licorice" is the second book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series! It’s about Bailey King, a twentysomething who left her job as head chocolatier in NYC to run her Amish grandparents’ candy shop in Harvest, Ohio. While participating in the annual Amish candy-making competition, Josephine Weaver, a fellow competitor who believes Bailey shouldn’t get to participate because she’s not Amish, is found dead from an allergic reaction, and one of Bailey’s candies was found on her body. So, Bailey starts investigating Weaver’s death, so she can find the true killer.

I didn’t get to read the first book in the series, but it wasn’t very hard to jump right into the second. The author gives us little bits of information that makes it easy for new readers to get acquainted with the series, without having to read the first book. But if we ever want to go back and read the first book, we can because only minor details were revealed.

This was my first Amish-themed mystery series. The Amish-theme mixed with candy-making really intrigued me, so I was really excited to read this. And it totally blew me away. I loved it!

I didn’t know much about Amish culture besides rumspringa, so it was really nice to learn more about their culture and beliefs. I found it all very interesting.

The characters were all very pleasant and quirky. Everyone had their own personal tale that made them unique. Bailey, the main character was very likable. I love her sassy yet caring attitude. And the chemistry between her and Aiden, the sheriff, was sizzling.

The mystery itself was nicely done and very intriguing. Never once bored me. The author did a great job of incorporating the Amish culture into the mystery itself. Very creative and beautifully executed.

Overall, a great addition to an excellent cozy series! I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series and will probably purchase the first one as well.

Book Blurb for Lethal Licorice

Too many sweets spoil the murder . . .

Harvest, Ohio, is a long way from New York City, where Bailey King left a coveted job as a head chocolatier to take over Swissmen Sweets, her Amish grandparents’ candy shop. Now, while caring for her recently widowed grandmother, she plans to honor her grandfather’s memory by entering the annual Amish Confectionery Competition. But between lavender blueberry fudge and chocolate cherry ganache truffles, Bailey may have bitten off more than she can chew when the search for a missing pot-bellied pig turns up a body suffering from sugar overload—the fatal kind . . .

A candy maker from a neighboring town who wanted Englischer Bailey disqualified for being an outsider, Josephine Weaver died from an allergy to an essential licorice ingredient. The suspects include: Josephine’s niece, a young woman going through her rumspringa, or running around time, and Bailey herself. Now it falls to Bailey, who’s sweet on the local sheriff’s deputy, to clear their names and entice a killer with a cast-iron stomach for cold-blooded murder . . .

Recipe Included!

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2018 5.00