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review 2018-06-13 15:02
Lethal Licorice (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery) - Amanda Flower

Lethal Licorice (Amish Candy Shop Mystery, #2)Lethal Licorice by Amanda Flower
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Harvest, Ohio, is a long way from New York City, where Bailey King has left her coveted job as a head chocolatier to take over Swissmen Sweets, her Amish grandparents’ candy shop. While caring for her recently widowed grandmother, she plans to honor her grandfather’s memory by taking his place in the annual Amish Confectionery Competition. But between 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 . An Amish candy maker from the neighboring town who had wanted Englischer Bailey disqualified for being an outsider, Josephine Weaver died from an allergy to a licorice ingredient. The suspects include: Josephine’s niece, a young woman going through her rumspringa, and Bailey herself. Now it falls to Bailey, who’s sweet on the local sheriff’s deputy, to clear both of their names and find a killer with a stomach for cold-blooded murder .

The mystery has lots of twists, turns, and red herrings that make the reader keep second guessing themselves about the true identity of the killer really is until they are revealed. The characters are well written, realistic, and believable which makes how they interact with each other lifelike. The author gives the reader a nice peak into the way of life for the Amish and shows how life can differ between the Amish from neighboring towns. The author also shows what it's like for a family member who was raised English to try to interact with her family that have lived the Amish lifestyle their entire life. The author makes her settings and characters come to life with her descriptive writing, you can picture what is happening in your mind.

I did like that Bailey offered to help Charlotte who turns out to be a distant cousin of Bailey's when she needs a place to stay when she runs away from home. I also liked learning a little about Bailey's grandmother's early life and what she sacrificed for the man that she loved. I was glad when Jethro the pig was found since he did bring a little relief to some tense situations in the previous book with his antics and hopefully he will bring some of that relief in the next book. I also hope that the Bailey and Aiden Brody will realize their feelings for each other and a relationship will blossom between them. The one thing I didn't like was where the killer put Josephine's body, it seemed harsh since the killer was using the hiding place to send a message to another member of Josephine's family. I can't wait to read book 3 Premeditated Peppermint since this is a wonderful series.

I received an ARC of this book from netgalley and Kensington Books for my honest opinion.

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review 2018-04-10 09:05
Reasonably good story about a hobo in the USA
Rock Candy Mountain #1 - Kyle Starks,Kyle Starks

 This first volume introduces us to Jackson, a hobo, in search of the Rock Candy Mountain of the title and various characters that he encounters along the way. These include the Devil and the FBI. The story is pretty straight-forward and includes a fair amount of fighting and some bloodshed. The illustrations are very simple but reasonably effective. Ending on a bit of a cliffhanger, it will be followed by another volume at some point.

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review 2018-03-31 18:00
Assaulted Caramel - Amish Candy Mystery
Assaulted Caramel (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery) - Amanda Flower

This is set in Holmes County, OH. My husband's family is from that area and I have family up that way, so we spend a lot of time in that area. I love going to that area so much that my husband gets a hotel room for three days around my daughter's and my birthday to celebrate up there. 

 

Bailey has rushed to her grandparents home and shop because her grandfather is ill and she knows that she needs to be with them. But she is getting calls from New York where she is up for a prestigious job offer...head chocolatier for a well-known chocolate company. Soon as she arrives, she sees her grandfather threatened by a man who is trying to buy up the whole neighborhood of Amish Businesses. That night, she goes to the kitchen and finds that man dead. She is considered the suspect in this crime and feels that to protect her grandparents she must work to find the true murderer. 

 

There were things that I had problems with, that had more to do with what I know about Amish in Holmes County, but it just spurred me to do some research of my own. It also had to do with the fact that when a child leaves the Amish, they are shunned and the family has to shun the child and their family, so I had problems with the idea that they had such a close relationship with their "Englisch" grandchild and yet are not shunned by the community, too, for keeping the relationship. I didn't like the sheriff in the story and hope that he is removed in future stories and I do hope that this storyline continues. It was a fun read and I did enjoy the story on the whole. 

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review 2018-03-01 23:19
Deceptively charming illustrations belie the foul mouthed characters
Rock Candy Mountain #1 - Kyle Starks,Kyle Starks

It looks all sweet, and it's based on a children's story.   So imagine my delighted surprised when it turned out to be more violent and swear-filled than the illustrations promised; the way the illustrations keep that charming quality while the story gets more messed up just added to my delight. 

 

Love, love, love.   It's a story about a possibly crazy hobo looking for Rock Candy Mountain and his new down-on-his luck friend who gets roped into the search.   

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review 2018-02-09 01:40
La lotería
Duma Key - Stephen King

Had an interesting time listening to this in audio format. I mean, I was sketching and coloring like demon-possessed by the last third in.

 

Characterization-wise, creepy dolls are creepy (though it's a nice zig-zagging there), cool old ladies are awesome, and the friendship aspects were beautiful.

 

That arm-bursting scene! My God *shudder*

 

And it was sad and tragic as all hell. La lotería indeed. But who wants such balls to align as these

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