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Peanut Butter Panic!!

Amanda Flower is back with her sweet peanut-buttery seventh entry in her popular Amish Candy Shop Mysteries!

Peanut Butter Panic is the seventh book in bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author Amanda Flower's popular Amish Cand Shop Mystery Series. And it is a delightful addition to the series, complete with a scene-stealing pot-bellied pig!

Amateur sleuth Bailey King is a cable-tv cooking show star and candy-maker who runs a candy shop with her Amish Maami (grandmother) in the small town of Harvest, OH. In this story, a village-wide Thanksgiving celebration ends in death by a severe allergic reaction to peanut butter of a harsh former judge's new boy-toy fiancee. However, once the judge bullies Bailey into helping with the investigation, some long-simmering resentments come to light.

While I've read other books by this author, this is the first book from this series I've read, and it's easy to see why it's so popular. It is a well-written, solid, cozy mystery with engaging characters and a charming setting. There's more than meets the eye with this one, too, as Flowers examines several different relationship issues, including mothers and daughters, romantic relationships, and how the Amish and the English live and work side-by-side. Plenty of red herrings, a twist or two, and a super likable MC keep you turning the pages. So if you're looking for a sweet, foodie cozy that feels right for fall reading, look no further! Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to review this ARC. I really enjoyed it!

Publication date is August 23, 2022

My steep satisfied the candy cravings I got from reading this book! It was Butterscotch Black Tea by Adagio Teas.

From the blurb:

Dead by dessert . . .

Thanksgiving is Bailey King’s busiest holiday weekend. This year promises to be even more hectic, since Bailey’s candy shop, Swissmen Sweets, is providing desserts for Harvest, Ohio’s first village-wide Thanksgiving celebration. Yet, even with a guest list close to seven hundred people—Amish and English alike—the event’s organizer, Margot Rawlings, is unfazed . . . until she discovers her mother, former judge Zara Bevan, will be in attendance.

Zara’s reputation as a harsh critic is matched only by her infamy as a judge who has actively harmed the Amish community. So no one is prepared when Zara arrives with much younger boyfriend Blaze Smith and reveals their impending nuptials at dinner. That should have been the day’s biggest news, except shortly after the announcement, Blaze suffers an allergic reaction to something he’s eaten and dies on the spot.

Now, Bailey’s desserts are prime suspects, along with Margot and nearly everyone who attended the meal. With such a cornucopia of possibilities, Bailey must dig in and get to the bottom of this murder, before the killer goes up for seconds…

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