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When delicious baked goods become lethal, a trail of poetry leads to a sweet-toothed killer.
Don’t taste it / Don’t share it /Just throw it away / If you try my bakery pie / You won’t live to see another day.
The Amish Artisan Village of Middlebury, Indiana, might be the last place you would ever expect to find a murderer. But Amber has been managing the Village for decades and there’s nothing she hasn’t seen. Or so she thought.
When poetic notes begin appearing around the bakery, warning that some of the pies have been poisoned, Amber is as confused as she is concerned. Who poisons pies? And more to the point, who leaves poems of warning after they’ve done it? When Amber decides to help the police track down the sweet-toothed saboteur, she enlists Hannah Troyer for another round of Amish-style detective work.
Can Amber and Hannah help the police before the Poison Poet strikes? Both women will need to draw on their faith to preserve the peaceful community they’ve built in Middlebury . . . and to protect the girls who work in the Amish Artisan Village.
What pairs better with freshly baked treats than sweet friendships? But when the desserts come with a threat of poison, will the friendships be in jeopardy, too?
Amber and Hannah have worked together to solve murder mysteries in the past. Two in the last year, in fact. They don’t want to have to go through that again, but that doesn’t stop another mystery from landing in their paths.
As the events leading up to “the big day” unfold, various characters move in and out of the light of suspicion. There are clues which point to the guilty party, and yet others that seem to argue for innocence. This is a well-woven cozy mystery which will keep you guessing as it keeps you turning pages.
The friendships among the women cross both Amish/Englischer and generational lines. The respect they show for one another is a wonderful example for each of us as we (hopefully) strive to build relationships with those around us despite our differences.
Are you an animal lover? While Mocha plays a secondary role, she is another sweet addition to the story. The book would not be complete without her prints running through it.
Murder Freshly Baked is the third book in Vannetta Chapman’s Amish Village Mystery series. While it is a complete story on its own, you’ll want to read this series in order. (There are references to previous events that will leave you wishing you understood the history behind them.)
If you’re looking for a fun, romantic mystery, come visit the Amish Village. You’ll be glad you did!
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)