ASSAULTED CARAMEL is the first book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. Bailey King is an assistant chocolatier at JP Chocolates in New York City and has been praying that she is going to be getting a huge promotion very very soon. But she has just received a phone call from her grandmother saying that her grandfather is very ill and his health is declining quickly. Even though her grandmother tells her not to come Bailey is on the next plane out, leaving her life in NYC behind without a second thought. Once she is there, she learns that Tyson Colton is buying up all the Amish businesses and wants to turn the Amish community into an Amish Disneyland. He is trying to buyout Bailey’s grandparents candy shop and he is bullying them and is very persistent. They are the last holdouts and Bailey can’t understand why the rest of the business owners have agreed to sell.
Bailey is so upset and cannot sleep. She decides to go down to the candy shop, the only spot with electricity to check her phone to see if her secret boyfriend has left her a message. She steps in something sticky, thinking its some chocolate only to discover it is blood and not just any blood but Tyson Colton’s blood! He is dead and Bailey becomes the police departments number one suspect. ASSAULTED CARAMEL is filled with twists and turns and I was instantly hooked and in everyone’s business! It is a very quick read and when the mystery of who killed Tyson was solved, I was in shock. I had no idea!
ASSAULTED CARAMEL is a wonderful start to the perfect Amish cozy series! All of the characters are very interesting and believable, so much so that I felt as if I’ve known them for a long time. While Bailey isn’t Amish, her grandparents are and she has the same values as them. As I was reading I could tell Amanda Flower had done her research as it is the best cozy I have read in a very long time! There are plenty of suspects, the action is fast paced, and there are many surprises. There is also a bit romance and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, Lethal Licorice, to see what happens with that. Amanda Flower sure knows how to pull at her readers heart strings and I’m so excited to continue this series!