Sometimes you need a sweet tooth to take a bite out of crime . . .
Bailey King is living the sweet life as assistant chocolatier at world-famous JP Chocolates in New York City. But just when Bailey’s up for a life-changing promotion, her grandmother calls with news that her grandfather’s heart condition has worsened. Bailey rushes to Harvest, Ohio, where her grandparents still run Swissmen Sweets, the Amish candy shop where she was first introduced to delicious fudge, truffles, and other assorted delights.
She finds her grandfather is doing better than she feared. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for a local Englisch developer, whom Bailey finds dead in the candy shop kitchen—with Jebediah King’s chocolate knife buried in his chest. Now the police are sweet on her grandfather as the prime suspect. Despite the sincere efforts of a yummy deputy with chocolate-brown eyes, Bailey takes it on herself to clear Jebediah. But as a cunning killer tries to fudge the truth, Bailey may be headed straight into a whole batch of trouble . . .
4 out of 5 stars
Assaulted Caramel is a great start to the Amish Candy Shop series. The book was engaging from the start and held my attention through to the end. I was actually doing a buddy read of this book with two of my friends. I got so invested into the story that I ended up reading ahead of schedule and finishing the story.
I really enjoyed Bailey’s character. I loved seeing the close relationship that she had with her grandparents. I lost both of my grandparents at a very young age so I always appreciate reading about grandparent/grandchild relationships since mine ended so soon. I don’t know much about the Amish community, so I enjoyed reading and learning more about them, their beliefs, and their lifestyle while reading this book.
The mystery was really engaging and left me desperately wanting to know who the killer was. The author was able to stump me – just when I thought I had my suspect list narrowed down, I would suspect someone else. The twist near the end left me in shock! I wasn’t expecting that at all.
This is the first cozy mystery that has left me in tears. Something happened near the end that broke my heart. 😦
My only real complaint about this book is how long it took for most of the sleuthing/investigating to be done. Other than that, this was a great read and I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series! It has moved to the top of my TBR. I’m excited for what’s to come in future books.