ARC Review: Peanut Butter Panic



SERIES: Amish Candy Shop Mystery #7



I’m a big fan of the Amish Candy Shop Mysteries, Bailey King and the little town of Harvest. PEANUT BUTTER PANIC is the seventh instalment.

If you’ve not tried the series so far, it’s got a charming, cozy small-town setting with the added element of the on-off tensions that bubble up between the Amish and English communities. Bailey often finds herself in the middle, as a non-Amish New York that’s come to work with her Amish grandmother. The sweets and confectionary in the series always makes my mouth water, and there’s a great cast of quirky characters from dreamy cops to polka dot pigs.

If you have tried the series, and are wondering whether to pick up PEANUT BUTTER PANIC in particular, I have to say it’s one I really enjoyed.

I guessed the culprit just before Bailey did, which I always think is the sign of a tight mystery with just the right balance of twist vs hints. The Thanksgiving angle made for brilliant autumnal vibes and delicious dishes, and the Black Friday sales portion of the story was fun, as well as playing into some larger business decisions Bailey’s working through. On the romance front, this one’s a little lighter than the other books, with boyfriend, Aiden, largely out of town, but there are still some sweet moments.

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…

A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.


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