ARC Review: Honeymoons Can Be Hazardous



SERIES: An Amish Matchmaker Mystery #4



When I started reading the Amish Matchmaker Mystery series, I thought of it very much as a spin-off from Flower’s Amish Sweet Shop series. And that’s true but in the most recent books MARRIAGE CAN BE MISCHIEF and this one, HONEYMOONS CAN BE HAZARDOUS, it’s really come into it’s own and stands completely on it’s own legs.

Alongside ‘new’ characters like out protagonists (Millie, our titular Amish matchmaker, and her spunky, dyed-hair café owning bestie, Lois), returning characters who played small roles in Bailey’s stories, have become fully fleshed out and part of the team. It’s wonderful to see characters like Ruth Yoder, the Bishop’s wife, and new promoted Deputy Little, getting more time to shine.

This instalment feels a touch darker than the previous – although it’s still very much a cozy – because, alongside the gloriously ridiculous ‘main’ murder mystery (death by falling, oversized cuckoo clock?), drugs have become a problem in small-town Harvest, and the dealing, smuggling and the aftermath of an overdose, are all critically tied to the investigation.

As with all the best cozy series – the ones I return to with each new instalment – the Amish Matchmaker’s strength is in it’s characters.

  • Millie and Lois are the perfect odd-couple, different in nearly every way but clearly devoted to each other.
  • Millie’s growing animal family – her two goats, a cat, and a very forgiving old horse – all have personalities uniquely all their own.
  • Harvest itself, the town and the community, feels like a character all its own, somewhere that feels ‘real’ in an almost too-good-to-be-true way.

Seeing it through Millie’s eyes — and how her worldview presses up against stricter Amish, or law enforcement, or the modern, English side of Harvest’s community – and how all of it comes together, is a delight.

HONEYMOONS CAN BE HAZARDOUS is another wonderful mystery in a charming series.

Widowed matchmaker Millie Fisher is anything but lonely between her mischievous goats, her quilting circle—and her habit of solving the odd murder or two . . .

Millie’s decidedly not Amish best friend, Lois Henry, is outspoken, colorful, and so hopelessly romantic, she’s had four husbands. Millie doesn’t judge, and she also doesn’t expect to run into Lois’s most recent ex, gambler Gerome Moorhead, in small-town Harvest, Ohio. With him is the very young, new Mrs. Moorhead, aka “Honeybee.” Lois is outraged, but Millie is completely shocked to learn the next day that Gerome is already a widower . . .

When a large wood carving at the cozy Munich Chalet falls on “Honeybee,” all eyes turn toward Lois. Who else would want a tourist—a complete stranger—dead? And half of Harvest witnessed Lois’s enmity toward the young woman. Suddenly Millie must put aside her sewing needle and flex her sleuthing skills. She’s no stranger to a murder investigation, after all, and if she doesn’t learn who killed Honeybee, Lois could go from Millie’s boisterous best friend to her horrified prison penpal . . .

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


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