Great Book Releases on the last day of the year!
The Moonshiner’s Daughter by Donna Everhart debuts today!
Sealed Off by Barbara Ross debuts today!
The Beautiful Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn debuts today!
Matchmaking Can Be Murder by Amanda Flower debuts today!
And do not forget Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison which came out yesterday!
Our last day of the year for reviews. But don’t worry because January starts out with a Bang!
An Amish Matchmaker Mystery #1
A brand new series from Amanda Flower! And if you enjoy a little bit of crossover in your cozy series, this is the one for you!
Our main character, Millie, lives in Harvest, where the author’s Candy Shop Series is set, so you’ll see a few familiar faces.
Millie is a widow who has recently moved back to her childhood home in Harvest, Ohio. She is a quiltmaker and also a matchmaker. She’s quite good at knowing which person should be with the other.
The one person who she really wants to help is her niece, Edith. Edith is a widow with small children and a huge greenhouse business. Edith is engaged to Zeke, who is not a likable fellow and may have ulterior motives for wooing Edith.
When Edith tells Millie she has decided to not marry Zeke, Millie is thrilled. Everyone else? Not so much. So when Zeke turns up dead in the greenhouse Millie is sure Edith will be a suspect. Edith isn’t going to prison on her watch! But will poking around needle the wrong person?
I have read a few Amish Cozy Mysteries and these are different. The characters are flawed and very funny! Is there such a thing as an Amish Romantic Comedy/Mystery? It seems there is and this is it!
Looking forward to more of Millie!
NetGalley/ December 31st, 2019 by Kensington
A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery
The success of Magdalena Yoder’s new Amish-Asian restaurant is threatened by murder in the deliciously quirky new Pennsylvania-Dutch mystery.
A murder mystery with an Amish/Mennonite theme.
Magdalena Yoder is Mennonite and married to a Jew. Her mother-in-law is a piece of work and lives across the street with the other members of her apathy cult.
A woman who almost killed her is now in prison and has split her restaurant between her daughter and Magdalena, with Mags getting the 60% share. Between the daughter and Magdalena, they come up with an Asian Amish combo they call Asian Sensations.
Hiring Barbara Hostetler was a genius as she is a wonderful cook and baker. And soon enough we have a recent patron dropping dead.
Now Magdalena is being arrested for a murder she did not commit. Who is setting her up?
I almost stopped a quarter of the way in because I wasn’t sure if this was satire or sarcasm. I couldn’t pronounce the names of anyone and I just did not care for the main character. I wasn’t sure if she was making fun of the people or if she just had a sarcastic tongue, which doesn’t really add up with the Amish.
It was less than okay, but you can read it yourself and let me know!
NetGalley/Severn House December 3rd, 2019