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Lemon Drop Dead–love for a child

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Lemon Drop Dead

by Amanda Flower

Although she still films her TV series “Bailey’s Amish Sweets” in New York City, Bailey is currently back in Harvest, Ohio, where she helps her grandmother operate the local candy shop, Swissmen Sweets. One of the shop assistants, Emily Keim, was taken under Bailey’s wing when her hateful sister and brother kicked her out of their pretzel shop business and home. Now Emily is married to a wonderful Amish man who knows that when she was young she had a baby out of wedlock and gave it up for adoption.

When an Amish woman, a stranger, shows up at the town’s baby shower for Emily and then is found dead in the pretzel shop, the little tourist town of Harvest is turned upside down. Everyone knows Bailey will investigate. The search for the killer turns personal as Bailey has a sweet, deaf, six year old girl, Hannah, thrust on her. Jethro the polka-dotted, pot-bellied pig saves the day as he comforts and amuses the child in the midst of the chaotic situation. Bailey is horrified by the insensitive, rude comments made about the child as if she is somehow “less than” because she can’t hear. The Amish do not like government interactions, but the social worker must get involved because of various laws to ensure the welfare of the child. Thankfully, she does try to be sensitive to the Amish culture and to not disrupt the child’s life any more than it already has been.

Along the way, Bailey encounters both Englisch and Amish who are breaking laws and hurting others. There are lots of threads and themes: Amish harness racing in carts, gambling, unwed mothers, adoption, deafness, generosity, paternal responsibility, and love of all types. There are developments in the relationship of Deputy Little and Bailey’s cousin Charlotte as she wrestles with whether to remain Amish or not. Bailey’s boyfriend Aiden has to decide whether to remain in a frustrating job in Harvest’s sheriff’s office or accept a position that is an advancement but would take him away from Harvest…and Bailey.

Lemon Drop Dead is a good story. Both the plot and characters pull the reader in. The reveal of the murderer is surprising. I am looking forward to my next visit to Harvest. Lois, who is a hoot in the Amish Matchmaker series which is also set in Harvest, surprises everyone in this book with her knowledge of sign language. She is sweet and supportive. I learned more about Amish customs, but the biggest surprise for me was finding Amish young men competing at the race track in special carts designed for that purpose and utilizing bicycle tires. Who knew?

I would like to extend my thanks to NetGalley and to Kensington Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Mystery

Notes: 1. #6 in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery Series. It can be enjoyed as a standalone, but the whole series is good. Some of the books have more humor, but this one does deal with some serious issues so is a little less lighthearted.
2. Clean and wholesome read.
3. Recipe for Lemon Drops included.

Publication: April 27, 2021—Kensington

Memorable Lines:

Gott gives each and every one of us gifts. Each is different. Each is special. It is up to you what you do with them.”

For her and my grandfather to be proud of me was all I’d ever wanted. I’d thought for a very long time that I had to earn that pride by becoming the top chocolatier in New York City. I had since learned my grandparents were prouder of me when I cared for others.

I winced. Hollywood was harsh if it was even asking pigs to lose weight.


  1. I haven’t read this book yet. A good review

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  2. Gretchen says:

    This series has been on my TBR for a while. I need to get started! Nice review, Linda.

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    • lghiggins says:

      I like it, especially the humor and the quirky characters. She doesn’t play a major role in this book, but Aiden’s mother is something else–always accompanied by her potbellied pig and often coordinating with Jethro’s polka dots.


  3. WendyW says:

    I’ve heard so many great things about Amanda Flowers and her cozy mysteries. I’ll have to read one of her books soon. Wonderful review, Linda.

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    • lghiggins says:

      Each series has its own focus and strengths and is different from the others. I have read all but one series, which sounds too paranormal for me, and I have enjoyed them all.


  4. Sounds like all kind of things are going on! A pot bellied pig, interesting characters, Amish culture…I’m putting it on my list, thanks Linda!

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  5. Cozynookbks says:

    Thanks for reviewing, Linda. I need to try more cozies by this author. Sounds like an interesting story for a cozy mystery. I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

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  6. Carla says:

    Great review, Linda. I thought this was one of the best in the series. The quotes you selected were great, it really highlights what is important about this series. I am hoping to read the next one soon, but it doesn’t come out until August.

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