March on Barton Farm can only mean one thing: maple sugar season. To combat the winter slump, resilient director Kelsey Cambridge organizes a Maple Sugar Festival, complete with school visits, pancake breakfasts, and tree tapping classes. Kelsey hires curmudgeonly maple sugar expert Dr. Conrad Beeson to teach the classes, despite misgivings over his unpleasant demeanor. It’s a decision she ends up regretting when, before the first tree can be tapped for sap, Dr. Beeson turns up dead.
The maple sugar expert’s death threatens to shut down not only the Maple Sugar Festival, but also Barton Farm itself. Kelsey must solve Dr. Beeson’s murder to escape the increasingly sticky situation.
The Final Tap by Amanda Flower
Series: A Living History Museum Mystery, #2
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Release Date: 5/8/16
Page Count: 288
This was my first introduction to reading Amanda Flower, and I must say, this book showcased superb writing, a very unique story line, a new twist on the typical cozy setting and characters you want to love and hate! The plot itself is well written and well developed. I was sucked into this story from the start, the whole setting of a maple sugar farm and the maple process was interesting and so fun to learn about. I must say I craved all things maple while reading this book! All of the characters are well-rounded and well-written, with dynamic relationships. Some of the relationships, like Kelsey’s and Chase is sweet and awe-inspiring, while on the flip side Kelsey’s ex and his girlfriend’s relationship with Kelsey is anger-inducing. Let’s just say I also didn’t see the end coming and I had no idea who to cast in the “whodunit” role! (A true pleasure when you are a cozy-addict, such as myself!) Overall, The Final Tap was a very unique read with interesting setting, superb writing, a very enjoyable story line and a whole cast of great characters! This book is a definite must read.
Amanda Flower, a two-time Agatha Award-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. She also writes mysteries as national bestselling author Isabella Alan. In addition to being an author, Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland. Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter
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