An Amish sweets contest is interrupted when a bitter rivalry turns deadly in this cozy mystery by the Agatha Award-winning author of Criminally Cocoa.
Harvest, Ohio, is a long way from New York City, where Bailey King left a coveted job as a chocolatier to take over Swissmen Sweets, her grandparents’ Amish candy shop. She wants to honor her grandfather’s memory, but she may be biting off more than she can chew when she enters the annual Amish Confectionery Competition. Between cooking up lavender blueberry fudge and chocolate cherry ganache truffles, Bailey’s search for a missing pot-bellied pig leads her to a dead body.
Josephine Weaver, an Amish candy maker who wanted Bailey disqualified for being an Englischer, died from a licorice allergy. Now Bailey finds herself topping the list of murder suspects, along with Josephine’s niece, a young woman going through her rumspringa. Now it falls to Bailey, who’s sweet on the local sheriff’s deputy, to clear both their names and catch a killer with a cast-iron stomach for cold-blooded murder…
Lethal Licorice is the third book I have read in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series (but not in order). I am thoroughly enjoying the rich characters in each book. The candy-making competition in this one added a new level of fun. We all have a competitive streak sometimes, but most are unwilling to commit murder to win!