Posted in 5 paws, Cozy, Giveaway, Monday, mystery, Review on May 16, 2016

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The Final Tap (A Living History Museum Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Midnight Ink (May 8, 2016)
Paperback: 288 pages


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.


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This is the second in a series about a farm that is used for historical reenactments and educating the town and tourists about the history of that part of Ohio.  This go around, it is tied to making maple syrup (interesting info if you didn’t know how it was made like me!) and the explanation is very educational.  I will never take maple syrup for granted again!

I have enjoyed this series so far, from the historical aspect, to the education side, and even how I am always surprised at who the killer turns out to be, it is never anyone I have least not yet.  There is even a little budding romance between Kelsey and Chase; however, there is an added twist with her ex Eddie and his fiancee, Krissie and their upcoming nuptials.  We also learn a bit more about the custody agreement dispute between the two and how it really came into being.  And let’s just say there are some surprises at the end that have me very curious about how the situation will be resolved in the next book.

This is a series worth picking up and reading and we give it 5 paws up!


About This Author

Amanda FlowersAmanda 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.

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