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Amish series return

A cozy mystery set in Amish Country and an Amish romance transports readers to a simpler life!

First is Agatha award-winning author Amanda Flower’s second in her Amish Candy Shop series, “Lethal Licorice” (Kensington, $7.99.)

Bailey is still working at her grandparents’ candy shop after giving up her life in New York city for a small town in Ohio. She has decided to honor her late grandfather by entering the annual Amish Confectionery Competition in his place. Not only are a few of the candy-makers upset that non-Amish Bailey is entering, but things turn deadly when one of the contestants ends up dead by an allergic reaction to licorice. The suspects list is large, including the dead woman’s niece and, of course, Bailey. But this has to be solved before the contest ends and everyone leaves. Will Bailey win the competition and clear her name?

This is a funny mystery series with a familiar setting (it takes place in a fictional town in Ohio’s Amish Country) and a cast of great characters. Cozy mystery fans with enjoy Bailey’s misadventures.

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New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray brings another story in her Amish of Hart County series with “His Risk” (Avon Inspire, $12.99.)

Calvin never thought he’d come back to his community after leaving at age 14. But with his brother sick, he is needed and doesn’t want to let down his family. Once back, he meets Alice, a local nursery school teacher, and is immediately captivated. Alice doesn’t want to like the former Amish man, especially since it looks like he may be involved with some shady activity, especially when the sinister West shows up in town, looking for Calvin. But she can’t help but be drawn to him. Meanwhile, her friend, Irene, seems to be drawn to West, and may even be bringing out a different side to him. When some deadly activity starts happening in the small town, who is to blame? And will Alice and Irene be in the middle of danger?

With endearing characters, and even some unexpected characters to like, fans of Gray will enjoy this latest in the series.

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Contact Amy Phelps at aphelps@newsandsentinel.com

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