As the curator of a living history museum, Kelsey Cambridge is always looking for new and exciting ways to bring in visitors. Now, as winter slowly begins to give way to spring in Ohio, she’s drawing people in with the lure of fresh maple syrup. Unfortunately, the expert Kelsey hired to lead interactive and informative workshops and historical lessons isn’t quite as easy to work with as she hoped. He balks at the historical equipment and fumes at the colder-than-ideal temperatures that might slow the flow of maple syrup. Kelsey might find the man exasperating, but she is stunned to find him dying with a hand drill protruding from his chest. After the events of the recent past, Kelsey is devastated to be dealing with another death at her beloved museum.
Author Amanda Flower taps into the perfect combination of history and modernity, as well as personal drama and professional character. I enjoy the escape her writing provides. We have a living history museum here in Wisconsin, one that I am always enamored of, but never seem to spend enough time visiting, so reading this series feels indulgent. Amanda Flower has a wonderful way of setting the scene and pulling her readers into the story. All of the little touches are there – workplace dramas and friendships, the hint of romance, family dynamics, and some furry friends for good measure.
The Final Tap has it all – story, characters, setting, and intrigue. A great addition to this cozy mystery series.
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.
About This Author
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.
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