Kelsey Taps for Something Much Deadlier Than Sap 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 a tree-tapping class. She hires curmudgeonly maple sugar expert Dr. Conrad Beeson to teach the workshop, despite misgivings over his unpleasant demear. It's a decision Kelsey ends up regretting when, before the first tree can be tapped for sap, Dr. Beeson turns up dead. His death threatens to shut down t only the festival, but also Barton Farm itself. Kelsey has choice but to tap for the truth and solve the murder to escape an increasingly sticky situation. Praise: [Flower's] a prolific, and facile, author . . . In addition to interesting characters and a seamless plot, there's plenty of fascinating lore about the whole process of converting sugar-maple sap into the syrup that is so highly valued. --Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine A very entertaining murder mystery. --Suspense Magazine As series protagonists go, Kelsey's role as the director of a niche nprofit in rthern Ohio is certainly unusual, but Flower makes it appealing by focusing on a close-knit community of people who care about their work and each other. --Booklist
Amanda Flower (Tallmadge, OH) is an academic librarian and the Agatha Award-nominated author of Maid of Murder, the Appleseed Creek Mysteries, and the India Hayes Mysteries. She also writes the Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries under the name Isabella Alan.