Author: Naomi Miller
Series: Amish Sweet Shop Mysteries #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: S&G Publishing
Publication Date: May 31, 2016
Description: In the small town of Abbott Creek, IL, Mystery is a part of everyday life.
Katie Chupp spends her days at The Sweet Shop, baking and taking care of customers . . . not exactly a profession where one expects to be thrown into the midst of mysteries and murder investigations.
But when the bakery is broken into, someone has to find the thief . . . someone has to solve the problem of where to do the baking, how to get the orders to customers - and what to do about the messy thief who is trying to ruin the town's Independence Day celebration.
I am a big fan of Amish themed cozy mysteries. Maybe its because I have travelled quite often to several of the predominately Amish communities in the Midwest, but whatever the reason, I enjoy finding new authors who write in this theme. This is not a full length cozy mystery, in fact it is a novella with just about 77 pages. However, don't let the fact that this is a novella stop you from giving this book and author a try.
The author has created a wonderful cast of characters, both Amish and English, that will draw the reader into the story. She has written a terrific story full of compassion, forgiveness and faith. Katie Chupp, our Amish protagonist, is sweet, warm hearted and compassionate. She doesn't set out to solve a mystery but she can't ignore evidence when it is found.
The mystery in this particular story is not like a typical cozy mystery. There is no murder to solve, rather what Katie finds when she opens the bakery is that someone has broken in and stolen all of the bake goods. She doesn't set out to discover the identity of thief but when she happens to accidentally discover evidence leading her to the identity of the thief her reaction is heartwarming. In fact, the way the entire cast of characters reacts to the identity of the thief and the circumstances leaves the reader with a feeling of simpler times when communities and neighbors knew one another and lent a hand.
This is a terrific debut short story from Naomi Miller. She has crafted a well written story with wonderful characters that captures the feelings of the Amish community and the longing perhaps for simpler times. I was completely delighted by this story and will be looking for the second book in the series.