Friday, May 20, 2016

BOOK TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: The Final Tap (Living History Museum #2) by Amanda Flower

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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
ISBN-13: 978-0738745138

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Synopsis: 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.
Review: I love the concept of a series set on a living history museum. Add the fact that it's a reconstructed farm in Ohio, my home state, and written by an Ohio author, and it can't miss!

I enjoyed the Civil War era history that was included throughout the story, and would love to visit an actual place like this some day. The mystery part of the book is also very well presented. There is plenty of action throughout the story, and the reveal is a complete surprise.

Kelsey's personal life is also a part of this story. She shares custody of her son with her ex, and he's making noise about changing the custody agreement due to Kelsey's blossoming romance. Rather hypocritical, if you ask me, since he left Kelsey for another woman and is engaged to be married. I look forward to seeing how this all plays out in the future.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**
Rating: Four stars

About the author
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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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kim hansen said...

You write good one's.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great read.

diannekc said...

I enjoy Amanda Flower's books and looking forward to reading "Final Tap".

diannekc said...

I enjoy Amanda Flower's books and looking forward to reading "Final Tap".