Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Final Tap (Living History Museum, #2) by Amanda Flower

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 The Author

Amanda Flower, an Agatha-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. Her debut mystery, Maid of Murder, was an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel. Amanda is an adult services librarian for a public library near Cleveland. She also writes mysteries as USA Today bestselling author Isabella Alan.


My Review

The Final Tap is the second book in the living history museum mystery series, and can be read as a stand-alone book, there are enough references to the previous book The Final Reveille.
Kelsey Cambridge is in charge of the Barton Farm, and all of its events, including the big maple syrup festival, including the big pancake breakfast, and lots of school tours.
When the head instructor ends of dead, the farm seems to be in jeopardy of loosing it funding. So many people depend on Cassie, and she believes in them as much as they do here.
There is a bit of romance here, if Cassie is willing, and we find some people begin to show their true colors, like we rather expected they would.
What a real surprise to find out whom the real murderer is, I never guess. You’re in for a real treat, and if you enjoy good mysteries, this is for you!
I received this book though the Publisher Midnight Ink, and was not required to give a positive review.

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