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Kappy King and the pie kaper / Amy Lillard.

By: Lillard, Amy.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Publisher: New York, New York : Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2019]Description: 229 pages ; 21 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1420143018; 9781420143010.Other title: Kappy King and the pie caper.Subject(s): Amish -- Fiction | Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction | Dog breeders -- Crimes against -- Fiction | Contests -- Fiction | Pennsylvania -- FictionGenre/Form: Christian fiction. | Detective and mystery fiction.DDC classification: 813/.6 Summary: Kappy King, a member of a middle-of-the-road Amish denomination in Blue Sky, Pa., learns that Alma Miller, the bishop's wife, has been hospitalized after being found bludgeoned and unconscious on the floor of her home. The only clue to the identity of her assailant is a cryptic message Alma managed to write on the floor in flour: "Nine babies. ME blue." Kappy, along with her non-Amish friend Edie Peachey, play amateur detective, focusing on the theory that the assault was motivated by the victim's skill at pie baking. The attack came shortly before the next scheduled local pie-making contest, which gains even more attention when word arrives that a representative of the national Mrs. O'Malley's Pies chain is planning to attend.
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When an "accident" puts beloved bishop's wife Alma Ebersol in a coma, many in Blue Sky are quick to blame struggling widow Frannie Lehman. Both women are the best bakers around, but for years Alma's boysenberry pies have been more award-winning-and profitable-than Frannie's. And with Alma out of this fall's county festival, Frannie's pie finally wins first prize. But when Alma dies and Frannie's children fall victim to gossip and bullying, Kappy is determined to uncover the real truth.

Soon Kappy and her outcast friend Edie have their hands full of odd clues. What do Alma's strange last words mean? Why would someone break into her house just to steal a quilt? Who is the mysterious new piemaker in town-and why is she still in Blue Sky after losing the festival competition? When long-buried family secrets and contested legacies start getting into the mix, Kappy and Edie must work fast before another victim gets a deadly pie in the face . . .

Kappy King, a member of a middle-of-the-road Amish denomination in Blue Sky, Pa., learns that Alma Miller, the bishop's wife, has been hospitalized after being found bludgeoned and unconscious on the floor of her home. The only clue to the identity of her assailant is a cryptic message Alma managed to write on the floor in flour: "Nine babies. ME blue." Kappy, along with her non-Amish friend Edie Peachey, play amateur detective, focusing on the theory that the assault was motivated by the victim's skill at pie baking. The attack came shortly before the next scheduled local pie-making contest, which gains even more attention when word arrives that a representative of the national Mrs. O'Malley's Pies chain is planning to attend.

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Publishers Weekly Review

In Lillard's unremarkable third Amish mystery (after 2018's Kappy King and the Pickle Kaper), Kappy King, a member of a middle-of-the-road Amish denomination in Blue Sky, Pa., learns that Alma Miller, the bishop's wife, has been hospitalized after being found bludgeoned and unconscious on the floor of her home. The only clue to the identity of her assailant is a cryptic message Alma managed to write on the floor in flour: "Nine babies. ME blue." Kappy, along with her non-Amish friend Edie Peachey, play amateur detective, focusing on the theory that the assault was motivated by the victim's skill at pie baking. The attack came shortly before the next scheduled local pie-making contest, which gains even more attention when word arrives that a representative of the national Mrs. O'Malley's Pies chain is planning to attend. Some pleasant light touches include Kappy persuading herself that Amish rules don't specifically proscribe "solving a murder mystery on a Sunday," but this cozy is best suited to readers willing to overlook implausible developments. Agent: Mary Sue Seymour, Seymour Agency. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Book Review

Two wildly different ladies are challenged by yet another death in the Amish community of Blue Sky.Since Kappy King and her best friend, Edie Peachy, have already solved several murders (Kappy King and the Pickle Kaper, 2018, etc.), police officer Jack Jones isn't surprised when they stick their noses into a new tragedy. Many rumors abound about why Alma Miller is in the hospital in a coma, but Kappy knows more than most because Jack's asked her for help in deciphering some words written in flour on Alma's kitchen floor. Jack thinks these words may be in Pennsylvania Dutch, but Kappy says that they're in English rendered obscure by Alma's bad penmanship. Even so, she finds it hard to make sense of what appear to be the words "nine babies" and "ME blue." Edie, who's been banned by the community for going over to the English world, is attracted to Jack, who's especially good with her younger brother, Jimmy, a hard worker with Down syndrome who loves animals and helps Edie continue their murdered mother's beagle-breeding business. Alma was well-liked, but many were jealous of her prizewinning piesespecially Frannie Lehman, who's tired of finishing second. Since none of the Amish will talk to Edie, Kappy must ask all the questions as they dig into Alma's background looking for clues to the cryptic message she left. Jack thinks Frannie is the best bet, especially after he learns that the only things missing from Alma's home are a quilt and her recipe box. This year's pie contest involves high stakes: One of the judges who represents Mrs. O'Malley's Pies may want to purchase the recipe for the winning boysenberry pie. Insider knowledge and long memories will help Kappy and Edie solve the crime.Experienced readers will have little trouble solving the mystery, but the likable characters and Edie's slow progress in re-embracing her Amish side will keep fans coming back for more. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.