Murder Freshly Baked, by Vannetta Chapman, is the third book in An Amish Village Mystery series, following Murder Simply Brewed and Murder Tightly Knit. While this book could easily stand alone, readers will certainly comprehend more of the story if they have read the other books in the series first.
This novel begins with the murder of Ryan Duvall during a race to raise funds for cancer research at the Amish Village. Amber Bowman, who manages the village, cannot believe that there have been three unrelated murders on the grounds in the past year. The story line then switches to a few months before the murder, when notes about poisoned pies began surfacing and Amber began to receive threatening emails. The poison poet, combined with the fact that Ryan Duvall is dating three Amish Village employees simultaneously, brings an enormous amount of stress to Amber and her friends.
I enjoyed this book very much. Like the first two, it held my attention throughout, even though I could pinpoint the culprit early on. I especially like the friendships between Amish and non-Amish characters, although that may not be very realistic. Also, the story line involving Preston and his PTSD, with the need for a service dog, added considerably to the story.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish Fiction or a good suspense novel.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.