The Final Tap

The Final Tap

eBook - 2016
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Kelsey Taps for Something Much Deadlier Than Sap

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 a tree-tapping class. She hires curmudgeonly maple sugar expert Dr. Conrad Beeson to teach the workshop, despite misgivings over his unpleasant demeanor. It's a decision Kelsey ends up regretting when, before the first tree can be tapped for sap, Dr. Beeson turns up dead. His death threatens to shut down not only the festival, but also Barton Farm itself. Kelsey has no choice but to tap for the truth and solve the murder to escape an increasingly sticky situation.


"[Flower's] a prolific, and facile, author...In addition to interesting characters and a seamless plot, there's plenty of fascinating lore about the whole process of converting sugar-maple sap into the syrup that is so highly valued."--Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

"A very entertaining murder mystery."--Suspense Magazine

"As series protagonists go, Kelsey's role as the director of a niche nonprofit in northern Ohio is certainly unusual, but Flower makes it appealing by focusing on a close-knit community of people who care about their work and each other."--Booklist

Published: Woodbury, Minnesota :, Midnight Ink,, [2016]
ISBN: 9780738748108
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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bibliosara Jul 18, 2018

The second in Flower's Living History Museum series, The Final Tap is one of only a few examples I can think of that proves that, sometimes, the second book of a series is better than the first. In this entry, we are immersed in the lush early spring/late winter landscape of Ohio. As someone who has never visited Ohio, I thought that Flower did an impressive job creating a setting that feels real - and near. This time around, Kelsey must handle the death of an esteemed instructor right before the big kickoff for her maple sugar festival. With the support of her quirky father and endearing friend(?) Chase, Kelsey sets off to find the killer - who may be exactly who she never thought it would be. Suspenseful, fun, with enough human interest to make the plot rich enough to sink your teeth into, this is a wonderful addition to Flower's repertoire.


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