Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper

Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper

by Amy Lillard

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Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper by Amy Lillard

Content to be unmarried and plain-spoken, Kathryn “Kappy” King is an odd-woman-out in the Amish community of Blue Sky, Pennsylvania. But she’s skilled at making the special kapps local women need to cover their hair. And she might be the only one who can unearth the danger hiding in this peaceful valley . . .

When Kappy's neighbor, Ruth Peachey, turns up dead in her yard, everyone in Blue Sky believes it’s a tragic accident. Until the Englisch police find the gentle dog breeder was deliberately struck down—and arrest her mentally-challenged son, Jimmy, for the crime . . .

Jimmy’s sister, Edie, returns to Blue Sky clear his name, yet no one will speak to a shunned former Amish woman, much less give her information. Determined to help, Kappy starts digging for the truth among her seemingly-innocent neighbors. But suddenly a series of suspicious “accidents” threatens Edie and the Peachey farm—property Edie is determined to protect for her brother’s future.

Now, as danger looms large in the small community, Kappy must bait a trap for a killer snapping hard at her heels. And Edie must decide whether to make a home once more in the town she thought she’d left behind . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420142976
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 12/26/2017
Series: Amish Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 406,000
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Amy Lillard is an award-winning author of over forty novels and novellas ranging from Amish romance and mysteries to contemporary and historical romance. Since receiving a Carol Award for her debut novel, Saving Gideon (2012), she has become known for writing sweet stories filled with family values, honest characters, a hometown feel and close-knit communities. She is a member of RWA, ACFW, NINC, and the Author’s Guild. Born and bred in Mississippi, she now lives with her husband and son in Oklahoma. Please visit her online at www.AmyWritesRomance.com.

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CHAPTER 1

Kappy King took one look at her front door and promptly marched back down the porch steps to her buggy. She didn't even bother to take the new bolt of sheer white organdy into the house. She tossed it onto the seat next to her and climbed in. Thankfully, she hadn't unhooked the mare when she arrived back at the house. Heaven only knew why. Maybe the Good Lord was directing her footsteps and He knew she would be needing the carriage sooner than she thought.

Sooner, indeed. This needed to be taken care of and fast. There was only one person she knew in the valley who would have the audacity to paint her front door blue without permission and that person was her across-the-road neighbor Jimmy Peachey.

She clicked the horse into motion and took a deep breath to calm her raging emotions.

Audacity wasn't the right word. Clueless innocence, misguided helpfulness, unwanted good intentions. All these described Jimmy and more.

He was as sweet as pie, stubborn as a mule, and cute as a button on a shirt. He was wily in his own way, despite the fact that he had Down syndrome. Kappy didn't know much about the ailment, only that it made Jimmy look a little different from other folks and act a little slower as well. But that didn't mean he wasn't smart. He was too smart by far, but in ways different from everyone around him.

And it had started off to be such a nice day, too.

The Peacheys weren't her closest neighbors, but they only lived less than a quarter of a mile from Kappy. Normally, she would have marched over there on foot, but since she had just returned from the bulk goods store and her horse was still hitched to her buggy, this way was much faster.

The tall stalks of corn rustled as she drove across the main road to the driveway on the other side. Mountains framed both edges of the valley as the clouds created shadows across the green. Blue Sky was one of five boroughs nestled between Stone Mountain and Jacks Mountain. The entire area was around thirty miles long, but only four miles wide. And most all of that was farmland: wheat, corn, and more. She supposed if she had walked it wouldn't have taken any time at all to get to Jimmy and Ruth's, but this way was much more acceptable. Even if she was coming to find out exactly why Jimmy had felt the need to add color to her door.

She shook her head. She knew why he had done it. She just didn't know why he had done it.

It was a common misconception that a blue-painted door in the valley meant a girl of marriage age and availability lived there. She supposed since she and Hiram Lapp had called off the wedding she was technically available, but she had already settled herself to being an old maid. Everyone in the valley thought she was odd anyway. Why not add old maid to the list?

The Peachey house seemed strangely quiet as she pulled up the drive. Cornstalks surrounded them on each side, land that belonged to Ruth and had been leased since the year Amos Peachey had passed. Ruth was nothing if not a shrewd businesswoman. But necessity had made her that way.

How long had it been now since Amos had died? Twenty years? Kappy couldn't remember. A long time ago, at any rate. Her family had been alive then and Ruth's daughter, Edith, had still been in the valley. Maybe fifteen. Jah, closer to fifteen, since Jimmy hadn't yet started school.

Kappy pulled her horse to a stop and set the brake on the buggy. She could hear the dogs barking from the barn as if on the hunt for something sinister. She shook her head at herself and got out of the buggy. She really needed to quit reading those detective novels. But they were just so interesting. She had never been anyplace but Kishacoquillas Valley, Pennsylvania. And she would probably never go anyplace else. But she could live a little through books. As long as the bishop never found out. She was certain Samuel Miller would not approve of a pipe-smoking Englishman who solved mysteries with the help of his good friend Watson.

Once again, Kappy was overcome with the sense of quietness. No, that wasn't right. It was more of a stillness, an expectancy, as if the farm were holding its breath, waiting for something else to happen.

She shook the thought away. That was ridiculous. Something else couldn't happen because the first something hadn't even happened yet. But as soon as she found Jimmy it would. And once she left he would know with great certainty that she did not need nor did she want her door painted blue.

"Silly tradition," she muttered as she stalked up the porch steps. Whoever came up with such a notion should be hauled before the church. Maybe even hauled into jail. It was just plain silly. Yet now that her door had been painted, she could only hope that not many people saw it or she would be the laughingstock of the community before church on Sunday.

Not that it would be the first time.

She ignored the quiet that didn't really exist, and the noise of thirty or so barking dogs, and knocked on the front door. She shifted from foot to foot waiting on someone, most likely Ruth, to come to the door.

She knocked again, uncomfortable just walking in as most of her neighbors were prone to do. No one walked into her house uninvited and she couldn't see doing the same. If that made her an odd duck, then so be it.

No answer. Surely, someone knew she was there. How could they not with the dogs barking like crazy? Unless no one was home.

Kappy took a step back and eyed the door thoughtfully, as if the little bit of distance would provide some answers.

The paint on her door had still been tacky to the touch when she had pulled up to her house, which meant it hadn't been long since Jimmy had left. But how long? And had Ruth allowed him to cross the street by himself? She didn't think so.

The noise of the dogs grew louder, as if they had found another reason to bark. What was going on over there? She had been over to the Peacheys' plenty of times, and never had she heard the dogs acting like this. With one last look at the door — the nice, plain, white door — she skipped down the porch steps and around the back of the house.

Like her house, the Peachey place was a two-story white structure with a large barn off to one side. An open hay barn sat a little farther back, but now it held the yellow-topped buggy that belonged to Ruth Peachey. But that would mean ...

Ruth was somewhere in the house or the barn. And since there was no answer at the house ...

Kappy started across the side yard to the barn, a red jewel shining in the sun.

She stopped for a moment, thinking she'd heard something, then she shrugged it off and continued across the yard.

The barks grew louder with each step she took, and for a moment Kappy wondered if Ruth had gotten some new stock, dogs that weren't familiar with the noises of the valley.

It wasn't like they were friends or anything, she and Ruth. Just friendly-enough neighbors. Truth was, Kappy wasn't friends with many people in Blue Sky, but was that any fault of hers? Not in the least. She couldn't help what people thought of her. She couldn't control if someone believed she was a bit on the peculiar side. The Good Lord knew what was in her heart and that was all that mattered. Wasn't it?

Kappy resisted the urge to cover her ears as she stepped into the barn. The barks were almost deafening. Yet amid the woofs and howls, she thought she heard another noise, this one distinctively human. "Ruth?" she called.

Not a reserved person, she surprised herself by easing cautiously forward. "Ruth?" Still no answer.

Light filtered through from the other side of the barn. The door was open, but Ruth's horse was nowhere to be seen, most likely put out to pasture for the afternoon.

"Hush!" she hollered toward the large pen containing Ruth Peachey's prized beagle pups. They were so loud she could barely hear herself think! The dogs quieted for a moment, then started back up again.

Kappy shook her head, then rounded the corner that led to the pasture. She stopped short.

Jimmy Peachey stood there, his feet nearly buried in the hay. Tears ran down his reddened cheeks. He twisted his hands in his straw hat, crushing it as he sobbed.

"I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I'm sorry," he chanted as he rocked back and forth.

His mother lay prone at his feet.

Kappy rushed forward. Jimmy didn't move, didn't stop chanting, as she knelt beside the woman. Ruth's storm-gray eyes stared unblinkingly at the rafters overhead.

The dogs continued to bark, blocking out all thoughts. Kappy moved by instinct, holding a hand under Ruth's nose to see if she was still breathing. No warm breath brushed her fingertips, and she saw no rise and fall of Ruth's chest. No movement of any kind.

Just the dogs barking and Jimmy chanting and rocking back and forth. Back and forth.

Kappy checked the woman's breathing once more, unwilling to accept her first answer. But there was no breath. And that could only mean one thing.

Ruth Peachey was dead.

CHAPTER 2

Kappy was on her feet in a heartbeat. "Jimmy, what happened?"

He shook his head, tears still streaming. "I'm sorry. So sorry."

"Where's the phone?"

Somehow he managed to pull himself together enough to point toward the front of the barn. She rushed into the tack room where Ruth had set up an office for her breeding business. Binders, ledgers, notebooks filled the shelves, but Kappy only had eyes for the phone sitting on the desk. The light on the answering machine blinked red, signaling that there was an unheard message. She grabbed the receiver and dialed.

"Nine-one-one, what's your emergency?"

"Come quick," Kappy said. "It's my neighbor. I think she's dead."

*
By the time the ambulance and the police arrived, Jimmy had stopped crying. Kappy threw a handful of treats into the dog pen, but it took the pups only a couple of seconds to devour the kibble and they were back to barking once again. She supposed it couldn't be helped. That was what dogs did. They barked, and beagles were the worst.

"Miss?"

Kappy whirled around, coming eye-to-shirt-buttons with the tallest man she had ever seen. Or maybe it was his swarthy appearance that made him appear so ... big. She craned her neck back to look into his dark eyes.

"Are you Kathryn King?"

"Jah." Though no one had called her that in years.

"Miss King, I'd like to talk to you for a moment."

She nodded, though she wasn't sure why anyone had called the police to begin with. It wasn't like there had been a crime committed. Ruth had fallen and hit her head. Maybe she'd even had a heart attack first. After all, everyone in the valley knew that she had a bad heart. They'd needed an ambulance, not the deputies.

"I'm told you were the first one on the scene, is that correct?" He held a small plastic-looking stick over his cellphone.

"I guess. I mean, Jimmy was here."

He was taking notes, scribbling with the plastic stick on the screen. "Jimmy Peachey, right? Her son?"

"Jah. That's right."

"Did you see anything else?"

"Just Ruth." Kappy shuddered. She was certain she wouldn't be able to close her eyes tonight without seeing Ruth's unblinking stare.

"No one else was on the premises?"

"No. Why?"

He looked up from the tiny hand-held screen and gave her an indulgent smile. "No reason."

She nodded. "Jah. Fine, then." She moved past him, but stopped as he spoke again.

"Just don't go leaving the county for a while."

Just like the Englisch, making more out of something than need be. She waved him away with one hand and continued toward Jimmy.

Someone had given him a bottle of water. He cradled it in his hands, only half of it gone. Around his neck he wore a device Kappy knew would alert an ambulance or the police in case of an emergency. She wondered if perhaps they could have saved Ruth's life had they thought to use it to summon help.

No sense looking backward. God's plan was already in motion.

"Are you okay, Jimmy?" she asked.

He shifted, rocking back and forth as she had seen him do so often. But only when he was upset about something. His head was bowed and she wondered if perhaps he was praying. Right now praying sounded like a fine idea.

He squeezed the bottle, the plastic making crinkling protests as it took its former shape once again. He squeezed. Crinkle. Squeeze. Crinkle.

"Jimmy?"

"Jah?" He looked up as if only then realizing that she was there.

"Are you going to be okay?"

His red-rimmed eyes filled with tears. "My mamm is gone."

Kappy reached out to pat him on the arm, but stopped herself when she remembered that he didn't like to be touched. Her hand dropped back to her side. "Are you going to be all right here by yourself?" Was he even capable of staying on his own? She had no idea.

"I don't want to be alone."

"Is there someone we can ask to stay with you?" The only family she knew he had was a wayward sister.

He shook his head as the bishop pulled up. He was a heavy man with a large round belly that stretched the limits of the buttons on his sky-blue shirt. As was their tradition, he wore one black suspender diagonally across his chest, a necessary accessory as well to keep up his low-slung black trousers. He climbed down from his buggy and started marching over to where they stood. Well, as much as a man of his girth could march. He got halfway across the yard before one of the deputies stopped him.

The two men talked for a moment, but Kappy didn't hear what was said. There were too many people, too many dogs still barking. Now she knew what had them all agitated. Someone strange had come onto the property, and that person had killed Ruth Peachey.

The bishop nodded to the tall deputy, shook his hand, then wobbled over to where Kappy and Jimmy stood.

"Jimmy." Samuel Miller nodded in Jimmy's direction, then to Kappy. "This is a sad day. A sad day indeed."

Jimmy's tears spilled down his cheeks. "My mamm is gone."

Samuel's lips pressed together and he nodded, his gray-streaked beard billowing in the wind. "I know, Jimmy."

"I don't know what I'm going to do," Jimmy wailed.

As far as Kappy knew, Jimmy was at least twenty. He was old enough that he had bowed to his knees and joined the church, but he had never lived anyplace other than the home that sat behind them.

"Don't worry, Jimmy. The church will take care of you." She murmured the words, not really absorbing their meaning; they were just something she had been told her entire life. Had the church taken care of her after her parents' death? She supposed they had.

"You'll need to take care of him, Kappy."

"Me?" She looked from the bishop back to the crying young man. What was she supposed to do with him?

"Jah," the bishop said. "Spend the night here so he doesn't have to be alone."

"But —" Kappy protested. "I have a business to run."

Which was true. Because she was the only kapp maker in the valley, all the women came to her for their head coverings. She needed to be at her house in case someone came by to purchase a new kapp. Well, maybe not in case they wanted to buy a kapp, but how was she going to sell kapps if she wasn't home making them?

"Then let him stay at your house."

"My house?" Her voice was strangely akin to the squeak of a mouse.

The bishop shrugged. "You have plenty of room."

It was true, but she still wanted to protest, to tell the bishop no, but she knew — no one told Samuel Miller no. And someone had taken her in. Her maiden aunt had, just after Kappy turned ten.

"Samuel —" she started, but he interrupted before she could say anything more.

"My wife has gone to her sister's in Lancaster. When she gets back, Alma can help. Until then, you need to rise to your Christian duty."

She couldn't take total responsibility for Jimmy. She wouldn't. But perhaps it was time to give back.

"Jah. Okay. Fine." She tried to make her voice sound gracious and caring, but she was afraid it just came out annoyed. If the bishop noticed, he didn't comment.

"You hear that, Jimmy? Kappy is going to let you stay with her for a while."

A while? Maybe she should have asked when Alma was due back.

Kappy was accustomed to being on her own. "A while" sounded way too long for her comfort.

Jimmy looked up, something akin to horror on his face. "Stay with her? You mean at her house?" He started shaking his head even before he stopped speaking. "Nono-no-no-no-no."

(Continues…)



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Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well-written, and a new and humorous twist on the Amish mystery.
Virginiaw 8 months ago
This is an Amish mystery and I loved it. It is so much fun. I loved Kappy and Edie. They work so well together. I had a lot of laughs throughout and did not want to put the book down. I am looking forward to the next book and hope there will be as much fun in it also. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
ganderson523 8 months ago
What a delightful and fun book! I enjoy books with the Amish interacting with Englischers and this one was especially entertaining. An unusual relationship develops between Kathryn "Kappy" and Edie Peachey when Edie has to return upon the death of her mother. Edie left the Amish when she was younger because she wanted a different life. Now, she is under the Bann because she left the Amish faith and is ignored by all the Amish people. Her mother, Ruth, has been raising Beagle puppies to sell and they have lots of other animals that her special needs brother, Jimmy, takes care of. Kappy, a neighbor and local kapp maker for the Amish, discovered Ruth's body in her barn with Jimmy standing over her. The local sheriff's office arrest Jimmy because they feel that the evidence points to him as Ruth's killer but everyone knows that Jimmy would never do that. An unlikely friendship develops between Kappy and Edie as they set out to find out who really killed Ruth so that Jimmy will be released. What a funny time to watch the two of different cultures try to understand each other, especially Kappy understanding the Englisch culture. While Edie was raised Amish, she has been away awhile so she is familiar with both cultures. Kappy is "odd" to the other Amish and spends most of her time alone, not socializing other than church. This is a fun book to read and who can resist a story of precious brown eyed, floppy eared Beagle pups, one of my favorite breeds. The characters are well developed and interesting with a mystery that keeps the pages turning to figure out who in the pool of suspects is guilty. There is a little romance simmering in the background.
faithsnana 12 months ago
Ruth Peachey and her son Jimmy bred Beagles and had chickens, rabbits and gerbils. Jimmy had Down syndrome and he loved caring for the animals. He had been to Kappy’s (Kathryn) to do something nice for her (in his mind anyway). Upon arriving home with the material, she needed to make Kapp’s for the women of the district, Kappy saw the “surprise”. She knew right away it had been Jimmy and, even though they lived close enough to walk, she had not unhitched her horse so she drove the buggy over to have a talk with him. That’s when she found them. Ruth lying dead on the barn floor and Jimmy standing over her repeatedly saying he was sorry. Jimmy’s sister, Edie, had left the Amish and was under the Bann. That didn’t matter to Kappy at the present, someone had to take care of Jimmy and the animals. Amy Lilliard writes another story that you don’t want to put down. While this is a mystery, Ms Lilliard also adds humor to the story. Read about the police putting Jimmy in jail and Kappy teaming up with Edie to prove his innocence. Read about the clues they thought they found. Detective Jack Jones was assigned to the case and Edie sure gave him a hard time. I can’t wait to catch up with these characters again in Kappy King and the Pickle Kaper!!
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
This was a fun, cozy mystery full of some very quirky characters! Witty dialogue, a character with down syndrome, and two women who don’t fit in with the other members of the Amish community make this a romp of a mystery story that is unlike any other that I have read. “True dat!” – If you read this book, you will know why that phrase had me laughing out loud! If you are a fan of cozy mysteries, this would be a good, lighthearted read. There was not a heavy romance thread throughout. The author leaves the possibility of romance open for these characters, yet the focus was on the developing friendship and exploits of Kappy and Edie. I enjoyed this unique tale. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Mar-J More than 1 year ago
This was a fun and witty book to read with some intense moments to pure laughter. Kappy found herself caught in the middle of wanting to sew her kapps but she wanted to assist Edie, her neighbor’s shunned daughter, to find out who had killed her and Jimmy’s mother. When lovable mentally-challenged Jimmy was arrested they were off on a run with clues that went no where. Jimmy knew how to care for all the dogs, something Edie and Kappy had to take care of while he was in jail. But when misfortunate events start happening at the Peachey’s dog farm, they are on high alert to find the assailant. There are twists and turns that kept the pages turning to keep me guessing the individual responsible for Ruth’s death. There is a quiet weaving of romance in this cozy mystery, too. Kappy didn’t want romance but wanted to make the kapps she was known for and was her livelihood. Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper is a well written and thought out story that readers of Amish fiction will enjoy. There’s also a sneak peek of Lillard’s next Amish mystery, Kappy King and the Pickle Kaper, which I look forward to reading. I won an ARC of this book from a giveaway on Goodreads. I was not required to write a positive review but to share my thoughts. I have expressed my sincere opinion for Amy Lillard’s new mystery, Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Kappy King bursts onto the scene in a delightfully quirky hot mess, and I loved every minute of it! She is one of the most unique Amish characters I’ve ever encountered (some of Jennifer Beckstrand’s characters would welcome Kappy with open arms), but it’s her interaction with her new Englisch best friend Edie that makes her even more delightful. Edie and Kappy aren’t quite as opposite as one might first think. Though Edie is formerly Amish and under the Bann, she feels just as out of place as Kappy does. Whereas Kappy has come to accept her differences and embrace them, Edie still struggles to belong. Together, the two of them are like a Lucy-and-Ethel crime solving duo and the friendship that is born is truly endearing. Not only that, but their conversations read a bit like I imagine the Gilmore Girls would chat if they were (or had recently been) Amish. Lots of delightful sentence structure (I keep using the word ‘delightful’ but there’s just not a better word to describe all aspects of this read) and word choices keep the dialogue lively and thoroughly entertaining. There are plenty of tender moments too, courtesy of this blossoming friendship and Edie’s brother Jimmy (a young Amish man with Down’s Syndrome) as well as Kappy’s maybe-boyfriend Hiram. I also enjoyed the subtle flirting and romantic developments going on with Jack and Edie; those scenes just had me grinning. But the crowning moment for me in the whole book is when Kappy looks at the culprit and says, “I know karate…My hands are lethal weapons.” It’s just so deliciously ‘Kappy’ that I couldn’t help but laugh out loud! Bottom Line: Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper by Amy Lillard is witty, endearing, and just plain lots of fun. The mystery is well-plotted and kept me guessing until nearly the big reveal. The romance subplots are so subtle that it appeals even to readers who would rather just read a mystery but also satisfies those of us who like to swoon a little too. If you want a sweet, quirky and cozy mystery to keep you company on a cold winter’s night, this is a great choice! Perfect for fans of Jennifer Beckstrand and Jen Turano! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper by Amy Lillard is the first book in An Amish Mystery series. Kathryn “Kappy” King lives alone making kapps for the women of her community in Blue Sky, Pennsylvania. Kappy arrives home from shopping to find her front door painted blue which implies an available maidel lives here. Kappy knows instantly that Jimmy Peachey, next door neighbor’s son with Downs syndrome, painted her door and heads over to talk with him. She finds Jimmy in the barn crying with his mother, Ruth dead on the floor. When the police arrive, they arrest Jimmy. Detective Jones states that Jimmy confessed to the crime. Edith “Edie” Peachey, Jimmy’s shunned sister, returns to town determined to find her mother’s killer and get Jimmy released from jail. Since the Amish will not speak with Edie, she asks Kappy to assist her. The pair start questioning the neighbors and then Ruth’s business acquaintances (dog breeder) hoping for clues that will lead them to the killer. Then the Mifflin County Animal Welfare arrives thanks to an anonymous complaint that they are running a puppy mill on the property. The next day animal rights activists arrive. This is just the beginning of a series of incidents. Who is doing this to them and why? Kappy and Edie need to work quickly before things turn deadly. I enjoy reading Amy Lillard’s Amish novels and was eager to read her new Amish mystery. However, Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper missed the mark. I found the book easy to read and it had a nice flow. The characters, though, lacked development. In a way, Kappy and Edie reminded me of Laverne and Shirley with their antics (but not as humorous). It is mentioned that Kappy is eccentric, but I could not figure out why (except her how she conducted her business). Edie was the unconventional one especially with her manner of dress. I am thankful that the zany is mild and not over-the-top. Identifying the killer and the person behind the destructive incidents is child’s play. The book needed more substance and a feeling of community. Readers are given few details on the town. We are told about Hiram Lapp who owns Sundries and Sweets. Kappy was engaged to Hiram, but she recently broke it off with him (and I can see why with his dominating ways). Kappy feels she is unworthy of Hiram. Hiram talks several times to Kappy to get her to reconsider her decision as well as trying to deter her involvement in the investigation. There was also some flirting between Detective Jones and Edie. Jimmy was a sweetie along with the cute puppies (and the other adorable animals). There is a preview of Kappy King and the Pickle Kaper at the end of the book. Readers who are looking for a light, amusing cozy mystery should take check out Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper.
poodlelover More than 1 year ago
The first in a new series, Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper is a fun and quirky Amish mystery. While it may be difficult to imagine an Amish woman turned Englischer who is shunned and an Amish woman who is considered odd by those in her community teaming up to solve a murder but that’s exactly what you have in this story. Edie Peachey, who left the Amish faith after being baptized into the church, has returned to Big Sky and is determined to find who murdered her “Mamm”. She enlists the help of the only person in Big Sky that will speak to her, Kathryn “Kappy” King, the local prayer kapp maker. They have quite the adventure! Will their ‘sleuthing’ pay off? Guaranteed to put a smile on your face. I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
poodlelover More than 1 year ago
The first in a new series, Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper is a fun and quirky Amish mystery. While it may be difficult to imagine an Amish woman turned Englischer who is shunned and an Amish woman who is considered odd by those in her community teaming up to solve a murder but that’s exactly what you have in this story. Edie Peachey, who left the Amish faith after being baptized into the church, has returned to Big Sky and is determined to find who murdered her “Mamm”. She enlists the help of the only person in Big Sky that will speak to her, Kathryn “Kappy” King, the local prayer kapp maker. They have quite the adventure! Will their ‘sleuthing’ pay off? Guaranteed to put a smile on your face. I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Christa4 More than 1 year ago
Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper is the first book in a new series by Amy Lillard. This Amish mystery will have you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out who murdered Ruth Peachey. Everyone in beautiful Blue Sky, Pennsylvania cannot believe that Ruth Peachey was murdered. Her mentally challenged son, Jimmy, is sent to jail for the crime. Everyone knows it wasn't him. Can Jimmy's English sister, Edie find evidence and track down the real person who committed the crime before it is too late? Can Edie prove his innocence with the help of neighbor Kappy King? I enjoyed reading this book and found myself not able to put it down until I found out who committed the crime. The author did a great job of bringing the characters to life and I truly felt like I was there in beautiful Blue Sky with them. A must-read Amish mystery! I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from the author and have given my honest opinion.
Barb00 More than 1 year ago
Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper is a delightful, cannot put down, fun book to read. Author Amy Lillard has started writing an Amish Mystery series and this first book is awesome. The characters are unique and the storyline is one of the best I've read. I don't normally read mystery of any kind, but I'm so excited for Book Two of this series. Thank you, Author Amy Lillard, for giving us an awesome book and a fabulous new series to read. I received a copy from NetGalley. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
MelissaGH More than 1 year ago
Murder and mystery are found in this intriguing story. Who committed the murder? Why? Will the truth ever be known? Does the sale of puppies have anything to do with the strange happenings in this town? I could not stop reading this one. The author has written another great story. I received a copy of this book from the author and this is my honest personal opinion.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
A delightful and rather different Amish read, and oh so enjoyable and quickly became a page turner, and I didn’t want to put it down. With a sad happening, a murder, and a handicapped son left without his mother, and soon ending up in the slammer, his words not mine. We begin an adventure, with Kappy King, a young woman the local Amish community thinks of as being different and mainly unseen. She soon teams up with the unseen or shunned daughter of the murdered woman Edie, and we are off on a task of finding the real murderer and freeing Jimmy. Add to all of this a lot of adorable beagles, and you will soon feel your heart melted, as did Kappy, but who is out to destroy the family and their business? My guesses would change and then change again, and the eye witnesses were a lot like a group playing the old game of telephone. So, as you quickly turn the pages you will be guessing and changing your mind, at least I did, and you really may be surprised by who is causing all the chaos and worst of all a murderer. I really enjoyed this read, and now I am looking forward to the next edition, coming soon! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Kensington, and was not required to give a positive review.