Katie Chupp is an Amish girl who works at the bakery in town. As she walks into the bakery on the day of the Fourth of July celebration, she finds that someone has broken into the bakery and stolen a good deal of their inventory. Now they are faced with finding the thief responsible and finding a place to bake all the special orders in time for the celebration. When Katie unknowingly stumbles upon the thief and realizes the situation behind the theft, she is faced with telling her boss and hoping she will understand the circumstances.
This is Naomi Miller’s debut novel, and I must say it was amazing! It kept my interest from the first page until the very end. It was shorter than usual, so I finished it in just two days! I loved the characters; they were well developed and the story was one you could relate to. The Amish genre usually is hard for me to get into, but this story was different, not like a lot of the other Amish books I’ve tried to read before. I love mysteries and if you do too, I highly recommend it. I am looking forward to book #2 in this series, the “Christmas Cookie Mystery”!
**I received this book free from the author for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Purchase your copy here.
About the Book
In the small town of Abbott Creek, mystery is as much a part of daily life as The Sweet Shop’s sugar cookies.
Katie Chupp spends her days at The Sweet Shop, taking care of customers and baking delicious treats . . . not exactly a profession where one expects to be thrown into the midst of mysteries and mayhem.
But when the bakery is broken into, someone has to find the thief . . . besides finding another place to do the baking and get the orders to the customers.
Is this a random theft, or is the thief trying to ruin the town’s Independence Day celebration?
About the Author
Naomi Miller mixes up a batch of intrigue, sprinkled with Amish, Mennonite, & English characters, adding a pinch of mystery – and a dash of romance!
Naomi’s day is spent focusing on her writing, editing, and blogging about her experiences with writing. When she’s not working diligently to finish the next book in her Sweet Shop Mystery series, Naomi tries to make time for attending workshops and writers conferences. One of her favorites is the four-day event that the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) organization holds annually.
Naomi also enjoys traveling with her family, singing inspirational/gospel music, taking a daily walk, and witnessing to others of the amazing grace of Jesus Christ.
Guest Post from Naomi Miller
Hello! I’m Naomi Miller — and I’m honored to be featured on Celebrate Lit!
I want to share with you how the title and cover for my debut book, Blueberry Cupcake Mystery, was chosen. This is a story I haven’t shared with anyone else — yet. The story behind the blueberry cupcake…
I was actually writing an Amish suspense novel last winter, when God placed it on my heart to write a shorter story — a cozy mystery, with no suspense, no danger, but plenty of faith, family, compassion and community.
While thinking of the best way to begin the story, my daughter made a batch of blueberry cupcakes, which happen to be one of my favorite treats. Of course, the idea to use a favorite treat was too good to resist. Then, during the early days of writing, I began experimenting with the idea of baking cupcakes — but adding blueberries before baking. Two favorite treats in one!
And there you have it . . . once we had a picture of a blueberry cupcake, the designer quickly sent back a cover I fell in love with (although there were a few more tweaks before the final cover was approved).
I actually began writing many years ago — 1990 to be exact. But I had just become a single mom and I didn’t have time to pursue it. I wrote notes, letters, articles, short stories, and I occasionally thought about a career as a novelist, but not once did I consider that dream to ever become a reality.
Several years ago, after my children were grown, my daughter challenged me to write a novel. I began a sweet, Amish fiction story about a young girl—but about halfway into the story, someone was almost murdered! Needless to say, I was surprised, but kept going. Once done, I went back to the beginning to do a major re-write on what was now an Amish suspense novel.
And that’s . . . the rest of the story.
I’m also excited to be doing two special giveaways — 1) a gift bag full of treats and 2) an advanced reader digital copy of Christmas Cookie Mystery (but you’ll have to wait for it)!
In the meantime, here’s the recipe for those delicious blueberry cupcakes
1 white or yellow cake mix
2 cups fresh blueberries
1/3 cup oil
1 1/3 cup water
Prepare cake mix according to the directions. Add blueberries and fold into batter. Bake following instructions on cake mix box.
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 tbsp. milk
additional milk as needed
Prepare icing, mixing small amounts of confectioner’s sugar with milk to desired consistency. Spread onto cooled cupcakes.
August 23: A Baker’s Perspective
August 23: Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner
August 23: Blogging With Carol
August 24: cherylbbookblog
August 24: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations
August 24: Running Through The Storms
August 25: A Greater Yes
August 25: A Holland Reads
August 25: Mary Hake
August 26: Gypsy Road
August 26: D’s Quilts & Books
August 26: Cassandra M’s Place
August 27: Bigreadersite
August 27: Bibliophile Reviews
August 27: Christian Bookaholic
August 28: Book Babble
August 29: Karilyn Putt
August 30: Karen’s Krayons
August 30: Daysong Reflections
August 31: Quiet Quilter
August 31: Blossoms and Blessings
September 1: Lights in a Dark World
September 1: Just Commonly
September 2: Singing Librarian Books
September 2: His Grace is Sufficient
September 3: Bukwurmzzz
September 4: Ashley’s Bookshelf
September 4: just the write escape
September 5: Reading Is My SuperPower
September 5: Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses
To celebrate her tour, Naomi is giving away a gift bag full of treats and an advanced copy of her new book Christmas Cookie Mystery! Click here to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/a20c
**This post contains affiliate links!