Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper (An Amish Mystery)
by Amy Lillard
Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper (An Amish Mystery)
1st in Series
Setting – Pennsylvania
Zebra (December 26, 2017)
An Imprint of Kensington Books
Paperback: 352 pages
E-Book ASIN: B06XZQTCQH
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 . . .
Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper is my new Amish cozy murder mystery. What’s a murder mystery without a funeral and what’s an Amish funeral without funeral pie? Yes, the Amish have a pie for funerals. Actually the tradition of taking a raisin pie aka funeral pie to the house of a mourning family goes way back. Raisins don’t have a season, like strawberries and peaches, and the main ingredients are found in most cupboards. That makes it readily available on short notice.
Raisin pie is a lot like mincemeat and though it is known as funeral pie, in some Amish communities it’s served at happier occasions such as weddings. But if you like to try new recipes, or in this case, old recipes, raisin pie is a good place to start. Who knows after reading the funeral scene in Puppy Kaper you might just have a hankering for a little bit of funeral pie.
First of all, there are two ways to make raisin pie. One is with two crusts (one for the bottom and one for the top) and the other is with meringue. But the Amish I know use the two crusts recipe. Another difference in the two is the meringue version contains a little less spice.
Since my friends like the pie with spice and two crusts, that’s the recipe I’ll share with you today.
First you’ll need two ready-made pie crusts, unless you’re very industrious and would like to make yours from scratch.
2 cups of raisins*
2 cups of water
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons of cornstarch
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
A pinch of salt
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons butter
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Heat the raisins and 2/3 cup of the water in a saucepan on medium heat for 5 minutes.
In a medium-size bowl, combine cornstarch, both sugars, spices, and salt. Stir to mix, then gradually, stirring constantly, add the remaining 1 1/3 cup of water. Once mixed, add to the raisins. Stir and cook until mixture starts to bubble. And vinegar and butter and stir until butter is completely melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool until warm.
Pour into your readied pie crust and top with remaining crust and crimp the edges. Cut vent slashes or desired design. Bake until golden brown, approximately 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before serving.
*Several recipes call for golden raisins, most likely due to their gentle flavors and appealing color.
That’s all there is to it. Simple enough, huh?
Have you ever tried Funeral Pie? Funeral Pie by another name? Did you enjoy it? I’m more of a buttermilk or cherry girl. What about you?
Amy Lillard is the award-winning author of more than twenty novels, including the Wells Landing series, The Quilting Circle novels, the Sugarcreek Amish Mysteries and the Kappy King Mysteries. Born and raised in Mississippi, she now lives with her husband and son in Oklahoma. Please visit her online at www.AmyWritesRomance.com.
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