Sugar and Spite (Amish Cozy Mystery)

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Samantha Price

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When elderly Amish widows, Ettie Smith and her sister, visited Brunhilde Hoffman to see why she was having such a rocky road, they found themselves stirred into a sticky murder mystery. Brunhilde was dead! (Ettie Smith Amish Mysteries are like Amish Miss Marple stories).



Short Summary

A widowed author is encouraged by her agent to do just one more story, but the author keeps refusing. The agent has an idea—an Amish themed story. The author relents only to go on the horse-drawn tour. They see the police gathered around the Amish Candy store they were meant to visit.

The detective on the case recognizes his favorite crime author and says he needs her view on things. Ettie Smith was the one who found the body. After following the clues, Ettie cleverly gathers the suspects together in one place where the identity of the killer is revealed.


Lancaster County, PA.

Based on a True Story


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Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Ettie Smith

Age: 80

Gender: Female

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Engaging,Empathetic,Honorable,Leader

Additional Character Details

Name: Elsa-May Lutz

Age: mid eighties

Gender: Female

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Aggressive,Confident,Sarcastic,Outspoken

Additional Character Details

Name: Detective Kelly

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Desperate,Engaging,Flexible,Complex,Unapologetic,Blunt

Additional Character Details

Name: Detective Kelly

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Engaging,Insecure,Outspoken

Development Pitch

The characters are strong, funny, and you always expect the unexpected as these Amish octogenarians make their way from one murder mystery to the next.  Ettie and her sister, Elsa-May, are widows, and live together in a small house with their little dog, Snowy. Ettie is the one with the brains and wit. Elsa-May is the bossy and sarcastic older sister. There are many sisterly interactions.  When murders happen in the close-knit Amish community, no one will talk with the local detective. He turns to Ettie Smith for help. Just like Miss Marple, or Jessica Fletcher, Ettie pieces the clues together to find the killer.  Ettie Smith always says she doesn’t go looking for trouble, trouble finds her. 

About The Author

USA Today Bestselling author, Samantha Price, wrote stories from a young age, but it wasn't until later in life that she took up writing full time. Formally an artist, she exchanged her paintbrush for the computer and, many best-selling book series later, has never looked back.  Samantha is happiest on her computer lost in the world of her characters. She is best known for the Ettie Smith Amish Mysteries series and the Gretel Koch Jewel Thief series.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Female Leaning

Group Specific

Amish Cozy Mystery - appeal to Miss Marple & Murder She Wrote fans

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Samantha Price

Year Published: 2020

Hard Copy Available



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