Kathryn “Kappy” King is happy being a plain-spoken unmarried odd-woman-out in her Pennsylvania Amish hometown. Her talent is making the special kapps local women use to cover their hair. But her skill at uncovering trouble in this quiet valley is about to be truly tested . . .
At first, young Sally June Esh's tragic death doesn't look like murder. Even in peaceful Blue Sky, collisions between buggies and Englisch cars aren’t unheard of. Still, the Eshes are skilled drivers used to delivering their popular pickles for miles around. And after Kappy notices Sally's buggy was deliberately run off the road, her ex-Amish friend Edie gets strange texts saying the crash was no accident . . .
Kappy won't let her community's silence keep justice from being done. And even though a still-shunned Edie thinks of moving back to the city, she and Kappy start rooting out secrets about the Eshes' long-time neighbors—and new pickle-producing rivals. But when they learn that Sally's brother is secretly courting an Englisch girl, their investigation takes a disturbing turn . . .
The death of 19-year-old Sally June Esh, who was driving a pickle delivery wagon when she was hit by a car on a rural road in Blue Sky, Pa., kick starts Lillard's middling sequel to 2017's Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper. The day after the tragedy, puppy breeder Edie Peachey, who was raised Amish but later left the church, receives an anonymous text message: "Some accidents are not accidents." Convinced this is a reference to the fatal buggy crash, Edie persuades her friend Kathryn "Kappy" King, with whom she did some sleuthing in the previous book, to go to Sally June's funeral to look for anyone who might have wished the young woman harm. Kappy soon has a number of suspects, including Bettie Hershberger, who's intent on making her green pickles more popular than the Esh family's white ones. The mutual attraction between Edie and Jack Jones, the detective on the case, generates a little romantic tension, as does Kappy's interest in two Amish men. Appealing characters make up only in part for the slow pace and lack of suspense.