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!!