About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Friday, June 24, 2022

Dairy, Dairy, Quite Contrary (A Sunflower Café Mystery #1) by Amy Lillard

Dairy, Dairy, Quite Contrary (A Sunflower Café Mystery #1)

Looking for a fresh start, advice columnist Sissy Yoder heads to small-town Yoder, Kansas, to help in her aunt’s café. But when a milkman is murdered, the newcomer becomes the prime suspect . . .

After Sissy’s rodeo cowboy boyfriend turns out to be more of a rodeo clown, she packs a bag; picks up her Yorkshire terrier Duke; and leaves Tulsa, Oklahoma, bound for her parents’ former hometown. There are still plenty of Yoders in Yoder, Kansas, including Sissy’s aunt Bethel, who owns the Sunflower Café but recently broke her leg. It’s a homecoming of sorts as Sissy arrives to help in the café and reunite with her pregnant cousin Lizzie. Plus she can continue to secretly write her newspaper advice column as seventy-year-old “Aunt Bess.” But it’s Sissy who could use some advice when she finds the milk deliveryman out behind the café with a knife in his back. As the sheriff’s prime suspect, it’s up to Sissy to catch the backstabber herself—before someone else gets creamed . . .


Amy Lillard has a new series, and this first book is definitely a winner. Dairy, Dairy Quite Contrary is a Sunflower Cafe Mystery book, and I absolutely loved it! It's a fun story filled with unique characters, an intriguing mystery, and a special setting. Sissy Yoder thinks that spending some time in Yoder, Kansas will kill two birds with one stone---she'll get away from the scene of a failed relationship and also help her Aunt Bethel as she recuperates from a broken leg. What she doesn't count on is finding a murdered milkman in the back of the Sunflower Cafe. Who would want to kill a milkman? Worse still, why would anyone think that newcomer Sissy is the killer?

Yoder is a small town with several Amish families and Lillard offers entertaining interaction between the English and Amish citizens. Sissy can help her Amish family members at the Sunflower Cafe and still offer advice, anonymously, as elderly newspaper columnist 'Aunt Bess'. I enjoyed that some of Aunt Bess's delightful advice is offered at the beginning of each chapter! I also liked that there may be someone in Yoder to help Sissy forget her former boyfriend. Will she still be anxious to return to her home in Tulsa?

If you like cozy mysteries and Amish fiction, do yourself a favor and grab a copy of Dairy, Dairy Quite Contrary. I hope to enjoy another Sunflower Cafe Mystery very soon!

I received an ARC from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review, and I am voluntarily sharing my thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars 


Amy loves nothing more than a good book. Except for her family…and maybe homemade tacos…and nail polish. But reading and writing are definitely way up on the list.

Born and bred in Mississippi, Amy is a transplanted Southern Belle who now lives in Oklahoma with her deputy husband, their genius son, and three spoiled cats. ^..^

When she’s not creating happy endings, she has a variety of hobbies, but her favorite is whatever gets her out of housework.

Amy is an award winning author with more than forty novels and novellas in print. She loves to hear from readers. 

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