Criminally Cocoa (Amish Candy Shop Mystery #3.5)
A taste for trouble . . .      As if being in New York City for Easter isn’t exciting enough, Charlotte Weaver has another reason to be thrilled. She’s helping her cousin, Bailey, on the set of her first cable TV show, Bailey’s Amish Sweets. Bailey will even be re-creating the delectable hand-woven chocolate Easter baskets she once crafted for the city’s world-famous JP Chocolates. But once things start rolling, Charlotte starts to notice odd things happening—things that seem intended to make Bailey look bad . . .   With Bailey feeling extra nervous about being on camera, Charlotte decides to keep her suspicion of sabotage to herself. But she knows that among Bailey’s fans at the Gourmet Television network lurks a dangerously jealous rival. Now Charlotte will have to find out who that person is—before sour grapes turns one of the sweetest times of the year fatally bitter . . .  Recipe Included! Praise for Amanda Flower and her Amish cozies “As it turns out, Amanda Flower may have just written the first Amish rom com.”— USA Today  “Flower has hit it out of the ballpark . . . and continues to amaze with her knowledge of the Amish way of life.”— RT Book Reviews  “At turns playful and engaging . . . a satisfyingly complex cozy.”— Library Journal

Criminally Cocoa (Amish Candy Shop Mystery #3.5) Details

TitleCriminally Cocoa (Amish Candy Shop Mystery #3.5)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 26th, 2019
PublisherKensington
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Short Stories

Criminally Cocoa (Amish Candy Shop Mystery #3.5) Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Criminally Cocoa by Amanda Flower is a companion novella to the cozy Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. This one is meant to be read after the third book of the series but as with all of the books the mystery within is self-contained so books may be read out of order if choosing to do so. However, there is character development that carries over from book to book so it’s most enjoyable to read from the beginning.Criminally Cocoa is a little different than the other books of this series in which Ba Criminally Cocoa by Amanda Flower is a companion novella to the cozy Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. This one is meant to be read after the third book of the series but as with all of the books the mystery within is self-contained so books may be read out of order if choosing to do so. However, there is character development that carries over from book to book so it’s most enjoyable to read from the beginning.Criminally Cocoa is a little different than the other books of this series in which Bailey King is the main character. In this novella the point of view has been handed over to Bailey’s assistant, Charlotte Weaver. The pair has traveled into the city to film Bailey’s cooking show but as the cameras begin to roll Charlotte notices things begin to happen that seem to be trying to make Bailey look bad.I’ve been enjoying the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series from the beginning and I will admit it started off a little odd to switch to another character after loving Bailey but once getting into the story I found the same fun writing and set up as always. The author has done a wonderful job blending the Amish community into the story and always explains their rules and how things work for them such as Charlotte has not officially become Amish yet so she was able to participate in the television show. And for those fans of the series even Jethro makes an appearance in the big city to bring along the normal laughs so this was definitely another solid addition to the story.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Peggy R
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fun novella set in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery world. It picks up where the last book left off and Bailey King is in New York filming her new TV show. She has asked Charlotte to come along with her to help and this novella is told from Charlotte's point of view. I enjoyed the change and getting to know Charlotte better. She is on rumspringa and this trip is allowing her to see the outside world as she decides whether or not to be baptized Amish. Unfortunately, things don't go as plann This is a fun novella set in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery world. It picks up where the last book left off and Bailey King is in New York filming her new TV show. She has asked Charlotte to come along with her to help and this novella is told from Charlotte's point of view. I enjoyed the change and getting to know Charlotte better. She is on rumspringa and this trip is allowing her to see the outside world as she decides whether or not to be baptized Amish. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned for Bailey and Charlotte begins to suspect someone is trying to sabotage her. Charlotte sets out to prove the mishaps and accidents are not Bailey's fault by someone else's. There are a few suspects for Charlotte to choose from and being Amish in the English world gives her a nice distance. It was fun watching Charlotte develop and maybe come closer to a decision.All said, this was a quick enjoyable read told from the point of view of one the the secondary characters which gave the story a nice twist.I voluntarily read a digital ARC provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    Criminally Cocoa by Amanda Flower is An Amish Candy Shop Mystery novella (No. 3.5). Charlotte Weaver is thrilled to be in New York City with her cousin, Bailey King for the filming of Bailey’s Amish Sweets. Bailey is creating a hand woven chocolate Easter basket using tempered chocolate when the double boiler explodes. Glass and chocolate are sent flying around the set., but, thankfully, no one was injured. The next day, Juliet Brody and her comfort pig, Jethro arrive to be a part of the show an Criminally Cocoa by Amanda Flower is An Amish Candy Shop Mystery novella (No. 3.5). Charlotte Weaver is thrilled to be in New York City with her cousin, Bailey King for the filming of Bailey’s Amish Sweets. Bailey is creating a hand woven chocolate Easter basket using tempered chocolate when the double boiler explodes. Glass and chocolate are sent flying around the set., but, thankfully, no one was injured. The next day, Juliet Brody and her comfort pig, Jethro arrive to be a part of the show and publicity photos. While shooting photographs in the park, a loud horn sounds which scares poor Jethro and sends him running into the park. Charlotte is concerned that someone is trying to sabotage the show as the small incidents continue. With Bailey already nervous about the filming, Charlotte decides to investigate on her own. Can Charlotte unmask the saboteur? Join Charlotte, Bailey, Cass and Jethro on their New York City adventure in Criminally Cocoa.Criminally Cocoa picks up where Premeditated Peppermint ended. We join Bailey, Charlotte and Cass in New York where they are filming the first season of Bailey’s Amish Sweets. Bailey asked Charlotte to come along and be her assistant on the show. Criminally Cocoa is told from Charlotte’s point-of-view. It was humorous to see New York City through Charlotte’s eyes. Charlotte grew up Amish and has yet to join the church. She views things differently from Englishers. I thought Criminally Cocoa was well-written with steady pacing. It was nice to learn more about Charlotte in this story. When Bailey blames herself for the explosion of the double boiler, Charlotte wants to help prove it was not her cousin’s fault. Charlotte has watched Bailey solve three crimes and puts that knowledge to use. The mystery was straightforward. Readers will have no problem solving it before the reveal. However, it is the right type of mystery for the length of the story. While the story focuses on the group in New York, we do get updates on their friends back home in Harvest, Ohio. I especially enjoyed the addition of Juliet Brody and her polka dotted pig, Jethro. Their antics provided me with plenty of laughs. It is always delightful to read one of Amanda Flower’s books. I am eager to read Toxic Toffee which is the next An Amish Candy Shop Mystery.
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    A novella from the Amish Candy series. The story is told by Charlotte Weaver, a cousin of Bailey. We find Charlotte and Bailey in New York to film a new show that will feature Bailey and Amish Candy store. Things for wrong on the set and Charlotte feels someone is out to harm Bailey. She sets out to find an answer. Juliet Brody brings Jethro to add humor to the tale. This is a fast-moving story. I highly recommend this novella and the series. A Recipe for the Easter baskets is in included.Disclo A novella from the Amish Candy series. The story is told by Charlotte Weaver, a cousin of Bailey. We find Charlotte and Bailey in New York to film a new show that will feature Bailey and Amish Candy store. Things for wrong on the set and Charlotte feels someone is out to harm Bailey. She sets out to find an answer. Juliet Brody brings Jethro to add humor to the tale. This is a fast-moving story. I highly recommend this novella and the series. A Recipe for the Easter baskets is in included.Disclosure: Thanks to Kensington Books for a copy through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    Criminally Cocoa by Amanda Flower is the 3.5 book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series novella, and another fun addition. I really enjoy this series, and am looking forward to the next book in the series. This book is told through Charlotte Weaver, Bailey cousin, point of view. Charlotte travels with her to film Bailey's Amish Sweets in New York City. When Bailey's show is being sabotaged, the mystery begins. I found this book to be a quick read, and interesting from an Amish girl's point of v Criminally Cocoa by Amanda Flower is the 3.5 book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series novella, and another fun addition. I really enjoy this series, and am looking forward to the next book in the series. This book is told through Charlotte Weaver, Bailey cousin, point of view. Charlotte travels with her to film Bailey's Amish Sweets in New York City. When Bailey's show is being sabotaged, the mystery begins. I found this book to be a quick read, and interesting from an Amish girl's point of view. If you love cozy mysteries, I recommend this book/ series. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Mary Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Criminally CocoaAmish Candy Shop Mystery, Book #3.5Amanda Flower5 StarsSynopsis:A taste for trouble . . . As if being in New York City for Easter isn’t exciting enough, Charlotte Weaver has another reason to be thrilled. She’s helping her cousin, Bailey, on the set of her first cable TV show, Bailey’s Amish Sweets. Bailey will even be re-creating the delectable hand-woven chocolate Easter baskets she once crafted for the city’s world-famous JP Chocolates. But once things start rolling, Charlotte Criminally CocoaAmish Candy Shop Mystery, Book #3.5Amanda Flower5 StarsSynopsis:A taste for trouble . . . As if being in New York City for Easter isn’t exciting enough, Charlotte Weaver has another reason to be thrilled. She’s helping her cousin, Bailey, on the set of her first cable TV show, Bailey’s Amish Sweets. Bailey will even be re-creating the delectable hand-woven chocolate Easter baskets she once crafted for the city’s world-famous JP Chocolates. But once things start rolling, Charlotte starts to notice odd things happening—things that seem intended to make Bailey look bad . . .With Bailey feeling extra nervous about being on camera, Charlotte decides to keep her suspicion of sabotage to herself. But she knows that among Bailey’s fans at the Gourmet Television network lurks a dangerously jealous rival. Now Charlotte will have to find out who that person is—before sour grapes turns one of the sweetest times of the year fatally bitter . . .Recipe Included!Praise for Amanda Flower and her Amish cozies“As it turns out, Amanda Flower may have just written the first Amish rom com.”— USA Today “Flower has hit it out of the ballpark . . . and continues to amaze with her knowledge of the Amish way of life.”— RT Book Reviews “At turns playful and engaging . . . a satisfyingly complex cozy.”— Library Journal (Goodreads)Review:I really enjoy this series and I really liked this novella. It will hold me over until book four is released.The characters are well rounded and well developed. Charlotte is an Amish girl who is on her Rumspringa and she is in New York, helping her cousin Bailey as she prepares for her new food show on television. After a series of incidents happen that disrupts the filming of the show, Charlotte is afraid someone is trying to derail the show. She has to keep her eyes and ears open to protect Bailey. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I could just imagine Charlotte’s excitement and confusion as she is visiting New York. Talk about culture shock. This story is told from Charlotte’s point of view and that took a little getting used to. I really liked the fact that although there was a mystery to solve, it did not revolve around a dead body. I found that refreshing. I would recommend this novella (and series) to anyone that enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I am looking forward to reading Toxic Toffee when it is released. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.
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  • RO G'ma
    January 1, 1970
    Criminally Cocoa is the next installment in Amanda Flower’s An Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. This is an easy to read confectionery cozy. Unlike the other books in this series, this one provides a secondary character’s perspective of events. The story flows smoothly, and the characters are well developed. This is a delightful addition to the series.Bailey King is in New York City filming ‘Bailey’s Amish Sweets’ and invited her Amish cousin, Charlotte Weaver, to be her candy-making helper. Bein Criminally Cocoa is the next installment in Amanda Flower’s An Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. This is an easy to read confectionery cozy. Unlike the other books in this series, this one provides a secondary character’s perspective of events. The story flows smoothly, and the characters are well developed. This is a delightful addition to the series.Bailey King is in New York City filming ‘Bailey’s Amish Sweets’ and invited her Amish cousin, Charlotte Weaver, to be her candy-making helper. Being photographed or on television isn’t something accepted by the Amish community, but Bailey isn’t Amish, although she makes her chocolates and other candies the Amish way. Charlotte’s able to join her because she’s on her Rumspringa, the time when unbaptized Amish youth left their community to try new things, English things, way, and decide the path their life will take. Bailey’s best friend and ‘agent,’ Cass Calbera, surprises Bailey by bringing Juliet Brody (Bailey’s boyfriend’s mother) and arranging to include Jethro, Juliet’s white polka-dotted potbellied pig, in the filming. When things start happening on the set that make Bailey look bad, Charlotte believes someone s sabotaging the filming and puts the sleuthing skills she learned from Bailey to try to track down the guilty party.I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.
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  • Gloria
    January 1, 1970
    Criminally Cocoa is a novella and a quick read in the Amish Candy Shop series. Bailey, a Chocolatier and candy maker, has caught the eye of a producer who wants to give her a food show of her own, showcasing candies made in the Amish Sweets Candy Shop that her grandparents have in Ohio. Her grandfather has passed so now she helps her grandmother in the shop. Her cousin Charlotte, who also works in the shop, goes with Bailey to New York City to start filming the show. This story is told from Char Criminally Cocoa is a novella and a quick read in the Amish Candy Shop series. Bailey, a Chocolatier and candy maker, has caught the eye of a producer who wants to give her a food show of her own, showcasing candies made in the Amish Sweets Candy Shop that her grandparents have in Ohio. Her grandfather has passed so now she helps her grandmother in the shop. Her cousin Charlotte, who also works in the shop, goes with Bailey to New York City to start filming the show. This story is told from Charlotte's perspective and her view of the city is naturally a strange one to a young Amish girl. Charlotte is not a member of the church yet so she is able to pursue and explore her options before she makes a decision to join the church. When things start going bad on the set, Charlotte observes what is happening and forms an opinion of who is behind the events. Finally, she gets brave and lets everyone know what she thinks and for a young Amish girl, it is not an easy thing to do.For a quick visit back to see some of the characters of the series, this is a fun and quick mystery to get into. Even Jethro, the pig, and his owner, Juliet, make an appearance. I did miss seeing Deputy Aiden, Bailey's special friend, maybe even boyfriend. I received a complimentary ARC from Kensington Books through NetGalley. All opinions stated are mine only.
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  • Taryn
    January 1, 1970
    In this short we find ourselves in New York where Charlotte has come to help her cousin Bailey with her television show. She is also taking this time to decide if she wishes to continue living the Amish way of life or if she wants to venture out away from that lifestyle. During the filming accidents keep happening and Charlotte realizes that they are really accidents someone is purposely making bad things happen. She decides that she must keep an eye out on Bailey and figure out who is trying to In this short we find ourselves in New York where Charlotte has come to help her cousin Bailey with her television show. She is also taking this time to decide if she wishes to continue living the Amish way of life or if she wants to venture out away from that lifestyle. During the filming accidents keep happening and Charlotte realizes that they are really accidents someone is purposely making bad things happen. She decides that she must keep an eye out on Bailey and figure out who is trying to cause her cousin problems. Things go from bad to worse when Jethro is brought into the picture. Can Charlotte figure out who the bad guy is before something truly bad happens or will her cousin lose her show altogether? Follow along and see what Charlotte figures out and get to know her better during the process. This was a wonderful read that gave me a look into what was going on with some favored characters while waiting for their next story.I received an ARC of this book, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Cozy Cat Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Criminally Cocoa by Amanda Flower is An Amish Candy Shop Mystery novella (No. 3.5). Criminally Cocoa picks up where Premeditated Peppermint ended. This is the next in series albeit a Novella. I have read the entire series and highly recommend each book in the series. Its is the perfect blend of a beautiful setting of a family candy shop in Amish country, a charming non Amish protagonist and always a good sleuth to solve. The author has included many fun and interesting characters including a pot Criminally Cocoa by Amanda Flower is An Amish Candy Shop Mystery novella (No. 3.5). Criminally Cocoa picks up where Premeditated Peppermint ended. This is the next in series albeit a Novella. I have read the entire series and highly recommend each book in the series. Its is the perfect blend of a beautiful setting of a family candy shop in Amish country, a charming non Amish protagonist and always a good sleuth to solve. The author has included many fun and interesting characters including a pot belly pig who figures proudly into each book . This book is about Charlotte Weaver who is an assistant in the candy shop owned by Bailey King and her Grandmother. Charlotte has been a endearing character throughout the first books and I was delighted to find out she is the feature of this Novella. Charlotte was raised Amish and is working with Bailey to learn "English" ways to see if she wants to remain Amish. her charchter has grown from a young withdrawn Amish woman to a independent young woman who makes her own decisions . Charlotte Weaver is thrilled to be in New York City with her cousin, Bailey King for the filming of Bailey’s Amish Sweets first season. It is a coveted position for Bailey to gain such notoriety of her own show and Bailey is rightfully very nervous. Charlotte has never been to a big city and the author descriptions of her wonder are truly engaging to the reader as she and Bailey arrive and set up for the filming. Bailey is creating a chocolate Easter basket when the double boiler explodes. Glass and chocolate are sent flying around the set., no one was injured. Bailey of curse blames herself but Charlotte feels it is sabotage . The next day, Juliet Brody and her comfort pig, Jethro ( we readers adore Jethro!) arrive to be a part of the show and publicity. A loud sound scares Jethro and sends him running into the park. Juliet is beside herself and enlist people to help her rescue him which is always funny to read as the pig outsmarts the humans . Charlotte now very concerned that someone is trying to sabotage the show decides to investigate on her own. She has watched and learned from Bailey while she solved crimes and feels confident she can solve the mystery of the sabotage. She realizes that Bailey has enemies among the Amish community who do not want her to be a success. She is proving here to be a able detective and i great addition to the book as her character grows. The mystery was interesting and well crafted to the story. The charcters are fun and interesting all adding to the story. Each next book by Amanda Flower is a delightful fun read. I thank the publisher and Net Galley for the ARC. My happy opinions are my own. . I look forward to the next book Toxic Toffee. with great anticipation. This is a favorite cozy series of mine .
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  • Fred
    January 1, 1970
    Criminally Cocoa is the 3.5(novella) book in the An Amish Candy Shop Mystery series.Bailey King’s Amish cousin, Charlotte Weaver, a secondary character in previous books, becomes the main character in this exciting addition to this wonderful series.Bailey finally convinces Charlotte to go to New York City with her to help off camera, prepare the amazing Amish candies for her new series, Bailey’s Amish Sweets, on the Gourmet Television network. Charlotte is on her Rumspringa where she will determ Criminally Cocoa is the 3.5(novella) book in the An Amish Candy Shop Mystery series.Bailey King’s Amish cousin, Charlotte Weaver, a secondary character in previous books, becomes the main character in this exciting addition to this wonderful series.Bailey finally convinces Charlotte to go to New York City with her to help off camera, prepare the amazing Amish candies for her new series, Bailey’s Amish Sweets, on the Gourmet Television network. Charlotte is on her Rumspringa where she will determine whether she wants to be baptized into the Amish faith or live in the Englisch world. As the taping of the first show is beginning, Bailey is describing how to weave a chocolate basket when the double boiler that Bailey is melting chocolate on the stove behind her explodes, sending shards of glass and chocolate all over the studio. Quite naturally this will put production behind schedule and the director wants to stop production as he feels the show is destined to be a disaster. The first thing Raymond Reynolds, the director, says is that it was Bailey’s fault. Charlotte has seen Bailey make enough candy that she is that it was not Bailey’s fault and that someone is trying to sabotage the show. The next they doing some filler shots outdoors with Charlotte walking through the park with Jethro, Juliet Brody’s potbellied pig when a horn honks and send him running. Charlotte is watching even closer now to see who might be behind these disruptions. Back in the studio, Bailey is opening a container of pretzels that someone has put sneezing powder in and Bailey has a sneezing attack and once again production is interrupted. Then when things get settled down Charlotte points how all these interruptions have to directed at Bailey. Charlotte also tells Bailey about a conversion she heard where someone was definitely trying to get the show canceled before the first episode even airs.This is a wonderfully told story with believable characters.This novella has certainly whetted my appetite for the next book in the series, Toxic Toffee, coming out in June.
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  • Angela Brocato-Skaggs
    January 1, 1970
    NetGalley:As if being in New York City for Easter isn’t exciting enough, Charlotte Weaver has another reason to be thrilled. She’s helping her cousin, Bailey, on the set of her first cable TV show, Bailey’s Amish Sweets. Bailey will even be re-creating the delectable hand-woven chocolate Easter baskets she once crafted for the city’s world-famous JP Chocolates. But once things start rolling, Charlotte starts to notice odd things happening—things that seem intended to make Bailey look bad . . .Wi NetGalley:As if being in New York City for Easter isn’t exciting enough, Charlotte Weaver has another reason to be thrilled. She’s helping her cousin, Bailey, on the set of her first cable TV show, Bailey’s Amish Sweets. Bailey will even be re-creating the delectable hand-woven chocolate Easter baskets she once crafted for the city’s world-famous JP Chocolates. But once things start rolling, Charlotte starts to notice odd things happening—things that seem intended to make Bailey look bad . . .With Bailey feeling extra nervous about being on camera, Charlotte decides to keep her suspicion of sabotage to herself. But she knows that among Bailey’s fans at the Gourmet Television network lurks a dangerously jealous rival. Now Charlotte will have to find out who that person is—before sour grapes turn one of the sweetest times of the year fatally bitter . . .My Review:Amanda Flower has a way with words when it comes to cozy mysteries that warm your heart and keep you on the edge of your seat. I have yet to find a series of hers that I do not like. In fact, they keep getting better. If you have never read one of her books and are not sure where to start, Criminally Cocoa would be a great place to start. Yes, it technically comes after the third book in the An Amish Candy Shop series but you can read it out of order and be perfectly fine. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing the story from Charlotte's side instead of Bailey's. It gave the series a fresh view. Charlotte is a perfect spunky Amish side kick to Bailey.A recipe for Bird's Nest is included at the end of the novella. I find myself being tempted to try and make them this year for Easter. Books in Series: 1. Assaulted Caramel2. Lethal Licorice3. Premeditated Peppermint4. Toxic ToffeeI received a copy of this novella from Kensington through NetGalley. Any and all opinions expressed in the above review are entirely my own.
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  • Coralee Hicks
    January 1, 1970
    In this sweet (pun intended) novella, Bailey King and her cousin, Charlotte return to NYC. Bailey will be filming a series on Amish style candy making for the Gourmet Network. Charlotte will assist her. This is Charlotte's first visit away from Harvest. More than that it is her first exposure to the world outside the Amish community, The world of the “English”, the world to which she has been cautioned. Her delights and confusion about her adventure contribute to the charm of the book. While Bai In this sweet (pun intended) novella, Bailey King and her cousin, Charlotte return to NYC. Bailey will be filming a series on Amish style candy making for the Gourmet Network. Charlotte will assist her. This is Charlotte's first visit away from Harvest. More than that it is her first exposure to the world outside the Amish community, The world of the “English”, the world to which she has been cautioned. Her delights and confusion about her adventure contribute to the charm of the book. While Bailey cooks and films, someone is plotting to sabotage the show, or are they? Can a pot bellied pig, yes Jethro is back, be expected to behave in a kitchen filled with chocolate and other treats? Is Charlotte's responsible if the show never airs? I have not read the previous books in the series. The brief background character sketches helped me understand who everyone was (including Jethro). Flower's description of New York City and the inner workings of a television film crew are realistic. The book's humor is fanciful, sometimes bordering on farce. Violence included is at a low level. This book is appropriate for readers YA to Adult. I began a diet last week. Today I finished reading Criminally Cocoa. I am doomed.Full disclosure: I received this e book from netgalley.com and Kensington Press in exchange for a complete and unbiased review. Thank you for the opportunity.
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  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you @netgalley and @kensingtonbooks for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. This is a short novella, but it sure was entertaining. This story picked up right where book 3, Premeditated Peppermint, left off. Bailey is briefly in New York filming her cable show, Bailey’s Amish Sweets. It seems like someone is not happy about the show and keeps sabotaging the set to delay filming. What’s unique about this story is that it’s told from a different point of view. Charlotte has Thank you @netgalley and @kensingtonbooks for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. This is a short novella, but it sure was entertaining. This story picked up right where book 3, Premeditated Peppermint, left off. Bailey is briefly in New York filming her cable show, Bailey’s Amish Sweets. It seems like someone is not happy about the show and keeps sabotaging the set to delay filming. What’s unique about this story is that it’s told from a different point of view. Charlotte has accompanied Bailey to the Big Apple and finds it both intriguing and confusing. She was raised Amish, but is still in her Rumspringa - the time before her Baptism where she chooses if she wants to join he Amish church or not. I loved seeing the big city through her eyes and really look forward to learning even more about her character as the series progresses. My favorite side kicks even showed up and kept me laughing through many scenes. Cass took on the roll of Bailey’s agent and her sass was as strong as ever. Juliet and her adorable “comfort” pig, Jethro, shocked everyone when they arrived on the scene. Their chaos and undeniable feelings kept everyone on their toes as well as increased their interest in making Jethro a star. A cute Easter recipe for Bird’s Nest is included at the end as well as a sneak peek at book 4, Toxic Toffee, which is set to release in June.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    While we wait for the June publication of the next full length mystery in this delightful series, Toxic Toffee, we get to spend some time away from Harvest, Ohio with Bailey and her young Amish cousin, Charlotte. Bailey goes back to New York city to film for the cable show featuring her Amish candy and Charlotte is acting as her assistant. Charlotte is starting her Rumspringa, the period of time young Amish decide if they will join the church or break away. Never having been out of Harvest, New While we wait for the June publication of the next full length mystery in this delightful series, Toxic Toffee, we get to spend some time away from Harvest, Ohio with Bailey and her young Amish cousin, Charlotte. Bailey goes back to New York city to film for the cable show featuring her Amish candy and Charlotte is acting as her assistant. Charlotte is starting her Rumspringa, the period of time young Amish decide if they will join the church or break away. Never having been out of Harvest, New York is a great culture shock and she see how the English live. As if that isn't enough to handle, there are accidents cropping up during the filming of Bailey's show which could very well put an end to her candy making business. It's Charlotte who investigates the who and why of the situation. I was glad to see Juliet on the scene with her adorable comfort pig, Jethro. There is no problem reading this novella out of order, it works well, especially as a teaser for those readers who have not yet been introduced to the Amish community of Harvest, Ohio and the world of candy making in all of its mouth watering deliciousness. My thanks to the publisher Kensington and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    This novella installment in the Amish Candy Mystery series follows Bailey King and her Amish cousin Charlotte as Bailey is working on her cable show Bailey’s Amish Sweets. The story is told from Charlotte’s perspective and I like that.. Charlotte has noticed a couple of accidents that have halted production on Bailey’s show. She does not want to tell Bailey as she is hoping she is wrong. First a double boiler explodes due to the knobs on the stove being upside down and a cracked bowl. Bailey cou This novella installment in the Amish Candy Mystery series follows Bailey King and her Amish cousin Charlotte as Bailey is working on her cable show Bailey’s Amish Sweets. The story is told from Charlotte’s perspective and I like that.. Charlotte has noticed a couple of accidents that have halted production on Bailey’s show. She does not want to tell Bailey as she is hoping she is wrong. First a double boiler explodes due to the knobs on the stove being upside down and a cracked bowl. Bailey could have been seriously hurt. Next Cass brings in Juliet and Jethro her pig to New York to get in on the show and Jethro is almost lost in Central Park. Last is sneezing powder. Charlotte thinks she has found one of the culprits. Charlotte confronts Maria in front of everyone (so not like her Amish behavior) and the truth unravels. That not only was Maria involved but Todd the young man who had “befriended” her as well as the director. I enjoyed this from Charlotte’s perspective and am curious to see what she decides after her Rumspringa. Looking forward to the next installment.
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  • Diane Hernandez
    January 1, 1970
    Criminally Cocoa is a chocolate amuse bouche for fans of the Amish Candy Shop series while awaiting the next full-length series entry in June 2019.Bailey takes her Amish cousin, Charlotte, to New York City to tape the pilot for Bailey’s new cable TV show, Bailey’s Amish Sweets. Luckily, Charlotte is in rumspringa and has more freedom before joining the Amish church. During the first day, a suspicious accident occurs on set. Charlotte, with the help of production assistant Todd, investigates.Crim Criminally Cocoa is a chocolate amuse bouche for fans of the Amish Candy Shop series while awaiting the next full-length series entry in June 2019.Bailey takes her Amish cousin, Charlotte, to New York City to tape the pilot for Bailey’s new cable TV show, Bailey’s Amish Sweets. Luckily, Charlotte is in rumspringa and has more freedom before joining the Amish church. During the first day, a suspicious accident occurs on set. Charlotte, with the help of production assistant Todd, investigates.Criminally Cocoa is a novella that moves Bailey’s story forward so is a must-read for series fans. While it can be read as a standalone, it is better to start with one of the full-length books in the series. This book is written from Charlotte’s first-person view and is clearly meant more as a fish-out-of-water tale than a true mystery. For series fans, it is a 3.5 star read rounded up to 4 stars!Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fun novella set in New York City. Bailey King is in New York filming her new TV show with Charlotte Weaver, Bailey’s cousin. Charlotte is on rumspringa, in some Amish communities it is a period of adolescence in which boys and girls are given greater personal freedom. She gets to experience the outside world. This should allow help her decide whether or not to be baptized Amish.The story is told from Charlotte’s view. Charlotte believes someone is sabotaging Bailey.Charlotte investigat This is a fun novella set in New York City. Bailey King is in New York filming her new TV show with Charlotte Weaver, Bailey’s cousin. Charlotte is on rumspringa, in some Amish communities it is a period of adolescence in which boys and girls are given greater personal freedom. She gets to experience the outside world. This should allow help her decide whether or not to be baptized Amish.The story is told from Charlotte’s view. Charlotte believes someone is sabotaging Bailey.Charlotte investigates the accidents and mishaps to prove they aren’t Bailey’s fault. The characters are well rounded and well developed. The mystery is well crafted. See if Charlotte figures out who is trying to undermine her cousin.Recipe for chocolate Easter baskets included.I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy from Kensington Books via Netgalley and these are my own opinions.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    What a fun book! Jethro the pig stole the show for me, but I also enjoyed the mystery. In fact, I had to stay up late to finish reading "Criminally Cocoa" because I just had to know how it ended. Also, I would definitely watch "Bailey's Amish Sweets" if it were a real show - can someone make that happen?!Only after I picked up this book did I realize it's part of a series. I think parts of it would have made more sense if I knew the background of each character, but the author Amanda Flower did What a fun book! Jethro the pig stole the show for me, but I also enjoyed the mystery. In fact, I had to stay up late to finish reading "Criminally Cocoa" because I just had to know how it ended. Also, I would definitely watch "Bailey's Amish Sweets" if it were a real show - can someone make that happen?!Only after I picked up this book did I realize it's part of a series. I think parts of it would have made more sense if I knew the background of each character, but the author Amanda Flower did a good job explaining things so I wasn't confused about how the characters connected to each other. I would also suggest shorter paragraphs in places to improve the flow.If I have the opportunity, I will read more books in this series. Based on this one, I assume the others will also be easy to read, fun, engaging, humorous, and entertaining.
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  • Cindi
    January 1, 1970
    This novella, book 3.5 in the series to be exact, is the perfect quick read to hold you over before book four in the Amish Candy Shop series is released. Told from cousin Charlotte’s point of view, Bailey is off to NYC to film her new candy making show, Bailey’s Amish Sweets. On the set things behind to happen that makes it clear SOMEONE is out to ruin Bailey and her show before it even hits the airway. But all isn’t as it seem sat Gourmet TV and Charlotte finds herself not only on Englischer TV This novella, book 3.5 in the series to be exact, is the perfect quick read to hold you over before book four in the Amish Candy Shop series is released. Told from cousin Charlotte’s point of view, Bailey is off to NYC to film her new candy making show, Bailey’s Amish Sweets. On the set things behind to happen that makes it clear SOMEONE is out to ruin Bailey and her show before it even hits the airway. But all isn’t as it seem sat Gourmet TV and Charlotte finds herself not only on Englischer TV but also doing a little sleuthing of her own to find out who has it in for her cousin.Love this series by Amanda Flower. Actually I like all of this author’s writing. She keeps the story moving, fun and engaging. Can’t wait for Toxic Toffee to be released in June. A simple, cozy, and sweet read!
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  • Julie Graves
    January 1, 1970
    Bailey and her Amish friend Charlotte are in New York to film Bailey's new TV show. When mysterious things begin to happen on set Charlotte begins to wonder if someone is trying to sabotage Bailey.No murders in this novella, but plenty of mystery and fun characters, including Jethro the pet pig from Bailey's hometown. I enjoyed this novella in the Amish Candy Shop series. Seeing Charlotte out of her element trying to decide whether to stay in her Amish community or pursue her dreams was interest Bailey and her Amish friend Charlotte are in New York to film Bailey's new TV show. When mysterious things begin to happen on set Charlotte begins to wonder if someone is trying to sabotage Bailey.No murders in this novella, but plenty of mystery and fun characters, including Jethro the pet pig from Bailey's hometown. I enjoyed this novella in the Amish Candy Shop series. Seeing Charlotte out of her element trying to decide whether to stay in her Amish community or pursue her dreams was interesting. As always Jethro was full of trouble, but cute as a pig can be! The mystery was solid even though I found the "who-done-it" pretty obvious. Looking forward to the next full-length novel in the series TOXIC TOFFEE due out in June.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    Be warned that this is a novella- and so it's treat to whet your whistle for the next full length book! This time out, Charlotte is on rumspringa in New York. She's rightfully worried that someone has set out to ruin her cousin Bailey's big TV opportunity. Of course someone has and Charlotte, who has heretofore lived a protected lifestyle, sets out to find the culprit. No spoilers but this IS cozy country and it does involve a nice Amish girl so take it from there. Thanks to Netgalley for the AR Be warned that this is a novella- and so it's treat to whet your whistle for the next full length book! This time out, Charlotte is on rumspringa in New York. She's rightfully worried that someone has set out to ruin her cousin Bailey's big TV opportunity. Of course someone has and Charlotte, who has heretofore lived a protected lifestyle, sets out to find the culprit. No spoilers but this IS cozy country and it does involve a nice Amish girl so take it from there. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. This is a pleasant cozy series and I'm looking forward to the next one.
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  • Kay Defreese
    January 1, 1970
    Criminally Cocoal is a short novella in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. Bailey is back in New York City filming her new candy show but this time the story is told from the view point of her Amish friend Charlotte. Nobody is murdered in this story but someone is trying to sabotage Bailey's new show. Who can it be? Charlotte has her theories and in the end she solves the case. There is plenty of humor in this story as Jethro, Juliet's pet pig makes an appearance. Highly recommend this series. Criminally Cocoal is a short novella in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. Bailey is back in New York City filming her new candy show but this time the story is told from the view point of her Amish friend Charlotte. Nobody is murdered in this story but someone is trying to sabotage Bailey's new show. Who can it be? Charlotte has her theories and in the end she solves the case. There is plenty of humor in this story as Jethro, Juliet's pet pig makes an appearance. Highly recommend this series.I received this ebook from Kensington Books through Netgalley.
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  • Janet Graham
    January 1, 1970
    Amish Crime Solving in the Big AppleThis novella is part of the Amish Candy Shop Mystery Series. While it is built on prior episodes, it stands alone well. This book takes place in New York City while the ladies are filming the new television series and is told from Charlotte's point of view. The plot is great with plenty of interest generating bits. The book is complete with an Easter time candy recipe. I received this ARC for free and this is my honest review.
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  • Cris (The Biblio Blonde)
    January 1, 1970
    Criminally Cocoa is a short novella in the Amish Candy Shop series. Bailey and Charlotte hit NYC for filming of Bailey’s new show, but when things start going wrong on set, Charlotte sets out to investigate. This is an extremely quick read and has a bit of an Easter theme. It’s told from Charlotte’s point of view, which adds a new perspective. Fun story that makes a nice addition to the series.Thanks to Net Galley and Kensington Books for the digital review copy of this title!
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  • Barb
    January 1, 1970
    Bailey is in New York City to film her new cable TV show, and she's taken Charlotte with her. The Amish girl is in her year of Rumspringa, and is determined to experience as much of the English world as she can, but the big city has her completely overwhelmed. But when things start to go wrong during the filming, Charlotte suspects that someone is out to sabotage the show, and she takes it upon herself to figure out who – and why. This is what I call a half-step book – a novella that, chronologi Bailey is in New York City to film her new cable TV show, and she's taken Charlotte with her. The Amish girl is in her year of Rumspringa, and is determined to experience as much of the English world as she can, but the big city has her completely overwhelmed. But when things start to go wrong during the filming, Charlotte suspects that someone is out to sabotage the show, and she takes it upon herself to figure out who – and why. This is what I call a half-step book – a novella that, chronologically, falls between two main books in a series – and as such, it didn't take long to read, but I'm glad I read it. While the other books in the series have been written from Bailey's point of view, this one is told by Charlotte. That worked for this story, as it gave the reader a chance to see a big city like New York through the eyes of an Amish farm girl from a small town in Ohio, which was important to the story, as were the new characters. While I enjoyed the story, I'll be glad to return to Harvest and the regular cast of characters in the next book. Thank you to the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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  • Missy VanHoose
    January 1, 1970
    This is an fun novella set in the Amish Candy series. I had a fun time following Bailey and Charlotte around New York for the filming of the Amish candy making show. It had a good short mystery to follow along with. I received a copy of this book through NetGalley and the publisher in return for my honest review.
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  • Colleen
    January 1, 1970
    Great Read!This short novella by Amanda Flower was as great as her full-length novels. The intrigue, while not murders, left me wanting to continue reading. I would have never geuessed who was behind the incidents set forth in the story. Do we have a new amateur sleuth on our hands?
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  • Deborah Almada
    January 1, 1970
    Fun quick readI love this series and this is a perfect segway between Bailey's new life in her family's Amish candy store and an occasional trip to her old home in the Big Apple to tape segments of her new candy making TV show. The problem is someone doesn't want Bailey to succeed, it's a good thing her Amish cousin Charlotte is there to watch her back!
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  • Candy Kennedy
    January 1, 1970
    Backstabbing Buddies.A quick read that bridges a new story line. Bailey is filming a new candy making show on Food TV. The story mostly on set tells of cooking mishaps to make Bailey look incompetent.Cass her long time NY friend and agent and a young Amish friend have her back. Jethro the pig and the awe at life away from the Amish make for a good story.
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