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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  • LORI CASWELL
    January 1, 1970
    Dollycas’s ThoughtsThis delightful novella picks up where the last book leaves off, Bailey and Charlotte travel to New York to film Bailey’s Amish Sweets. Both are thrilled to be part of the Gourmet Television Network. Anxious and nervous for everything to go smoothly Bailey tries to do her best but a bunch of freaky things happen. It seems the show may never get off the ground. Charlotte makes some keen observations proving the mishaps are not accidents and she is determined to find out who is Dollycas’s ThoughtsThis delightful novella picks up where the last book leaves off, Bailey and Charlotte travel to New York to film Bailey’s Amish Sweets. Both are thrilled to be part of the Gourmet Television Network. Anxious and nervous for everything to go smoothly Bailey tries to do her best but a bunch of freaky things happen. It seems the show may never get off the ground. Charlotte makes some keen observations proving the mishaps are not accidents and she is determined to find out who is trying to keep Bailey off the air. She just needs to keep herself safe in the process.I loved that this story was told from Charlotte’s point of view. She has a huge decision to make soon and spending part of her rumspringa in New York may help her to make her decision. Seeing New York through her eyes was wonderful, that city is awestriking whether you are Amish or English. I am sure I would have reactions similar to hers.I enjoyed that Juliet Brody and her comfort pig, Jethro make a surprise appearance to help Bailey out. That Jethro shakes things up wherever he goes.For a book of this length, there was a good number of suspects and Ms. Flower twisted the clues up nicely. There were some tense moments as everything came to a head. I was partially right in my deductions, I just didn’t get the extra little skewering twist. Well-plotted Ms. Flower.This was a nice little interlude as fans wait for Toxic Toffee to be released June 25.Oh, and there are recipes too!
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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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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Bailey King is in New York City, filming her new cooking show, Bailey's amish Sweets. She's brought her cousin, Charlotte Weaver, with her. While they're on the set, strange things start happening, including an explosion that could have turned deadlyWhile Bailey is working to get things just right, Charlotte decides to look into the sabotage herself, to find out what is happening and make it stop.This was a fun interlude in the Amish Candy Shop mysteries. It was entertaining to see Bailey from C Bailey King is in New York City, filming her new cooking show, Bailey's amish Sweets. She's brought her cousin, Charlotte Weaver, with her. While they're on the set, strange things start happening, including an explosion that could have turned deadlyWhile Bailey is working to get things just right, Charlotte decides to look into the sabotage herself, to find out what is happening and make it stop.This was a fun interlude in the Amish Candy Shop mysteries. It was entertaining to see Bailey from Charlotte's point of view, and to see Charlotte react to the world of the English while she decides between that and the Amish way of life.As usual, Jethro the pig makes an appearance, and pretty much steals the show, lol. I highly recommend this series. It's great fun, and this short story is a wonderful addition.
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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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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    This is a novella in the Amish Candy shop series. Bailey and her cousin, Clara travel to New York to tape Bailey's candy show. This is told from Clara's point of view, which is a change from the previous books. It seems someone is out to sabotage Bailey's show. Clara doesn't want to worry Bailey so she doesn't tell her about her suspicions and investigates on her own.This was a cute story. I liked that it was written from Clara's point of view. It was interesting to see the story from that side. This is a novella in the Amish Candy shop series. Bailey and her cousin, Clara travel to New York to tape Bailey's candy show. This is told from Clara's point of view, which is a change from the previous books. It seems someone is out to sabotage Bailey's show. Clara doesn't want to worry Bailey so she doesn't tell her about her suspicions and investigates on her own.This was a cute story. I liked that it was written from Clara's point of view. It was interesting to see the story from that side. It was light and fun and perfect for a novella between books.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Daniele
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsCRIMINALLY COCOA is a fun little novella set in author Amanda Flower’s Amish Candy Shop series’ world. It is a bit different from the full length novels as it is told from Amanda’s Amish cousin Charlotte’s point of view. Flower does a great job capturing Charlotte’s “fish out of water” culture clash with bustling New York City. The mystery is gentle and does not include murder, only mischief. Even Juliet Brody and Jethro the pig make an appearance.CRIMINALLY COCOA fills the void while w 3.5 starsCRIMINALLY COCOA is a fun little novella set in author Amanda Flower’s Amish Candy Shop series’ world. It is a bit different from the full length novels as it is told from Amanda’s Amish cousin Charlotte’s point of view. Flower does a great job capturing Charlotte’s “fish out of water” culture clash with bustling New York City. The mystery is gentle and does not include murder, only mischief. Even Juliet Brody and Jethro the pig make an appearance.CRIMINALLY COCOA fills the void while waiting for the next book in the series to be released. It is cute, fast reading.I received an ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley and voluntarily shared my thoughts here.
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  • Robin Leslie Coxon
    January 1, 1970
    When it is time for Bailey to move to New York to film her cooking show, Bailey's Amish Chocolates, she takes her cousin, Charlotte Weaver who is on rumspringa. Where the other books in this series focused on Bailey and her struggle being accepted by the Amish and trying to help solves murders, this book focuses on Charlotte and how she tries to figure out who is trying to sabotage Bailey's chance of landing her cooking show. While I enjoyed the book I didn't find it as entertainment as the othe When it is time for Bailey to move to New York to film her cooking show, Bailey's Amish Chocolates, she takes her cousin, Charlotte Weaver who is on rumspringa. Where the other books in this series focused on Bailey and her struggle being accepted by the Amish and trying to help solves murders, this book focuses on Charlotte and how she tries to figure out who is trying to sabotage Bailey's chance of landing her cooking show. While I enjoyed the book I didn't find it as entertainment as the other's in this series.
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  • Micky Cox
    January 1, 1970
    In this installment of the Amish Candy series, Bailey and Charlotte have ventured to NY to film Bailey's new candy based tv show. Unfortunately things start to go awry and it seems someone is out to get Bailey. In an interesting twist, this book is told from Charlotte's perspective which brings an interesting perspective to the events unfolding. The character development is quite good as usual as is the plot so all in all a very successful visit with the ladies. I quite look forward to how the n In this installment of the Amish Candy series, Bailey and Charlotte have ventured to NY to film Bailey's new candy based tv show. Unfortunately things start to go awry and it seems someone is out to get Bailey. In an interesting twist, this book is told from Charlotte's perspective which brings an interesting perspective to the events unfolding. The character development is quite good as usual as is the plot so all in all a very successful visit with the ladies. I quite look forward to how the next book unfolds and how the community of Harvest deals with Charlotte's role in the tv show.
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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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  • 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 (Kentuckybooklover) 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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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Criminally Cocoa is a companion novella to the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series (#3.5). This installment finds Bailey King in New York City filming for her new series Bailey's Amish Sweets, to be featured on the Gourmet Television network. Accompanying Bailey to the city is her cousin Charlotte Weaver who is currently on rumspringa, and the story is told from Charlotte's point of view.From the start things on the shoot seem to go horribly wrong and Charlotte is convinced someone is deliberately t Criminally Cocoa is a companion novella to the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series (#3.5). This installment finds Bailey King in New York City filming for her new series Bailey's Amish Sweets, to be featured on the Gourmet Television network. Accompanying Bailey to the city is her cousin Charlotte Weaver who is currently on rumspringa, and the story is told from Charlotte's point of view.From the start things on the shoot seem to go horribly wrong and Charlotte is convinced someone is deliberately trying to sabotage Bailey. A double boiler explodes sending shards of glass and chocolate all over the set, someone fills a can of pretzels being used for the Easter bird nests with sneezing powder and a loud horn scares Jethro and he takes off running through the park. Yes, Julia Brody and her precious pet porcine have come to the city at the bequest of Bailey's friend Cass.It is interesting to solve the mystery from the young Amish girl's perspective. While the novella can read as a stand alone I recommend reading the series in order to fully understand the background history of the series characters. A quick, pleasing afternoon read.I received an advanced copy of Criminally Cocoa from NetGalley via Kensington Books. While not required to write a review I am more than happy to offer my honest opinion.
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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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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Bailey and Charlotte have gone to New York to film the television show that was teased during Premeditated Peppermint. Strange and downright dangerous “accidents” keep happening on set and they’re determined to figure out whodunnit.I enjoyed this story but it was a departure having Charlotte as the narrating character instead of Bailey. That wasn’t bad, though, just different but I missed being inside Bailey’s head. I also might’ve preferred that this were novel-length to get more suspense and s Bailey and Charlotte have gone to New York to film the television show that was teased during Premeditated Peppermint. Strange and downright dangerous “accidents” keep happening on set and they’re determined to figure out whodunnit.I enjoyed this story but it was a departure having Charlotte as the narrating character instead of Bailey. That wasn’t bad, though, just different but I missed being inside Bailey’s head. I also might’ve preferred that this were novel-length to get more suspense and suspects and tension and drama sprinkled in rather than pretty certain almost right from the off who was behind it all. I also would have liked more Easter in the story line but that’s probably the Englischer in me that wants that, Charlotte and Clara would likely not approve.I also wish there had been more recipes at the end, especially one for homemade caramel. Bailey mentions that her grandmother wouldn’t let her get away with premade (unless premade BY Swissmen Sweets) caramel and I wish there was a recipe to go along with that statement. I also would have enjoyed the marshmallow creme and fudge eggs recipes.All in all, though, this was an enjoyable read and I look forward to the next one from this author.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Criminally Cocoa by Amanda Flower is a novella taking place in New York City as Bailey and Charlotte are filming for Bailey's TV cooking show. Charlotte is awed and confused by everything. Questioning everyone. It was so different here from her Amish community in Ohio. One thing she knew: the show would be fabulous. It was Bailey's show. The things started going wrong. Bailey turned the heat up too high on the stove and it caused the double boiler to explode. Had she? Maybe, until other things s Criminally Cocoa by Amanda Flower is a novella taking place in New York City as Bailey and Charlotte are filming for Bailey's TV cooking show. Charlotte is awed and confused by everything. Questioning everyone. It was so different here from her Amish community in Ohio. One thing she knew: the show would be fabulous. It was Bailey's show. The things started going wrong. Bailey turned the heat up too high on the stove and it caused the double boiler to explode. Had she? Maybe, until other things started going wrong. Was the show doomed?This is a delightful little tale, just long enough to expose the villains and put Charlotte in the spotlight. This is totally Charlotte's book and shows her in all her naivete and sweetness but also makes real her struggle with her religion. She is of the age to make a permanent commitment to the way of life and Criminally Cocoa walks through her uncertainty and confusion. Either way, she is unlikely to make her life in New York. Lots of fun in this book as well as twists and turns make it a must-read. Criminally Cocoa is a fun read and one to be enjoyed as a stepping-stone in the larger series.I received a free ARC of Criminally Cocoa in exchange for a fair and honest review. #netgalley #criminallycocoa
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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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  • Debra Jo Burnette
    January 1, 1970
    Bailey is an English, a non Amish person, living in Amish country. She had previously given up on her NYC lifestyle and her fancy Chocolatier job, to help her grandmother run the Amish candy shop after her grandfather's passing.In this novella, we see life through Charlotte's eyes. Harvest goes to NYC... filming Bailey's new television show, Charlotte is her candy making assistant. When things start going wrong with the shoots daily, Charlotte realizes there is someone trying to sabotage Bailey' Bailey is an English, a non Amish person, living in Amish country. She had previously given up on her NYC lifestyle and her fancy Chocolatier job, to help her grandmother run the Amish candy shop after her grandfather's passing.In this novella, we see life through Charlotte's eyes. Harvest goes to NYC... filming Bailey's new television show, Charlotte is her candy making assistant. When things start going wrong with the shoots daily, Charlotte realizes there is someone trying to sabotage Bailey's chances at getting her show on tv. I really enjoyed reading from Charlotte's POV. I liked that there were mysteries to solve instead of murders. I often wonder why it has to be murders in every cozy novel. This was just a nice change of pace. I also adore the shenanigans that Juliet and Jethro bring to the table. I received a digital copy of this book via NetGalley. I am impatiently waiting for book 4, Toxic Toffee, which will be released on June 25, 2019.
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  • Patti Whitson Stephenson
    January 1, 1970
    Another fun mystery from Amanda Flower! Bailey and Charlotte are in NYC for Bailey to film her TV show for the Gourmet Network. This time we are viewing the city and it’s citizens from Charlotte’s Amish point of view. Charlotte becomes convinced that someone is trying to sabotage Bailey’s TV show and she’s using her considerable investigative skills to save Bailey’s show. Add Jethro the pig into this NYC location and it only increases the fun. I am hoping to read another book in which Charlotte Another fun mystery from Amanda Flower! Bailey and Charlotte are in NYC for Bailey to film her TV show for the Gourmet Network. This time we are viewing the city and it’s citizens from Charlotte’s Amish point of view. Charlotte becomes convinced that someone is trying to sabotage Bailey’s TV show and she’s using her considerable investigative skills to save Bailey’s show. Add Jethro the pig into this NYC location and it only increases the fun. I am hoping to read another book in which Charlotte plays a major role. She the perfect combination of intelligence and Amish wisdom combined with naivety. I enjoyed looking at life from her Amish viewpoint. This is a sweet and clean cozy mystery. It’s a light, entertaining story that will make you smile. This is not a “Christian fiction” book, but I have no problem recommending this book to anyone who loves reading that genre.I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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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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  • Lghiggins
    January 1, 1970
    I have read books in two different series by Amanda Flowers and generally find her plots intriguing, her characters interesting, and her writing style excellent. Criminally Cocoa, except for the kitschy title, was disappointing. Normally I like the rare cozy mystery that doesn’t revolve around a murder. No murder here, but no plot success either. Flowers and her characters kept strolling through the same territory with two themes (Amish girl in the big city and the success or failure of a new co I have read books in two different series by Amanda Flowers and generally find her plots intriguing, her characters interesting, and her writing style excellent. Criminally Cocoa, except for the kitschy title, was disappointing. Normally I like the rare cozy mystery that doesn’t revolve around a murder. No murder here, but no plot success either. Flowers and her characters kept strolling through the same territory with two themes (Amish girl in the big city and the success or failure of a new cooking show) over and over again. Fortunately this book is a novella. Otherwise, I would have broken my own rule for my book world and not finished the book. I did complete it, but only so I could write a proper review.I would like to extend my thanks to netgalley.com and to Kensington Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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