Marshmallow Malice (Amish Candy Shop Mystery #5)
Caught in a sticky situation . . . With Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook tying the knot in Ohio’s Amish Country’s most anticipated nuptials of the year, Bailey King is determined to do everything in her power to make the event a sweet success. Except midsummer heat waves and outdoor ceremonies don’t mix, and an exasperated Bailey soon finds herself struggling to fulfill bridesmaid duties and keep her stunning marshmallow-frosted wedding cake from becoming a gooey disaster. Then much to everyone’s shock, the entire ceremony crumbles when a guest drops dead, and the cause isn’t sunstroke . . . Turns out, the uninvited victim came equipped with lots of dirt on the devout reverend’s hidden past. As Reverend Brook tops the murder suspect list on what should have been the happiest day of his life, Bailey and her sheriff’s deputy boyfriend vow to clear his name. Can the duo boil down a series of baffling clues before Juliet considers her marriage a bad mistake—or the killer whips up another deadly surprise?

Marshmallow Malice (Amish Candy Shop Mystery #5) Details

TitleMarshmallow Malice (Amish Candy Shop Mystery #5)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 26th, 2020
PublisherKensington
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Amish, Fiction

Marshmallow Malice (Amish Candy Shop Mystery #5) Review

  • Natalia R
    January 1, 1970
    Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook are finally getting married. Everyone is excited and Bailey is busy baking the stunning marshmallow-frosted wedding cake and fulfilling bridesmaid duties. The day is filled with ups and downs, including a ruined wedding cake, Juliet's hair being burned off with a curling iron, and a drunk wedding crasher who objects to the wedding because she doesn't think Reverend Brook deserves to be happy. When the wedding crasher is found dead on the church steps the next day, Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook are finally getting married. Everyone is excited and Bailey is busy baking the stunning marshmallow-frosted wedding cake and fulfilling bridesmaid duties. The day is filled with ups and downs, including a ruined wedding cake, Juliet's hair being burned off with a curling iron, and a drunk wedding crasher who objects to the wedding because she doesn't think Reverend Brook deserves to be happy. When the wedding crasher is found dead on the church steps the next day, Bailey and her best friend Cass, decide to their own investigation, much to the dismay of her sheriff's deputy boyfriend, Aiden Brody. Meanwhile, Aiden's high school sweetheart is in town for the wedding, and she is determined to win him back.This is the fifth book in Amanda Flower's An Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. This is a delightful series, with wonderful characters, a charming small-town setting, and a sense of community and family. This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series, and when a new installment comes out it feels like catching up with old friends. Amanda Flower's writing style is engaging and filled with humor. Our main character, Bailey, is loyal, caring, hardworking, and independent. Her relationship with Aiden is progressing nicely, but I would like to see them communicate better and not keep things from each other. The mystery is well-plotted, with plenty of red herrings and false leads to throw readers off the scent. The reveal came as a complete surprise to me because the culprit wasn't even on my radar.Overall, I think this is a fantastic addition to the series and I eagerly await the next book. Amanda Flower never disappoints, and I highly recommend any of her series.Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Marshmallow Malice by Amanda Flower is the fifth full length novel in the cozy Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. Along with two companion novellas in this series each of the books holds it’s own mystery that will be solved so they can be read in any order or as a standalone if choosing to do so. For those that follow from the beginning in the series though there is character building carrying over from book to book to tie them altogether.The main character in this series, Bailey King, had been wo Marshmallow Malice by Amanda Flower is the fifth full length novel in the cozy Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. Along with two companion novellas in this series each of the books holds it’s own mystery that will be solved so they can be read in any order or as a standalone if choosing to do so. For those that follow from the beginning in the series though there is character building carrying over from book to book to tie them altogether.The main character in this series, Bailey King, had been working in New York as a chocolatier before she decided to return to Harvest, Ohio and help her Amish grandmother run their family owned candy shop, Swissmen Sweets. While Bailey is not Amish herself she does find herself fitting into the community with her Amish roots and trusted more than other outsiders.The time has finally arrived for the wedding of Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook and Bailey has been asked to be a part of the bridal party since she has been dating Juliet’s son. Hoping to make the day a huge success Bailey has done everything she can to please the bride and groom including making a huge marshmallow topped cake for the occasion. Unfortunately an uninvited guest interrupts the ceremony and to make matters worse the woman is found murdered shortly after putting the wedding party on the suspect list.Having followed this one from the beginning the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series has become one of my favorite cozy series that has me keeping an eye out for each new installment. For me this one has just the right mix of the quirky fun and mystery in it. I loved how the author has taken a regular American and thrust her into the Amish world giving her the means to fit into both the regular community and Amish people. And as much as I like the characters there’s also cute critters stealing the show too.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    This is a cozy Amish Mystery. The main character is Bailey and she owns a Amish Candy Shop with her Grandmother. This book is the fifth book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery. Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook wedding is finally here and happens at the very beginning of the book. And of course there is Jethro the pig that Bailey is watching for her boyfriend's mother, Juliet. There was a murder that happens right after the wedding and of course they are trying to solve it the whole book. I found the This is a cozy Amish Mystery. The main character is Bailey and she owns a Amish Candy Shop with her Grandmother. This book is the fifth book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery. Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook wedding is finally here and happens at the very beginning of the book. And of course there is Jethro the pig that Bailey is watching for her boyfriend's mother, Juliet. There was a murder that happens right after the wedding and of course they are trying to solve it the whole book. I found the characters very developed and likeable and fun. Great Cozy Mystery. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book will be coming out on May 26-2020.
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  • Gloria
    January 1, 1970
    I love returning to Harvest, Ohio for a visit with Bailey King and the ladies who work at Swissmen Sweets Candy Shop, owned by Bailey and her Amish grandmother. Juliet Brody, mom of Bailey's boyfriend, Aiden, and Reverend Brook are having their wedding with Bailey serving as maid of honor, Aiden as best man, and Jethro, Juliet's pet potbelly pig, as ringbearer. It is all very exciting and going well until a strange woman enters the church to yell as the pastor before she is removed. No one seems I love returning to Harvest, Ohio for a visit with Bailey King and the ladies who work at Swissmen Sweets Candy Shop, owned by Bailey and her Amish grandmother. Juliet Brody, mom of Bailey's boyfriend, Aiden, and Reverend Brook are having their wedding with Bailey serving as maid of honor, Aiden as best man, and Jethro, Juliet's pet potbelly pig, as ringbearer. It is all very exciting and going well until a strange woman enters the church to yell as the pastor before she is removed. No one seems to know her and what is going on but she apparently knows Pastor Brook. The next morning as Bailey is about to enter the church to make sure all is ready for service after the ceremony, she discovers the woman's body on the church steps. Bailey's BFF, Cass, is in town for a few days vacation and to attend the wedding so she is happy to help Bailey find out what is going on. Aiden, deputy sheriff, is begrudgingly resigned to Bailey getting involved. As always, this is a great mystery to solve and Bailey cannot seem to stay out of danger and trouble but the Amish trust her over the Englisch law enforcement. With the fourth of July coming up, the store is busy making lots of yummy desserts and candies for the festivities. An old flame of Aiden's is back in town and wants to get back with him. What is going on there? Lots of things to clear up in this great addition to the series.I received a complimentary ARC from Kensington Publishing through NetGalley for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    The wedding day of Juliet Brody and Reverend Brooks is finally here! Bailey and Swissmen's Sweets have made a marshmallow cake per Juliet's wishes and she is also the maid of honor. She's accompanied by her Detective beau, Adrien Brody. The ceremony is disrupted by an intoxicated mystery woman who crashes the wedding, accusing the Reverend of being a traitor, whose body is later found dead on the church steps. Bailey is determined to identify this woman and her connection to the Reverend. Moons The wedding day of Juliet Brody and Reverend Brooks is finally here! Bailey and Swissmen's Sweets have made a marshmallow cake per Juliet's wishes and she is also the maid of honor. She's accompanied by her Detective beau, Adrien Brody. The ceremony is disrupted by an intoxicated mystery woman who crashes the wedding, accusing the Reverend of being a traitor, whose body is later found dead on the church steps. Bailey is determined to identify this woman and her connection to the Reverend. Moonshine, marshmallows, family secrets, and a generous dose of Jethro the pig combine to make this latest installment a sweet success!Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington for an ARC of this book. My review is voluntary.
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  • Taryn
    January 1, 1970
    Bailey's boyfriend Aiden's mom and the local Reverend are ready to tie the knot. As maid of honor Bailey is doing everything she can to make sure Juliet's day goes off without a hitch. Everything seems to be going well until a woman steps in during the wedding to make slanderous accusations against Reverend Brook. The woman is removed and Juliet ignores what the woman said, marrying the reverend without further interruption. Things get worse at the reception when Juliet's pig Jethro trips Bailey Bailey's boyfriend Aiden's mom and the local Reverend are ready to tie the knot. As maid of honor Bailey is doing everything she can to make sure Juliet's day goes off without a hitch. Everything seems to be going well until a woman steps in during the wedding to make slanderous accusations against Reverend Brook. The woman is removed and Juliet ignores what the woman said, marrying the reverend without further interruption. Things get worse at the reception when Juliet's pig Jethro trips Bailey making her crash into the wedding cake destroying it. When the day is finally over Bailey sighs with relief, the happy couple will be off on their honeymoon after church the next day. When Bailey goes to the church early the next morning to make sure everything is as it should be she finds the woman from the previous day dead on the steps. Who is this woman and why was she killed and left on the church steps? The reverend only knows her first name and gives Bailey all the information he can about the woman. The reverend is soon eliminated as a suspect so off he goes on his honeymoon with Juliet. Bailey knows she must figure out who the woman was before she can look at people who might have wanted her dead. There is an Amish connection Bailey just has to find out where it leads. Follow along as she investigates, will she be able to figure out who the killer is before she herself becomes a victim?
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  • Nancy Baker
    January 1, 1970
    The always upbeat Juliet is trying to remain positive on her wedding day despite major problems. (We won't even talk about the hair incident.) Her maid of honor, Bailey, is having her own concerns because she made and is responsible for the wedding cake. Juliet requested a marshmallow icing and on the hot summer day she is afraid it will melt. However, what happened in the ceremony turned out to be the biggest problem until a body was discovered the next morning. This story had me guessing from The always upbeat Juliet is trying to remain positive on her wedding day despite major problems. (We won't even talk about the hair incident.) Her maid of honor, Bailey, is having her own concerns because she made and is responsible for the wedding cake. Juliet requested a marshmallow icing and on the hot summer day she is afraid it will melt. However, what happened in the ceremony turned out to be the biggest problem until a body was discovered the next morning. This story had me guessing from beginning to end about not only the murder but what might happen between Bailey and her boyfriend Aiden now that his old girlfriend has shown up again. As always Juliet's comfort animal, Jethro the pig, kept me entertained with his mischievousness. Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    January 1, 1970
    This is the fifth book in Amanda Flower's An Amish Candy Shop Mystery series and this is another winner. I really enjoy this series with its wonderful characters, a small town setting as well as a local Amish community, and always delicious foods. In this outing, Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook are finally getting married. With most of the town attending the wedding, Bailey the maid of honour in her cupcake dress and Jethro the pig as the ring bearer, a wedding crasher calls the reverend a trait This is the fifth book in Amanda Flower's An Amish Candy Shop Mystery series and this is another winner. I really enjoy this series with its wonderful characters, a small town setting as well as a local Amish community, and always delicious foods. In this outing, Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook are finally getting married. With most of the town attending the wedding, Bailey the maid of honour in her cupcake dress and Jethro the pig as the ring bearer, a wedding crasher calls the reverend a traitor and tries to stop the wedding. When she ends up dead, left on the steps of the church the next morning, he becomes one of the main suspects. This is one of my favourite cozy mystery series. Marshmallow Malice has a very well-developed plot with great writing. Of course there is always some humour involved and in this story it is all caused by Jethro the pig. I really like Bailey as the protagonist, she is loving, independent, smart, loyal and hardworking. She works well with her boyfriend Aiden, a town police officer. She also acts as liaison between the police and the Amish community due to her grandmother being Amish. There is some spirituality in the book with Amish beliefs mentioned a few times, but that is it. The mystery is complicated enough to have several suspects and a few red herrings to keep this reader guessing. I was not sure who the culprit was until just before the final takedown scene, which was quite tense. A great addition to the Amish Candy Shop Series. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Rebecca Mitchell. This is the first book I've listened to narrated by her and I enjoyed her performance. She has an easy voice to listen to and I felt she did a good job with this story, using expression, inflection and tone to bring the reader into the story. Her voices for the characters were not all that much differentiated, but I was able to determine who was speaking in most situations due to intonation. I will continue to listen to books that she narrates. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    It is finally time for Juliet and Reverend Brook to get married. A mysterious woman crashes the wedding a tries to put a stop to it. When the woman is found dead outside of the church. When it turns out she has a connection to the reverend, Bailey and her best friend, Cass, start investigating. I love this series. The characters are fun and likeable. Jethro the pig has to be one of my favorite literary pets ever. He causes so much mischief without meaning to, but you can't help but love him. Can It is finally time for Juliet and Reverend Brook to get married. A mysterious woman crashes the wedding a tries to put a stop to it. When the woman is found dead outside of the church. When it turns out she has a connection to the reverend, Bailey and her best friend, Cass, start investigating. I love this series. The characters are fun and likeable. Jethro the pig has to be one of my favorite literary pets ever. He causes so much mischief without meaning to, but you can't help but love him. Can't wait to read more.
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  • The Kawaii Slartibartfast
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.The fifth installment of this delightful series involves Juliet's (the mother of Bailey's boyfriend, Aiden) wedding and of course with it being Juliet nothing can go off without a hitch.Of course someone would try to interrupt the wedding! Can this poor woman not catch a break?The interlopers body is found and Bailey is determined to catch the killer.I love this series so much. The cast feels like a I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.The fifth installment of this delightful series involves Juliet's (the mother of Bailey's boyfriend, Aiden) wedding and of course with it being Juliet nothing can go off without a hitch.Of course someone would try to interrupt the wedding! Can this poor woman not catch a break?The interlopers body is found and Bailey is determined to catch the killer.I love this series so much. The cast feels like a family and a revelation in the book actually really shocked me!
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  • Dawn Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Another really good addition to this cozy series; if not for a few teeny complaints, this would have been a five star read for me. Very well done. This time around, it is finally Juliet and Reverend Brook's wedding and everyone is going crazy getting ready for it, including Bailey, who is not only the cake maker, but also the maid of honor. Trusting that the wedding will go off without a hitch, everyone arrives at the church only to have it disrupted by a crazy-looking woman yelling at Reverend Another really good addition to this cozy series; if not for a few teeny complaints, this would have been a five star read for me. Very well done. This time around, it is finally Juliet and Reverend Brook's wedding and everyone is going crazy getting ready for it, including Bailey, who is not only the cake maker, but also the maid of honor. Trusting that the wedding will go off without a hitch, everyone arrives at the church only to have it disrupted by a crazy-looking woman yelling at Reverend Brook and calling him a traitor. The wedding continues after she is removed, but the next morning a dead body shows up on the steps of the church and it looks like Reverend Brook has some explaining to do. Amongst other things. The topic of this book is alcohol and alcoholism and what it does to both people and families and those we love. The damage from either being an alcoholic or being married or related or a child of one is huge [I am a child of one and I still struggle with the fallout from that on a regular basis, not to mention my own struggle with it] and this book touches on this without being preachy, but showing it in a very honest way and just how it can wreck all those around you without you even being aware of it. And when people lie about their past or their present, the hurt and distrust becomes even bigger. And the fallout can be devastating. I think that the author handled this very well and I was impressed. Now...for the things I didn't like. Mind you, they are teeny. But they are things that annoyed me to no end. *Does Bailey ever actually WORK? That makes me crazy - especially when she talks about how she moved to Ohio to help out her grandmother and to me it seems that Clara with the help of Charlotte and Emily, is doing all the work. It annoys me. *Bailey lives in a little rented house. Know how I know this? She TELLS YOU 1500 TIMES. I almost sprained my eyeballs with this one. *Cass has been to Harvest before and only brings black jeans and SILK tank tops? Seriously? In the freaking summer? I'm sorry, but I lived in NYC and its hot and humid there too. Its not like she wouldn't have known and having had been there before, she would have known to dress the FRICK DOWN. Sigh. *THIS one is hidden due to it being slightly spoilerish. If you have not read the book, you should skip this. (view spoiler)[There is NO FREAKING WAY that anyone would have been okay with her guy not telling her about a girl he was "promised to" but who had been away for years and just now had swooped back home to "get her man". NO. WAY. IN. HE...well, you get the picture. Aiden is a bit of a hypocrite in this one and it makes me a little crazy. He is constantly upset that Bailey doesn't share, and he is VERY upset at what he learns about Reverend Brook, but he keeps the whole story with the redhead a freaking secret. It was petty and childish and really beneath him and the author to have written it that way. And for Bailey to not be upset was unrealistic. Because ANY woman that that happened to would go ballistic. Seriously. (hide spoiler)]Those are the things that keep this from being a 5 star read. I almost gave in when I was shocked at who the killer was, but the stuff in the spoiler part just pushed it back to 4 stars for me. That said, I love this series and I will keep reading them as long as she keeps writing them. It was a very good read. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Mary Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Marshmallow MaliceAmish Candy Shop, Book #5Amanda Flower5 StarsSynopsis: Caught in a sticky situation . . .With Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook tying the knot in Ohio's Amish Country's most anticipated nuptials of the year, Bailey King is determined to do everything in her power to make the event a sweet success. Except midsummer heat waves and outdoor ceremonies don't mix, and an exasperated Bailey soon finds herself struggling to fulfill bridesmaid duties and keep her stunning marshmallow-fros Marshmallow MaliceAmish Candy Shop, Book #5Amanda Flower5 StarsSynopsis: Caught in a sticky situation . . .With Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook tying the knot in Ohio's Amish Country's most anticipated nuptials of the year, Bailey King is determined to do everything in her power to make the event a sweet success. Except midsummer heat waves and outdoor ceremonies don't mix, and an exasperated Bailey soon finds herself struggling to fulfill bridesmaid duties and keep her stunning marshmallow-frosted wedding cake from becoming a gooey disaster. Then much to everyone's shock, the entire ceremony crumbles when a guest drops dead, and the cause isn't sunstroke . . .Turns out, the uninvited victim came equipped with lots of dirt on the devout reverend's hidden past. As Reverend Brook tops the murder suspect list on what should have been the happiest day of his life, Bailey and her sheriff's deputy boyfriend vow to clear his name. Can the duo boil down a series of baffling clues before Juliet considers her marriage a bad mistake--or the killer whips up another deadly surprise?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 JournalReview:The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional. I was so happy that Cass was very involved in this book, she and Bailey make a great crime fighting duo. The situations that they find themselves are funny and dangerous. I am very glad that Juliet and Reverend Brook finally tied the knot, they were made for each other. And what can I say about Jethro, Juliet’s little pig. I love all of his antics, they made me laugh.The writing style flowed smoothly and defined the characters very clearly by their actions and words. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning. In my mind’s eye, I could see all of the action taking place during the festival and at the candy shop.The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider. I considered the culprit for a moment and then discarded her as a suspect. Sleuthing is not an easy thing to do. I would highly recommend this book, and series, to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I know that anytime I pick up a book written by this author, I am in for a real treat.I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.
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  • Micky Cox
    January 1, 1970
    The candy shop is in full action preparing for Julliette and the Reverend Brooks' wedding as well as for the 4th of July festival on the square, but things are not as they seem when a young women crashes the wedding and screams at the groom! Another excellent visit with Bailey and the gang wrapped up in an entertaining and intriguing plot. This series weaves very real issues into the plot lines without losing the entertaining and happy feel of the books. In this book alcoholism is at the forefro The candy shop is in full action preparing for Julliette and the Reverend Brooks' wedding as well as for the 4th of July festival on the square, but things are not as they seem when a young women crashes the wedding and screams at the groom! Another excellent visit with Bailey and the gang wrapped up in an entertaining and intriguing plot. This series weaves very real issues into the plot lines without losing the entertaining and happy feel of the books. In this book alcoholism is at the forefront of the theme, but in a manner that allows the characters to remain the loveable and relatable ones we have grown to love. I absolutely can't wait to see what happens next as things are definitely reaching a crossroads for Bailey and Aiden.
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  • Lisa Morin
    January 1, 1970
    I was very excited to read this book, and once again I was awed by the creative genius of Amanda Flower.Every book in this series is packed with a good, solid mystery, lovable, colorful characters, and a small town where everyone knows your name.The book opens with the big day for Juliet and her soon to be husband, until the ceremony is interrupted, causing people to raise their eyebrows.As the maid of honor for Juliet, Bailey King takes her job very seriously, especially since she’s dating the I was very excited to read this book, and once again I was awed by the creative genius of Amanda Flower.Every book in this series is packed with a good, solid mystery, lovable, colorful characters, and a small town where everyone knows your name.The book opens with the big day for Juliet and her soon to be husband, until the ceremony is interrupted, causing people to raise their eyebrows.As the maid of honor for Juliet, Bailey King takes her job very seriously, especially since she’s dating the bride’s son.When the wedding crasher is removed, everyone breathes a sigh of relief, but we all know that’s not the end!Fans of this series will absolutely enjoy Marshmallow Malice.
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  • Fred
    January 1, 1970
    Marshmallow Malice is the fifth book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series.Once again it is busy times for Bailey King. Bailey works in her grandmother’s candy shop, Swissmen Sweets. Juliet Brody is getting married to Reverend Brook and Bailey is making the wedding cake that will have marshmallow icing. Bailey will also be the maid of honor and will be escorted down the aisle by Juliet’s pet pig and ring bearer, Jethro. The wedding goes off without a hitch and everyone heads outdoor to the rece Marshmallow Malice is the fifth book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series.Once again it is busy times for Bailey King. Bailey works in her grandmother’s candy shop, Swissmen Sweets. Juliet Brody is getting married to Reverend Brook and Bailey is making the wedding cake that will have marshmallow icing. Bailey will also be the maid of honor and will be escorted down the aisle by Juliet’s pet pig and ring bearer, Jethro. The wedding goes off without a hitch and everyone heads outdoor to the reception being held outdoors in the village square next to the church. As Bailey is approaching the table where the wedding cake is, Jethro tugs on his leash and gets away and he soon gets caught up in a table leg and the cake goes crashing to the ground. Bailey then loses her balance and falls next to the cake, getting icing on her, as she calls it, her “upside-down cupcake” dress. While some order is trying to be made a young lady, who is intoxicated, accuses Reverend Brook of being a traitor and quickly leaves. As Bailey is heading home to change her dress, she notices the same lady being forced into a car. Before Bailey can get there the car speeds off. The next morning, Bailey is going to check out the church to make sure that everything was cleaned up from the wedding and finds the lifeless body of the young lady on the steps of the church.Bailey and her BFF, Cass who has come to Harvest set out find who might have killed the young lady. Their investigation leads them to one of the local Amish farms and also to a local winery and they will end up dealing with illegal moonshiners.I love books by Ms. Flower and this was another wonderful story. They are always well-written and plotted stories. They all include a believable and well-developed cast of characters. There were plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end of the book.A delicious-sounding recipe is also included in the book.I’m eagerly awaiting the next book in this sweet series.
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  • Peggy R
    January 1, 1970
    I don't think there has been a cozy mystery written by author Amanda Flower that I haven't devoured. Ms. Flower is one of my favorite authors in this genre and I know when I start a new book by her that I am going to fall down the rabbit hole and be transported to a charming setting, populated with wonderful characters and a mystery that keeps me guessing. This is the 5th installment in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery, and pun intended, each one is a sweet treat. Bailey King is a terrific protagoni I don't think there has been a cozy mystery written by author Amanda Flower that I haven't devoured. Ms. Flower is one of my favorite authors in this genre and I know when I start a new book by her that I am going to fall down the rabbit hole and be transported to a charming setting, populated with wonderful characters and a mystery that keeps me guessing. This is the 5th installment in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery, and pun intended, each one is a sweet treat. Bailey King is a terrific protagonist. She is really coming into her own and I love how she is able to have one foot in both worlds. Her romance with Aiden is progressing nicely and things are going well at Swissmen's Sweets. Unfortunately, the one area where Bailey can't catch a break is stumbling over dead bodies. This time, it's on the steps of the church the morning after Juliet's wedding to Reverend Brooks. This time, she has her best friend Cass, who is visiting from New York, to help her with her sleuthing.I thought the mystery was well done. Ms. Flower, once again, did a traffic job of cast suspicion on a number of characters while dotting clues throughout the storyline. I was completely surprised by the identity of the killer. I followed the false trail of clues provided by the author and came to the wrong conclusion. I love when an author has created characters that have me so engaged and invested in their lives that I miss the small nuggets that are carefully placed throughout.I highly recommend this author and if you haven't had a chance to read any of her series, I say pick up the first book in any one of them and crack it open. You will be entertained and satisfied when you finish reading the final page.I voluntarily read a digital advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher, Kensington Books. through Netgalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    Marshmallow Malice by Amanda Flower is the 5th An Amish Candy Shop Mystery. While it can be read on its own, I do recommend reading each book in this entertaining series. I like Amanda Flower’s engaging writing style. I was quickly drawn into the story and I did not want to put down my book (a very pushy cat got insistent at dinner time). I laughed often while reading Marshmallow Malice. Jethro is one mischievous pig. Of course, Bailey manages to get herself into some sticky situations. I love t Marshmallow Malice by Amanda Flower is the 5th An Amish Candy Shop Mystery. While it can be read on its own, I do recommend reading each book in this entertaining series. I like Amanda Flower’s engaging writing style. I was quickly drawn into the story and I did not want to put down my book (a very pushy cat got insistent at dinner time). I laughed often while reading Marshmallow Malice. Jethro is one mischievous pig. Of course, Bailey manages to get herself into some sticky situations. I love the cast of characters in this series. Bailey, Cass, Emily, Charlotte, Aiden, Juliet, Jethro, and even Margot. I like that Bailey is close to her grandmother and has a wonderful group of friends. Aiden and Bailey make a cute couple. There are also some adorable little animals. It is so cute how Nutmeg, the cat at the Swissmen’s Sweets, likes to play with Bailey’s rabbit, Puff. Don’t forget Jethro who can get into trouble faster than you can say chocolate. Harvest, Ohio is a charming small town with a mix of English and Amish shops and residents. There are one or two bad eggs (two people at Esh’s Pretzel Shop spring to mind), but the rest of the people are friendly and welcoming. The mystery was well-crafted. I had a good time playing sleuth alongside Bailey and Cass. There are good clues along with a red herring and misdirection. Bailey had an additional worry in Marshmallow Malice. A woman from Aiden’s past has returned to town and she seems determined to rekindle her relationship with the dashing deputy (and so does her pushy mother). I like how Millie Fisher from An Amish Matchmaker Mystery series attended the wedding. This was a delightful story that I finished much too quickly. Marshmallow Malice is witty cozy mystery with hair hijinks, a playful pig, marshmallow madness, a plethora of polka dots, hot hooch, and partner problems.
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  • Barb
    January 1, 1970
    As the maid of honor at Juliet and Rev. Brooks' wedding, Bailey is busy trying to make sure everything goes right for the special day. As the shop providing the wedding cake, with Juliet's favorite marshmallow icing, the midsummer heat wave makes Bailey's job even more complicated. When a woman shows up making accusations about the groom, things go from bad to worse. Bailey is determined to get to the bottom of things so the newlyweds can leave for their much-anticipated honeymoon. This is the f As the maid of honor at Juliet and Rev. Brooks' wedding, Bailey is busy trying to make sure everything goes right for the special day. As the shop providing the wedding cake, with Juliet's favorite marshmallow icing, the midsummer heat wave makes Bailey's job even more complicated. When a woman shows up making accusations about the groom, things go from bad to worse. Bailey is determined to get to the bottom of things so the newlyweds can leave for their much-anticipated honeymoon. This is the fifth book in Ms. Flower's Amish Candy Shop series, which I have enjoyed since the first book. I live not far from an area well-known for the Amish, and have always been fascinated by their culture and practices. This series has taught me quite a few things, and I'm grateful for that. I would love to meet most of the people who live in Harvest, Ohio, and it has been fun watching relationships grow and develop as the series progresses. As usual, the mystery in this book was good, with several suspects being added to, then dropped from, my list. The reveal took me completely by surprise, as that particular character never made it onto my list at all! I look forward to reading the next book in this series. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book by one of my favorite cozy authors.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Baker Bailey King is ready for the premiere of her cooking show. But before that, she is ready to be a bridesmaid at the wedding of Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook. She's made the cake, with its marshmallow frosting, and things are doing splendidly. But during the wedding a woman storms into the church and disrupts the ceremony. Then the pig, Jethro, puts his snot into things, and things really get sticky.But when the unknown woman turns up dead, it's up to Bailey to get to the bottom of things, Baker Bailey King is ready for the premiere of her cooking show. But before that, she is ready to be a bridesmaid at the wedding of Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook. She's made the cake, with its marshmallow frosting, and things are doing splendidly. But during the wedding a woman storms into the church and disrupts the ceremony. Then the pig, Jethro, puts his snot into things, and things really get sticky.But when the unknown woman turns up dead, it's up to Bailey to get to the bottom of things, before the death is pinned on an innocent person.This is one of my favorite series, and this book was a perfect addition to that series. I was happy to see Juliet an Rev. Brook tie the knot, and of course there had to be chaos, or it wouldn't be a Bailey King story. One of the things I love the most about Bailey is her independence. She has taken to her life in Amish country with vigor, but she still keeps her sense of self. This story led her to a seedy side of life, and she handled it with great finesse.I love this series, and I look forward to many more.I read a digital copy of this story provided by the publisher through NetGalley.
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    Marshmallow Malice by Amanda Flower is the 5th book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series, and another great story. I really love this series, and am looking forward to the next book. Bailey King left her job as a New York chocolatier to return to Harvest, OH to help run Swissman Sweets, a candy shop her Amish grandmother owns. The time has come for Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook to get married, and Bailey is determined to make everything perfect. When a drunk women comes into the rehearsal di Marshmallow Malice by Amanda Flower is the 5th book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series, and another great story. I really love this series, and am looking forward to the next book. Bailey King left her job as a New York chocolatier to return to Harvest, OH to help run Swissman Sweets, a candy shop her Amish grandmother owns. The time has come for Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook to get married, and Bailey is determined to make everything perfect. When a drunk women comes into the rehearsal dinner, yelling it is all the Reverend's fault, everyone is shocked. The next morning, the day of the wedding, the women is found dead on the church steps. Can Bailey and her sheriff's deputy boyfriend, Aiden Brody, clear the Reverend name? I love the quirky people and situations in this book. I found this book to be a quick read, with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing. If you love cozy mysteries, I strongly recommend this book/ series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
    January 1, 1970
    After her grandfather passed away, Bailey King, a top chocolatier in New York, moved to Harvest, Ohio to help run Swissmen Sweets, the candy shop her Amish grandmother, Clara, owns. She has help from Clara's young cousin Charlotte, and Emily Keim, a young Amish woman that used to work next door.At present she's the maid of honor in the wedding of Juliet Brody and the Reverend Simon Brook. Bailey's boyfriend and Juliet's son, Aiden, is not only best man, but he's the deputy sheriff. When a drunk After her grandfather passed away, Bailey King, a top chocolatier in New York, moved to Harvest, Ohio to help run Swissmen Sweets, the candy shop her Amish grandmother, Clara, owns. She has help from Clara's young cousin Charlotte, and Emily Keim, a young Amish woman that used to work next door.At present she's the maid of honor in the wedding of Juliet Brody and the Reverend Simon Brook. Bailey's boyfriend and Juliet's son, Aiden, is not only best man, but he's the deputy sheriff. When a drunk woman shows up at the church just before the end of the ceremony, attempting to disrupt it, Aiden has his deputy remove her. But during the reception, Bailey once again notices the reverend speaking with her away from other people. When Bailey has an accident and goes home to change clothes, she sees the woman again being coaxed into a car with a man, but unfortunately, she can't get the license plate.When the woman is later found murdered on the church steps -- again by Bailey -- she's naturally upset and wonders why this keeps happening. But with her best friend Cass in town for the wedding, and vowing to keep Aiden informed, she's once again on the trail of a killer. As if that weren't enough, she meets a woman and her daughter who both intimate to her that the daughter, Kayla, is going to marry Aiden. Confused, Bailey vows not to confront Aiden about this and instead concentrates on helping Aiden, even if he doesn't want it. But once again, will Bailey be able to corner a killer, or will she finally meet her maker?...I must say that when I read the first book in the series I wasn't too enthralled with it. But I will also say that each ensuing book has gotten better. The characters have been fleshed out, and some of them have even become endearing -- and no, I'm not talking about Jethro the pig, even though he is kind of cute sometimes -- and they've come to grow on me. I enjoy watching Bailey and Aiden's relationship grow, even as she becomes embroiled in his homicide investigations when she knows she shouldn't. I do like Cass, who shows up often enough; she's a strong woman who knows what she wants and being Bailey's friend, she has her back and even, unfortunately, encourages her in her escapades.The plot was very good, with few clues to the murderer, but then it hits you almost the same time as Bailey, even though you start putting things together a bit earlier than that. The ending was done well, and it was all believable, right down to the fact that Bailey is finally discovering just how much she loves being in Harvest instead of Manhattan.A very good book with lovely descriptions of the area around Amish country, and I will definitely continue on with this series. Recommended.I received an advance copy from the publisher and NetGalley but this in no way influenced my review.
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  • Fred
    January 1, 1970
    Marshmallow Malice is the fifth book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series.Once again it is busy times for Bailey King. Bailey works in her grandmother’s candy shop, Swissmen Sweets. Juliet Brody is getting married to Reverend Brook and Bailey is making the wedding cake that will have marshmallow icing. Bailey will also be the maid of honor and will be escorted down the aisle by Juliet’s pet pig and ring bearer, Jethro. The wedding goes off without a hitch and everyone heads outdoor to the rece Marshmallow Malice is the fifth book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series.Once again it is busy times for Bailey King. Bailey works in her grandmother’s candy shop, Swissmen Sweets. Juliet Brody is getting married to Reverend Brook and Bailey is making the wedding cake that will have marshmallow icing. Bailey will also be the maid of honor and will be escorted down the aisle by Juliet’s pet pig and ring bearer, Jethro. The wedding goes off without a hitch and everyone heads outdoor to the reception being held outdoors in the village square next to the church. As Bailey is approaching the table where the wedding cake is, Jethro tugs on his leash and gets away and he soon gets caught up in a table leg and the cake goes crashing to the ground. Bailey then loses her balance and falls next to the cake, getting icing on her, as she calls it, her “upside-down cupcake” dress. While some order is trying to be made a young lady, who is intoxicated, accuses Reverend Brook of being a traitor and quickly leaves. As Bailey is heading home to change her dress, she notices the same lady being forced into a car. Before Bailey can get there the car speeds off. The next morning, Bailey is going to check out the church to make sure that everything was cleaned up from the wedding and finds the lifeless body of the young lady on the steps of the church.Bailey and her BFF, Cass who has come to Harvest set out find who might have killed the young lady. Their investigation leads them to one of the local Amish farms and also to a local winery and they will end up dealing with illegal moonshiners.I love books by Ms. Flower and this was another wonderful story. They are always well-written and plotted stories. They all include a believable and well-developed cast of characters. There were plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end of the book.A delicious-sounding recipe is also included in the book.I’m eagerly awaiting the next book in this sweet series.
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  • melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I love Amanda flower book's.they are alway's so good..I love the pig in the story. makes it interesting. I can't wait for more to come, I hope there's more off this series..I adore it. my favorite series off of her. I love all of her book's. but do favor this series.Bailey is my favorite character. I do like all the character's But I favor bailey. I do love cozy mysteries lots. it has good plot's. I love that it has the pig Jethro in the story he makes it interesting..I received the copy from ne I love Amanda flower book's.they are alway's so good..I love the pig in the story. makes it interesting. I can't wait for more to come, I hope there's more off this series..I adore it. my favorite series off of her. I love all of her book's. but do favor this series.Bailey is my favorite character. I do like all the character's But I favor bailey. I do love cozy mysteries lots. it has good plot's. I love that it has the pig Jethro in the story he makes it interesting..I received the copy from netgalley.
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  • Annarella
    January 1, 1970
    An excellent installment in this great series.It was an engrossing and entertaining read.It was great to meet again the cast of characters and I loved the description of Juliet's wedding.The plot is well crafted and the solid mystery kept me guessing.Highly recommended.Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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  • Bobbie Kirkland
    January 1, 1970
    Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of MARSHMALLOW MALICE (Book 5 of the Amish Candy Shop Mysteries) by Amanda Flower in exchange for an honest review. The day is finally here, Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook are getting married. The day is a series of joy and disasters, including a wedding crasher demanding her opportunity to speak in objection to the nuptials because Reverend Brook doesn’t deserve to be happy. When the wedding crasher is found dead on the church steps the very next morni Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of MARSHMALLOW MALICE (Book 5 of the Amish Candy Shop Mysteries) by Amanda Flower in exchange for an honest review. The day is finally here, Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook are getting married. The day is a series of joy and disasters, including a wedding crasher demanding her opportunity to speak in objection to the nuptials because Reverend Brook doesn’t deserve to be happy. When the wedding crasher is found dead on the church steps the very next morning, the honeymoon is postponed because the groom is now the prime suspect. Bailey King; bridesmaid, supplier of the wedding cake, and amateur sleuth; is determined to help her boyfriend; sheriff’s deputy, son of the bride, and stepson of the groom; in figuring out the victim’s identity and background. As female members of the Amish community confide in Bailey, she slowly learns the sad truth of the victim’s life and death.I liked this book and enjoy the series. I recommend the book to fans of the series. I recommend the series to fans of Amanda Flower and to fans of cozy mysteries featuring murder, the Amish, sweet shops, television shows, small towns, and unusual pets with large personalities.#MarshmallowMalice #NetGalley
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  • Noreen Trotsky
    January 1, 1970
    This series does not disappoint and neither do any of Flower's other series. She's a strong writer whose books contain everything from humor to romance to hard-to-solve plots. I had to keep re-reading one scene because it was so funny. This series is a good addition to libraries that have a strong mystery and cozy mystery section.
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  • Patricia Romero
    January 1, 1970
    Things are hectic in Ohio's Amish Country and as usual Bailey King is right smack in the middle of things.Juliet and Reverend Brook are finally getting married. Everyone is excited and Bailey is doing double duty as the bridesmaid and the cake baker. And of course, it has to be an outside summer wedding. And of course, Bailey can whip up a marshmallow covered cake! But will they both meltdown before the ceremony begins?Unfortunately, the cake may not escape unscathed and neither will the person Things are hectic in Ohio's Amish Country and as usual Bailey King is right smack in the middle of things.Juliet and Reverend Brook are finally getting married. Everyone is excited and Bailey is doing double duty as the bridesmaid and the cake baker. And of course, it has to be an outside summer wedding. And of course, Bailey can whip up a marshmallow covered cake! But will they both meltdown before the ceremony begins?Unfortunately, the cake may not escape unscathed and neither will the person dropping dead at the wedding. Turns out there may have been some dirty dealings going on and Bailey isn't about to sit on the sidelines while Juliet becomes a jailhouse bride! But things are looking grim for the Reverend.I have never laughed as much as I do at this series. Amish Candy Shop and fun? Turns out they go together quite well when done by Ms. Flower!I can't wait for the next delicious book.NetGalley/ May 26th, 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Bailey King has her hands full. As maid of honor for Juliet Brody’s wedding to Reverend Simon Brook, Bailey is forced to deal with the loss of Juliet’s bangs in a hairstyling mishap involving a curling iron and Juliet’s support pig (as well as ring-bearer for the wedding), Jethro. As co-owner, with her Amish grandmother Clara, of Swissmen’s Sweets candy shop, Bailey is also in charge of delivering the large wedding cake covered with marshmallow icing, pink fondant polka dots as well as a large p Bailey King has her hands full. As maid of honor for Juliet Brody’s wedding to Reverend Simon Brook, Bailey is forced to deal with the loss of Juliet’s bangs in a hairstyling mishap involving a curling iron and Juliet’s support pig (as well as ring-bearer for the wedding), Jethro. As co-owner, with her Amish grandmother Clara, of Swissmen’s Sweets candy shop, Bailey is also in charge of delivering the large wedding cake covered with marshmallow icing, pink fondant polka dots as well as a large pink fondant ribbon, to the outdoor reception, as well as preventing the sugary goodness from melting in the July heat. Bailey succeeds, with help from Cass, her best friend from New York City, and her boyfriend Aiden Brody (Juliet’s son). The wedding ceremony is almost complete when the back door of the church flies open, and an unfamiliar woman disrupts the wedding. After causing a scene, “out of a midday soap opera only with bonnets and buggies,” as Cass says, the woman leaves the church and Juliet and Simon are married. Bailey sees the mystery woman one more time that day. The mystery woman rebuffs Bailey, climbs into a car, and leaves. The next time Bailey sees the woman, she is dead on the church steps, a large gash on the back of her head and bleeding into the concrete. Who is she and how does she know Reverend Simon? Is the Reverend somehow involved in her death? Was the marriage a mistake? Oh, and who is the beautiful red-headed woman that approached Aiden at the wedding? She knows Aiden, but Aiden is tight-lipped when it comes to their relationship. Bailey must discover the murderer’s identity before he or she strikes again.Marshmallow Maliceis the fifth book in the Amish Candy Shop mystery series, and I’m glad to say Lemon Drop Dead, the sixth book in the series, is coming next year. This cozy mystery series is one of my favorites and I always enjoy visiting Harvest, Ohio, to catch up with the characters. Other books in the series are: (listed in order) Assaulted Caramel, Lethal Licorice, Premeditated Peppermint, and Toxic Toffee. Novellas in the series are Botched Butterscotch and Criminally Cocoa.Flower’s newest series is The Amish Matchmaker mystery series, a spin-off from the Amish Candy Shop mystery series. The first book in this series is Matchmaking Can Be Murder For more information about Amanda and her books, visit Amanda Flower.
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  • Missi Martin (Stockwell)
    January 1, 1970
    Ever since Bailey King moved back to Harvest, Ohio to help her grandmother in the family's shop, Swissmen Sweets, there has never been a dull moment.....and she moved there from New York City !! Bailey's grandmother is Amish and Harvest has a lot of Amish residents as well as business owners. Bailey is learning to live with English and Amish people and their lifestyles and differences. One good thing about this is that the Amish trust Bailey.....and not her boyfriend, Deputy Aiden Brody.In Marsh Ever since Bailey King moved back to Harvest, Ohio to help her grandmother in the family's shop, Swissmen Sweets, there has never been a dull moment.....and she moved there from New York City !! Bailey's grandmother is Amish and Harvest has a lot of Amish residents as well as business owners. Bailey is learning to live with English and Amish people and their lifestyles and differences. One good thing about this is that the Amish trust Bailey.....and not her boyfriend, Deputy Aiden Brody.In Marshmallow Malice by Amanda Flower Aiden's mother is marrying Reverend Brook and Bailey and Aiden are in the wedding party as maid of honor and best man along with Juliet's comfort animal, Jethro the pig. Bailey and the shop also made the wedding cake. During the wedding ceremony a woman bursts in and calls the Reverend a traitor before she is escorted out. The wedding continues without any more outbursts and it looks like things are going to go as planned until Bailey notices the cake start to slip. She tries to save the cake from falling and being destroyed but ends up in a big pile of marshmallow. She leaves the reception to run home to change and sees the woman that caused the outburst during the ceremony having trouble walking along the street before argueing with a gentlemen and getting into his car. Bailey wonders if she should have done something to stop her from getting into the car and when she discovers the woman's body on the front steps of the church the next morning, she decides to find out who killed her and bring peace to her.It's a good thing Bailey's best friend Cass is visiting from the city so that she can keep Bailey out of trouble....or get her deeper into it. Bailey has a good relationship with the Amish community and that helps when she finds a connection between the Amish and the dead woman. Unfortunately there is also a connection between Reverend Brooks and the dead woman. Bailey doesn't want to cause the newleyweds any more problems so her and Cass do some digging into the womans past and what they find could make things worse for a lot of people.Marshmallow Malice is the fifth book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series and every time readers pick up a book in this series, you are taken to a quaint town where Amish buggies travel the road with the cars and trucks and the Amish have businesses and stores among the English residents. They all live peacefully among each other until there is a murder. The Amish do not trust the police and feel that if an Amish person commits a crime, they will deal with punishment as they see fit not how the law dictates. This makes it hard for Aiden and the police to solve crimes involving the Amish. Therefore Bailey who knows the community, their way of living, and is trusted because of her grandparents can talk to them and even get answers to questions for the police.I love every time that I can open up a book in this series because I know I am in for a treat. There is so much to keep the readers attention. Readers cannot help but fall in love with everything this series has to offer. You will look forward to every time that you can escape to Harvest, Ohio.....just don't go chasing pigs into the woods !!!!
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  • LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
    January 1, 1970
    Dollycas’s ThoughtsLike other fans of this series, I have been looking forward to Reverend Brook and Juliet Brody’s wedding complete with Jethro, the pig as ringbearer, and Bailey King as the maid of honor. Bailey has worked tirelessly to give Juliet the wedding of her dreams. The wedding is going along nicely until a stranger arrives shouting at the reverend. The person is removed and the ceremony continues.Juliet wanted a cake with marshmallow frosting even though the heat of the day could rui Dollycas’s ThoughtsLike other fans of this series, I have been looking forward to Reverend Brook and Juliet Brody’s wedding complete with Jethro, the pig as ringbearer, and Bailey King as the maid of honor. Bailey has worked tirelessly to give Juliet the wedding of her dreams. The wedding is going along nicely until a stranger arrives shouting at the reverend. The person is removed and the ceremony continues.Juliet wanted a cake with marshmallow frosting even though the heat of the day could ruin all her hard work. But it was other forces that be that send the reception into a sticky mess. Even then the party goes on and everyone seems to have fun.Then the next day, a body is found at the church. The stranger from the wedding has been murdered and we find they are not a stranger after all. They have a connection to the community and to the good Reverend Brook. Will he and Juliet be able to go on their honeymoon? Only if Bailey and Aiden can clear his name and frost the real killer.I do love this series. The way the community of Harvest comes together to celebrate always warms my heart. There are always a few rotten apples around trying to throw shade but by and large, the town is full of good people. Bailey has really worked her way into many people’s hearts. She loves working with her grandmother in the family sweet shop and she dreams up such wonderful creations. She is smart and independent and people, both Amish and Englisch open up to her making her a huge asset to her deputy boyfriend. This time her friend Cass is visiting Harvest too and is a great sidekick for Bailey. All Ms. Flower’s characters continue to grow in believable ways.A lot happens within the pages of this book and at times it seemed a bit chaotic but in Amanda Flower’s hands, we see it is all a very well-constructed plot with plenty of theories, twists, secrets, and suspects. She serves up misdirection like a master and had me stymied almost right up to the big reveal. It is so much fun to follow along with these characters.What I really love about Ms. Flower’s stories is that while giving readers an entertaining mystery she dishes up a high level of humor. Almost from the start, I was laughing out loud as Juliet was getting ready for the wedding, the issues with the cake and Bailey in her bridesmaids dress and so much more. She really knows how to tickle her reader’s funny bones.Marshmallow Malice is a terrific addition to this series. Unique, charming, and engaging characters along with a first-rate mystery make this story a Perfect Escape.
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