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Assaulted Caramel

(Amish Candy Shop Mystery #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  890 Ratings  ·  243 Reviews
Sometimes you need a sweet tooth to take a bite out of crime . . .

Bailey King is living the sweet life as assistant chocolatier at world-famous JP Chocolates in New York City. But just when Bailey’s up for a life-changing promotion, her grandmother calls with news that her grandfather’s heart condition has worsened. Bailey rushes to Harvest, Ohio, where her grandparents st
Mass Market Paperback, 328 pages
Published August 29th 2017 by Kensington (first published August 2017)
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May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic cozy mystery! I thought this one would be right up my alley as it features the Amish, candy, and a recipe. Amanda Flower is skilled at character development; every person has dimension and personality. This in turn leads to several possible suspects to keep the reader guessing. The setting is idyllic and charming with its Amish run shops and village square. This was a fast-paced read that had enough of a varied storyline that at times I forgot I was reading a mystery. A fabulous ...more
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Bailey King has been working hard as an assistant chocolatier at JP Chocolates in New York City and crossing her fingers she is the one that is going to get the promotion to be announced soon. But Bailey gets a phone call from her grandmother with some bad news, her grandfather's health has gone downhill. Bailey just knows it's pretty serious since her grandparents are Amish and simply using a phone to contact her is no small thing in the Amish community.

Bailey decides to take a few days and he
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Wow! What a fantastic start for this series!

Bailey King is up for a huge promotion at JP Chocolates in New York City, but she receives a call that her grandfather is very ill in Harvest, Ohio. Her grandparents are the ones that introduced her to everything chocolate at their Amish candy shop, Swissmen Sweets. Hoping it will be a quick trip she rushes to be with them. Her grandfather pushes away any concern but she can see he is failing.

Adjusting to their Amish ways she has to
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Assaulted Caramel

Amanda Flower

ASSAULTED CARAMEL is the first book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. Bailey King is an assistant chocolatier at JP Chocolates in New York City and has been praying that she is going to be getting a huge promotion very very soon. But she has just received a phone call from her grandmother saying that her grandfather is very ill and his health is declining quickly. Even though her grandmother tells her not to come Bailey is on the next plane out, leaving her l
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has everything I look for in a cozy mystery. It takes place in a small town which just happens to have a large Amish community. There is a murder, a wonderful protagonist, food, some romantic tension and a strong family connection. There is also a recipe included at the end. It is the first in a new series by Amanda Flower. I have read other books by this author, and I enjoy her character development, plot development and storyline. A winner in my books.

Bailey King is up for a huge pro
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bailey King lives in New York City, working as assistant chocolatier at JP Chocolates. She learned to love chocolate and making candy from her Amish grandfather. When she receives a phone call that her grandfather is very ill, she drops everything and rushes to Ohio. When she arrives, she discovers her Daadi is not only having health problems but he's also being pressured to sell his candy shop to a local developer, Tyson Colton. Several other Amish business owners have been pressured by Colton ...more
Peggy R
I am a huge fan of this author so anything new either in an existing series or the start of a new one I will automatically read. This was a one day read for me as I couldn't put the book down. I was so engaged I just kept turning pages to learn who killed Tyson and why. Ms. Flower has an incredible writing style that transports her readers to whatever the story take them. I know that when I pick up one of her books I will be entertained by an engaging mystery, quaint locations and characters tha ...more
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bailey King is most likely next in line has head chocolatier at the prestigious JP Chocolates in New York City when she receives a call from her Amish grandma in Ohio that her grandpa's heart condition has taken a turn for the worse. Family is always first for Bailey so even though the position at work she's wanted for a long time is at stake, she hurries back home to Harvest, Ohio and the shop, Swissmen Sweets, that she has fond memories of as a child. Bailey always came to stay with her grandp ...more
Stacie Amelotte
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I have been looking forward to this series for what seems like forever and I was not disappointed at all! Assaulted Caramel by Amanda Flower is the first book in the new cozy mystery series An Amish Candy Shop Mystery. As with most cozies that I find myself enjoying this series has its own unique setting bringing the main character to the small town charm with her Amish grandparents. Just infusing the Amish ways within the story added its own bit of flavor that was hard to not like getting to kn ...more
Maureen Timerman
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
A very different type of Amish story, one where a young woman finds her roots in her Grandparents, but she was not raised in the Amish Community.
Bailey returns to help her Grandparents in their Amish Candy Shop, when her Grandfather has health problems, not at a good point in her life, she is up for one fantastic promotion, but family comes first.
When a murder happens in the back of the store, all of the characters are called into question, and we are left guessing almost to the end. I love whe
Dawn Frazier
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know any book with Amanda Flowers name on it will be great! And this one does not disappoint. I was lucky enough to win an ARC of this book. Bailey King is a chocolatier who lives in New York City, and is up for a big promotion, but when her Amish grandmother calls her with the news that her grandfather is ill, she rushes to Harvest, Ohio to be with him. But, her first night there, a murder takes place, and it happens in her grandparents candy shop!
When her and her grandparents become suspects
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
What a wonderful beginning to a brand new series. Bailey, an assistant chocolatier, is waiting to hear about a promotion she is up for when she is called away to Amish country. Her grandfather's heart condition has gotten worse and she wants to be there for him and her grandmother. Bailey's first night there has her tripping over the body of a local developer and her grandfather becomes a suspect. Bailey can't leave her family alone to deal with this mess thrust upon them and decides she must fi ...more
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
Great book! Loved the characters, especially Deputy Aiden Brody. Nice clean book. The murder reveal really surprised me. I would highly recommend.

Amanda Flower also writes under the name Isabella Alan and I highly recommend the Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries under that name.
Doward Wilson
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-contest
Meet Bailey King, assistant chocolatier to Jean Pierre, the world famous founder of JP Chocolates in New York City. Bailey is up for a life changing promotion. She is expected to replace Jean Pierre when he retires but then she receives an emergency call from her Amish Grandmother in Harvest, Ohio. Her Amish Grandfather has been ill and in the hospital but he doesn't want Bailey to come home because he knows how important the promotion is to her years of hard work and training. Ignoring his requ ...more
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really great book. Nice plot twists and enjoyable characters.. Looking forward to more in this series!
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The first book in a new Amish series. It is an easy fun read. The mystery is very simple and I figured out the answer early. The background is in a county in Ohio that has a large Amish colony. The location of the story is an Amish candy shop.There is a negative feeling against the Amish by some of the residents of the county.
Bailey King learns her Amish grandfather has had a heart attack. She leaves her prestigious job in NYC to fly to be with him. On Arrival, she finds him arguing with a stran
Anche questa serie di ambientazione Amish, come le altre scritte da questa autrice, si dimostra vincente.
Confesso di aver sospettato praticamente di tutti (o quasi), quindi alla fine posso dire che ci avevo visto giusto. In realtà il colpevole è il primo che ho sospettato, più per istantanea antipatia che per altro, ma alla fine stavo puntando su altri candidati. Sì, più di uno perché non avevo le idee molto chiare...
Jessica Robbins
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, own-kindle
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Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Amanda Flower has become a reliable go-to author for me. I have enjoyed every book penned by her that I have read. ASSAULTED CARAMEL is no exception, and its fast paced, family-oriented tale of murder and finding your destiny is a truly sweet, satisfying read.

Just when everything chocolatier Bailey King has been working towards finally seems to be within reach, she receives a call from her grandmother that her grandfather is ill. Bailey knows that his condition must be serious since the Amish do
Angela Holland
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I both loved this book and was angry with the author. I can't tell you why I was angry because it will ruin the story for you but something happens at the end that made me chose up. Now for why I liked the book - Amish, candy, mystery, and a cute cat all good things to a story. I really liked the closeness that Bailey had with her Amish grandparents even though she is not Amish herself. I also liked all the references to chocolate and how Bailey would recite the names of chocolate when she got s ...more
Lisa Morin
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my honest opinion, this book deserves 10 + stars.
Amanda Flower is an amazing author. Her imagination is out of this world and her talent as a writer is flawless.
Assaulted Caramel is the first in a new series, cleverly crafted by Amanda Flower.
The uniqueness of this book begins with the vibrant cover and continues until the very end.
Bailey King is a great character and everyone else in the story is colorful and quirky.
When Bailey sets off to visit her ailing grandfather, she has no idea that s
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun new first in series by Amanda Flower! If you love the culinary cozy theme you will definitely enjoy the characters, setting and candy (there's a recipe at the end)!!
Although the initial premise is far from original (main character has to leave in a hurry to visit an ailing grandparent), the Amish town of Harvest is very appealing to a cozy lover and the Amish as well as the "Englisch" characters keep the reader's interest.
The murder victim wasn't well liked by the Amish community but woul
#1 in the Amish Candy Shop mystery series. This 2018 series debut is a sign of the times. Back in "the day", a paperback cozy ran 160-200 pages and cost $.35-$.60. Now this run of the mill cozy weighs in at 328 pages and costs $7.99, even accounting for inflation that's a hefty increase. There is really nothing wrong with this paperback mystery if the increase in size and price doesn't cause you to raise your standards as well. The writing is uneven, but it's a debut and the characters and setti ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nothing like combining the lure of chocolate with a great cozy mystery to get me drooling! Amanda Flower is my top go-to cozy mystery writer. I love her quirky humour and unconventional characters. Not to mention the unusual and opinionated critters that find their way into her stories. This time it's a polka-dotted pot-belly pig that shows up in the most unexpected places. :-)

Assaulted Caramel (clever title!) is the first book in a new series and there's a reason Amanda Flower is an Agatha Awar
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies
Bailey King is a chocolatier is New York City who is up for promotion. She rushes to her grandparents candy shop in Harvest, Ohio after learning her grandfather is having hear t problems. As soon as she arrives she comes across her grandfather arguing with a man Bailey has never met before. AS soon as the man leaves Bailey's grandfather collapses. He insists he is fine but Bailey worries. Since her grandparents are Amish, she has to charge her phone in the kitchen. When she goes to check it in t ...more
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful beginning to a new series by Amanda Flower. This book has more twists and turns, that kept me reading page after page. I love the quirky people and situations in this book, and a possible romance. I found this book to be a quick read, with a well developed plot and characters. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. If you love cozy mysteries, I strongly recommend this book

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an
honest review.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bailey King is ready for the most important change in her life...being named head chocolatier at JP Chocolates in New York. But days before the announcement is set to be made, she receives word that her Amish grandfather is seriously ill and may not make it much longer.

She decides that is more important than staying in New York, so she travels to Harvest, Ohio, to help her grandparents. But on her first night there she goes downstairs to use her cell phone and finds a dead man in the kitchen of
Jessica Wilhoite
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book has all the trappings of a good cozy - small town, possible romance, animals, food/recipes, and of course, murder! This was an enjoyable first book in the new series by Amanda Flower.

Bailey King must leave New York to visit her ailing grandfather in the Amish community of Harvest; when she arrives she sees her "Daadi" speaking to a man, who we come to learn is a very unlikable character, in and out of the Amish community. When Bailey becomes the prime suspect in his murder, she, along
This is the first book I've read by Amanda Flower and I really enjoyed it. Bailey heads to Ohio to help her Amish grandparents when she finds out that her grandfather is failing. She arrives to find him in an argument with a developer who is later found dead in her grandparents shop.
The first thing that I loved about this book was that Bailey, although up for a huge promotion, leaves to see her grandparents without a second thought, family first came through loud and clear. I enjoyed the charac
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Amanda Flower, an Agatha Award-winning mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. Her debut mystery, Maid of Murder, was an Agatha Award No ...more

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