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Criminally Cocoa

(Amish Candy Shop Mystery #3.5)

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4.39  ·  Rating details ·  129 ratings  ·  60 reviews
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
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Kindle Edition, 86 pages
Published February 26th 2019 by Kensington (first published February 2019)
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Carrie
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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
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Peggy R
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 ...more
Kristina
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 ...more
Laura
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 deadly

While 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
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Betty
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Patty
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Mary Brown
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Criminally Cocoa
Amish Candy Shop Mystery, Book #3.5
Amanda Flower
5 Stars

Synopsis:

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
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Christine
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Gloria
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 ...more
RO G'ma
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
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Taryn
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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 ...more
Daniele
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
3.5 stars

CRIMINALLY 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
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Micky Cox
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Cozy Cat Reviews
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Fred
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Angela Brocato-Skaggs
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
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Coralee Hicks
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Brenda
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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
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Kimberly
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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
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Susan
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Laura
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Anne
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Mary
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Diane Hernandez
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Kathleen
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, arc, netgalley
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
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Jennifer
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a fun book! Jethro the pig stole the show for me, but I also enjoyed the mystery. In fact, I had to stay up late to finish reading "Criminally Cocoa" because I just had to know how it ended. Also, I would definitely watch "Bailey's Amish Sweets" if it were a real show - can someone make that happen?!
Only after I picked up this book did I realize it's part of a series. I think parts of it would have made more sense if I knew the background of each character, but the author Amanda Flower did
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Cindi
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This novella, book 3.5 in the series to be exact, is the perfect quick read to hold you over before book four in the Amish Candy Shop series is released.

Told from cousin Charlotte’s point of view, Bailey is off to NYC to film her new candy making show, Bailey’s Amish Sweets. On the set things behind to happen that makes it clear SOMEONE is out to ruin Bailey and her show before it even hits the airway. But all isn’t as it seem sat Gourmet TV and Charlotte finds herself not only on Englischer TV
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Julie Graves
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
Bailey and her Amish friend Charlotte are in New York to film Bailey's new TV show. When mysterious things begin to happen on set Charlotte begins to wonder if someone is trying to sabotage Bailey.

No murders in this novella, but plenty of mystery and fun characters, including Jethro the pet pig from Bailey's hometown. I enjoyed this novella in the Amish Candy Shop series. Seeing Charlotte out of her element trying to decide whether to stay in her Amish community or pursue her dreams was interest
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Jessica Wilhoite
I really liked this short story about Bailey and Charlotte's trip to NYC for the filming of Bailey's cooking show. I was pleasantly surprised that this story was told from Charlotte's point of view, especially since she is trying to figure out whether she wants to stay Amish or not - we get a little peek inside her head. I LOVED that Jethro came to NYC as well to stake his claim to fame :)

This was a well-written, quick read. Hopefully there will be more short stories from the characters from thi
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Kathleen Gray
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Be warned that this is a novella- and so it's treat to whet your whistle for the next full length book! This time out, Charlotte is on rumspringa in New York. She's rightfully worried that someone has set out to ruin her cousin Bailey's big TV opportunity. Of course someone has and Charlotte, who has heretofore lived a protected lifestyle, sets out to find the culprit. No spoilers but this IS cozy country and it does involve a nice Amish girl so take it from there. Thanks to Netgalley for the AR ...more
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Amish Candy Shop Mystery (4 books)
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  • Lethal Licorice (Amish Candy Shop Mystery, #2)
  • Premeditated Peppermint (Amish Candy Shop Mystery #3)
  • Toxic Toffee (Amish Candy Shop Mystery #4)