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Criminally Cocoa

(Amish Candy Shop Mystery #3.5)

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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 J
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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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Susan
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
CRIMINALLY COCOA is a quick novella in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. Bailey King is working at her grandparents Amish candy store, Swissmen Sweets where she has just left to start filming a new cable tv series called Bailey's Amish Sweets. Her cousin Charlotte goes along with her to New York City to help Bailey out on set.  But when they start filming strange things begin happening and someone is trying to make Bailey fail!   Hang on my reading friends, it's going to be a crazy but fun ri ...more
LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
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This delightful novella picks up where the last book leaves off, Bailey and Charlotte travel to New York to film Bailey’s Amish Sweets. Both are thrilled to be part of the Gourmet Television Network. Anxious and nervous for everything to go smoothly Bailey tries to do her best but a bunch of freaky things happen. It seems the show may never get off the ground. Charlotte makes some keen observations proving the mishaps are not accidents and she is determined to find out who is
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Carla Johnson-Hicks
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Criminally Cocoa by Amanda Flower is a short novella in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. This story focuses on Charlotte, the assistant to the usual main character Bailey King, a chocolatier. The ladies have traveled into the city to film Bailey’s cooking show but as the cameras begin to roll Charlotte notices things begin to happen that seem to be trying to make Bailey look bad or perhaps even hurt someone.

I enjoy Amanda Flower's writing. She does a great job blending in the Amish community
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Kay
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun short story. The ladies from Amish town Ohio are taping Bailey's baking show in New York city. Pet pig is the star as always 🐷.
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This is a lighthearted transition for Toxic Toffee! Fun read!💖
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
Linda
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge, e-books
Fun and cute!

I really enjoyed this novella. It was fun being on the set of Bailey’s Amish Sweets. I really enjoyed the story being told from Charlotte’s point of view, that was new and different.
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
Tari
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the perfect little filler novella for the six weeks of filming that Bailey and her cousin Charlotte were doing in New York City now that Bailey had agreed to do a cable show. It picked up in March after the last book, which was set at Christmas. It was quick, fun and very lighthearted, and I really loved that it came from Charlotte's viewpoint this time. I kind of forgot at times that the author was really her voice and could imagine Charlotte as she explored the city with her friends. ...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, Charlott
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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
Dawn Michelle
This was a fun little side trip in the Amish Candy world - this book is told from the POV of Charlotte, the young Amish girl that works with Bailey and her grandmother in the candy shop in Ohio. She has left her old older Amish community [because of her love of the organ] and is now trying to decide if she wants to join Bailey's grandmother's Amish community and be baptized Amish or if she wants to turn her back on that and become an "Englisher". The decision has been tough for her and when Bail ...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
Robin Leslie Coxon
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
When it is time for Bailey to move to New York to film her cooking show, Bailey's Amish Chocolates, she takes her cousin, Charlotte Weaver who is on rumspringa. Where the other books in this series focused on Bailey and her struggle being accepted by the Amish and trying to help solves murders, this book focuses on Charlotte and how she tries to figure out who is trying to sabotage Bailey's chance of landing her cooking show. While I enjoyed the book I didn't find it as entertainment as the othe ...more
Randee
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, kindle, own
This novella length story is told from Charlotte’s point of view as Bailey and Jethro begin filming their new Amish candy series. Jethro, the polka dotted pig, could not be cuter and imaging him on the tv show brings a smile to my lips. This has become one of my favorite cozy series.
Kellene
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'm not a great fan of short mysteries. They tend to lose so much in the shortening.
Raven
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
A novella set in New York City, mainly from Charlotte's point of view. A fun, quick read.
Sylvia
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!! Great story!! Love this author's books!!
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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Linda
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy these Amish Candy Shop stories. I have been reading one in between heavier reading for a light break. This one surprised me as it was written in the 1st person of Charlotte, Baileys Amish helper who goes with her to New York for the filming of her television candy making show. Charlotte is blown away by New York and her first experience outside of her Amish community. And with a bit of mystery thrown in it was a fun read!
Lghiggins
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have read books in two different series by Amanda Flowers and generally find her plots intriguing, her characters interesting, and her writing style excellent. Criminally Cocoa, except for the kitschy title, was disappointing. Normally I like the rare cozy mystery that doesn’t revolve around a murder. No murder here, but no plot success either. Flowers and her characters kept strolling through the same territory with two themes (Amish girl in the big city and the success or failure of a new co ...more
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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