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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 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 still run Swissmen Sweets, the Amish candy shop where she was first introduced to delicious fudge, truffles, and other assorted delights. She finds her grandfather is doing better than she feared. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for a local Englisch developer, whom Bailey finds dead in the candy shop kitchen—with Jebediah King’s chocolate knife buried in his chest. Now the police are sweet on her grandfather as the prime suspect. Despite the sincere efforts of a yummy deputy with chocolate-brown eyes, Bailey takes it on herself to clear Jebediah. But as a cunning killer tries to fudge the truth, Bailey may be headed straight into a whole batch of trouble . . .


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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 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 still run Swissmen Sweets, the Amish candy shop where she was first introduced to delicious fudge, truffles, and other assorted delights. She finds her grandfather is doing better than she feared. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for a local Englisch developer, whom Bailey finds dead in the candy shop kitchen—with Jebediah King’s chocolate knife buried in his chest. Now the police are sweet on her grandfather as the prime suspect. Despite the sincere efforts of a yummy deputy with chocolate-brown eyes, Bailey takes it on herself to clear Jebediah. But as a cunning killer tries to fudge the truth, Bailey may be headed straight into a whole batch of trouble . . .

30 review for Assaulted Caramel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    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 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 start to a wonderful new series!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    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 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 head to Harvest, Ohio to make sure things are alright with her grandparents. Shortly after arriving however Bailey finds herself walking into the kitchen of the Amish candy shop, Swissmen Sweets, that her grandparents own and where Bailey learned her love for chocolate, but instead of chocolate Bailey finds that a local developer that had been pressuring her grandparents to sell has been murdered in their kitchen. Not only is Bailey's grandfather now a suspect even with his poor health but also Bailey herself so she needs to stay and find out just what really happened in that kitchen. 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 it's 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 it's own bit of flavor that was hard to not like getting to know a bit about. The characters in here have a wide range of personalities to get to know but I found them all likable, although I do believe Jethro, a pet pig, might have stolen the show at several points in the book. The author did a good job slowly building the list of suspects as Bailey begins to investigate the small town that kept me wondering just who the murderer would turn out to be in the end. I will certainly be interested in seeing what happens in this small town and with these characters in any future installments to the series. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....

  3. 4 out of 5

    beachbum bookworm

    Let me start by saying I rate my cozy mysteries different than all other genres of books I read. I still use a five star rating system (or with cozies I like to think instead of stars how many cups of coffee/tea.….which is my idea of cozy). The following is how I rate my cozies: 1 cup of coffee- did not finish or will not continue on in series. 2 cups of coffee- this book has potential, but on the fence about whether I will read the next book. 3 cups of coffee- good- will definitely continue serie Let me start by saying I rate my cozy mysteries different than all other genres of books I read. I still use a five star rating system (or with cozies I like to think instead of stars how many cups of coffee/tea.….which is my idea of cozy). The following is how I rate my cozies: 1 cup of coffee- did not finish or will not continue on in series. 2 cups of coffee- this book has potential, but on the fence about whether I will read the next book. 3 cups of coffee- good- will definitely continue series, but did have some issues 4 cups of coffee- great- will definitely continue series- minor issues 5 cups of coffee-EXCEPTIONAL! What I think about when I give my ratings: 1.) There called cozies for a reason, and that being said I know they are not for everybody. I love them!! Therefore the first thing I think about is how cozy are they? The more cheese the better for me…lol. The horrible puns in the titles…LOVE THEM. Yes…if you’re wondering... I am the person who loves laffy taffy jokes. 2.) Characters/ and relationships with secondary characters 3.) Setting/theme 4.) The mystery This book is everything I love in a cozy! The title...hilarious...get it..."assaulted caramel"...that's funny. The cover is great. I loved the candy shop, and the town of Harvest! I enjoyed Bailey, and the other cast of characters. Flowers had me engaged from the start. She weaved a great mystery with a solid plot, and had me guessing up until the very end. This is a great start to a new cozy series, and I will definitely be looking forward to returning to Swissmen sweets. If you are a fan of traditional cozies...this is for you! Check out my blog at: http://beachbumbookworm.com/ Hope everyday is a great reading day!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    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 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 charge her cell phone in the shop kitchen as their are no outlets in their living quarters above the shop. When she sneaks downstairs in the middle of the night to retrieve it she almost trips over the dead body of an Englisch developer, a man with a grand scheme to buy all the shops in Harvest. There should be plenty of suspects but the police have decided that Bailey’s grandfather is their prime suspect. His shop – his knife – case closed – almost. A very handsome deputy has a special relationship with the King’s. Bailey doesn’t know what it is but she knows she isn’t going to take her sweet time jumping into his case. Her grandfather is innocent and she is going to prove it or fudge things up royally 🙂 I loved this story. The characters are very believable and very engaging. Maami, Clara King and Daadi, Jebediah King are such wonderful people with huge hearts. Even with his heart condition, Jebediah puts the needs of others first and never loses his strong work ethic. Clara, a strong woman in her own right is the perfect helpmate. While Bailey is not Amish, she clearly has the same values as her grandparents. Their close bond remains even though she has been away in New York. The story moves right along not only trying to catch a killer but following the King’s as they deal with not being able to use their kitchen. Commitments have been made and must be fulfilled. Bailey takes on providing the desserts for a wedding she is surprised is still taking place. With this event we meet more characters, Amish and Englisch, from the bridal couple and the bride’s mother to the ladies of the church plus a cute little kitten and a potbellied pig too. The mystery was a twisty one. I thought I had it figured out but at the big reveal I was completely surprised. They may not have chocolate covered red herrings in the candy shop but this story is full of those buggers. Amanda Flower and her unique writing style has given her readers a terrific story to savor. She has blended captivating characters, a marvelous mystery, a charming town, and scrumptious chocolate in a way that is sure to please every cozy reader! Pure bliss – this book plus anything chocolate!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    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 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 promotion at JP Chocolates in New York City as head chocolatier. Just before the announcement, her grandmother calls her to say that her grandfather is in the hospital in Harvest, Ohio and is very ill. She loves them very much, especially because she developed her love for chocolates spending summers with her grandparents and working in their sweet shop. she heads off and arrives to see her grandfather's health failing and he collapses outside his store. He has just had an argument with an English developer who wants to buy his store. Because her grandparents are Amish, they have no electricity in their apartment above their store, so Bailey has to charge her phone in the kitchen of the store. When she goes to retrieve it the next day, she finds the English Developer dead in the kitchen with the fudge knife sticking out of his chest. Of course, Bailey becomes a suspect not only because she observed the argument and may have killed him because of her grandfather, but her prints are the only ones on the knife. There should be plenty of suspects but the police have decided that Bailey or perhaps her grandfather might have done the murder. A very handsome deputy has a special relationship with the Kings and Bailey finds herself comparing him to her boyfriend back in New York. As she investigates, she finds out that many of the Amish that sold their businesses to the victim, also had a reason to kill him. Bailey continues to search out information to find the real murderer. I loved this story. The characters are very believable and very engaging. Maami, Clara King and Daadi, Jebediah King are wonderful people with huge, generous hearts. Even with his heart condition and weakened state, Jebediah puts the needs of others first and never loses his strong work ethic. Clara, a strong woman in her own right is the perfect helpmate. While Bailey is not Amish, she clearly has the same values as her grandparents. Their close bond remains even though she is living in New York. Her father left the Amish faith when he married her mother many years before. The pace of the story moves nicely not only trying to catch a killer but finding out that the Kings had committed to making desserts for a wedding and they are not allowed to use their kitchen. Bailey jumps in to help and finds out things about the groom that she shares with the police. The wedding itself is interesting, the mother of the bride especially. The groom is the son of the murdered man and the wedding is going on as planned. Seems a bit odd to Bailey. There is a lot happening with quilting bees, community dinners, and even a pot bellied pig that is invited to the wedding. The mystery was a twisty one. I thought I had it figured out but was very surprised by the reveal. Amanda Flower has given her readers a terrific story to savor. I am ready to read the next one in this series. A great book for any cozy mystery reader to enjoy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    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 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 life in NYC behind without a second thought. Once she is there, she learns that Tyson Colton is buying up all the Amish businesses and wants to turn the Amish community into an Amish Disneyland. He is trying to buyout Bailey's grandparents candy shop and he is bullying them and is very persistent. They are the last holdouts and Bailey can't understand why the rest of the business owners have agreed to sell. Bailey is so upset and cannot sleep. She decides to go down to the candy shop, the only spot with electricity to check her phone to see if her secret boyfriend has left her a message. She steps in something sticky, thinking its some chocolate only to discover it is blood and not just any blood but Tyson Colton's blood! He is dead and Bailey becomes the police departments number one suspect. ASSAULTED CARAMEL is filled with twists and turns and I was instantly hooked and in everyone's business! It is a very quick read and when the mystery of who killed Tyson was solved, I was in shock. I had no idea! ASSAULTED CARAMEL is a wonderful start to the perfect Amish cozy series! All of the characters are very interesting and believable, so much so that I felt as if I've known them for a long time. While Bailey isn't Amish, her grandparents are and she has the same values as them. As I was reading I could tell Amanda Flower had done her research as it is the best cozy I have read in a very long time! There are plenty of suspects, the action is face paced, and there are many surprises. There is also a bit romance and I can't wait to read the next book in the series, Lethal Licorice, to see what happens with that. Amanda Flower sure knows how to pull at her readers heart strings and I'm so excited to continue this series!

  7. 4 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    . As you enter this book, you will discover the small serene town of Harvest, Ohio. I found this sweet, cozy mystery a delight, especially with an Amish twist. Although it wasn't totally an accurate Amish reverie, since it omits the day-to-day, Pennsylvania Dutch patterns, and church attendance altogether. It is interesting but not as captivating as I wish. I didn't really get a feel for the characters themselves, only snippets of visual descriptions and others perceptions of them. Bailey King's v . As you enter this book, you will discover the small serene town of Harvest, Ohio. I found this sweet, cozy mystery a delight, especially with an Amish twist. Although it wasn't totally an accurate Amish reverie, since it omits the day-to-day, Pennsylvania Dutch patterns, and church attendance altogether. It is interesting but not as captivating as I wish. I didn't really get a feel for the characters themselves, only snippets of visual descriptions and others perceptions of them. Bailey King's visit to check on her Amish grandparents upon hearing about her grandfather's poor health, leads to unexpected trouble. She accidentally stumbled into a murdered real estate man, at Swissmen Sweets, her grandparent's shop. Being considered the prime suspect, she decides to investigate, hoping to find leads to direct the police to the actual murderer. Many secrets of those people in the town ended up being revealed, including Bailey's. Secrets can't be maintained forever. I listened to this book through Hoopla. The narrator is Rebecca Mitchell. I'm not sure I actually cared for this rendition. It did make my mouth water for some yummy chocolate though! This is a clean & wholesome stand-alone book with unexpected twists, which I appreciate very much. I enjoyed the unconventional storyline, but would not recommend it to those who prefer traditional Amish literature.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Natalia R

    What an amazing start to a series!I could not put it down,Amanda flower is such a talented writer and I can't wait to continue on with the next book. What an amazing start to a series!I could not put it down,Amanda flower is such a talented writer and I can't wait to continue on with the next book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Juli

    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 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 as well. Bailey is so upset that night she can't sleep. She wanders down to the candy shop from her grandparents upstairs living quarters, only to discover something horrific -- Tyson Colton's dead body bleeding all over the store's kitchen floor. Immediately Bailey finds herself the main suspect in the murder. How can she prove her innocence, make candies for a local wedding, and make it back to NYC in time to find out about an important job promotion? I loved this book! It is hands-down the best cozy I've read in a long time! The setting and characters are interesting and engaging (except for one annoying woman I wanted to throttle....but I was supposed to hate her. ha ha). The mystery was well-paced, exciting and had plenty of suspects and surprises. I was reading an advanced readers copy on my phone.....I stayed up til 2 am to finish it, reading in bed. I felt like a kid again reading under my covers with a flashlight. :) I am not surprised at all that I loved this book. Amanda Flower never disappoints me. I enjoy her Magical Bookshop series too! She also writes the Living History Museum mystery series and the India Hayes series. Assaulted Caramel is the first book in the new Amish Candy Shop cozy series. A second book in this series, Lethal Licorice, will be coming out in February 2018. For more information on the author and her books: check out her website at http://www.amandaflower.com/ **I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. Opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    It kinda held me but after a while I started to skim read it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stacie Amelotte

    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 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 know a bit about. Living close to Amish country in Pennsylvania it is fun to see the blend of the “English” and Amish lifestyles. The characters have a wide range of colorful and quirky personalities. Bailey King is a very likable character. The love, respect and loyalty that she shows to her Amish grandparents made her feel "real" to me. She is also smart and determined to help her grandparents and the family business, Swissmen Sweets, as much as she can while she is visiting Harvest, Ohio. Ms. Flower's descriptive writing clearly paints the emotional rollercoaster Bailey is experiencing both personally and professionally. All of the characters are well developed but have plenty of room for growth as the series progresses. Her best friend and fellow chocolatier, Cass, adds a touch of contrast and humor with her fashion sense and hysterical one liners. You can’t help but laugh. Plus I can’t forget Jethro, the polka dotted pot bellied pig, who is definitely a scene stealer. This book has the perfect balance of mystery, romance and humor to keep you totally engaged. The plot was steady paced with enough twists to keep me guessing until the final reveal and that was a shocker for me. The added bonus of the chocolate caramel fudge recipe will have your sweet tooth craving more. Counting down the days until book two, Lethal Licorice, is released!

  12. 4 out of 5

    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 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 that are authentic and genuine. I am eagerly looking forward for more to come in this series. This was an fantastic start to a new series. A full review will be posted to my blog closer to release date. I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher, Kensington, through Netgalley.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    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 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 grandparents in the summer and she wasn't about to abandon them now. Grandpa is rallying when she gets there but when she finds the body of a not so nice businessman in her grandparents' kitchen, Bailey becomes the prime suspect in this man's murder so she is trying to beat the clock by proving her innocence since she can't go back to NY until the case is solved. Her BFF Cass from New York comes looking for her and gets pulled into the investigation by Bailey. Hopefully they can succeed in finding the killer before the killer decides to make them his next victims. I never would have guessed the killer in this. All along I had one person in mind so it was a really awesome twist. I knew at one point but I think the author was deliberately giving some clues so readers could think towards that. I enjoyed the growing love/hate friendship between Bailey and the yummy-licious deputy named Aiden. It'll be fun seeing what happens next. The book's ending was also really good, everything wrapped up very neatly but enough information to make a person want to read more in the series. This book was overall a really enjoyable read. Not only was it set in my home state of Ohio but it's very apparent that the author has done extensive research on or lived near Amish country herself. I can't wait till her next book comes out since I've really grown to think of these characters as friends I want to revisit.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Rose

    After hearing many great things about Amanda Flower's Amish Candy Shop Mystery series, I decided to give Assaulted Caramel a try as it was on Chirp Books for a reasonable price. I found myself underwhelmed by the book. First off, the narrator. The narrator sounded like Alexa (or another generated voice) read the whole book; I mean, it was bearable once I got used to it, but just barely. If I am honest, I almost gave up a few times before pushing through. As for the characters, as a reader, they all After hearing many great things about Amanda Flower's Amish Candy Shop Mystery series, I decided to give Assaulted Caramel a try as it was on Chirp Books for a reasonable price. I found myself underwhelmed by the book. First off, the narrator. The narrator sounded like Alexa (or another generated voice) read the whole book; I mean, it was bearable once I got used to it, but just barely. If I am honest, I almost gave up a few times before pushing through. As for the characters, as a reader, they all felt rather shallow and one-dimensional, which was kind of boring. Also, I noticed that the characters (the main character especially) made all kinds of dumb leaps and assumptions about the investigation and others, which was kind of annoying. It is not all bad, though, when it comes to Assaulted Caramel's mystery, I will admit that I did not guess the killer until the reveal (although I still don't particularly understand the motivation or the 'how?' of the murder.) Overall, this book was only 'okay,' I found the characters slightly annoying, and the narrator to be terrible, but the mystery genuinely kept me going until the end. I am unsure if I will continue with the series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

    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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sandee

    A wonderful take on the cozy mystery genre. A professional chocolatier visits her Amish grandparents and gets caught up in a murder mystery. Good character growth and relationships. The emotional engagement is a bit up and down but it made me laugh and cry.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Andree

    I don't think this series is going to be for me. The set-up had one too many sources of irritation for me (main character has to rush home due to an emergency the exact week that her past six years of work are supposed to be realized, ridiculously convenient murder frame-up, an extremely prejudiced and unpleasant sheriff, a cardboard cut-out of a cozy mystery novel law enforcement love-interest, and the needing to leave the superficiality of the big city for a more meaningful life in the country I don't think this series is going to be for me. The set-up had one too many sources of irritation for me (main character has to rush home due to an emergency the exact week that her past six years of work are supposed to be realized, ridiculously convenient murder frame-up, an extremely prejudiced and unpleasant sheriff, a cardboard cut-out of a cozy mystery novel law enforcement love-interest, and the needing to leave the superficiality of the big city for a more meaningful life in the country to find yourself is a bit... un-subtle). Also, not wild about the character-work. There's nothing to the main character, beyond she's generically plucky, loyal, kind and likes to insert herself in things she shouldn't, and is apparently lacking deeper meaning in her life. The romantic lead is lovely, but also just sort of generically kind and lovely, without anything more to him. Seriously, really the only memorable characters are her grandparents and his mother (who loves polka dots, is adorably dating the minister, and has a pet pig). Think I'm cutting my losses on this series here.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    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 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 when I can’t guess the “who done it” right away, and this one did not disappoint. I loved the relationship she has with her family, but you keep waiting for the other shoe to drop, and page turning to the end. I received this book through Net Galley, and the Publisher Kensington, and was not required to give a positive review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Erica Chaillot

    Cute start to a new series. This was my first Amanda Flower book, but it won’t be the last. I loved the Amish setting and all the characters. I am excited to read the rest of the series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Chapel

    Because of an issue with one of my eyes I decided to try an audio book. This was my first experience with it and I was very much impressed . The narrator was very good and I enjoyed my audio reading experience. Will definitely not be the last time I use audio books. I loved the book written by cozy mystery Writer Amanda Flower. Most chapters ended with a situation where you just wanted to immediately rush into the next chapter. I loved the characters and the way the narrator used a different voi Because of an issue with one of my eyes I decided to try an audio book. This was my first experience with it and I was very much impressed . The narrator was very good and I enjoyed my audio reading experience. Will definitely not be the last time I use audio books. I loved the book written by cozy mystery Writer Amanda Flower. Most chapters ended with a situation where you just wanted to immediately rush into the next chapter. I loved the characters and the way the narrator used a different voice for each one. I was truly surprised by who the real murderer turned out to be. I really don't think there was anything I didn't like about this cozy mystery. Main character Baily gets a call from her grandmother that her grandfather isn't doing well. It's not a good time for her to leave her job in New York as she is in line for a promotion to the top . This however doesn't stop her from going Bach home to Ohio as her grandfather is more important to her than a promotion. When she arrives in Harvest Ohio to her Amish grandparents she finds that grandpa is worse off than grandma led her to believe. Her grandparents run The Swiss Mans Candy shop and has been under a lot of pressure to sell it to a real estate developer . However no one is expecting to find that hateful man dead in the shop's kitchen at 1:30 in the morning with a fudge knife sticking out of his chest. Who hated the developer that much to kill him in the candy shop kitchen? If you love cozy mystery read this book to find out who killed this real estate developer. There are plenty of people with motive to do it but only one person is suspected of the crime. Can you guess who the real killer is. Dust off your sleuthing skills and read this book. I downloaded a audio ebook copy of this book to my Hoopla App. A review was not requested. All opinions expressed here are my own .

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Frazier

    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 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, she decides to stick around to try and solve the murder, even though she is supposed to be back in NYC waiting to hear if she got promoted. This is such a fabulous book, I read it in a day and a half. Very hard to put down, fast paced, and all of the characters are so well written, you feel like you know them personally, even the not so nice ones. The candy descriptions in the book will have you craving chocolate something fierce. There is also a touch of romance, and I can't wait until the next book to see what happens. Make sure to add this book to your list! You don't want to miss this one!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Taryn

    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 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 figure out who the real culprit is. I was immediately pulled in and fell in love with the wonderful characters set before me. I laughed, got mad, and even cried as I read, Flowers really knows how to tug at the heart strings. I can't wait to find out what happens next.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Liina

    3,5 stars

  24. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    Fairly typical cozy mystery, but many of the characters annoyed me. Not my favorite, but I might try book 2 someday.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shawna Shaheen

    This about a young woman Bailey who decided to leave New York to visit her Amish grandparents. Bailey dad was Amish until her met a woman then he went his separate way. Bailey is a chocolatier. Her grandfather is having health issues. A man wants to bribe Bailey granddad into selling his shop Swissmen Sweets. He gets murdered in the shop. So now the police think that Bailey is the one who killed him to stick up for her grandparents. very interesting to me. The only thing I liked about it was ol This about a young woman Bailey who decided to leave New York to visit her Amish grandparents. Bailey dad was Amish until her met a woman then he went his separate way. Bailey is a chocolatier. Her grandfather is having health issues. A man wants to bribe Bailey granddad into selling his shop Swissmen Sweets. He gets murdered in the shop. So now the police think that Bailey is the one who killed him to stick up for her grandparents. very interesting to me. The only thing I liked about it was old sweets from 70's and 80's like. But they had speciality of different fudges

  26. 5 out of 5

    Doward Wilson

    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 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 request, Bailey flies home only to witness her Grandfather collapse on the sidewalk after arguing with a local real estate developer about selling his Amish chocolate shop, Swissmen Sweets. The next morning, Bailey discovers the developer in the shops kitchen, with her Grandfathers chocolate knife buried in his chest! With her Grandfather as the prime suspect, Bailey gets to work to find the real murderer and keep the shop going! I found the characters to be very lifelike and lots of fun to get to know. My favorite character of all, has to be Jethro, the pet pig! His antics will keep you laughing all the way to the end. The murder was intricately done with several suspects floating around. The chocolate descriptions will keep you drooling and yes there is a recipe for fudge at the end of the book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    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 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 the middle of the night, she discovers the man her grandfather was arguing with dead on the candy shops kitchen floor with her grandfathers knife in him. Bailey knows her grandparents didn't have anything to do with the mans death. She does everything she can to make things easier for her grandparents, including making deserts for the upcoming wedding of the deceased mans son. I loved this book. The characters are all fun and relatable. Bailey's grandparents are just good hearted people and it was hard not to love them. The mystery was well done. It had a lot of twists and i was kept guessing until the end. I can't wait to read more in this series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Bailey King leaves New York in the midst of the selection process to become head chocolatier at JP Chocolates upon Jean-Pierre's retirement. Her Amish grandfather became ill, and Bailey felt the need to help her grandparents. She intends to return to New York in a few days. Soon after arriving, she becomes the chief suspect when she discovers in the shop's kitchen the corpse of a man her grandfather argued with earlier. She meets Deputy Aiden Brody, a pleasant officer who is a friend of her gran Bailey King leaves New York in the midst of the selection process to become head chocolatier at JP Chocolates upon Jean-Pierre's retirement. Her Amish grandfather became ill, and Bailey felt the need to help her grandparents. She intends to return to New York in a few days. Soon after arriving, she becomes the chief suspect when she discovers in the shop's kitchen the corpse of a man her grandfather argued with earlier. She meets Deputy Aiden Brody, a pleasant officer who is a friend of her grandparents. Not all the law enforcement officers are so nice. The sheriff dislikes the Amish, and Deputy Carpenter's hateful attitude shines through. No one cared for the murdered man so suspects abound, including the man's own son who wants to go through with his wedding even before his father's burial. Much of the novel seems to be spent in establishing a feel for the community and characters. I liked it well enough to continue the series, although I hope the sheriff won't be around much longer and Deputy Brody assumes that role.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kelcy

    Loved this cozy! Nice setting, fast-paced, swoony love interest, and fun supporting characters. The only one I didnt really care for was Cass bc she seemed too pretentious but thats not enough for me to knock the rating down.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Really great book. Nice plot twists and enjoyable characters.. Looking forward to more in this series!

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