Criminally Cocoa

Criminally Cocoa

by Amanda Flower

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Overview

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 starts to notice odd things
happening—things that seem intended to make Bailey look bad . . .
 
With Bailey feeling extra nervous about being on camera, Charlotte decides to keep her suspicion of sabotage to herself. But she knows that among Bailey’s fans at the Gourmet Television network lurks a dangerously jealous rival. Now Charlotte will have to find out who that person is—before sour grapes turns one of the sweetest times of the year fatally bitter . . .
 
Recipe Included!
 
Praise for Amanda Flower and her Amish cozies
 
“As it turns out, Amanda Flower may have just written the first Amish rom com.”USA Today
 
“Flower has hit it out of the ballpark . . . and continues to amaze with her knowledge of the Amish way of life.”RT Book Reviews
 
“At turns playful and engaging . . . a satisfyingly complex cozy.”Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496726711
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Series: An Amish Candy Shop Mystery
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 6,242
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award–winning mystery author Amanda Flower 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. She also writes mysteries as USA Today bestselling author Isabella Alan. Amanda lives in Northeast Ohio. Readers can visit her online at www.amandaflower.com.

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Criminally Cocoa 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Another well crafted and throughly entertaining cozy mystery from one of my favorite authors. ???????????? I pray GOD continues to whisper in your heart many more stories to write. I so look forward to the next one??
GratefulGrandma 6 days ago
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 and their customs with the English life. Charlotte has not been baptized yet and is struggling with what she wants to do in her life. As Charlotte participates in the television show, her beliefs are tested and I love how she does not understand so many of the idioms and expressions being tossed about. Many of the familiar characters make an appearance, even Jethro the pig. There is a merry chase for the little fellow in the park. This is a short story without a murder, but there is still a satisfying mystery to solve with several suspects and a satisfying outcome. A fun addition to the series. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
cc27 27 days ago
Bailey is in New York for the filming of the pilot for her new Amish Candy Making show. She's brought along her Amish cousin, Charlotte, and somehow, her boyfriend's mother, complete with pet pig, has gotten in on the deal. The accidents begin on the first day of filming, causing the producer to begin questioning the wisdom of continuing . Will Charlotte and her cohorts get to the cause of the accidents before the producer pulls the plug? I gave this title high marks for the sheer entertainment value. I haven't read the other books in the series, but I plan to go back and begin with Book 1. I would recommend this title for anyone looking for a fun read. #CriminallyCocoa#NetGalley
Anonymous 4 months ago
Flowers changes things up a bit by letting Amish cousin Charlotte tell the tale of this New York City adventure. No murders here, just mayhem.
Dollycas 5 months ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts 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 trying to keep Bailey off the air. She just needs to keep herself safe in the process. I loved that this story was told from Charlotte’s point of view. She has a huge decision to make soon and spending part of her rumspringa in New York may help her to make her decision. Seeing New York through her eyes was wonderful, that city is awestriking whether you are Amish or English. I am sure I would have reactions similar to hers. I enjoyed that Juliet Brody and her comfort pig, Jethro make a surprise appearance to help Bailey out. That Jethro shakes things up wherever he goes. For a book of this length, there was a good number of suspects and Ms. Flower twisted the clues up nicely. There were some tense moments as everything came to a head. I was partially right in my deductions, I just didn’t get the extra little skewering twist. Well-plotted Ms. Flower. This was a nice little interlude as fans wait for Toxic Toffee to be released June 25. Oh, and there are recipes too!
lghiggins 5 months ago
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 cooking show) over and over again. Fortunately this book is a novella. Otherwise, I would have broken my own rule for my book world and not finished the book. I did complete it, but only so I could write a proper review. I would like to extend my thanks to netgalley.com and to Kensington Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
jwilhoite211 6 months ago
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 this series in the future...maybe from Aiden...??? I voluntarily reviewed this story on Netgalley. #netgalley #amandaflower 4.8 stars
DanieleK 7 months ago
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 waiting for the next book in the series to be released. It is cute, fast reading. I received an ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley and voluntarily shared my thoughts here.
chefdt 7 months ago
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 determine whether she wants to be baptized into the Amish faith or live in the Englisch world. As the taping of the first show is beginning, Bailey is describing how to weave a chocolate basket when the double boiler that Bailey is melting chocolate on the stove behind her explodes, sending shards of glass and chocolate all over the studio. Quite naturally this will put production behind schedule and the director wants to stop production as he feels the show is destined to be a disaster. The first thing Raymond Reynolds, the director, says is that it was Bailey’s fault. Charlotte has seen Bailey make enough candy that she is that it was not Bailey’s fault and that someone is trying to sabotage the show. The next they doing some filler shots outdoors with Charlotte walking through the park with Jethro, Juliet Brody’s potbellied pig when a horn honks and send him running. Charlotte is watching even closer now to see who might be behind these disruptions. Back in the studio, Bailey is opening a container of pretzels that someone has put sneezing powder in and Bailey has a sneezing attack and once again production is interrupted. Then when things get settled down Charlotte points how all these interruptions have to directed at Bailey. Charlotte also tells Bailey about a conversion she heard where someone was definitely trying to get the show canceled before the first episode even airs. This is a wonderfully told story with believable characters. This novella has certainly whetted my appetite for the next book in the series, Toxic Toffee, coming out in June.
anneinaz 7 months ago
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 started going wrong. Was the show doomed? This is a delightful little tale, just long enough to expose the villains and put Charlotte in the spotlight. This is totally Charlotte's book and shows her in all her naivete and sweetness but also makes real her struggle with her religion. She is of the age to make a permanent commitment to the way of life and Criminally Cocoa walks through her uncertainty and confusion. Either way, she is unlikely to make her life in New York. Lots of fun in this book as well as twists and turns make it a must-read. Criminally Cocoa is a fun read and one to be enjoyed as a stepping-stone in the larger series. I received a free ARC of Criminally Cocoa in exchange for a fair and honest review. #netgalley #criminallycocoa
MKWD52 7 months ago
Criminally Cocoa is a short novella in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. Bailey is back in New York City filming her new candy show but this time the story is told from the view point of her Amish friend Charlotte. Nobody is murdered in this story but someone is trying to sabotage Bailey's new show. Who can it be? Charlotte has her theories and in the end she solves the case. There is plenty of humor in this story as Jethro, Juliet's pet pig makes an appearance. Highly recommend this series. I received this ebook from Kensington Books through Netgalley.
Marshathereader 7 months ago
Criminally Cocoa by Amanda Flower is a novella for the Amish Candy Shop series. This is a quick, easy read that I did not want to put down, told though Charlotte, Bailey's Amish friend. Set in New York City, Bailey is filming her pilot for a TV show and it becomes obvious that someone is setting her up for failure. There are enough suspects that you will be kept guessing until the end. When Jethro shows up, you will be laughing out loud. This could be read as a stand alone but this is a great series. I was given an ARC from Netgalley and Kensington Books for a honest review.
mamatr 7 months ago
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 Flowers did a good job explaining things so I wasn't confused about how the characters connected to each other. I would also suggest shorter paragraphs in places to improve the flow. If I have the opportunity, I will read more books in this series. Based on this one, I assume the others will also be easy to read, fun, engaging, humorous, and entertaining.
CozyOnUp 7 months ago
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 but also doing a little sleuthing of her own to find out who has it in for her cousin. Love this series by Amanda Flower. Actually I like all of this author’s writing. She keeps the story moving, fun and engaging. Can’t wait for Toxic Toffee to be released in June. A simple, cozy, and sweet read!
TarynLee 7 months ago
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 cause her cousin problems. Things go from bad to worse when Jethro is brought into the picture. Can Charlotte figure out who the bad guy is before something truly bad happens or will her cousin lose her show altogether? Follow along and see what Charlotte figures out and get to know her better during the process. This was a wonderful read that gave me a look into what was going on with some favored characters while waiting for their next story.
KrisAnderson_TAR 7 months ago
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 and publicity photos. While shooting photographs in the park, a loud horn sounds which scares poor Jethro and sends him running into the park. Charlotte is concerned that someone is trying to sabotage the show as the small incidents continue. With Bailey already nervous about the filming, Charlotte decides to investigate on her own. Can Charlotte unmask the saboteur? Join Charlotte, Bailey, Cass and Jethro on their New York City adventure in Criminally Cocoa. Criminally Cocoa picks up where Premeditated Peppermint ended. We join Bailey, Charlotte and Cass in New York where they are filming the first season of Bailey’s Amish Sweets. Bailey asked Charlotte to come along and be her assistant on the show. Criminally Cocoa is told from Charlotte’s point-of-view. It was humorous to see New York City through Charlotte’s eyes. Charlotte grew up Amish and has yet to join the church. She views things differently from Englishers. I thought Criminally Cocoa was well-written with steady pacing. It was nice to learn more about Charlotte in this story. When Bailey blames herself for the explosion of the double boiler, Charlotte wants to help prove it was not her cousin’s fault. Charlotte has watched Bailey solve three crimes and puts that knowledge to use. The mystery was straightforward. Readers will have no problem solving it before the reveal. However, it is the right type of mystery for the length of the story. While the story focuses on the group in New York, we do get updates on their friends back home in Harvest, Ohio. I especially enjoyed the addition of Juliet Brody and her polka dotted pig, Jethro. Their antics provided me with plenty of laughs. It is always delightful to read one of Amanda Flower’s books. I am eager to read Toxic Toffee which is the next An Amish Candy Shop Mystery.
4GranJan 7 months ago
Amish Crime Solving in the Big Apple This novella is part of the Amish Candy Shop Mystery Series. While it is built on prior episodes, it stands alone well. This book takes place in New York City while the ladies are filming the new television series and is told from Charlotte's point of view. The plot is great with plenty of interest generating bits. The book is complete with an Easter time candy recipe. I received this ARC for free and this is my honest review.
diane92345 7 months ago
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. Criminally Cocoa is a novella that moves Bailey’s story forward so is a must-read for series fans. While it can be read as a standalone, it is better to start with one of the full-length books in the series. This book is written from Charlotte’s first-person view and is clearly meant more as a fish-out-of-water tale than a true mystery. For series fans, it is a 3.5 star read rounded up to 4 stars! Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
ganderson523 7 months ago
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 Charlotte's perspective and her view of the city is naturally a strange one to a young Amish girl. Charlotte is not a member of the church yet so she is able to pursue and explore her options before she makes a decision to join the church. When things start going bad on the set, Charlotte observes what is happening and forms an opinion of who is behind the events. Finally, she gets brave and lets everyone know what she thinks and for a young Amish girl, it is not an easy thing to do. For a quick visit back to see some of the characters of the series, this is a fun and quick mystery to get into. Even Jethro, the pig, and his owner, Juliet, make an appearance. I did miss seeing Deputy Aiden, Bailey's special friend, maybe even boyfriend. I received a complimentary ARC from Kensington Books through NetGalley. All opinions stated are mine only.
BobbieLCLA 7 months ago
I received a free copy of CRIMINALLY COCOA (Amish Candy Shop Mystery Book 3.5) by Amanda Flower in exchange for an honest review. This is a short story or novella told from the viewpoint of Charlotte Weaver while she and Bailey are in New York filming the first episodes of Bailey’s Amish Sweets. Someone is causing havoc on the set; it seems like someone is trying to sabotage the show. Charlotte decides to investigate the matter by herself without informing Bailey of her suspicions. Can Charlotte save the show? I enjoy this series and liked the time spent with Charlotte. I recommend this to fans of the series. #CriminallyCocoa #NetGalley