Christmas is Bailey King’s favorite time of year. For her first Yuletide in Harvest, Ohio, the former big-city chocolatier is recreating a cherished holiday treat: peppermint combined with molten white chocolate. But her sugar high plummets when her former boyfriend walks into the candy shop she now runs with her Amish grandmother. New York celebrity chef Eric Sharp and his TV crew have arrived to film an authentic Amish Christmas. Bailey’s not about to let her beloved town—and Swissmen Sweets—be turned into a sound bite. Unfortunately, she gets more publicity than she bargained for when Eric’s executive producer is found strangled to death—and Eric’s the prime suspect.
With Bailey’s sheriff deputy boyfriend out to prove Eric’s guilt, her bad-boy ex tries to sweet-talk her into helping him clear his name . . . and rekindle their romance to boost ratings for his show. Now, between a surplus of suspects and a victim who wasn’t who she seemed, Bailey’s edging dangerously close to a killer who isn’t looking to bring joy to the world—or to Bailey—this deadly Noel . . .
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Peppermint is much more than a Christmastime treat. It has a thousand uses. It has been used to freshen breath, flavor beverages, calm nerves, and even grow hair. But as far as I could tell, it did not have the power to repel ex-boyfriends.
I wasn't considering this failing on peppermint's part when I awoke early that Thursday morning, two weeks before Christmas, and when I say early, I mean very early. It was before five AM, but there was much to do to prepare for the Harvest Christmas Market that would begin the next afternoon on the village square. I lived and worked just across the square at Swissmen Sweets, an Amish candy shop in Holmes County, Ohio, that I ran with my Amish grandmother Clara King. No, I wasn't Amish, but my father's family was. However, I did have peppermint on the mind.
Peppermint was the name of the game for our table at the Christmas Market. The organizer, Margot Rawlings, who typically was the instigator of all major events in the village, said that every table had to have a Christmas theme. Peppermint was the obvious choice for the candy shop. In addition to peppermint bark, we would have peppermint hard candy, fudge, hot chocolate mix, taffy, and thumbprint cookies.
It was midmorning now, and the shop smelled like the inside of a peppermint patty. My grandmother, her young Amish cousin Charlotte, and I worked in a companionable silence that had taken me some time to grow accustomed to. Up until a few months ago, I had spent most of my adult life in New York City working as an assistant chocolatier at JP Chocolates for world-renowned chocolate maker Jean Pierre Ruge. After my grandfather's death in September, I left city life behind to take over Swissmen Sweets. After working the busy, fully staffed chocolate shop in New York, where there was constant activity, it had taken me some time to get used to the quiet of Swissmen Sweets. Even when the shop was busy, it never felt as frenetic as JP Chocolates. I had grown to like the quiet and was looking forward to my first peaceful Christmas in Amish Country.
Down the counter from me, Maami cut her chocolate peppermint fudge into neat squares, and Charlotte packed them in small white boxes. She tied each box closed with narrow red ribbon. The pair softly murmured to each other in Pennsylvania Dutch while they worked. They looked much more like grandmother and granddaughter in their plain dresses and matching prayer caps than Maami and I ever would. I wasn't sure they even realized they were speaking a language I didn't understand at that moment, but I felt a stab of isolation at the other end of the counter as I worked on my own peppermint treats.
I tried to focus on the task at hand. I had hoped to make a few additional peppermint goodies before the market opened, but all my Christmas Market plans seemed to have flown out of my head a few hours earlier, when my ex-boyfriend crashed my candy shop. That was the moment when I realized peppermint's shortcomings.
The moment Eric Sharp walked into Swissmen Sweets, I was up to my elbows in a triple batch of peppermint and white chocolate, getting ready to spread the molten white chocolate mixture on a cookie sheet to cool. After the peppermint bark solidified, I would break it into pieces, place the pieces in cellophane bags, and tie the tops with bright red ribbons.
I was frozen by Eric's arrival. I had always wondered what I would feel if I ever saw him again. I expected hurt, sadness, anger, or maybe some of the old spark we'd once had, but I didn't feel any of those emotions. Instead, I was shocked and seriously annoyed. What on Earth did he think he was doing by waltzing into my peaceful shop at Christmas?
Eric smiled when he caught me staring gape-mouthed at him. I had a strong urge to toss a piece of peppermint bark at him just to see if it would repel an ex-boyfriend, but wisdom prevailed. I didn't have superaccurate arm, and I could hit a paying customer. Besides, I didn't want to do anything to alarm my grandmother and Charlotte, who both stood behind the glass-domed counter in their solid-colored Amish dresses, black aprons, and white prayer caps over long hair that was tightly coiled in smooth buns at the napes of their necks.
Eric strode toward me, looking every bit the successful New Yorker dressed in designer clothes from his Burberry winter hat to his polished Gucci boots. My grandmother, who made most of her own clothes, would be aghast to know how much each article of clothing had cost.
My grandmother smiled brightly at him. "May I help you?"
I wanted to blurt out, "No, you may not help him. He's not staying!"
But, of course, I didn't say that. My sweet maami would be aghast if I shouted anything so rude.
Eric grinned that smug grin that once upon a time I thought was so confident and attractive. Now I saw it for what it was: condescending. "You're so kind, but I see what I need." He made a point of looking at me when he said this. "Hello, Bailey. It's nice to see you again."
"I can't say the same about you."
My grandmother and Charlotte stared at me, clearly shocked at my rudeness. I closed my eyes for a moment and recited in my head the six types of chocolate, as my mentor Jean Pierre had taught me. I hadn't even reach "white chocolate" when Eric chuckled. "I see you still say what you think. I'm glad living with the Amish hasn't robbed you of your spunk."
I ground my teeth. "What are you doing here, Eric?"
"I'm here to visit you."
My frown deepened. I wasn't buying it. "You flew to Ohio to visit me? A person you haven't spoken to in over three months?"
He nodded, doing his best to appear sincere. "I know how much you love Christmas."
It was true I loved Christmas. Christmas was my favorite time of the year. I loved the parties, the carols, the food, and more than anything, I loved the sweets, but I knew Eric hadn't flown all the way to Ohio because Christmas was just two weeks away and I was a big fan.
"I've taken a few days off from my bakeries, and I thought it would be a great idea to see what a real country Christmas is all about. It will be a nice change of pace from the hustle and bustle of New York."
My brow furrowed. "You took time from work? To see the country?" My voice rose an octave with each question. When he made that claim, I knew he was lying. Eric was the biggest workaholic I knew. He was a bigger workaholic than I was, which was saying something, since before moving to Ohio I easily worked one hundred hours a week at JP Chocolates. Eric didn't take time off from his bakeries. Ever. Something was most definitely up.
I was about to argue that point with him when the glass door to Swissmen Sweets opened again and two disheveled men walked into the shop. The older of the two was short and middle-aged. What hair he had left on his head was graying at the temples. He had a plaid scarf wrapped tightly around his neck and wore a heavy hoodie and jeans. He carried a large video camera on his right shoulder. The other man wore a similar outfit but no scarf, and that's where the likenesses in their appearances ended. He was Asian, half the other man's age, and at least a foot taller and a foot wider than the older, slighter man. He carried a boom microphone and wore the largest pair of headphones I had ever seen.
I dropped my spatula into the peppermint bark, most likely condemning the utensil to a white chocolatey death, but I didn't care. I had much bigger problems than a lost spatula. I scowled at Eric. "What's going on? Doesn't look to me like you took time off of work to see the country."
Charlotte and my grandmother stared at me openmouthed, then turned to look at Eric and his film crew. I was willing to bet they had never seen anyone like this group of men before.
Eric shuffled back with his hands raised. "There is no reason to make a scene."
My frown deepened. "What's going on, Eric?" But I knew. Just before we'd broken up, Eric had been given the chance to film a reality baking show. As he was a famously volatile and hot pastry chef of the NYC culinary world, he was just what a popular cooking network was looking for to boost its ratings and give it an edgier image.
Maami lifted the piece of wood that separated the front of the shop from the back counter and stepped through the opening. "Bailey, what is going on? Do you know these men?"
I winced. One advantage of my grandmother's being Amish was that she'd been shielded from most of my headline-making relationship back in New York. She knew that I had been dating someone and I had broken up with him just before moving to Ohio. She didn't know who he was or what he did, and she most certainly didn't know he was standing in the middle of her shop with a film crew.
Before I could answer, Eric stepped forward. "You must be Bailey's grandmother. I've heard so much about you." He held out his hand to her.
Maami stared at his hand, and after a long pause she took it for the briefest of handshakes. I knew she didn't want to be rude, but typically Amish women didn't shake hands with people they didn't know, especially strange men, and to Maami, Eric must have looked very strange. He had perfectly styled blond hair and was wearing tight jeans, a leather jacket, bright blue scarf — because it matched his eyes, I knew — a Rolex watch, and the Gucci boots, both of which cost more than my car. It certainly wasn't the typical male uniform in Harvest, where plain trousers and a white button-down shirt was more the norm for men.
"I'm Eric Sharp," he went on to say. "I'm sure you have heard of me from Bailey."
Maami looked to me. "Nee, Bailey has never mentioned anyone by the name of Eric Sharp. Are you a friend?"
This only made Eric chuckle again. "Well, I will just tell you that Bailey and I were very good friends back in New York, and I have missed her."
It took all my strength not to roll my eyes.
"Since she hasn't told you much about me, I suppose that you don't know I am a pastry chef in New York, the best pastry chef, actually."
I stifled a snort.
Eric went on as if I hadn't made a noise. "I'm doing so well, in fact, that I have my own television show, and that's where you all come in. We're filming a holiday special set in Amish Country. We haven't settled on a title yet, but I know we will soon. As you can guess, the network is in love with the idea!" He smiled as if that was reason enough to let him keep filming. It wasn't. "This is my crew. Roden on camera, and Pike on sound."
Pike waved, and his face broke into a winning smile. "Hey." He peered over the counter. "Are you making peppermint candies? Peppermint is my very favorite!"
My sweet grandmother smiled at him. "We are preparing for the Harvest Christmas Market to begin tomorrow afternoon, and our table will be all peppermint. Charlotte" — she nodded at her cousin — "will be at the table selling our goods. You should stay for the market to see it."
"Wow!" Pike said. "A whole table of peppermint — count me in!"
Maami picked up a bag of peppermint meltaways, each candy individually wrapped in a small piece of cellophane, and handed the bag to Pike. "Here. Merry Christmas." She smiled, and her cheeks were rosy. She was the very picture of an Amish grandmother.
Pike took the bag. "These are my favorites! How much?"
Maami shook her head. "They are a gift to tide you over until tomorrow." She turned to Roden. "Would you like a bag too?"
"No." His voice was hoarse, perhaps from the cold. "I don't do sweets."
"Oh," Maami said as if she didn't know how to respond to that.
"Eric," I said, determined to move the conversation back to the issue at hand. "What are you doing here? Tell the truth this time."
"I do want to see what an old-fashioned Amish Christmas is like," he began, and leaned on the counter. "And it occurred to the network and to me that my viewers would too. My executive producer made a few calls and pulled a few strings, and here we are. Ready to film your little Amish town and little Amish candy shop."
My mouth went dry. It was what I had expected him to say, but that didn't mean it was any easier to hear.
He smiled his lopsided smile, which was so perfect I wondered if he had practiced it in the mirror until it was second nature. "The network was mad for the idea."
I forced a smile. "I'm sure the network loved the idea, and it is nice to meet you," I said, nodding at the two crew members, "but you just can't show up here unannounced and say you are going to film my family's shop. That's not how it works."
The men looked to Eric, and he nodded. They lowered their equipment and shuffled to the corner of the room beside the large display of jarred candies. Pike opened his candy bag.
Eric turned to me. "I don't know why you are making such a fuss, Bailey. Don't you realize what a show like this could do for your shop? Don't you want free advertising for Swissmen Sweets? It could really boost your Internet sales. Wouldn't that be something that you want for your business?"
I felt a twinge. He had a point. Of course, the free advertising was something that I wanted for the shop. The exposure could be unbelievable for business, but it wasn't that easy. I had to respect my grandmother's culture. Being on television wasn't very Amish, and I didn't know if her Amish district would approve. In fact, I suspected they would not.
He must have noticed my hesitation, because the smug grin was back on his face.
Before I could give him an answer, the shop door opened for a third time that afternoon, and the last person on the planet I would have wanted to see at that moment stepped inside.
Tall and loose-jointed, sheriff's deputy Aiden Brody stood just inside the doorway to Swissmen Sweets. His eyes were alert as if he could feel the tension in the room. As a seasoned law enforcement officer, Aiden was tuned in to the mood of his surroundings, and the current mood inside Swissmen Sweets was anything but welcoming.
He took in Roden and Pike in the corner of the room. Pike had his boom leaning over his shoulder like a baseball bat ready to be taken out onto the field as he tore through his bag of candy.
"Anyone want to tell me what's going on in here?" Aiden asked.
And that's when I knew my first Christmas in Amish Country would be anything but peaceful.CHAPTER 2
Eric's sharp gaze swung to me. "You called the cops, Bailey? That's not much of a welcome for me to your little town."
I rolled my eyes. "I did no such thing."
Aiden looked from me to Eric and back again. When it was clear that neither one of us was going to answer his question, he turned to my grandmother. "Clara? Do you know what's going on?"
Maami shrugged her shoulders. "This is Eric and his friends, and they know Bailey from New York. They are here for Christmas."
My grandmother had sort of got it right, and I watched as a light dawned on the deputy's face. My grandmother might have been able to miss the media coverage of my relationship with Eric, but Aiden had not. He placed his hand lightly on the hilt of his gun. If I were Eric I would head toward the exit now. I knew that Eric worked out, but he'd never chased down a criminal or thrown one in jail as I knew Aiden had done countless times.
"Aiden, this is my old ..." I searched for the right word and then cleared my throat. "Aiden, this is Eric Sharp from New York."
Aiden's eyes narrowed as my words only confirmed what he had to be thinking.
"Eric is here to shoot a Christmas special for his reality baking show here in Harvest, and he was just telling us he would like Swissmen Sweets to be involved."
"I bet he would," Aiden muttered. He frowned. "Are you going to do it?"
"Well, I ... I ..." It was a difficult question to answer as the publicity opportunities danced in my head. Being part of Eric's show, which aired on Gourmet Television, a major cable cooking channel, would be a huge boon to the business. Our online orders could jump 300 percent. Even considering the possibility made me dizzy. I cleared my throat. "Maami will have to decide. It's her shop."
Eric grinned. "I knew you would come around, Bailey honey."
I ground my teeth. "I'm not your honey."
Eric held out his hand to Aiden. "I have always had the utmost respect for the police. What was your name?"
"Deputy Aiden Brody," Aiden said in a clipped voice.
I had a sinking feeling that this encounter was about to go from bad to worse.
"It's very nice to meet you, Aiden."
The door opened for fourth time, and I started to wonder if I should begin charging admission.(Continues…)
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Bailey King's Big Apple past catches up with her Amish country present as former boyfriend Eric and his cooking channel production cronies barge into the Christmas Market in Harvest just getting started. Bailey's propensity for discovering random dead bodies puts the shoot at risk. Plot twists keep you wondering where it will all end.
Dollycas’s Thoughts Everything is not Merry this Christmas season in Harvest, Ohio. Eric Sharp, Bailey King’s ex has shown up with a camera crew to catch on film an authentic Amish Christmas for his new television show just in time for annual Harvest Christmas Market. Seems his producers need the celebrity chef to be more human/friendly and they think this episode will do the trick. The problem is that he wants to showcase Swissmen Sweets and just expects Bailey to go along with his plan, never thinking about her grandmother, an Amish woman that has no desire to been seen on camera. The Amish community itself shuns any type of photographic participation. Early the next morning as Bailey is on her way to tell the producer that it is unlikely that her grandmother will approve any filming in the sweet shop, she notices something that draws her to the gazebo in the park. As she arrives she finds the producer dead and Eric Sharp standing over the body. Of course, he is the prime suspect but Bailey can’t wrap her head around Eric as a killer. She quickly finds herself involved in several Christmas Market events and she plans to use that as a way to try to clear Eric from the suspect list. She is no longer sweet on him, but she hopes to keep him out of jail for the holidays. Peppermint, peppermint, and more peppermint. I was craving it throughout this whole book and it is darn hard to find peppermint bark or fudge or canes this time of year. I had to settle for the hard candy and that didn’t really curb my cravings. Can’t wait for Christmas candy to hit the stores, probably any day now. The characters in this series are so much fun. Amish and Englishers do their best to coexist in Harvest. Bailey and her grandmother have hired Charlotte to work with them at Swissmen Sweets. This way Bailey has time to get caught up in her investigations. Her relationship with Deputy Aiden Brody gets just a little bit closer. His mother already has them engaged and headed down the aisle. She and her pet pig, Jethro are involved again in the whole story and that leads to some very humorous moments. She thinks Jethro needs to make his television debut and someday have a show of his own. The mystery was pretty complex. Who would want Rocky Rivers dead? Are they Amish or Englisch? and what was she hiding? I loved that Bailey’s BFF hopped on a plane and flew to Harvest to be at Bailey’s side when she heard Eric had come to town. Cass thinks on her feet and not only helped with the investigation but played a big part in getting Bailey an offer that may be just too hard to refuse. They work well together and find some huge clues the police had missed. Well written and plotted, Amanda Flower has given her readers one sweet treat to devour this holiday season. Christmas in Harvest sounds delightful, sans the murder, of course. A perfect escape for when the temps get lower and the snow starts to fly.
Bailey King was working in New York as a chocolatier before she decided to return to Harvest, Ohio, On a visit home, her grandfather died and she decided to remain and help her Amish grandmother run their family owned candy shop, Swissmen Sweets. The fact that she had just ended a relationship also helped her with that decision. In this story, Bailey is preparing peppermint treats for their booth at the Yuletide in Harvest Festival when she gets an unexpected and unwanted visit. Eric, her ex, has brought a film crew to Harvest to produce an episode for his new reality cooking show. His plan is to include Bailey and her Amish ties and possibly rekindle their romance. As Bailey's grandmother is waiting to hear back from the Bishop about filming in the store, when the executive producer is found strangled to death. Eric becomes the prime suspect, and Bailey is sure he would not kill anyone. She jumps right in to the investigation and has to juggle her feelings with Aiden, the sheriff's deputy with her loyalty to Aiden and the possibility of a New York television show of her own. I enjoy the characters in this series. Bailey is developing Amish friendships, thus allowing the reader to learn about the Amish customs, through the Englischer's eyes. Aiden is a deputy sheriff and he and Bailey seem to be developing a relationship. His mother, Juliet, is definitely the humorous element to the story as she divides her time and attention between her adorable pot-bellied pig Jethro and matchmaking between Aiden and Bailey. Emily is a young Amish girl with family difficulties, who works in the pretzel shop next to Swissman's. There are an assortment of other characters who fill out the story, many with the television company. The plot of the story was well developed with some story lines about life in the town and relationships. The mystery had some suspects, but motive was a stickler. Once the motive was introduced near the end, I quickly figured out the murderer, and as the clues fell into place, I was correct. The ending was well done and satisfying. Premeditated Peppermint by Amanda Flower is the third book in the cozy Amish Candy Shop Mystery series and I have enjoyed them all. Amanda Flower is becoming one of my favourite cozy mystery authors. I am looking forward to the next book in this delightful, mystery series. The publisher, Kensington Books, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, opinions and ideas are my own.
I love this series. I missed book 2 but there was no spoilers or feeling like I missed something. I do want to go back and read the second book just because the books are so great. The characters are well developed with plenty of growth in each book. The writing keeps your interest. There was more than one thing to figure out and both kept me guessing. One I had guessed right fairly early but the other I was completely off base with. The world building is fantastic and the glimpse we get in the next book shows that we will become more familiar with the "other life" that Bailey left for her new one. There's a big difference to me between moving on and actually getting closure. I'm glad that we got to see Bailey get the closure that was needed. Yeah, she had moved on from her previous romance but now, even the reader feels ready for that next step. I am also glad we saw some character development in Eric too. I'm not sure what his future is or if we will see more of him in the future, but I enjoyed how things played out there. Overall, this continues to be a fantastic series and I recommend them in any order. Recipe Included: Bailey's Peppermint Bark Thank you to Amanda Flower, Kensington Books, and NetGalley for allowing me the opportunity to read this wonderful story and share my thoughts and opinions with others.
Another murder for Bailey to solve in the excellent cozy mystery, Premeditated Peppermint, the third entry in the Amish Candy Shop series. Bailey works with her Amish grandmother and cousin in her deceased grandfather’s candy shop, Swissmen Sweets in rural Ohio. When Bailey’s NYC ex-boyfriend hits town, he asks her for help in filming the local Harvest Christmas Market for his reality series. Bailey has a table at the Market featuring peppermint candy. When the series’ producer ends up dead with Eric as the prime suspect, Bailey investigates. Meanwhile, the mother of Bailey’s boyfriend, Deputy Aiden, asks Bailey for help making her pet pig, Jethro, a movie star. I loved this series from the beginning. However, this entry is the best yet. It is a perfect blend of kooky locals, light romance, a pleasant setting, a tasty sounding recipe for Peppermint Bark and humor within an intriguing mystery. Because the story moves forward in each entry in the series, it is best to read them in order. However, there is enough back story quickly presented in this book to allow Premeditated Peppermint to be read as a stand-alone too. I can’t wait to read Toxic Toffee, the next series entry in the series, previewed in this book! Premeditated Peppermint does not disappoint. It is highly recommended to cozy mystery fans. 4 1/2 rounded up to 5 stars! Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for an advance copy.
Premeditated Peppermint by Amanda Flower is the third tale in An Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. Bailey King is looking forward to a peaceful Christmas in Harvest, Ohio with her grandmother, Clara and cousin, Charlotte. They have been busy preparing a variety of peppermint candies for their Swissmen Sweets table at the Harvest Christmas Market. Then a grinch arrives in the form of Bailey’s ex-boyfriend and baker, Eric Sharp along with a camera crew. He wants to film the Christmas special of his show in Harvest with Bailey. Bailey agrees to meet the producer, Rocky Rivers the next morning to discuss the proposal. On her way to the meeting, Bailey notices a set of lights out on the gazebo. When she enters the gazebo, Bailey finds Rocky dead with the lights wrapped around her neck and Eric standing over her body. Deputy Aiden Brody quickly arrives on the scene and targets Eric as his prime suspect. Eric asks Bailey to prove his innocence before he ends up as head baker at the local prison. Linc Baggins (not a hobbit) arrives to take over production of the show and he has a surprising business proposition for Bailey. Then Juliet Brody approaches Bailey with a special request for her almost daughter-in-law (Aiden and Bailey have yet to have a first date). Juliet feels that Jethro has the face for television, and she wants Bailey’s help jumpstarting the pig’s career. Then Margot needs Bailey’s help with the live nativity. Bailey’s Christmas is quickly spiraling out of control. Premeditated Peppermint is an entertaining cozy mystery as you can tell from my summary. You will be hooked from the very first page. While Premeditated Peppermint can be read alone, I suggest reading the series in order. It will provide you a better understanding of Bailey and how she came to live in Harvest. I thought Premeditated Peppermint was well-written with a good pace. It is just the right length at 306 pages. I had been reading a different book that was dragging along (I fell asleep), so I switched to Premeditated Peppermint and quickly devoured it. Harvest is a quaint small town that has a mixture of Amish and English citizens. There are charming shops and events that attract tourists such as the Harvest Christmas Market. Bailey is a smart and talented main character. I was happy to see Bailey’s best friend, Cass pop up in Harvest to help Bailey. Juliet Brody is quite a character. She goes around town with her pig, Jethro on a leash. I can see Jethro acting as the ring bearer if Aiden and Bailey ever marry (picture Jethro wearing a cute little tux). There are many laugh out loud moments in Premeditated Peppermint courtesy of Juliet, Jethro, Eric, Margot Rawlings, and the camel, Melchior. I enjoyed the descriptions of the delectable candies being prepared at Swissmen Sweets. The mystery was interesting with a handful of suspects and misdirection. The method of murder fit in with the book and the author provided good clues to aid the reader in solving the crime. There are recipes at the end of book and a preview of Toxic Toffee. My rating for Premeditated Peppermint is 4 out of 5 stars.
Premeditated Peppermint is the third book in the An Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. Another wonderful addition to his this delicious series. Bailey, her grandmother, and Charlotte are busy making Peppermint Bark and other different types of peppermint candies as they prepare for the Harvest(OH) Christmas Market. The last person she wants or expects to see walks through the door at Swissmen Sweets. That would be Eric Sharp, Bailey’s former boyfriend, and celebrity chef. He claims that he wants to see what an Amish Christmas Holiday in the country is like. He plans to film his time in Harvest and to air on his cooking show. Eric’s real reason is that he wants to win Bailey’s heart back. Bailey has no intention of getting back with him and if they won’t take out the romantic link in the filming there will be no show at all. Rocky Rivers, the show’s executive producer, asks Bailey to meet her at the gazebo across from Swissmen Sweets the next morning to discuss what Bailey is willing to go along with. The next morning as Bailey is approaching the gazebo she notices that a string of lights decorating the gazebo has come loose, but then when she looks into the gazebo she sees the body of Rocky, with a string of lights wrapped around her throat and Eric standing over her lifeless body. Eric swears that he didn’t kill her and pleads for her help in finding the murderer. Bailey reluctantly agrees, but not so much to clear Eric’s name but to find the killer or Rocky as she thinks they could have become good friends. As Bailey begin to look into the murder, she has to admit to herself that Eric certainly looks likely, but she also learns that Rocky was one to do whatever was needed to get what she wanted. She soon learns that Josie, the make-up girl had a loud argument with Rocky the night before her death. Also, the owner of the Keim Christmas Tree Farm, Thad Keim is making it difficult to locate, what might he be hiding. This is another well-told and plotted story from Ms. Flower. Most all of the regular characters are back. Margot Rawlings is back and once again making life difficult for Bailey. Juliet Brody and her pot-belly pig, Jethro, are back and giving quite a few chuckles. And of course, Aiden Brody is busy policing the streets of Harvest and the romantic interest in Bailey is going smoothly. Recipes are also included with the book. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in this sweet series.
Premeditated Peppermint is book three in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series by Amanda Flower’s. I loved this book. Amanda did a wonderful job. I was transported back to small town Harvest, Ohio with all of it’s wonderful characters. I so love Bailey and her determination. There are lots of twists and turns that will keep you guessing right up to the very end. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. If you enjoy mysteries and Amish fiction that this is the book for you.
The premise sounded so interesting. Bailey, who’s not Amish, joins her Amish grandmother in running her grandparent’s candy store in Holmes County, Ohio. But her ex-boyfriend Eric, an arrogant, self-centered New York chef, comes to Harvest to film a reality baking show and win her back to boost his ratings. The first thing to happen is his producer is murdered. Eric is insufferable. Conceited, sarcastic, whiny. His attitude gets old real fast. The deputy’s mother wants her son Aiden to marry Bailey. They’re not even dating, but she’s pushing for a wedding and grandchildren. And she’s got a pet pig that has to go everywhere with her. Again, enough! Bailey presumes to search for clues and solve the murder rather than let Aiden. Too much like Hallmark’s “Garage Sale Mysteries.” Why does she think she’s qualified? All ends well for Bailey, but I was antsy to get to the end.
4.5 stars PREMEDITATED PEPPERMINT, the delightful third book in Amanda Flower’s charming Amish Candy Shop Mystery series, finds former New York City chocolatier Bailey King up to her elbows in peppermint confections. It is her first Christmas in Harvest, Ohio, and the town’s celebrations are underway. Bailey is speechless when her bad boy ex-boyfriend, pastry chef Eric, walks into her grandparents’ candy shop with a television crew in tow. In town to film a holiday special for Gourmet TV, he hopes to spin his and Bailey’s headline making split into TV reconciliation gold. When Bailey finds the executive producer Rocky dead in the town square, Eric is quickly named the prime suspect. Despite her dislike for Eric, she knows he is innocent and sets about finding the real killer’s identity. Throw in a live nativity with a rogue camel, a jealous love interest, a pig with dreams of stardom, and an offer that Bailey does not know if she can refuse, and readers have a wonderfully entertaining read full of Christmas spirit. Flowers is one of my favorite authors, and I was not disappointed with PREMEDITATED PEPPERMINT. The lovely tourist town setting with its mix of Amish and English residents is the perfect backdrop for Bailey and her candy shop. I like Bailey. She is smart and empathetic and makes a good amateur sleuth. I appreciate that she is not perfect. She struggles with feeling left out of her grandmother and cousin’s blossoming relationship, and I think this influences her decisions in the book. Of course, her love interest, sheriff’s deputy Aiden, makes a good foil for her investigating efforts, and he is a really decent guy. Eric is indeed rather self-centered and not easy to feel sorry for, and the victim has some skeletons in her closet. A highlight of this series is Aiden’s over-the-top mother Juliet and her pet pig Jethro. They provide some of the books laugh out loud moments. The mystery surrounding Rocky’s death is complex enough to be compelling. There are plenty of clues along the way, with just the right amount of misdirection, to keep readers guessing. The conversational writing style keeps the pace of the book steady, and I felt like I was right there in the middle of the action. PREMEDITATED PEPPERMINT is sure to please any cozy mystery reader, and I cannot wait for the next book in the series to be published. I hope there are many more adventures with Bailey. Highly recommended. I received an ARC of this title from the author and publisher and voluntarily shared my thoughts here.
Premeditated Peppermint by Amanda Flower is the 3rd in the Amish Candy Shop mystery series. It's time for the annual Christmas Holiday Market in Harvest and Bailey is running around trying to get all the peppermint treats ready to sale when her ex comes into the candy shop. Needless to say, she is shocked, after all New York City is no where close to Harvest, Ohio. Chef Eric is there, along with a film crew, wanting her to tape a special for his show. She can not agree to the filming since her Amish grandmother is the owner of the shop and the district would have to agree. When a member of the film crew is found murdered and Eric is next to the body, Bailey is drawn into finding the murderer before Eric is charged. The story has plenty of twists and turns that keep you guessing until the end. There is a great cast of characters and Jethro the pig is back. Flower gives you not only mystery. but also humor, romance, and a craving for peppermint. This is a great Christmas mystery. I enjoy this series and highly recommend it. I was given an ARC by Netgalley and Kensington Books for an honest review.
Amanda Flower is one of my favorite authors for Amish suspense. She creates great, likable and real characters in a small town setting that come together for a place and people that I can envision and imagine visiting. In Premeditated Peppermint, we are back in Harvest, Ohio where chocolatier Bailey King has moved to from New York City to help her grandmother run her candy shop, Swissmen Sweets. She promised her grandfather before his death that she would stay in Harvest to help and plans to keep her promise. It is almost Christmas and vendors are setting up around the town square to sell their wares. Bailey, her grandmother and cousin Charlotte are working hard to make peppermint the main ingredient in their selection to sell for the event. An old boyfriend and celebrity chef, Eric Sharp, steps in the shop with a camera crew wanting to film his Christmas special in Amish country and in particular, with Bailey and her grandmother's shop. Their split was not on great terms and Bailey wants nothing to do with Eric but logic overrules her emotions. This might help her new internet campaign to expand the business. Sheriff Deputy Aiden Brody is not happy to see Eric. He and Bailey are trying to explore a relationship beyond friendship and Eric's appearance isn't good. Things turn deadly when Rocky Rivers, executive producer, is found dead in the town square gazebo the next morning. Is the killer Amish? Englisch? Does someone on the production crew have it in for Rocky? She seems to have a connection to Harvest but what and how? Bailey's BFF Cass flies in from NYC to help Bailey deal with Eric's appearance and the two join forces to find the killer. Aiden's mother, Juliet and her potbelly pig, Jethro, are front and center in the filming and action. An added bonus in the live Nativity scene and parade around the square. I enjoy this series a lot and look forward to the next one. Thanks to Kensington Books through NetGalley for the complimentary ARC. The thoughts and opinions stated are mine only.
I received a free copy of PREMEDITATED PEPPERMENT (Book 4 of the Amish Candy Shop Mysteries) by Amanda Flower in exchange for an honest review. Christmas is coming, and Swissmen Sweets has been assigned “peppermint” as the theme for their booth and candies at the Yuletide Festival. Bailey King’s ex-boyfriend celebrity chef Eric Sharp makes a surprise appearance, and a full camera crew and production team tag along. While the television people attempt to sweet talk Bailey into appearing on their Amish Christmas special, someone is murdered. When it looks like Eric will be arrested and charged because of the Sheriff’s general surly incompetence, Bailey agrees to investigate in order to clear Eric of the charges. In doing so, Bailey finds herself in some sticky situations. This book moved the story along for Bailey in both a professional and personal capacity. This may be my favorite of the series so far. #PremeditatedPeppermint #NetGalley
Christmas is approaching and Bailey is busy preparing peppermint candies for the Harvest Christmas market when trouble appears in the form of her ex-boyfriend, Eric.. He is in Harvest because his reality bakery show is filming a holiday special but he seems to have an ulterior motive.. Things go from bad to worse when there is a murder and Eric, who is the prime suspect, convinces Bailey to help clear his name. On top of that, Bailey is facing a decision that could change her life forever. This well written story has characters you'll love and characters you'll love to hate. Set in Amish country you get a peek at the unique culture of the Amish people. This is the third book in An Amish Candy Shop Mystery series but could easily be read as a stand alone. Thanks to Kensington and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a honest review.
It’s Bailey King’s first Christmas in the Amish town of Harvest, Ohio . After leaving New York City and her ex behind to help her Grandmother run the family candy shop, Bailey has settled into her new life and has plans for both the family business and her love life. Then her ex shows up on her doorstep with a filming crew with plans of his own. While blindsided by Eric’s arrival and his expectation for her to participate in the filming of his show, Bailey can’t let him take the rap when his producer is found murdered. The story is well written and moves at a good pace. The characters are well developed and clues are left along the way for you to guess at who the murderer is, but you really don’t truly know who and why until closer to the end. I look forward to reading the new books in this series and Amanda Flower does not disappoint. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series!
Bailey is looking forward to her first Christmas in Harvest, Ohio. Things have been going well with the shop and other than a few minor issues all is well. When Bailey's ex-boyfriend shows up in town with a film crew in tow she is shocked! What is he doing in town and why does he think she would want anything to do with him? Eric wants to film an authentic Amish Christmas for his show and hopes that he can convince Bailey to not only be a part of it but also film it in her grandmother's shop. Bailey realizes the publicity would be good for the shop but can she stand being around Eric for more than a few minutes? Things start out okay but when Bailey finds the executive producer strangled to death on the town square things take a turn for the worse. Eric becomes the main suspect in the death and looks forward Bailey for help in proving his innocence. Bailey wants to help so she can get her life back to normal. The producer wasn't well liked among the crew so there are more than enough suspects to take a look at. When Bailey comes across some strange information she starts to dig even deeper. Can she find the killer before something else goes wrong? This is such a wonderful series filled with a fantastic cast of characters, who wouldn't love Jethro. The setting is one that I would love to visit, and the Amish culture is well written. I look forward to seeing what Bailey gets into next.
We are back in Ohio with Bailey King, and just in time for the Christmas Market, and helping in the family candy store. Of course, as in the past two books there is a murder, and somehow our Bailey is in the middle of the investigation again, along with some other familiar characters, including our loveable pig Jethro. Will this be the end of Bailey’s involvement in the family business, will she decide to go back to NYC now that Eric her former boyfriend has come back into her life? This book is going to keep you guessing almost to the last page, and danger is ever present, will you be able to guess ahead of time as whom the culprit is? Enjoy this cozy Christmas mystery! I received this book through Net Galley and the published Kensington, and was not required to give a positive review.
Another five ?????????? adventure from Amanda Flowers. I am always so very excited to start an Amanda Flowers well told story and always try to take as long as possible to read it because I don't want it to end. I'm not even going to try to tell you about the story. READ IT you will never be sorry you did. ENJOY??