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Premeditated Peppermint: An Amish Candy Shop Mystery

Premeditated Peppermint: An Amish Candy Shop Mystery

Scritto da Amanda Flower

Narrato da Rebecca Mitchell


Premeditated Peppermint: An Amish Candy Shop Mystery

Scritto da Amanda Flower

Narrato da Rebecca Mitchell

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4.5/5 (13 valutazioni)
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Sep 25, 2018
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9781977389619
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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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Sep 25, 2018
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9781977389619
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Informazioni sull'autore

Amanda Flower is an Agatha Award-nominated mystery author (Maid of Murder), who first caught the writing bug in elementary school. She is also the author of Andi Unexpected, the Andi Boggs series, Appleseed Creek and the India Hayes series. When she’s not writing, she works as a librarian at Ursuline College near her hometown of Tallmadge, Ohio. Visit her online at www.amandaflower.com and www.isabellaalan.com.

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  • (5/5)
    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.
  • (5/5)
    Premeditated Peppermint is an exciting holiday adventure in Flower's Amish Candy Shop mystery series. Bailey King is excited for her first Christmas helping her grandmother run their Candy Shop as well as her first participating in the town's Christmas Market. Just as the holidays were getting closer, Bailey's ex Eric showed up with a television crew needing her help for his show. Things go from bad to worse when a member of Eric's television crew is murdered leaving it up to Bailey to clear Eric's name.Flower does a great job at setting up a great holiday read full of holiday spirit, romance, humor, and murder. Bailey is really tested this holiday as she tries to decide what she really wants, needs to put her past relationship with Eric to bed, tries to work on starting a relationship with Aiden, and solves a murder. I like how Flower set up a story that shows how much things have changed for Bailey as she takes stock of what she wants and where she wants to go from here. I also loved the secondary characters because they helped make the story even more enjoyable and special. The book's mystery was well done keeping the reader guessing until the end. Overall Premeditated Peppermint is a great holiday read that you can enjoy all year long. I look forward to reading Bailey's next adventure.Received a copy of Premeditated Peppermint through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review
  • (5/5)
    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. Her sugar high plummets when her ex-boyfriend walks into the candy shop. 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. 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 this deadly Noel.

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    Series: An Amish Candy Shop Mystery - Book 3
    Author: Amanda Flower
    Genre: Cozy/Culinary Mystery
    Publisher: Kensington Books


    Amanda Flower is a delightfully creative and entertaining writer. Her characters in this series come to life. She weaves a web of clues and suspects that leaves the reader guessing the identity of the killer until the very end. Premeditated Peppermint is no exception. This is the third installment in the “Amish Candy Shop Mystery” series and will add to the pleasure of readers everywhere.

    Bailey thought she was done with the big city and with her ex, Eric. But when both abruptly come back into her life, she is not thrilled. Yet, there are opportunities she cannot ignore. Torn between her commitment to her grandmother, Swissmen Sweets, and her desire to do the right thing for everyone, she isn’t sure which way to turn.

    The characters in this story are insightful, humorous, and filled with the holiday spirit. Returning characters such as Bailey’s best friend, Cass, her grandmother, and her handsome boyfriend, Aiden add dimensions to the book that keep the reader turning the page and happy.

    The suspects range from the obvious to the unsuspecting. The victim is likable, yet mysterious, with just enough personality to make the reader want to know more. The killer is personable, and like the victim, more than he/she seems. The story is fast-paced with smooth transitions, seasoned characters and an palpable delight in making candy. The recipes are delectably tantalizing. The sweet shop and the delicious concoctions they create will make everyone want to try to make their own candy.

    The small town surrounded by Amish country gives the reader a sense of home. The community closeness as well as the personalities that abound throughout this book have the feel of small-town America at its best. Readers will want to take a trip to this beautiful area and surround themselves within its warmth.

    Premeditated Peppermint is a trip into a world that is kept private even in today's age of cameras and computers that hurl everyone’s private life onto the worldwide web. It reminds us that there are places on this earth that still retain a feeling of privacy, of belonging, of commitment, and of a time that no longer exists for most. I am happy to recommend this book as well as the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series to readers who have a love of friends, family, and outstandingly well written mystery.
  • (5/5)
    It’s almost Christmas and Bailey couldn’t be happier. Her grandmother’s sweet shop is in full swing, making peppermint candies for the Christmas Market. She is beginning to believe that the attraction she feels for a certain sheriff deputy is mutual. Everything is just lovely . . . and then Eric, her ex-boyfriend, shows up in town, along with a filming crew for a special installment of his cooking show. If that weren't bad enough, things go downhill fast when the producer is murdered and Eric is a suspect. There is a lot of action in this cozy, and author Amanda Flower has achieved a cohesive blend of Amish and English in the telling of the tale. The characters are well-developed and believable, and the setting is delightful. Throw in a good mystery, some humor, especially with Jethro the pampered pig, and a bit a romance and you end up with a practically perfect story. Another great installment in this wonderful series.
  • (5/5)
    Bailey King's Big Apple past catches up to her Amish present as former boyfriend Eric and a van load of his production cronies barge into peaceful Harvest to shoot a cooking channel Christmas special with Bailey as the co-star. Bailey, of course, knows nothing about this and quickly becomes embroiled in controversy when she discovers the producer's body in the middle of the gazebo at the local Christmas Market. All of your favorite Harvest community characters combine to make this cozy mystery another of the hilarious (if murder can be called hilarious) ventures of the Hercule Poirot of Holmes County, Ohio.
  • (4/5)
    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.
  • (4/5)
    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.
  • (4/5)
    Bailey King is getting ready for the Harvest Christmas Market and the Swissmen's Sweets shop is concentrating on Peppermint candies. Just as she thinks everything is under control, Bailey's ex-boyfriend,Eric, a celebrity chef, turns up thinking that he'll rekindle their romance as well as use the Amish candy shop as a Christmas venue for his show. Before any actual filming takes place, the producer is killed, and of course, Eric is the chief suspect. Bailey is caught between trying to clear Eric and manage the candy production needed for the market. The new producer doesn't seem to think that anyone wouldn't want their business to be front and center in the TV spotlight, but Bailey has to live with the Amish way of life and get their approval before things can proceed.A fun cozy with great characters and delicious sounding candy!