Lethal Licorice

Lethal Licorice

Too many sweets spoil the murder . . .Harvest, Ohio, is a long way from New York City, where Bailey King left a coveted job as a head chocolatier to take over Swissmen Sweets, her Amish grandparents’ candy shop. Now, while caring for her recently widowed grandmother, she plans to honor her grandfather’s memory by entering the annual Amish Confectionery Competition. But bet...

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Lethal Licorice Reviews

  • Peggy R

    I am a huge fan of author Amanda Flower. I don't think I have read a series yet that I haven't loved. The Amish Candy Shop Mystery series is no exception. Bailey King is trying to learn how to fit in to two worlds, Amish and English, while helping her grandmother run the candy shop. This books picks up shortly after the first, so Bailey and her grandmother are still mourning the loss of her grandfather. The last thing she needs is another dead body. Unfortunately for Bailey, she is there when an

    I am a huge fan of author Amanda Flower. I don't think I have read a series yet that I haven't loved. The Amish Candy Shop Mystery series is no exception. Bailey King is trying to learn how to fit in to two worlds, Amish and English, while helping her grandmother run the candy shop. This books picks up shortly after the first, so Bailey and her grandmother are still mourning the loss of her grandfather. The last thing she needs is another dead body. Unfortunately for Bailey, she is there when another one is found.

    What I love about Amanda Flower is that she provides her readers with the total package. Her characters are genuine, authentic, and well developed. These are people a reader can easily relate to and care about. The settings are charming and come to life through her descriptions. The plot is fast paced, and the mystery is woven nicely through the story. The deceased was not well liked, even in the Amish community, so the suspect pool is plentiful. There are some nice twist and turns to divert the readers attention. I was surprised by how the mystery wrapped up. There is even a bit of a possible romance brewing for Bailey. We will just have to see how things go.

    This book is scheduled for release on February 27, 2018. I voluntarily read an advanced review copy provided to me by the publisher, Kensington, through Netgalley. I will definitely be back to read the next book in the series.

  • Tari

    Oh my goodness, this was a great second book in what I had already decided is one of my favorite series back when I read the first book. How could you go wrong with a book that has an opening line of "When the pig went missing, I knew there would be trouble." And trouble there was! From murder to possible sabotage/framing to rumspringa, this story has a lot of issues to resolve.

    In Harvest, Ohio the Amish Confectionary Contest was a huge thing. Since Bailey has moved there and given up her NY cho

    Oh my goodness, this was a great second book in what I had already decided is one of my favorite series back when I read the first book. How could you go wrong with a book that has an opening line of "When the pig went missing, I knew there would be trouble." And trouble there was! From murder to possible sabotage/framing to rumspringa, this story has a lot of issues to resolve.

    In Harvest, Ohio the Amish Confectionary Contest was a huge thing. Since Bailey has moved there and given up her NY chocolatier career to help her Amish grandma in their shop Swissmen Sweets, she naturally assumed she'd be in the contest as well since even though she herself was not Amish, the shop was and she was using Amish methods, meaning no modern shortcuts.

    Of course a local woman Josephine, who wasn't well liked to begin with, found fault with this and complained every chance she got even though the judges were in agreement, one being kind of grudgingly in agreement. Most people thought Josephine got what she deserved when she was found by her niece Charlotte, who was going through her rumspringa time. Josephine didn't have to worry about whether Bailey should be in the contest anymore. This put both Charlotte and Bailey first on the suspect list even though good-hearted deputy Aiden Brody knew in his heart neither had done it. Bailey was determined to find out what really happened.

    There were definitely a lot of good suspects in this and I have to say I sure didn't see the ending coming. I had no idea who did it and was very surprised by the person as well as the reason.

    Going back to the first line in the book, yes the little pig Jethro who belonged to Juliet Brody, deputy sheriff Aiden Brody's mother, went missing and the whole town went looking for him. I remember the little pig from the first book being such a stinker so this story line was pretty entertaining since I knew that nothing bad could possibly happen to little Jethro. He was found, the perp was caught and everything with Charlotte worked out as well. I really liked the character of Charlotte and I hope she might be in the next book or maybe drop by in the future.

    I highly recommend this well-written and entertaining book that I read in one day. Can't wait till the next book comes out!

  • Amy

    A fantastic read!! Mystery, Amish, Candy, and Romance--everything I could want in a cozy... Could barely put it down; work was very inconvenient yesterday!

  • Carrie

    Lethal Licorice by Amanda Flower is the second book in the cozy Amish Candy Shop Mystery. In this series Bailey King had been trying for a coveted job as a head chocolatier in New York when she decides to instead head home to Harvest, Ohio to take over Swissmen Sweets, her Amish grandparents’ candy shop.

    After returning home Bailey had found herself in the midst of a murder investigation but now that things have settled down she fully intends to invest her time making Swissmen Sweets the best. To

    Lethal Licorice by Amanda Flower is the second book in the cozy Amish Candy Shop Mystery. In this series Bailey King had been trying for a coveted job as a head chocolatier in New York when she decides to instead head home to Harvest, Ohio to take over Swissmen Sweets, her Amish grandparents’ candy shop.

    After returning home Bailey had found herself in the midst of a murder investigation but now that things have settled down she fully intends to invest her time making Swissmen Sweets the best. To honor her grandfather’s memory she enters the annual Amish Confectionery Competition where a fellow candy maker, Josephine Weaver, wants to get her disqualified for not being Amish.

    After Bailey’s encounter with Josephine she’s asked to help search for Jethro, a missing pot-bellied pig, but instead finds herself stumbling upon another dead body in the small town. Again Bailey finds herself right in the middle of the investigation and needing to help solve the murder before she or someone from her family become suspects.

    There are a lot of things that I have loved about Amanda Flower’s Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. The setting being in the middle of the Amish community is one that is a bit unique on it’s own giving the reader a glimpse into another lifestyle. The author does a good job showing what it’s like in differing Amish groups and what it’s like for a non-Amish relative trying to fit in to the town and her family.

    The characters in the series are all likable and realistic feeling. And let’s face it, I’m a sucker for some type of pet/animal being involved in a cozy. In this case little Jethro the pig was a favorite part of the series so to hear he’s missing I had the “oh my gosh find the pig and forget the dead mean lady!!” moment in this one. So really there are two mysteries to solve which made it even more fun to follow along making this another great addition to this series.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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  • Maureen Timerman

    I enjoyed reading this second book set in Harvest Ohio, now you might want to pick up the first book, Assaulted Caramel, but the author brings you up to date.

    Our candy maker, a daughter of a man who left the Amish faith, came to visit her Grandparents, and ends up staying to help her Grandmother run their candy store. Now our Bailey does have a back ground as a head chocolatier in New York, so she is hoping to do well in annual Amish Confectionery Competition.

    This book ends up having a dead Amis

    I enjoyed reading this second book set in Harvest Ohio, now you might want to pick up the first book, Assaulted Caramel, but the author brings you up to date.

    Our candy maker, a daughter of a man who left the Amish faith, came to visit her Grandparents, and ends up staying to help her Grandmother run their candy store. Now our Bailey does have a back ground as a head chocolatier in New York, so she is hoping to do well in annual Amish Confectionery Competition.

    This book ends up having a dead Amish woman, a missing pot belly pig, and finding new relatives. We keep on our toes and of course Bailey is again involved in finding another body.

    A page turner for sure, and I was surprised at the ending, I didn’t guess the outcome of this one!

    I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Kensington, and was not required to give a positive review.

  • LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    The Amish Confectionery Competition has come to Harvest, Ohio and Bailey King has been allowed to participate even though she is not Amish. There are some contestants not happy that she is competing against them. Especially Josephine Weaver and she loudly voices her opinion. But before the judges even taste Bailey’s licorice, she finds Josephine’s body. She was just trying to find Juliet Brody’s pot-bellied pig, the last thing she needed to see was another dead body. When the

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    The Amish Confectionery Competition has come to Harvest, Ohio and Bailey King has been allowed to participate even though she is not Amish. There are some contestants not happy that she is competing against them. Especially Josephine Weaver and she loudly voices her opinion. But before the judges even taste Bailey’s licorice, she finds Josephine’s body. She was just trying to find Juliet Brody’s pot-bellied pig, the last thing she needed to see was another dead body. When the police hear about her argument with Josephine she knows she is going to be their prime suspect. Deputy Aiden Brody is sweet on Bailey, but she knows she is going to need to find the real culprit on her own.

    Lethal Licorice picks up almost where Assaulted Carmamel leaves off. Bailey’s grandmother is still adjusting to life without her beloved, Jebediah. Bailey is honored to take his place in the Amish Confectionery Competition hoping to bring some sunshine back into her Maami’s life. Bailey also learns she has a new cousin Charlotte. Charlotte is going through the Amish tradition of rumspringa before making her decision to join the church. Her family, which includes the newly deceased, is not happy about her musical decision. This also lands her on the list of suspects.

    I so enjoy the characters in the series. Bailey finding her way among the Amish is so interesting. She is strong and smart and committed to helping her grandmother in any way she can. A romance in her life is just on the cusp. Everyone seems to think she and Deputy Aiden Brody would make the perfect couple.

    The characters all have a certain charm that made me what to know them all better. A young Amish woman, Emily Esh, really resonated with me. We have just barely touched on her life story and I hope we get to know her better in a future story.

    Now this mystery was a fun one to solve. I am not a fan of licorice at all, but to have it be part of a murder was just fantastic. I had never heard of a licorice allergy but I suppose people can be allergic to just about anything. The victim owned a candy store in a nearby town and Bailey quickly learns of several new motives for her death and people not so sorry the woman is dead. There was also another woman entered into the competition who was pretty shifty so she is on Bailey’s list as well. But when the real guilty party is revealed I was completely shocked and surprised. I sure didn’t see it coming.

    This story is a fantastic addition to this series. I love the peek that this author gives us into Amish life and the Englischers. Both books in this series are must reads. Book 3, Premeditated Peppermint will be released September 25.

  • Sheri

    The second book in the Amish Candy Shop series finds Bailey not only working to solve a mystery, but adjusting to her new life with her Amish grandmother in Harvest, Ohio. While in the midst of the Amish Confectionary Competition and on the hunt for her friend’s missing pet pig, Bailey inadvertently gets mixed up in a mystery. A murder has taken place and the clues point to Bailey. What other option does she have than to do a little investigating, find the real killer, and clear her name?

    As she

    The second book in the Amish Candy Shop series finds Bailey not only working to solve a mystery, but adjusting to her new life with her Amish grandmother in Harvest, Ohio. While in the midst of the Amish Confectionary Competition and on the hunt for her friend’s missing pet pig, Bailey inadvertently gets mixed up in a mystery. A murder has taken place and the clues point to Bailey. What other option does she have than to do a little investigating, find the real killer, and clear her name?

    As she competes alongside Amish participants in the contest, Bailey longs to find her place as an Englischer in the abundantly Amish town. She establishes and deepens friendships and comes to understand more about the Amish lifestyle and how she might fit into it. There wasn’t much collaboration with the handsome deputy sheriff this time, but still, their friendship seems to be deepening as well.

    One thing that surprised me was that Bailey doesn’t know much about the Amish. She spent a lot of time with her grandparents when she was a child, and as close as she is to them, I expected her to know their basic beliefs and customs. Yet she asks if they have organs in Amish churches. She spent at least one summer with them, so I would expect she would know that the Amish don’t have church buildings and the traditional Amish hymns are sung a cappella.

    I found this book to be a tad bit slower than the first, although there were plenty of red herrings along the way to keep you guessing. I like to think that I am smart enough to see right through those false leads, but the reality is that no, I fully considered each and every suspect “the one” at some point! I was anxious to see the mystery solved and for Jethro to be found.

    I’m really enjoying this series! I even admit to indulging in a candy treat as I read. So grab your favorite candy and settle in for a fun read!

  • Laura M

    This is the second book in the Amish Candy Shop mystery series, after Assaulted Caramel. We find ourselves back in Harvest, Ohio, with Bailey King who is helping her Amish grandmother in her grandparent's sweet shop. She has entered an Amish candy-making competition, much to the annoyance of Josephine Weaver, an Amish candy-maker from a nearby town. When a body is found, dead in a gruesome fashion, Bailey feels the need to once again find the killer.

    Amanda Flower is one of my favorite authors. I

    This is the second book in the Amish Candy Shop mystery series, after Assaulted Caramel. We find ourselves back in Harvest, Ohio, with Bailey King who is helping her Amish grandmother in her grandparent's sweet shop. She has entered an Amish candy-making competition, much to the annoyance of Josephine Weaver, an Amish candy-maker from a nearby town. When a body is found, dead in a gruesome fashion, Bailey feels the need to once again find the killer.

    Amanda Flower is one of my favorite authors. I loved the first book in this series. I felt like this one dropped off a bit, though it was still enjoy able. The writing is excellent, and I enjoyed the humor mixed in the mystery. The third offering, Premeditated Peppermint, will be out in September 2018, and I will definitely be reading it to find if the writing is closer to the first book or the second. Regardless, I look forward to reading more about Bailey and the gang.

  • Karen

    Amanda Flower has book two in her Amish Candy Shop Mystery out later this month and Lethal Licorice is bittersweet. Fresh on the heels of where book one ends, Bailey and her Amish grandmother are still getting used to daily life without her grandfather. Baliey who is not Amish is doing everything she can to help keep her grandparents store running and is filling in for her grandfather at the Amish Candy Festival. While this ruffles feathers of many in the community, soon there is much more to wo

    Amanda Flower has book two in her Amish Candy Shop Mystery out later this month and Lethal Licorice is bittersweet. Fresh on the heels of where book one ends, Bailey and her Amish grandmother are still getting used to daily life without her grandfather. Baliey who is not Amish is doing everything she can to help keep her grandparents store running and is filling in for her grandfather at the Amish Candy Festival. While this ruffles feathers of many in the community, soon there is much more to worry about and a polkadot pig to find! This is a story where love and grief meet determination. Where communities that are divided find common ground. A lovely story and a good mystery await you in Lethal Licorice. This is a February 27th, Kensington mystery to keep your eyes out for!

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