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Caught in a sticky situation . . . With Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook tying the knot in Ohio's Amish Country's most anticipated nuptials of the year, Bailey King is determined to do everything in her power to make the event a sweet success. Except midsummer heat waves and outdoor ceremonies don't mix, and an exasperated Bailey soon finds herself struggling to f Caught in a sticky situation . . . With Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook tying the knot in Ohio's Amish Country's most anticipated nuptials of the year, Bailey King is determined to do everything in her power to make the event a sweet success. Except midsummer heat waves and outdoor ceremonies don't mix, and an exasperated Bailey soon finds herself struggling to fulfill bridesmaid duties and keep her stunning marshmallow-frosted wedding cake from becoming a gooey disaster. Then much to everyone's shock, the entire ceremony crumbles when a guest drops dead, and the cause isn't sunstroke . . . Turns out, the uninvited victim came equipped with lots of dirt on the devout reverend's hidden past. As Reverend Brook tops the murder suspect list on what should have been the happiest day of his life, Bailey and her sheriff's deputy boyfriend vow to clear his name. Can the duo boil down a series of baffling clues before Juliet considers her marriage a bad mistake--or the killer whips up another deadly surprise? Recipe Included!


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Caught in a sticky situation . . . With Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook tying the knot in Ohio's Amish Country's most anticipated nuptials of the year, Bailey King is determined to do everything in her power to make the event a sweet success. Except midsummer heat waves and outdoor ceremonies don't mix, and an exasperated Bailey soon finds herself struggling to f Caught in a sticky situation . . . With Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook tying the knot in Ohio's Amish Country's most anticipated nuptials of the year, Bailey King is determined to do everything in her power to make the event a sweet success. Except midsummer heat waves and outdoor ceremonies don't mix, and an exasperated Bailey soon finds herself struggling to fulfill bridesmaid duties and keep her stunning marshmallow-frosted wedding cake from becoming a gooey disaster. Then much to everyone's shock, the entire ceremony crumbles when a guest drops dead, and the cause isn't sunstroke . . . Turns out, the uninvited victim came equipped with lots of dirt on the devout reverend's hidden past. As Reverend Brook tops the murder suspect list on what should have been the happiest day of his life, Bailey and her sheriff's deputy boyfriend vow to clear his name. Can the duo boil down a series of baffling clues before Juliet considers her marriage a bad mistake--or the killer whips up another deadly surprise? Recipe Included!

30 review for Marshmallow Malice

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a cozy Amish Mystery, and this is the 5th book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery Series. I have not read the first four books in this book series. The main character is Bailey and she owns a Amish Candy Shop with her Grandmother. This book is the fifth book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery. Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook wedding is finally here and happens at the very beginning of the book. And of course there is Jethro the pig that Bailey is watching for her boyfriend's mother, Juliet. Th This is a cozy Amish Mystery, and this is the 5th book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery Series. I have not read the first four books in this book series. The main character is Bailey and she owns a Amish Candy Shop with her Grandmother. This book is the fifth book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery. Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook wedding is finally here and happens at the very beginning of the book. And of course there is Jethro the pig that Bailey is watching for her boyfriend's mother, Juliet. There was a murder that happens right after the wedding and of course they are trying to solve it the whole book. I found the characters very developed and likeable and fun. Great Cozy Mystery. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Natalia R

    Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook are finally getting married. Everyone is excited and Bailey is busy baking the stunning marshmallow-frosted wedding cake and fulfilling bridesmaid duties. The day is filled with ups and downs, including a ruined wedding cake, Juliet's hair being burned off with a curling iron, and a drunk wedding crasher who objects to the wedding because she doesn't think Reverend Brook deserves to be happy. When the wedding crasher is found dead on the church steps the next day, Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook are finally getting married. Everyone is excited and Bailey is busy baking the stunning marshmallow-frosted wedding cake and fulfilling bridesmaid duties. The day is filled with ups and downs, including a ruined wedding cake, Juliet's hair being burned off with a curling iron, and a drunk wedding crasher who objects to the wedding because she doesn't think Reverend Brook deserves to be happy. When the wedding crasher is found dead on the church steps the next day, Bailey and her best friend Cass, decide to their own investigation, much to the dismay of her sheriff's deputy boyfriend, Aiden Brody. Meanwhile, Aiden's high school sweetheart is in town for the wedding, and she is determined to win him back. This is the fifth book in Amanda Flower's An Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. This is a delightful series, with wonderful characters, a charming small-town setting, and a sense of community and family. This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series, and when a new installment comes out it feels like catching up with old friends. Amanda Flower's writing style is engaging and filled with humor. Our main character, Bailey, is loyal, caring, hardworking, and independent. Her relationship with Aiden is progressing nicely, but I would like to see them communicate better and not keep things from each other. The mystery is well-plotted, with plenty of red herrings and false leads to throw readers off the scent. The reveal came as a complete surprise to me because the culprit wasn't even on my radar. Overall, I think this is a fantastic addition to the series and I eagerly await the next book. Amanda Flower never disappoints, and I highly recommend any of her series. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    beachbum bookworm

    Going to the chapel and we’re going to get marrrrieed…I just had to make a trip to Harvest for the wedding of Reverend Brook and Juliet Brody. If for nothing else to see Jethro as ringbearer. As always, this trip was never a dull moment! It started when a strange intoxicated woman burst into the church and tried to disrupt the wedding, then Jethro ruined the wedding cake and Bailey’s maid of honor dress, and then the next day finding a dead body. Whew...that’s a lot for a sleepy little Amish tow Going to the chapel and we’re going to get marrrrieed…I just had to make a trip to Harvest for the wedding of Reverend Brook and Juliet Brody. If for nothing else to see Jethro as ringbearer. As always, this trip was never a dull moment! It started when a strange intoxicated woman burst into the church and tried to disrupt the wedding, then Jethro ruined the wedding cake and Bailey’s maid of honor dress, and then the next day finding a dead body. Whew...that’s a lot for a sleepy little Amish town! Lol. Turns out Reverend Brooks had ties to the mysterious young girl, and Bailey needs to find out what happened after all her future mother-in-law (hopefully) just said I do to the man!... Another sweet treat!! I just can’t say enough about this series!! It is exactly why I love cozies! The small town, community involvement, quirky characters, and candy...OH MY! If I only had a better sense of humor!..ok ok no more bad Wizard of Oz jokes. I like that the police department needs her as a bridge between the Amish and Englisch. The mystery was like being a maze the whole time...twisting, turning, dead ends...and like I usually end up disclosing I did not solve the mystery before the big reveal. Actually, I have taken to cheating...I now just suspect everybody that way I'll finally be right! Pathetic I know! I can’t wait for the next installment! For more book fun subscribe to my blog @ http://beachbumbookworm.com/ I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Netgalley, the author Amanda Flower, and the publisher for this opportunity.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Marshmallow Malice by Amanda Flower is the fifth full length novel in the cozy Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. Along with two companion novellas in this series each of the books holds it’s own mystery that will be solved so they can be read in any order or as a standalone if choosing to do so. For those that follow from the beginning in the series though there is character building carrying over from book to book to tie them altogether. The main character in this series, Bailey King, had been wo Marshmallow Malice by Amanda Flower is the fifth full length novel in the cozy Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. Along with two companion novellas in this series each of the books holds it’s own mystery that will be solved so they can be read in any order or as a standalone if choosing to do so. For those that follow from the beginning in the series though there is character building carrying over from book to book to tie them altogether. The main character in this series, Bailey King, had been working in New York as a chocolatier before she decided to return to Harvest, Ohio and help her Amish grandmother run their family owned candy shop, Swissmen Sweets. While Bailey is not Amish herself she does find herself fitting into the community with her Amish roots and trusted more than other outsiders. The time has finally arrived for the wedding of Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook and Bailey has been asked to be a part of the bridal party since she has been dating Juliet’s son. Hoping to make the day a huge success Bailey has done everything she can to please the bride and groom including making a huge marshmallow topped cake for the occasion. Unfortunately an uninvited guest interrupts the ceremony and to make matters worse the woman is found murdered shortly after putting the wedding party on the suspect list. Having followed this one from the beginning the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series has become one of my favorite cozy series that has me keeping an eye out for each new installment. For me this one has just the right mix of the quirky fun and mystery in it. I loved how the author has taken a regular American and thrust her into the Amish world giving her the means to fit into both the regular community and Amish people. And as much as I like the characters there’s also cute critters stealing the show too. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    Marshmallow Malice is okay. There's a wedding and a town's woman is dead. It's all good and the first half of the book is fun. The development of Bailey's character to have her cooking show in NYC is a turn off for me. I like the small town feel and the reason I read cozies. She still works at the Amish candy shop in Ohio, but not sure if I'm excited if she spends more time in the city in future books. Marshmallow Malice is okay. There's a wedding and a town's woman is dead. It's all good and the first half of the book is fun. The development of Bailey's character to have her cooking show in NYC is a turn off for me. I like the small town feel and the reason I read cozies. She still works at the Amish candy shop in Ohio, but not sure if I'm excited if she spends more time in the city in future books.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    I love returning to Harvest, Ohio for a visit with Bailey King and the ladies who work at Swissmen Sweets Candy Shop, owned by Bailey and her Amish grandmother. Juliet Brody, mom of Bailey's boyfriend, Aiden, and Reverend Brook are having their wedding with Bailey serving as maid of honor, Aiden as best man, and Jethro, Juliet's pet potbelly pig, as ringbearer. It is all very exciting and going well until a strange woman enters the church to yell as the pastor before she is removed. No one seems I love returning to Harvest, Ohio for a visit with Bailey King and the ladies who work at Swissmen Sweets Candy Shop, owned by Bailey and her Amish grandmother. Juliet Brody, mom of Bailey's boyfriend, Aiden, and Reverend Brook are having their wedding with Bailey serving as maid of honor, Aiden as best man, and Jethro, Juliet's pet potbelly pig, as ringbearer. It is all very exciting and going well until a strange woman enters the church to yell as the pastor before she is removed. No one seems to know her and what is going on but she apparently knows Pastor Brook. The next morning as Bailey is about to enter the church to make sure all is ready for service after the ceremony, she discovers the woman's body on the church steps. Bailey's BFF, Cass, is in town for a few days vacation and to attend the wedding so she is happy to help Bailey find out what is going on. Aiden, deputy sheriff, is begrudgingly resigned to Bailey getting involved. As always, this is a great mystery to solve and Bailey cannot seem to stay out of danger and trouble but the Amish trust her over the Englisch law enforcement. With the fourth of July coming up, the store is busy making lots of yummy desserts and candies for the festivities. An old flame of Aiden's is back in town and wants to get back with him. What is going on there? Lots of things to clear up in this great addition to the series. I received a complimentary ARC from Kensington Publishing through NetGalley for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.

  7. 4 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Like other fans of this series, I have been looking forward to Reverend Brook and Juliet Brody’s wedding complete with Jethro, the pig as ringbearer, and Bailey King as the maid of honor. Bailey has worked tirelessly to give Juliet the wedding of her dreams. The wedding is going along nicely until a stranger arrives shouting at the reverend. The person is removed and the ceremony continues. Juliet wanted a cake with marshmallow frosting even though the heat of the day could rui Dollycas’s Thoughts Like other fans of this series, I have been looking forward to Reverend Brook and Juliet Brody’s wedding complete with Jethro, the pig as ringbearer, and Bailey King as the maid of honor. Bailey has worked tirelessly to give Juliet the wedding of her dreams. The wedding is going along nicely until a stranger arrives shouting at the reverend. The person is removed and the ceremony continues. Juliet wanted a cake with marshmallow frosting even though the heat of the day could ruin all her hard work. But it was other forces that be that send the reception into a sticky mess. Even then the party goes on and everyone seems to have fun. Then the next day, a body is found at the church. The stranger from the wedding has been murdered and we find they are not a stranger after all. They have a connection to the community and to the good Reverend Brook. Will he and Juliet be able to go on their honeymoon? Only if Bailey and Aiden can clear his name and frost the real killer. I do love this series. The way the community of Harvest comes together to celebrate always warms my heart. There are always a few rotten apples around trying to throw shade but by and large, the town is full of good people. Bailey has really worked her way into many people’s hearts. She loves working with her grandmother in the family sweet shop and she dreams up such wonderful creations. She is smart and independent and people, both Amish and Englisch open up to her making her a huge asset to her deputy boyfriend. This time her friend Cass is visiting Harvest too and is a great sidekick for Bailey. All Ms. Flower’s characters continue to grow in believable ways. A lot happens within the pages of this book and at times it seemed a bit chaotic but in Amanda Flower’s hands, we see it is all a very well-constructed plot with plenty of theories, twists, secrets, and suspects. She serves up misdirection like a master and had me stymied almost right up to the big reveal. It is so much fun to follow along with these characters. What I really love about Ms. Flower’s stories is that while giving readers an entertaining mystery she dishes up a high level of humor. Almost from the start, I was laughing out loud as Juliet was getting ready for the wedding, the issues with the cake and Bailey in her bridesmaids dress and so much more. She really knows how to tickle her reader’s funny bones. Marshmallow Malice is a terrific addition to this series. Unique, charming, and engaging characters along with a first-rate mystery make this story a Perfect Escape.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I really like this series, especially the characters. It doesn’t get better than Bailey and Hot Cop. I enjoyed this mystery and was really surprised at the culprit.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    The wedding day of Juliet Brody and Reverend Brooks is finally here! Bailey and Swissmen's Sweets have made a marshmallow cake per Juliet's wishes and she is also the maid of honor. She's accompanied by her Detective beau, Adrien Brody. The ceremony is disrupted by an intoxicated mystery woman who crashes the wedding, accusing the Reverend of being a traitor, whose body is later found dead on the church steps. Bailey is determined to identify this woman and her connection to the Reverend. Moons The wedding day of Juliet Brody and Reverend Brooks is finally here! Bailey and Swissmen's Sweets have made a marshmallow cake per Juliet's wishes and she is also the maid of honor. She's accompanied by her Detective beau, Adrien Brody. The ceremony is disrupted by an intoxicated mystery woman who crashes the wedding, accusing the Reverend of being a traitor, whose body is later found dead on the church steps. Bailey is determined to identify this woman and her connection to the Reverend. Moonshine, marshmallows, family secrets, and a generous dose of Jethro the pig combine to make this latest installment a sweet success! Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington for an ARC of this book. My review is voluntary.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Taryn

    Bailey's boyfriend Aiden's mom and the local Reverend are ready to tie the knot. As maid of honor Bailey is doing everything she can to make sure Juliet's day goes off without a hitch. Everything seems to be going well until a woman steps in during the wedding to make slanderous accusations against Reverend Brook. The woman is removed and Juliet ignores what the woman said, marrying the reverend without further interruption. Things get worse at the reception when Juliet's pig Jethro trips Bailey Bailey's boyfriend Aiden's mom and the local Reverend are ready to tie the knot. As maid of honor Bailey is doing everything she can to make sure Juliet's day goes off without a hitch. Everything seems to be going well until a woman steps in during the wedding to make slanderous accusations against Reverend Brook. The woman is removed and Juliet ignores what the woman said, marrying the reverend without further interruption. Things get worse at the reception when Juliet's pig Jethro trips Bailey making her crash into the wedding cake destroying it. When the day is finally over Bailey sighs with relief, the happy couple will be off on their honeymoon after church the next day. When Bailey goes to the church early the next morning to make sure everything is as it should be she finds the woman from the previous day dead on the steps. Who is this woman and why was she killed and left on the church steps? The reverend only knows her first name and gives Bailey all the information he can about the woman. The reverend is soon eliminated as a suspect so off he goes on his honeymoon with Juliet. Bailey knows she must figure out who the woman was before she can look at people who might have wanted her dead. There is an Amish connection Bailey just has to find out where it leads. Follow along as she investigates, will she be able to figure out who the killer is before she herself becomes a victim?

  11. 5 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    The candy shop is in full action preparing for Julliette and the Reverend Brooks' wedding as well as for the 4th of July festival on the square, but things are not as they seem when a young women crashes the wedding and screams at the groom! Another excellent visit with Bailey and the gang wrapped up in an entertaining and intriguing plot. This series weaves very real issues into the plot lines without losing the entertaining and happy feel of the books. In this book alcoholism is at the forefro The candy shop is in full action preparing for Julliette and the Reverend Brooks' wedding as well as for the 4th of July festival on the square, but things are not as they seem when a young women crashes the wedding and screams at the groom! Another excellent visit with Bailey and the gang wrapped up in an entertaining and intriguing plot. This series weaves very real issues into the plot lines without losing the entertaining and happy feel of the books. In this book alcoholism is at the forefront of the theme, but in a manner that allows the characters to remain the loveable and relatable ones we have grown to love. I absolutely can't wait to see what happens next as things are definitely reaching a crossroads for Bailey and Aiden.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Linnea

    fun to read series and I did not see the murderer. also a new character that should make things interesting in the future.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shawna Shaheen

    The 5th book in this Amish series. Juliet and Pastor are getting married. It is July. Juliet ( Bailey boyfriend Aiden the police man mom) wanted Bailey to make a 3foot cake with poka dots and marshmallow icing. It was a huge sussess. Just a misdeminor though. Some woman not Amish interrupted they're wedding calling Pastor Simon a tratior. Bailey wants to put Swismen Sweets (Bailey grandpa and grandma candy shop she owns now) on the charts wants people to recognize they're shop. This is one one o The 5th book in this Amish series. Juliet and Pastor are getting married. It is July. Juliet ( Bailey boyfriend Aiden the police man mom) wanted Bailey to make a 3foot cake with poka dots and marshmallow icing. It was a huge sussess. Just a misdeminor though. Some woman not Amish interrupted they're wedding calling Pastor Simon a tratior. Bailey wants to put Swismen Sweets (Bailey grandpa and grandma candy shop she owns now) on the charts wants people to recognize they're shop. This is one one of my favorites from the series. With who done cozy mystery

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carla

    This is the fifth book in Amanda Flower's An Amish Candy Shop Mystery series and this is another winner. I really enjoy this series with its wonderful characters, a small town setting as well as a local Amish community, and always delicious foods. In this outing, Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook are finally getting married. With most of the town attending the wedding, Bailey the maid of honour in her cupcake dress and Jethro the pig as the ring bearer, a wedding crasher calls the reverend a trait This is the fifth book in Amanda Flower's An Amish Candy Shop Mystery series and this is another winner. I really enjoy this series with its wonderful characters, a small town setting as well as a local Amish community, and always delicious foods. In this outing, Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook are finally getting married. With most of the town attending the wedding, Bailey the maid of honour in her cupcake dress and Jethro the pig as the ring bearer, a wedding crasher calls the reverend a traitor and tries to stop the wedding. When she ends up dead, left on the steps of the church the next morning, he becomes one of the main suspects. This is one of my favourite cozy mystery series. Marshmallow Malice has a very well-developed plot with great writing. Of course there is always some humour involved and in this story it is all caused by Jethro the pig. I really like Bailey as the protagonist, she is loving, independent, smart, loyal and hardworking. She works well with her boyfriend Aiden, a town police officer. She also acts as liaison between the police and the Amish community due to her grandmother being Amish. There is some spirituality in the book with Amish beliefs mentioned a few times, but that is it. The mystery is complicated enough to have several suspects and a few red herrings to keep this reader guessing. I was not sure who the culprit was until just before the final takedown scene, which was quite tense. A great addition to the Amish Candy Shop Series. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Rebecca Mitchell. This is the first book I've listened to narrated by her and I enjoyed her performance. She has an easy voice to listen to and I felt she did a good job with this story, using expression, inflection and tone to bring the reader into the story. Her voices for the characters were not all that much differentiated, but I was able to determine who was speaking in most situations due to intonation. I will continue to listen to books that she narrates. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    I don't think there has been a cozy mystery written by author Amanda Flower that I haven't devoured. Ms. Flower is one of my favorite authors in this genre and I know when I start a new book by her that I am going to fall down the rabbit hole and be transported to a charming setting, populated with wonderful characters and a mystery that keeps me guessing. This is the 5th installment in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery, and pun intended, each one is a sweet treat. Bailey King is a terrific protagoni I don't think there has been a cozy mystery written by author Amanda Flower that I haven't devoured. Ms. Flower is one of my favorite authors in this genre and I know when I start a new book by her that I am going to fall down the rabbit hole and be transported to a charming setting, populated with wonderful characters and a mystery that keeps me guessing. This is the 5th installment in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery, and pun intended, each one is a sweet treat. Bailey King is a terrific protagonist. She is really coming into her own and I love how she is able to have one foot in both worlds. Her romance with Aiden is progressing nicely and things are going well at Swissmen's Sweets. Unfortunately, the one area where Bailey can't catch a break is stumbling over dead bodies. This time, it's on the steps of the church the morning after Juliet's wedding to Reverend Brooks. This time, she has her best friend Cass, who is visiting from New York, to help her with her sleuthing. I thought the mystery was well done. Ms. Flower, once again, did a traffic job of cast suspicion on a number of characters while dotting clues throughout the storyline. I was completely surprised by the identity of the killer. I followed the false trail of clues provided by the author and came to the wrong conclusion. I love when an author has created characters that have me so engaged and invested in their lives that I miss the small nuggets that are carefully placed throughout. I highly recommend this author and if you haven't had a chance to read any of her series, I say pick up the first book in any one of them and crack it open. You will be entertained and satisfied when you finish reading the final page. I voluntarily read a digital advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher, Kensington Books. through Netgalley. The opinions expressed are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sue Em

    Rounding up from 4 and a half stars because it is always such an enjoyable visit to Harvest, OH and Swissman Sweets. Amanda Flower is an adept storyteller combining characters you care about with a well plotted and paced mystery. It's the middle of summer for the wedding of Juliet (the mother of Bailey's beau, Aiden) to Reverend Brooks. Bailey is in charge of walking Jethro, the pot-bellied pig, down the aisle, making and protecting the marshmallow frosted cake from melting all while dressed to Rounding up from 4 and a half stars because it is always such an enjoyable visit to Harvest, OH and Swissman Sweets. Amanda Flower is an adept storyteller combining characters you care about with a well plotted and paced mystery. It's the middle of summer for the wedding of Juliet (the mother of Bailey's beau, Aiden) to Reverend Brooks. Bailey is in charge of walking Jethro, the pot-bellied pig, down the aisle, making and protecting the marshmallow frosted cake from melting all while dressed to resemble a cupcake.The ceremony being interrupted by an inebriated woman threatening the groom is only the beginning of the mishaps leading to murder. Bailey straddles a fine line of respect for the Amish community, including her grandmother, while promoting the business and investigating the murder. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Baker

    The always upbeat Juliet is trying to remain positive on her wedding day despite major problems. (We won't even talk about the hair incident.) Her maid of honor, Bailey, is having her own concerns because she made and is responsible for the wedding cake. Juliet requested a marshmallow icing and on the hot summer day she is afraid it will melt. However, what happened in the ceremony turned out to be the biggest problem until a body was discovered the next morning. This story had me guessing from The always upbeat Juliet is trying to remain positive on her wedding day despite major problems. (We won't even talk about the hair incident.) Her maid of honor, Bailey, is having her own concerns because she made and is responsible for the wedding cake. Juliet requested a marshmallow icing and on the hot summer day she is afraid it will melt. However, what happened in the ceremony turned out to be the biggest problem until a body was discovered the next morning. This story had me guessing from beginning to end about not only the murder but what might happen between Bailey and her boyfriend Aiden now that his old girlfriend has shown up again. As always Juliet's comfort animal, Jethro the pig, kept me entertained with his mischievousness. Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    This is a fun sweet cozy mystery that can be enjoyed as a stand-alone or part of the series. The characters, both human and furbabies, are likable and interesting. However, we do learn a few new surprising tidbits about one of our beloved characters. The mystery is entertaining and funny but is still full of suspense. I was surprised at who the killer was. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and in no way, I have been influenced by anyone.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    It is finally time for Juliet and Reverend Brook to get married. A mysterious woman crashes the wedding a tries to put a stop to it. When the woman is found dead outside of the church. When it turns out she has a connection to the reverend, Bailey and her best friend, Cass, start investigating. I love this series. The characters are fun and likeable. Jethro the pig has to be one of my favorite literary pets ever. He causes so much mischief without meaning to, but you can't help but love him. Can It is finally time for Juliet and Reverend Brook to get married. A mysterious woman crashes the wedding a tries to put a stop to it. When the woman is found dead outside of the church. When it turns out she has a connection to the reverend, Bailey and her best friend, Cass, start investigating. I love this series. The characters are fun and likeable. Jethro the pig has to be one of my favorite literary pets ever. He causes so much mischief without meaning to, but you can't help but love him. Can't wait to read more.

  20. 5 out of 5

    The Kawaii Slartibartfast

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The fifth installment of this delightful series involves Juliet's (the mother of Bailey's boyfriend, Aiden) wedding and of course with it being Juliet nothing can go off without a hitch. Of course someone would try to interrupt the wedding! Can this poor woman not catch a break? The interlopers body is found and Bailey is determined to catch the killer. I love this series so much. The cast feels like a I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The fifth installment of this delightful series involves Juliet's (the mother of Bailey's boyfriend, Aiden) wedding and of course with it being Juliet nothing can go off without a hitch. Of course someone would try to interrupt the wedding! Can this poor woman not catch a break? The interlopers body is found and Bailey is determined to catch the killer. I love this series so much. The cast feels like a family and a revelation in the book actually really shocked me!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Erica Chaillot

    Interesting twists and turns. I love the characters and their connection to one another. Looking forward to the next.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    Another really good addition to this cozy series; if not for a few teeny complaints, this would have been a five star read for me. Very well done. This time around, it is finally Juliet and Reverend Brook's wedding and everyone is going crazy getting ready for it, including Bailey, who is not only the cake maker, but also the maid of honor. Trusting that the wedding will go off without a hitch, everyone arrives at the church only to have it disrupted by a crazy-looking woman yelling at Reverend Another really good addition to this cozy series; if not for a few teeny complaints, this would have been a five star read for me. Very well done. This time around, it is finally Juliet and Reverend Brook's wedding and everyone is going crazy getting ready for it, including Bailey, who is not only the cake maker, but also the maid of honor. Trusting that the wedding will go off without a hitch, everyone arrives at the church only to have it disrupted by a crazy-looking woman yelling at Reverend Brook and calling him a traitor. The wedding continues after she is removed, but the next morning a dead body shows up on the steps of the church and it looks like Reverend Brook has some explaining to do. Amongst other things. The topic of this book is alcohol and alcoholism and what it does to both people and families and those we love. The damage from either being an alcoholic or being married or related or a child of one is huge [I am a child of one and I still struggle with the fallout from that on a regular basis, not to mention my own struggle with it] and this book touches on this without being preachy, but showing it in a very honest way and just how it can wreck all those around you without you even being aware of it. And when people lie about their past or their present, the hurt and distrust becomes even bigger. And the fallout can be devastating. I think that the author handled this very well and I was impressed. Now...for the things I didn't like. Mind you, they are teeny. But they are things that annoyed me to no end. *Does Bailey ever actually WORK? That makes me crazy - especially when she talks about how she moved to Ohio to help out her grandmother and to me it seems that Clara with the help of Charlotte and Emily, is doing all the work. It annoys me. *Bailey lives in a little rented house. Know how I know this? She TELLS YOU 1500 TIMES. I almost sprained my eyeballs with this one. *Cass has been to Harvest before and only brings black jeans and SILK tank tops? Seriously? In the freaking summer? I'm sorry, but I lived in NYC and its hot and humid there too. Its not like she wouldn't have known and having had been there before, she would have known to dress the FRICK DOWN. Sigh. *THIS one is hidden due to it being slightly spoilerish. If you have not read the book, you should skip this. (view spoiler)[There is NO FREAKING WAY that anyone would have been okay with her guy not telling her about a girl he was "promised to" but who had been away for years and just now had swooped back home to "get her man". NO. WAY. IN. HE...well, you get the picture. Aiden is a bit of a hypocrite in this one and it makes me a little crazy. He is constantly upset that Bailey doesn't share, and he is VERY upset at what he learns about Reverend Brook, but he keeps the whole story with the redhead a freaking secret. It was petty and childish and really beneath him and the author to have written it that way. And for Bailey to not be upset was unrealistic. Because ANY woman that that happened to would go ballistic. Seriously. (hide spoiler)] Those are the things that keep this from being a 5 star read. I almost gave in when I was shocked at who the killer was, but the stuff in the spoiler part just pushed it back to 4 stars for me. That said, I love this series and I will keep reading them as long as she keeps writing them. It was a very good read. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    The “An Amish Candy Shop Mystery” series written by Amanda Flower and published by Kensington Books has quickly become one of my favorite cozy series on the market. The characters are good, down to earth people who work hard, keep busy, and try to be helpful to their fellow man. These are wholesome country folk who want people to be happy, and this makes for some of the most lively and entertaining characters ina series. The setting is in the heart of Amish country, although all places have iss The “An Amish Candy Shop Mystery” series written by Amanda Flower and published by Kensington Books has quickly become one of my favorite cozy series on the market. The characters are good, down to earth people who work hard, keep busy, and try to be helpful to their fellow man. These are wholesome country folk who want people to be happy, and this makes for some of the most lively and entertaining characters ina series. The setting is in the heart of Amish country, although all places have issues, this one has as few as possible, aside from the occasional murder that is. Readers will find themselves not just liking the quirky characters, especially Juliet and her pet pig, but loving many of them as if they were a part of their own family. Bailey and her grandmother are as always there to lend a hand when the big wedding day arrives, even members of the Amish community show up to be a part of the festivities. But everyone knew Juliet’s big day couldn’t possibly go off without a hitch or two. It doesn’t take long for things to spiral, and before you know it, murder becomes a guest. The victim is a magnificent casualty of the past and how communities shape our lives. The suspects are all equally capable and believable. No one is spared this time around, everyone from the small town, even the Amish become suspects. Bailey uncovers the true killer almost unexpectedly, and the unveiling is filled with real-world consequences for everyone involved. I am happy to recommend the fifth book, Marshmallow Malice, in this tasty confectionery and Amish driven series to readers who love small-town politics, mystery with delightful characters, a torrent of suspects, twists and turns that will keep them guessing, a smattering of mouth-watering treats, and copious amounts of intrigue.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    I was very excited to read this book, and once again I was awed by the creative genius of Amanda Flower. Every book in this series is packed with a good, solid mystery, lovable, colorful characters, and a small town where everyone knows your name. The book opens with the big day for Juliet and her soon to be husband, until the ceremony is interrupted, causing people to raise their eyebrows. As the maid of honor for Juliet, Bailey King takes her job very seriously, especially since she’s dating the I was very excited to read this book, and once again I was awed by the creative genius of Amanda Flower. Every book in this series is packed with a good, solid mystery, lovable, colorful characters, and a small town where everyone knows your name. The book opens with the big day for Juliet and her soon to be husband, until the ceremony is interrupted, causing people to raise their eyebrows. As the maid of honor for Juliet, Bailey King takes her job very seriously, especially since she’s dating the bride’s son. When the wedding crasher is removed, everyone breathes a sigh of relief, but we all know that’s not the end! Fans of this series will absolutely enjoy Marshmallow Malice.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    Marshmallow Malice Amish Candy Shop, Book #5 Amanda Flower 5 Stars Synopsis: Caught in a sticky situation . . . With Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook tying the knot in Ohio's Amish Country's most anticipated nuptials of the year, Bailey King is determined to do everything in her power to make the event a sweet success. Except midsummer heat waves and outdoor ceremonies don't mix, and an exasperated Bailey soon finds herself struggling to fulfill bridesmaid duties and keep her stunning marshmallow-fros Marshmallow Malice Amish Candy Shop, Book #5 Amanda Flower 5 Stars Synopsis: Caught in a sticky situation . . . With Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook tying the knot in Ohio's Amish Country's most anticipated nuptials of the year, Bailey King is determined to do everything in her power to make the event a sweet success. Except midsummer heat waves and outdoor ceremonies don't mix, and an exasperated Bailey soon finds herself struggling to fulfill bridesmaid duties and keep her stunning marshmallow-frosted wedding cake from becoming a gooey disaster. Then much to everyone's shock, the entire ceremony crumbles when a guest drops dead, and the cause isn't sunstroke . . . Turns out, the uninvited victim came equipped with lots of dirt on the devout reverend's hidden past. As Reverend Brook tops the murder suspect list on what should have been the happiest day of his life, Bailey and her sheriff's deputy boyfriend vow to clear his name. Can the duo boil down a series of baffling clues before Juliet considers her marriage a bad mistake--or the killer whips up another deadly surprise? 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 Review: The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional. I was so happy that Cass was very involved in this book, she and Bailey make a great crime fighting duo. The situations that they find themselves are funny and dangerous. I am very glad that Juliet and Reverend Brook finally tied the knot, they were made for each other. And what can I say about Jethro, Juliet’s little pig. I love all of his antics, they made me laugh. The writing style flowed smoothly and defined the characters very clearly by their actions and words. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning. In my mind’s eye, I could see all of the action taking place during the festival and at the candy shop. The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider. I considered the culprit for a moment and then discarded her as a suspect. Sleuthing is not an easy thing to do. I would highly recommend this book, and series, to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I know that anytime I pick up a book written by this author, I am in for a real treat. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    We are going to a wedding in Ohio's Amish Country in a village named Harvest located in Holmes County, Ohio. The Reverend Simon Brook is marrying Juliet Brody. Juliet’s son, Sheriff Deputy Aiden Brody will be giving the bride away and be best man . Bailey King is will be the maid-of-honor and wedding cake designer. The bride wants a marshmallow cake as her wedding cake. Jethro, the black and white, polka-dotted pot bellied pig will be the ring bearer. Jethro is Juliet’s pet. He mostly goes everywhere w We are going to a wedding in Ohio's Amish Country in a village named Harvest located in Holmes County, Ohio. The Reverend Simon Brook is marrying Juliet Brody. Juliet’s son, Sheriff Deputy Aiden Brody will be giving the bride away and be best man . Bailey King is will be the maid-of-honor and wedding cake designer. The bride wants a marshmallow cake as her wedding cake. Jethro, the black and white, polka-dotted pot bellied pig will be the ring bearer. Jethro is Juliet’s pet. He mostly goes everywhere with her. It is also time for the Fourth of July festival. Bailey was the assistant chocolatier in New York’s famous JP chocolates. She came home to Harvest when her Daadi (grandfather) became ill. After his death, Bailey moved to Harvest with her big white rabbit, Puff, to run Swissmen Sweets, the Amish candy shop. Bailey and her Maami (grandmother) both own the shop now. Nutmeg, the thin-striped orange tail cat is the shop cat. What more could go wrong after the young girl doing Juliet’s hair burns it off, Bailey looks like a polka dotted cupcake in her bridesmaid dress plus a strange woman runing down the church aisle yelling “Traitor” at the Reverend during the ceremony?? Just watch out for Jethro being let loose at the reception..... The following morning, Bailey discovers the body of the wedding intruder dead on the front steps of the church. A diverse set of characters featuring both Amish and Englishers involved in puzzling, complex murder mystery filled with thrills and chills. Bailey and best friend, Cass, visiting from the New York decide to help solve the case. They discover secrets, illegal activities such as moonshine stills being operational then exploding when shot. I enjoyed the mystery. I also liked how Bailey communicated between the Amish and the Englishers. I was fascinated by how the rabbit, cat and pig were able to play with each other with no problems. I thought the mystery moved along fast holding my attention from the beginning to the end. It was a mouthwatering story filled with humor along with the serious issues. This is book # 5 in the Amish Shop Candy Mysteries series. It can be read as a stand as I felt the author mix the past with the present effortlessly. I volunteered to read Marshmallow Malice. Thanks to Kensington Publishers for the opportunity. My opinion is voluntary and my own. There is the recipe for Marshmallow Sticks after the story finishes. Good eating!!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    This cozy was spot on for all the points that make a great cozy. The only thing I truly hope is there will be no love triangle intrigue since Joanne Fluke with the Hannah Swensen series has driven fans to boredom with that stupid love triangle plot so there is no sense in beating that dead horse with this series and ruining the much more upbeat relationship with Bailey and the Hot Deputy.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs

    The Amish Candy Shop Mystery series is guaranteed to give you a few hours of laughs. Jethro, the pig, steals the show each and every book. If you haven't read the previous books in the series, just close your eyes and imagine a pig being carried around like a baby who is dressed up in something polka dot. Now, tell me you didn't feel yourself smiling. Smiling is what you will do plenty of even while solving a murder or two. Again, Flower has provided us with a clean murder mystery with no unneces The Amish Candy Shop Mystery series is guaranteed to give you a few hours of laughs. Jethro, the pig, steals the show each and every book. If you haven't read the previous books in the series, just close your eyes and imagine a pig being carried around like a baby who is dressed up in something polka dot. Now, tell me you didn't feel yourself smiling. Smiling is what you will do plenty of even while solving a murder or two. Again, Flower has provided us with a clean murder mystery with no unnecessary gory details, no foul language, and no sex scenes. It is definitely a series I would share with a teenager looking to get into the cozy mystery world. Word of warning, be prepared to crave everything chocolate. I found myself craving a wedding cake with marshmallow topping and I have never had one with that topping. Flower does such a good job describing sweets you will be craving things you've never had. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Kensington, through NetGalley. Any and all opinions expressed in the above review are entirely my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette

    Enjoying this cozy mystery series!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    Marshmallow Malice is the fifth book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. Once again it is busy times for Bailey King. Bailey works in her grandmother’s candy shop, Swissmen Sweets. Juliet Brody is getting married to Reverend Brook and Bailey is making the wedding cake that will have marshmallow icing. Bailey will also be the maid of honor and will be escorted down the aisle by Juliet’s pet pig and ring bearer, Jethro. The wedding goes off without a hitch and everyone heads outdoor to the rece Marshmallow Malice is the fifth book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. Once again it is busy times for Bailey King. Bailey works in her grandmother’s candy shop, Swissmen Sweets. Juliet Brody is getting married to Reverend Brook and Bailey is making the wedding cake that will have marshmallow icing. Bailey will also be the maid of honor and will be escorted down the aisle by Juliet’s pet pig and ring bearer, Jethro. The wedding goes off without a hitch and everyone heads outdoor to the reception being held outdoors in the village square next to the church. As Bailey is approaching the table where the wedding cake is, Jethro tugs on his leash and gets away and he soon gets caught up in a table leg and the cake goes crashing to the ground. Bailey then loses her balance and falls next to the cake, getting icing on her, as she calls it, her “upside-down cupcake” dress. While some order is trying to be made a young lady, who is intoxicated, accuses Reverend Brook of being a traitor and quickly leaves. As Bailey is heading home to change her dress, she notices the same lady being forced into a car. Before Bailey can get there the car speeds off. The next morning, Bailey is going to check out the church to make sure that everything was cleaned up from the wedding and finds the lifeless body of the young lady on the steps of the church. Bailey and her BFF, Cass who has come to Harvest set out find who might have killed the young lady. Their investigation leads them to one of the local Amish farms and also to a local winery and they will end up dealing with illegal moonshiners. I love books by Ms. Flower and this was another wonderful story. They are always well-written and plotted stories. They all include a believable and well-developed cast of characters. There were plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end of the book. A delicious-sounding recipe is also included in the book. I’m eagerly awaiting the next book in this sweet series.

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