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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 be 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 between lavender blueberry fudge and chocolate cherry ganache truffles, Bailey may have bitten off more than she can chew when the search for a missing pot-bellied pig turns up a body suffering from sugar overload—the fatal kind . . . A candy maker from a neighboring town who wanted Englischer Bailey disqualified for being an outsider, Josephine Weaver died from an allergy to an essential licorice ingredient. The suspects include: Josephine’s niece, a young woman going through her rumspringa, or running around time, and Bailey herself. Now it falls to Bailey, who’s sweet on the local sheriff’s deputy, to clear their names and entice a killer with a cast-iron stomach for cold-blooded murder . . . Recipe Included!


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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 be 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 between lavender blueberry fudge and chocolate cherry ganache truffles, Bailey may have bitten off more than she can chew when the search for a missing pot-bellied pig turns up a body suffering from sugar overload—the fatal kind . . . A candy maker from a neighboring town who wanted Englischer Bailey disqualified for being an outsider, Josephine Weaver died from an allergy to an essential licorice ingredient. The suspects include: Josephine’s niece, a young woman going through her rumspringa, or running around time, and Bailey herself. Now it falls to Bailey, who’s sweet on the local sheriff’s deputy, to clear their names and entice a killer with a cast-iron stomach for cold-blooded murder . . . Recipe Included!

30 review for Lethal Licorice

  1. 4 out of 5

    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!

  2. 4 out of 5

    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. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  3. 5 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    . As you enter the beginning of this series, you will discover the small, serene town of Harvest, Ohio. I found this sweet, cozy mystery a delight, especially with the attempt of an Amish twist. It wasn't totally an accurate Amish reverie since it omits the day-to-day, Pennsylvania Dutch, and church attendance experience. It is interesting, but not as captivating as I wish. I didn't really get a feel for the characters themselves, only snippets of visual descriptions and other people's perception . As you enter the beginning of this series, you will discover the small, serene town of Harvest, Ohio. I found this sweet, cozy mystery a delight, especially with the attempt of an Amish twist. It wasn't totally an accurate Amish reverie since it omits the day-to-day, Pennsylvania Dutch, and church attendance experience. It is interesting, but not as captivating as I wish. I didn't really get a feel for the characters themselves, only snippets of visual descriptions and other people's perceptions of them. The stress on being productive was the number one priority of the Amish. Bailey King is standing in for her deceased grandfather, Jebediah King, in a local Amish candy baking competition, held by the ACC. First, Jethro, a pet pig, goes missing and then sour notes on the organ at the church lead to the discovery of another murder. Bailey is the prime suspect yet again, when the police discover Swissmen Sweets licorice in the dead Amish woman's pocket. Everyone knew that she was allergic to it! And she had expressed her disapproval that Bailey, an Englisher, was allowed in the competition. With Bailey as a suspect and her cousin, Charlotte, also a suspect. grandma asks Bailey to investigate for some clues to clear them both. She spends much more time investigating than she ever does actually contributing to the sweet shop or the competition. The young deacon of the Holmes County Amish was overbearing and felt that his wishes were equal to Gods. Its individuals like him that sometimes judge the Amish unfairly. i listened to this book through Hoopla. The narrator was Rebecca Mitchell. I'm not sure I actually cared for this rendition. After reading two books in the series, I feel more compelled to read on, anxious to learn more about those characters that tickle my interest. It did make my mouth water for some yummy chocolate. This is a clean & wholesome stand-alone book with unexpected twists, which I appreciate very much. I enjoyed the unconventional storyline, but would not recommend it to those who prefer traditional Amish literature.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Lethal Licorice Amanda Flower LETHAL LICORICE is the second book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. Bailey King is working at her grandparents Amish candy store, Swissmen Sweets where she has just entered the annual Amish Confectionary Competition. But before she can represent her family's legacy, Jethro the pot bellied pig turns up missing. While out searching for him, someone discovers a body of an Amish woman who had no qualms about letting everyone know how unhappy she is that Bailey, a n Lethal Licorice Amanda Flower LETHAL LICORICE is the second book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. Bailey King is working at her grandparents Amish candy store, Swissmen Sweets where she has just entered the annual Amish Confectionary Competition. But before she can represent her family's legacy, Jethro the pot bellied pig turns up missing. While out searching for him, someone discovers a body of an Amish woman who had no qualms about letting everyone know how unhappy she is that Bailey, a non Amish, is in the competition! Bailey is now a suspect and the worst part is, the police find some of her licorice candy in the woman's possession. Hang on my reading friends, it's going to be a crazy but fun ride! LETHAL LICORICE is filled with twists and turns and I was instantly hooked and in everyone's business! It is a very quick read and when the mystery of who killed Josephine was solved, I was in shock. I had no idea! Also, it was interesting, learning how Bailey was trying to find her place as an Englischer in a mostly Amish community of Harvest, Ohio. Deputy Aiden Brody really likes Bailey, but he knows she isn't ready for anything more than friends with him, but he is willing to wait. It was cute watching these two dance around their feelings for each other. LETHAL LICORICE is a wonderful addition to the perfect Amish cozy series! All of the characters are very interesting and believable, so much so that I felt as if I've known them for a long time. While Bailey isn't Amish, her grandparents are and she has the same values they do. As I was reading I could tell Amanda Flower had done her research as it is the best cozy I have read in a very long time! There are plenty of suspects, the action is face paced, and there are many surprises. There is also a bit romance and I can't wait to read the next book in the series, Premeditated Peppermint to see what happens with that. Amanda Flower sure knows how to pull at her readers heart strings and I'm so excited to continue this series! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kensington Books through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) 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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Another good entry in the series! I really like Bailey and am enjoying seeing the changes she is making in her life. Swissmen Sweets sounds amazing and makes me want to visit Amish country to see if there are any candy shops like it out there. I'm much better at finding pigs than I am murderers because I figured out where Jethro was and still had no clue as to who the murderer was. Can't wait to see what happens next!

  7. 4 out of 5

    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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    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!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    Lethal Licorice by Amanda Flower is the 2nd book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series, and my 2nd book by this author. I really love this series, and am looking forward to the next book in the series. Bailey King left her job as a New York chocolatier to return to Harvest, OH to run Swissman Sweets, a candy shop her Amish grandparents own. Bailey King plans on entering the annual Amish Confectionery Competition, taking over for her grandfather, who has passed away. Some people are unhappy beca Lethal Licorice by Amanda Flower is the 2nd book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series, and my 2nd book by this author. I really love this series, and am looking forward to the next book in the series. Bailey King left her job as a New York chocolatier to return to Harvest, OH to run Swissman Sweets, a candy shop her Amish grandparents own. Bailey King plans on entering the annual Amish Confectionery Competition, taking over for her grandfather, who has passed away. Some people are unhappy because Bailey is not Amish, but has been approved to compete. When the most outspoken person is found dead, Bailey because a suspect. I love the quirky people and situations in this book. I found this book to be a quick read, with a well developed plot and characters. If you love cozy mysteries, I strongly recommend this book/ series. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    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!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Natalia R

    A great addition to the series!I have never read a book by Amanda Flower that I didn't love.

  12. 4 out of 5

    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!

  13. 4 out of 5

    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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    Amanda Flower is my go-to cozy mystery author and I am loving this new series with it's clever and catchy titles! And my hero Jethro is back -- the charming troublemaker who just happens to be a polka-dotted pot-belly pig with plenty of attitude! In fact, as the story begins we discover that Jethro is on the ham...er, lam...and the craziness amps up from there. Harvest may be a small Amish town but it is no stranger to murder just as Bailey is no stranger to being a suspect! Her naturally inquisi Amanda Flower is my go-to cozy mystery author and I am loving this new series with it's clever and catchy titles! And my hero Jethro is back -- the charming troublemaker who just happens to be a polka-dotted pot-belly pig with plenty of attitude! In fact, as the story begins we discover that Jethro is on the ham...er, lam...and the craziness amps up from there. Harvest may be a small Amish town but it is no stranger to murder just as Bailey is no stranger to being a suspect! Her naturally inquisitive mind and kind-hearted desire to help lead her on another crime solving spree. Love the quirky humour and unconventional characters! And the Amish connection makes me just plain happy. I adore Bailey's Amish grandmother who is the source of steadfast calm in the midst of chaos. "Every person has to make a decision about how she will live her life. That is no different in the Amish world or the Englisch world. It is the free will that Gott gave us. It is not only a choice, but a responsibility to choose." (p 159) That theme of choice plays out over and over again in various ways as the story progresses. And one of those choices might involve a certain sheriff's deputy who tries to keep Bailey out of trouble long enough to solve the murder before she does! It's a lost cause though, because she doesn't know how to butt out and even though Aiden finds that exasperating, he can't help but appreciate her spunky doggedness. A sweet stirring of romance with the promise of more to come in future books has me wearing my Cheshire grin. And though this is book two in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series, it can easily be read as a standalone. Though, I highly recommend Assaulted Caramel too just because why wouldn't you want twice as much of this quirky goodness?

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    This is book 2 in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series and as indicated it is a good cozy murder set in the Ohio Amish community. Bailey returns to her hometown to run the family's candy business. Her grandfather instilled in her a love of candy and she left New York City and a prestigious job to keep his dream alive. When a fellow candy maker is murdered during a spring fair competition there are plenty of suspects including Bailey. A wonderful insight to Amish ways of living and cooking. Recipe This is book 2 in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series and as indicated it is a good cozy murder set in the Ohio Amish community. Bailey returns to her hometown to run the family's candy business. Her grandfather instilled in her a love of candy and she left New York City and a prestigious job to keep his dream alive. When a fellow candy maker is murdered during a spring fair competition there are plenty of suspects including Bailey. A wonderful insight to Amish ways of living and cooking. Recipes are in the back of the book. I did read book 1, but had no problems with this as a stand alone book. I received a free ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    Lethal Licorice is the second book in the An Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. The Amish Confectionery Competition has come to the quaint little community of Harvest and Swissmen Sweets is one the fifteen shops that will be making their most tasty candies, to be able to say they are the Best of the Best. Some of the contestants are not happy that Bailey, not being Amish, is allowed to participate in the competition, but the judges have ruled that she will be permitted to participate, and she will Lethal Licorice is the second book in the An Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. The Amish Confectionery Competition has come to the quaint little community of Harvest and Swissmen Sweets is one the fifteen shops that will be making their most tasty candies, to be able to say they are the Best of the Best. Some of the contestants are not happy that Bailey, not being Amish, is allowed to participate in the competition, but the judges have ruled that she will be permitted to participate, and she will be using her grandfather’s recipes. As Bailey and Emily, her assistant, are busy getting the ingredients ready for their Swissmen Sweets Black Licorice Josephine Weaver, a contestant has a heated conversation with Bailey about her being allowed to be in the competition. Shortly afterward, Juliet Brody, in a panic, asks for Bailey’s help in finding her potbelly pig, Jethro, that has gone missing. Bailey knows that Jethro spends a good deal of time at the church across the square from the contest, she heads there to look for Jethro. As she enters the church she hears a young girl playing the church organ and something doesn’t sound right about the sound emitting from the organ and the young girl goes to look in the room behind the organ and lets out a scream. Bailey then follows the girl and sees the lifeless body of Josephine Weaver. The next shock she gets is that the young girl is Charlotte Weaver the niece of Josephine. Bailey becomes concerned that she might be considered a prime suspects when she learns that one of her licorice candies is found in Josephine’s pocket. Josephine was highly allergic to licorice and it was pretty much common knowledge in the community of her allergy. The more Bailey investigates the more suspects she is coming up with. Josephine hardly ever had anything nice to say about anyone or anything. Not in taking with the Amish way she thinks. An extremely interesting and touching subplot to the story involves Charlotte Weaver. Charlotte is at the age where she will be choosing to join the church or to leave the Amish life and probably be shunned by the church and her family. She loves playing the organ, but the Deacon of her district is strongly against, but some Deacon’s are less strict. Charlotte feels that she can praise God with her music and is torn as which way to turn. Once again, Flower’s provide the reader with a well plotted and told story and an interesting cast of characters. She also provides an interesting look at life in an Amish community. A delicious sounding recipe is also included. I will definitely be watching for the next book in this wonderful series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Lethal Licorice by Amanda Flower is the second story in The Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. Bailey King is now living in Harvest, Ohio and working at her grandparent’s candy shop Swissmen Sweets. They are preparing for the Amish Confectionery Competition (ACC) where Bailey will take her deceased grandfather’s spot. All items made for the competition can only be done the Amish way—no electrical appliances. Josephine Weaver of Berlin Candies, though, is not happy with Bailey taking Jebediah’s spo Lethal Licorice by Amanda Flower is the second story in The Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. Bailey King is now living in Harvest, Ohio and working at her grandparent’s candy shop Swissmen Sweets. They are preparing for the Amish Confectionery Competition (ACC) where Bailey will take her deceased grandfather’s spot. All items made for the competition can only be done the Amish way—no electrical appliances. Josephine Weaver of Berlin Candies, though, is not happy with Bailey taking Jebediah’s spot since she is an Englischer, and she is not the only person who feels that way. Just before the first round begins, Jethro, who is Juliet Brody’s polka dotted pig, disappears and she needs assistance in locating him. Bailey goes into the church to search where Charlotte Weaver, a cousin, is playing the organ which sounds a little off. Charlotte opens door to pipe area to see what could be the problem and screams. Bailey peers inside to see a dead Josephine Weaver. It is discovered that Josephine died from an allergic reaction to anise, and she had a piece of Swissmen Sweets licorice on her. This puts Bailey on the suspect list which along with her natural curiosity makes it impossible for her not to investigate Josephine’s death. Bailey must work in her sleuthing in between the rounds of the competition, looking for Jethro (he is still missing), manning the candy shop and offering Charlotte guidance on her future. Will Swissmen Sweets win the competition? Who killed Josephine Weaver? Follow Bailey on her latest adventure in Lethal Licorice. Lethal Licorice is written in a conversational writing style with a good pace which makes the story easy to read. I was drawn into Lethal Licorice immediately. Lethal Licorice can be enjoyed without having read Assaulted Caramel. Readers are given an abbreviated version of Bailey’s history and how she ended up in Harvest, Ohio. The setting of Harvest, Ohio is brought to life thanks to Amanda Flower’s visual imagery. There are a variety of characters in this series which I appreciate. The characters are well-developed and relatable. Jethro, the polka dotted pig, is a fun addition along with his owner, Juliet Brody (she is the quirky character in the story). I like the chemistry (and interactions) between Bailey and Aiden Brody. There is just the right touch of humor in the story. It is balanced with the seriousness of the murder and the intensity of the competition. The mystery is well crafted, and readers will be pondering the killer’s identity. There are some good clues to aid in identifying the evildoer. Bailey, though, needs to work on her questioning technique (shape her questions differently and be subtler). She is too blunt which is off-putting. It turns off people because they feel like they are being accused of wrong doing. There are tantalizing candy descriptions that will have you running out to purchase your favorite sweet treat (it had me craving my homemade peanut brittle). There was one scene that left me cringing. There was a cat in the candy kitchen at Swissmen Sweets. I hope the health inspector does not find out about it. It was interesting to discover how various candies are made without the aid of modern technology. Lethal Licorice is a feel-good cozy mystery. It was pleasurable to read and when I finished reading it, I had a smile on my face. Lethal Licorice is a cute and entertaining cozy mystery that will have you eager to read for Premeditated Peppermint (which will be out in September 2018).

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    “Lethal Licorice” earns 5/5 Lavender Blueberry Fudge Slices…Deliciously Clever! It’s candy! The theme of a candy shop was enough to entice me to open the book, but it was the clever mystery supported by an engaging first-person narrative, delightful banter, realistic characters, and an interesting look into Amish culture and traditions that kept me turning the page. Did I mention a recipe for Swissmen Sweets Black Licorice? This is the second book in the series, but revisiting the background and “Lethal Licorice” earns 5/5 Lavender Blueberry Fudge Slices…Deliciously Clever! It’s candy! The theme of a candy shop was enough to entice me to open the book, but it was the clever mystery supported by an engaging first-person narrative, delightful banter, realistic characters, and an interesting look into Amish culture and traditions that kept me turning the page. Did I mention a recipe for Swissmen Sweets Black Licorice? This is the second book in the series, but revisiting the background and character connections was enough to keep newbies like me engaged. Englischer and chocolatier Bailey King left New York to help her grandparents with their candy shop, Swissmen Sweets, but her grandfather has passed away so in his honor she's entering the annual Amish Confectionery Competition. Her efforts are fraught with attempts to disqualify her participation, a missing pot-bellied pig, and a fatality. Suspicions fall on a few with motive including Bailey herself, and even though there's a bit of romantic interest with the local deputy, she has a personal incentive to take on the investigate herself. Exciting! Amanda Flower’s book checks all the boxes: engaging mystery, well-developed characters, interesting cultural insights, a few giggles, and a recipe! I highly recommend the book. Yum! "Disclosure: I received a NetGalley ARC. My review is voluntary with honest insights and comments"

  20. 5 out of 5

    Taryn

    In this second book of the series Bailey is settling into the town of Harvest, Ohio and helping her grandmother run Swissmen Sweets. The annual Amish Confectionery Competition is coming up and Bailey has been allowed to compete in her grandfather's place. Things are looking good until Jethro, a pot-bellied pig goes missing and his owner asks Bailey for help in finding him. During the search for Jethro the body of a local Amish woman is found in the church organ, said woman didn't think that it w In this second book of the series Bailey is settling into the town of Harvest, Ohio and helping her grandmother run Swissmen Sweets. The annual Amish Confectionery Competition is coming up and Bailey has been allowed to compete in her grandfather's place. Things are looking good until Jethro, a pot-bellied pig goes missing and his owner asks Bailey for help in finding him. During the search for Jethro the body of a local Amish woman is found in the church organ, said woman didn't think that it was right that Bailey compete because she isn't Amish. Bailey must keep her head in the game, she really wants to make her grandmother proud but she also wants to make sure she doesn't become the lead suspect. Along the way she learns that she has cousins on her grandmothers side, it's not easy to find a pig, and that she might just have feelings for a certain deputy. This is truly a lovely series that gives you a true sense of the Amish way of life. The characters are easy to get to know and like which makes for a great read. I laughed, cried, and followed the clues to figure out whodunit. The recipes at the end were an added bonus, especially if you love chocolate!!! I received an ARC of this book, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mayda

    Bailey is English but her ancestry is Amish. She recently moved back to her grandmother’s community to help her run her Amish candy shop after her grandfather’s death. She is slowly expanding the shop’s offerings to the delight of their customers. Though allowed to use electricity and machinery in the shop, an Amish candy-making contest forbids it. Bailey can adjust to that rule, but some other contestants think it is unfair that that an Englisher is allowed to compete in an Amish competition. B Bailey is English but her ancestry is Amish. She recently moved back to her grandmother’s community to help her run her Amish candy shop after her grandfather’s death. She is slowly expanding the shop’s offerings to the delight of their customers. Though allowed to use electricity and machinery in the shop, an Amish candy-making contest forbids it. Bailey can adjust to that rule, but some other contestants think it is unfair that that an Englisher is allowed to compete in an Amish competition. Bailey thinks that dispute is the biggest problem she faces at the moment, and it is, until she stumbles across a dead body. Much happens in this delightful cozy, including a budding romance with the handsome deputy. Though this is only the second book in the series, these characters already feel like old friends, thanks to the writing talent of the author Amanda Flower.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Bailey King is settling into her new life working at Swissmen Sweets, the candy shop owned by her recently widowed grandmother. She is honoring her grandfather's memory by participating in the annual Amish Confectionery Competition. But an Amish candy maker wants Bailey disqualified because she is an Englischer. And then a woman is found dead from an allergy to an ingredient in the licorice Bailey is making. Bailey is only one of the suspects, and it's up to her to find out who really killed Jose Bailey King is settling into her new life working at Swissmen Sweets, the candy shop owned by her recently widowed grandmother. She is honoring her grandfather's memory by participating in the annual Amish Confectionery Competition. But an Amish candy maker wants Bailey disqualified because she is an Englischer. And then a woman is found dead from an allergy to an ingredient in the licorice Bailey is making. Bailey is only one of the suspects, and it's up to her to find out who really killed Josephine Weaver. If there is one thing you can always say about an Amanda Flower book is that it has heart. Each book I've read of hers has a story that is perfectly told and draws me in from the first few words. Lethal Licorice is no different. I've loved watching Bailey grow in her new life at Swissmen Sweets. I cheer for her as she solves crimes and strengthens relationships, and grieves for her recently deceased grandfather. This book has it all, great characters, a perfectly drawn mystery and a pot-bellied pig that will charm your socks off. This book is a keeper, as this series will be one I reread when I'm looking for comfort. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    In the second book of this very good chocolate series, Bailey King is participating in the Amish Confectionery Competition in Harvest, Ohio to honor her deceased Grandfather. Josephine Weaver, another entrant contested her questions her right to complete as Bailey is not Amish. Bailey is looking for Jerthro, a missing pot-billed pig to Juliet Brody, a close for when she finds Josephine dead in the church organ. Josephine has died from a severe allergy to anise, an ingredient in licorice. Bailey In the second book of this very good chocolate series, Bailey King is participating in the Amish Confectionery Competition in Harvest, Ohio to honor her deceased Grandfather. Josephine Weaver, another entrant contested her questions her right to complete as Bailey is not Amish. Bailey is looking for Jerthro, a missing pot-billed pig to Juliet Brody, a close for when she finds Josephine dead in the church organ. Josephine has died from a severe allergy to anise, an ingredient in licorice. Bailey is a person of interest in the death of her competitor. She becomes involved with the mystery to clear her name. I highly recommend this book and series. A recipe for LICORICE is included. Disclosure: Many thanks to Kensington Books for my copy for review. Th e opinions expressed are my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sue Em

    Lethal Licorice is the second book in the Amish Candy series and it's just as good as the first. After her grandfather's death, Bailey King remained in Harvest, Ohio to help her grandmother run Swissman's Sweet Shop and participate in the Amish Confectionery Contest. During the contest one of the competitors is found dead, Bailey encounters Amish traditions and some hostility as she searches for answers. Well-done mystery with engaging characters --- one that you won't want to put down. Thanks to Lethal Licorice is the second book in the Amish Candy series and it's just as good as the first. After her grandfather's death, Bailey King remained in Harvest, Ohio to help her grandmother run Swissman's Sweet Shop and participate in the Amish Confectionery Contest. During the contest one of the competitors is found dead, Bailey encounters Amish traditions and some hostility as she searches for answers. Well-done mystery with engaging characters --- one that you won't want to put down. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    **I voluntarily read this ARC** A great addition to a wonderful series. The setting is beautiful. I love the contrast of the Amish views and Bailey's modern views. I also enjoyed how this naturally caused some conflict throughout the story. The ending wasn't my favorite, but I really enjoyed the rest of the book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    I may have found my favorite cozy mystery author! A quick read but the plot, characters and mystery all blend so well.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Hestia Athena

    Gonna try to catch up on reviews here, if I can. Lethal Licorice (an Amish Candy Shop Mystery) by Amanda Flower This is the second in the series. I can tell you it’s a fast read because I did it in two days. Not the kind of fast read that you ‘can’t put down’ but the kind that you don’t need to keep rereading and reviewing stuff to stay caught up. The setting for this story is in Ohio Amish area, and is pretty well described. You got the feel of the contest and the square in this one. There is cons Gonna try to catch up on reviews here, if I can. Lethal Licorice (an Amish Candy Shop Mystery) by Amanda Flower This is the second in the series. I can tell you it’s a fast read because I did it in two days. Not the kind of fast read that you ‘can’t put down’ but the kind that you don’t need to keep rereading and reviewing stuff to stay caught up. The setting for this story is in Ohio Amish area, and is pretty well described. You got the feel of the contest and the square in this one. There is constant ‘conflict’ between the Amish and English, so I think describing the occasional English shop would enhance the differences. Like in the first story (Assaulted Caramel), Amanda does a bang up job on living the characters. I can’t say this from an Amish perspective, but being from PA, I have met my fair share, and the personalities seem spot on. It’s interesting to see how the Amish view things through the author’s eyes, and yet it doesn’t take away from a good read. Although, I have to admit, my favorite character is Jethro, the pig. He was lost in this story, but I figured out about 1/2 way through where he was. One clue gave it away. The dialogue was very quick, even with the occasional Amish word thrown in. One doesn’t need to know the language to guess what was said. Some authors take the “language” of the story too far; Amanda did a perfect sprinkle. The pace was a bit fast, there wasn’t much of the roller coaster ride I’m used to. The fast and slow of the story. But that’s just my opinion. That’s probably why I read it so fast. The plot was intriguing, and the subplots did not take away from the story, they all worked with it. Kudos on that. The one thing I didn’t like was that the killer revealed didn’t make sense to me. Yeah, he/she made sense, but I didn’t seem to find the clues that pointed to the killer so I could say “Oh yeah! Now I get it!” Maybe it’s just me and my humble opinion, but I felt a little unsatisfied with the ending. But, that doesn’t mean I will give up on the series. It could be an author fluke, it could be I flat out missed something important. But because of this, I can only give it 3 stars.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Bailey King tries to win an Amish candy competition, find a missing pot-bellied pig, and, in her spare time, solve a murder. I picked this book because it was a cozy, about the Amish, about candy, and included a pot-bellied pig. And it was cute. There was a decent amount of suspense, though more about the candy competition than the murder, and finding the pig was stretched to the end (I called that one in the first chapter and told my mom "They'll find the pig in the next to last chapter"). The m Bailey King tries to win an Amish candy competition, find a missing pot-bellied pig, and, in her spare time, solve a murder. I picked this book because it was a cozy, about the Amish, about candy, and included a pot-bellied pig. And it was cute. There was a decent amount of suspense, though more about the candy competition than the murder, and finding the pig was stretched to the end (I called that one in the first chapter and told my mom "They'll find the pig in the next to last chapter"). The mystery wasn't strong enough to make this a good mystery novel. I read this with my 87 year old mom who said "I wouldn't mind reading another" so we probably will at some point.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin Copp

    Bailey King has decided to stay in Harvest, Ohio to help her grandmother run her candy shop after the death of her grandfather. She has taken his place in the ACC- Amish Confectioners Competition, which is a massive competition among the Amish communities. Josephine Weaver, one of her competitors, an Amish candy maker from a neighboring town is hell bent on getting her disqualified because she is not Amish. The judges allow Bailey to stay in the competition and she is overjoyed until she finds J Bailey King has decided to stay in Harvest, Ohio to help her grandmother run her candy shop after the death of her grandfather. She has taken his place in the ACC- Amish Confectioners Competition, which is a massive competition among the Amish communities. Josephine Weaver, one of her competitors, an Amish candy maker from a neighboring town is hell bent on getting her disqualified because she is not Amish. The judges allow Bailey to stay in the competition and she is overjoyed until she finds Josephine dead of an allergic reaction to licorice. That mixed with a missing pot-belied pig has Bailey running around making candy and looking for a murderer. I really enjoy Amanda Flower's books, especially the Amish ones. This was another good one and I am looking forward to future ones.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I love the Amish Candy Shop series by Amanda Flower. All of the characters are well described and faceted. The main character, Bailey King, is especially enjoyable because even though she has plenty of street smarts from when she was a chocolatier in New York City, she does not look down on people who haven't lived the city life. She always has a fresh outlook and is learning along the way. I enjoy the friendships she shares with both English and Amish residents, especially Emily and Detective A I love the Amish Candy Shop series by Amanda Flower. All of the characters are well described and faceted. The main character, Bailey King, is especially enjoyable because even though she has plenty of street smarts from when she was a chocolatier in New York City, she does not look down on people who haven't lived the city life. She always has a fresh outlook and is learning along the way. I enjoy the friendships she shares with both English and Amish residents, especially Emily and Detective Aiden. Juliet (Detective Aiden's mom) and her tiny pet pig, Jethro, are adorable. In this mystery Bailey needs to find out how rival candy maker and fellow Amish Confection Competition contestant, Josephine Weaver, not only ended up murdered on the first day of competition, but how did she end up in the strange place she was found? Bailey has a real stake in finding out the truth since Josephine publicly argued with Bailey that morning, and evidence seems to point to Bailey's candy making table......or does it?

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