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Someone's sweet on revenge . . . Christmas is Bailey King's favorite time of year. For her first Yuletide in Harvest, Ohio, the former big-city chocolatier is recreating a cherished holiday treat: peppermint combined with molten white chocolate. But her sugar high plummets when her former boyfriend walks into the candy shop she now runs with her Amish grandmother. New Someone's sweet on revenge . . . Christmas is Bailey King's favorite time of year. For her first Yuletide in Harvest, Ohio, the former big-city chocolatier is recreating a cherished holiday treat: peppermint combined with molten white chocolate. But her sugar high plummets when her former boyfriend walks into the candy shop she now runs with her Amish grandmother. New York celebrity chef Eric Sharp and his TV crew have arrived to film an authentic Amish Christmas. Bailey's not about to let her beloved town--and Swissmen Sweets--be turned into a sound bite. Unfortunately, she gets more publicity than she bargained for when Eric's executive producer is found strangled to death--and Eric's the prime suspect. With Bailey's sheriff deputy boyfriend out to prove Eric's guilt, her bad-boy ex tries to sweet-talk her into helping him clear his name . . . and rekindle their romance to boost ratings for his show. Now, between a surplus of suspects and a victim who wasn't who she seemed, Bailey's edging dangerously close to a killer who isn't looking to bring joy to the world--or to Bailey--this deadly Noel . . . Recipe Included!


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Someone's sweet on revenge . . . Christmas is Bailey King's favorite time of year. For her first Yuletide in Harvest, Ohio, the former big-city chocolatier is recreating a cherished holiday treat: peppermint combined with molten white chocolate. But her sugar high plummets when her former boyfriend walks into the candy shop she now runs with her Amish grandmother. New Someone's sweet on revenge . . . Christmas is Bailey King's favorite time of year. For her first Yuletide in Harvest, Ohio, the former big-city chocolatier is recreating a cherished holiday treat: peppermint combined with molten white chocolate. But her sugar high plummets when her former boyfriend walks into the candy shop she now runs with her Amish grandmother. New York celebrity chef Eric Sharp and his TV crew have arrived to film an authentic Amish Christmas. Bailey's not about to let her beloved town--and Swissmen Sweets--be turned into a sound bite. Unfortunately, she gets more publicity than she bargained for when Eric's executive producer is found strangled to death--and Eric's the prime suspect. With Bailey's sheriff deputy boyfriend out to prove Eric's guilt, her bad-boy ex tries to sweet-talk her into helping him clear his name . . . and rekindle their romance to boost ratings for his show. Now, between a surplus of suspects and a victim who wasn't who she seemed, Bailey's edging dangerously close to a killer who isn't looking to bring joy to the world--or to Bailey--this deadly Noel . . . Recipe Included!

30 review for Premeditated Peppermint

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Premeditated Peppermint by Amanda Flower is the third book in the cozy Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. Each book in the series features it's own mystery to be solved so they can be read as a standalone if choosing to do so. However, there is character development that carries over from book to book so it's most enjoyable to read from the beginning.  The main character in this series, Bailey King, was working in New York as a chocolatier before she decided to return to Harvest, Ohio and help her Premeditated Peppermint by Amanda Flower is the third book in the cozy Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. Each book in the series features it's own mystery to be solved so they can be read as a standalone if choosing to do so. However, there is character development that carries over from book to book so it's most enjoyable to read from the beginning.  The main character in this series, Bailey King, was 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. Just when Bailey is experimenting with a new peppermint treat for her first Yuletide in Harvest she gets an unexpected visit from her ex, Eric.  Eric has brought a whole film crew to Harvest to hopefully include Bailey and her Amish ties in his television show but when the executive producer is found strangled to death Eric instead becomes the prime suspect. With Bailey caught in the middle between her new love interest, Aiden, who is a sherriff's deputy and her ex as the suspect Bailey knows she needs to solve this murder and quickly.  I've followed the Amish Candy Shop mystery series from the beginning and have absolutely loved what Amanda Flower has done bringing in a regular American character into the Amish community. Each book in the series has been a lot of fun so far, this one included, although I will admit to a slight hesitation to bringing in a sort of love triangle to this installment leaving this one only at  stars. However, the character and charm of the small town quickly won me back over after the hesitation and it's still one of my favorite cozy series.  I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  2. 5 out of 5

    beachbum bookworm

    I love christmas!...so when I was invited for a visit to Harvest, Ohio for the holiday...I jumped at the chance! A nice quiet Amish christmas….yes please. Well as usual my visits/trips tend to get me in sticky situations (get it...cause Bailey owns a candy shop lol). I wasn’t there long (like set my stuff down and say hello long) before the sticky came oozing in. Sticky came in the form of Bailey’s famous rat ex from New York….and his television crew. Who brings a television crew to an Amish com I love christmas!...so when I was invited for a visit to Harvest, Ohio for the holiday...I jumped at the chance! A nice quiet Amish christmas….yes please. Well as usual my visits/trips tend to get me in sticky situations (get it...cause Bailey owns a candy shop lol). I wasn’t there long (like set my stuff down and say hello long) before the sticky came oozing in. Sticky came in the form of Bailey’s famous rat ex from New York….and his television crew. Who brings a television crew to an Amish community? Gees! He wants Bailey to take part in a special for his tv show….a special about an authentic Amish christmas. He also has some other things in mind...like seeing if he can patch things up with Bailey? Bailey is torn (not about getting back with Eric..eww...torn about doing the show) exposure would be great for the family’s candy shop, but it's really not the Amish way. Maami did agree to talk with the Bishop to ask permission for the taping. In the meantime the town is still preparing for the christmas market. Before permission, taping, or anything else could be decided Eric’s tv producer Rocky Rivers is found strangled. Eric being found standing over the body is the # 1 suspect. Now Bailey being the reasonable person she is….was adamant that although Eric is a lot of things…..a murderer is not one of them. I knew what that meant. I’ve been around Bailey enough to know what that meant...we were going to investigate, clear Eric’s name, and put the Merry back in Merry Christmas! My thoughts: If you have read my reviews you know...I love this series!! Somehow I missed writing a review of this book….anywho...like always Amanda Flower’s does an amazing job of weaving a mystery, creating an enjoyable setting, and bringing the shenanigans of a small town community to life! This book is great to read with a nice cup of peppermint mocha and a blanket. Trust me...any cozy fan will love it! For more book fun check out my blog @ http://beachbumbookworm.com/

  3. 4 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    . As you enter this installment, you will discover the small, serene town of Harvest, Ohio, has been invaded by Bailey King's ex-boyfriend, Eric. Eric is a famous chef on t.v. cooking shows. With his usual manner of arrogance and conceitedness, he and his film crew, showed up without notice hoping to do a Christmas special of an Amish Christmas season, as well as a reunion of Bailey and Eric's relationship to help soften his t.v. image. I found this sweet, cozy mystery twisting my gut when Bailey . As you enter this installment, you will discover the small, serene town of Harvest, Ohio, has been invaded by Bailey King's ex-boyfriend, Eric. Eric is a famous chef on t.v. cooking shows. With his usual manner of arrogance and conceitedness, he and his film crew, showed up without notice hoping to do a Christmas special of an Amish Christmas season, as well as a reunion of Bailey and Eric's relationship to help soften his t.v. image. I found this sweet, cozy mystery twisting my gut when Bailey even considered allowing a film crew inside her grandmother's sweet shop. The fact that Margo gave permission to film the Amish activity without consulting the elders of the church was simply inexcusable. That would totally be AGAINST the Amish traditions. Although the series is entitled 'The Amish Candy Store Mysteries', that is more pageantry, since the focus is on the English granddaughter, Bailey King, of the actual Amish Kings and her attraction to a local police detective, Aiden Brody, whom work together on murder cases to resolve the mystery behind who done it. The previous installments weren't totally accurate Amish tradition-wise since they omit the day-to-day, Pennsylvania Dutch, and church attendance experience. It is sometimes interesting but not as captivating or accurate as I hope for. I didn't really get a feel for the characters themselves, only snippets of visual descriptions and other people's perceptions of them. It is NOT really an Amish mystery since the main characters are English. Bailey King is struggling with trying to decide whether or not to allow her ex-boyfriend to film inside her grandmother's candy store, even though the store doesn't belong to her. She acknowledges her grandmother needs to make the decision, based on the decision of the Bishop and deacon. Yet, she repeatedly goes over and over this debate in her own head anyhow, until I was ready to smack her! As if that was not enough of a deterrent, she believes she knows how to investigate murders better than the police in Amish country, where she is basically a stranger to most people. She tells people she knows personally that the filming must be approved by the Amish leaders and her grandmother, yet they ignore her completely (ex: Eric, Cass, Rocky, Lee, etc.). They talk up the benefits of money, fame, and publicity and she contemplates them over and over, even though she is not in charge of making the decision. She allows everyone to push her around. I listened to this book through Hoopla. The narrator was Rebecca Mitchell. I'm not sure I actually cared for this rendition. After reading the previous two books in the series, I felt more compelled to read on, anxious to learn more about those characters that tickle my interest. However, I did have hesitations multiple times during this book, due to lack of authenticity and the forced bit of writing throughout the book. This series lacks the humor, wit, and inspiration I look for in this genre. Therefore, this will be my last book in this series. I just I don't need the aggravation. This is a clean & wholesome stand-alone book with unexpected twists, which I appreciate very much. However, I would not recommend it to those who prefer traditional Amish literature.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Natalia R

    This has become one of my absolute favourite cozy mystery series!

  5. 5 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Everything is not Merry this Christmas season in Harvest, Ohio. Eric Sharp, Bailey King’s ex has shown up with a camera crew to catch on film an authentic Amish Christmas for his new television show just in time for annual Harvest Christmas Market. Seems his producers need the celebrity chef to be more human/friendly and they think this episode will do the trick. The problem is that he wants to showcase Swissmen Sweets and just expects Bailey to go along with his plan, never t Dollycas’s Thoughts Everything is not Merry this Christmas season in Harvest, Ohio. Eric Sharp, Bailey King’s ex has shown up with a camera crew to catch on film an authentic Amish Christmas for his new television show just in time for annual Harvest Christmas Market. Seems his producers need the celebrity chef to be more human/friendly and they think this episode will do the trick. The problem is that he wants to showcase Swissmen Sweets and just expects Bailey to go along with his plan, never thinking about her grandmother, an Amish woman that has no desire to been seen on camera. The Amish community itself shuns any type of photographic participation. Early the next morning as Bailey is on her way to tell the producer that it is unlikely that her grandmother will approve any filming in the sweet shop, she notices something that draws her to the gazebo in the park. As she arrives she finds the producer dead and Eric Sharp standing over the body. Of course, he is the prime suspect but Bailey can’t wrap her head around Eric as a killer. She quickly finds herself involved in several Christmas Market events and she plans to use that as a way to try to clear Eric from the suspect list. She is no longer sweet on him, but she hopes to keep him out of jail for the holidays. Peppermint, peppermint, and more peppermint. I was craving it throughout this whole book and it is darn hard to find peppermint bark or fudge or canes this time of year. I had to settle for the hard candy and that didn’t really curb my cravings. 🙂 Can’t wait for Christmas candy to hit the stores, probably any day now. The characters in this series are so much fun. Amish and Englishers do their best to coexist in Harvest. Bailey and her grandmother have hired Charlotte to work with them at Swissmen Sweets. This way Bailey has time to get caught up in her investigations. Her relationship with Deputy Aiden Brody gets just a little bit closer. His mother already has them engaged and headed down the aisle. She and her pet pig, Jethro are involved again in the whole story and that leads to some very humorous moments. She thinks Jethro needs to make his television debut and someday have a show of his own. The mystery was pretty complex. Who would want Rocky Rivers dead? Are they Amish or Englisch? and what was she hiding? I loved that Bailey’s BFF hopped on a plane and flew to Harvest to be at Bailey’s side when she heard Eric had come to town. Cass thinks on her feet and not only helped with the investigation but played a big part in getting Bailey an offer that may be just too hard to refuse. They work well together and find some huge clues the police had missed. Well written and plotted, Amanda Flower has given her readers one sweet treat to devour this holiday season. Christmas in Harvest sounds delightful, sans the murder, of course. A perfect escape for when the temps get lower and the snow starts to fly.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    Bailey King was working in New York as a chocolatier before she decided to return to Harvest, Ohio, On a visit home, her grandfather died and she decided to remain and help her Amish grandmother run their family owned candy shop, Swissmen Sweets. The fact that she had just ended a relationship also helped her with that decision. In this story, Bailey is preparing peppermint treats for their booth at the Yuletide in Harvest Festival when she gets an unexpected and unwanted visit. Eric, her ex, ha Bailey King was working in New York as a chocolatier before she decided to return to Harvest, Ohio, On a visit home, her grandfather died and she decided to remain and help her Amish grandmother run their family owned candy shop, Swissmen Sweets. The fact that she had just ended a relationship also helped her with that decision. In this story, Bailey is preparing peppermint treats for their booth at the Yuletide in Harvest Festival when she gets an unexpected and unwanted visit. Eric, her ex, has brought a film crew to Harvest to produce an episode for his new reality cooking show. His plan is to include Bailey and her Amish ties and possibly rekindle their romance. As Bailey's grandmother is waiting to hear back from the Bishop about filming in the store, when the executive producer is found strangled to death. Eric becomes the prime suspect, and Bailey is sure he would not kill anyone. She jumps right in to the investigation and has to juggle her feelings with Aiden, the sheriff's deputy with her loyalty to Aiden and the possibility of a New York television show of her own. I enjoy the characters in this series. Bailey is developing Amish friendships, thus allowing the reader to learn about the Amish customs, through the Englischer's eyes. Aiden is a deputy sheriff and he and Bailey seem to be developing a relationship. His mother, Juliet, is definitely the humorous element to the story as she divides her time and attention between her adorable pot-bellied pig Jethro and matchmaking between Aiden and Bailey. Emily is a young Amish girl with family difficulties, who works in the pretzel shop next to Swissman's. There are an assortment of other characters who fill out the story, many with the television company. The plot of the story was well developed with some story lines about life in the town and relationships. The mystery had some suspects, but motive was a stickler. Once the motive was introduced near the end, I quickly figured out the murderer, and as the clues fell into place, I was correct. The ending was well done and satisfying. Premeditated Peppermint by Amanda Flower is the third book in the cozy Amish Candy Shop Mystery series and I have enjoyed them all. Amanda Flower is becoming one of my favourite cozy mystery authors. I am looking forward to the next book in this delightful, mystery series. The publisher, Kensington Books, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, opinions and ideas are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Juli

    Premeditated Peppermint is the 3rd book in the Amish Candy Shop cozy series. Bailey King left New York City to return to her roots in Harvest, OH. She helps her grandmother run the family candy business, Swissmen Sweets. It's nearly the holiday season in this newest book and the shop is gearing up for the annual Harvest Christmas Market. Peppermint is the theme for the candy shop's table this year, so the shop is filled with all things chocolatey and minty. mmmmm :) Just as she is feeling her ho Premeditated Peppermint is the 3rd book in the Amish Candy Shop cozy series. Bailey King left New York City to return to her roots in Harvest, OH. She helps her grandmother run the family candy business, Swissmen Sweets. It's nearly the holiday season in this newest book and the shop is gearing up for the annual Harvest Christmas Market. Peppermint is the theme for the candy shop's table this year, so the shop is filled with all things chocolatey and minty. mmmmm :) Just as she is feeling her holiday spirit returning, Bailey is horrified when her ex-boyfriend, Eric Sharp shows up with a television crew in tow. While this would help boost business for Swissmen Sweets and all the businesses in Harvest, Bailey knows Eric and his entourage will cause a disturbance in the village. Unfortunately, it's a bit more than just a disturbance... The executive producer for the holiday special is found strangled to death with Christmas lights in the village square. Decking the halls with a dead producer is not a great way to start off the holiday season. Bailey finds herself investigating to find the killer before the holiday season is ruined. I really enjoy just about anything Amanda Flower writes. I enjoy the characters in this series and the candy shop theme is just yummy (not to mention the great peppermint bark recipe included in the back of this newest book!). The mystery moves along at a nice pace. Strangling someone with Christmas lights was a nice sinister touch. The plot was entertaining and engaging. All in all, a nice addition to this series. The next book, Toxic Toffee, will be coming soon! Yay! **I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  8. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    It’s Christmas time in the small town of Harvest in Ohio. Bailey King and her Amish grandmother are busy in their Swissmen Sweets shop. It’s a busy time of year for the candy business. It hasn’t been that long since Bailey left her job and her ex-boyfriend in New York City for the small town life. She is shocked when her ex-boyfriend shows up in Harvest. He wants to film his TV show in the shop and reunite with his former girlfriend. Bailey wants none of that, but Eric isn’t backing off. When Eri It’s Christmas time in the small town of Harvest in Ohio. Bailey King and her Amish grandmother are busy in their Swissmen Sweets shop. It’s a busy time of year for the candy business. It hasn’t been that long since Bailey left her job and her ex-boyfriend in New York City for the small town life. She is shocked when her ex-boyfriend shows up in Harvest. He wants to film his TV show in the shop and reunite with his former girlfriend. Bailey wants none of that, but Eric isn’t backing off. When Eric’s executive producer is murdered, all eyes turn in his direction. He begs Bailey to help prove his innocence. However, Bailey isn’t so sure he *is* innocent and neither is her new boyfriend, who happens to be the sheriff deputy investigating the homicide. As Bailey does her own investigating, she begins to realize that the victim had quite a few secrets. This leads to quite a few suspects with more reason to kill than Eric. Bailey is determined to get to the bottom of this murder mystery. This is the third book in the series. I haven’t read the first two books and I was a little worried about jumping into the middle of it. I had no reason to worry. There’s more than enough information included throughout the book so I didn’t feel lost at all. In fact, for me, it was just the opposite. I felt like I already knew Bailey. The cast of characters are well rounded and very likeable. The setting is perfect for a cozy mystery. The author painted a vivid picture and I can still smell the peppermint through the pages. I like the mix of Amish and Englisch ways. We learn a bit about the Amish customs as we read this one. It felt authentic to me and brought me right into the story from the beginning. The storyline is fast-paced. I didn’t figure out whodunnit until Bailey did towards the end. As all the facts unfolded, I realized what happened. It is a well-written mystery. This can easily become a “must read” series for me. I do need to go back and read the first two, but I will. I’m looking forward to book #4. FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Shawna Shaheen

    This is the 3rd book in the series. These books are a wonderful. Bailey is a very compassionate person. Love all of the characters in this book. This is one is on Christmas. The Christmas Market is a event every year with shops selling baked goods. Bailey and her grandma Clara and their young cousin Charotte are doing anything peppermint flavored sweets they can think of for the event. Peppermint bark is great sell.There will be nativity scene with live animals donkey sheep a goose and a camel. This is the 3rd book in the series. These books are a wonderful. Bailey is a very compassionate person. Love all of the characters in this book. This is one is on Christmas. The Christmas Market is a event every year with shops selling baked goods. Bailey and her grandma Clara and their young cousin Charotte are doing anything peppermint flavored sweets they can think of for the event. Peppermint bark is great sell.There will be nativity scene with live animals donkey sheep a goose and a camel. But someone step in Swissmen Sweets (Bailey granddad and grandmom use to own. But now Bailey does) it turns out it is Bailey ex boyfriend from New York. She wondered what in the word he doing there. Come to find out he has camera crew right behind him. There is a tough decision that Bailey has to make at end of book. There is one murder. Is it one of the Amish or the Englisher that killed this person. All 3 books I tottaly love.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Review to follow!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Prockish

    I am so glad that a friend recommended this series. I love Amish cozies and this one is so much fun. I definitely was emotionally invested in Bailey with everything going on in this one. From family to business. I cannot wait to read the next one.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Premeditated Peppermint by Amanda Flower is the third tale in An Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. Bailey King is looking forward to a peaceful Christmas in Harvest, Ohio with her grandmother, Clara and cousin, Charlotte. They have been busy preparing a variety of peppermint candies for their Swissmen Sweets table at the Harvest Christmas Market. Then a grinch arrives in the form of Bailey’s ex-boyfriend and baker, Eric Sharp along with a camera crew. He wants to film the Christmas special of his Premeditated Peppermint by Amanda Flower is the third tale in An Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. Bailey King is looking forward to a peaceful Christmas in Harvest, Ohio with her grandmother, Clara and cousin, Charlotte. They have been busy preparing a variety of peppermint candies for their Swissmen Sweets table at the Harvest Christmas Market. Then a grinch arrives in the form of Bailey’s ex-boyfriend and baker, Eric Sharp along with a camera crew. He wants to film the Christmas special of his show in Harvest with Bailey. Bailey agrees to meet the producer, Rocky Rivers the next morning to discuss the proposal. On her way to the meeting, Bailey notices a set of lights out on the gazebo. When she enters the gazebo, Bailey finds Rocky dead with the lights wrapped around her neck and Eric standing over her body. Deputy Aiden Brody quickly arrives on the scene and targets Eric as his prime suspect. Eric asks Bailey to prove his innocence before he ends up as head baker at the local prison. Linc Baggins (not a hobbit) arrives to take over production of the show and he has a surprising business proposition for Bailey. Then Juliet Brody approaches Bailey with a special request for her almost daughter-in-law (Aiden and Bailey have yet to have a first date). Juliet feels that Jethro has the face for television, and she wants Bailey’s help jumpstarting the pig’s career. Then Margot needs Bailey’s help with the live nativity. Bailey’s Christmas is quickly spiraling out of control. Premeditated Peppermint is an entertaining cozy mystery as you can tell from my summary. You will be hooked from the very first page. While Premeditated Peppermint can be read alone, I suggest reading the series in order. It will provide you a better understanding of Bailey and how she came to live in Harvest. I thought Premeditated Peppermint was well-written with a good pace. It is just the right length at 306 pages. I had been reading a different book that was dragging along (I fell asleep), so I switched to Premeditated Peppermint and quickly devoured it. Harvest is a quaint small town that has a mixture of Amish and English citizens. There are charming shops and events that attract tourists such as the Harvest Christmas Market. Bailey is a smart and talented main character. I was happy to see Bailey’s best friend, Cass pop up in Harvest to help Bailey. Juliet Brody is quite a character. She goes around town with her pig, Jethro on a leash. I can see Jethro acting as the ring bearer if Aiden and Bailey ever marry (picture Jethro wearing a cute little tux). There are many laugh out loud moments in Premeditated Peppermint courtesy of Juliet, Jethro, Eric, Margot Rawlings, and the camel, Melchior. I enjoyed the descriptions of the delectable candies being prepared at Swissmen Sweets. The mystery was interesting with a handful of suspects and misdirection. The method of murder fit in with the book and the author provided good clues to aid the reader in solving the crime. There are recipes at the end of book and a preview of Toxic Toffee. My rating for Premeditated Peppermint is 4 out of 5 stars.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Chapel

    Premeditated Peppermint takes readers back to Harvest Ohio for the third book in Amanda Flower's Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. It's a Christmas story but even so a murder takes place once again. Now you'd think a quiet Amish community would be full of peace and goodwill during the days leading up to Christmas but there's always that one person who feels the necessity to murder someone and bring calamity and fear to the rest of the community. Bailey Kong's ex boyfriend, the famous tv chef from Premeditated Peppermint takes readers back to Harvest Ohio for the third book in Amanda Flower's Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. It's a Christmas story but even so a murder takes place once again. Now you'd think a quiet Amish community would be full of peace and goodwill during the days leading up to Christmas but there's always that one person who feels the necessity to murder someone and bring calamity and fear to the rest of the community. Bailey Kong's ex boyfriend, the famous tv chef from New York comes to town in hopes that Bailey can help him restore his tv show image and ratings. Seems the show's viewers are tired of hearing the chef yell at his kitchen help on the shows. His Executive Producer wants to soften his image by doing a Christmas show in Harvest and she hopes to center it around the Swissmens Sweets Candy Shop and the Harvest Christmas Market festival. But then a murder takes place right there in the town square. One of the tv shows Casting crew falls victim to a murderer so now handsome Deputy Sheriff Aiden Brody gets to lay his Joseph costume aside and put on his investigation cap. Why and who is what he wants to know and wants Bailey to stay at her Peppermint booth and not to get involved in his business. Will she be able to stand back and let Aiden do his job? Bailey takes on the job as babysitter to Jethro, a potbelly Pig , about the size of a toaster. Every time the festival organizer, Margot Rawlings looks at Bailey she gives her another job to do. Bailey wrestles with feelings of being left out and not needed at the candy shop as Charlotte takes on more responsibility and Clara grows closer to her young cousin. Could it be that Bailey is really no longer needed to help her grandma and could it be time to head back to New York? Then Cass makes a surprise visit from The Big Apple to visit Bailey just when she needs her good friend to confide in. I found myself chewing what nails I barely have when the author once again gets the characters involved in some dangerous situations. The hair on the back of my neck rose many times as I turned pages afraid to put down the book. Let's just say I didn't lose interest! This is cozy mystery you won't want to miss. If you like Amish Fiction you get that in this book too. And it's a Christmas story also . I borrowed a ebook copy of this book from the Hoopla Library. A review wasn't requested. All opinions expressed here are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    Premeditated Peppermint Amish Candy Shop, Book #3 Amanda Flower 5 Stars Synopsis: Christmas is Bailey King’s favorite time of year. For her first Yuletide in Harvest, Ohio, the former big-city chocolatier is recreating a cherished holiday treat: peppermint combined with molten white chocolate. But her sugar high plummets when her former boyfriend walks into the candy shop she now runs with her Amish grandmother. New York celebrity chef Eric Sharp and his TV crew have arrived to film an authentic Ami Premeditated Peppermint Amish Candy Shop, Book #3 Amanda Flower 5 Stars Synopsis: Christmas is Bailey King’s favorite time of year. For her first Yuletide in Harvest, Ohio, the former big-city chocolatier is recreating a cherished holiday treat: peppermint combined with molten white chocolate. But her sugar high plummets when her former boyfriend walks into the candy shop she now runs with her Amish grandmother. New York celebrity chef Eric Sharp and his TV crew have arrived to film an authentic Amish Christmas. Bailey’s not about to let her beloved town—and Swissmen Sweets—be turned into a sound bite. Unfortunately, she gets more publicity than she bargained for when Eric’s executive producer is found strangled to death—and Eric’s the prime suspect. With Bailey’s sheriff deputy boyfriend out to prove Eric’s guilt, her bad-boy ex tries to sweet-talk her into helping him clear his name . . . and rekindle their romance to boost ratings for his show. Now, between a surplus of suspects and a victim who wasn’t who she seemed, Bailey’s edging dangerously close to a killer who isn’t looking to bring joy to the world—or to Bailey—this deadly Noel . . . (Goodreads) Review: Bailey has her hands full preparing the candy shop for the Yuletide celebration in Harvest, Ohio. She hardly has time to spend with her boyfriend, Aiden, who is a sheriff deputy. So when her ex, Eric, shows up from New York to film a Christmas special, she is not very happy. And when the producer of the special is murdered, and her ex is the prime suspect, she is furious. But she knows that Eric would never kill anyone, so she agrees to figure out the killer. The characters are well rounded and well developed. I enjoy spending time with Bailey, her grandmother and her friends. I was very happy that Bailey’s friend, Cass, was once again able to help with some sleuthing. I enjoy getting to read about their antics and conversations, they always make me laugh. And who does not love Jethro, Aiden’s mom’s pig, who goes everywhere with his mom. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I felt like I was right there in Harvest, smelling the aromas in the candy shop and seeing all of the decorations around the square. The writing style flows smoothly and allowed me to have a very good understanding of the characters through their actions and words. The mystery was carried on well throughout the entire book and had enough twists and turns to keep me guessing. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written cozy mystery. The author brings the Amish culture to life and that is a plus in my book. In my opinion, this is a must read book and series. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    It had been entirely too long since I'd enjoyed a book visit to Harvest, Ohio, and I'd been wanting to read this book since it came out last year. I can always read about Christmas, and I could just picture this sweet little town all decked out and having their peppermint themed Christmas Market. As always, Jethro the spotted mini pig stole several of the scenes and that was some good comic relief. Oh and the scenes with the camel were pretty hilarious too. Let's just say mean old Abel got somet It had been entirely too long since I'd enjoyed a book visit to Harvest, Ohio, and I'd been wanting to read this book since it came out last year. I can always read about Christmas, and I could just picture this sweet little town all decked out and having their peppermint themed Christmas Market. As always, Jethro the spotted mini pig stole several of the scenes and that was some good comic relief. Oh and the scenes with the camel were pretty hilarious too. Let's just say mean old Abel got something that he deserved! Aiden's mom Juliet was convinced that her Jethro was star material when a TV crew came to town to film a typical Amish Christmas. There were a lot of secrets held by various crew members, and when one of them ended up murdered, Bailey was pretty sure she didn't have to look terribly far for the killer. Or could it be one of the villagers? I just loved the new character and friend, 90-something Amish Grandma Leah who owned the Christmas tree farm that her grandson and great-grandson worked for her. She came in very handy toward the end too. I hope we get to see her again in another book. Bailey and Emily finally came to a truce, since Emily had been very hurt by the arrival of Charlotte in the last book. She'd been hoping that Bailey would hire her for the candy store and stopped talking to her when cousin Charlotte came to work for them. Emily's future was left as a little thread that is hopefully going to continue. It'll be interesting to see what happens as far as the TV production is concerned too. I'm anxious to read on in the next book which is a novella followed by the one that came out recently. The Amish Candy Shop continues to be one of my favorite newer series, and I'm hoping to get more caught up soon!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Premeditated Peppermint is the third installment of the Amish Candy Shop series. Bailey King is finally settling in helping her grandmother run the family candy shop in Harvest, Ohio and it is her first Christmas in Amish country. Her ex-boyfriend from New York City, Eric, decides to literally drop into her life by bringing a production crew to tape a show featuring an authentic Amish Christmas cooking special to boost ratings for his show. When a woman from the production team is murdered in th Premeditated Peppermint is the third installment of the Amish Candy Shop series. Bailey King is finally settling in helping her grandmother run the family candy shop in Harvest, Ohio and it is her first Christmas in Amish country. Her ex-boyfriend from New York City, Eric, decides to literally drop into her life by bringing a production crew to tape a show featuring an authentic Amish Christmas cooking special to boost ratings for his show. When a woman from the production team is murdered in the village, Bailey and her friend Cass investigate to try to clear Eric's name. I've read the two prior books in the series and it has become one of my favorites, though it can be read as a standalone. The plot was well-written and I didn't know the killer's identity until the very end. Bailey's relationship with Deputy Brody continues to build nicely but doesn't overshadow the mystery. The characters are really enjoyable, especially the Deputy's mother Juliet, who dotes on her pet pig Jethro and insists on bringing him almost everywhere. I also liked the details of Amish life and customs. The author includes a delicious sounding recipe for Peppermint Bark at the end of the book. Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for a complimentary digital copy of this book. My review is voluntary.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Garrison

    Amish Candy Shop Mystery has become one of my absolute favorite cozy mystery series I love the characters and settings. Amanda Flower is a very talented author. You don’t find many authors that can create different worlds and different characters in different series. Most of the time when you read different series by the same author you’ll read either the same likeness of characters or somehow the storyline will feel like you’ve read it before. This is one reason I love reading books by Amanda Fl Amish Candy Shop Mystery has become one of my absolute favorite cozy mystery series I love the characters and settings. Amanda Flower is a very talented author. You don’t find many authors that can create different worlds and different characters in different series. Most of the time when you read different series by the same author you’ll read either the same likeness of characters or somehow the storyline will feel like you’ve read it before. This is one reason I love reading books by Amanda Flower because you don’t feel like you read the same book or characters before. So far, this story is my favorite book in the series, the twist and turns in this mystery had me coming back for more until I was done and shocked as to who done it. Bailey relationship picks up more as she and Aiden get close, but with Bailey’s new job offer we are left with a lot of questions as what is going to happen next, which leaves me with I can’t wait for the next installment.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    We are back in Ohio with Bailey King, and just in time for the Christmas Market, and helping in the family candy store. Of course, as in the past two books there is a murder, and somehow our Bailey is in the middle of the investigation again, along with some other familiar characters, including our loveable pig Jethro. Will this be the end of Bailey’s involvement in the family business, will she decide to go back to NYC now that Eric her former boyfriend has come back into her life? This book is g We are back in Ohio with Bailey King, and just in time for the Christmas Market, and helping in the family candy store. Of course, as in the past two books there is a murder, and somehow our Bailey is in the middle of the investigation again, along with some other familiar characters, including our loveable pig Jethro. Will this be the end of Bailey’s involvement in the family business, will she decide to go back to NYC now that Eric her former boyfriend has come back into her life? This book is going to keep you guessing almost to the last page, and danger is ever present, will you be able to guess ahead of time as whom the culprit is? Enjoy this cozy Christmas mystery! I received this book through Net Galley and the published Kensington, and was not required to give a positive review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Another good book in the series. I enjoyed this Christmas visit to Harvest and there were lots of twists and turns with this case. I really enjoy the characters and setting in this series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

    Amanda Flower is one of my favorite authors for Amish suspense. She creates great, likable and real characters in a small town setting that come together for a place and people that I can envision and imagine visiting. In Premeditated Peppermint, we are back in Harvest, Ohio where chocolatier Bailey King has moved to from New York City to help her grandmother run her candy shop, Swissmen Sweets. She promised her grandfather before his death that she would stay in Harvest to help and plans to kee Amanda Flower is one of my favorite authors for Amish suspense. She creates great, likable and real characters in a small town setting that come together for a place and people that I can envision and imagine visiting. In Premeditated Peppermint, we are back in Harvest, Ohio where chocolatier Bailey King has moved to from New York City to help her grandmother run her candy shop, Swissmen Sweets. She promised her grandfather before his death that she would stay in Harvest to help and plans to keep her promise. It is almost Christmas and vendors are setting up around the town square to sell their wares. Bailey, her grandmother and cousin Charlotte are working hard to make peppermint the main ingredient in their selection to sell for the event. An old boyfriend and celebrity chef, Eric Sharp, steps in the shop with a camera crew wanting to film his Christmas special in Amish country and in particular, with Bailey and her grandmother's shop. Their split was not on great terms and Bailey wants nothing to do with Eric but logic overrules her emotions. This might help her new internet campaign to expand the business. Sheriff Deputy Aiden Brody is not happy to see Eric. He and Bailey are trying to explore a relationship beyond friendship and Eric's appearance isn't good. Things turn deadly when Rocky Rivers, executive producer, is found dead in the town square gazebo the next morning. Is the killer Amish? Englisch? Does someone on the production crew have it in for Rocky? She seems to have a connection to Harvest but what and how? Bailey's BFF Cass flies in from NYC to help Bailey deal with Eric's appearance and the two join forces to find the killer. Aiden's mother, Juliet and her potbelly pig, Jethro, are front and center in the filming and action. An added bonus in the live Nativity scene and parade around the square. I enjoy this series a lot and look forward to the next one. Thanks to Kensington Books through NetGalley for the complimentary ARC. The thoughts and opinions stated are mine only.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sue Em

    Bailey King loves the Christmas season, and is especially looking forward to enjoying being with her grandmother back in Harvest, OH. Unfortunately, her NYC-ex, Eric, arrives in town with a production team for a reality baking show. Adding to her horror, the producer is murdered and enlists her help to prove his innocence. I enjoyed both of the first two books in the Amish Candy Shop series, and this one does not disappoint. Your favorite characters are back, including Cass, her BFF, helping her Bailey King loves the Christmas season, and is especially looking forward to enjoying being with her grandmother back in Harvest, OH. Unfortunately, her NYC-ex, Eric, arrives in town with a production team for a reality baking show. Adding to her horror, the producer is murdered and enlists her help to prove his innocence. I enjoyed both of the first two books in the Amish Candy Shop series, and this one does not disappoint. Your favorite characters are back, including Cass, her BFF, helping her investigate and negotiate the Amish simple life. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Bailey King loves Christmas. For her first holiday season n Harvest, Ohio, Bailey is getting ready, along with her Amish grandmother, and her cousin, for the annual Harvest Christmas Market when the front door to Swissmen Sweets opens in and in walks New York celebrity chef Eric Sharp, and a TV crew. Eric plans to shoot scenes for his cooking show, and part of the charm, he says, is his rekindling his romance with Bailey. Bailey is not sure about either part. Shooting in Amish country is not that Bailey King loves Christmas. For her first holiday season n Harvest, Ohio, Bailey is getting ready, along with her Amish grandmother, and her cousin, for the annual Harvest Christmas Market when the front door to Swissmen Sweets opens in and in walks New York celebrity chef Eric Sharp, and a TV crew. Eric plans to shoot scenes for his cooking show, and part of the charm, he says, is his rekindling his romance with Bailey. Bailey is not sure about either part. Shooting in Amish country is not that easy. You need permission from the deacon, and she definitely does not want to rekindle her romance with Eric. But things take a dangerous turn when Eric’s executive producer is found strangled to death—and Eric’s the prime suspect. Bailey's sheriff deputy boyfriend, Aiden, is sure that Eric is guilty, but Bailey is not. She agrees to help Eric and find the real killer. And there are plenty of suspects, both Amish and English. But will her sleuthing lead to death for her, or someone close to her? How is it that this is only the third installment in the Amish Candy Shop series? I feel like I've known these characters far longer than that, and spending Christmas with them was very entertaining. There is a wonderful blend in this series of the English and Amish lifestyles. Ms. Flower perfectly blends them together to create intrigue and draw her readers into a very intriguing story. The characters grow in this series, and watching as relationships changed and grew was an integral part of this tale. Jethro the pig has a large part in this book, and Ms. Flower has managed to introduce a camel, something I don't think I've seen in a cozy mystery. Characters and settings is what draws me to Amanda Flower's books, and Premeditated Peppermint is one of the finest in the bunch. It is definitely my favorite of the series, and the ending of it had me turning pages as quickly as possible, and left me wishing for a return visit to Harvest. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mayda

    It’s almost Christmas and Bailey couldn’t be happier. Her grandmother’s sweet shop is in full swing, making peppermint candies for the Christmas Market. She is beginning to believe that the attraction she feels for a certain sheriff deputy is mutual. Everything is just lovely . . . and then Eric, her ex-boyfriend, shows up in town, along with a filming crew for a special installment of his cooking show. If that weren't bad enough, things go downhill fast when the producer is murdered and Eric is It’s almost Christmas and Bailey couldn’t be happier. Her grandmother’s sweet shop is in full swing, making peppermint candies for the Christmas Market. She is beginning to believe that the attraction she feels for a certain sheriff deputy is mutual. Everything is just lovely . . . and then Eric, her ex-boyfriend, shows up in town, along with a filming crew for a special installment of his cooking show. If that weren't bad enough, things go downhill fast when the producer is murdered and Eric is a suspect. There is a lot of action in this cozy, and author Amanda Flower has achieved a cohesive blend of Amish and English in the telling of the tale. The characters are well-developed and believable, and the setting is delightful. Throw in a good mystery, some humor, especially with Jethro the pampered pig, and a bit a romance and you end up with a practically perfect story. Another great installment in this wonderful series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Angela Holland

    I enjoyed this book and thought it was a good addition to the series. Although I was a little disappointed with Bailey's decision at the end about the tv show. I wanted her to have a different response. It is fun watching her and Aiden dance around starting a relationship. The plot twist on this one was not what I was expecting. A good read. I am trying to wait patiently for the next one. I enjoyed this book and thought it was a good addition to the series. Although I was a little disappointed with Bailey's decision at the end about the tv show. I wanted her to have a different response. It is fun watching her and Aiden dance around starting a relationship. The plot twist on this one was not what I was expecting. A good read. I am trying to wait patiently for the next one.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amy the book-bat

    I particularly loved that they came across a camel in the middle of the street in an Amish town in Ohio. Sounds about right to me...LOL

  26. 4 out of 5

    Erica Chaillot

    This series just keeps getting better and better. The town and characters are growing on me. I am looking forward to the next

  27. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Garrison

    Amish Candy Shop Mystery has become one of my absolute favorite cozy mystery series I love the characters and settings. Amanda Flower is a very talented author. You don’t find many authors that can create different worlds and different characters in different series. Most of the time when you read different series by the same author you’ll read either the same likeness of characters or somehow the storyline will feel like you’ve read it before. This is one reason I love reading books by Amanda F Amish Candy Shop Mystery has become one of my absolute favorite cozy mystery series I love the characters and settings. Amanda Flower is a very talented author. You don’t find many authors that can create different worlds and different characters in different series. Most of the time when you read different series by the same author you’ll read either the same likeness of characters or somehow the storyline will feel like you’ve read it before. This is one reason I love reading books by Amanda Flower because you don’t feel like you read the same book or characters before. So far, this story is my favorite book in the series, the twist and turns in this mystery had me coming back for more until I was done and shocked as to who done it. Bailey relationship picks up more as she and Aiden get close, but with Bailey’s new job offer we are left with a lot of questions as what is going to happen next, which leaves me with I can’t wait for the next installment.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R

    If you follow my reviews, you will know that Ms. Flower is one of my favorite cozy mystery authors. She creates wonderful cozy mysteries that draw her readers in with her descriptive writing style and her down home characters. I am a frequent visitor to the Amish towns in Holmes County Ohio and I can easily picture myself back there whenever I pick up an Amish cozy mystery written by this author. Her mysteries are always woven throughout the entire story and the plots have a steady pace that kee If you follow my reviews, you will know that Ms. Flower is one of my favorite cozy mystery authors. She creates wonderful cozy mysteries that draw her readers in with her descriptive writing style and her down home characters. I am a frequent visitor to the Amish towns in Holmes County Ohio and I can easily picture myself back there whenever I pick up an Amish cozy mystery written by this author. Her mysteries are always woven throughout the entire story and the plots have a steady pace that keeps me turning the pages. For me, this series is a gem. It hits all the highlights I look for when choosing a cozy mystery - well written characters, charming setting and good solid mysteries that keep me guessing. I will be back for subsequent books in this series and any other that this author writes. I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Baranski

    Premeditated Peppermint is book three in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series by Amanda Flower’s. I loved this book. Amanda did a wonderful job. I was transported back to small town Harvest, Ohio with all of it’s wonderful characters. I so love Bailey and her determination. There are lots of twists and turns that will keep you guessing right up to the very end. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. If you enjoy mysteries and Amish fiction that this Premeditated Peppermint is book three in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series by Amanda Flower’s. I loved this book. Amanda did a wonderful job. I was transported back to small town Harvest, Ohio with all of it’s wonderful characters. I so love Bailey and her determination. There are lots of twists and turns that will keep you guessing right up to the very end. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. If you enjoy mysteries and Amish fiction that this is the book for you.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Daniele

    4.5 stars PREMEDITATED PEPPERMINT, the delightful third book in Amanda Flower’s charming Amish Candy Shop Mystery series, finds former New York City chocolatier Bailey King up to her elbows in peppermint confections. It is her first Christmas in Harvest, Ohio, and the town’s celebrations are underway. Bailey is speechless when her bad boy ex-boyfriend, pastry chef Eric, walks into her grandparents’ candy shop with a television crew in tow. In town to film a holiday special for Gourmet TV, he hope 4.5 stars PREMEDITATED PEPPERMINT, the delightful third book in Amanda Flower’s charming Amish Candy Shop Mystery series, finds former New York City chocolatier Bailey King up to her elbows in peppermint confections. It is her first Christmas in Harvest, Ohio, and the town’s celebrations are underway. Bailey is speechless when her bad boy ex-boyfriend, pastry chef Eric, walks into her grandparents’ candy shop with a television crew in tow. In town to film a holiday special for Gourmet TV, he hopes to spin his and Bailey’s headline making split into TV reconciliation gold. When Bailey finds the executive producer Rocky dead in the town square, Eric is quickly named the prime suspect. Despite her dislike for Eric, she knows he is innocent and sets about finding the real killer’s identity. Throw in a live nativity with a rogue camel, a jealous love interest, a pig with dreams of stardom, and an offer that Bailey does not know if she can refuse, and readers have a wonderfully entertaining read full of Christmas spirit. Flowers is one of my favorite authors, and I was not disappointed with PREMEDITATED PEPPERMINT. The lovely tourist town setting with its mix of Amish and English residents is the perfect backdrop for Bailey and her candy shop. I like Bailey. She is smart and empathetic and makes a good amateur sleuth. I appreciate that she is not perfect. She struggles with feeling left out of her grandmother and cousin’s blossoming relationship, and I think this influences her decisions in the book. Of course, her love interest, sheriff’s deputy Aiden, makes a good foil for her investigating efforts, and he is a really decent guy. Eric is indeed rather self-centered and not easy to feel sorry for, and the victim has some skeletons in her closet. A highlight of this series is Aiden’s over-the-top mother Juliet and her pet pig Jethro. They provide some of the books laugh out loud moments. The mystery surrounding Rocky’s death is complex enough to be compelling. There are plenty of clues along the way, with just the right amount of misdirection, to keep readers guessing. The conversational writing style keeps the pace of the book steady, and I felt like I was right there in the middle of the action. PREMEDITATED PEPPERMINT is sure to please any cozy mystery reader, and I cannot wait for the next book in the series to be published. I hope there are many more adventures with Bailey. Highly recommended. I received an ARC of this title from the author and publisher and voluntarily shared my thoughts here.

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