Review of Marshmallow Malice

Marshmallow Malice

Amish Candy Shop, Book #5

Amanda Flower

5 Stars


Caught in a sticky situation . . .

With Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook tying the knot in Ohio’s Amish Country’s most anticipated nuptials of the year, Bailey King is determined to do everything in her power to make the event a sweet success. Except midsummer heat waves and outdoor ceremonies don’t mix, and an exasperated Bailey soon finds herself struggling to fulfill bridesmaid duties and keep her stunning marshmallow-frosted wedding cake from becoming a gooey disaster. Then much to everyone’s shock, the entire ceremony crumbles when a guest drops dead, and the cause isn’t sunstroke . . .

Turns out, the uninvited victim came equipped with lots of dirt on the devout reverend’s hidden past. As Reverend Brook tops the murder suspect list on what should have been the happiest day of his life, Bailey and her sheriff’s deputy boyfriend vow to clear his name. Can the duo boil down a series of baffling clues before Juliet considers her marriage a bad mistake–or the killer whips up another deadly surprise?

Recipe Included!

Praise for Amanda Flower and her Amish cozies

“As it turns out, Amanda Flower may have just written the first Amish rom com.”

USA Today

“Flower has hit it out of the ballpark . . . and continues to amaze with her knowledge of the Amish way of life.”

RT Book Reviews

“At turns playful and engaging . . . a satisfyingly complex cozy.”

Library Journal


The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional.  I was so happy that Cass was very involved in this book, she and Bailey make a great crime fighting duo.  The situations that they find themselves are funny and dangerous.  I am very glad that Juliet and Reverend Brook finally tied the knot, they were made for each other.  And what can I say about Jethro, Juliet’s little pig.  I love all of his antics, they made me laugh.

The writing style flowed smoothly and defined the characters very clearly by their actions and words.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing  and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  In my mind’s eye, I could see all of the action taking place during the festival and at the candy shop.

The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider.  I considered the culprit for a moment and then discarded her as a suspect.  Sleuthing is not an easy thing to do.  

I would highly recommend this book, and series, to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I know that anytime I pick up a book written by this author, I am in for a real treat.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.  

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