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Marshmallow Malice

Marshmallow Malice, June 2020
Amish Candy Shop #5
by Amanda Flower

Kensington
336 pages
ISBN: 1496722035
EAN: 9781496722034
Kindle: B07W8Y8V7V
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"Weddings can be sticky when murder intrudes"

Fresh Fiction Review

Marshmallow Malice
Amanda Flower

Reviewed by Debbie Wiley
Posted May 26, 2020

Mystery Cozy

What could be better than seeing Reverend Simon Brook and Juliet Brody finally tie the knot? Try watching Jethro, her emotional support pig, prancing down the aisle as a ring bearer. Unfortunately, Juliet’s wedding day isn’t going as planned. She’s already had a hairdo fiasco and now a young woman crashes the wedding to rant at Reverend Brook, calling him a traitor. Things couldn’t possibly get worse… until a dead body threatens Juliet’s happiness. Detective Aiden Brody is determined to solve the murder and make his mom happy, while his girlfriend and amateur sleuth/full time chocolatier Bailey King assists.

I’m still laughing at MARSHMALLOW MALICE. We have Puff, the rabbit from TOXIC TOFFEE, around to amuse us, but this time Jethro takes center stage. Bailey spends a lot of time with Jethro and oh, are the moments priceless! Bailey does a pretty good job at mishaps without Jethro’s help, but the marshmallow scene is a classic one and guaranteed to have the reader in stitches!

MARSHMALLOW MALICE delves into addiction and gives us a bit more insight into the Amish culture and the differences between bishops, even as we laugh hysterically at the antics of Jethro. I love that we get to see both the triumphs as well as the fallibilities of the Amish culture, particularly on social issues. Some of the revelations in MARSHMALLOW MALICE will resonate in future books, and I love that Amanda Flower doesn’t keep her characters stagnate but instead continues to show us their backgrounds and how they continue developing.

MARSHMALLOW MALICE is the fifth book in the Amish Candy Shop series, and wow, this series just gets better and better with each installment! Amanda Flower injects just the right amount of humor amongst more weighty issues. If you love cozy mysteries and want a good laugh, don’t hesitate to pick up MARSHMALLOW MALICE or any of the Amish Candy Shop mysteries. You won’t be disappointed!

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SUMMARY

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?
 
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