education pathways

Home » Book Review » Criminally Cocoa–disappointing

Criminally Cocoa–disappointing

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.


Criminally Cocoa

by Amanda Flowers

Criminally CocoaI have read books in two different series by Amanda Flowers and generally find her plots intriguing, her characters interesting, and her writing style excellent. Criminally Cocoa, except for the kitschy title, was disappointing. Normally I like the rare cozy mystery that doesn’t revolve around a murder. No murder here, but no plot success either. Flowers and her characters kept strolling through the same territory with two themes (Amish girl in the big city and the success or failure of a new cooking show) over and over again. Fortunately this book is a novella. Otherwise, I would have broken my own rule for my book world and not finished the book. I did complete it, but only so I could write a proper review.

I would like to extend my thanks to and to Kensington Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 2/5

Category: Mystery

Notes: Novella in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery Series

Recipe for Bailey’s Easy Easter Birds’ Nests included.

Publication:   February 26, 2019—Kensington Press


  1. I did find slow going in the middle of the tale.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Cozynookbks says:

    Sorry this one wasn’t satisfying, Linda. It’s commendable that you stuck it out and finished it. I’m not sure if I could have.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Oh darn, this one looked so cute for a cozy.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Shalini says:

    Oooh sounds bad. This was a great review in spite of not liking it

    Liked by 1 person

  5. carhicks says:

    I really like Amanda Flowers’ books, but sometimes when they try to write a novella, they just can’t.I hope this is not a sign of things to come now that she is writing full time. It is too bad this one isn’t one of her successes. I need to read this one and will probably fit it in between a couple I am really looking forward to. Nice, honest review Linda.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: