Saturday, April 14, 2018


Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake (A Death by Chocolate Mystery #1)Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake by Sarah Graves
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

(A Death by Chocolate Mystery #1)

This endearing cozy mystery is the first in a new series, the third series from author Sarah Graves of Eastport, Maine, the island community which is the setting of this series and of her first series, HOME REPAIR IS HOMICIDE. I discovered that series back in 2008 and devoured it, oddly, in reverse order {smile}. I've also immensely enjoyed her first two Lizzie Snow Mysteries (though those are noir and not cozies).

I was delighted to discover that this new "A Death by Chocolate" series stars our lovely protagonists from "Home Repair Is Homicide"," Jacobia (Jake) Tiptree and best friend Ellie. They have opened a bakeshop, The Chocolate Moose {love it}, and it's most successful. Of course, where Jake and Ellie go, mystery and trouble inevitably appear. This time Ellie is the prime suspect, and both ladies and Jake's extended family find themselves in physical danger from a seemingly invisible and inescapable source.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

IN COLD CHOCOLATE by Dorothy St. James_Review

In Cold Chocolate: A Southern Chocolate Shop MysteryIn Cold Chocolate: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery by Dorothy St. James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: IN COLD CHOCOLATE by Dorothy St. James

Author Dorothy St. James really tugs the heartstrings of readers in this very special South Carolina Lowcountry cozy mystery. Charity Penn's Chocolate Box shop is extraordinarily popular, and she's settled in well in the paradisical Camellia Island--or so she believes. But the heirs of the former owner are determined to snatch the property to sell to a high-dollar resort developer. Penn thinks she holds the high ground, until she discovers betrayal.

I so enjoyed learning the ongoing revelations of Penn's backstory, and empathizing as her efforts seem blocked at every turn, and despite her moral integrity, she just can't seem to win. This is the third in A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery Series, and I'm very eager to read more.

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