“Chocoholics and food cozy fans rejoice! With prose as smooth and delicious as its theme, this quality debut cozy introduces a smart protagonist with an unusual and tasty profession.”—Library Journal (starred) on Criminal Confections
Chocolate-whisperer Hayden Mundy Moore has just arrived in Portland, Oregon, where she’s about to scarf soufflés and sip cacao-based cocktails at her friend’s engagement party. Fresh from nabbing her first candy-covered killer, the last thing Hayden wants to do is mix her love of chocolate with criminal mischief again. But then the groom-to-be turns up dead before beginning his renowned Chocolate-After-Dark tour. . .
Hayden’s friends insist that Declan’s death was a freak accident, but she knows there’s no mistaking the bitter aftertaste of homicide. In the midst of habañero hot chocolate and mocha-chunk gelato, a choco-crazed killer waits to strike again. Hayden will need to use more than her extraordinarily gifted taste buds to bring this murderer to justice, but she just might have bitten off more than she can chew in the process. . .
A few months ago I have read Criminal Confection, the first book in this series, and I could not wait to read a new adventure of Hayden. The protagonists of this story are the chocolate and an intriguing mystery to solve. Can we be able to finally meet Travis, the financial adviser to Hayden with a really sexy voice?
Hayden is a Chocolate-whisperer and travels around the world giving advice to her clients on how to improve their chocolate recipes. She goes to Portland to meet her friend Carissa to celebrate her engagement party. But the day she arrives, the future husband is found dead. It seems it was an accident and he is died asphyxiated. But Hayden doesn't think so and begins to investigate. The boy was supposed to start Chocolate-After-Dark tour and Carissa asks Hayden to do it for him. Hayden is also wondering why her friend doesn't seem to suffer much for her boyfriend's death.
The story is told by Hayen in first person and it's really funny the way in which she tells her own story and what happens to her. Especially when she talking about Travis, her thoughts of him are a hoot.
Although it is the second book in the series can be read as a stand alone without problems, the author is very good at providing the information needed to understand the life of Hayden and what happened in the first episode without spoiler and without remove the fun to reading the first one.
It 's a mystery well written, the plot is engaging, full of twists, easy to read with compelling mystery, funny, lovable and colorful characters. This was a very enjoyable read.
I recommend it to those who love chocolate and cozy mystery, it is a must read
I received an advance reader edition of this book from Publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
About This Author
Colette London is the pseudonym of a best-selling novelist who’s published more than three dozen books worldwide.