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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Criminal Confections by Collette London, Review and Guest Post





Criminal Confections
(A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery)

New Cozy Series
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington (January 27, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1617733451
E-Book ASIN: B00M4ASPPG
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Synopsis:
Hayden Mundy Moore is an expert on everything chocolate, helping clients develop new products and revamp recipes until they’re irresistible. But sometimes, a dash of murder finds its way into the mix…
Adrienne Dowling’s heart attack is blamed on an accidental overdose of the secret ingredient used in Lemaître Chocolates’ new line. Hayden can’t believe that conscientious Adrienne would make that mistake. And between chocolate body scrubs, cocoa mud baths, and a non-stop frenzy of chocolate-based treats, Hayden starts to suspect that she, not Adrienne, was the intended target. Finding a killer among the rival chocolatiers and potential suspects won’t just be satisfying—it might save her life.

What I Thought:

Well, I love chocolate, and I love mysteries, so I thought I would love this book.  Actually, it started out really slow for me.  I found all of the talk about the specific chocolates and he different chocolate beans to take away from the story.  When the "shop talk" was over and the author got down to the story, I actually enjoyed it.  It kept me guessing and a had a good plot twist at the end.  I will probably check out more in this series, even though this one started a little slow.  I will have to say though, I was glad to see the end of this book, some books you don't want to end, but this one I did, I wanted to know who the killer was.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

About This Author
Colette London is the pseudonym of a best-selling novelist whose published more than three dozen books worldwide.
Visit her on the web at www.colettelondon.com, friend her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/colette.london.books, or follow her on Twitter @Colette__London
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Guest Post:

CRIMINAL CONFECTIONS by Colette London follows Hayden Mundy Moore, an expert on all things chocolate. It’s her job to help clients develop new products, revamp recipes, and make everything a little more delicious.
 
She has bushwhacked through African jungles and haggled in exotic markets to find the finest cacao beans and the most flavorful blends. It’s thrilling work but rarely dangerous—until a colleague turns up dead at the exclusive chocolate-themed Lemaître resort spa in San Francisco.
 
Adrienne Dowling’s heart attack is blamed on an accidental overdose of the secret ingredient used in Lemaître Chocolates’ new line. Hayden can’t believe that conscientious Adrienne would make that mistake. And between chocolate body scrubs, cocoa mud baths, and a non-stop frenzy of chocolate-based treats, Hayden starts to suspect that she, not Adrienne, was the intended target.
 
CRIMINAL CONFECTIONS is a story full of mystery, and flavorful recipes. Here is just one of many you’ll find between the pages of this deliciously crafted story:
 

SPA-STYLE CACAO NIB AND EXPRESSO BEAN PEDICURE SCRUB
 
Ingredients:
-          ¼ cup cacao nibs, ground
-          ¼ cup ground expresso beans
-          2 tablespoons granulated sugar
-          2 tablespoons olive oil
-          A few drops of vanilla extract
 
In a small bowl, stir together ground cacao nibs, ground espresso beans, and sugar. Add the olive oil and vanilla extract, stir thoroughly until combined.
 
TO USE:
Wash feet; leave damp. Apply a small scoop of pedicure scrub to each foot. Massage well.
 
Leave on for 3-5 minutes while you relax and enjoy the delicious mocha scent. Rinse off and pat feet dry. This scrub is exfoliating and soothing!
 
Notes from Hayden
 
This mixture is best while fresh – don’t try to save it for later! There’s enough here for one good scrubbing. If you don’t like olive oil, you can substitute any neutral oil – almond oil is especially nice. Don’t use canola oil, soybean oil, or peanut oil! They make the scrub too greasy (and don’t smell nice). You don’t have to use espresso beans for this scrub – any coffee bean will do – and they don’t have to be dry (aka un-brewed). If you’re feeling thrifty and/or “green” just recycle your coffee grounds from this morning’s java. Also, a mini coffee-bean grinder or spice grinder works well for crunching up the cacao nibs. If you leave them as is, they’re too rough.
 
 
 



3 comments:

  1. Criminal Confections sounds intriguing, and I look forward to reading it. Thank you for the giveaway and the spa scrub recipe.

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  2. What an interesting sounding book and look forward to reading it.

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  3. Chocolate and cozies, two of my favorite things. :) Can't wait to read! The pedicure sounds great!

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