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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

In Cold Chocolate

In Cold Chocolate: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery
by Dorothy St. James

About the Book

In Cold Chocolate: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (September 11, 2018)
Hardcover: 350 Pages
ISBN-10: 1683317432
ISBN-13: 978-1683317432
Digital ASIN: B078M3N9TC

In Dorothy St. James’s third delectable Southern Chocolate Shop mystery, a new batch of chocolate and troubles of the heart cause a string of disasters for the Chocolate Box’s new owner, Charity Penn.
The vintage seaside town of Camellia Beach, South Carolina seems like the perfect place for romance with its quiet beach and its decadent chocolate shop that serves the world’s richest dark chocolates. The Chocolate Box’s owner, Charity Penn, falls even further under the island’s moonlit spell as she joins Althea Bays and the rest of the turtle watch team to witness a new generation of baby sea turtles hatch and make their way into the wide ocean.
Before the babies arrive, gunshots ring out in the night. Cassidy Jones, the local Casanova, is found dead in the sand with his lover Jody Dalton—the same woman who has vowed to destroy the Chocolate Box—holding the gun. It’s an obvious crime of passion, or so everyone believes. But when Jody’s young son pleads with Penn to bring his mother back to him, she can’t say no. She dives headfirst into a chocolate swirl of truth and lies, and must pick through an assortment of likely (and sometimes unsavory) suspects before it’s too late for Penn and for those she loves in Dorothy St. James’s third rich installment of the Southern Chocolate Shop mysteries, In Cold Chocolate.

What I Thought:

This is fast becoming one of my very favorite cozy series'.  I have enjoyed the previous two in the series and this one did not disappoint at all, and may be my favorite.  Penn is still fighting with the Maybank family to prove that she is really part of their family.  It is intriguing how the author is playing out that storyline.  Along with trying to learn the art of making fine chocolates, she joins her friend, Althea, in watching the baby sea turtles hatch. But someone starts stealing the sea turtle eggs and someone is also stealing the chocolate turtles the Chocolate Box has been making.  On top of that, the local real estate developer is found dead.  Penn's love interest, Harley's ex-wife, Jodi,  is found holding a gun, she becomes the main suspect.  Of course, she and Penn are not the greatest of friends, but when Gavin, Jodi's son, asks Penn to help find the killer, Penn could not refuse. I enjoyed revisiting the resident's of Camellia Beach, and of course revisiting the charming town itself.  Since I love chocolate this also endears this series to me.  This was a well written, well thought out mystery that had me turning pages quickly. I was totally surprised by the ending of this one, I was totally clueless as to who the killer, and thief was.  I look forward to more in this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author

Mystery author Dorothy St. James was raised in South Carolina. She makes her home on the outskirts of Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, a neurotic dog, and a fluffy cat. Though writing has always been a passion for her, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology and a graduate degree in Public Administration and Urban Planning. She put her educational experience to use, having worked in all branches and all levels of government including local, regional, state, and federal. She even spent time during college working for a non-profit environmental watchdog organization.
Switching from government service and community planning to fiction writing wasn't as big of a change as some might think. Her government work was all about the stories of the people and the places where they live. As an urban planner, Dorothy loved telling the stories of the people she met. And from that, her desire to tell the tales that were so alive in her heart grew until she could not ignore it any longer. In 2001, she took a leap of faith and pursued her dream of writing fiction full-time.
* Dorothy St. James is the alter-ego of award-winning multi-published author, Dorothy McFalls. She enjoys writing in several different genres. Her works have been nominated for many awards including Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, Reviewers International Organization Award, National Reader's Choice Award, CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award, and The Romance Reviews Today Perfect 10! Award. Reviewers have called her work: "amazing", "perfect", "filled with emotion", and "lined with danger."
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