friends and housemates Michelle Serrano and Erica Russell
have a shop in West Riverdale, Maryland called Chocolates
and Chapters. Michelle is the chocolatier and Estelle runs
the book side. They are busy getting ready for the Memorial
Day Weekend Arts Festival as they will be hosting the Great
Fudge Cook-Off. It is a win-win situation as it will bring
more tourists with money to spend to their town.
morning comes and Michelle has finished her daily run. Now
she is heading to Chocolates and Chapters to come up with
new flavors for her chocolates. It is strange that the lights
are on in the shop. The door is not locked. Michelle enters
and smells the distinctive perfume of Denise Coburn who owns
the photography studio next door to Chocolates and Chapters.
Denise is sitting in a comfy chair and clutching her stomach.
Michelle smells almonds and sees that Denise is foaming at
the mouth. On the nearby table are some of Denise's favorite
chocolates. Looks like the dead chocolate lover was poisoned
by Michelle's chocolates. Fearing being closed down by the
health department for a lengthy amount of time, Michelle decides
to investigate Denise's death and find the real killer. She
had better be careful or she could end up tempered.
to ponder: What were the robbers looking for in Denise Coburn's
photography studio? Was Denise the intended victim? Why was
Denise in Chocolates and Chapters? Will anyone find out about
Michelle's specialty chocolates?
I am always thrilled to find a new cozy mystery series. Add
a new to me author and I am in heaven. I get to find new characters
to love. This delectable new series is well written and I
found I could not put it down. While there are no samples
of Michelle's delicious truffles, the author has thoughtfully
included some recipes. Mystery lovers will eat up this yummy
story. So if you like your mystery with a box of chocolates,
then you should be reading Death Is Like a Box of Chocolates.