I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Chocolate a la Murder by Kirsten Weiss
Published by Midnight Ink Pages: 314
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Also by this author: The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum, Pressed to Death, Deja Moo
Maddie gets rattled by a candy-coated murder.
It's Wine and Chocolate Days in San Benedetto, and paranormal museum owner Maddie Kosloski has sweet dreams about her new Magic of Chocolate exhibit. Her latest attraction is a haunted Mexican whisk called a molinillo that rattles if someone lies.
When Maddie visits the town's new boutique chocolate shop, she finds one of the owners dead and covered in melted cocoa. Maddie's determined to catch the killer, and she soon uncovers deadly dealings in the world of artisan chocolate. But the deception surrounding those dealings are enough to make the molinillo rattle all night. Will Maddie have to temper her passion for sleuthing before a killer makes her fate bittersweet?
Here is what I thought
It’s Wine and Chocolate days in San Benedetto and Maddie is trying to get some business by using chocolate! She has hired a lady to do chocolate readings (kind of like tea leaf readings but with hot chocolate). Her latest piece is a haunted Mexican whisk called a molinillo that rattles if someone lies. She is also selling a local businesses chocolate in her store.
When her and her friend from next door’s order doesn’t come in Maddie goes to the chocolate place and finds the chocolatier dead and laying in a bunch of chocolate. Even though she tries her best to stay out of things because her detective boyfriend would like her too she just can’t help herself. There are some things that are not adding up and and she just can’t let it go, but someone wants her to stay out of it and she ends up with a pretty big scrap with danger this go around.
This is one of those series that grows on me the more I get into the series. I am really liking it and the direction that it’s going and all the fun characters. I like Maddie though sometimes I think I could smack her for getting herself in such trouble and I think her new boyfriend Jason has a lot of tolerance for her not being able to leave well enough alone. The side characters are a lot of fun especial Herb (I think that is his name!) who find the haunted things for her to display in her store.
I enjoyed the mystery but I also enjoyed the mystery surrounding the haunted molinillo and how she figures out what probably happened to the lady who originally had it.
I would recommend this series and think even though it could probably be read as is that starting at the beginning would be best. 🙂