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.Criminal Confections by Colette London
Genres: Cozy, Mystery
Published by Kensington Books Pages: 352
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. . .
Hayden Mundy Moore 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. Finding a killer among the rival chocolatiers and potential suspects won't just be satisfying--it might save her life. . .
You probably already know not to eat French fries with your fingers in Chile, not to shake hands across a threshold in Russia, and to sit in the backseat of a taxi (never up front with the driver) if you’re a woman traveling solo in Costa Rica.
I can’t say that I knew that about any of those places. 🙂
What I thought of this book
Hayden Mundy Moore is a chocolate whisperer, she is hired by some of the top chocolatiers to help them tweak their chocolate to make it the best. Nobody wants anyone to know that she has helped them. Christian from Lemaître chocolates has been using her expertise and he is having a retreat and sort of wants to show her off, but still keep her working for him under wraps.
Who knew that chocolate could be murder, but while at the retreat two people die and Hayden’s friend Danny thinks that the first attack was meant for Hayden. Hayden doesn’t think anyone would want her dead but then when a few things happens she starts to wonder.
I really wanted to love this one as it sounded like a lot of fun but I think I got lost midst all the chocolate or something because this one only ended up being okay. I really didn’t know what to make of the whole Danny/Hayden thing, because I know they are suppose to be friends but she is always talking about him like she would like to be more than friends. Danny really doesn’t like her talking to Travis (who she just loves for his sexy voice as she has never met him). In the end I was still not sure about their relationship. It just sort of drove me crazy. Her obsession with Travis and his bedroom voice was a bit strange and I sort of hope she goes and meets him and find him to be balding and fat..lol.
I am not really sure that I really cared that much for Hayden, I thought she was a bit dumb. Danny tells her he thinks someone might have been wanting her dead and she just goes off on her own like its no big deal. And hello..if your door is ajar and your not sure who is in your room..DON’T GO IN THERE! I kind of thought if she dies it’s her own fault. 🙂 I think I liked Danny more as he was always trying to watch out for Hayden even when Hayden thought he was going out with this one or that one.
In the end I guess who the killer was before we found out who it was though I wasn’t sure why that person did it. So will I try another chocolate whisperer mystery, probably. It was good enough to try another one and see what happens and hope the Hayden/Danny thing doesn’t drive me crazy. 🙂 This was my first book by this author so I will give her another try.
If you like cozies then you might like this one more than I did. Some times cozies are really a hit and miss type of book.