Chocolate and Cozies – A Perfect Combination!

Chocolate and cozy mysteries are always a perfect combination, so I just knew that this new series by Dorothy St. James was going to be sweet! (Pun intended. Sorry. I couldn’t help myself.)

Asking for Truffle is the first book in the new Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery Series. We meet Charity Penn and get a glimpse into her complex and at times dysfunctional world. Here are my top reasons to read this book.

A Solid Foundation

This book is a solid foundation for this series to grow on and from. It sets the table and gives us a glimpse as to who Penn is (our protagonist hates her first name – you’ll find out why as you read) and also a look into the community of Camellia Beach, South Carolina where the majority of the story is set.

It’ll Make Your Mouth Water

If you are a chocolate fan (and maybe even if you’re not), the imagery painted of some of the chocolate recipes will have you hungry and craving something sweet. The author does include recipes in the back of the book, so you will have the opportunity to try your hand at some of The Chocolate Box’s creations at home.

Complex Characters and Plot

I was totally surprised by the outcome of the book, and I love that! Even better is, when I reflected back, I had all the clues to solve it myself, I just didn’t see it. I always appreciate when an author leaves enough information so that the reader at least has the opportunity to solve the crime along with the protagonist.

Like the chocolate truffles in the story, this book is one to be savored and enjoyed.

Sit back and let the layers of the story entertain you from beginning to end. You won’t be disappointed.  Do you like the combination of chocolate and cozies? Will you be checking this book out? Let me know in the comments below.

Note: I reviewed this book as part of the Cozy Mystery Review Crew and received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts expressed are my own. This post also contains affiliate links. A small portion of any purchase you make on the links goes back to support the blog and for that we are very thankful!

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