Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Dangerously Dark

Author:  Colette London
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Kensington
Publication Date:  September 29, 2015

Description:  Chocolate-whisperer Hayden Mundy Moore has just arrived in Portland, Oregon, where she's about to scarf soufflés and sip cacao-based cocktails at her friend's engagement party. Fresh from nabbing her first candy-covered killer, the last thing Hayden wants to do is mix her love of chocolate with criminal mischief again. But then the groom-to-be turns up dead before beginning his renowned Chocolate-After-Dark tour. . .

Hayden's friends insist that Declan's death was a freak accident, but she knows there's no mistaking the bitter aftertaste of homicide. In the midst of habañero hot chocolate and mocha-chunk gelato, a choco-crazed killer waits to strike again. Hayden will need to use more than her extraordinarily gifted taste buds to bring this murderer to justice, but she just might have bitten off more than she can chew in the process. 

My Review

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is the second installment in Colette London's Chocolate Whisperer Mystery Series. This time, Haydon is off to Portland for the engagement party of her college friend. While there she gets to experience the chocolate side of Portland as here friend owns an ice cream food cart that is part of a group of food carts that feature chocolate in a number of forms. Hayden's visit quickly turns into another mystery to solve when her friends fiance is murdered. Hayden has plenty of suspects, including her friend, who seems to be less than grief stricken over the murder of her fiance.

I found the book to be well written with a pretty good pace. Ms. London offers a great description of the food/chocolate scene in Portland. For the second book in the series the character development seems to be on target. The only drawback that I found was that the book seemed to have more romance than mystery.

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