Welcome! Today I’m hosting a stop on the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for In Cold Chocolate, the third book in the Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery series by Dorothy St. James.
About the Book
In Cold Chocolate: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery
3rd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (September 11, 2018)
Hardcover: 350 Pages
Digital ASIN: B078M3N9TC
Purchase Links: Amazon – B&N – Kobo
In Dorothy St. James’s third delectable Southern Chocolate Shop mystery, a new batch of chocolate and troubles of the heart cause a string of disasters for the Chocolate Box’s new owner, Charity Penn.
The vintage seaside town of Camellia Beach, South Carolina seems like the perfect place for romance with its quiet beach and its decadent chocolate shop that serves the world’s richest dark chocolates. The Chocolate Box’s owner, Charity Penn, falls even further under the island’s moonlit spell as she joins Althea Bays and the rest of the turtle watch team to witness a new generation of baby sea turtles hatch and make their way into the wide ocean.
Before the babies arrive, gunshots ring out in the night. Cassidy Jones, the local Casanova, is found dead in the sand with his lover Jody Dalton—the same woman who has vowed to destroy the Chocolate Box—holding the gun. It’s an obvious crime of passion, or so everyone believes. But when Jody’s young son pleads with Penn to bring his mother back to him, she can’t say no. She dives headfirst into a chocolate swirl of truth and lies, and must pick through an assortment of likely (and sometimes unsavory) suspects before it’s too late for Penn and for those she loves in Dorothy St. James’s third rich installment of the Southern Chocolate Shop mysteries, In Cold Chocolate.
Review – 4 out of 5 stars
This was a fun end-of-summer read. I enjoy these Southern Chocolate Shop mysteries a lot. They’re fun and a great cozy mystery. I usually know who the villain is before the end, but that’s okay. I still enjoy the books.
These are great characters. I love Penn and Harley and Bertie and all of them! They’re complex and well-rounded characters. They’re fun and there isn’t one of them that gets on my nerves.
The plot lines are always complex. Yes, I usually guess who the villain is before they’re revealed, but that doesn’t mean the plot lines aren’t complex enough. They are. There are usually a few red herrings in the mix and it can keep you guessing.
I do recommend this book, though I recommend starting at the beginning of the series with Asking for Truffle so you can learn more about the interpersonal relationships. Each mystery can be read as a stand alone so you don’t have to go back to the beginning of the series, but I find it best so you can understand character dynamics.
About the Author
Mystery author Dorothy St. James was raised in South Carolina. She makes her home on the outskirts of Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, a neurotic dog, and a fluffy cat. Though writing has always been a passion for her, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology and a graduate degree in Public Administration and Urban Planning. She put her educational experience to use, having worked in all branches and all levels of government including local, regional, state, and federal. She even spent time during college working for a non-profit environmental watchdog organization.
Switching from government service and community planning to fiction writing wasn’t as big of a change as some might think. Her government work was all about the stories of the people and the places where they live. As an urban planner, Dorothy loved telling the stories of the people she met. And from that, her desire to tell the tales that were so alive in her heart grew until she could not ignore it any longer. In 2001, she took a leap of faith and pursued her dream of writing fiction full-time.
* Dorothy St. James is the alter-ego of award-winning multi-published author, Dorothy McFalls. She enjoys writing in several different genres. Her works have been nominated for many awards including Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, Reviewers International Organization Award, National Reader’s Choice Award, CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, and The Romance Reviews Today Perfect 10! Award. Reviewers have called her work: “amazing”, “perfect”, “filled with emotion”, and “lined with danger.”
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