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. . .
Dangerously Dark is the 2nd in London's "Chocolate Whisperer" series. Out of all the mystery series I have read now, this is one where I wish I would have read the initial installment first. Now, don't get me wrong, Dangerously Dark is definitively delicious! I just really, really like Hayden's narration and want to hear as much of it as I can.
With a healthy dose of hilarity, snarky Reverend Hayden of the Church of Chocolate tries to deal the things in her past (the murder in Book 1: Criminal Confections amongst them) and present. Hayden is like one of my 'just a touch out there' friends of mine from my theatre days, you know the one that always brings the fabulous chocolate desserts to the cast parties.
The mystery kept me guessing. I cannot truly say if it was the skill of the author (and there really is no question there, this was a very fun read), or the fact that she dangles chocolate in front of us as a distraction. Very devious indeed!
This book should be on every chocaholics wish list. And if your bookshelf is stuffed to the gills, maybe Hayden could bottle that chocolate whispering talent and sell that on eBay or something. Or run an e-course on the Zen of Chocolate. Seriously. I would enroll in a heartbeat.
MEET THE AUTHOR
There was no author picture available that I could find (and I looked), but I imagine she must look something like this:
Colette London is the pseudonym of a best-selling novelist who’s published more than three dozen books worldwide.
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(Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author and publishers via Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours and NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.)