- File Size: 1853 KB
- Print Length: 349 pages
- Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (March 13, 2018)
- Publication Date: March 13, 2018
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074MBXLWX
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #763,154 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved it that Penn's half-sister, Tina, came to visit. She was such a fun character and a really good helper when it came to sleuthing or running the chocolate shop. I hope she visits again! We found out a little more about Bertie's background, which just ended up making her even more lovable. Penn got the answers she was looking for regarding her birth mother. Chief Byrd wasn't as rough on Penn this time around since Detective Gibbons was doing most of the sleuthing, but he still held to his belief that Penn brought murder and troublemakers to their peaceful little island town.
I'm glad that Penn feels like she's finally got a real family. She's much closer to Tina now than ever even though Tina has always defended her. I hope Penn's friendship with Harley becomes a little more than just friendship. I'll be starting the next book today.
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This is the first book I have read by Ms. St. James and I love her style so I look forward to reading more by this talented author. I received an advance reader copy of this book and this is my unbiased review.
Adjusting to life in Camellia Beach, Charity agrees to help organize the summer music festival that will draw crowds to the town. Everything is set for a great time, one of the lead singers from a band is found dead. Secret, threats and more come out as Charity looks for the killer.
There is also a story that spans the books as Charity searches for her Mother in the series. So while each book can be read as a stand alone, you will want to read the first one to capture all the little nuances that really grab you in and hook you into the series.
The second installment in the Southern Chocolate Shop Mysteries is just as delicious as the first. Cannot wait for my next visit to Camellia Beach!