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➜Didn’t guess who the murderer was
➜Lots of humble-brag type talk of all the places she’s been and the things she’s done
Well research and knowledgable about chocolate and baking, though I know nothing so maybe it just sounds right lol
➜No mention of the issues with slave labor or unfair practices or Fair Trade that I recall
➜Haven’t read the first two books, don’t feel I missed anything. It gives information and explanation anytime something relevant from the past pops up
➜Wasn’t engaged or connected. It was just something to read & took me longer than normal.
➜Towards the end I was thinking “Hurry up and get somewhere instead of chasing your tail FFS!”
➜Do not read this when you’re hungry or cannot get food. Reading this at work was not pleasant.
➜Liked Hayden I guess.
➜Her two male sidekicks were cool. Liked how one is mysterious Charlie from Charlie’s Angels type. Really liked how her bodyguard brought some sense and perspective as someone who “comes from the other side of the tracks”
➜There’s many mentions of rough & tumble poverty stricken areas, even a tour or two, and the people who live there. Lots of talk of the luck getting out and how sad and unfair it is. Hayden’s solution is to write a check to a foundation she just heard of. There’s no context or exploration of it to make it real. It’s just another “exotic” location for her with the people as cardboard cutouts or pawns in the story.
➜She also proves that no matter how far you’ve come or how close you are with someone, some people will never let it go, and will have lingering doubts and suspicions.
➜In the end it’s alright. Easy to read, and the mystery held up under my apathetic gaze, but I can’t say I enjoyed it or recommend it.
➜Representation: Status Quo. Privileged and Proud.
➜Rating: Meh. 1.5 stars? Not the worse I’ve read, but Whatever.
I was really looking forward to reading this one, I mean chocolate with a mystery? Alas, it did not hold my attention like I had hoped. I am not sure why, it was a fun read and off course Hayden bumbles through and eventually figures out who the murderer is, but for some reason I kept falling asleep whenever I tried to read it. I am not sure if I will continue with this series or not.
As an authority on all things chocolate, Hayden Mundy Moore is traveling across the pond to lend her expertise to the owner of a posh London chocolaterie-pâtisserie. From coconut truffles to chocolate flapjacks, Hayden’s mouthwatering creations quickly impress her client. But her knowledge doesn’t end there. The detective constable is taken by surprise when she identifies an exotic murder weapon: a stone metlapil, used to grind cacao beans—and apparently to bludgeon someone to death—in Hayden’s own lodgings, no less…
The victim is a sexy celebrity chef who just happens to be the ex-husband of Hayden’s client. Now, amid the terraced town houses and local pubs, a killer is lurking—and the police have an assortment of suspects: a culinary rival, an ambitious agent, a recently-sacked assistant, and unfortunately, Hayden herself. The talented chocolate whisperer will have to find out what sort of nutter clobbered the famous cook—or her career may come to a bitter end… (Goodreads)
The mystery was well plotted and there were enough suspects to consider to keep this reader guessing throughout the book. Add in a slew of clues and some red herrings thrown in just for fun and I was not completely sure of the killer until it was revealed at the end.
The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was right there watching all the action taking place around me. Sometimes I felt that there was too much information given, especially when it came to chocolate. I appreciate that the author has so much knowledge about chocolate, but sometimes I felt overwhelmed. That is only my opinion and other readers may not agree with me.
I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy a well crafted cozy mystery. If you like learning about chocolate or London, you should really enjoy this book.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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