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Thirteen Chocolates (Chandler's Chocolate Box Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 660 KB
- Publication Date : October 31, 2017
- Print Length : 307 pages
- ASIN : B07737BP5Q
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #379,040 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Thirteen “heirs” are gathered together at the mansion of deceased chocolate tycoon Ulysses Chandler to see which one can “pass the test” and be the sole beneficiary of the Chandler fortune. In addition to being a chocolate guru, Ulysses took a page from the Walt Disney playbook by creating a family amusement park and hotel complex (this one focused on a chocolate theme rather than Minnie, Mickey and various movies).
The book begins with Chapter 13 and works its way backward to Chapter one as it reveals many unexpected and intertwined relationships and motivations.
Without giving too much away let me just say that this cozy is like the box of thirteen decadent chocolates first discovered early in the narrative by one of the heirs……it’s a lite read that’s delightfully surprising, pleasantly palatable and deliciously satisfying. 4 1/2 stars
It was nearly impossible to set the book down due to the engaging words of the storyteller and main character, Anna. Her thoughts are pumped with humor, wry internal comments that are sure to put a smile on your face. Kudos also to author Agatha Chocolats for crafting a book without any of the cursing and swearing that many other authors feel their books cannot survive without (then again, this is a cozy, so the writing fits the genre). Great idea to start with Chapter Thirteen and work backwards to Chapter One. The use of chocolate as a part of the murders (including the candy descriptions) injected a wonderful flavor (pun intended) into the book.
While the large cast of characters created some confusion in the beginning, Ms. Chocolats separated them with various behavioral traits. This inserted some life into the story, allowing readers to become engaged as we developed affinities for some characters while disliking others.
The book appears to be self-edited, judging by the numerous punctuation and other errors. Again, the author’s use of Anna’s descriptions saved me from closing the book early on. While the plot was believable most of the way, I can only suspend disbelief so far, and the ending stretched those capabilities way past the breaking point. I originally considered pushing the rating to four stars, but too many loosely-tied strings at the end prevented this from happening.
Bottom Line – A fun, likeable book with a conclusion that you may find implausible. Three stars.
I enjoyed the characters and the twists and turns.
And, strangely, I wanted to eat chocolate throughout the entire story. I am very much looking forward to the next installment!
Top reviews from other countries
The first few chapters were SO entertaining, LOL funny, many times too. But after that, the story seemed rather slow paced and didn't keep me interested enough to finish.
I loved the chocolate theme and the first part of book but beyond that, this was a disappointment.😣
Light but some mystery to it.
I really love cozy mysteries of any kind.