In Cold Chocolate

A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery, #3

"In Cold Chocolate" is the third book in the Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery series. We meet up again with our favorite chocolate maker Charity Penn, who plans on witnessing the birth of the new generation of sea turtles. But before that can happen, gunshots are fired. Jody, the person whose vowed to take down Charity’s chocolate shop, is found holding guns over a dead body. Jody goes down for murder, but her son begs Charity to clear his mother’s name.

I’ve been reading this series since book one, and it’s still one of my favorites. Every book in this series is amazing, and this one is no exception.

The characters are one of my favorite things about this series. I’ve been able to connect with every single one of them, especially Penn. I love her. She’s just so dang relatable and likeable, and I enjoy seeing the growth she’s made over the series. I barely ever see the main characters in cozies show growth, but Penn does. She’s become such a stronger and more well-rounded character as the series goes on, and I just love that. It makes her feel more realistic.

The other characters are all delightful and just plain fun. They all vary in personalities and quirks, and everyone just feels connected to one another. Like they’re all one big happy family, even the baddies.

As always, the mystery itself was amazing! Very well-plotted and brilliantly executed, and the ending was very satisfying. Also, there were a couple of subplots going on as well as the mystery, so trust me, you’ll never get bored.

Overall, a great addition to an outstanding series! This cozy series has everything you could want — great characters, good writing and thrilling mysteries that’ll keep you entertained. I highly recommend.

Book Blurb for In Cold Chocolate

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.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2018 5.00