Hot Chocolate

Dawn Greenfield Ireland serves up a funny feast with this cozy mystery. The method of the victim's demise was so different it had me alternating between chuckles and shudders. The extensive cast of characters are unbelievably entertaining, although I almost needed an actual written cast of characters to keep them all straight. Each and every one of these people had some quirky or charming traits that I could not help become enchanted with. Although not a romance I loved the mature connection between Chance and Lila Mae. This was the perfect relaxing read, a great way to unwind from a busy day. I chose to read it in bed so a warning for those who decide to do that, be prepared to stay up much longer then you thought you would. The descriptions were so detailed I felt as if I were right there. I loved the glimpses I got into the family's sumptuous lifestyle. The food mentioned throughout the story had my mouth watering and it was such a fabulous surprise to find some recipes included at the end of the book, I'm not much of a cook but it is nice to know that the option is there for me if the inspiration strikes. I am looking forward to seeing what other adventures this clan can get up to.

Book Blurb for Hot Chocolate

Meet the middle-aged Alcott sisters: Madge, Lila Mae and Dorothea, heiresses to the Alcott Chocolate fortune and mavens of Houston's elite River Oaks.

Madge ambushes Lila Mae with Dorothea's manipulative plea: she can't care for Bernie, their 92-year old father, any longer. Lila Mae explodes in a hissy fit-she had warned Dorothea years ago that they should put Bernie in an assisted living center.

Robert, Lila Mae's astrologer, warns of impending problems and he's rarely wrong.

The sisters call a meeting with Walter Branson, their solicitor. They discuss Bernie's nurse Bambi Chaline, a blonde bombshell who looks more like a hooker than a nurse.

Arrangements are made for Bernie to be transferred over to Lake Sides Assisted Living Center in the Uptown Galleria area and a severance package is drawn up for Bambi.

Jimmy Ray Chaline, Bambi's bowling alley husband, is enraged that Bambi was let go. He hires ambulance chaser Mark Slade to file a lawsuit for wrongful termination.

The suit is thrown out of court further fueling Jimmy Ray's rage. Bambi had been more than satisfied with her bonus, letters of recommendation and praise from the Alcott clan.

When Jimmy Ray fails to return home from the bowling alley that night, a series of events unfold that shocks the entire Alcott family and their extended members.

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2011 4.00