Review of Criminal Confections

Synopsis:

Hayden Mundy Moore is an expert on everything chocolate, helping clients develop new products and revamp recipes until they’re irresistible. But sometimes, a dash of murder finds its way into the mix. . .

22245473Hayden Mundy Moore has bushwhacked through African jungles and haggled in exotic markets to find the finest cacao beans and the most flavorful blends. It’s thrilling work but rarely dangerous–until a colleague turns up dead at the exclusive chocolate-themed Lemaître resort spa in San Francisco.

Adrienne Dowling’s heart attack is blamed on an accidental overdose of the secret ingredient used in Lemaître Chocolates’ new line. Hayden can’t believe that conscientious Adrienne would make that mistake. And between chocolate body scrubs, cocoa mud baths, and a non-stop frenzy of chocolate-based treats, Hayden starts to suspect that she, not Adrienne, was the intended target. Finding a killer among the rival chocolatiers and potential suspects won’t just be satisfying–it might save her life. . .  (Goodreads)

Review:

Hayden Mundy Moore knows chocolate inside and out.  She has made it her career and she is very good at her job.  She is a consultant to companies around the world on all things chocolate.  When she finds herself at a resort spa in San Francisco,  planning on sharing her expertise, she expects it will be like every other place that she helps.  Boy, was she wrong.  Someone she knows dies, apparently from an overdose of an ingredient found in the chocolate.  Hayden does not believe this and decides that the authorities are wrong.  She and her friend, Danny, who is a security specialist, decide they need to investigate to find the truth.  And when their snooping leads them to believe that it may been Hayden who was the intended victim, they know they have to step up their investigation and find the culprit,  before it is too late and Hayden is history.

Since this is the first book in the series, there is a lot of information to learn about the characters.  I think the characters are well rounded and well developed and I cannot wait to see how they grow in future books.  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very knowledgeable about chocolate and there are many facts about it that I did not know.  At times I felt like maybe there was a little too much information and I found myself skimming some pages.  That is only my opinion, and other readers may enjoy all the information given.  The point of view is first person, and this is not my favorite way to read a story.  Again, that is my opinion and others may enjoy that perspective.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I will warn you though, do not go shopping while reading this book.  If you do you may find yourself buying all the chocolate in the store.  I will definitely read the next book in the series.

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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