Review of Dangerously Dark




“Chocoholics and food cozy fans rejoice! With prose as smooth and delicious as its theme, this quality debut cozy introduces a smart protagonist with an unusual and tasty profession.”—Library Journal (starred) on Criminal Confections

Chocolate-whisperer Hayden Mundy Moore has just arrived in Portland, Oregon, where she’s about to scarf soufflés and sip cacao-based cocktails at her friend’s engagement party. Fresh from nabbing her first candy-covered killer, the last thing Hayden wants to do is mix her love of chocolate with criminal mischief again. But then the groom-to-be turns up dead before beginning his renowned Chocolate-After-Dark tour. . .

Hayden’s friends insist that Declan’s death was a freak accident, but she knows there’s no mistaking the bitter aftertaste of homicide. In the midst of habañero hot chocolate and mocha-chunk gelato, a choco-crazed killer waits to strike again. Hayden will need to use more than her extraordinarily gifted taste buds to bring this murderer to justice, but she just might have bitten off more than she can chew in the process. . . (Goodreads)


Dangerously Dark is the second book in the Chocolate Whisperer Mystery series and it is a good read.  You can tell that the author has a vast knowledge of the subject of chocolate (what a great subject to be an expert in).  I enjoy the chocolate tidbits and the recipes that are included.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The book is written in the first person and I am not a big fan of this perspective.  I usually have a harder time keeping track of the storyline when a book is written like this and this book was no exception.  That is only my opinion and other readers may enjoy that perspective.

The characters are well developed and well rounded.   The author is very talented in descriptive writing and the setting drew me in right from the very beginning.  The mystery had enough twists and turns to make it difficult to solve.  I always enjoy that when I am reading a cozy mystery.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  And if you love chocolate (and let’s be honest, most people do), then you will definitely want to read this book and 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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