Review of The Semi-Sweet Hereafter



As an authority on all things chocolate, Hayden Mundy Moore is traveling across the pond to lend her expertise to the owner of a posh London chocolaterie-pâtisserie. From coconut truffles to chocolate flapjacks, Hayden’s mouthwatering creations quickly impress her client. But her knowledge doesn’t end there. The detective constable is taken by surprise when she identifies an exotic murder weapon: a stone metlapil, used to grind cacao beans—and apparently to bludgeon someone to death—in Hayden’s own lodgings, no less…

The victim is a sexy celebrity chef who just happens to be the ex-husband of Hayden’s client. Now, amid the terraced town houses and local pubs, a killer is lurking—and the police have an assortment of suspects: a culinary rival, an ambitious agent, a recently-sacked assistant, and unfortunately, Hayden herself. The talented chocolate whisperer will have to find out what sort of nutter clobbered the famous cook—or her career may come to a bitter end… (Goodreads)


The mystery was well plotted and there were enough suspects to consider to keep this reader guessing throughout the book.  Add in a slew of clues and some red herrings thrown in just for fun and I was not completely sure of the killer until it was revealed at the end.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was right there watching all the action taking place around me.  Sometimes I felt that there was too much information given, especially when it came to chocolate.  I appreciate that the author has so much knowledge about chocolate, but sometimes I felt overwhelmed.  That is only my opinion and other readers may not agree with me.

I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy a well crafted cozy mystery.  If you like learning about chocolate or London, you should really enjoy this book.

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.