Review of Tart Of Darkness

Tart Of Darkness

Chef-To-Go Mystery, Book #1

Denise Swanson

5 Stars




Right when Dani thinks she’s hit a dead-end in her career, she unexpectedly inherits an enormous old house in a quaint college town. This gives her the perfect opportunity to pursue her true passion—cooking! So Dani opens Chef-to-Go, preparing delicious, ready-made meals for hungry students attending the nearby university, as well as providing personal chef services and catering events for the local community. To help support her new business, she opens her home to a few students, renting them rooms and becoming almost like a big sister figure in their lives.

But just as Dani is relishing her sweet new life, the friend of one of her boarders is murdered, and Dani becomes one of the primary suspects! She’ll have to scramble to clear her name and save her business before the killer reappears—perhaps to silence the new chef forever. (Goodreads)




The characters are well rounded and well developed.  I really liked the relationship between Dani and Ivy.  I liked the way that Ivy was a typical college student and was a little self absorbed.   But she really likes Dani and is very willing to help Dani whenever she can. Dani is a good role model for Ivy and her friends and I enjoyed that.  I also liked that there were a couple of generations in this book but they worked well together.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and those descriptions pulled me right into the story.  The descriptions of the dishes that Dani was preparing throughout the book made me hungry. That is a good thing when reading a culinary cozy!

The mystery was well plotted and moved along at a nice pace.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through and I did not have any idea who the killer was.  I found the fact that Dani did not put herself in any real danger while solving the mystery very refreshing.

I am not really sure that this book is a cozy in the strictest way.  There is a little bit of harsher language and there was some mention of sexual tendencies.  I did not find anything offensive in the least but I felt I should mention those things in my review.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted mystery.  There was so much that I liked about this book and i am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, when it is released.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Sourcebooks Landmark, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.


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