by Colette London
(A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery)
New Cozy Series
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington (January 27, 2015)
E-Book ASIN: B00M4ASPPG
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…
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.
This is a new to me author and I am so glad I was part of this tour. You can’t beat a nice cozy based on chocolate. It can’t get any better than this. A great start to a new series Chocolate Whisperer. Hayden Mundy Moore is an expert on all things pertaining to chocolate. She is helping Lamaotre Chocolates. Hayden’s best and only friend Adrienne, was poisoned by something in her drink. Then a rival of a chocolate company dies as well. Hayden is getting threats on her life so she callsign her boyfriend to help out.
The author does a great job with the characters and the scenes.
A great fast paced cozy and I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
About This Author
Colette London is the pseudonym of a best-selling novelist whose published more than three dozen books worldwide.
CRIMINAL CONFECTIONS by Colette London follows Hayden Mundy Moore, an expert on all things chocolate. It’s her job to help clients develop new products, revamp recipes, and make everything a little more delicious.
She 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.
CRIMINAL CONFECTIONS is a story full of mystery, and flavorful recipes. Here is just one of many you’ll find between the pages of this deliciously crafted story:
- ¼ Cup refined coconut oil
- ¼ Cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ Teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- Tiny pinch of salt
Melt the coconut oil in a microwave or on the stovetop over low heat. Stir in the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Add the cocoa powder and a pinch of salt; stir until chocolate butter is smooth. Enjoy!
Notes from Hayden
The keys to this recipe are the coconut oil and the pinch of salt. The coconut oil gives the chocolate butter just the right luscious consistency. The salt (flaky sea salt is good, if you’ve got it!) adds complexity.
Natural cocoa powder and Dutch-processed cocoa powder both work well in this recipe. Honey can be substituted for maple syrup, if you prefer.
Chocolate butter is delicious spread on toast, fresh fruit, graham crackers . . . whatever you’ve got!