Chocolate is one of those topics that always makes me smile. Always. I love cozies on the whole, I love foodies cozies, chocolate is a can't go wrong and so is anything fall themed. With all that in mind Behind Chocolate Bars (A Chocolate Covered Mystery #3) by Kathy Aarons, was a perfect read for me.
From the back of the book:
DOUBLE, DOUBLE-BOIL, AND TROUBLE…
Best friends and business partners Michelle and Erica have a monstrous to-do list as they prepare for the annual West Riverdale Halloween Fair. Their shop, Chocolates and Chapters, will have a booth at the event, where Michelle will serve spooky delights while Erica displays an assortment of spine-chilling books. Thank goodness the teenagers from Erica’s comic-book club are chipping in to help. But one of their volunteers winds up in trouble after a woman’s body is found in an abandoned house—with the teen’s superhero key ring close by.
The teen swears he didn’t do it, but he’s obviously hiding something—leaving Michelle and Erica with a witch’s cauldron of questions. Soon they discover that the dead woman was tricking a whole bunch of people out of more than just treats. Now these two friends must go door-to-door if they hope to unmask a killer…
This wasn't my first visit to this series, but as with most cozy series if it is yours that is just fine. They mystery is self contained. I really love that there are two strong female leads that are best friends. It makes my heart happy to see women that are genuinely supportive of each other. I also really liked getting to know Leo, who also suffers from PTSD that made him and I instantly bond.
I thought the mystery was fun and could be solved. I solved it. I was impressed I had a gut feeling about the guilty person almost as soon as they entered a scene. Yay me! It had a great pacing and since it happened to be a dark stormy afternoon I just stayed in and read it all in one day. The setting was a fun business that would be all win for a shopper with my loves!
Pre-order or grab your copy on October 4th for some fabulous fall reading.
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