Two best friends sell books and bonbons—and solve crimes—in this mystery from the author of Death Is Like a Box of Chocolates…
Hoping to sweeten sales for their shop, Chocolates and Chapters, Michelle and Erica host a reception highlighting a new museum display of ancient Mayan pottery curated by Erica’s former mentor, Professor Addison Moody. The evening has a few hiccups, but the ladies soon smooth things over with ample servings of wine and chocolate.
Yet with the sweet comes the bitter. The very next day, the antiquities from the reception are discovered missing. The professor accuses Erica of having sticky fingers, claiming she wants revenge on him. And she’s only in more trouble after he’s found stabbed to death with one of the artifacts. Now Michelle must help Erica track down the real killer before someone else finds themselves in less than mint condition…
Research for the series was such a hardship: sampling chocolate, making chocolate, sampling more chocolate, and hanging out in bookstores.
After growing up in rural Pennsylvania and attending Carnegie Mellon University, Kathy built a career in public relations in New York City. She now lives in San Diego with her husband and two daughters where she wakes up far too early, and is still obsessed with the Broadway Idiot documentary, finding the perfect cup of coffee, and Dallmann’s Sea Salt Caramels.
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Kathy: What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in?
Michelle: Anything to do with chocolate, cats, or softball.
Kathy: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
Michelle: It’s probably pretty obvious – Chocolat! It came out in 2000 and explains a lot about why so many people are so passionate about chocolate. I gather a bunch of friends to watch it at least once a year and serve my wonderful truffles.
Kathy: Who’s your favorite villain?
Michelle: Being an orphan myself, I’ve always had a soft spot for Darth Vader. It doesn’t excuse his behavior, of course! Just look at me – I help solve murder mysteries in my small town of West Riverdale, Maryland – with no hint of villainy.
Michelle: To the heyday of the Maya empire. Did you know the Mayan people drank chocolate at every meal?
Kathy: What do you do to unwind and relax?
Michelle: I run almost every day and get rid of a lot of my worries on the road. Running also helps me solve problems. And when things get really tough, I try new chocolate recipes.
Kathy: Tea or Coffee? And how do you take it?
Michelle: Like Kathy Aarons, I like my coffee strong. I use a French press and grind beans every morning. It takes a lot of caffeine to solve mysteries!