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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Two new cozy mystery series - Death Is Like A Box of Chocolates by Kathy Aarons and Fat Cat At Large by Janet Cantrell

With the first day of fall here I wanted to share two new cozy mystery series with you!

One features chocolate and the other one kitty cats - two of my favorite things! 

About The Book:

Whether it’s to satisfy a craving for chocolate or pick up the hottest new bestseller, the locals in charming West Riverdale, Maryland, are heading to Chocolates and Chapters, where everything sold is to die for….

Best friends Michelle Serrano and Erica Russell are celebrating the sweet rewards of their combined bookstore and chocolate shop by hosting the Great Fudge Cook-off during the town’s Memorial Day weekend Arts Festival. But success turns bittersweet when Main Street’s portrait photographer is found dead in their store, poisoned by Michelle’s signature truffles.

As suspicion mounts against Michelle, her sales begin to crumble and her career seems whipped. With Erica by her side, Michelle must pick through an assortment of suspects before the future of their dream store melts away…
Includes Scrumptious Chocolate-Making Recipes!

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. As with any first book in a series there were a lot of characters introduced, but each and every one was essential to the story and by the end, they all felt like old friends.

The two main characters, Michelle (the chocolatier) and Erica (the bookseller), are sassy and smart and I loved the mixing of the chocolate shop and the bookstore. And when someone threatens their livelihood, the girls are determined to stop the threat and save their businesses. I look forward to more stories about these spunky gals.

Be sure to check out author Kathy Aarons' website at www.kathyaarons.com

About The Book:

When she’s not dreaming up irresistible dessert bars for her Minneapolis treatery, Bar None, Charity “Chase” Oliver is running after her cat, Quincy—a tubby tabby with a gift for sniffing out edibles. But what happens when this cat burglar leads Chase to the scene of a real crime?

The jig is up for Chase’s adorable plus-size cat, Quincy. His new vet says “diet”—that means no more cherry cheesecake bars. From now on he gets low-calorie kibble only. But one taste of the stuff is all it takes to drive him in search of better things. Quincy’s escape is the last thing Chase needs after the nasty run-in she has with underhanded business rival Gabe Naughtly.

Chase tracks Quincy down in a neighbor’s kitchen, where he’s devouring a meatloaf, unaware of the much more serious crime he’s stumbled upon. Gabe’s corpse is lying on the kitchen floor, and when Chase is discovered at the murder scene, she becomes suspect number one. Now, with a little help from her friends—both human and feline—she’ll have to catch the real killer or wind up behind bars that aren’t so sweet.

My Thoughts:

Tubby kitties and yummy dessert bars are the stars of this fun new series! Oh, and there is a murder to solve for the humans too. 

Main character Chase Oliver has a lot on her plate - her business is thriving, but someone is stealing from the till; she loves her kitty, but poor Quincy is too fat for the handsome vet's liking; and her business partner Anna is showing signs of confusion.  And on top of that, Chase finds her nemesis murdered while her cat sits munching meatloaf on the kitchen counter. Whew!

Author Janet Cantrell keeps the action moving and her characters hopping in this first story in her new "Fat Cat Mystery" series, and readers will be delighted to join in the fun.  I enjoyed it and look forward to more from this talented writer!

My thanks to Penguin/Prime Crime Books for providing the review copies of these books!  I was not compensated for my opinion.

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Wanda Whaley said...

These both sound like my kind of reads!!!

Greg said...

There are so many good looking cozies coming out these days... and both of these look like a lot of fun. Glad to hear they were both good.