Sep 032015
 
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I am so happy to welcome Kathy Aarons
to Escape With Dollycas today!
Her Chocolate Covered Mysteries
are perfect for a chocolate lover like me 🙂

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My Favorite Escape

My favorite escape is to walk on the beach, especially when it’s not crowded. During the summer in San Diego, that means early in the morning. I love the way the marine layer hangs over the ocean, making it look mysterious and keeping the temperature cool. How the beach is different all the time, as the waves dig out the sand in some areas and deposit it in others. How the rising sun highlights the wave caps to a glowing white, and changes the colors of the bluffs to reveal the burnished reds and golds created millions of years ago.

Beach March 2015My walks inevitably start with me worrying about my To Do list, but soon the sound of the waves works its magic. My mood improves, my mind starts to wander, and I relax into a more creative state. Solutions to my writing problems pop into my mind and I send myself notes on my cell phone so I won’t forget. Sometimes I walk for a long time without thinking about anything important at all.

After a couple of miles, I head back. More people come me on the beach, perhaps even braving the water, always colder than expected. I walk slower, trying to extend my little vacation from the real world. But soon enough, I reach my car and reality returns.

Until my next escape!

~Kathy

About This Author

Kathy Aarons is the author of the bestselling CHOCOLATE COVERED MYSTERY series by Berkley Prime Crime.

Research for the series was such a hardship: sampling chocolate, making chocolate, sampling more chocolate, and hanging out in bookstores.

Kathy grew up in rural Pennsylvania, attended Carnegie Mellon University, and moved to New York City where she built her career in public relations and met her husband. They relocated to California where she became one of “those” moms: running the PTA, fundraising for school foundations, building puppets and creating costumes for youth theater, and cheering on her daughters in hundreds of swim meets and soccer and basketball games.

She began writing when her youngest daughter attended school five days a week and pursued publishing more seriously when her oldest daughter went off to college. She’s dedicated to supporting arts education for youth, volunteering for the CCA Writers Conference, the only free writing conference for high school students in the country. She also serves on the board of Playwrights Project, whose mission is to advance literacy, creativity, and communication by empowering individuals to voice their stories through playwriting programs and theatre productions.

She lives in San Diego with her husband and two daughters where she wakes up far too early, and is currently obsessed with the Broadway Idiot documentary, finding the perfect cup of coffee, and Dallmann’s Sea Salt Caramels.

You can follow Kathy on Facebook or Twitter or visit her at: www.kathyaarons.com.

Truffled_to_DeathTruffled to Death
(A Chocolate Covered Mystery)

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Maryland
Cover Illustration by Mary Ann Lasher
Cover Design by George Long
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (June 2, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425267240
E-Book ASIN: B00OQRL51Q
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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…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

With wine and chocolate you can’t go wrong …can you? Apparently if you have them with Maya antiquities things can turn out badly.

Michelle and Erica thought the reception for the museum’s new display would be great promotion for their book store/chocolate shop, but when some of the pricey pieces fail to make it back where they belong the curator points the finger at Erica. The man, her former mentor, says she is seeking revenge. Well that theory did not have much promise until the man ends up dead and the weapon happens to be one of the missing artifacts. Erika is still on the hot seat so the girls have no choice than to try to track down the killer themselves.

I love the characters in this series. Michelle and Erica have my dream job. Books and chocolate, every town needs a place like Chapters and Chocolate! The author has added an unusual family to the mix this time. The Rivers family is donating some Maya artifacts to the museum but it seems someone in the family in not on board with the rest. Just which one is the mystery. Would they steal and kill to prevent this gift?

Kathy Aarons writing is silky smooth, the story just flows. I found myself doing the just one more chapter thing over and over again until I reached the end. I had an inkling of the guilty party was but the more I read the more I realized I was wrong. Great twists keep us readers guessing. The investigation was very in depth but due to a unexpected event the girls find themselves in a heap of trouble.

I enjoyed the Maya/Mayan debate. I have been using the wrong form of the word forever.

There is only 1 thing that could make this book better. That would be including a box of chocolate truffles with every book.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

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just for fun 2015This month I pulled a book from the shelf that I have wanting to read for months. The day I picked it up to read the author emailed me to ask if she could visit the blog. She will be stopping by on September 3. That means I have the perfect reason to read the next book in the series that I couldn’t squeeze in last month 🙂

death is like a box of chocolatesDeath Is Like a Box of Chocolates
(A Chocolate Covered Mystery)

1st in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Maryland
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (September 2, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Mary Ann Lasher
Cover Design by George Long
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425267233
E-Book ASIN: B00IOE4K5U
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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!

The rules for Just For Fun Reads say no review necessary but I really liked this one and want to tell you about it.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Note – Make sure you have chocolate handy while reading!

This series blend two of my most favorite things – BOOKS! and CHOCOLATE!! Michelle Serrano and Erica Russell have opened Chocolates and Chapters combining a bookstore with a chocolate shoppe. What could be better?

West Riverdale, Maryland is the place to be for Memorial Day Weekend. The town is hosting an Arts Festival and a Fudge Cook-off. Michelle and Erica have been basically volunteered by the mayor to run the entire cook-off and they are on the general planning committee for the Arts Festival as well. Their friend Denise, a photographer, is also involved. She is waiting for her big break. She hopes to have a gallery showing of her work in D.C. soon.

Her dreams turn to dust when she is found dead, apparently poisoned by Michelle’s chocolate truffles. Michelle is obviously the first suspect but the evidence quickly starts to point to Erica’s brother-in-law. Faced with having their store shutdown until the killer is found Michelle and Erica start their own investigation not just to save their shop but to save the Memorial Day celebration too.

Kathy Aarons does a great job introducing us to all the characters for this new series. There are quite a few and fleshing them out enough for the reader to become engaged is not an easy task. There is plenty of room for them to evolve is future installments.

She has also whipped up quite a mystery sprinkled with plenty of diversions to keep us readers guessing. I was speechless as I reached the end.

I am truly looking forward to getting to know these characters much better. The next book in this series, Truffled to Death, is screaming at me from the shelf so I will be reading it very soon!

just you and a friend4 STARFISH

Dollycas

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*This book was from my private collection.

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