I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dangerously Dark by Colette London
Series: A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery #2
Published by Kensington on September 29th 2015
Number of Pages: 352
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Purchase: At Amazon
Chocolate-whisperer Hayden Mundy Moore has just arrived in Portland, Oregon, where she's about to scarf soufflés and sip cacao-based cocktails at her friend's engagement party. Fresh from nabbing her first candy-covered killer, the last thing Hayden wants to do is mix her love of chocolate with criminal mischief again. But then the groom-to-be turns up dead before beginning his renowned Chocolate-After-Dark tour. . .
Hayden's friends insist that Declan's death was a freak accident, but she knows there's no mistaking the bitter aftertaste of homicide. In the midst of habañero hot chocolate and mocha-chunk gelato, a choco-crazed killer waits to strike again. Hayden will need to use more than her extraordinarily gifted taste buds to bring this murderer to justice, but she just might have bitten off more than she can chew in the process. . .
This sounded like a really fun read, and I LOVE chocolate, so that was an additional plus! Sadly, I just couldn’t connect with Hayden. She was funny in the beginning, before the dead body was found. She sounded like a character I would like reading, and those pages flew by! But then things changed drastically. She decided Declan had been murdered.
Even though there was no evidence to suggest that outcome. The police had declared it an accident and closed the case. And she knew no one but her friend Carissa, she started seeing a killer in EVERYone. That wouldn’t be so bad, after all if she hadn’t decided it was murder, there would be no book, right?
But it was just so over-the-top. Every little tiny thing implicated a different person. She jumped around changing suspects at the drop of a hat. And some of the things she got into during all of this made me cringe. The killer ended up being one of my first two suspects, and the reason for killing was…odd. I can’t say more without spoilers.
As for the rest of the cast, none of them were especially memorable or likable. Carissa seemed to have no redeeming qualities. Danny might have been interesting, but he was relegated to ‘thug’, ‘muscle’, and ‘breaking and entering specialist’ almost exclusively. Janel was the short girl with a chip on her shoulder. The only one I really wanted to know more about was Travis, her financial adviser. He’s portrayed as this smart guy with an uber sexy voice. Who hides out much like Charlie in Charlie’s Angels. IE. She’s never met the man, or seen a photograph or anything. Just phone conversations.
I liked some of the information about Portland, and being introduced to chocolate confections I hadn’t heard about before. The beginning was funny and a quick read. But most of the book after that just wasn’t for me. 5 recipes were included at the end however, and a few of them I’ll be trying in the near future.