Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Death Is Like a Box of Chocolates {+ Giveaway}


Death is Like a Box of Chocolates coverNo, I’m not confused and missaying the quote from the Forrest Gump movie – it’s the tantalizing debut murder mystery by author Kathy Aarons.

Thanks to the lovely Danielle at Penguin Group, I have a print copy of DEATH IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES to giveaway. Please see the end of the post for more details. Now here are my thoughts on this fun new cozy murder mystery ……….


Author Kathy Aarons has blended the love of chocolate and books with a dash of humor, a pinch of romance, and a heaping helping of murder mystery in her delectable debut treat, DEATH IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES.

The first installment in Aarons’ Chocolate Covered Mystery series, DEATH IS LIKE … introduces readers to the talents and adventures of protagonist Michelle Serrano, chocolatier and co-owner of Chocolates and Chapters. Michelle and her best friend, Erica Russell, own and operate the combination chocolate shop and bookstore, as well as share a house.

Hoping to help the local shops and the city’s economy, Michelle and Erica are heading up the Great Fudge Cook-off as part of West Riverdale’s Memorial Day weekend Art Festival. But, when the photography studio owner next door, Denise Coburn, is found dead in Chocolates and Chapters things turn bittersweet. Things go from bad to worse when it’s learned Denise was poisoned by her favorite chocolates made by Michelle.

Determined to prove her innocence and save her business from ruin, Michelle does some investigating on her own. She even gets some help from a stray cat she calls, Coco.

DEATH IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES is a fast-pace story filled with twists and turns. The characters are well-developed and likable. Their humor is priceless and their loyalty genuine.

With an eye for detail, the author draws the reader into the small town setting with ease. The activities and antics of the townspeople enhance the story.

The author will have you craving chocolate within the first few paragraphs and hold you captive with a mesmerizing mystery until the end. The book also contains several scrumptious chocolate making recipes to help satisfy your chocolate craving. This is a tempting treat in what promises to be an exhilarating new series.

Author Kathy Aarons’ website is http://www.kathyaarons.com/

Death is Like a Box of Chocolates by Kathy Aarons, Chocolate Covered Mystery #1, Berkley Prime Crime, @2014, ISBN: 978-0425267233, Paperback, 304 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

This giveaway is for one print copy of DEATH IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end Wednesday, Sept. 11.

To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and following the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load, so please be patient. The winner from this giveaway will have 72 hours to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected. The email will have ‘Thoughts in Progress Kathy Aarons’ Tour’ in the subject line, just so you know what to watch for (in case it goes into your spam folder).

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Do you like the combination chocolates and bookstore for a setting? Do you have a favorite chocolate treat?

*This post contains affiliate links. a Rafflecopter giveaway

33 comments:

  1. That is a great title!
    Another cat on the cover. I really need to start counting.

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    1. I did the same thing and counted them at the local bookstore. Got to 14! :-)

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  2. I'm probably the only one who wold read that without developing an urge for chocolate.

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  3. Sounds like a great new series! I love the cover and would hope to glean some fudge tips from the Great Fudge Cook Off!

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  4. looks great, thank you for the chance to win

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  5. Mason - Thanks for sharing this. Hmmm...chocolate and a murder mystery: an appealing combination!

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  6. I am on a diet so chocolates are out. I want chocoate!!! But a cozy with them is a great subsitute!

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  7. I can't establish whether the book title amuses me or positively horrifies me :)

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  8. I would love to read this book—thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  9. Thanks everyone for stopping by. This is a fascinating new series and I hope you'll check it out.

    Good luck to all who are entering the giveaway.

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    1. Thanks for spreading the word about my first book!

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  10. I love the combination of chocolates and a book store!

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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  11. This book sounds intriguing and delightful. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. Death can't be so bad if it's like a box of chocolates! Sounds like a great book!

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  13. Right? Who can resist chocolates AND books? Hope you like it!

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  14. Thanks so much for spreading the word on my first book!

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  15. I SO want to read this one...and love the cover! Best wishes, Kathy. Thanks, Mason.

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  16. It would be so nice to win this book.
    CABWNAnA1@bellsouth.net

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  17. Sounds like a dangerous book if it can make me crave chocolate more than I normally do.... Love the title. :-)

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  18. Such a clever title! Chocolate, a mystery, a bookstore, and a cat. Irresistible.

    Best of luck to Kathy!

    VR Barkowski

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  19. Oh my gosh this book sounds wonderful, and the cover is to die for (pun intended)! It's going on my TBR at the very least!

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  20. I love the idea of chocolates and a bookstore combined, very cool idea, I would go there. Favorite chocolate? It depends on my moods, but if its a good candy place, truffles or chocolate covered strawberries. Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my face.

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  21. Chocolates, books, and a cat, only someone with incredible willpower could probably resist. Lucky for me, I don't have that willpower, which means I have a great deal of fun. :) Thanks for the chance to win.

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  22. This sounds like a dangerous book to have around, but I should just accept that I'm a chocoholic and jump in.
    Ann

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  23. If the research on different candies gets to be too big a hardship I can help with the tasting!

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  24. Add a glass of read wine to the chocolates and books and I am a contended girl.

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  25. Cats, chocolates, and books. Yummy combination.

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  26. I've been looking forward to this one! Thank you for the chance to win!

    lisaksbookreview@aol.com

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