4/5 Chocolate Truffle Stars
On The Back:
When Charity Penn receives a letter saying she won a trip to Camellia Beach, South Carolina complete with free cooking lessons at the town’s seaside chocolate shop, The Chocolate Box, she’s immediately skeptical. She never entered any contest. Her former prep school friend offers to look into the phony prize–only to end up drowned in a vat of chocolate. Struck with guilt, Penn heads to the southern beach town to investigate why he was killed. But as wary as she is of the locals, she finds herself lured into their eccentric vibe, letting her defenses melt away and even learning the art of crafting delicious chocolates. That is, until delight turns bittersweet as she steps straight into the midst of a deadly plot to destroy the seaside town. Now, only Penn’s quick thinking and a mysterious cask of rare chocolate can save the town she’s learning to love. Rich and decadent, Asking for Truffle, the first in a new cozy series by Dorothy St. James, is sure to be a delectable read for fans of JoAnna Carl and Joanne Fluke.
An interesting premise, strong characters, an excellently described setting, and so-so mystery all went together to make Asking for Truffle a solid book with a few shortcomings.
I loved the characters. Honestly I went into this book not expecting a lot. I’d never read this author, so (as a general policy) I try to set my standards low. Well, with characters like these my bar was miles too low! Penn was complex, interesting, and fun. I absolutely loved her! Harley and the rest of the characters were also wonderfully diverse and absolutely hilarious!
The setting was excellent, and the premise was extremely unique. I loved it, and I thought the mystery surrounding Penn’s letter was the real mystery in the book. The murder mystery was honestly the only part of the book I didn’t care for. I think it was extremely transparent and I figured the killer out within the first half of the book.
Overall an excellent book I will certainly read the next one and I recommend this one!