Book Title: Bitter chocolate
Author: Dawn Greenfield Ireland
About the book
The characters you loved in Hot Chocolate are back with more escapades of life in Houston’s wealthy River Oaks.
Lila Mae is in a tizzy over the Chocolate Ball – a huge event that she and her sisters, Dorothea and Madge, host every year. But due to unusual circumstances, Dorothea and Madge dump everything in Lila Mae’s lap. If it weren’t for Julian Gillespie of Event Is King, the Chocolate Ball would have melted.
Bernie, the Alcott sisters’ 92-year old father, decides he wants his Bentley back. The sisters and Bambi are horrified. They hire Joseph’s cousin Chewie as Bernie’s new chauffeur.
Wolfram, Lila Mae’s new astrologer, gives clues of things to come. This leaves Lila Mae and her sidekick Amelia with brows furrowed.
On her day off, Amelia decides to bake a chocolate blueberry pie. She discovers she needs to make a grocery run. When she returns home, she discovers her kitchen door is slightly ajar. Arms loaded with groceries, she toes the door open.
Three things catch her attention: a vase of flowers on the kitchen island that was not there when she left the house, her marble rolling pin covered with blood… and a dead body on her kitchen floor.
Amelia’s eyes drift toward the dining room and beyond – is the house empty, or is there a murderer in the house? She backs up, turns and hurries outside. After setting the bags on the ground, she slips back into the kitchen and snaps a picture of the dead guy. Then she calls Detective Chance Walker, Lila Mae and finally… 9-1-1.
About the Author
Dawn Greenfield Ireland is the CEO of Artistic Origins Inc, a 100% woman-owned publishing company and technical writing service that has been doing business since 1995.
She’s an IPPY award winning author of “The Puppy Baby Book,” and New England Book Festival eBook winner of “Mastering Your Money.”
Dawn is the author of the wickedly funny cozy mystery novel, “Hot Chocolate” that has rapidly gathered 5-star reviews in the Amazon Kindle store, and was toured via Premier Virtual Author Book Tours in February 2012.
“Hot Chocolate” is the first in the series, and her fifth novel. Stay tuned for “Bitter Chocolate”.
Ireland is also the co-author of the animated screenplay “Memoirs of a Dog” which won the Spirit Award of the Moondance Film Festival (children’s category) September 2011.
Her dark comedy “Plan B” was a finalist in the Table Read My Screenplay script competition in 2010. Dawn Ireland has also penned 15 other screenplays. … www.dawnireland-writer.com
I received the book from the author for an honest review.
The second book in the Alcott Family adventure, which continues three months after Hot Chocolate. The sisters were at it again, doing their thing as life once again threw them a few curve balls. Adding Bambi, Zoe, Amelia and Gina to the mix of women hormones and you are knee deep into another chocolate covered adventure. The way the sisters gathered the people around them, paying them very well I might add, always humble in their approach made this a delightful story and I enjoyed every moment. (Where can I send my CV?)
And how can I forget Louie? His antics really added some humor to the story line. The author surely must have a animal like him to pin point it so accurately.
The easy way of going through the day to day things as another murder was committed, and Chance once again sorting through all the evidence to find the killer. I just love the flow of the scenes, all adding flavor and interest to the plot. Of course I have to mention Uncle Tito, whose help was crucial during the investigation. With the Chocolate Ball just around the corner the ladies were spreading themselves thin to get everything done. Especially Bambi who had to adjust to her new life as a very rich woman. With more romances that blossomed as the saga unfolded.
Just as in book 1, the author's detailed descriptions kept the story very believable and realistic. The characters stayed within their own personas, complimenting the plot as it unfolded. Making this really a great read with everything included as you indulge in the aroma of ginger muffins and Cafe Mocha's at every turn.
I am so glad that the author included the recipes, will have to try after all the lip smacking that took place.
I look forward to Book 3 in the series.