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ARC Review – Asking For Truffle by Dorothy St. James

ARC Review – Asking For Truffle by Dorothy St. JamesAsking for Truffle by Dorothy St. James
Published by Crooked Lane Books on September 12th 2017
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 320
Source: Netgalley

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.

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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.

Charity Penn wins a trip for free cooking lessons in Camellia Beach, South Carolina. The problem is she never signed up for anything. Her friend goes and checks it out for her and ends up dead. Penn goes to figure out what happened to her friend. She is met with some resistance as it seems someone is out to kill her too. She takes her free cooking lessons and falls in love with the Chocolate Box. Surprisingly she inherits the Chocolate Box. She wants to know why and what it has to do with her friend’s death.

In an Oyster Shell – A near perfect book that made for an amazing cozy. I can’t wait for the rest of the series!

The Pearls – I love that it was set in a small town. It was quirky and made you feel like you were there. The town was full of eccentric characters that did not take too kindly to outsiders. After Penn inherits the Chocolate box when she keeps it open they take her in as one of their own. It’s really sweet and my favorite type of setting.

I liked the characters there were a lot of them but not too much. I liked the owner of the Chocolate Box she was interested in Penn and very passionate about chocolate. I like that the author made her an empathetic character. She even gave back to the village she got her chocolate beans from. Penn was a great character. She had a dog given to her by her ex who needed training but added a nice element to the narrative.

The mystery was intriguing. There were lots of layers to the mystery. I couldn’t figure out who did it. I like when the author keeps me guessing.

The Sand – I don’t know when the next book is coming out! I need it like now!

5 Pearls!

5 Stars

About Dorothy St. James

Mystery author Dorothy St. James was born in New York but raised in South Carolina. She makes her home on an artsy island community in South Carolina with her husband, tiny little dog and fluffy cat. Though writing has always been a passion for her, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology and a graduate degree in Public Administration and Urban Planning. She put her educational experience to use, having worked in all branches and all levels of government including local, regional, state, and federal. She even spent time during college working for a non-profit environmental watchdog organization.

Switching from government service and community planning to fiction writing wasn’t as big of a change as some might think. Her government work was all about the stories of the people and the places where they live. As an urban planner, Dorothy loved telling the stories of the people she met. And from that, her desire to tell the tales that were so alive in her heart grew until she could not ignore it any longer. In 2001, she took a leap of faith and pursued her dream of writing fiction full-time.

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