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Behind Chocolate Bars By Kathy Aarons: Review/Giveaway

IN THE October 1 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze

by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Behind Chocolate Bars. We also have a link to order it from Amazon, and from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to help support KRL.

As Halloween approaches, Michelle Serrano isn’t surprised that her business partner in Chocolates and Chapters has been enlisted in organizing the West Riverdale Halloween Festival. The organizing whiz runs the rare-and-used bookstore half of their combination chocolate shop and bookstore, and Erica Russell is more than capable of helming the planned haunted house at the Boys and Girls Club. For Michelle, Halloween is the opportunity to elevate the traditional candy to gourmet status, and she loves nothing more than blending flavors and designing new innovative truffles.

bookThe haunted house isn’t the first place to reveal a body, as just a few weeks before Halloween the battered corpse of Faith Monette is discovered in the abandoned Green Meadows Estates. Nicknamed the Cuesta Verde after the Poltergeist movies, the woman’s presence there is as inexplicable as the evidence that links the murder to Chocolates and Chapters high school intern. Michelle and Erica believe in Dylan Fenton’s innocence, but his fellow Super Hero Geek Team comic book club members are obviously hiding a secret that relates to both Dylan and the dead woman.

With local newspaper blogger Reese Everhard stirring up panic with lurid headlines, Michelle and Erica feel compelled to clear their young employee. Michelle’s boyfriend Benjamin “Bean” Russell, a famous investigative journalist as well as Erica’s brother, lends his considerable detective skills alongside Erica’s tech guru Zane West. Far less enthusiastic about Michelle’s endeavors is her brother Leo, whose PTSD has been heightened by a recent motorcycle accident. Unfortunately, the more that Michelle and her friends learn about Faith and her abuse of social media, the worse it looks for Dylan.

This deliciously entertaining Chocolate Covered Mystery isn’t afraid to delve into darker themes, most notably Leo and the traumas that continue long after the war in Afghanistan. His moments of paranoia, anger, and depression balance out the otherwise light tone full of good-natured humor. Timely issues concerning online identities also take on a large role, yet in the end everything circles back to basic human nature. Michelle’s moments in her kitchen developing chocolatey goodness will attract many fans who appreciate this cozy genre, but it is the deft-plotting and genial and relatable heroine who will have them returning for more.

To enter to win a signed copy of Behind Chocolate Bars, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “bars,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen October 8, 2016. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

Click on this link to purchase this book & a portion goes to help support KRL & an indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy:

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Barbara October 1, 2016 at 9:55am

Love to read Holiday themed books This one looks good


2 Jess D October 1, 2016 at 11:07am

Sounds like a great read!


3 Kathleen
Twitter: @Kathleen
October 1, 2016 at 11:45am

sounds like a fun read.


4 Becky Richardson October 1, 2016 at 12:19pm

Thanks for the chance. brichardson0056(at)yahoo(dot)com


5 Cynthia Blain October 1, 2016 at 1:52pm

After reading a description of this story and realizing that it includes some serious issues that people experience. I definitely want to get this book and others to follow. Enjoyed this post very much.Thank you.
Sincerely, Cynthia B


6 Terri Crossley October 1, 2016 at 4:14pm

I absolutely love this cover! I loved your review of this book and I can’t wait to read this book! Thanks for the chance!


7 Marilyn Watson
Twitter: @MarilynWatson18
October 1, 2016 at 7:43pm

Oh good news…a Halloween based cozy mystery and I love the cover. I would like to enter.
Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com


8 Della Williamson
Twitter: @DellaWilliamso6
October 1, 2016 at 8:34pm

Most intriguing book. Thanks for the heads up, again. On a new author and read. One of the things I really like about the site. Such lovely introductions to new authors and books. Would love to read this sooner rather than later


9 Judy Weaver October 1, 2016 at 8:51pm

Sounds like a perfect read for October!


10 Bertha Hammond October 2, 2016 at 4:16am

Sounds like a great story. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.


11 Valerie Hoynacki October 2, 2016 at 7:55am

OK, you got me with the word “chocolate!!!”


12 Jennifer Hansen October 2, 2016 at 11:44am

Would love to read! parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com


13 Paula Staton
Twitter: @Gamblinggal
October 4, 2016 at 12:25pm

great giveaway and sounds like a really good book to read also


14 Kristi Lewis
Twitter: @Kristilynn001
October 4, 2016 at 1:30pm

I love to read. Reading is my favorite hobby! Thanks for the chance to win. kristilewis.lrc@gmail.com


15 Lisa Millett October 4, 2016 at 3:39pm

Sounds like a fun book to read. Thanks for the chance.


16 Marci Konecny
Twitter: @Marci
October 4, 2016 at 10:21pm

This looks like a great series!! I am hungry for some bars!!! =)


17 Brittany Abbott
Twitter: @ilovefinnegan
October 5, 2016 at 2:12pm

I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! I sounds delightful and delicious.


18 Wanda Downs October 5, 2016 at 3:31pm

I love to read especially free books


19 Doward Wilson October 5, 2016 at 4:16pm

Wonderful series & a Halloween theme is perfect.


20 SHELLEY S October 8, 2016 at 6:14pm



21 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
October 10, 2016 at 10:22pm

We have a winner!


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