A BIG thanks to Berkley Prime Crime! 🙂
Release Date ~ November 5, 2019
“When a house near Lee and Joe’s home goes up for sale, the couple teams up with Lee’s aunt and uncle, Nettie and Hogan, to buy it, remodel it, and resell it for a sweet profit. But after the owners of the house, the Bailey’s, accept their offer, a local developer, Richard “Spud” Dirk, suddenly swoops in with a higher one, and it seems their dreams might be snatched away.”
“Lee, never as passionate about the plan as her husband and uncle, is anxious to get back to focusing on managing TenHuis Chocolade. But when a long hidden gun is found behind a pipe in the Baileys’ basement, she begins to suspect a mystery is afoot. And when Spud turns up dead in the Baileys’ carport a few days later, it becomes clear there’s something rotten at the foundation . . . “
“To solve the murder, Lee will have to strip away layers of secrets — that is, if someone doesn’t level her first . . . ” ~goodreads
This is a new to me author and a new to me series! I shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but when I saw the cover art on this book, I wasn’t sure what to think. Can this be serious??? I am happy to say, I liked the book!
Lee and Joe are happily married. Joe is an attorney and Lee works for a chocolatier. Tasty business. 🙂 At the end of several chapters, in the book, there is a page dedicated to little known facts about chocolate. I found these facts interesting and a nice addition to the cozy.
Lee has a little quirkiness to her personality, she gets words wrong and it makes for some amusing moments. An uncle is the chief of police. He seems to trust Lee and Joe to do good sleuthing.
I liked this mystery and I plan to read this series in the future. I thought the mystery was more complicated than other cozies I have read. I think it was because there were so many layers to the mystery. The mystery began several years earlier, so, people move on and their lives change. If you like a cozy with layers, this might be the book for you. I recommend it. 4.5 **** stars!
Announcing the winner or the book drawing ~