In Cold Chocolate: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery

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Charity Penn is finally getting her chance to go with her friend Althea and the other volunteers to help baby sea turtles make their way to the ocean. Even if she is just an observer, she’s excited and ready to see turtles hatch–until Harley’s ex-wife, Jody, shows up. Claiming to care about protecting the turtles, Jody waves around her gun without a care whose property she damages, which results in accidentally shooting Penn in the arm. Matters take a worse turn with the discovery of Jody’s boyfriend, Cassidy Jones, dead on the beach, having been shot in the chest. It seems obvious Jody is behind the murder, but after Harley’s son begs Penn to prove his mother’s innocence, she can’t refuse. She has another mystery to solve when the eggs are discovered missing from their nests. When her best chocolates get stolen and she receives threatening notes, Penn fears her meddling finally get the best of her.

In Cold Chocolate is another sweet treat from Dorothy St. James. Penn has her toughest case yet: having to prove Jody is innocent, which plays with the friction between the two women. Jody is determined to prove Penn is lying, so St. James has several layers to this relationship to play with. Penn’s pain over her past is brought back into the light as she struggles with keeping people at a distance. This is mainly seen through a possible change in her relationship with Harley and her consistently tense relationship with her dog. The murder mystery is balanced out by other themes St. James incorporates throughout. A majority of focus is on the missing turtle eggs, which highlights issues facing the protection of sea turtles. The issue of guns is lightly addressed when Penn discovers how many of her Southern friends own a gun. St. James blends humor and charm with romance and the fight for animals into another delightful Charity Penn mystery.

In Cold Chocolate is the third book in the Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery series.


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Author Dorothy St. James
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 327 pages
Publisher Crooked Lane Books
Publish Date 2018-Sep-11
ISBN 9781683317432
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Issue January 2019
Category Mystery, Crime & Thriller
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