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Book Review: Death of a Chocolate Cheater by Penny Pike


If there's one thing that you can count on when it comes to crimozies, you're bound to have some type of festival and since this series is about food festivals, you've hit the jackpot.

In this installment, a chance to win $10,000 is on the line for Darcy Burnett's Aunt Abby's chocolate raspberry whoopie pies at the San Francisco Chocolate Festival.

Abby wants to do something different since most of the contestants will do the same boring chocolate recipes and she thinks this will win the grand prize, but before the festival begins, one of the judges is killed in a hit and run accident.

When its announced that Polly Montgomery is going to be a judge, Darcy cringes since she had written bad restaurant reviews of her previous husbands restaurant when she was a food critic. She's afraid that Polly will recognize her and that'll be the end of Abby's dream of winning and appearing on one of the many food shows.

Darcy doesn't have to worry since Polly is found dead in a vat of chocolate at the launch party of the festival.

Everyone at the party is a suspect and eventually, Abby's friend Wendy Spellman is taken into custody for Polly's death. She claims that she doesn't know Polly and while Wendy sits in jail, Darcy begins her own investigation along with her cousin Dillon and Dream Puff guy, Jake Miller.

But, Darcy doesn't want anything to do with Jake, since he's been seen with his ex, Lyla and all hopes of a romance are dashed whenever Darcy sees Lyla coming out of Jake's foodtruck.

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Jake tells her that there's nothing to worry about and while he tries to pursue Darcy, she keeps pushing him away until the two finally start looking at a couple of the other contestants and their motives for possibly killing Polly.

As Darcy gets closer to the truth, Jake disappears and she soon finds herself in danger as she finally catches another killer in the act.

While this is a good story, it's still cliched but a little boring.

Most of the action takes place at the launch party (I thought it would never end) and then when the action goes to the festival, I again thought that the first day would never end.

While this is a well written story with good characters, I thought that something was missing and I can't really put my finger on what it is since I've read the same story countless times.

Maybe I'm just bored with the crimozy genre, but I'm hoping that something good comes along and the whoopie pie recipe is included at the end of the book.

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