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FREE PDF Ï BOOK Playing With Bonbon Fire A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery #2 î DOROTHY ST. JAMES Ç [PDF / Epub] ☁ Playing With Bonbon Fire A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery #2 Author Dorothy St. James – Chocoholic Charity Penn must smokChocoholic Charity Penn must smoke out the killer to stop her newly inherited beachside chocolate shop from going up in flames in Dorothy St James’ decadent follow up to Asking for TruffleChocolate shop owner Charity Penn is finally settling into life in the uirky South Carolina seaside town of Camellia Beach cooking up chocolate treats She’s even helped organize the town’s lively be Why This Book I belong to a cozy mystery group that offers a few giveaways to read ARCS each month I won Playing With Bonbon Fire by Dorothy St James and picked it up in between my Agatha Christie Readathon books this week I adore cozy mysteries have a sweet spot for chocolate and am growing interested in living in the southern part of the US Good combo eh? Approach Style It took me 3 hours to read a hard copy of this 335 page novel the second in the Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery series It is told in 1st person point of view with the perspective focused solely on the main character Charity Penn see on her later It has a typical cozy feel with easy flow from chapter to chapter dialog and descriptions I usually read books in order but this had a rush due date to deliver a review so I couldn't go back to the first one I think it's important to read this series in order as there are details about the character in the first book that would have been helpful but still it was a uick and fun read Plot Characters Setting Charity Penn known simply as Penn because she dislikes her first name inherited the chocolate shop from her maternal grandmother She was abandoned my her mother at birth delivered to her rich but seemingly difficult or abrasive father and his family She grew up feeling alone and isolated but is starting to develop a better relationship with her half sister Tina Penn hasn't uite adapted to cooking and running the bonbon shop but she has support from her late grandmother's friends and wants to make the woman proud In this caper Tina sends ex boyfriend Bixby to help sing with his band at the town's festival as it will help cement Penn in a admired role The town hasn't uite warmed up to her yet and her grandmother's other children don't believe she's really one of them or should have inherited the shop All she wants is to find her mother who disappeared years ago Bixby suddenly fights with another band at the festival over rights to a song and then the current song owner winds up dead Penn's mother's history is tied up in this mystery and it all comes to a head in a big scene at the end of the book She now knows who her mother is Key Thoughts It's a good example of a typical cozy mystery with a few standout moments including the connections and mysteries surrounding Penn's family both her mother's and her father's sides the bonds she has with a few of her late grandmother's friends helping to transition the store and the romances she could potentially have with some of the men in the town I like Penn's personality and style and she seems to have a fair balance of when to push and when to back away in terms of investigating any crimes I like that there's only one or two recipes so we don't lose too much page space to non story items I also enjoyed the descriptions of how she works in the bakery preparing food and securing the chocolate beans from a remote South American jungleThe mystery was medium complex with a few red herrings and several paths to trace before landing at the true culprit It kept me guessing most of the way through and even had me traveling down a wrong path One of the issues I had was not knowing a few people's ages so I could never be sure if they were a candidate to be Penn's mother andor date someone else Of course people can date someone a generation older or younger but it's not that common in a cozy mystery so I was trying to line it all up That said when the details came out it was believable but a tad rushed We stumble upon the criminal and learn some secrets yet we don't uite get all the details surrounding the whyhow from 35 years ago when a song was created but it mostly all fits together I think it just needed a bit detail and explanation but that could be coming in the next book in the series I'm open minded Summary I'd give the book 35 stars and would recommend it as a solid read I see a lot of potential in the series with the family drama and the chocolate shop but the ending came a bit too uickly so there is some room for growth All in all I'm glad I read this one and will definitely read in the series and from this author

Dorothy St. James ✓ Playing With Bonbon Fire A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery #2 TEXT

Ach music festival which has brought rollicking crowds eager to dance the Carolina shag That is until one of the band’s lead singers is found dead beside a beach bonfireWhile also trying to balance the amorous attention of music star Bixby Lewis in town for the festival and her uest to perfect a new hot flavored bonbon Charity dives into the investigation Though it’s spice than sugar w Dollycas’s ThoughtsCamellia Beach is going to be filled with music and people as the Beach Music Festival begins Thanks to a little help from her half sister Tina Penn is able to book the famous Bixby Lewis to be the headliner of the festival The event is also going to mean The Chocolate Box is going to have tons of customers She is still learning to make the perfect bonbon but with Bertie’s help they will have enough chocolate treats to serve the massesBut the first night of the festival brings tragedy A body is found in the bonfire and Penn can’t help but jump right into the investigation She is also helping Bixby with a stalker trying to keep her business open after several freaky occurrences plus she is dealing with a lawsuit over ownership of The Chocolate Box and oh she also wants to create her own special spicy hot bonbon while trying to find her birth motherWe are getting to know these characters better and Penn is opening up in this story She is making friends and getting involved in the happenings in Camellia Beach But top on her list is finding her mother and proving that the chocolate shop left to her should be solely hers I don’t know how any person could handle everything that she had to deal with in this short time span Thankfully she had her friends and her sister to lean on and step in while she was running all over town chasing down leads and trying to keep the festival on trackThe author really blends two mysteries together in this book A murder mystery and the search for Penn’s mother They coexist very naturally together Both have surprising twists The main mystery the murder had many topsy turvy turns There was so much going on and I was not sure how the whole plot was going to come together but when we reached the end it all didI usually read a book like this over 2 evenings but I was having a very hard time putting this book down the first night Finally my body made the decision for me when I could no longer keep my eyes open I hated having to work the next day because I would have rather been reading but I escaped back into it before supper was even on the table The ending was surprising and not what I was expecting at all Fantastic storytelling by this authorI can’t forget to mention the bonbons the truffles and all the other goodies for sale at The Chocolate Box You may want to have some chocolate on hand while reading this story because the descriptions will have you droolingI enjoyed everything about this story Dorothy St James has packed these pages full of mystery drama action and chocolate I am excited for the continuation of this series

MOBI Ú Playing With Bonbon Fire A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery #2 ✓ Dorothy St. James

Playing With Bonbon Fire A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery #2Hen she discovers a threatening note comes across decades of age old secrets and Bixby comes into the line of fire when a gas grill explodes on the deck of a beachfront houseNow Charity must turn up the heat and catch the killer before her chance melts away in Playing With Bonbon Fire the delightful second Chocolate Shop mystery served up just right for fans of JoAnna Carl and Joanne Fluke For complete review check out my blog at