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Behind Chocolate Bars

Behind Chocolate Bars

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by Kathy Aarons

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The national bestselling author of Truffled to Death returns with a mystery full of tricks and treats...
Best friends and business partners Michelle and Erica have a monstrous to-do list as they prepare for the annual West Riverdale Halloween Festival. Their shop,


The national bestselling author of Truffled to Death returns with a mystery full of tricks and treats...
Best friends and business partners Michelle and Erica have a monstrous to-do list as they prepare for the annual West Riverdale Halloween Festival. Their shop, Chocolates and Chapters, will have a booth at the event, where Michelle will serve spooky delights while Erica displays an assortment of spine-chilling books. Thank goodness the teenagers from Erica’s comic-book club are chipping in to help. But one of their volunteers winds up in trouble after a woman’s body is found in an abandoned house—with the teen’s superhero key ring close by.
The teen swears he didn’t do it, but he’s obviously hiding something—leaving Michelle and Erica with a witch’s cauldron of questions. Soon they discover that the dead woman was tricking a whole bunch of people out of more than just treats. Now these two friends must go door-to-door if they hope to unmask a killer…

Includes Scrumptious Chocolate-Making Recipes!

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From the Publisher
Praise for the Chocolate Covered Mysteries
“[A] delectably devious mystery... Any lover of chocolate and books will find this story the perfect combination of savory, sweet, and deadly.”—Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Chocolate Demise
“Aarons’s deft blend of delicious chocolate and tasty mystery will delight the reader’s palate.”—Victoria Hamilton, national bestselling author of Death of an English Muffin
“I found I could not put it down. . . Mystery lovers will eat up this yummy story.”—MyShelf.com

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Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
A Chocolate Covered Mystery Series , #3
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Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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Kathy Aarons is the national bestselling author of the Chocolate Covered Mysteries, including Truffled to Death and Death Is Like a Box of Chocolates.

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Behind Chocolate Bars 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Yes I can. :) Where? <br> ~Takki&star
ReadYourWrites 10 months ago
Kathy Aarons takes readers back to Chocolates and Chapters with best friends and sleuthing duo Michelle Serrano and Erica Russell, with Behind Chocolate Bars, the third book in her Chocolate Covered Mystery series. I read the second book, Truffled to Death, and immediately fell in love with the characters from West Riverdale, Maryland. I couldn't wait for Behind Chocolate Bars to come out. I was definitely not disappointed. Picking up the book was immediately like sitting down and indulging in a nice mug of hot chocolate. Behind Chocolate Bars finds Michelle and Erica doing everything they can to prove their sixteen-year-old intern, Dylan Fenton isn’t charged with murder. With the help of Bean, Erica’s brother (who happens to be Michelle’s boyfriend), Zane (Erica’s computer expert) and other teens who are part of Erica’s comic book club, they set out to discover all they can about the victim. It seems there's more to the victim than meets the eye. The more information they uncover, the greater the suspect pool becomes. Just when it seems like they will be unsuccessful in their quest, the killer puts Michelle and the teens in their cross hairs. It's going to take paying close attention to catch this killer before they strike again. Behind Chocolate Bars was simply a perfect cozy mystery. I found myself enjoying the journey Kathy takes readers on as opposed to singularly focusing on figuring out all the clues before Michelle and Erica did. I loved watching the relationships between Michelle and Erica’s significant others progress. I wish I had my hands on the next book in this series. **Received a copy from the Penguin ~ Berkley Prime Crime and reviewed the book voluntarily.**
KrisAnderson_TAR 10 months ago
Behind Chocolate Bars by Kathy Aarons is the third book in A Chocolate Covered Mystery series. Michelle Serrano is a chocolatier and part owner of Chocolate and Chapters in West Riverdale, Maryland. Her best friend, Erica Russell is the owner of the Chapters part of the store (the book section). Michelle is dating reporter and author Benjamin “Bean” Russell. They are at the store when they hear about a body being found at the community center at Green Meadow Estates. Dylan Fenton, their intern and a member of their comic book club, gets picked up for questioning. Dylan gets picked up for questioning. Michelle and Erica quickly jump in to help Dylan who has had a rough time (a situation with his mother from a previous book). It turns out that the police found Dylan’s Green Lantern ring and keys at the dump site. When Erica and Michelle try to get information out of Dylan or any of the other comic book club members, they are met with silence. They group is hiding something. Michelle wants to help Dylan. The victim turns out to be Faith Monette. Faith was not a nice person. It turns out that she catfished people online (which they found out by downloading a copy of her hard drive). One of her victims is Oscar Fenton, Dylan’s father. This is not good news for Dylan. Michelle with help from her friends sets out to get answers. One problem is her brother, Leo. Leo’s PTSD and depression have returned since a car accident (his girlfriend, Star was with him). Leo is being irrational (and a little nutting) and has taken to following Michelle (and then reporting her to the police). Michelle needs to make sure he is taking his medication and seeing his counselor. Leo is not helping Michelle’s inquiries. In addition, Michelle is busy helping prepare for the West Riverdale Halloween Festival. They are helping the Boys and Girls Club with their haunted house (it sounds delightfully spooky). It is a busy time for Michelle, but she will not let an innocent kid go to jail. Will Michelle be able to find Faith Monette’s real killer before Dylan gets hauled out of the zombie jail and into the police station? Behind Chocolate Bars has some good writing, but I thought there was too much going on in the book. There are so many characters that it hard to keep them all straight (I stuck to the main ones). We get to follow Michelle as she investigates every single lead. She checks out all the various men Faith catfished, her friends, neighbors, enemies, etc. We also have Reese Everhard, the idiotic town reporter/blogger, who I would have liked to put on a catapult and send her to the next county. I do not believe ever heard of journalistic ethics (or checking her facts). The killer was expected (aka predictable) which was disappointing. I kept wanting a twist that would leave me gasping with surprise (and shock). I give Behind Chocolate Bars 3 out of 5 stars (it was okay). The characters just seemed to jump from one situation to another (too much going on) leaving the novel with a lack of flow. The readers are subjected to many chocolate descriptions in the book as Michelle makes the delectable delights for the shop. I would have preferred more time spent on the mystery. I also did not like the addition of Leo and his troubles (PTSD). It was not needed in this book. It seemed like the situation was added as an afterthought. While Behind Chocolate Bars is the third book in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone no
MasonCanyon 11 months ago
Who won’t love a combination chocolate shop and book store with a cozy murder mystery thrown in? Author Kathy Aarons draws readers into her latest cozy murder mystery with the perfect setting. The welcoming atmosphere of the Chocolates and Chapters store and the small town as a backdrop are a perfect pairing. The Halloween festivities enhances the story with a realistic feel befitting this time of the year. Aarons has created characters that are likable, well-developed, and down-to-earth. The bond of family and friends adds depth to the story. The characters tackle issues and problems readers understand and can relate to. The story moves at a good pace and holds your attention until the last page. There’s a good blend of mystery, suspense, romance, and bits of humor for a well-balanced story. An added bonus is mouthwatering chocolate-making recipes at the end. BEHIND CHOCOLATE BARS will satisfy your mystery craving and tempt your sweet tooth. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
Carstairs38 12 months ago
If Michelle and Erica Don’t Act Fast, Dylan Will Be Behind Real Bars I am so glad that I don’t live anywhere near Chocolate and Chapters, the combined bookstore and chocolate shop owned by best friends Michelle Serrano and Erica Russell in the Chocolate Covered Mystery series. No, it’s not because they keep stumbling upon dead bodies (which would naturally be a concern). It’s because a store that combines two of my favorite things would be deadly for my wallet, my bookshelves, and the waistline. However, it’s a delightful shop to visit fictionally, and Behind Chocolate Bars is a great third visit. Halloween is fast approaching, and Erica and Michelle are volunteering on the Haunted House and Halloween festival fund-raiser for the local Boys and Girls’ Club. Many of the teens that make up the comic book club that Erica has started with the bookstore half of their store are also volunteering. The last thing that the duo have time for is a murder investigation, but that’s just what they find themselves involved in when the body of Faith Monette is found out at an abandoned subdivision on the outskirts of town. While Michelle and Erica have never met the victim, their part time employee, high school student Dylan, is the police’s prime suspect in the case. But he couldn’t have done it, could he? This book was pushed back a bit to take advantage of the Halloween theme so it had been over a year since I read the second in the series, but I had no trouble reconnecting with the characters. In fact, as the characters were reintroduced, I was reminded just how much I love them. Michelle and Erica are a fantastic main character pair, full of sympathy for their friends and determined to help them out. I really found myself pulled in by a sub-plot involving Michelle’s brother who is a vet and his struggles to deal with his PTSD which has flared up again. Of course, we get to meet some fantastic new characters here as well. This is an interesting book since we don’t meet the victim as a living person. I can’t remember the last time that happened in the cozies I read. Of course, Faith’s body is found fairly early in the book, so the plot is off and running almost right away. Since Erica and Michelle quickly discover just how many enemies Faith had made, there is no shortage of suspects to investigate before the book is over, which keeps things moving along. The climax is logical and fun. I keep talking about Michelle and Erica in this book. They really do investigate this crime together, more so than in the previous two books. Michelle is our first person narrator, and there is time that she is investigating on her own, I still feel like this is a team investigation, which I really enjoyed. If you are like me, your mouth will be watering for chocolate by the time you finish this book. You’ll be glad to know there are three recipes at the end of the book to satisfy your sweet tooth. If you are looking for a mouth-watering read that will keep you turning pages, Behind Chocolate Bars is definitely for you. It left me well satisfied with a smile on my face. What else could you want in a cozy mystery? NOTE: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Walks in and sat at te bar and grabed two vodkas from behind the bar and opened one." Drown my sorrow and ill be fine." I chug half the bottle.