Praise for Asking for Truffle :
“ Compulsively readable … readers will cheer Penn every step of the way.”
“The first in a new series for St. James features an appealingly reflective heroine and a varied roster of suspects.”
“Splendid…An easy reading cozy mystery that keeps you hooked from page one with delicious characters and a delightful story.”
“I couldn’t put the book down… I highly recommend Asking for Truffle as your go-to book for a great September read.”
“Dorothy St. James has crafted a delicious concoction of murder and mayhem in her debut title Asking for Truffle . The spunky heroine, Penn, makes a refreshingly no nonsense amateur sleuth, working to discover who murdered her longtime friend while taking on the delicious task of learning how to make artisan chocolates with her adorable dog Stella at her side. I enjoyed every bite.”
Jenn McKinlay, NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Cupcake Bakery mysteries
" Asking for Truffle is a splendid twist on the cozy, offering a complex heroine, a coastal town full of secrets, and surprises around every corner. A heady delight for chocolate lovers and an enticing beginning to a new mystery series. I look forward to many more installments from St. James and her heroine, Penn."
Bailey Cates, NYT bestselling author of the Magical Bakery mysteries
" Yum! Wear a bib when you read this one! The chocolate descriptions and the recipes will definitely have you drooling. An interesting heroine and a town filled with quirky characters, plus chocolate – what’s not to like? Dorothy St. James did a super job."
JoAnna Carl, national bestselling author of the Chocoholic mysteries
" Asking for Truffle is a story as richly layered as the rare chocolate it features, with interesting and quirky characters readers will love, all wrapped in a lush setting that made me want to stake out a spot in town and stay there. Readers will definitely wish they could visit the Chocolate Box after reading this story."
Jacklyn Brady, national bestselling author of the Piece of Cake mysteries
"An intriguing premise that will draw you in and keep you guessing, a spunky protagonist turned reluctant chocolatier, and the perfect blend of exotic chocolate makes St. James’s new series sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. The mystery of Penn’s past looms in this tightly plotted page-turner. Asking for Truffle will leave you hungry for a cup of creamy, rich hot chocolate and wanting to know what’s next for Penn and her new found family."
Ellie Alexander, author of the Bakeshop mysteries
A South Carolina beach-music festival turns into a horror show for a beleaguered businesswoman.After a rough welcome to Camellia Beach (Asking For Truffle, 2017), Charity Penn is slowly adjusting to owning Miss Mabel's famous chocolate shop and acquiring a bunch of relatives who wish she didn't exist. Penn is certain that Carolina, Miss Mabel Maybank's missing daughter, is the mother who dumped her on her horrified father, a wealthy college student, when she was a baby. Penn's trust fund is difficult to access, and only a single relative in the Penn family, her half sister, Tina, loves her—which is one more than she can find among the Maybanks, who are contesting their mother's will, hoping to reclaim the store. Though it all, Penn is learning to make truffles with the help of Bertie, Miss Mabel's friend and assistant. Tina's managed to get famous rock star Bixby Lewis to play at the Summer Solstice Beach Music Festival, which Penn is charged with making a success. Along with his star power, Bixby brings some unfortunate baggage in the form of Candy, a crazed fan who throws a rock through Penn's shop window. Bubba Crowley and Stan Frasier, who both had popular beach bands 40 years ago, almost get into a fistfight, and when Stan ends up dead, Bubba is a likely suspect. More dangerous pranks force Penn to keep her glazier on speed dial. Bertie is acting strangely, and Mabel's middle daughter, Florence, suddenly confesses that she's Penn's mother, an admission Penn can't quite believe. With thousands of Carolina Shag dancers and beach music fans on hand, Penn, despite dire warnings from the police, can't help but put herself in danger investigating a crime whose roots may be deep in the past.The heroine has enough problems to fill several books. But this one has a neat mystery, a touch of romance, and a real feel for the Carolina shagging lifestyle.