Monday, June 1, 2015

Book Review/Giveaway: Truffled to Death by Kathy Aarons


From the publisher: Two best friends sell books and bonbons—and solve crimes—in this mystery from the author of Death Is Like a Box of Chocolates…

Hoping to sweeten sales for their shop, Chocolates and Chapters, Michelle and Erica host a reception highlighting a new museum display of ancient Mayan pottery curated by Erica’s former mentor, Professor Addison Moody. The evening has a few hiccups, but the ladies soon smooth things over with ample servings of wine and chocolate.

Yet with the sweet comes the bitter. The very next day, the antiquities from the reception are discovered missing. The professor accuses Erica of having sticky fingers, claiming she wants revenge on him. And she’s only in more trouble after he’s found stabbed to death with one of the artifacts. Now Michelle must help Erica track down the real killer before someone else finds themselves in less than mint condition…


I would like to start out by saying that "Truffled to Death" is just about the best mystery title ever...I wonder why I feel that way?

This is the second book in Kathy Aaron's Chocolate Covered mystery series. It opens with a reception that Michelle and Erica are hosting to celebrate the donation of ancient Mayan pottery to the local museum, made possible by Professor Addison Moody. Everything goes pretty well until the next day when the collection turns up missing, and then the Professor is murdered by one of the invaluable pieces. Suspicion lands on Erica when her past history with the Professor is revealed. In spite of what ends up being a very dangerous and high stakes game involving art trafficking, the ladies team up to catch a killer.

I enjoyed this book very much, but have to admit that because of the subject matter I was left a bit confused at times. The international art angle and sub-plot involving a modern day Robin Hood known as El Gato Blanco left me re-reading passages more than once trying to piece everything together. What I really loved was the part of the story involving Coco, the feline Main Street fixture, now expecting kittens. (One of them is named Truffle!!!) How their birth ties into the killer's capture made for a really neat twist.

Giveaway: Leave a comment by noon eastern on Friday, June 5th for your chance to win a paperback copy of Truffled to Death. (US entries only, please.)

52 comments:

  1. I have been looking forward to this release - love the cover!

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

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  2. I am excited about reading Truffled to Death! I read the first book in this series, and I loved it. Thank you for the chance to win.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I'm glad you liked Death is Like a Box of Chocolates! Good luck!

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  3. I would love to read this book—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  4. Terrific title! I find stories about missing/stolen antiquities fascinating so I'm really looking forward to this book.
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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    1. Thanks Karen! Researching Maya art and international trafficking was fascinating! Good luck!

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  5. Another fun read, thanks for the chance :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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  6. Sounds like a great book, I LOVE the cover. I would love to win a copy. Thanks for a chance.
    weluvdopey@sc.rr.com

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    1. Thanks! The cover artist did a great job! Good luck!

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  7. Thanks, Melissa! Love the title and Coco's part of the story would be the best part for me, too! :) patucker54 (at aol dot com)

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    1. Thanks! Coco's the star and she knows it. :-) Good luck!

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  8. Truffles and books together are just my cup of tea. I would love to dive into the cover and sample one or two of the delicious looking bites. robeader53@yahoo.com

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    1. Me too! The cover artist did an amazing job! Good luck!

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  9. This book is delightful and special. Thanks for this lovely feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. A great book which I would enjoy. Thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  11. Too bad mes can't wins! This is MY kind of book Art--chocolate and mystery!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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  12. I love these type of stories!
    cmucha319 AT yahoo DOT com

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  13. Sounds like a great read.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  14. "Past history with the professor"
    The plot thickens!

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  15. I loved the first one in this series and I'm sure this one will be just as good. Thanks for the chance to win.
    momzillasteel at gmail dot com

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  16. I love reading mysteries and who doesn't like bonbons! I'd love to start reading this series! Thank you for the chance!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

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  17. I can't enter, but just wanted to say with chocolates and kitties, it will be a winner!! MOL

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  18. Looking forward to reading this one.
    dotkel50 at comcast dot net

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  19. Truffles, this one is for you! I have wanted to start reading this series and finally have the first book in the TBR pile. Would love to win this to push me to read both! Sounds especially interesting, with stolen antiquities. How can one go wrong with chocolate and mystery? Thanks for the chance to win! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  20. Looks great, and no wonder you love the title Truffles!

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    1. It also has a kitten named Truffles. :-) Good luck!

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  21. Loved the first one in this series, and got to see Kathy at LCC

    kaye dot killgore at comcast dot net

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    1. Hi Kaye! So glad you liked DLBC! Good luck!

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  22. This book sounds interesting.

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  23. Have to love a cozy that has a kitty,chocolate, and mystery all in one:) Thank you for the chance to win.

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  24. I would say that's just about the best title ever, too. Can't have too many truffles, right?

    Purrs,
    Seville

    PS. Please don't enter my name in the draw as I'm a Canadian kitty and don't qualify. purrs

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  25. Sounds like a great read! Chocolate truffles...yum! Thanks for the chance to win!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. Sounds awesome!! Thanks for the chance!
    jawdance@yahoo.com

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