Title: The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss Author: Krista Davis Published: June 2nd 2015 by Berkley Format: ebook, Paperback, 304 pages Genre: Cozy Mystery Series: A Domestic Diva Mystery #9
Halfway through this book I realized that I needed one of those murder boards that you see on television with the lines connecting each suspect and cross outs through the leads that did not pan out. I tell you, Krista Davis must take some evil pleasure in confusing her readers with twists and characters.
Coco Ross lost her grandfather; her mother had survived but spends her days as in invalid locked in a room. Coco’s marriage was over, her lover has died and her first love had been murder. At one time, Coco and her younger sister Kara were in love with the same man. This has torn their family apart and now thirty years later, they are still quavering from that horrible night and the choices that were made. To top it all off, Joe (Coco’s father) is either dead or missing and the remaining family must step up to keep their chocolate company afloat.
This is the latest fiasco that Sophie Winston finds herself in when she agrees to help with the sixtieth anniversary of Amore Chocolate. Joe Merano, the patriarch, has gone missing and each family member has approached Sophie to help in finding him. Convinced that she is not getting any truths she will not give up since she is determined to help Nonni, Joe’s mother, find the answers.
Throw in the usual Natasha and Mars drama and Sophie has her hands full, especially when new love interest Alex allows his jealousy to get in the way and Sophie must take a step back and decide what male craziness she will allow in her life.
To say that there are numerous twists is to really downplay this book. I was almost to the point of making a suspect list, if not a family tree, myself. Between family members, Amore employee’s, contestant winners, Old Town residents and police officers, I think the character count was quickly approaching twenty people which is more than you usually find in a cozy. Krista Davis did do her best in keeping them separate, but still, I was glad that I was reading on the Kindle so I could do a quick look back as to who someone was.
With this series, you will have as many descriptions of food as you do of Sophie’s wardrobe. This might dissuade some from this series, but it is one of the many quirts that keep you coming back.