Title: Truffled to Death Author: Kathy Aarons Published: June 2nd 2015 by Berkley Format: Paperback, 304 pages Genre: Cozy Mystery Series: A Chocolate Covered Mystery #2
This book was flat all the way through. There were no surprises or twists, just a long drawn out book that I kept putting down, while picking up others, before I could drag myself back to it.
Michelle and Erica, owners of Chocolates and Chapters agree to host a reception to display Mayan pottery before the collection can be transported to the museum. Unfortunately, the antiquities are stolen before they can make it to their final destination. At this point, the story becomes so convoluted that the reader might have a hard time keeping everyone straight.
You have a professor that has a history of assaulting his female students, an older woman with dementia that mistakes one man for another and discloses where the antiques have been hidden. You have a reporter on the trail of “the white cat”; you have a police officer that is mad at his girlfriend because she is smarter than he is. You have an art thief that has his sights on a vase that is more valuable than first thought. Then there is a spoiled man that thinks he should be entitled without having to put in any effort at life. There are a few other characters but frankly, I have forgotten since Ms. Aarons is throwing them at you constantly.
All this is taking place as Michelle is trying to run a chocolate shop and trying to tempt new customers but yet, never seems to be there and just happens to have an already made supply of confections in her home cooler.
This is just a bothersome book and I will be hard pressed to move anymore in this series to the top of my list.