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Chocolate-Driven Cozy Mystery

This is a cozy mystery taking place in a fictional New England town. Things get off to a rocky start when ten pounds of chocolate go missing from one of the stores there. The owner first accuses chocolate-loving parrot, Spot. But of course, one bird can’t eat that much chocolate. Soon, a much more dire event takes place. A woman is found dead. Who could have done such a thing and why? Does the missing chocolate have anything to do with the murder?

This is a relatively short book that doesn’t take long to read. At first, I was a little annoyed at the initial bit about the parrot eating the chocolate, as that scene did go on for a bit, when it is obvious that a parrot couldn’t eat that much! However, things got a little less silly, thank goodness, when the murder happened. I enjoyed the main character, Hillary. She is a recent widow, and she feels like Spot, her parrot, helps keep her memory of her husband alive. The police chief has a romantic interest in her, but she’s not quite ready or another relationship.

The book had some of the common issues with grammar, punctuation, and spelling that many books seem to have today, but it was not overly distracting from the story.

If you enjoy short cozy mysteries with a food bent, you might enjoy this one.