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Hot Chocolate | [Dawn Greenfield Ireland]

Hot Chocolate

The main characters are three wealthy, eccentric, middle-aged sisters. Most have general American accents. The secondary character's are one Asian-American male, two Mexican American females (one with more of a Mexican accent than the other), then an older Mexican man. The rest are all Americans of various ages from 22 to 92 and can have any Houston "twang".
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Publisher's Summary

Hot Chocolate is a cozy mystery with an astrology theme. Meet the middle-aged Alcott sisters: Madge, Lila Mae and Dorothea, heiresses to the Alcott Chocolate fortune and mavens of Houston’s elite River Oaks.

Madge ambushes Lila Mae with Dorothea’s manipulative plea: she can’t care for Bernie, their 92-year old father, any longer. Lila Mae explodes in a hissy fit—she had warned Dorothea years ago that they should put Bernie in an assisted living center.

Robert,Lila Mae’s astrologer, warns of impending problems and he’s rarely wrong.

The sisters call a meeting with Walter Branson, their solicitor. They discuss Bernie’s nurse Bambi Chaline, a blonde bombshell who looks more like a hooker than a nurse.

Arrangements are made for Bernie to be transferred over to Lake Sides Assisted Living Center in the Uptown Galleria area and a severance package is drawn up for Bambi.

Jimmy Ray Chaline, Bambi’s bowling alley husband, is enraged that Bambi was let go. He hires ambulance chaser Mark Slade to file a lawsuit for wrongful termination.

The suit is thrown out of court further fueling Jimmy Ray’s rage. Bambi had been more than satisfied with her bonus, letters of recommendation and praise from the Alcott clan.

When Jimmy Ray fails to return home from the bowling alley that night, a series of events unfold that shocks the entire Alcott family and their extended members.

©2011 Dawn Greenfield Ireland (P)2013 Dawn Greenfield Ireland

What the Critics Say

“Narrator Kelley Hazen is a marvel, EVERY character from the three Bentley driving, Alcott sisters of Houston, Texas to the heavily accented Latino and Chinese servants to the 92-year-old father to Bambie Chaline (who sounds just like her name) is believable and highly entertaining…Hazen and Ireland are an ideal match, their characters and text mesh, giving listeners an unusual, very witty and worthwhile mystery. Because there are so many details and diverse personalities, audio is the ideal format for maximum pleasure.” (AudioFile)

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    Sandy Penny Houston, TX 02-16-14
    Sandy Penny Houston, TX 02-16-14

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    "Hot Mystery, Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow Creme"
    Where does Hot Chocolate rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love this book. It's top of the line in story, production, reader and laughs.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bambi triggers all the action and keeps the story moving. I love her as a character, not so much if she was a person in my life. She makes me laugh as do most of the eccentric characters in this crazy cozy. As we say in Texas, What a Hoot!! More fun than a barrel of rattle snakes!


    What does Kelley Hazen of Storyteller Productions bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The characters come to life with her voice and tongue in cheek reading style. Her voice totally matches the feel of the book and adds another dimension. I read the book first, and listening afterward, enjoyed it even more.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened over a two-day period, and it kept me company through all my household chores. It sure made the time go faster.


    Any additional comments?

    Dawn Ireland has honed her craft over the years, and has developed a voice that suits her natural humor and Texas style. I can hardly wait for her next book, Bitter Chocolate. What will this wonky group of rich Houston women get involved in next? I know it will be a lot of fun. I read a lot of mysteries, and this was one of my favorite light-hearted comedic novels. It's a great weekend read or listen. I love audio books.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    M Stein Santa Cruz 01-26-14
    M Stein Santa Cruz 01-26-14
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    "THIS COZY MYSTERY IS A RIOT!"
    Would you listen to Hot Chocolate again? Why?

    Oh yes. The same reason I would listen to a re-run of a great NPR show like 'Car Talk' or 'Wait Wait Don't Tell' or watch a rerun of MASH - It's timeless. This is a whole new genre of entertainment. She should be writing scripts & creating characters for TV.


    What other book might you compare Hot Chocolate to and why?

    Any book that has a good mystery, fresh hilarious characters, a great sense of humor and good clean fun.


    Which character – as performed by Kelley Hazen of Storyteller Productions – was your favorite?

    'Joseph the Asian Housekeeper' is absolutely hysterical. This story is ripe with characters. It has more diversity of character than any audiobook I've listened to.They are all so eccentric and so clearly created. It's really refreshing to hear a narrator that sounds like an adult and not a pinched, nasal teenager.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    'Upstairs, Downstairs' - Houston, TX!


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this is a series. I'd love to hear more from The Alcott Sisters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tina New Harmony, IN, United States 02-20-14
    Tina New Harmony, IN, United States 02-20-14
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    "SMASHING, A REAL SMILE"
    Would you listen to Hot Chocolate again? Why?

    Yes, it's hilarious and very detailed. Lots of varied characters and deep relationships and intrigue. The Alcott family is a hoot and so many relatives and friends!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joseph, the housekeeper. He is a mystic and really caring for the family, running around trying to protect everyone and keep everyone taken care of.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the sisters get together it's a riot. There is a scene where they are all driving in different cars and the way they stay in touch on their cell phones is pretty funny.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook is great fun! A real pleasure to listen to!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gala 05-24-14
    Gala 05-24-14
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    "Excellent combination of narrator and story"
    What made the experience of listening to Hot Chocolate the most enjoyable?

    The narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Alcott family. I enjoyed how the sisters are close and even when there seems to be a threat to the family, they act in a generous and kind way.


    What about Kelley Hazen of Storyteller Productions’s performance did you like?

    Her performance of Joseph. She makes him unforgettable even though he doesn't play such a major role. She also makes it very easy for the listener to visualize each scene. I particularly admire how in a story with so many characters, she makes it possible for the listener to know who is who.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to know what happened next. There was a big change in the Alcott family and I'm curious to see how it all unravels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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