Lila Mae has a fit over the annual Chocolate Ball that she and her sisters host. Dorothea and Madge dump it on her. If it weren’t for Julian Gillespie, the Chocolate Ball would have melted.
Bernie, the Alcott patriarch, wants his Bentley back. Joseph’s cousin, Chewie, is hired as chauffeur.
Bambii's thrilled to be expecting while Dorothea, pregnant at 55, is at war with the world. No one is exempt, especially Henry, who she refers to as “Mr. Responsible”.
Wolfram, Lila Mae’s astrologer, makes Lila Mae and Amelia antsy. Suzanne, Zoe’s sister, shows up with Grey, her Asian houseman. She’s left Paul.
Cissy has dumped Georgio, the tattoo artist. Madge wants a pedigreed husband for her granddaughter, and Roger Bainsworth III has just the right credentials.
Amelia runs to the store. When she returns, her kitchen door is ajar. She toes the door open. Three things catch her attention: flowers, her rolling pin covered in blood, and a dead guy on the floor.
Is there a murderer in the house? Amelia backs out the door, sets the bags down, returns to snap a picture, then calls Detective Chance Walker, Lila Mae, and 9-1-1.
The dead guy’s identity shocks the whole Alcott clan. What was he doing at Amelia’s? Tilly is a prime suspect. She wants to know why everyone thinks she runs around killing people. Dorothea is happy that no one is pointing the finger at her.
Louie and Scooter’s truce ended badly. Chance has to bail Bernie and Chewie out of jail. Madge is freaked that Carmichael may quit. There may be a ghost at Amelia’s.
Uncle Tito and Pecos drive up from Mexico. Pecos met a Houston lady online. Uncle Tito psychically investigates the murder while Pecos’ lady friend has second thoughts. Pecos is upset. The “numbers” shows this as a great match.
Love dones are accused of murder, and the family wrings their hands. Secrets are no longer safe. The family has more shocks than the San Andreas fault line!
What made the experience of listening to Bitter Chocolate the most enjoyable?
All the old characters from HOT CHOCOLATE and great new ones. The sisters continue to be a riot. You learn more about Madge. I love these people!
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
There was more focus on 'family' in this one - family relations which I love because it's the good AND bad of families. And it's hilarious just like the last one. The mysteries are good too. Great detail in the crime scene. Two parallel mysteries.
Which scene was your favorite?
When Madge and Teddy go to buy a gun.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I actually laughed out loud a bunch of times.
Any additional comments?
These books make you feel good. Good mysteries, great family interaction, crazy characters. I like the author's support of animals. AND Good food! Can't forget that! Great recipes included! You can feel there will be a third book and Im looking forward to that!
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