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Publisher's Summary

Food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell is not looking for love this Valentine's Day. Of course she also isn't planning on looking for a murderer…

Fed up with dating after a disastrous setup, the only thing Hayley wants to snuggle up to is a box of made-to-order chocolates from plus-sized, plus-mouthed chocolatier Bessie Winthrop. But when Bessie is found dead in her kitchen, only Hayley suspects that Bessie's "heart attack" might actually be a candy-coated murder.

Turns out Bessie had more enemies than a boxful of chocolates, each one a suspicious flavor. It's sticky business juggling a job, two teenagers and finding a killer, but it's better than letting a killer find Hayley first…

Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley's kitchen!

©2014 Rick Copp and Holly Simason (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Gross

The whole idea of chocolates with cat hair grosses me out. Story was OK. A good addition to the series.

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Nicely narrated cozy and well written!

Would you listen to Death of a Chocoholic again? Why?

Yes, it was well done and I like seasonal cozies.

What other book might you compare Death of a Chocoholic to and why?

N/A

Any additional comments?

Very enjoyable! Death of a Chocoholic by Lee Hollis is the first book in the Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails cozy mystery series that I've read (although I did read the anthology Eggnog Murder) and I really liked it! Funny and cozy with food, drinks and mystery blended well, it kept me guessing until the very end as to the identity of the murderer. Well written and a pleasure! A+

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A good cozy series, but...

I've been an avid listener of this series & I enjoy it a lot because it's a cozy mystery but it also has separate side stories included in it from Haley's newspaper column. I enjoy the break from the main plot to hear a story & get a recipe or two! It's a fun little combo. If you're like me and enjoy this format I recommend the "Books by the bay" mysteries, because that too has similar side stories inserted in.

I only have one qualm with this installment. I wish this book would just make the love interest slightly more realistic. A new handsome eligible bachelor came to town & every woman wants him. Of course Haley meets him once, breaks into his office, accuses him of murder & yet he still falls for her... It's just written hastily as if the author needed a new love interest when Lex left town & so she threw a new guy in. However I'm interested to see how the ending picks up in the next book as it was left with a bit of a "cliffhanger." Overall a good listen!

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Entertaining and easy to follow along

Love the series and the recipes. Stories interact. I play and can work while I listen!

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Don't Buy it

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better story, much better performance needed...every male character sounded the same with terrible accent!

What could Lee Hollis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It was very boring, so I don't know what could have made it better!

How could the performance have been better?

All male characters sounded the same & had unauthentic accents of some type!

Any additional comments?

Boredom

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