Author: Kristi Abbott
Series: Book 1 A Popcorn Shop Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Source: Received for review from Publisher
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by: Tina
Cordelia "Coco" Bittles owns "Coco's Cocca's" next door, she is a chocolatier and makes some of the most scrumptious treats made of chocolate along with her niece, Jessica. Who just happens to be Rebecca's high school rival and it seems they are still enemies.Coco is Rebecca's friend and mentor and encouraged her to follow her culinary dreams and she genuinely loves her. Jessica makes a discovery of her aunt dead on the floor of her shop. It soon becomes a case of a robbery gone wrong with Coco fallen victim to a cruel murder.
After other shop owners businesses are broken into. With the town mayor lurking around the property, Rebecca soon starts to suspect hes up to no good but he is not the only one Rebecca suspects. No one in the town believes that Rebecca and Coco had a plan to go into a combined business together and soon reasons start popping up for the sheriff, who just happens to be her best friend and brother-in-law to suspect Rebecca.
This was a very emotional, character driven first book of a cozy mystery series. I instantly fell in love with these characters a very important thing if I'm going to continue reading and reviewing a series. Author Kristi Abbott has a talent for making the characters pop off the page and make them seem so real and genuine with true to life feelings all of the characters, including the murderer which was a surprise to me. It sort of caught me by surprise too when I started crying at times.
I also would be remiss if I didn't mention again that i'm a foodie and love the popcorn theme and Rebecca in her kitchen making her popcorn recipes was one of my favorite things about the book. I can't wait until the next book in the series" Pop Goes the murder" pops up and I can read it.
FTC Disclosure Thank you to the publisher and/or author for providing us with a copy of this book for review.This did not influence our thoughts in any way. All the opinions of the book and honest and our own.
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