Skye Denison has never aspired to culinary excellence. In fact, she can’t tell the difference between mousse and meringue. So when Grandma Sal’s Soup-To-Nuts Cooking Challenge comes to town, competing is the last thing on her mind. But that’s before she’s bullied into entering by her mother, who has four recipes — one of which she has submitted under Skye’s name.
Right from the start, trouble brews among the contestants, among the judges, and even Grandma Sal’s own family. But a spiteful saboteur takes things too far when cocky contestant Cherry Alexander is discovered drowned in a chocolate fountain. Still struggling with the basics of cooking, Skye must catch a killer. And when it comes to suspects, there are just too many cooks in the kitchen from whom to choose….
Read for Fun!
Overall Rating: 3.25
Story Rating: 3.00
Character Rating: 3.50
Audio Rating: 3.50 (Not part of the overall rating)
(Contains spoilers that don’t tie to the case but you have been warned)
First thought when Finished: Murder of a Chocolate Covered Cherry was a fast-paced, light-hearted, and fun afternoon read!
What I Thought of the Case/Story: Murder of a Chocolate Covered Cherry was an interesting mix of a fun cozy case and a cooking competition. I am going to be honest, my thought about 1/4 of the way through was if Skye (a self-proclaimed bad cook) beat out the other entries I was going to mark down the story rating. It really irked me that she won (granted with her mother’s recipe) after walking away from her dish so many times. I know you are supposed to suspend belief when reading but really? Otherwise, I really enjoyed this story! Seriously had she not won the story rating would have been a 4. The case was fun and I really enjoyed how it played out.
What I Thought of the Characters: This is the first book in the Scumble River Mystery series that I have read. It is freaking book 10 y’all. I need to go back and read the rest! Skye is a fantastic character. She is spunky, fun, normal,smart, and caring. Her life isn’t perfect but it is always interesting. She has a great family and a complicated love life. These are all aspects I like in my cozy mystery leading ladies. If Murder of a Chocolate Covered Cherry is any indication then Denise Swanson knows how to write really good characters. I will be reading more of her in the future!
What I Thought of the Audio: Narrated by Christine Leto and at a running time of 7 hrs and 46 mins Murder of a Chocolate Covered Cherry is a delightful listen. The only thing I would warn about is the male voices are all a little to feminine for my taste. Christine nailed the voice of Skye and her mother though. That was far more important. The pacing, styling, and storytelling were done very well.
Final Thought: Ignoring my problem with the end of the cooking competition, Murder of a Chocolate Covered Cherry was a delightful read! I will be picking up more books in this series!