I have reviewed all the books so far in this series. Although Death Is Semisweet is not as good as her two best books. A Stiff Risotto and Red Beans and Vice. It is much better than the other books in the series.
It's Christmas Time and Heaven Lee - 4 times divorced, once widowed, disbarred lawyer, ex-stripper and current restaurant owner is minding her own business, sitting in a restaurant with her friend Stephanie, discussing chocolate.
Suddenly a giant blimp which has been advertising Foster Chocolates fiftieth anniversary is shot down, its pilot killed.
Is someone trying to ruin Foster's anniversary or their entire business. Does Stephanie know anything about it? Does the fact that she's a member of the Foster Family and her side of the family was cheated out of the business by her uncles, the current owners have anything to do with it.
Nobody knows, but Heaven is determined to find out and with the help of her friends, once more leads an investigation into this sweet mystery.
What I liked about this book:
Heaven has really grown on me. I disliked her a lot in the first couple of books, but I think her character has mellowed out a little and isn't as irritating.
The mystery was interesting without too many characters, which has sometimes been a problem with her books. So many characters you can't keep them straight and finally just give up.
Many humorous parts. Heaven can be a scream.
Great Chocolate Recipes!
Things I don't like about the book.
I still find no chemistry between Heaven and her twenty years younger boyfriend Hank. But he's such a nice guy I feel bad dumping on him in every review.
My least favorite character is unfortunately in the book. Heaven's daughter, Iris. Heaven and Hank are practically shooting sparks off each other compared with the relationship these two have. Whenever they're together they seem as if they're two strangers instead of mother and daughter.
Heaven says how smart her daughter is. To prove how smart she is, Iris, who grew up with her mother's many bad marriages has taken for a boyfriend, A member of her father's rock band. (Iris's father is a famous rock star). This man who is already a grandfather, is also old enough to be Iris's father and is ex-drug addict and alcoholic. Considering Heaven finds him smoking a joint in her bathroom, I'm not too sure about the ex part.
I know this is just the kind of guy an intelligent girl would want to hook up with.
The mystery was interesting until the end. That solution was ridiculous and disappointing. I think I could have written a better ending.
Not enough use of her supporting characters. Where was Mona. Where was Chris. Please, Please bring back Bo Morales. That is the guy Heaven should get together with. He may also be young enough to be her son, but sparks really flew between them in the two books he was in.
This series is in the middle for me. Not as good as Mary Daheim or Joan Hess, but not as bad as many others, who will remain nameless.