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Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate [Kindle Edition]

Dawn Greenfield Ireland
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Hot Chocolate is available
as an ebook and paperback. It is 477 pages long, including reviews, snippets
from the book
, acknowledgements and dedications, the entire story told in 44
chapters. At the back of the book you will find
eight mouth-watering recipes,
and a look at book two in the Hot Chocolate series: Bitter Chocolate.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 497 KB
  • Print Length: 460 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Artistic Origins Inc (20 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005XQYP5C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #527,872 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
A fun, light crime read from Dawn Ireland.
An entertaining read that is light enough for the holidays. The story revolves around the three middle aged sisters when they decide to put their father Bernie into full time assisted care. His nurse is given a package which her frugal husband is not happy about. The media coverage that is given this couple from the failed attempt at a lawsuit brings an unwelcome and unexpected return from the past. When Jimmy Ray is found murdered with an item from Dorothea's unusual and very expensive cutlery set, she becomes the main suspect. There are various shocks in store for the family, one being that their father has much more clarity and is far more frisky than the sisters were led to believe. Chance Wilson, Lila Mae's boyfriend is the lead investigator in the murder and with help from Lila Mae's astrologer and psychic friends, Chance finds the killer.
This book is aimed at the mature reader. If you like Murder She Wrote, Midsummer Murders and Rosemary and Thyme, then this book is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and sour 30 Sep 2013
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Very clever book that will continue to keep you guessing to the end, the way the story is written makes you feel like you know the people and the food makes you feel hungry for a taste.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 24 Sep 2013
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I adored this book! The characters are quirky but believable and I really could see this being made into a film which I would gladly go see.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 17 Feb 2013
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This was a very visual book - I could see it being made into a film very successfully. I enjoyed it even if the 'whodunnit' element was a bit contrived. Main characters were strongly individualised and funny.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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The middle-aged Alcott sisters, heiresses to the Alcott chocolate fortune--Madge, Lila Mae and Dorothea--are fit to be tied. In the midst of busy lives, they must deal with their ninety-two year old father, Bernie, who has become quite the handful.

His nurse Bambi, is another kind of handful, but when they decide they must move Bernie to an assisted living facility, the generous severance package they offer to Bambi is not enough to ward off a lawsuit brought by Bambi's husband, Jimmy Ray Chaline.

Luckily, the Alcotts, very wealthy and well-known in Houston society, have a great lawyer. Chances are good that the suit will be dismissed as frivolous.

Hot Chocolate is a captivating tale with vivid and fun characters. I could almost visualize myself socializing with them, and I definitely enjoyed their interactions with one another. They felt like real sisters, albeit high-society ones. Dorothea is typically the "baby" of the family, and definitely likes being the center of attention. Lila Mae relies on astrology and believes that proper Feng Shui arrangements in a room can make all the difference. Madge, as the oldest, has some unusual habits. Even the peripheral characters, like the staff at each of their homes, as well as Lila Mae's astrologer, felt like important pieces of the production. I also enjoyed close-ups of the relationship between Chance (a detective with the police force) and Lila Mae, not a typical pairing.

Jimmy Ray is another kind of person altogether. As the owner of a local bowling alley, he is something of a cheap-skate and seems to keep Bambi on a short leash. His good looks disappear when he opens his mouth, as he has very bad teeth.

All the players are in place, and we think we have them figured out. So when something unexpected happens one night at the bowling alley, the Alcotts, Bambi, and countless others are caught up in a mystery that had me turning pages rapidly. Who or what could be responsible for the shocking events? What will Bambi discover when she starts searching through her husband's dresser drawers and files? And what other surprises await the Alcotts?

Through all the excitement and intrigue, we are gifted with wonderfully descriptive moments in the lives of the characters, including the delicious food they enjoy. The dishes are presented so realistically that I could almost taste them. As a final pleasing treat, there are several wonderful recipes at the end of the book. A five star read.
31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Escapist Read! 3 Nov 2011
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What a fun story! This is one of those books that made me laugh out loud more than once. I love the characters and the story keeps you on your toes. The setting in the south is fun too. This author is definitely onto something - can't wait for more from her!
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rolling in the aisle Laughter! 4 Nov 2011
By Laura V. Arzola - Published on
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Do you need a break, just a few good hours of harmless fun? Do you like the Grandma in Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series? You'll love Hot Chocolate. The characters are all quirky and funny, and, when you aren't laughing out loud, you'll be smiling. I've read Hot Chocolate, and I want more hot books from Dawn Ireland, so I can laugh some more!
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A creamy, rich, delicious and indulgent read 11 Feb 2012
By A. Pohren - Published on
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Hot Chocolate is a creamy, rich, delicious and indulgent read that will warm you and nestle you in a blanket of satisfaction.

I am a huge lover of the cozy mystery genre and when I read the blurb for Hot Chocolate by Dawn Greenfield Ireland, I was instantly intrigued. A group of middle-aged sisters, each incredibly different, unique and ornery in their own way solving a mystery? Add the twists and intrigue of voodoo notions and practices; quirky, yet lovable, characters and you have a mixture and texture sure to be a huge hit!

Set in the South, Hot Chocolate has many of the fun and sassy hints of that region. The main characters of Lila Mae, Dorothea and Madge are created so real and impossible not to love. Their southern style and way of life shows through strongly, making for an even richer reading experience. The fact that the girls' 92-year-old father is a horny, yet hard-to-resist gentleman is a hoot as well.

The thing about Hot Chocolate is the fact that this is a story that is so easy to read and quick to get into. It is smooth and is written in a way that the reader feels as though they are right there with the characters and actually knows the characters - not only the main, but the secondary characters as well. I loved Bambi - the poor, pregnant widow; Chance, Lila Mae's love; Joseph and Amelia, employed by Lila Mae, but more like family; and of course Jimmy Ray, the victim (though I have to say the focus on this guy's teeth got a teensy bit tiresome, lol) and I cannot forget to mention Uncle Tito (what a hoot he is - not to mention unforgettable to boot!)

Not only is Hot Chocolate an enjoyable cozy mystery, it is packed full of surprises and yummy food talk. I must admit that I loved the hint on how to make a delicious Cafe Mocha!! YUM - I even tried it as soon as I read it, lol. I highly recommend this book by Ms. Ireland! Not only is it a positively delicious and sinful read, it also contains "have to try" recipes at the end!! I anxiously await more by this fabulous author!
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and sweet 10 Feb 2012
By Heather Pearson - Published on
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There are times in life when only a serving of comfort food will cure what ever ails you. When these time strike, sisters Madge, Lila Mae and Dorothea, as heirs to the Alcott Chocolates Company, find themselves turning to steaming cups of hot chocolate topped with generous dollops of marshmallow fluff. The main reason for consuming such quantities of that dark nectar is the ongoing care of their 92 year old father, Bernie, or rather the termination of the employment of his voluptuous day nurse, Bambi.

Things heat up a further notch when Bambi's husband, Jimmy Ray determines that she was unfairly terminated and sues the sisters for an outrageous sum. Jimmy Ray is not a lovable person, though the sister's have to admit that he has done a great job revamping the local bowling alley.

Author Dawn Greenfield Ireland has created a very comfortable group of characters that I would immediately feel at home with, should I happen to be in Houston. Even though the sisters are extremely wealthy, they are not pretentious in any way. Lila Mae starts each day by making and eating breakfast with Amelia, her cook. Dorothea treats her staff, Maria and Joseph as though they are family. Ms. Ireland even managed to make me feel bad for the way Jimmy Ray is treated.

This book was fun to read and each time I thought I knew who did it, Dawn would add a new twist or reveal an unknown connection and I would be back to the beginning. Some of these twists include Lila Mae's boyfriend, Detective Chance Walker, Uncle Tito, who is some sort of Mexican shaman, and popping up at critical moments, is the astrologer Robert. These very diverse characters combine to make a memorable 'family' who I'd like to read more about.

After you finish the story, continue reading and enjoy several recipes for the delicious food that appeared in the novel.

What I want to know is how the sisters got the marshmallow fluff to melt in their hot chocolate? Mine just sat on the top in an un-appetizing blob. I'll stick with my marshmallows; don't you love the giant ones, though they are way too large for my mug.
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