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Death by Chocolate (Death by Chocolate #1)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  632 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
First book in the Death by Chocolate series

Lindsay loves chocolate. It tastes good, it makes her feel good, it never cheats on her like her almost-ex-husband. It's her best friend. But someone wants her dead and uses her weak spot—chocolate—to try to murder her.

Lindsay's only secret is the recipe for her chocolate chip cookies, but she is surr
Kindle Edition, 252 pages
Published February 1st 2011
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I only had one problem with this book but unfortunately it was the main character. Please oh please but if you found your husband in bed with another woman and then he went to live with that woman and is still living with her but wants you back do you honestly consider it for even one second? I know it is just a book but really!
Anyway once I managed to ignore anything to do with Rick the rest of the book was pretty good. The neighbours were fun, especially Fred, and the policeman/prospective boy
Mar 25, 2016 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a delightful easy to read mystery with great characters. Chocolatier Lindsay Powell has always known that her neighbour and best friend Paula is hiding a secret from her past. After all she turned up out of nowhere with no belongings or family ties other than her baby Zach, needing a home and a job. Paula took a chance renting the property she owns to her and giving her a job in her ever expanding chocolate bakery. Now someone is snooping around and Paula looks set to flee again unless ...more
Death by Chocolate by Sally Berneathy is the first book in the Death by Chocolate mystery series. Chocolatier and owner of cafe Death by Chocolate, Lindsay Powell helps her friend Paula when she is targetted by a stalker who then goes missing. I loved everything about this book. The chocolate cake on the cover looks so tempting and the quirky crazy characters were fun and entertaining, even the cat. No murder to solve but more of a disappearance, it was still a great mystery to read. Fast paced, ...more
Apr 19, 2016 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this book was not for me. I was thrilled to add it to my collection after browsing the rave reviews. I love a good cozy, and finding a new series always excites me. Alas, in this case, a love affair was not to be. The most disappointing factor for me was that I could under no circumstances bond with the main character. Add to that the fact that there was no actual murder in the book, and in fact what we have is the story of a stalker. There were several "red herrings" in the book, but they ...more
Oct 31, 2014 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loooooove this book! M daughter told me I had to read it and I blew her off for months. When I finally read it I was screaming with laughter (Fred, you da man!) and that was all it took to get me hooked. I call in sick to work when I see Sallly Berneathy has a new book out so I can stay home and read.
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I'd give this book a solid 3.5. It was a short book - 189 pages on my nookcolor. A nice little mystery between some heavier reads.

Lindsay is a chocolatier. She owns a shop "Death by Chocolate". On the edge of divorce, she finds her soon to be ex wants her back. At the same time, something mysterious is up with her best friend, neighbor, co-worker Paula - something almost criminal. Can Lindsay help while side stepping her own pesky husband? Is she putting herself in danger?

Kind of the same lines
Ellen Parker
Jun 24, 2015 Ellen Parker rated it it was amazing
Loved it. The Plot leaves you wanting for more and makes me want to read faster so I can find out ;)
Kay (Brigidsmomma) Compton
I got this book confused with another one I thought I was reviewing instead. This was actually very good, and rather intense in places. The bad guy was quite a creep, and the protagonist and her friends were really well written and entirely likeable. The soon-to-be ex of the protagonist is also a real creep, and I loved how her cat helps her see what a jerk he is... Gotta love a mystery where the heroes are large male cats and nerdy computer jocks...
Aug 17, 2014 Allison rated it it was amazing
Lindsey could be my "sister from another mister." I'm pretty sure we're related somewhere along the line. She's sassy, spunky and sometimes reacts before thinking or having a plan in place but she is also a friend til the end. She eats a tremendous amount of chocolate, which actually does almost kill her. Love the recipes in the back of the book too.
Linda Thompson
When I interviewed Sally for The Authors Show, I was delighted to learn that Death by Chocolate is not only a fabulous read, but that it is book 1 of a new series. I picked up a copy of Death by Chocolate and read it in 7 hours – it’s that good! This one is a definite page turner. It’s about the mystery, but it’s also about a cast of very well-developed characters that begin to feel like friends. I fell in love with Lindsey and her cat, King Henry. I wanted to strangle Rick (her soon to be ex) a ...more
Aug 01, 2015 Katherine rated it really liked it
No better way to go..chocolate

This is a very fun story. Great characters, interesting storyline, and that all infectious humor. At the end you even get a treat of recipes, several I plane on trying.
I will absolutely read more books by Sally Berneathy. Death by Chocolate had me laughing and apprehensive within the same minute. I knew that the ultimate outcome would be positive for the main characters, but the twists and turns to get there was a thrill of a ride.
Brenda Kirton
I loved this book. I came across it by accident and bought it because of the title. The characters were interesting and fun, without being the cookie cutter typical ones seen in cosy mysteries everywhere. yes there were some hair-brained schemes but they fit with the character doing them. The mystery was good and I am not saying any more about that or I will give away hints by accident. It is three o'clock in the morning and I only meant to read until I got sleepy, not read the entire book in on ...more
Jul 05, 2016 Emnoir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll get to the point right away and tell you I love this book with a capital 'L'. The plot itself is predictable and has been done many times, but the author's clever writing style drew me in immediately and kept me hooked. The main character is witty and rebellious, and the story is told from her point of view, which is perfect, because her inner dialog and outrageous behavior had me laughing all the way through the book, even with truly serious events taking place. I had fun reading every pag ...more
Feb 05, 2015 Lily rated it it was amazing
this was a book I couldn't put down

It pulls you in gets you angry with everyone and you hope for a happy ending and you get it. Enjoyed this one
Jul 10, 2015 Cynthia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads* This was a fantastic book! It was one of those rare mysteries where you never felt bogged down by the situations in the book - it was a light and airy story that was fun to read and didn't take itself too seriously. The characters were interesting, clever and likable right off the bat and the story kept me interested the whole way through. I will say I was very surprised at the end, which was great - it definitely had surprises along ...more
Tiana Harris
Aug 02, 2015 Tiana Harris rated it really liked it
A fun read!
Apr 19, 2016 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies
Lindsay Powell owns Death by Chocolate shop which she runs with her friend Paula. Paula has a difficult past that she keeps to herself. But when the police come to question her about the difference of Lester McKay who she swears she doesn't know, Lindsay becomes concerned. Lindsay along with her neighbor Fred set out to find the truth. On top of helping her friend Lindsay is in the middle of a divorce and her ex keepd showing up to reconcile. I loved the mystery. Even though i guessed the reason ...more
Erica McAllister
Jul 14, 2016 Erica McAllister rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 23, 2013 Tabi34 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This was a fun book. I wasn't sure at first if I would like it, but the characters grew on me. Paula - a single mom with a hidden past and her 2-year-old son Zach. Lindsey who owns a bakery/breakfast/lunch place and loves chocolate - can't resist it. Fred, the mysterious computer geek neighbor. And some other interesting characters - Adam Trent who in my opinion is hot. He's a detective. Rick the soon-to-be ex-husband of Lindsey. I root for him to get pummeled.

Paula has a past that includes jum
Apr 27, 2013 Nani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-2013
How well do you really know your closest friends and neighbors? How good a friend are you? Solid friendships don’t require every detail of someone’s past, but not knowing can sure put you in a dangerous situation if that untold past catches up. I liked the story of friends and trust and the main action plot was believable and just fiction enough to keep me guessing and surprised in the earlier chapters of the book.

I totally enjoyed this book! Told in first person, Death by Chocolate is an intens
Denise Zendel
Oct 05, 2013 Denise Zendel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I borrowed this e-book from a friend because I liked the cover (a beautiful dark chocolate cake with a white “poison” skull on it). For the first few chapters, I thought, “Ugh, why did I get this? This woman is sadly in need of a backbone. Delete, delete, delete.” Being as I was on the treadmill at the time, however, I stuck with it, and to my surprise, the plot really grew on me.

The main character, Lindsay, starts out as a babbling, spineless idiot, but by the end of the book, she gets a spine,
Aug 20, 2014 Karla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting mystery and I enjoyed reading it. Lindsay, owner of the store "Death by Chocolate", tries to help her employee/best friend, Paula, when Paula's secret past comes back to haunt her. Planted devices, a poisoning, a kidnapping and being spied on will make anyone nervous; however, Lindsay will do whatever she needs to do to save her friend, even if it means breaking the law or becoming the bait.
Feb 23, 2014 Linda rated it liked it
A fun mystery. I mistakenly read book 2 in the series first, so this one just let me know more about the characters' backgrounds. Besides the fact that Lindsay far too freely tends to offer herself as bait to unsavory characters, these books are still good. And I really like the relationship between Lindsay and Trent. On to book 3!
May 02, 2013 Marti rated it liked it
This book sounds as if it should include recipes for chocolate concoctions--it doesn't It starts out slow, but we find that Lindley Powell's employee Paula Walter actually killed her abusive husband and fled with their infant son. She is trying to remain anonymous, but there is a man who is searching them out. Lindley is adopted by an 18 pound stray cat, King Henry, who helps protect her as well as a helpful and talented neighbor, Tom. Lindley is in the process of being divorced from Rick, who k ...more
Mar 15, 2014 Clare rated it liked it
Fun, quick read. I liked the main character and although some of it was not unexpected, there were some quirky side characters that were fun to read about (King Henry, Fred) and enough unanswered questions that I want to read the next in the series.
Adrienne Testa
Aug 09, 2012 Adrienne Testa rated it really liked it
Lindsay Powell is funny and faces life head on, even if she does get in over her head. This is a funny story with twist and turns that makes you turn the pages. It becomes apparent who the killer is half way through but that doesn't stop the pages from turning. Lindsay best friend Paula has secrets that could get them both killed. Paula is use to running and hiding to protect her son. Rick, Lindsay's soon to be ex husband wants her back after breaking up their marriage for another woman. Rick do ...more
Joyce Rawlins
Mar 23, 2014 Joyce Rawlins rated it really liked it
Lindsay has a crazy husband who doesn,t want to get divorced, even though he cheats on his wife. Read this book and find out who tries to kill her. Good book and has some humor.
Jun 06, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
At least 2 of the characters have secret pasts, the ending answers some but not all of the questions. Guess I'll have to read the next book in the series. Quick summer read!
Feb 04, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun mystery. It contains mysteries within the main mystery. We may have uncovered Paula's mysterious past in this book but just who is Fred? I can't wait to read the next one.
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