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Death by Chocolate (Killer Confections #1)

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  87 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Ruby Russell has reached her limit. When she discovers her hipster husband has a dirty little secret, she whips him up a Viagra-infused-chocolate mousse punishment, but in the morning, her husband’s a stiff.

Armed with a lifetime of crime show reruns and Arsenic and Old Lace on DVD, Ruby and her best friend Charlotte try to lay low until after Ruby’s son’s wedding, but a n
Paperback, 300 pages
Published March 22nd 2012 by kNight Romance Publishing (first published March 12th 2012)
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Apr 22, 2012 Angela rated it really liked it
Death by Chocolate is full steam ahead from the very first pages. It amazed me how quickly Ruby piled up a body count using her baked goods to tempt people. Of course she never intentionally killed anyone but she never stopped adding special ingredients to her recipes either. I love how in the beginning she comes across as a housewife who has simply had enough but as the book continues her history reveals her to be much more cunning than she first appears. The same is true for her friend ...more
Carrie Vaughn
Feb 22, 2015 Carrie Vaughn rated it really liked it
Ruby Russel is a modern day June Cleaver with twist. When she finds her husband's little treasure box filled with pictures of a sexy young girl, she whips up a viagra-infused chocolate mousse as an embarrassing payback. And the story only gets crazier from there.

Once her husband is gone, Ruby gets herself into all sorts of trouble with her neighbors, a nosy reporter, a too-do-gooder preacher and a suspicious therapist. With her best friend at her side, Ruby tries to set the record straight with
Jun 30, 2012 Stacy rated it it was ok
Ruby Russell has just found out her husband has been cheating on her with a much younger woman. Instead of confronting the jerk she mixes his Viagra with some chocolate mousse and leaves it as a treat when he arrives home. The next morning Ruby wakes up to a dead husband and some very incompetent detectives. Ruby goes on to use her deadly culinary skills to deliver justice to her town and her best friend Charlotte is along for the ride. When Ruby’s son comes home with a bride-to-be the crazy ...more
Sep 09, 2012 Tennille rated it it was amazing
Lots of LOL thrown in with a bunch of OMG. Completely enjoyable and looking forward to the next two in the series!
Oct 17, 2012 Akl rated it did not like it
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Kathy Brady
Mar 20, 2012 Kathy Brady rated it really liked it
Death by Chocolate is exciting and intriguing. Ruby starts of planning a relatively harmless prank on her cheating husband and ends up with many deaths at her hand. Her life is out of control but fortunately she has her best friend to help her out. This book kept me guessing right up until the end.
I found, however, that I couldn't relate to the main character at all. As she planned to murder innocent people for her own good, I felt myself viewing her as less of a person and more of a caricature
Jul 10, 2012 Darin rated it really liked it
Julie Anne Lindsey does a fantastic job of providing funny, witty and adventurous characters to fuel our imaginations.
Ruby is a real gem and deals with the escapades of her husband in her own way. Charlotte her dear friend is like a
close partner in crime. When the two get together you will soon find yourself wondering what they will get into next.
From the local church, bakery, homeless center, to their neighborhood and friends you will find yourself being entertained
with surprise after surprise.
Aug 29, 2012 Elaine rated it it was amazing
I couldn't wait to read this book! I knew I would enjoy it, but was surprised by how far it exceeded my expectations. Ruby is a quirky, kooky character that is like 'everymom' teetering on the edge of sanity. The story moved at a good pace, with twists I didn't see coming that caused me to laugh out loud on more than one occasion. Julie has a great voice-I eagerly await the next Killer Confections book!
Apr 30, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it
This was a good book, nothing at all as I expected it to be, since I didn't read the blurb before reading the book. It was well written and quite the page turner!...

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Heather Mckenna
Apr 08, 2012 Heather Mckenna rated it it was amazing
This is the first full length book by this author and I really liked it. It was quite funny and I loved all the quirky little things the people in the book did.

I have days when I would like to borrow some of her recipes. ;-)
Aug 26, 2013 Devon rated it did not like it
Death by Chocolate started out promising, with an interesting faux-1950s feel to the setting and a very clear conflict right out of the gate. I genuinely felt sorry for Ruby, surrounded by catty and manipulative people and all but abandoned by her cheating husband. Ruby’s drunken decision to mix Viagra pills into a chocolate mousse for her husband’s consumption, while not a smart or rational decision, made sense with her character and the situation she found herself in. She had been stretched to ...more
I’m really not sure how to write a review for this book, given that I definitely didn’t enjoy it…but I’ll have a go!

Ruby’s husband of almost 30 years was hardly ever home, he hadn’t been part of her life for a long time. But when she discovered he was having an affair she was gutted. Humiliated, embarrassed, she was all of those things and more. She decided she needed to teach him a lesson, especially after she found all “those things” hidden away….

Ruby was an excellent baker, she loved to cook
Feb 05, 2013 Read2review rated it it was amazing
When I read the title I thought this would be a predictable murder and a long drawn out chase of who dunit. Instead it’s a light hearted romp of unfortunate accidents by Ruby Russell and her cohort Charlotte, both out of the mental institution and trying to live a ‘normal’ life. The first ‘accident’ happens when Ruby discovers that her middle aged husband is cheating on her with a woman the same age as their son. Ruby wants to teach him a lesson and puts Viagra in his chocolate mousse. ...more
Lauren Miliotis
May 29, 2013 Lauren Miliotis rated it really liked it
I really liked it!

There isn't so much talk of food that it either overtakes the actual story or makes you feel hungry the entire time, though it is a book of murder revolving around food. If you like murder mysteries but don't like gore, it's perfect. (And also isn't too complicated, if you're like me and like simple.)

It's lighthearted but still with plenty of twists, and still manages a few surprises and eep moments.

Of course you feel sorry for Ruby, but she's more than just a protagonist to f
Nov 14, 2013 A rated it liked it
This book was so wacky and crazy. A mom who kills but justifies her actions. This reminded me of a movie directed by John Waters called, "Serial Mom", I kept imagining Kathleen Turner while reading this book.
Apr 30, 2012 Colette rated it liked it
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Ruby and Charlotte were hilarious. They kept me laughing through the whole book. Full review to come.
Sue T
I think I may have to stop downloading Kindle freebies. Once again I've encountered unlikable characters, this time with an improbable plot.
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I tell stories, mostly to my children, sometimes to strangers. I'm fandom obsessed, over-excitable, addicted to social media, caffeine and Poptarts. You can find me online anytime lurking around the Internet, amped up on sugar and wielding a book.

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