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Death by Chocolate

(Death by Chocolate #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  2,005 ratings  ·  226 reviews
Lindsay Powell awakens one bright Sunday morning to find her almost-ex-husband in bed beside her. Had she really been glad to see the cheating creep standing on her front porch last night? At that burst of insanity she should have called 911, requested she be declared mentally incompetent and locked up for her own protection.

While sleeping with the jerk feels like the abs
Published February 13th 2011 by Smashwords (first 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
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lindsey Powell owns a chocolate shop in Kansas City. When her best friend is stalked, Lindsey investigates.

Berneathy gives us a sassy protagonist, an engaging plot with vivid descriptions, and captivating secondary characters. All done within a delightful chocolate environment with plenty of humor.

A fun, fast-paced read.
Mar 24, 2016 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
♛ Garima ♛
3 stars

Abusive relationship (not described explicitly)

Short review:
Lately, I am into Diner Mystery kind of books. It was free on kindle, so I thought why not.

Lindsay Powell has lot on her plate with what sleeping with almost ex-husband Rick, stray overprotective watch cat (all hail Sir Henry), troubled neighbor and best friend/co-owner of her bakery (Paula), with getting involved with ongoing missing person investigation officer Trent. It is fun read except if you don't mind
Dec 29, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Main character loves chocolate and coca cola. That's her personality, ladies and gentlemen!
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
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, mystery
This was a fun cozy mystery. What attracted me to it was the title of the book, anything chocolate gains my attention! I loved how Lindsay's shop was involved, how chocolate was her life. Lindsay's personal life was a bit of a mess, as witnessed by the first chapter. I have to say that I thought less of Lindsay for the choice she made at the start. I was glad that by the end of the book she rectified that and put her past in the past and love that there seems to be a spark with a certain detecti ...more
Oct 31, 2014 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.
Dec 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
An entertaining light hearted mystery. Lindsay the main character was likable and relatable. And bonus points for her Siamese cat. The recipes at the back of the book look good as well. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5. First by this author. Different reasoning as to why the villain did it. Enjoyed it.
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like this book, the characters are interesting, the food sounds great (except for the poisoned food). And the plot, unfortunately, is probable. It is funny at times, terrifying at others. I look forward to the next in the series.
Kris Ferrell
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun Read

This a fun read with good pacing and quirky characters. If you want some mind candy and some food recipes this is the book for you.
Mar 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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...
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.
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ellen Parker
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. The Plot leaves you wanting for more and makes me want to read faster so I can find out ;)
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brenda by: Anastasia
Lindsay Powell’s best friend Paula and her two year old son Zach lived right next door to Lindsay – they had also worked together in her café, Death by Chocolate for the past two years. Lindsay’s divorce from her cheating ex-husband Rick would be through in around three weeks, but Rick was still trying to stay sweet with Lindsay. But that all went on the back-burner when Paula found herself in trouble from a secretive past – a past she wouldn’t tell Lindsay about…

Fred, Lindsay’s other neighbour,
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sally Berneathy brings us a novel filled with emotion, friendship, humor, danger, and secrets. Lindsay Powell loves chocolate almost to death. She and co-worker, Paula, run a shop named Death by Chocolate for those of us who can’t do without. Lindsay is trying to say the word “No” to her almost ex-husband, while she sticks by secretive, terrified Paula and become a cat owner all at the same time.
The cat, she insists, is visiting only; Paula is in danger; and her almost ex just won’t go away. Fre
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Mystery ok, not much romance, 2.5 star rounded to 3, as I liked the idea and that there where receipts in the back. Also I got a Bookbub email on a day that I was thinking of reading something like this and it was free that day, I always feel sorry for the author if I do not have to pay for a book.
Liked the MC and the other persons, and it has a cat, so there is that (I am more of a cat person, even though I do not have any pets).
The ending might point to more romance in the next book, if this
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining and Quick to Read

Very well written, great plot, and great characters. This one is worth reading just for fun. Her humor was one of the best parts. I did think, like several reviewers, that the main character's wimpiness regarding her ex-husband was too hard to take. Maybe she'll grow a spine in the next book. However, he was a useful plot device. I enjoyed the neighbors and the cat very much. The story was more believable than a lot of stories about women interfering with murder inv
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a hoot and holler this book is! When a book can make you laugh
out loud thats a good book!
Lindsay just has no pause button on her mouth and this just seems to
speed up all kinds of trouble she finds herself in.
She is sassy, snarky and somewhat savvy except when it comes to her soon
to be ex husband who is the only blight on the book. He is a self absorbed
ego maniac who lives with Buffy/Muffy (whatever) but wants Lindsay back
as well - 'nuff said.
Luckily for Lindsay she has a neighbor / friend P
Alice Hazelbaker

I just found a new cozy Mystery author, Sally Berneathy! I love the characters on this series: a sassy and witty Lindsey, who owns the chocolate shop; her assistant and neighbor Paula and her young son, whom Lindsey calls Hot Shot; the mysterious next door neighbor, Fred, who always has the latest spy device; even the cop ,Trent who rescues her on a regular basis. There is also the rude and obnoxious "almost ex-husband" Rick, so you have someone to dislike. And the "guard cat" King He
Sarah -  All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
The mystery aspect was decent enough but the soon to be ex husband was a total moron and completely pathetic, controlling, and a d-bag. The main character wasn't much better in regards to her interactions with him. He repeatedly said they were still married, she was cheating on him, etc - yet he cheated on her and was living with the other woman. On top of that, it took the main character multiple accusations by her soon to be ex husband for her to remotely say what a hypocrite he was, and even ...more
Rita M Kelly
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good read

Initially I wasn't sure I was going to like this book because it started off with problems with the almost ex-husband. However, I found the author's writing to be believable with regard to the type of person he was. She had an excellent way of weaving the main character's problems into the mystery without going way overboard. As I got toward the end of the book I couldn't stop reading...I just had to find out how everything played out (and there's the cat, too). Thank you Ms. Abe
Denyse Prendergast
Formulaic but well-written cozy: Heroine getting divorced from cheating husband, ow
ns a successful small business, acquires a rescue cat and sees a new romance on the horizon. What I enjoyed - adults have normal, adult sexual relationships and troubled best friend had been in an abusive marriage, an important issue usually omitted from cozies. Best of all, no religion! What irritated me: heroinenis too much of a doormat for manipulative, narcissistic ex. Forget courtesy, and parents; if he won't
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