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Dangerously Dark

(A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery #2)

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  161 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Chocolate-whisperer Hayden Mundy Moore has just arrived in Portland, Oregon, where she's about to scarf souffles and sip cacao-based cocktails at her friend's engagement party. Fresh from nabbing her first candy-covered killer, the last thing Hayden wants to do is mix her love of chocolate with criminal mischief again. But then the groom-to-be turns up dead before beginnin ...more
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Published September 29th 2015 by Kensington Publishing
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Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Hayden Mundy Moore is in Portland, Oregon to attend her college friend Carissa's engagement party. Sure it was a whirlwind romance but Hayden Mundy Moore will do anything for her old friend. Hayden Mundy Moore (her name ALWAYS has three parts) is impressed by her ditzy friend's new ice cream business. Carissa's ice cream cart, featuring chocolate ice cream frozen with liquid nitrogen, is sure to be a success. Then Carissa's fiance, Declan Murphy, is found dead in her trailer. The police are cert ...more
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Hayden Mundy Moore has traveled to Portland to visit her old college friend for her engagement party. Unfortunately right after arriving the fiance in question turns up dead. The death is ruled an accident but Hayden is determined that Declan's death is suspicious and she's stumbled on another murder to solve.

Dangerously Dark is the sequel to Criminal Confections which first introduced Hayden as a world famous chocolate whisperer. She travels the world helping companies with their problems invo
In Colette London's Dangerously Dark, the second installment in the Chocolate Whisperer Culinary Cozy mystery series, this one would hook you and tempt you on the first page. When Hayden Mundy-Moore first arrived in Portland, she was there to help her best friend Carissa with her wedding details as her matron of honor. But right before Carissa could say "I Do", her fiancé is found dead in the trailer for the Chocolate After Dark tour. While Carissa grievedthe loss for Declan Murphy, it was up to ...more
Mary Brown
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it

“Chocoholics and food cozy fans rejoice! With prose as smooth and delicious as its theme, this quality debut cozy introduces a smart protagonist with an unusual and tasty profession.”—Library Journal (starred) on Criminal Confections

Chocolate-whisperer Hayden Mundy Moore has just arrived in Portland, Oregon, where she's about to scarf soufflés and sip cacao-based cocktails at her friend's engagement party. Fresh from nabbing her first candy-covered killer, the last thing Hayden wants to
Autumn Is Azathoth
[A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery]

Acclaimed "chocolate whisperer" Hayden Mundy Moore, she of the exquisitely sensitive taste buds, is fresh from her recent discovery of a murder victim in the San Francisco Bay area, and anticipating leisure and fun visiting college friend Carissa in hip, bohemian Portland, Oregon. She's not expecting to be Jenny-on-the-spot with yet another corpse, nor to be pressed into service to fulfill the deceased' s "Chocolate After D
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Yummy book! It is full of Chocolate, murder and mystery. This is the second book in the A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery series. It kept me guessing about who the murder was and why.

I like the characters. Hayden Mundy Moore is the main character. She goes to different places to help trouble shoot different chocolate problems. She is single loves to travel and has the money to do it. She has a financial advisor that she has to check in with Travis Turner. She is curious about him. I want to know mor
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies, mysteries
I enjoyed the mystery and the characters. I liked the flirty play between Hayden and her bodyguard friend Danny and between her and her "keeper" Travis. Travis is in charge of administering her inheritance and making her travel plans. She hasn't met Travis in person and fantasizes about what he would look like and be like based on the interactions and his voice over the phone. This doesn't stop her from pursuing romantic fun with other men she meets. I also enjoyed the chocolate lore and informa ...more
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Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dangerously Dark is the second book in Colette London's Chocolate Whisperer mystery series. I haven’t read the first book, but plan on doing so because I want to learn more background information on the characters. This book combines mystery and chocolate facts. It was interesting to learn about the skills and equipment needed when working with chocolate to achieve fame in the chocolatier community; however, some of the details and descriptions seemed to drag on too long. The characters are colo ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-to-review, 2015
I like my chocolate dark – dangerously dark. The darker the better. – Hayden Mundy Moore

I read the above line and felt like Hayden and I were kindred spirits when it comes to chocolate! I love dark chocolate the best and think that white chocolate isn’t really chocolate.

I thought it was interesting by the author to have this story begin just days after Criminal Confections ended. Hayden is still a newbie “investigator” and when her BFF Carissa’s fiance, Declan, is found dead in her food truck, H
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan of chocolate and mysteries then this book combines both of these perfectly. The main character of the book is chocolate goddess Hayden Mundy Moore . Hayden is well known as an expert in fine chocolate circles and she has to travel a lot with her work so when her dear friend gets engaged , Haydon comes to Portland Oregon to the party where something dreadful happens! Her friends fiancé is found dead and it brings up many questions about who could have done it and why. Now her fri ...more
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy, e-book, series-book
Hoping to recover from the events of the first book in this series, Hayley heads to Portland for the engagement party of one of her college friends. Little does she know, but the weekend in Oregon won't be as calm and relaxing as she'd hoped.

This book sounded right up my alley and I couldn't wait to read it, even though I've not read the first book in the series. A few chapters in, though, I couldn't wait to work my way through it so I could be done with it and cross it off my list. The charact
Teresa Kander
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the sequel to Criminal Confections, which I just recently read and enjoyed. Once again, there is a lot of discussion about chocolate, which was the hook that got me started on this series. However, there were a few issues I found with this story.

Hayden is a bit flighty and impulsive, and I do hope that she will begin to grow and mature as the series continues. I spent basically the first third of the book wondering if there even was a murder, as everyone else seemed content to believe De
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was fortunate enough to have gotten this book through NetGalley in exchange for a review, which I am happy to provide. This was the second book in the series and I could not wait to get started, since I loved the first book very much. It would have been perfect if it had a little bit of romance for our heroine, but otherwise I thoroughly enjoyed it. And just like the last time, I craved chocolate while reading it. The characters were colorful and entertaining and it had me guessing until the e ...more
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Hayden is off to Portland for a college friend's engagement party. Almost as soon as she arrives, the fiancee is found dead. Hayden has still not recovered from her first encounter with murder, but she has a feeling that this was not an accident. Her friend was part of a food pod community focused on Chocolate. As Hayden gets to know the members of the pod, she becomes more and more certain that Declan was murdered.
This mystery kept me guessing who the culprit was. The small community kept the s
Ira Therebel
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, fiction, food
The second book in the series was MUCH better than the first one in my opinion.

First of all the repetitions of main characters traveling and big inheritance were toned down. It was still there but not interfering with me enjoying the story. And the story was great. The characters in it were very interesting and well presented. All their relationships among each other gave a lot to the book. I really had not a single clue of who was the killer. I didn't even know whom to suspect. This is always a
Nancy H
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really like this series of chocolate-themed mysteries. It is a yummy escape into a good story with good characters, a good setting, and good recipes!
Badass Bloggettes
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars
Dangerously Dark

Hayden Moore is my kind of woman. She isn’t a morning person; she is a freelance chocolate whisperer (I love chocolate) and has a knack for stumbling on murder mysteries. What’s not to like?

Dangerously Dark is a fun read. The suspense and intrigue holds the reader’s attention for the most part and surprised me at the end. There is a lot to like about the story and only a few things that didn’t feel right for me.

What I like:

A murder mystery, an interesting cast of potent
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this uncorrected e-book copy from Kensington Books via Net Galley for an honest review.

Dangerously Dark is my first Colette London book, but it will not be my last.

This book has a unique protagonist, Hayden Mundy Moore who is an expert on all things Chocolate - she is a Chocolate Whisperer. In her thirties she is a woman who may never settle down in one place or with one companion. She is not skilled in martial arts or an expert at crime detection, but she does get caught up in the
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
A few months ago I have read Criminal Confection, the first book in this series, and I could not wait to read a new adventure of Hayden. The protagonists of this story are the chocolate and an intriguing mystery to solve. Can we be able to finally meet Travis, the financial adviser to Hayden with a really sexy voice?
Hayden is a Chocolate-whisperer and travels around the world giving advice to her clients on how to improve their chocolate recipes. She goes to Portland to meet her friend Carissa t
Keep Calm Novel On
Sep 17, 2015 rated it liked it
I received a copy of the eBook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Colette London’s novel Dangerously Dark is the second book in the series but can certainly be read as a stand-alone. The author has combined chocolate and mystery—what a creative combination. Hayden Mundy Moore, a chocolate whisperer cannot help be drawn into solving an unexplained death. Hayden thought she was simply visiting Portland for her friend’s engagement party. Life’s journey is never boring for Hayden. This
Lisa Morin
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is the first book I've read by this author. Hayden is a chocolate connoisseur who really knows her stuff. When she attends an engagement party for a friend, she stumbles upon the would be groom, who is dead. The almost fiance Carissa doesn't seem to broken up about his death, she seems more interested in showing off her ice cream cart. Hayden steps right in, insisting the would be groom, Declan was murdered. After a bad experience with a finding a dead body the week before, it seems she is ...more
Janet Robel
This book really had me craving chocolate. A cute cozy mystery with enjoyable characters. Hayden is a very likable amateur sleuth who is better known as a chocolate whisperer. With Hayden traveling to different cities for her job, it should make for interesting adventures in future stories. This is a light and breezy second book in the series. There is plenty of back story to enjoy this one on it's own.
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picnic-bingo, 2017
Hayden Mundy Moore, aka the Chocolate-whisperer, intends to travel to Seattle but must first make a stop in Portland. Her best friend from college is celebrating her engagement and Hayden has been invited to attend. Hayden’s mind is still reeling with her recent involvement in solving a murder. Those closest to her, Danny and Travis, believe she should spend some time away in order to clear her mind.
Soon after arriving in Portland Hayden meets Carissa, the bride-to-be, at her new business. Cari
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
The second book in this series was not a hit for me. I finished it, but I didn't love it.

The problem for me with this one was two-fold. First off, all the people in this book were not very nice. It felt like being back in high school with the cliques, and the drama, and the back-stabbing. I didn't enjoy it when I was in high school, and I liked it even less now.

Also, Hayden got on my nerves this time around. She was beyond clueless and stubborn, even for a cozy heroine. The number of times she d
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you ever liked Charlie's Angels then you will love this as much as I did

Simply wonderful read. Think Charlie's Angels meet Inspector Clouseau. Humorous and quirky but with a plot that will have you guessing right until the end. A simply wonderful bit of writing that has you forming bonds with the characters especially the heroine. Okay she does end up in some sticky situations but like a cat she lands on her feet. Going to see her old college friend for the engagement do is not really her cup
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries
Dangerously Dark by author Colette London is the second installment in the Chocolate Whisper mystery series. First of all, I love the title and cover - mysteries and chocolate are two of my favorite things, and Ms. London combined them both! The mystery was well-written (Hayden Mundy Moore is a very likeable character which makes a book much more enjoyable in my opinion), and did keep me guessing as to the identity of the murderer until the end. I liked the addition of a little bit of romance to ...more
Lizz Axnick
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
I did not like this book. I didn't like any of the characters or the protagonist. I only finished it because it takes place in Portland. I thought the author completely gave away the plot of her first book if you haven't read it and if you had read it than a lot of the story was redundant. Most of these series' characters move on from the previous book but this protagonist just harps on it over and over. I am not interested on pursuing any more books by this author.
Nancy Finley
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was hard to get into. Mom read it in 1 day and really enjoyed it.
Rosalyn Dunsford
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Still enjoying this series. Love all the chocolate knowledge and the characters.
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy, mysteries
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Colette London is the pseudonym of a best-selling novelist who’s published more than three dozen books worldwide. Her Chocolate Whisperer series from Kensington Books features Criminal Confections, Dangerously Dark, and The Semi-Sweet Hereafter, and will continue with Dead and Ganache in October 2017.

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Other books in the series

A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery (5 books)
  • Criminal Confections (A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery, #1)
  • The Semi-Sweet Hereafter (A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery, #3)
  • Dead and Ganache (A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery, #4)
  • The Peppermint Mocha Murder (A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery, #5)