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In Cold Chocolate

(A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery #3)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  216 ratings  ·  110 reviews
In Dorothy St. James’s third delectable Southern Chocolate Shop mystery, a new batch of chocolate and troubles of the heart cause a string of disasters for the Chocolate Box’s new owner, Charity Penn.

The vintage seaside town of Camellia Beach, South Carolina seems like the perfect place for romance with its quiet beach and its decadent chocolate shop that serves the world’
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Kindle Edition, 263 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Crooked Lane Books
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Excellent southern cozy mystery. The plot held a few surprises for me, plus I also found it educational. I’ve always wanted to be present when some baby sea turtles hatch, and it’s that time of the summer in the small island town of Camellia Beach, South Carolina where Charity Penn has inherited her grandmother’s chocolate shop, the Chocolate Box.

Penn’s best friend, Althea, has an emotional crisis over some missing sea turtle eggs, and Penn later discovers she’s interfered in Penn’s personal lif
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Juli
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's been seven months since Charity Penn inherited her grandmother's chocolate shop, The Chocolate Box, in Camellia Beach, SC. With rumblings and problems from her grandmother's family continuing, Penn isn't too surprised when Jody Dalton threatens to reveal information she knows that will run Penn's reputation and take away her shop. When local real estate agent and playboy, Cassidy Jones, is shot dead on the beach and Jody is accused of the killing, Penn promises to try to clear her name desp ...more
Sabine
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This series is just getting better and better.

As always there were several different things going on in this mystery which didn't seem connected at first but in the end were tied all neatly together.

I love how the characters are developing and I especially liked how the relationship between Penn and her sweet little dog is improving.

This book can stand on its own but due to the background story it is so much more interesting to read the series in order.

I had a great time reading this book and
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LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Bullets! Missing turtle eggs! Missing chocolate turtles! The quiet seaside town of Camellia Beach, South Carolina is having a crime wave. A local man is dead and someone is stealing sea turtle eggs from the nests on the beach, and Sea Salt Chocolate Turtles are disappearing almost right before Charity Penn’s eyes from her shop. Jody Dalton has accused Penn of lying to get The Chocolate Box Sweet Shop and taunts her almost daily about it, but when she is arrested for Cassidy Jo
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Cozy Reads
Please tell me there are going to be more books in this series! We need answers for Penn!
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Chocolate, baby sea turtles, and murder. Oh my!

In this third installment of the Southern Chocolate Shop Mysteries, author Dorothy St. James offers up another sweet tale of murder and mayhem.

There are two mysteries between the covers of IN COLD CHOCOLATE. Both were extremely well done. And with all that was going on in this story, author James made it very difficult to solve either one of them. She has a true talent for deception. That is, in her books of course!

This book was so much fun to re
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Mary Brown
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Synopsis:

In Dorothy St. James’s third delectable Southern Chocolate Shop mystery, a new batch of chocolate and troubles of the heart cause a string of disasters for the Chocolate Box’s new owner, Charity Penn.

The vintage seaside town of Camellia Beach, South Carolina seems like the perfect place for romance with its quiet beach and its decadent chocolate shop that serves the world’s richest dark chocolates. The Chocolate Box’s owner, Charity Penn, falls even further under the island’s moonlit s
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Carol
Charity Penn is the new owner of the Chocolate
Box in Camellia Beach, South Carolina. This town
is the natural nesting place for sea turtles.
Charity inherited from the shop from her
grandmother. Much to her dismay, her
grandmother’s family is disputing this inheritance.
It is time for the sea turtles to hatch and head out
to sea. Charity joins her friend, Althea Bays and
the rest of the turtle watch team to see the baby
turtles hatch and go to sea.
But before any hatching occurs, there are gun
sh
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Ell
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I so enjoy the writing style of Dorothy St. James. It is such a pleasure to read her words and have them jump off the page creating images and settings that envelope you. In Cold Chocolate starts out beautifully and quickly builds suspense, climaxing in a satisfying ending. This is the third book in the Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery series. I somehow missed the debut book, which I plan to purchase this weekend. Fortunately, each book can stand on its own. This is one great cozy mystery series. ...more
Sara Gordon
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and will need to get copies of the previous installments to catch up on a lot of back story. If you are looking to read this book without reading the previous, expect a little bit of information to be missing. While that is often a detail I am bothered with when picking up a book in a series out of order, this one didn't need as much of the back story right off the starting line. I enjoyed that there are multiple mysteries in this story and the whole island is full of ...more
Amy
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
In Cold Chocolate is the third installment of the Southern Chocolate Shop series. In addition to owning to the Chocolate Box, Charity Penn is now volunteering on the sea turtle watch. They guard the nests to ensure the next hatchlings make their way into the ocean safely. When Penn and some of the other women are volunteering, Cassidy Jones appears to have been shot by her nemesis, Jody Belton, who also shoots Penn. But did Jody actually pull the trigger to both guns? What seems like an open and ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Seven months since Charity Penn inherited her grandmother's chocolate shop, and her family are still trying to prove she is not who she says she is. Legal wranglings continue to try and turn over Mabel's will but Charity is trying to make a go of the shop, The Chocolate Box, in Camellia Beach, SC. Althea tries to help Penn forget her troubles by inviting her to observe with the "turtle watch team". This is a serious activity as sea turtles are endangered and there are a lot of rules and laws rev ...more
Tari
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This installment definitely didn't disappoint! It was a real page turner at times and even though Penn got some weird news at one point, the book still had a good ending.

Penn's new relatives have been making it really hard for her by continuing to contest the will and spreading rumors that she'll lose the shop. As if she didn't have enough on her plate, the most disliked woman in town, Jody (Harley's ex) was found standing over her dead lover on the beach. Harley's son begged Penn to find the ki
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Kathleen
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
“In Cold Chocolate” earns 5/5 Chocolatey Delights…Very Clever!

Ok, first, it says “chocolate,” so it's a no-brainer that I'd pick up this book to read. I also love cozies, and the premise is common for the cozy mystery genre: girl is minding her own business, dead body is found, someone ends up in personal jeopardy, and justice is served. However, Dorothy St. James has gone beyond the formula by penning a clever mystery with a bit of Karma attached, well-defined characters that act and respond re
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Betty
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Camelia Beach, South Carolina is all excited as it time for the hatching of baby sea turtles to leave the best and to the ocean in The third book of this series.The island very protective of the sea turtles and there are laws that are design for their safety. Pen joins the volunteers to see the sea turtle babies head for ocean. What is completely different as gun shots expose and Penn's is shot. When the area becomes silent again Jody Walker is found standby over Cassidy Jones who has been shot ...more
Micky Cox
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This series just keeps getting better. The characters have grown and developed so much over the three books so far. I find myself oddly invested in finding out if Penn will get to keep the Chocolate Shop, is she really related to the Maybank family and if so who is her mother and of course who is killing people this time around! The plot is interesting and the suspense is building to see who will turn out to be Penn's mother and will that person be sweet or miserable like her father's family. Th ...more
Kristina
In Cold Chocolate by Dorothy St. James is the third story in A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery series. In Cold Chocolate can be read as a standalone if you are new to the series. Charity Penn owns The Chocolate Box in Camellia Beach, South Carolina where she is currently finishing up renovations to the shop. The sea turtles will soon be hatching so Penn has created a delectable treat in their honor that is flying off the shelves. On the night of the hatching, Cassidy Jones is killed, and it look ...more
K.A. Davis
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
IN COLD CHOCOLATE, is the third installment in the Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery series by Dorothy St. James. This newest release is a worthy addition to a delightful story centered on protagonist, Charity Penn, who goes by the name of Penn. I love how the author has developed Penn’s character from the very first book and continues her progression through this third book. While this can be read as a stand-alone I personally think it is better to start at the beginning. The metamorphosis the pr ...more
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Charity Penn, called Penn by her friends, is a relatively new resident to the town of Camellia Beach. She is now the owner of the Chocolate Box, which serves the world’s richest chocolates and some people are not happy about that. These include her estranged family and at least one of the town’s residents, Jody Dalton.

One night the town gathers to witness a batch of baby sea turtles hatching to in order to watch their journey
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Seraphia
Charity Penn is back in this new book in A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery series. Penn thinks now she can finally settle in, run the Chocolate Box and be safe from her relatives. Sadly, her problems are only just beginning. Trouble with the woman she calls mother, a murder and more are brewing in this third installment of A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery series.
In Cold Chocolate by Dorothy St. James is a cozy mystery novel with twists, surprises, and a suspect list a mile long. Penn has defini
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Carole Jarvis
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-cozy
Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2QuWBsv

The atmospheric and multilayered In Cold Chocolate is an impressive, compelling, and engrossing read. It not only fulfilled all my expectations for an enjoyable cozy read, but took everything several steps higher. The writing itself is excellent and Dorothy St. James knows how to craft a story that draws readers in from the very first page. Reading the previous two series books would probably have given me a better sense of all that’s going o
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Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-food
This was a fun read and even though it is the third in the series I didn't feel as though I had missed much as the back story was cleverly woven in (mind you I WILL be getting the previous books and reading them!), this has Southern Charm and Midwestern tenacity in abundance and I want more!

Charity Penn is settling in to her life in Camellia Beach, she is slowly learning the art and skill of chocolate making, she also wishes to become involved in the Sea Turtle rescue (her good friend Althea is
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Edyee Stocks
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I throughly enjoyed reading this book! I was hooked from the first page! The characters are a hoot! The author has a way of bringing you into the story even if you have not read the prior books (which I plan on doing soon). This is definitely a read I would recommend to people that want a "cozy" book to read. I love the way she brings in interesting tidbits about chocolate and sea turtles and the area where the book is based, it makes me want to visit! ...more
Amy
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery series. It takes place in the Low country of South Carolina on Camellia Island.
Charity Penn owns the Chocolate Box shop, a popular place for local and tourists to get wonderful sweets. It was left to Penn by her grandmother.
I so loved being back with Penn and friends, learning about the sea turtles and taking a roller coaster ride of suspense and adventure with her. I absolutely adore Stella!
Looking forward to the next adventure.

Tha
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Patty
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Cold Chocolate by Dorothy St. James is the 3nd book in the A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery series, located in Camellia Beach, South Carolina. In this exciting book Penn and her friends are trying to protect the baby sea turtles, so they can hatch and walk into the ocean. One night while watching for turtles a man was shot and murdered. This book has more twists and turns, that kept me reading page after page. I love the unique people and situations in this book. I found this book to be a qu ...more
Brenda
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
In Cold Chocolate is the third installment in the A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery series set in the small seaside town of Camellia Beach, SC and featuring Charity Penn, owner of the Chocolate Box. Penn is settling into her new life - thankfully her business partner, roommate and grandmother Mabel's best friend, Bertie Bays, is still helping her to perfect the delicious recipes left by her grandmother. Still having to contend with her aunts and uncle fighting for the building and trying to deny ...more
OpenBookSociety.com
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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In Cold Chocolate
A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery
By Dorothy St. James, #3
ISBN13: 9781683317449
Author’s Website: dorothystjames.com
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra

Summary:

In Dorothy St. James’s third delectable Southern Chocolate Shop mystery, a new batch of chocolate and troubles of the heart cause a string of disasters for the Chocolate Box’s new owner, Charity Penn.

The vintage seaside town of Camellia Beach, South Carolina seems like the perfect pla
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Melanie Mckinney
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the “Southern Chocolate Shop Mysteries”. Penn returns for the third installment of this mystery series. Cassidy Jones, a realtor and the town’s Casanova is found dead on the beach one night. All signs point to Jody as she is the one who was shooting guns in the dark night, and she was supposedly involved with him. However, not all things are as they appear. There was a list of women who might have wanted Cassidy dead. Penn didn’t have a good relationship with Jody as Jo ...more
Kathy Martin
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story is the third of Charity Penn's adventures in Camellia Beach, South Carolina. She has inherited the Chocolate Box - a store making and selling unique chocolates from a rare cocoa bean - from a woman she believes to be her grandmother. However, her aunts and uncles are contesting the will because they don't believe Penn is actually their mother's granddaughter. One of the aunts did confess that she was Penn's mother but only Penn and her lawyer Harley heard the confession and now she's ...more
Patty
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Penn is at it again in this third installment of the Southern Chocolate Shop Mysteries.  The Maybanks are still contesting the will and Penn is determined to keep her shop.  But when a dark secret is revealed by her best friend, Penn is blindsided.  This secret could cause her to lose it all. 

On top of all that Jody is framed for murder and Penn makes a promise to Gavin, to prove her innocence.   While sea turtles and chocolates keep disappearing, Penn is determined to figure out the mystery, ev
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Pseudonym for author Dorothy McFalls

Mystery author Dorothy St. James was born in New York but raised in South Carolina. She makes her home on an artsy island community in South Carolina with her husband, tiny little dog and fluffy cat. Though writing has always been a passion for her, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology and a graduate degree in Public Administration and Urban
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